From the President- December 2023

Alumni,

Thank you for your continued support of and participation in the Auburn Alumni Band! I also want to say a special thank you to all of our hard-working Board members for their commitment and contributions this year. We had four members roll off at Reunion 2023 – Traci Ash, Paul McCracken, Alison Foster, and Paul Wright – who were replaced by new members Jackie Damewood, Keri Sheutz Hallford, Katie Olszowy, and Kylie Weis. Pictures of Board members may be found on the website (www.auburnalumniband.com). I am pleased to announce that Traci Ash and Paul Wright will continue working with with the Board in newly appointed roles to assist with merchandise management and our ongoing History Project, respectively.

The Board last met on 11/7/23 for a reunion recap and to finalize year-end business and committee assignments. Projects completed in 2022-23 include planning and executing a successful reunion, raising over $9000 for our endowed scholarship via a special giving campaign with AU Advancement, securing a licensing agreement with the University for use of the “Band A” logo, publishing three newsletters to our website, adding an AUMB student representative to the Board, and arranging to have a presence at the AUMB senior banquet each year to welcome our new alumni. This year we also wrote letters to the following people recognizing and thanking them for their support of both the AUMB and the Alumni Band: President Roberts, Athletic Director John Cohen, Coach Freeze, Coach Pearl, Coach Cadillac Williams, and Dr. Jason Hicks, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. In addition, we built new relationships with the Office of Trademark and Licensing, the Auburn Alumni Association, and AU Advancement.

Our next Board meeting will be held on 1/30/2024. Projects scheduled for completion next year include planning and executing Reunion 2024, revising our bylaws, and creating a procedures document to guide Board activities and help maintain consistency of our practices over time. We also hope to initiate a new student-centered event – stay posted for more details next summer!

I wish each of you and your families Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas, and a new year filled with beautiful music. If you still need to make donations for tax year 2023, please keep our scholarship in mind. Here’s the giving link: https://alumniq.auburn.edu/giving/to/alumniband.

War Eagle and Strike Up the Band!!

Mary Monk-Tutor ‘84, President

auburnalumniband@gmail.com