President’s Notes

by DAVE BLOCKSOM ’68

I want to personally thank all of the volunteers who helped to make our Centennial year celebration a success. Special thanks to Carol Mitchell Lawrence ’84, Rich Eby ’59, and Nichelle Bolden ’84 and their committees who staged the Centennial Gala Weekend events. More than 1,060 alumni and guests attended our Gala Dinner and After Party, 600 attended our Alumni basketball game, 60 participated in the golf outing, and 160 joined the Sunday Brunch and Tour. Proceeds from these events funded the Major McNeil scholarships, the Withrow School of Business, and Withrow’s athletic department. Alumni from every class between 1944 and 2019 participated in the events; for many, this was their first alumni event. The Centennial certainly raised Withrow’s profile in the community!

Please note another Withrow history article by Bob Linnenberg ’72. To read this article on Withrow History – Social Clubs, click HERE.

Easy Ways You Can Help Withrow
Give $20 in 2020
I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about our fundraising efforts. We are encouraging those alumni who have never donated to send us $20 in 2020 and then pledge to do so every year. When we apply for grants, the number of alumni donors factors into the grantors’ decision making. It would be a big step forward if we could get 1,000 donors out of the 10,000 alumni who receive this Tower News. Donate now by clicking HERE.

Consider an RMD Contribution
If you have to make a Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA, you can use part of that distribution as a contribution to Withrow; that part of the distribution will not be taxable to you (we are an IRS 501 (c)(3) non-profit). It’s fairly simple to make that distribution. You can also include us in your estate planning. You can contribute low cost basis stock to us and not have to pay the capital gains tax on it, yet still receive the current market value as a tax deduction. Any donation to Withrow Alumni Inc. is tax deductible. If you have any questions about your contribution to Withrow Alumni, please don’t hesitate to contact me at withrowalum@gmail.com or 513-363-9085.

Shop for Withrow through Kroger Community Rewards and Amazon Smiles

We want to thank those Southern Ohio alumni who have participated in the Kroger Community Rewards Program and have designated Withrow Alumni Inc. as their beneficiary. This program generated $2,252 from 120 participants last year. If you haven’t registered your Kroger Plus Card yet, please register online today at krogercommunityrewards.com. It’s fast, free, and easy. When enrolling, use our NPO # 30808, Withrow Alumni Inc.

Amazon has a similar program through their Amazon Smiles Foundation. Please use the Amazon Smiles website when making any Amazon purchases. You can sign up to have 0.5% of your purchase price be donated to Withrow Alumni Inc. The Amazon Smiles website is the same as Amazon—same prices, same selection, same services (Prime). The donation is made by Amazon and does not increase your purchase price at all. This is a nationwide program and not confined only to Ohio. Please encourage your friends and relatives to do the same, even if they’re not Withrow grads. Thanks again for your participation in these two programs.

Still missing some yearbooks

On a separate note, we are still looking for yearbooks to complete our collection. We need the following years: 1964- 1974,1976-1980,1983,1985- 1988,1990,1993,1995,1998- 1999.

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