As we enter the centennial year of Benedictine College Preparatory, it is essential that the alumni support the activities and objectives of Benedictine and create a culture where information about issues, challenges, needs and achievements of Benedictine and its students is available from a single, consistent source. There is no better time than the centennial anniversary to formally introduce the Benedictine Alumni Association, whose mission is to support the traditions, activities, objectives and principles of the school.
The goals of the Alumni Association will be to:
- Organize the alumni base of BCP;
- Provide a consistent source of information about BCP events and alumni;
- Provide leadership opportunities to enhance the personal and professional development of BHS alumni;
- Sponsor, support and operate BCP events;
- Partner with the Benedictine Society of Virginia to ensure the legacy of BCP; and
- Promote the BCP mission and principles to the greater community.
As with most alumni associations, membership will require the payment of yearly and/or lifetime dues. All dues and funds collected by the Alumni Association will be restricted gifts and deposited into an “Alumni Association Fund” account. Before each academic year, the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association will determine, after input from the Advancement Office and the general membership of the Alumni Association, how the funds will be distributed. Membership in the Alumni Association will provide certain benefits to its members, via discounts, specials and other benefits to local businesses.
We are excited about the Benedictine Alumni Association and its potential impact on Benedictine for the next 100 years. The launch date for the Alumni Association is January 3, 2011, to coincide with the start of the centennial anniversary of Benedictine. The Alumni Association will be the “unified voice” of the alumni of Benedictine to help foster a culture of collaboration between the alumni, Benedictine and the community as a whole and to pass down the rich traditions and history of Benedictine to future generations of Cadets.
Should you have further questions or comments, please feel free to contact Pete Gambardella, Class of 1992 at (804) 677-7834, or Lori Schattner at (804) 342-1331.
Peter A. Gambardella Michael Hanky
Class of 1992 Class of 1998