From the Next Issue:
Needed: Golden Bear Leadership
While plans went smoothly at the St. Patty’s Day Parade, we couldn’t help missing some great STMAA leaders who have gone on to that great Wyalusing Avenue in the sky.
Readers of Bear Tracks and the www. stmforever.com website may have noticed that some of the old favorite events are falling by the wayside.
Grads from the 40’s and 50’s put the Alumni Association together and kept it running with great enthusiasm for decades. With those guys aging (or passing away) popular events like Golden Bear on the Delaware have become inactive.
In this year’s election of officers, the classes from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s are all represented, and that’s a good sign.We look forward to seeing more grads from those decades at our monthly Board Meetings, and serving on the committees that make our events successful.
Columbus Day Parade
A committee is being formed to organize our participation in this popular event in October. We entered the parade for the first time two years ago, and received an enthusiastic response. Many of our alumni have Italian-American roots, and we can make this event another STM success.
One idea that was proposed is to combine the event with the Fall Social, and continue the festivities into the evening. What do you think?
Golden Bear On The Delaware
This summertime social started many years ago as More At The Shore and was held in Sea isle City during the summer. With an aging membership losing interest in driving to the shore for one day, the event was moved to The Lagoon/The Deck, the former Walber’s on the Delaware in the nearby town of Essington. Over the years, the interest of the alumni wavered, and for the past few years, the committee has had no chairman. Maybe a group of friends could step forward and resuscitate the event. Maybe a class could use it as the basis for a more informal reunion than the traditional jubilee celebrations.
Utopian Golf Classic
A committee from the 40’s and 50’s has been running this event for many years, and they are just tired out. Has interest in the game of golf waned? What can bring this event some new excitement? Maybe you have some ideas. Come to a Board Meeting and get involved.
Bears At The Ballpark
Group-rate tickets to a Phillies game were offered last year, but only a loyal 42 fans bought in. Maybe we didn’t promote it early enough – or loudly enough – to get a bigger response. Wait ’til next year, as they say. One idea is to offer a charter bus from Drexel Hill to avoid the trouble and expense of driving to the ballpark. What do you think? Let us know if that would get you on board.
There are probably many other ways that the Golden Bears can get together and enjoy one another’s company... and make a few dollars toward our growing scholarship funds. We just haven’t thought of them yet.
That’s where you come in. We hope to see more grads at our meetings and events. Don’t be shy!
Your ideas and participation can make a difference!
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Tony DeCurtis '65, Staff Liason; Contributing Editor