Well, here we are, already over halfway through 2014. It is a cliché to say that ‘time flies’ but that’s certainly the way it seems. However, perhaps a more constructive way to look at the passage of time is to measure it against what has been achieved.
In the annual lifecycle of the Alumni Association we have achieved a lot so far in 2014 and ticked many boxes.
The Annual General Meeting on 6 June brought together a number of alumni young and old, and for the first time a printed Annual Report was circulated to members. And talking of the AGM, as you will read further on in AlumniLinc, the new executive has been elected and we welcome elected member Andrew O’Regan on board. Andrew was previously a co-opted member. We also farewelled and thanked Hamish Ramsden for his service.
Other boxes ticked in 2014 have included the on-going refinement of the electronic database of members, and I am delighted to hear that the Alumni and Development Office made use of its presence at the National Agricultural Fieldays this year to collect contact details from alumni missing from the database who happened to call into the University’s Fielday’s stand. There is also an online campaign on the go currently to find missing alumni.
Two big reunions so far in 2014 are also something to add to the list of achievements - the 50 Years On reunion in March noted in the last issue of AlumniLinc and the VFM reunion held in April and outlined in this issue of AlumniLinc. Both were very successful events and the Association’s thanks go to the alumni who helped make them happen.
The Association also had a presence at the Lincoln Community Anzac Day Service at the Lincoln Event Centre on 25 April. The service was attended by over 300 Lincoln and district residents. Executive member Neil Gow spoke on behalf of the Association, helped read the list of alumni war dead, and assisted with the laying of the combined University/Alumni Association wreath.
Four successful Tuesday Lunch Club events – for Canterbury local alumni - have been held so far this year, with attendances consistently between 25 and 30.
So, let’s look at the year to date in terms of achievements and progress, rather than simply months passed.
Best wishes for the remainder of 2014.
Lincoln University Alumni Association