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 Tri-Town News January 22th 2014 
2013 in Review - SCSAA Mission Report

SIDNEY - R. Douglas Sheldon, newly elected SCSAA President for 2014, submits that with an overlapping mission of supporting alumni, school and community, the Sidney Central School Alumni Association (SCSAA), perhaps one of the most active and successful high school alumni associations in the state - and perhaps in the country - is a formidable force in the community and reports the following mission support activities and actions taken during the past year.

Planned and executed its venue packed 15th Annual All-Class Alumni Reunion Weekend: Where Oldest Best Friends Meet, July 19-21, which included many individual classes holding their respective anniversary reunion activities. The weekend brought hundreds of alumni and family members back to Sidney for the various planned festivities including the Annual Alumni Golf Tournament and Awards Dinner held at Sidney Golf & Country Club on Friday, the Friday Night Social & Ice Breaker & Saturday Night Social with the live bands Brotherhood and The Fab 570 at the American Legion and Elks' Club respectively. Also, the Pancake Breakfast at the VFW, March of Classes, Alumni Soccer Game, Chicken Barbecue, and Alumni Room and SCS Open Houses on Saturday. And, topping off the weekend on Sunday, the Alumni Memorial Service and the Annual Wall of Fame for Distinguished Alumni & Faculty Induction Ceremony & Luncheon at the Sidney Fireman's Hall which saw the following extraordinary people inducted: Charles Downin ('41) for Excellence in Community Service & Volunteerism; Dr. Walter Collins ('48) for Distinguished Service to Higher Education and Veterinary Technology; William Cable ('63) for Excellence in Service to Community, Volunteerism & Economic Development; Michael Gallup ('63) for Excellence in Business, Community Service & Volunteerism; and, Bernard Theobald ('65-'90) for Exemplary Leadership in Education & Community Service.

The Annual Sports Hall of Fame Induction & Dinner, held October 5th during Sidney High School's Homecoming Weekend inducted the following: athletes David Ineich ('56) and Allen "Punky" George ('58); contributor, Greg Davie ('76); and, coach, Bob Finnegan (1978-2011). Also, the 1967-68 and 1969-69 Boys Cross Country teams were honored with the Legacy Award.

SCSAA also published and distributed 2 issues of Reflections, an information and article packed alumni newsletter received by more than 4,000 alumni; and, managed its' association website at www.sidneyalumni.org, an information packed resource for alumni and others.

In addition to the above alumni targeted and self-supporting activities providing opportunities for alumni to reconnect, they as well as other fundraising activities, support school and community in many ways - from local businesses and organizations benefitting from alumni returning to Sidney for SCSAA functions, venues and meetings several times a year, to contributions of equipment, materials and/or other resources to support students, school programs or activities and community projects, such as earmarking funds for the building of a Sports Hall of Fame Display for the high school, more than $5k to support the developing Sidney Veterans Memorial Park and the Alumni Veterans Memorial within the park, to the awarding of seven (7) scholarships to graduating SCHS seniors during 2013 in the amount of $3.1k. The scholarships included five (5) SCSAA-Dollars for Scholars scholarships in the amount of $400 each awarded to: Ethan Green, Kathleen Lennon, Aaron Carroll, Geoffrey Peck and Jillian Young; and, the Kristina T. Germond Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $500 to Ms. Brynn Davie studying Early Childhood Education at SUNY Geneseo and the Class of 1963 John L. Balling Memorial Legacy Award in the amount of $1,000 to Ms. Jillian Young studying Meteorology at SUNY-Oneonta.

SCSAA truly is and will continue to be a formidable force in the community.

Submitted 22 Jan 2014 by:
     Dick Germond
     Publicity
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