JOIN US SEPTEMBER 8TH AT 6 PM
August is flying by! Our board meetings will be starting again on Thursday, September 8th at 6:00 pm at the high school. We are a small board of only 8 members and sure could use some help! Meetings run 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the agenda. Please join us!
2017 ALUMNI DAY BANQUET AND DANCE WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 10, 2017
As you may know, we suspended this event after selling less than 80 tickets in 2014. The Class of 1986 had great success with having over 150 alums attend the 2016 dinner and dance. Your board wants to give it one more try! We have secured the Lebanon Elks for our 2017 banquet and dance.
We understand that classes like to party with their former classmates. It's a blast to get together every five years to brainstorm and build an award winning float! It's fun to reminisce about our high school days and catch up on the years between graduation and reunion. But it's also fun to mix it up with our friends from the other classes!
Please consider this – have your class party just prior to parade day. Many classes do a pot luck/party on the Friday night before, when most of their classmates are on hand for the final push to finish the float. Or, how about a Sunday afternoon get together before everyone goes back to their normal routines? Let's reserve Saturday night for the annual banquet and dance. Let's have a nice dinner and dance the night away with our friends from all classes. Let's keep the tradition of the full Alumni Day alive by participating in the parade and attending the annual business meeting, dinner and dance that evening!
We hope that by announcing the festivities this far in advance, we will be giving you all plenty of time to gather your classmates and decide to join us at the Elks in 2017. We appreciate and thank the Class of 1986 stepping up to sponsor the 2016 dinner/dance for all to enjoy.
Let's keep LHS Alumni Day the treasured tradition it has always been! It cannot happen without your participation and support. See you in June!
IS THERE A FUTURE FOR LHS ALUMNI DAY?
Times are changing, there is no doubt. Gone are the alumni banquets/dinners that brought in hundreds of alumni to celebrate with fellow classmates. Our 2014 event had less than 80 attendees.
We realize this may likely be due to the ever changing enrollments in our schools. There was a time when you could take a random classroom and be able to trace the students’ family trees back to parents and grandparents that went through the Lebanon school system. Even though we can still find many of these family ties within our schools, it seems more and more students are from families who are transferred here for employment or residencies. Once these students graduate, they have no reason to return to a place where they have no roots. For that, we cannot blame them.
Over the years the board has racked their collective brains to come up with ideas on how to involve more of the younger alumni in our association. However, the more serious problem we are facing is board involvement. We have an active board of 8 members, with 7 of us being over 60 years old. While this doesn't create problems in the planning of the Alumni Day events, it does pose a big problem on Alumni Day itself.
We have tried to make this day a family affair by bringing food and entertainment into the park for the day. There are tents/canopies that need to be set up, along with putting out tables and chairs in different areas of the park. Our Memory Lane, which always proves to be a big hit, takes a tremendous amount of time. We also have to man these tents in order to make sales and collect dues. At the end of the day, we have to take everything down and haul it back to the storage unit. Last year we brought in a dunk tank. There again, it needed to be brought in, set up, taken down and returned. Luckily, we had a few alumni that were kind enough to lend a helping hand throughout the day. One of them even decided to join the board this past September!
Now, on to the parade! Our Parade Chair puts in an enormous amount of time getting the floats and classes signed up, but he cannot handle all there is to be done on parade day alone. We still need to have at least another 4 volunteers to make the parade go smoothly. Please consider lending a hand!
As you can see, there is a lot of work to do on Alumni Day for only 8 people. There are years where that number is even lower due to the fact that we are all alumni. When it comes time for a member's own class to participate in the parade, we encourage them to participate with their class and not miss out on all of the fun.
If you've ever thought you might like to join the board, now is the time! The new year begins in September. Let a board member know you are interested and we will be sure to let you know when it's time to meet. If you don't want to commit to the monthly meetings, but would like to help out on Alumni Day, we will welcome you with open arms! Just give your contact information to a board member and we will be sure to get you signed up. Maybe even encourage your Lebanon graduate sons or daughters to join!
Everyone loves a parade, but we may not be able to continue with this event if we do not get the help we so badly need. The rewards are watching the faces of those who attend, reconnecting with former classmates, marveling at the creativity of the floats, participating in the many activities in the park, and continuing a long tradition enjoyed by many.
Please lend a hand and, as always, we thank you for your support!