WOOD RIVER JCT. – After quickly gaining steam over the past few months, the Chariho Regional High School Alumni Association held its inaugural meeting Tuesday, June 7.
The purpose of the meeting was to approve the drafted by-laws; elect a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer; elect a board of directors; and then schedule future meetings and possible events.
Chariho Regional School District Superintendent Barry J. Ricci said this all came together this past March, when individuals “showed quite a bit of interest” in creating an alumni association. He said they all began to meet regularly and it soon got to the point that there needed to be a proper group established to run things.
Those involved in bringing the idea of association to fruition include School Committee members Amanda Blau, of Hopkinton, and Andrew McQuaide, of Charlestown; administrative assistant Donna Sieczkiewicz; Chariho boys tennis coach and Ashaway Elementary School third-grade teacher Lindsay Bliven; and high school athletic director Michael Shiels.
Ricci said that the group spearheading the association was missing in the past, when the district attempted to create a similar organization for the high school alumni but failed to garner interest. Creating the association, he said, has been in the works for several years.
And Ricci explained that he's glad to see the alumni association start up after those past unsuccessful attempts.
“I'm really pleased there's an interest in supporting the traditions and heritage of the high school,” he said. “I think nothing but positive things can come of this.”
And, perhaps, there is no better time than this year to establish the association as the Class of 2011 is the 50th graduating class for the high school. Graduation is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, June 13 at the University of Rhode Island's Ryan Center.
Ricci said that well over 100 alumni from all over the country have indicated that they have a desire to be in the loop and informed of events, news, and announcements related to Chariho High School. He added that there was an initial interest of about 60 to 80 individuals in a week's time when the group's website went live earlier this year.
Around 15 of those people, he said, asked to be actively involved.
According to the alumni association's website, the group's mission statement is as follows: to preserve, support and enhance the tradition of Chariho Regional High School; facilitate relationships between and among alumni of Chariho Regional High School; enrich the educational experience of current Chariho Regional High School students; and raise funds to support both school and association activities.
For more information on the association, head to its website at http://www.charihoalumni.org/ .
Ricci said that the site is basic as of now, but the hope is that it will be developed further in the near future to provide networking opportunities and inform alumni of upcoming events and reunions.