SCAA UPDATES – OCTOBER 2023
SCAA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: The delayed 2023 AGM took place on OCT 4. Several members of the Executive retired after the 100th Reunion: Connie Weir, Knute Dohnberg, Ken Ramer, Judy Sumner & Barbara Hoover. We thank them for their service, while happily welcoming four new members to the Board: Nicole Hamilton (1998), Lorissa Sinasac (1996), Heather Lynch (1997) and Kate Stenning (2021). We are still in need of a Secretary, however, to replace the position filled jointly recently by Judy Sumner and Barbara Hoover. Please contact us if you can take on this role!
TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Norma Evans reported a healthy balance, which included the profit from the Reunion in May. As indicated previously, the SCAA wishes to mark South’s Centennial Year with the purchase of a suitable legacy gift for the school. While discussion took place at the AGM, no decision was made, so suggestions from alumni are still welcomed (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2023-24 SOUTH YEARBOOK: Preliminary plans were launched for an Alumni-sponsored 2023-24 Yearbook as no Yearbooks have been published in recent years. Suggestions for other possible Alumni projects were deferred until the November 15 executive meeting.
IN MEMORIAM: This section has now been set up and the first three posts have been made. Thank you to Elizabeth (Blake) Kipp (’63), who has volunteered to prepare the obit notices for posting. This new addition to the website can be easily accessed. When you get to the Homepage, click on “News” where you will see a section labelled “In Memoriam”. For even faster access, just click on the following: https://southalumni.ca/in-memoriam/
SCHOOL NEWS HERE & NOW: This feature now has a separate section on our website. The section has also been set up under “News”. Our staff liaison, Stacey Farr, will be providing updates on sports teams and events and we will also be asking for updates from other staff members. Watch for future posts by clicking on https://southalumni.ca/school-news-here-and-now/
FALL LIONS’ PRIDE: Although I (C. Weir) have officially retired from the SCAA Executive, I will remain involved in a number of areas. The continuation of the newsletter is important to me, as I hope it is to many alumni, so I will be staying on as editor until another volunteer is found. I will also be looking after the posting of the newsletter on the website. What I won’t be doing is the bulk of the research and writing as in the past. I have contacted several alumni about submitting some written material and have had some encouraging responses, so feel confident that we will be able to put together a newsletter this November. Whether we are able to continue to do this going forward really depends on securing a few more alumni volunteers to assist with the research, writing, editing, etc.
“100 YEARS of LIONS’ PRIDE” PROFILES: As indicated earlier, the 150 profiles on display during the May Reunion will be posted for future viewing by interested alumni. Four profiles have already been posted on the Alumni Facebook page (accessible from the website homepage): Ethan Hickey (’19), Rain Bloodworth (’18), Lachlan McKinlay (’14) and Michelle Paonessa (’12), with more to follow soon. For those who don’t do Facebook, a special section has now been set up on the website for the posting of the profiles: http://southalumni.ca/alumni-profiles/. The four profiles listed above have now been posted there.
PROFILES IN THE WORTLEY VILLAGER: Cathy Wood, the Managing Editor of the Wortley Villager asked for another profile from our book Knowing No Defeat for this November’s issue. This will be the 5th time the monthly magazine has featured one of South’s 57 WWII war dead. In addition, four of the profiles from the May Reunion have also been sent to her and will be published whenever space permits.