We just wanted to send out a message to all alumni to say “Happy Banquet Day” even though we have been unable to gather as a group due to COVID-19 restrictions. We are all saddened that the 50-year class of 1970 and all other 5-year classes have been unable to celebrate their milestone events this year.
However, there are discussions and works in the plans for a joint celebration between the Class of 1971 and the Class of 1970 for next year’s banquet, and if this all plans out, hopefully the other 5-year classes from this year will also be able to join us at the 2021 Annual Banquet for a belated celebration of their special years missed this year.
Also, as is usually done as a part of the annual banquet, the Annual Reports for the Treasurer, Scholarship Chairperson, Secretary and Registrar are now online for downloading. You may download them by clicking here.
At this time, we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to cancel the Camden Alumni Association Annual Banquet for this year. Our desire is for everyone to stay safe & healthy. Plus, with the uncertainties for what the near future holds on public gatherings, it has become nearly impossible to plan future events at this time.
We are still working on the details to award the scholarships to the graduating seniors. We are still hoping to award eight scholarships of $1,000 each this year, and are awaiting the receipt of the scholarship applications from the school system. They have a process in the works for collecting and distributing the various scholarship applications from graduating seniors.
In the coming months, we will be sending out a mailer to our alumni to ask you for your annual membership dues and any scholarship donation you would like to make for this year to help us fund next year’s activities and scholarships. We will greatly appreciate your support at that time. If you wish to make your membership payment and/or a scholarship fund donation now, you can download a printable form by clicking here.
Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time of social distancing and personal seclusion. We feel the sadness for the 5-year reunion classes, especially the Class of 1970, the honored 50-year class for this year, who are unable to celebrate as a group this year. We are looking forward to resuming our Annual Alumni Banquets in June 2021 and hope many of you will join us for future banquets.
We are following the COVID-19 (Corona) Virus carefully, and do not know what conditions may be by Alumni Banquet time in June.
At this time, we are hoping social distancing and the warmer early summer weather will slow or halt the spread of the virus and no action will be necessary. But at this time, the forecast from the CDC is not looking promising.
However, please keep in mind that if health & safety conditions or federal, state, county or local regulations make it necessary, we will have to cancel the Annual Alumni Banquet and send refunds to everyone who has made reservations.
We will do our best to make such a decision in a prompt and timely manner to allow everyone to adjust their plans. At this time we are delaying any email or postal mail advertising about the Annual Alumni Banquet as long as possible. We hope to have a better handle on things by the middle of April. We have set an internal deadline of April 20th as our final decision point to either cancel/postpone the banquet or continue with the advertising as planned. We are also leaving open the possibility of having to cancel as the date gets closer if things have not improved and we have sent out the invitations.
At this time, we are removing access to the downloadable reservation form and blocking access to the banquet reservation page until such time as we have made a decision on what we will be doing concerning the annual alumni banquet.
We have been thinking about this a lot this week, and are trying to find the most prudent, safe and effective path to follow forward. May you all be safe & healthy during this troubling time. We all look forward to our next alumni gathering, whenever that may occur!!