By Joseph Pratt
The Minford Alumni Association is looking for improved ways of networking in a new, digital era, especially with enrollments down lower than they have been in many years.
Darlene Moore has been on the Minford Alumni Committee for over 45 years, where she has served in many aspects, but currently holds no office. Moore said that she is proud to be a Falcon and that the Minford Alumni Association is something she holds very dear to her heart.
“I think we have had a very outstanding group and have done a lot of outstanding things for our community, but we are now facing a problem with enrollments,” Moore explained. “Our young people just aren’t interested in it. The classes just aren’t as close as we were when I went to school. What we hear a lot of is ‘Well, that part of my life is over.’”
Moore said that she believes a move onto the social media front will make a difference with attendance, seeing as many of today’s generation have showed a lack of interest in traditional Minford Alumni Association business. Moore said a website for the alumnus is being planned now and she hopes this helps.
“We used to have more than 400 in attendance; we would be sitting on top of each other,” Moore said. “We are about half from that now, with 250 members. We’re just shrinking.”
Moore said that the organization is one of the oldest in the area, has been the largest and has reached their monumental level because of the years of small steps. She said that she wants to see students become active in their school after they graduate, like she and her friends have, so that the goodwill continues.
“We’ve done many small things throughout our inception,” Moore said. “We started off by buying the band new uniforms when they needed them; we’ve also framed all of the photos of the graduating classes that are hung through the hallways; we’ve just been there when the school and students have needed us.”
Although Moore is unfamiliar with the social media aspect of things, she is very willing to have the organization make a move to the media front, feeling like it could help the organization thrive. Her only problem is finding someone interested enough to lead the initiative. She said that anyone interested should watch the newspaper for announcement dates of meetings.
“I think life has a way of evening us out. We’ve all had accomplishments, we’ve all had sorrows and I don’t think there is any of that high school outlook anymore. We aren’t in cliques or anything like that. We’re all just friendly and try to do good,” Moore said. “If you would see a list of the people we have had as distinguished service members in our alumnus, it would almost just be unbelievable. One of the men was part of a world organization for health issues, one was a dean of a California College, I just think these feats are just remarkable for once was kids of Minford. I believe Minford is a good place to raise a family. It is not a good place to find employment. All three of my children have left the area, but what they had at Minford School was a benefit for them.”
The Minford Alumni Association recently held their 70th annual Minford Alumni Banquet at Minford High School. The event continued with the tradition of celebrating the current graduating class, recognizing alumni present and honoring a past graduate who has made a significant contribution to their profession or to the community. The tradition has continued for 70 years and is a forerunner of many other Scioto county alumni gatherings. Scholarships were given to seven students, totaling $8,200.
Joseph Pratt can be reached at the Portsmouth Daily Times 740-353-3101, EXT 287, or by Twitter @Joseph Pratt03.