Washington: For an institution as rich in tradition as Marietta College, it takes something special to grab the spotlight, but the charter of the first regional association in its history certainly qualified this past week in Washington, D.C.
Joined by a big crowd of alumni volunteers and friends, Dr. and Mrs. Bruno proudly presented the founders of the organization with an official charter, College banner, and best wishes for much future success in helping project the presence of the Navy Blue and White into the District, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.
“Whereas a group of energetic and loyal Pioneers has stepped forward to form such an association and has completed each of the required steps for formal incorporation into the Marietta College Alumni Association,” proclaimed the President. “Now, let it be known that on this sixth day of November, 2013, the Washington, D.C. Regional Alumni Association is hereby officially established and has earned all of the rights to support and sustenance from the College to allow for its ongoing success and growth.”
With the presentation of the charter to the assembled leadership of the association, Dr. Bruno acknowledged more than eighteen months of hard work to organize the group as well as its ongoing demonstration of dedication and commitment.
“In the Washington D.C. area we are all lead very busy lives, but the common bond of Marietta College connects us,” said Brooke Exley ‘11, Co-Lead Volunteer. “I know I am not just speaking for myself when I say Marietta College has had a significant impact on who I am, and where I am today. It is exciting to be part of the group launching a Regional Association in the Washington D.C. area.”
Exley was joined by Laura Aldrich ‘10, Sami Gorrafa ‘03, Kim Chavers ‘08, Rita Soworowski ’08 and Lindsay Shuba ’05 in accepting the charter on behalf of the association. Cory Medina ‘08, a key organizer, was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict, but sent along his congratulations as well.
“Although I could not be here tonight, I wanted to thank all of our DC area alumni and friends for attending tonight's event, and thank the college and our group of dedicated volunteers for their help in making tonight's event a success,” expressed Medina in his letter. “As this is our official launch of the DC area Regional Association, we look forward to expanding our alumni network and having more events in the coming months. We hope to see you there.”
In completing the preparatory steps for receiving the charter, the association leadership followed a step-by-step organizational process that included recruitment of volunteers, establishment of a group structure and liaison with the College’s Office of Alumni Relations, and delivery of an ambitious schedule of events that included regular social hours, an outing to a Washington Nationals’ baseball game and Panda Viewing at the National Zoo.
“We could not have asked for a greater team effort,” said Assistant Director for Regional Associations and Young Alumni Programming, Aleece Dye ‘11. “Our Washington D.C. Pioneers have been exemplary in their efforts in setting up an organization with a very bright future ahead of it and they can be proud of serving as a model for associations in other locations around the country.”
Plans call for similar groups to be formed in metropolitan areas that allow the College to reach more than sixty percent of all its alumni including Boston, Hartford, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Houston.
If you would like more information on how to become an active participant in the Washington association or details on how to explore forming a regional association in one of the target cities, please contact Aleece Dye at email@example.com or at 740-376-4709.