April Meeting Minutes

Akron East High Alumni Association, Inc.
Minutes: April 4, 2024
Attending: Michelle Anderson, Larry Bond, Marsha Bond, Chuck Hayes, David Hoff, Sharon
Kerechanin, Kenneth Larson, Mike Nickolich, Mike Oliver, Don Young
Absent: Marcia Gantz, Rochelle Henderson, Walter Noland, Janet Stanley, John Stanley, Sally
President M. Oliver called the meeting to order at 6:11 PM.
Secretary’s Report (M. Bond substituting for S. Thompson)

  • C. Hayes moved and K. Larson seconded accepting the March minutes as corrected.
    Treasurer’s Report (L. Bond)
  • Financial Report – All PNC accounts reconciled on Quicken.
    o Checking Account Beginning Balance: $15,406.35. Final Balance: $10,529.92
    § Major Expenses: $2,000 Scholarship Funding for 2 Renewal scholarships;
    $579.58 for football program; $374.35 for Women’s Softball program;
    $700 for Jr ROTC program; $225 for Robotics Club; $571.60 for plaques
    for HOF inductees.
    § Major Income: Donation to Scholarship Fund: Donation of $4,000 to
    Football Fund by F. Comunale; Donation of $1,500 to Football Fund by
    MOGO Delivery Service.
    o Money Market Account. Beginning Balance: $54144.91 Final Balance:
    § Major Expenses: None
    § Major Income: $183.66 interest
  • L. Bond shared note of gratitude and photo from the 2024 DECA Team in appreciation
    for our financial support of their recent trip to Columbus, OH.
    Communications (M. Oliver)
  • M. Oliver stated the March Board Meeting Minutes were posted on our website.
  • There were no nominations for April’s “Spirit Wins” recognition.
  • M. Oliver posted Michelle Anderson as the new Chair of Membership.
  • M. Oliver posted Hall of Fame inductees and info for potential attendees to register for
    the upcoming event on 4/25.
    Reverse Raffle (John Stanley/Sharon Kerechanin) on 3/7/24 at Guy’s Party Center
  • Treasurer L. Bond corrected total brought in from event to slightly over $11,000.
  • Tentative date for 2025 Reverse Raffle was targeted for Thursday, March 6, 2025.
  • S. Kerechanin will look into three separate venues to consider and get back with the
    board on findings: Guy’s Party Center, The Venue and the Greek Orthodox Church.
    Scholarship (M. Bond)
  • M. Bond shared that 17 seniors have submitted applications for consideration this year.
    Their application folders were distributed to the Scholarship Committee.
  • This year’s scholarship evaluation committee consists of: M. Anderson, M. Bond, K.
    Larson, M. Nickolich and M. Oliver.
  • M.Bond shared that applicant rankings will need to be given to her by April 28 in order
    to prepare for the full board to determine financial awards and vote at the next May 2nd
    meeting. This is important as the East CLC Senior Award Ceremony is scheduled for
    Wednesday, May 22 at 8:00 AM.
  • M. Anderson volunteered to accompany M. Bond for the Alumni Scholarship
    Presentations at East CLC Senior Award Ceremony on 5/22/24.
    60+ Reunion (J. Stanley/M. Bond) on 6/13/24 at Guy’s Party Center (10th Anniversary)
  • M. Bond shared that “all hands on-deck” are needed at the upcoming meeting on 4/10
    for the stuffing and mailing of invitations/registrations. We will meet at the Tallmadge
    Library from 1-3:00 PM to prepare approximately 1,638 letters for mailing.
  • L. Bond reported that APS has printed/folded letters and that all needed mailing supplies
    have been purchased.
  • Future planning dates (All on Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 PM.) are as follows: 5/15 and
    6/5 (if needed).
    Hall of Fame (D. Hoff)
  • Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, 4/25 at The Venue Banquet Center in Tallmadge.
    Program begins at 11:30 AM.
  • D. Hoff confirmed 73 reservations to date.
  • D. Hoff reported that he will meet with Venue Coordinator, Beth Genevese to finalize
    menu on 4/5.
  • L. Bond will print all attendee nametags; APS will print the event programs.
  • S. Kerechanin, M. Anderson, C. Hayes and K. Larson will be at entrance Check-in
    Tables. Plan to be there by 10:00 AM.
  • M.Bond will manage separate Nametag table located inside ballroom as guests enter to
    alleviate backup lines in foyer upon arrival. There will be extra nametags available if
    needed as well.
  • D. Hoff reminded that there is no cost for all inductees and their presenters. Also,
    complimentary tickets are to be provided for W. Noland and V. Derr. Thus, this event
    does not make money, but important for alumni.
  • M. Bond will print additional name plates/tents for inductee tables to avoid use of those
    plates meant solely for mounting at East CLC.
  • D. Hoff reminded that there will be no videos by APS available this year.
  • D. Hoff is to be Master of Ceremonies for the last time this year.
  • C. Hayes and K. Larson will provide leadership of this event next year.
    Membership (M. Anderson)
  • New Chair of Membership, M. Anderson, presented a very thorough review of
    membership considerations. The category of Lifetime Membership for $150 was agreed
    upon, in addition to the existing 10-year membership for $100 and 1-year $20
    membership for alumni to consider.
  • Executive Session was then imposed for further discussion in this regard.
    Memorabilia (M. Oliver, L. Bond)
  • L. Bond shared that the 1982 EHS yearbook is now online.
    Other Business
  • M. Bond shared recent health updates on John Stanley and Sally Thompson with
    continued prayer requested for both.
  • M. Anderson revisited a possible Linda Theatre/Café fundraiser to the board. It was
    decided to put on hold until a future liquor license is received by the Theatre/Café.
  • A financial request from Middle School (6th grade) was denied due to Alumni Association
    Board policy on high school support only at this time.
    With no further business, a motion was made by Sharon Kerechanin and seconded by Michelle
    Anderson to adjourn at 8:07 PM.