On behalf of our Class of 1978 Reunion Campaign Committee, I wish everyone a healthy and happy 2015!
I am writing you to provide an update on our 40th Reunion Campaign. I certainly hope each one of you is aware of this effort by now. At our 35th Reunion in November of 2013, when we went “public” with the Campaign, we had pledges and current gifts totaling nearly $300,000.
Our current total as of December 31, 2014 is $595,921.95. Our goal by Reunion time in November 2018 is $1,750,000. Together we can do this!
I am here to ask you please not wait until the last minute to make your contribution.
Our hope is that we can get as many classmates on board with a pledged commitment now instead of waiting until the last year of our campaign. This will allow you to spread out pledge payments for the next four years. Many classmates have committed to a monthly draft over this period of time. That is the route I chose. Some of us are in a position to liquidate stocks or bonds. Some of us are in a position to donate an insurance policy or name The Citadel as the beneficiary in a Trust.
In a campaign as ambitious as ours, we will also measure our success in terms of participation percentage as much as the total dollars raised. The bottom line is that it is the responsibility of our entire class to become fully engaged and step forward to contribute at whatever level is feasible.
Our current participation rate for the class is 26.43%. Our goal by Reunion time November 2018 is 50%. Together we can do this!
The State is currently “supporting” The Citadel at a mere 9% of our overall annual operations budget. The need for significant fundraising efforts has clearly been established. I simply want to ask each one of you: Did graduating from The Citadel help you get your career started or get you into a graduate program? Law school? Medical school? More importantly did your time here develop your character and improve your leadership skills? Improve your discipline or improve your time management? Improve your shirt tucking abilities? (I still give myself a shirt tuck several times a day….yes even this old senior private!) I am very much aware that many of you reading this did not have a completely rewarding 4 years at The Citadel. You might have just hung on to make it through, with not much smiling going on. However, the end result is the same no matter how we grew as men, what we learned as cadets, or the friendships we formed: We are the Class of 1978!!
Josephine Rex is our Citadel Foundation liaison. She works very hard for us and is here for us now and in the future to help answer questions or concerns. Obviously, you can also contact me or any of our Committee Members and Company Representatives. Please also take the time to review our specific goals and how the funds are counted. Also, it is important to note how your Annual Giving is counted and “counted on” as we go forward. Please do not forget about the areas of campus that rely on our continuous support for daily operation.
This is a special period in our lives. We have the opportunity and privilege to create two fully endowed scholarships for future Citadel Cadets. We can ensure their lives will be impacted as ours have been, and they can in turn make a difference as Alumni just as most of us have done!
Many thanks for those of you already engaged and thanks to those that will soon be joining our ranks for this awesome cause!
Reunion Fund Descriptions
The Class of 1978 Scholarship: Goal of $400,000 (encompassed in overall goal)
•Recipients must be prospective upper-class students who demonstrate the qualities of leadership, academic achievement, self-discipline and service. Sons/Daughters as well as grandsons/granddaughters of members of the Class of 1978 who meet the selection criteria will receive preference.
•$100,000 has already been raised for this scholarship, so an additional $400,000 will provide the full cost of tuition for a deserving cadet.The Class of 1978 Memorial Scholarship: Goal of $350,000 (encompassed in overall goal)
•The purpose of this endowed athletic scholarship is to provide a scholarship to a student who has demonstrated the qualities of leadership, academic, achievement, self-discipline and service qualities that will enable him/her to excel in The Citadel’s unique military environment. Descendents of members of the Class of 1978 who meet the selection criteria will receive preference when the scholarship is awarded. Students who are recipients one year are eligible for consideration in any other year; however, they must again comply with the selection criteria.
•$50,000 has already been raised for this scholarship, so an additional $350,000 will provide the full cost of tuition for a deserving cadet-athlete.Important Items of note:
•If you make annual gifts to The Citadel, for example to The Citadel Fund, you should continue to do so. A campaign gift by definition is above and beyond annual giving. We do not want the areas on campus that depend on your generous donations to suffer due to this special effort. All gifts made by the class are counted toward the overall $1.75M campaign goal.
•The combined project goal of $750,000 is absorbed into the $1.75M overall goal. The additional $1,000,000 of the overall goal is to account for annual gifts directed to other campus funds and deferred gifts.
•All gifts between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2018 are counted toward the overall goal. The class has until 12/31/18 to make a gift. All pledges must be honored by 12/31/18
•The above referenced projects require cash and pledges and cannot be fulfilled with planned or deferred gifts. However, planned gifts do count towards the overall $1.75M goal.
•Josephine Rex, our Class Liaison at The Citadel Foundation, can be reached via phone or email: email@example.com; (843) 953-6716
On behalf of our Class of 1978 Reunion Campaign Committee, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support of The Citadel. It was wonderful seeing so many of our classmates back on campus for our 35th reunion. It is only with the support and dedication of alumni and friends that the college continues to excel as a distinguished institution.
It is important to recognize that The Citadel has experienced many successes and accomplishments over the years and continues to be recognized as a leader in education. However, it should not come as a surprise to you that The Citadel is in an increasingly challenging financial situation. State support to The Citadel is projected to be 9% of the school’s 2013-2014 operations budget and the need for significant fundraising efforts has been recognized as these issues in funding continue. Now it is our time to step forward on behalf of the institution that helped build our character and our values. This is why we have established “The Class of 1978 Reunion Campaign.”
The Citadel Foundation is working hand-in-hand with each class to create a reunion model that competes with our peer schools and academies. Through this new tradition, known as Class Reunion Campaigns (CRC), those classes celebrating significant reunions will have an opportunity to rally together in support of The Citadel and its greatest needs. More importantly, the campaign offers us a vehicle to reach out to classmates and maintain some of the most formative and important relationships we have known. A fundraising campaign by definition means above and beyond annual support. During this period, our Annual Giving Class Chairman, Buddy Brand will work closely with the Class Reunion Campaign Chairman, Chip Seignious and the CRC volunteers (listed on back).
After thorough consideration, the Class of 1978’s overall goal will be $1,750,000 (including deferred or planned gifts). The class has through our 40th reunion to meet this goal and we have already been raising money through the silent phase of this campaign. So far, donations total $250,000! Going forward, the project funds listed on the back will be our areas of focus and support during our Reunion Campaign. These projects were selected based on our class’s interests and The Citadel’s greatest needs. However, you can direct your support to any fund or area on campus if these projects don’t coincide with your philanthropic interests as all gifts count towards the overall goal. If you haven’t been an annual contributor ~ now is the time to start giving back to our alma mater. Our reunion is the perfect time for the Class of 1978 to make a financial commitment to ensure our legacy at The Citadel.
In the coming months, a Reunion Campaign Volunteer will be contacting you to ask for your consideration to make an outright gift, a pledge, and/or a planned gift to meet the goals of our Class Reunion Campaign. The committee will be assisted by TCF Contact, Laura Jordan with The Citadel Foundation. Please contact her with any questions you may have regarding our Class Reunion Campaign at 843-953-9078 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks for your consideration and financial support of The Citadel.
George M. Seignious III, 40th Reunion Campaign Chairman
T Company Representative
Class of 1978 Reunion Campaign Volunteers
Buddy Black – K Company Representative
Buddy Brand – TCF Class Chairman and T Company Representative
Lewis Cauthen – A Company Representative
Joe Detyens – N Company Representative
John Dunham – O Company Representative
Ronnie Easterby – G Company Representative
Craig English – H Company Representative
John Falkenbury – M Company Representative
Chris Hingle – B Company Representative
Bill Lehew – R Company Representative
Ritchie McQueeney – E Company Representative
Leon Melissas – Band Company Representative
Tom O’Brien – R Company Representative
Marty Potash – H Company Representative
Bill Thomas – D Company Representative
Bob Tillman – F Company Representative
Ed Ward – Band Company Representative
C – Vacant (contact Chip to help)