Annual Banquet Invitations Being Mailed This Week!

Sorry for the delay in getting the postal invitation & registration forms into the mail for this year’s return of the Annual Dinner Banquet on June 11th. Unfortunately, two days after I completed the printing of the addresses on the pre-printed mailers, I tested positive for Covid-19! Fortunately, I am fully vaccinated and boosted, but my booster shot was five months before I tested positive, so it was definitely wanning in effectiveness. Although I never experienced any severe symptoms, the virus still really walloped me with muscle weakness and physical exhaustion for over two weeks. But, I am finally on the mend, the mailers are now folded, sealed, trayed and headed to the post office on Monday. The mailers for all dues paid active members actually went to the post office on Friday, thanks to our president’s, Kim Dean, husband John coming to the house to pick them up and deliver them to the Camden Post Office.

Since the mailers were printed with addresses on April 2nd, you may get one in the mail even though you sent in your reservation and/or dues & scholarship donation in the past three weeks… I could not pick out those people who already sent in their forms, as that would mess up the mailing as declared in the postage statement paperwork for the post office.

In Search of a New Registrar…

After seventeen years on the Camden Alumni Association Board of Directors, serving the past five years as Registrar, including the current term, I am officially submitting my resignation from the Camden Alumni Board of Directors, effective June 11, 2022. I served for twelve years as a Membership Director, starting in 2005, before moving up to Registrar with the sudden resignation of Scott Souva in 2017. It is now time for me to step aside and let another take over the role of Registrar.

It is time to train someone to take over the role of Registrar for the 2022-2023 term. The plan ahead is to find a qualified alumni volunteer to step up to the role of Registrar on June 11, 2022, and from that point, with some help from me as an “outside the board Registrar Mentor”, learn the ins and outs of how we process all the alumni data, dues payments, scholarship donations and banquet reservations.

The Major Duties of the Registrar consist of:

  1. Carrying out tasks assigned by the Board or the President.
  2. Maintaining an up-to-date record of all active and inactive members of the Association, including:
    • Requesting a list of recent graduates with contact information from the High School Guidance Office every August.
    • Tracking local obituaries and death notices received from other alumni and making note of deaths in the database records.
  3. Performing the registration tasks for the Association Annual Meeting and Banquet and maintain a record of donations to the Alumni Scholarship Fund by:
    • Processing all incoming mailed and online dues and scholarship donations.
    • Preparing monthly or semi-monthly deposits for the Treasurer.
  4. Assisting the 1st Vice President in the process of organizing and conducting the Annual Meeting and Banquet.
  5. Work on increasing active membership in the Association, in cooperation with the 2nd Vice President and Membership Directors.

The complete list of duties on a monthly basis can be found by CLICKING HERE for a PDF download.

From Mid-April until the Annual Meeting & Banquet in Mid-June is the busiest time for the Registrar, handling both postal mail and online dues, scholarship donations and banquet reservations. You can expect to process anywhere from 15 to 50 payments a week, and if you do it on a weekly basis, plan on it taking a couple hours of your time each week. If you can handle them on a day by day basis, it might be 15-45 minutes a day depending on the daily volume…

The remainder of the year is much less busy, handling the occasional payment and reviewing obituaries. I get email updates from all the local funeral homes, and just look to see if anyone is listed as a Camden graduate, and update the database as necessary.

You do need to be comfortable working on computer databases, we use FileMaker Pro for maintaining our database and handling many of the forms and output needed for both the Banquet and contacting our alumni membership. Even if you have no experience with FileMaker Pro, but are comfortable working on a computer, the plan is for you to work with me until you are comfortable with the program yourself. As the Registrar Mentor, I will also be accessing the FileMaker Pro database, so I will still be there for assistance and questions…

The only requirements to be considered for the role of Registrar are:

  • You are a Camden Graduate/Alumni.
  • Are an active member, paying your $5 annual dues.
  • You live in the local Camden/Rome/Oneida area, so you can easily attend the 3-4 in person board meetings per year and deliver deposits to the Treasurer.

If you are interested, or know of another Camden Alumni who might be interested, in this opportunity to assist in the management of the Camden Alumni Association and are willing to commit to a few years working as the Registrar, please let us know.

Lance Williams, Registrar
Class of 1979
Camden Alumni Association
15 Selden Drive
Rome, New York 13440
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Annual Meeting & Banquet Details…

2022 Annual Meeting & Banquet

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Camden High School Cafeteria, Oswego Street, Camden, New York

(Catered by Dean’s Concessions, Tim Dean, Class of 1983, Proprietor)

Doors Open: 3:30 pm – Dinner & Program Begin At: 5:00 pm

You must purchase reservations in advance, no walk-ins will be accepted.

Doors will open at 3:30 pm. Candid pictures will be taken during the event and will later be put on the web site under the Camden Alumni Photo Gallery link. There will also be tours of the High School between 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm. Due to the venue rules and regulations, there will be no alcohol served.

The dinner & program will begin at 5:00 pm with the awarding of eight scholarships to qualifying graduates of the Class of 2022 and honor the 50-year class of 1972 along with the past two 50-year classes of 1971 & 1970. A sit down dinner featuring Turkey & Stuffing, Pasta with Marinara & Alfredo Sauces, Sausage, Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Tossed Salad, Rolls & Butter, Dessert and Beverages (Coffee, Tea, Soda & Water) will be served buffet style. (Table service will be available for those in need of assistance.)

This year, due to inflation pressures, we had to raise the dinner price to $23 per person.
Annual dues will remain $5 per year to help cover other additional costs incurred throughout the year.

Complete and mail your Banquet Reservation and your annual Alumni Association dues, using This Form, by the banquet reservation deadline date of Friday, May 27, 2022. You may also make your Banquet Reservations, pay your Annual Dues and make a Scholarship Fund donation online using This Link to the payment page on our website. Please consider making a scholarship donation with or without your banquet reservation.

Due to the potential turnout for this year’s banquet with three years of 50th Reunion Classes celebrating together and seating limitations of the venue, attendance will be limited to the first 325 reservations, so make your reservations early!

Alumni Banquet Reservations

We hope you are planning to attend the Annual Alumni Meeting and Banquet on Saturday, June 11, 2022. Please complete and return the reservation form at the bottom of this letter by Friday, May 27, 2022 to guarantee your reservation and allow us time to arrange seating. Reservations postmarked or requested after this deadline will only be accepted based on available seating.

You can make your online Banquet Reservations, Dues & Scholarship Donation payment by CLICKING HERE

You can download a Banquet Reservations, Dues & Scholarship Donation form by CLICKING HERE