President’s Blog, May 2017

Your board held an appreciation meal and entertainment for the volunteers who help with getting the Husky issues mailed to members wanting paper copies, There were 45 individuals in attendance and enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared by Jo Agan. The entertainment program was led by Marianne Fons who updated us on the progress of reopening the Iowa Theater. Opening date will be over Memorial Day weekend and I urge all alumni to attend a movie sometime when you are in Winterset and enjoy the new venue for the Iowa Theater.

For those who want to pay or renew dues, reminder that you now have the capability to use Pay Pal for dues payments. Information about our Pay Pal program can be found on the Alumni Website. Of course you can always still send in payments via mail. Reminder that dues notices to members will be coming out in a June mailing to current members. At our last board meeting, decision was made to increase dues by $5 for single and family membership. Dues will now be $25 for single and $30 for family. This increase will take place when you receive your dues notice. Life memberships will remain at $150 for the time being.

Due to increased costs of printing the Husky, currently about $1,000 per issue, the board has also made a decision to go to three mailings per year starting this fall. We are continuing to deal with financial concerns and decided to make these changes to keep your organization vibrant. If and when you have a class reunion, perhaps class officers could mention to members about joining the Alumni Association if not currently a member.

Laurel Scholten, who has been on the Board for 10 years and currently the Treasurer will be retiring from the board in June. She has been a vital member of the board and will be missed by the members. Sherri (Neal) Holliday has accepted the Treasurer position and we welcome her to the board.

At our next board meeting in August we will elect new officers and finalize plans for the All Class Reunion to be held during the Bridge Festival weekend. More information to follow when final plans are determined. Speaking of board meetings, if you are interested in becoming a board member, please contact me or another board member. We also want you to know your input is important, so please contact a board member if you have concerns or suggestions for future ideas.

Until my next blog keep in contact with classmates, plan your next class reunion, support WHS, renew your membership and remain active.   If you are currently not a member, please consider joining. You can go to our website at and sign up as well as find out about the Association.

A continuing item of importance to alumni is to please only use the web site that is for our association. There is a site that some have gotten on which says it is the Winterset Alumni site. This is incorrect so please do not sign up for their products or membership. This email address is Please avoid this site.

Rod Beem, President email: rowdy0079@aol,com