We’re excited to bring you the first official Walkabout Alumni Newsletter! This is the culmination of lots of hard work from many contributors and we hope you enjoy it.
We started the Walkabout Alumni Association with a few goals in mind. We want to keep you informed of all the important Walkabout news including the future of the program, alumni accomplishments, upcoming events and also, share some of the creative talents of your fellow Walkabouters. Our quarterly newsletter is how we will get most of this information to you. So, sit back and read on!
First, a little about WAA (pronounced “way”) and our friends at WEF. WAA is the Walkabout Alumni Association. We’re here to bring alumni together and accomplish the goals described above. We are a separate and distinct organization from WEF, the Walkabout Education Foundation, whose primary focus is starting the next Walkabout. WEF is working with educational institutions, community leaders, grant writers, politicians and administrators to get Walkabout 2.0 off the ground. They’ve made great strides and are hopeful to have the doors open for WABT 2.0 in 2016 or 2017. All of the fundraising done in the past was for WEF. If you donated to help the cause, thank you! Your money is being carefully watched and frugally spent; I assure you.
Now that WAA is off and running, we need to raise a modest amount of money to help achieve our goals. You may not know it, but running an organization like WAA is not free. We need to pay for web hosting, newsletter distribution, event fees and we’d really like to subsidize the cost of the Alumni Summit moving forward so it is attainable for more of our classmates to participate. With this in mind, we have a fund raising target of $10,000. If we can hit that number, we’ll be able to bring you quality events at reasonable costs and continue the stream of online communications.
To help us hit our goal, we welcome you to become a supporting member of WAA. We understand that everyone has plenty of bills to pay so we are keeping the suggested donation to a modest $20 per year; an amount everyone should be able to afford. Of course, if you can afford to give a bit more, we would really appreciate it! To donate, click email@example.com [PayPal link pending…]. With each newsletter we’ll be sure to give you an update on our financial status so you know where your money is going. We aim to be very transparent.
If you would like to contribute in ways other than financial, please let us know. We can always use help to improve the organization. We’re currently looking for volunteers to help at our next Runabout event and contributors to our next newsletter. If you’d like to write a piece, conduct an interview, submit pictures or send in something you did during your Walkabout, it’s easy to do. Email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re pushing to reach all of our fellow Walkabouters but we currently only have contact information for less than half of them. Below is a link to the list of alumni that we still need info for. Please take a look through it and if you’ve got a phone number or email address for anyone listed, send it to us at email@example.com. If you’re good at tracking people down and want to help, we’re looking for a “Patrol Leader” from each Walkabout class to help collect current contact info on all their classmates. If you’d like to be a Patrol Leader, drop us an email and we’ll get you started.
WAA Annual Events & Links–bookmark them!
- WALKABOUT ALUMNI SUMMIT – recap about the great one we had in June 2015, and plans for the next one in June 2016!
- RUNABOUT FUN+FUNDRAISER – coming up soon – September 12th 2015 – email firstname.lastname@example.org for info…
- THANKSGIVING GATHERING – the annual tradition continues every Thanksgiving, usually the Wednesday afternoon/evening before – location TBD.
We would like to wish many thanks to all the people that made this organization and this publication possible. It’s a true testament to the Walkabout community that people decades out of school will still gladly volunteer their time and skills for our cause.
– Walkabout Alumni Association (WAA)
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