University of Michigan Club of Seattle

Annual Report for

Operating Year ending June 2017

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Mission

The University of Michigan Club of Seattle is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit incorporated in the State of Washington, and an affiliate of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.

Our local club is an organization that nurtures lifelong relationships with and among current and future Michigan alumni.

As a committed partner of the University, the club offers programs of relevance and service to alumni and creates support for the University.

Underlying all that we do is the belief in the value of education to the well-being of society, and a commitment to integrity, diversity and service.

U-M Alumni Association - Seattle

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History

Our Seattle Club has been active since 1913.

We were the first club outside of the state of Michigan to be chartered by the national Association, and only the fourth chartered U-M Alumni Club in the country.

Starting in 1922, our club began providing a trophy to the annual champion Seattle high school football team. This annual award continued for several decades, before being eclipsed by other local awards programs.

The Seattle Club Scholarship fund was started in 1943.

Recent years have seen an influx of new graduates and other alumni into the Seattle area, making our local group one of the fastest growing and most dynamic clubs in the country.

We formally incorporated our club as a WA state nonprofit in 2017. We were also granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS in this same year.

Feel free to visit our website for further information about the history of our club.

Seattle Club Football Trophy

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Transparency and Diversity

Our Club is committed to full transparency in all facets of our operations.

To this end, our board meeting minutes and full details of all of our financial transactions are all available at UMSeattle.com.

In addition, this annual report provides summary information to all in an easily accessible form.

Our Club is also committed to having alumni representation on our Board that represents the same diversity we find in the U-M student population and in our local alumni population.

To this end, we look for diversity in age, diversity in gender and diversity in ethnic and geographic origins in order to form a Board of Directors that can fairly represent the interests of our local alumni.

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Recognition

Our club received an Outstanding Club Award from the National Association for our work during the year ending in 2016.

This was the second such award we have received in the last three years, and the third such award we have received in the last 10 years. We compete for this award with eight other clubs of similar sizes (3,500 - 7,499 members).

Outstanding Club Award for Region 5 - 2016

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Operations

Our Board of Directors is a working group. We have regular dinner meetings, generally on the third Tuesday of each month, alternating between locations in Seattle and on the Eastside.

In addition to our meetings, Board members and Friends of the Board spend many hours each month in communications with each other, local alums, suppliers, and AAUM staff members based in Ann Arbor.

Our Board has four Officers:

All of the work done by the local club is performed by volunteers.

The operations of the club are governed by our Bylaws.

Thanks to Herb Bowie (President), Stefanie Baldwin (VP), Wendy Bergeson (Secretary) and Pat Jablonski (Treasurer) for their service as club officers over the past year!

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Membership

All members of the national Association who reside within the greater Seattle area are automatically members of our Seattle club.

Our club events are open to all U-M alumni, family members and friends, irrespective of their AAUM membership status.

For events requiring a paid registration, we frequently provide substantial discounts for AAUM members.

Here are our latest membership numbers, from May of 2017:

Item#
Total Alumni7,272
AAUM Members1,133
Primary paying members809

(This last number excludes the second person identified in joint memberships, and free memberships provided to recent grads).

If you’re not already a member of the Association, we encourage you to support your local club by joining today!

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Income

Our club receives its annual operating funds from the national Association.

Our annual funding check is based on the number of dues-paying AAUM members we have in our area.

The Alumni Association Operating Year starts in July, and ends in June.

Our latest annual funding check was for $4,045, and was received in August of 2016. This amount was down slightly from the previous year, when it was $4,215.

In addition, we received $500 from the Association in conjunction with our Outstanding Club Award.

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Expenses

The bulk of our operating funds are spent on a few large events for which we charge no admission.

Event/ActivityCost
Admitted Students Reception$800
Annual Meeting$1,000
Career Networking Happy Hour$500
Mailing for Scholarship Fund-Raising$620
Welcome Event$1,100

The remaining funds are spent on items such as prizes for Trivia Contests at watch parties, discounted prices for AAUM members at events requiring paid admission, and a few less expensive events, such as our summer picnic.

For complete financial details, see the Finances section of our website.

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Technology

The National Association provides a number of different technology services to all alumni clubs.

Unfortunately, the technology provided by the AAUM has proven to be deficient in a number of respects, and has actually lost ground in recent years, rather than gaining any.

As a result, the Seattle club relies to a great degree on technology solutions developed by volunteers that come from our local area.

We host our own website at UMSeattle.com, using the Drupal 7 Content Management System. We use our website for event planning and coordination and record-keeping, as well as communications to our local alums. And while we use the club’s email list server, in order to gain access to local alumni email addresses, we use our own custom templates for our regular weekly updates to our local alums.

Our website contains more information about the technology we use.

Drupal Content Management System

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Events and Activities

Over the past year we’ve hosted the following types of events and activities.

Thanks to Judi Trainor (chair) and Harold Foster for hosting our watch parties in Seattle, and to Pam Stoeffler and Rob Oikawa for hosting on the Eastside!

Thanks to Tracey Melville for serving as our Big Ten Liaison, and as chair of the local Big Ten Alumni Council!

Thanks to Pam Stoeffler, Michael Roberto, Shima Abadi, Pauline Bowie, Jen DeHart, Ari Schorr and Sravan Rengarajan for helping to plan and host a variety of club events this year!

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Club T-Shirts

This year we once again made Seattle Club T-Shirts available for sale to interested parties.

These were primarily sold at watch parties and through online sales.

We again offered a fresh design this year, which proved popular.

We sold several hundred shirts this year.

Three shirts were requested by U-M football coaches, for use in their West Coast recruiting efforts. We were proud to make this donation to the cause.

Income from shirt sales help to fund promotional efforts for our Club Scholarship.

Thanks to Brian Blankinship and Sarah Roberts for their graphics design work, and to Judi Trainor, Pam Stoeffler, Harold Foster and Pauline Bowie for their work in shirt sales!

Latest Club T-Shirt Design

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Communications

We use the following communications channels.

MediumAddress / HandleFrequencyCount
WebUMSeattle.comWeeklyn/a
E-Mailseattleclub@umich.eduWeekly4,930
Facebookfacebook.com/umseattleAs Needed974
LinkedInlinkedin.com/groups/3811298As Needed421
TwitterumseattleInfrequently391

These communications not only attract alums to our events, they also help to keep all of our local alums connected and feeling part of the larger U-M Seattle community.

Thanks to Herb Bowie for his work on the Website and our Emails, and to Michael Roberto for his work on social media!

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Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of past and present members, our club has a significant endowment entirely devoted to U-M Scholarships for local students.

Each year our Scholarship Committee selects 3 - 6 worthy students, and awards them $3,000 - $10,000 each to help defray the costs of their upcoming academic year.

Starting this year our local Committee selected one incoming freshman to receive an award, to help motivate a deserving student from our area to make the decision to attend U-M. Our freshman award is need-based, whereas our scholarships for returning students are based on merit.

Thanks to Virginia Rowley (chair), Harriette Dorkin, Michael Tarlowe, Gretchen Ilgenfritz and Melissa Young for their work on our Scholarship Committee!

Thanks to Shima Abadi for leading our fund-raising work for our Scholarship fund!

Scholarship Post Card

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Strong Partnerships

Our Club strives to best serve all local U-M alumni by forging strong partnerships with other U-M organizations.

We partner with other local clubs serving alumni of particular schools, such as the Ross Club and the new Club for the School of Natural Resources and the Environment.

We also team with the U-M Development Office for promotion of, and participation in, local events, where appropriate.

We also team with U-M faculty who visit our region from time to time, for a variety of reasons.

Most importantly, our Club maintains a strong partnering relationship with the national Alumni Association. In addition to regular operational communications with our regional engagement coordinator, we have conferred with AAUM leadership on multiple occasions, to discuss more strategic issues pertinent to the future of the organization.

Our Club President and VP traveled to Ann Arbor in June of 2017 for a Club Leader’s Workshop held on campus, organized and hosted by the national Association.

Thanks to our club liaison, Mike McBride, as well as the other members of the regional engagement team in Ann Arbor!

AAUM Regional Engagement Team

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Club Records

In order to provide transparency, the Board section of our website provides complete information about the operations of our club to all interested parties.

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Ideas, Questions, Suggestions

Anything bugging you about our club?

Any suggestions for new events?

Anything you think we could be doing better?

Any talents you’d like to share with us?

Whatever is on your mind, we’re always eager to hear your feedback.

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Expectations for Board Members

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Annual Elections

Each year we try to compose a board through a judicious combination of seasoned veterans, in addition to new members ready to extend and enhance the proud traditions of our Seattle club.

For the operating year beginning in July of 2017, we were happy to present the following slate of board candidates for the review and approval of our local members.

All board members are required to be members of the national Association.

These recommendations were confirmed by a unanimous vote of all Seattle Club members present at our annual meeting held on May 18, 2017.

Role for 2017-18NameChange from 2016-17
PresidentHerb Bowie
VPMichael RobertoTaking over role of VP
SecretarySaurabh NayyarTaking over role of Secretary
TreasurerPat Jablonski
Scholarship Committee ChairVirginia (Ginny) Rowley
Big Ten LiaisonTracey Melville
Social MediaMichael Roberto
Sports Watch ChairJudi Trainor
Director at LargePam Stoeffler
Director at LargePauline Bowie
Director at LargeStefanie BaldwinStepping down as VP, remaining on board
Director at LargeRob Oikawa
Wendy BergesonStepping down from Board due to work commitments
Shima AbadiStepping Down from Board, will remain a Friend
Director at LargeSravan RengarajanJoining the Board