A. J. MOORE HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
All School Reunion Update
Celebrating the Golden Anniversaries
Class of 1966 and Class of 1967
Season’s Greetings Fellow Alumni!
We pray that you are all doing well! As the year comes to a close, we can honestly say that 2016 has been a busy and productive year for A. J. Moore High School Alumni Association (AJMHSAA).
A New Chapter
We are excited in anticipation of what the future holds for us in our new status as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. This is something that many of us have wanted for a long time and our alumni association has worked diligently over the past couple of years to bring this goal to fruition with the help of several key individuals including alumnus Dr. Cheyenne Eichelberger who served as non-profit consultant. Our charitable status gives us the opportunity to do a number of things which many of us have talked about over the years — things such as acquire a facility, increase our opportunities to raise money, increase the amount of assistance provided through scholarships and the number of scholarships, and so much more. We are asking that each and every one of our alumni unite in helping us successfully navigate now and throughout the coming years as a charitable organization.
There has been a discussion about the need to increase registration fees for the AJMHSAA All School Reunion for several years. Well, at the September 9, 2016 alumni association meeting, where much concern was expressed about the decreasing number of participants and the impact that these numbers had on the budget, members agreed to increase the registration fee to $125.00. In addition, the Sunday picnic fees were increased to $20.00. Reunion/ Registration information and forms for the All School Reunion can be found on the ajmoorealumni.com website.
Another increase which was approved by the alumni association was the price of ads for the souvenir book. The prices are as listed below:
- Whole page …………. $ 125.00
- Half page ……………. $ 75.00
- Quarter page ………… $ 45.00
- Eighth page ………….. $ 35.00
- Patron ………………… $ 10.00
Gwendolyn Bendy is the Committee Chairperson and she will be sharing additional information about the souvenir books in the near future.
Alumni Awards and Nomination Committee
This is a new proposed committee submitted by Bettie V. Beard. The purpose of the Alumni Awards and Nomination Committee will be 1) to impartially select alumni for several categories of awards, 2) nominate or receive nominations for the purpose of choosing award recipients for the A. J. Moore Alumni Association, 3) for choosing nominees to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and 4) for choosing nominees for the Waco Independent School District’s Distinguished Alumni Awards. The Committee will present its report for approval to the A. J. Moore Alumni Association Executive Committee before submitting nominees.
Costs associated with A. J. Moore High Alumni Association awards and nominations might range from nominal (cost of postage and a few plaques – less than $500.00 per award year) to a more expensive $5.000 — $7,000.00 (breakfast or dinner event/ceremony which could be offset by using event as fundraiser) or even higher depending on the ambition of our Association.
Positive outcomes of such a committee could contribute greatly to raising the profile of AJMHSAA and ensuring that our history and legacy is firmly entrenched in the Waco community and beyond.
Celebrating Class of 1966 and the Class of 1967
This year we are celebrating the 50th and 51st anniversaries of the classes of 1966 and 1967! Guys the spotlight is on YOU … this is your year to SHINE! We know that you want this to be one of the most memorable years of all your reunion years! And it will be if you really want it to be. Everyone one can get involved in reaching out to fellow classmates and encouraging them to come. Tell them how great it would be to see them. Let them know that you would like to talk about those good old days at Moore High School or that you just want to catch up! Than, those of you who live in Waco can get actively engaged. There is a lot of work to do and your presence and input at monthly meetings could make a world of difference not just in your class gatherings but in the overall All School Reunion. There are several Committees which you might choose to work on.
This is YOUR YEAR Class of 1966 and Class of 1967!! And PLEASE commit to making your presence felt in the 2017 Souvenir Book by placing ads for yourselves, deceased classmates, teachers, family who graduated, and get your churches and various organizations to support your GOLDEN ANNIVERSARIES by purchasing ads!
Mighty, Mighty Lions Forever
Yes, we are forever those Mighty, Mighty Lions from Moore High School! WE are the keeper of traditions and each and every one of us have a stake in the success of our gatherings which keep us bonded. Our shared memories and our shared legacy have knitted a bond so strong that we have the power to connect the past to the future cementing it for posterity. Yes – we have that kind of power AND we can make it happen!!
Looking forward to seeing everyone in JULY!!!
Have a very blessed and Merry Christmas and a gloriously Happy New Year friends!!!
- J. Moore High School Alumni Association Executive Committee: Rev. Wayman Dever, Chair; Bettie Beard, Co-Chair; Virdie Sunday, Secretary; Rev. Allen Kuykendall, Treasurer