Welcome to the Class of 2005 Homepage!
“You only have three choices in life…give up…give in…or give it all you’ve got.” -Unknown
I wasn’t a particularly faithful person when I entered the freshman class of 2005, but there was one passage of scripture that caught my eye early in the weeks of hell:
2 Corinthians 4, 16-18: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Since those days in old 4th battalion, I have read that passage hundreds of times. In fact, it is emblazoned on the underside of my ring. Reflection on that passage during times of strife has helped me in my faith, and it’s also helped me to accept the things of the past. It’s taken me a decade of compromise within myself to accept what “The Citadel Experience” meant to me, but I think I’m ready. I think it’s my time.
The Citadel, to me, doesn’t mean grades, or girls, or games. It wasn’t a four-year frat party and it certainly wasn’t what I would call a “good time.” But I didn’t go to the toughest military institute in the United States for a “good time.” I went because I heard the stories of the network, and more than anything, the stories of the tough and hardened people that graduated from there.
Am I bitter? Am I scarred? Of course I am. But I’m also tough and hardened. And if you’re reading this…so are you and I’m proud of you for it. I was asked to share what it is about being a graduate of The Citadel that makes me proud. Well, here it is: it’s YOU! Each and every one of us has a story. Some we’re proud of and some we’ll never share. But your story, and what that story has made you, is what makes me proud to call myself a Citadel graduate.
Over the last decade, I’ve reflected on how The Citadel has helped me. If there’s one phrase that most adequately answers that question, it’s: “Don’t give up…ever.” It’s so simple that those who don’t understand the real Citadel experience can dismiss it. But you and I know the real meaning. You and I feel it in our DNA. It flows through our every aspect of life, from the military, to marriage, to work.
That drive to never give up is the best gift The Citadel gave me. And I’m ready to acknowledge it. I’m ready to give back. If your gift lives within you today, consider making an impact today. Consider giving our gift to another generation of Citadel Graduates. We need them…the world needs them.
Representative Stephen L. Goldfinch Jr.
Class of 2005, Romeo Company
Thanks to Stephen for sharing his message. I know his words ring true with me, and hopefully they do for you as well. Planning has already begun, and the reunion committee will be sending out details periodically to keep everyone up to speed on plans for the weekend as they evolve. If you have Facebook, please join the group “The Citadel: Class of 2005” for updates and feel free to provide comments and suggestions.
To date, The Class of 2005 has raised approximately $23,935.10 of our $100,000 goal during the reunion campaign period of 2013-2015, including $4,985.00 for our reunion project. As a reminder, the project our class has chosen to support is: Class of 2005 Medal of Honor Recipient Speaker Series Jump Start Fund ($45,000 of $100,000 goal)
The Medal of Honor (MOH) Recipient Speaker Series is designed to give students the opportunity to interact with living American heroes by engaging in meaningful dialogues about principled leadership. The Medal of Honor recipient is also available to meet with and provide a presentation for the voluntary attendance of faculty, staff, and guests.
Past Medal of Honor Recipient Speakers at The Citadel:
SSG Sal Giunta - one of our most recent MOH recipients in Afghanistan
COL Jack H. Jacobs - Vietnam Recipient & noted TV news commentator
SFC Leroy Petry - War on Terror recipient
COL Bruce Crandall - Vietnam Recipient
MG Patrick Brady - Vietnam recipient
MSG Sammy Davis - Vietnam recipient
Mr. Paul Bucha - Vietnam recipient
For those that have already made donations and pledges, I say Thank You! For those that have not, I urge you to consider giving at a level, and to an area of the school, that is meaningful to you personally. There are no right or wrong answers, just as long as you are giving to The Citadel in some way.
With 371 class members, we could reach our goal of $100,000 with a gift of just $270 per person, but everyone has to do their part. The pledge breakdown below illustrates how you can achieve a sizeable donation to the Class Reunion Campaign by giving back now.
|December 2014-December 2018
||Annual Installment (5 years)
||Monthly Installment (49 months)
|*Check with your HR department for matching gift opportunities.
Please complete and return the enclosed contribution card with your gift or you can make your gift on our safe and secure website: http://foundation.citadel.edu/2005giving. If you need more details or you have any questions about how you can contribute, please do not hesitate to contact any of the committee members below or Veronica Vereen, our class contact at:
The Citadel Foundation
ATTN: Veronica Vereen
171 Moultrie Street Charleston, SC 29409
I hope that this letter finds each of you well! It’s hard to believe we are less than two years away from our 10th class reunion. It seems like just yesterday we were walking across the stage in McAllister Field House to accept our diplomas and start our lives. It is truly amazing to look back and see just how far we have come since that joyous day in May of 2005. The 10th reunion is considered to be the first major milestone in our journey as Citadel Alumni, and to honor this occasion The Citadel Foundation has asked our class to mount a Class of 2005 Reunion Campaign. So what does this mean exactly?
The Citadel has experienced numerous successes and accomplishments over the years and continues to be recognized as a leader in education. Enrollment in the Corps is at an all-time high, and there are now 20 companies representing over 2,200 Cadets! It should not come as a surprise to you, however, that The Citadel is in an increasingly challenging financial situation. The State of South Carolina is experiencing extreme budgetary pressures due to the unstable economy, and financial support to The Citadel has, and continues, to be cut at an alarming rate. State support to The Citadel will barely cover 9% of the school’s 2013-2014 operations budget. The remainder of the budget will be covered by the generous donations, both past and present, of our Alumni and supporters. Yet, these resources are limited, and the need for significant fundraising efforts has never been greater. Each year The Citadel Foundation requests the assistance of the 10th, 25th, 40th, and 50th Reunion Classes to lead the charge with the fundraising efforts. So what have we been asked to do?
I along with the Committee members listed below, were first tasked with establishing an overall giving goal for our class. After consultation with The Citadel Foundation and thorough consideration, the Committee has set the Class of 2005’s overall goal at $100,000. While ambitious, this goal is achievable if we all pitch in. As an example, with roughly 400 classmates, assuming everyone gives, this comes out to $250 per person. Now it might not seem quite so insurmountable, but we need everyone to do their part.
Our Committee was then asked to identify a class project to direct the funds raised. I am excited to announce that our class funds will go towards kick starting the Class of 2005 Medal of Honor Recipient Speaker Series where we will bring in 2 Medal of Honor recipients each year to speak with the Corps. The speakers will share their amazing stories of courage, honor and leadership. Our goal will be to provide the first 3 years of operating funds to get the program off the ground. Your next question might be, what happens after the third year? We are working in conjunction with the Class of 1975 and their 40th Reunion Campaign, where they will focus $345,000 of their fundraising efforts to endow the series forever. So by our forces combined we cannot only start the series, but it will be there for the benefit of the Corps of Cadets for generations to come.
We have approximately two years to raise this money in cash, pledges and deferred gifts, ending in the year of our reunion. While we would like gifts to be focused towards the Class of 2005 Medal of Honor Recipient Speaker Series, you can direct your support to any fund or area on campus of your choosing (ie The Brigadier Foundation, Daniel Library Fund, etc.) All charitable donations to The Citadel will count towards the overall class gift of $100,000.
Thank you in advance for considering ways to support our Class of 2005 Reunion Campaign, and thus our Citadel. Remember, it is not how much you give. Any level of participation counts and is greatly appreciated. We look forward to seeing each of you in Charleston during Homecoming 2015 at our 10th reunion! If you should have any questions as you consider your gift, please do not hesitate to call me or one of our Committee Members. I can be reached at (843) 250-5182.
Charles R. Vernon, Jr., Chairman
- Our campaign gift documentation period is from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2015. To date, our class has raised over $15,885 in cash and deferred gifts (these gifts have not been directed to our Class Project). The class has until 12/31/15 to make a pledge or gift. All pledges must be honored by 12/31/18.
- Our campaign project goal total is $45,000. The overall campaign goal is $100,000. The $55,000 portion of this goal accounts for annual and deferred gifts to other areas of the school.
- Development Officer Veronica Vereen with The Citadel Foundation is available to assist and explain a variety of creative ways you can contribute so please feel free to contact her directly at 1-843-953-1861, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visit http://foundation.citadel.edu/2005giving to keep up to date with our Reunion Campaign efforts.