The CFBRAA Annual Reunion has fallen victim to the pandemic that has affected all of us. With Boys Ranch not having the Rodeo and social distancing appearing to be the way of life, the Alumni Association Board of Directors met and unanimously voted to cancel all of the events of this year’s Annual Reunion. We have tentatively scheduled a picnic for October 11th. As plans progress we will post more information.
Since we are not going to be able to go out to BR and have the Golf Tournament, and are required to socially distance and wear masks … what kind of reunion is that. We also ran an on line survey and the overwhelming response was that people were not going to attend this year. Hopefully we can picnic together in a few months.
Not having the reunion will have an impact on what we will be able to do this year as an Association. The Crisis Support has been primarily funded by the Silent Auction. Not having that event will impact the way we will be able to help our brothers and sisters and their families in times of crisis for the coming year. About half of our alumni renew their membership at the reunion. We will need to do that on line or by mail this year.
We have two alumni and one staff family that we were going to recognize at the reunion. We will hold off until next year on these recognitions. We could do a virtual recognition, but that would hardly be a fitting way to express our appreciation for their service and examples.
We are not planning any regional gatherings until we see the restrictions on gathering lifted. We will plan to have the Dallas Gathering in February (probably the 13th), unless this pandemic is still keeping us shut down. When things get lifted, we will start planning regional gatherings all over the country. If you would like to have one in your area, let Bob Sarpalius know email@example.com
One small, but meaningful event that we can’t have is the General Meeting. At this meeting we elect the new BOD members. The Executive Committee will prepare a list of 6 nominees to fill the seats of the 6 whose terms are expiring. We generally take nominations from the floor as well. It looks like now, those nominations will need to come via email to the CFBRAA Office. If you would like to nominate someone to serve a 3 year term on the CFBRAA Board of Directors, please send the nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The events of this pandemic have negatively impacted a lot of what we do as an Association. We continue to help those in need and continue to provide scholarships for family members of alumni. We still do what we can to support the work of Cal Farley’s. But the challenges are making it difficult. If you can support the work of your alumni association by serving or giving, your support will be gratefully appreciated, and your BR/GT family will all be grateful.
The Alumni Association was unable to have the Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament at Winstar this year. However, we have 10 students receiving scholarships and we still needed to have the fundraiser. Hence efforts were made to contact previous donors and raise the scholarship funds without the Golf Tournament. We didn’t have any green fees (of course) and, sadly, though understandably, we had no sponsors. However, due almost exclusively to the incredible effort of the Scholarship Committee Chairman, Chuck Farrell, we were able to raise sufficient funds to cover most of the expense for the coming year. We still anticipate additional support to declare the 2020 Scholarship Fundraiser, in spite of what Covid threw at us. We are all debtors to the dedicated effort and support of Chuck to the service we provide to family members of the CFBRAA in helping them attend college.
We continue to encourage folks to contribute to the scholarship fund. One of our BOD members signed up to sponsor a scholarship. That is to $2,000 to underwrite the scholarship of one student. This is a fantastic way to support the work. At the same time, if all you can give is $20; every little bit helps and 100% goes to scholarships. Your dues and general support cover all of the overhead of the Association.
Wow didn’t see this coming! Then again, few of us did. Never expected 2020 to be what it is turning out to be. Vacations are being canceled; gatherings are being suspended; families are hurting, and support groups are being overwhelmed. I have personally had some serious health challenges this year. But we look forward to better days. (We certainly never anticipated days like these!) It has been amazing to see how the tough times bring out the amazing grace in a lot of people. We are blessed to be a family; a family of multiple generations, diverse ethnicity, with gifts, strength, weaknesses, and circumstances that allow us to actually be family to one another. I must express my sincere gratitude to men and women who have stepped up and given of their time, talents and resources to help the CFBRAA be good for the family we serve.
I know here appears to be a lot in this newsletter about money. The thing is, that is one of the areas where we have been most significantly impacted, and that impact definitely affects our future. If you have been considering supporting your Alumni Association in any way, let me just say, please do so now! Thank You Much for being family!!
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