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 Tri-Town News February 7th 2014 
SCSAA's Annual Report to the Community

SIDNEY - R. Douglas Sheldon, newly elected SCSAA President for 2014, stated that with an overlapping mission of supporting alumni, school and community, the Sidney Central School Alumni Association, one of the most active and successful high school alumni associations in the country, continues to be a strong and present force in the community as evidenced by its mission support activities and actions taken during the past year.

Chief among SCSAA's local activities were the awarding of 7 scholarships and contributions to the Sidney Public Library and the Sidney Veterans Memorial Park. The Association gave a matching grant of $2,500 to the Library to make possible the digitization of the historical copies of the Sidney Record Enterprise, precursor to the Tri-Town News. SCSAA also donated the cost of one of the 7 flag poles to be placed in the Sidney Veterans Memorial Park.

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. The Kristina T. Germond Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $500 was given to Brynn Davie with the Class of 1963 John L. Balling Memorial Legacy Award in the amount of $1,000 to Ms. Jillian Young.

With the Association's Wall of Fame for Distinguished Alumni and Educators now established in the corridors leading to the SHS auditorium SCSAA is setting aside funds to create a display case for the SCSAA Sports Hall of Fame, a program about to enter its 13th year.

The 2013 Inductees to the Sports Hall of Fame included David Ineich ('56) and Allen "Punky" George ('58); contributor, Greg Davie ('76); and, coach, Bob Finnegan (1978-2011). The 1967-68 and 1968-69 Boys Cross Country teams were honored with the SHOF Legacy Award.

The Annual Alumni Luncheon which closes reunion weekend each year features the Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The 2013 members added to the Wall are alumni Charles Downin '41; Dr. Walter Collins '48; William Cable '63; Michael Gallup '63; and educator Bernard Theobald ('65-'90).

During the year SCSAA also published and distributed 2 issues of Reflections, an alumni newsletter received by more than 4,000 alumni; and, managed the association website at, an information packed resource for alumni and members of the community.

The focal point of the year was the organization of SCSAA's 15th Annual All-Class Alumni Reunion Weekend, attended by hundreds of alumni and friends. The Friday and Saturday night socials with live bands were each attended by over 500 people, the Saturday breakfast by 200 and the Sunday Alumni Luncheon by 185. One hundred and four (104) golfers played in the Annual Golf Tournament on Friday. The Saturday March of the Classes was surrounded by an Alumni Soccer Game and a Chicken Barbeque which made for a strong half day of activity at Keith Clark Park for nearly 300 people.

Mr. Sheldon pointed out that the Alumni Association has representatives to both the Sidney Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Education and Rotary and has challenged its Board and committees to find ways to grow membership and explore new and different ideas to enhance the Association's involvement and service to the community.

He announced an 'open door' policy regarding SCSAA board meetings, stating that the meetings will now be open for interested alumni or members of the community to attend and encouraged the board to continually seek ways to make its profile and activities known to the full body of alumni and to the local community. He appointed Dick Germond the Association's first Publicity Chair and stated that SCSAA now and in the future would give a full Annual Report to all members of the community via the SCSAA website and the Tri-Town News.

As Printed in the Tri-Town Newspaper