West Georgia Auburn Club President’s Message
I am honored to be selected to represent the West Georgia Auburn Club (WGAC) to the Auburn Alumni Association (AAA) Auburn Clubs and serve as the Club President for 2018. I follow a long list of very successful and productive presidents who have led dedicated Auburn alumni, fans, and friends in West Georgia to take our club to great new levels. In 2017 under the leadership of previous President Brian Kirby, the WGAC achieved a monumental goal of exceeding $1 Million in our Charles D. Hudson Memorial Scholarship Fund. This was possible through the efforts of our Scholarship Committee working in close coordination with the Callaway Foundation and the AAA Scholarship Coordinator; and also of the WGAC Board of Directors members over the last ten years who have worked diligently on the many fund-raising events. While achieving that goal, the Club has awarded 18 one-year scholarships and will award #19 and 20 this Spring, all totaling over $200,000 in benefits. During the 2018 AAA Club Leadership Conference, WGAC was proudly awarded the following scholarship awards:
Special Recognition of the “Century” level Endowment
Commitment in Providing Multiple One-third “Waiver” Scholarships
2017 Scholarship Campaign of the Year for a Market Value of more than $1,000,000
With our present scholarship fund we could continue to be the top scholarship program of Auburn Clubs, awarding one-year scholarships for years to come but we’re not satisfied with status quo. We’re serious about our scholarship program which affords more West Georgia students the opportunity to enjoy the Auburn experience - so we are taking the program to the next level. Our board has approved a 3-year strategic plan for WGAC with the strategic goal/vision to “become a meaningful, well-known community partner;” not only to be well known, but to be known for what we do to help and enhance the community. The three main lines of effort to support our strategic objective are:
To ‘Be Known’ through max social media exposure and especially through more service projects;
To take the best AU scholarship program to the next level by awarding 4 year vs 1 year scholarships; and
To reach out to young alumni and all AU alumni/friends/fans in our area to increase paid AAA memberships and to get more, especially young alumni involvement in our events.
Additionally, we strive in this 3-year period to win an additional award at the Club Leadership Conference to show that not only do we have the best scholarship program, but we are not singly focused.
We are planning an aggressive calendar of events for 2018 with three community service projects and hoping to add more as we go. In addition to the community projects we also have our always popular Spring Banquet on May 14; this year we are honored to host Auburn’s new Athletic Director, Allen Greene as our speaker. We aim to bring young alumni out at a WGAC gathering at Wild Leap Brew Co. in Jun; we will have our Freshman send-off breakfast at the end of July; and on Nov 6 we will have our annual family pep rally event, ‘Burn the Bulldogs’ dinner and business meeting to propose our next year’s club officers and board members. While planning for our Spring Banquet, our board is busy looking for other opportunities to get together and to serve the community … look for those on our website and social media accounts. We are hoping that with an increased emphasis on our social media exposure, we will be able to reach out and touch more Auburn people and provide them the opportunity to get involved and to serve others. If you see something on our sites that interests you, please jump in and join us! If you are an Auburn alum, you’re already a member of the Auburn Alumni Association and our club with benefits of general membership – by becoming a contributing member, you’ll receive even more benefits, and you don’t have to be an Auburn graduate.
Check it out at http://www.alumni.auburn.edu/benefits-of-membership/#benefits.
To all WGAC members and potential members – thank you for trusting me to serve you, I hope to meet you at the next WGAC event.
Again, WAR EAGLE (we can never really say it enough!)
Chuck Rogers, ‘72