June 15, 2009
Greetings all from your new SHS Alumni Association President!
In my role as president, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the community of people - alumni, parents and families, and friends - who share memories of this place. People who partook in education from the district at some point, as well as friends of the district are welcome into the fold! I myself didn't move to Shorewood til the third grade, which by Shorewood standards is a bit late. I seek to increase the opportunities to connect with that community in a heartfelt and inclusive way. This year, we plan to increase the member functionality of the website and features you might like to see, like class news and pictures, and reunion tours and information. We are ready to have some fun.
A nod to the newly ex-officio President, Eric Nelsen, who did a great job building a Board and keeping the ball rolling. I hope to be as adept and talented and still bring some new things to the table.
As editor-in-chief of the Connection newsletter of the Alumni Association, I encourage feedback to this blog about alumni issues or people or matters from an historical perspective on the district that you're curious about, and I will try to get a reporter to write about it or will follow up myself on things. Distribution of our newsletter has been primarily to members of the Alumni Association, which charges $20 a year which basically covers printing and mailing. This year, we will be putting on more events and starting to discuss an endowment for the district. To join, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you set up!
We are in need of a few more people on the Board, for instance! Could that be you? We welcome your application - just send Class Year, a brief Bio, and why you'd like to join to email@example.com.
It's going to be a great year - starting with the All-Class Reunion Picnic on Saturday, July 11, 2009, from 10-6 in Lake Park, Picnic Site #2 (Locust and Lake Drive entrance)! Come one, come all, to the first-ever SHS Reunion Picnic! We hope to have an alumni T-Shirt available there, too!
Also this year, we'll be revamping the website that is just for alumni! If you have thoughts or feelings or better yet, divine programming skills you'd like to contribute to this pursuit, please, now is the time.
Finally, check out the Butterflies in Flight this Saturday, June 20! Thirty hand-painted and mosaic-work art butterflies are going to land in Shorewood. From 11-1pm on Saturday, you can meet the artist next to his/her butterfly and get the real scoop. Free trolley rides from 11-3, butterfly face painting at Baskin Robbins from 11-1, Sendik's cookout, complimentary kids' photo shoot at Gloss Photography 11-1, music, Aveda sale and cookout at the Establishment.
I will be posted next to The Alumni Butterfly: SHS Launching Leaders in front of the Shorewood Fitness Center. Much like the Cows and Beasties before them, they, too, will be auctioned to charity at the end of the summer. The proceeds will benefit the Shorewood Foundation. The SHS Alumni Association is pleased to have sponsored a butterfly in the exhibition - check it out! It features the Shorewood High School campus and graduates leaping with red, sparkly capes to go off and do good things. Thank you to the many people who provided valuable input and memories in creating it. I feel like it was a work of many hands and minds and hearts. You will be able to buy cards at the Village Hall that feature the butterflies! And here is a sneak peek at the Butterfly Poster (it really really turned out nice - thanks Gloss Photography and Barb Caprile of the BID for really doing a beautiful job)!
If you're coming home this summer or you are already here, check out this Walking Video released recently about Shorewood. And get ready to get your Shorewood gear, coming soon!
Best wishes and see you around the Village!