On February 17-18, Alumni Council members returned to campus for their annual Winter meeting. They were joined on Saturday morning by WF Clubs leaders and Reunion Committee members. Who are these volunteer groups and what do they do?

Who’s on the Alumni Council?
We try for a broad range of members to fully represent alumni across the country. Currently, there are 57 members from 15 states. We have members who live in places that you’d expect – Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C. – to places you might not – New York City, Denver, San Francisco, Houston and Miami. You might be surprised at the number of alumni we have in far-flung corners of the country. And we have members who graduated in the 1950s all the way up to those who’ve graduated in the last ten years.

What’s the Alumni Council’s top priority for the year?
We have four key priorities for the year, as defined by our Alumni Council Strategic Plan. We remain committed to expanding the council to include representation from all schools and more closely aligning the council with our WF Clubs program. Our top committee priorities are:

  • Fostering creative programming with the introduction of nationwide service day and the expansion of interest groups.
  • Developing a communication strategy around the redesign of the alumni website and social media outreach.
  • Retaining donors from the extremely successful Young Alumni Challenge and identifying new WF Fund supporters.
  • Celebrating our Distinguished Alumni Award winners and expanding our volunteer recognition programs.

What’s the WF Clubs program?
The WF Clubs program is a great way to stay engaged and involved with Wake Forest in your local area after you graduate. More than 200 volunteers serve in some capacity with the WF Clubs program and all alumni, parents and friends are invited to participate in WF Clubs activities. The program strives to hold social, cultural, networking and service events over the course of the year.

The 35 active WF Clubs represent a lot of our alumni base. We are always looking for new volunteers so we encourage you to visit the WF Clubs site to see if there is an active club in your area and contact the local leadership.

For those that don’t have a local club there are still many ways to be involved! You can always contact the Alumni Office and host a Wake Forest event in your area, even if there isn’t an official club.

Who plans my class reunion?
Reunion Committees play a vital role in Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.

Each year, 10 classes gather to celebrate a class reunion beginning with the fifth reunion and culminating with the classes inducted into the Half Century Club at the 50th reunion.The success of each reunion is the direct result of the advance planning and creative thought of the reunion committee members. Committees serve to contact and network with their friends and classmates, encouraging them to attend Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, as well as to support the Reunion Campaign by donating to The Wake Forest Fund.

Plans are underway for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2012 for classes ending in 2s or 7s – stay tuned for more details!

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