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Dear Friends and Members,
Back to school, post-season baseball and beautiful autumn color… fall is such an invigorating time! Indeed, we are buzzing with activity at the LTAA. After making sure every one of our twenty-two scholarship recipients received their awards and got off to the colleges of their choice, (thank you scholarship donors!), we hosted folks at the Alumni Football Game on September 7th and Homecoming on September 22nd. In between those games we opened the second annual “Tribe” art exhibit featuring artwork from alumni and students ranging in age from 14 to 82! The show is a powerful expression of the talent Lane Tech fosters through the decades. In one corner of the gallery, a model plane made of cast-off machine parts and remnant steel by a 1980 shop class alum flies over another smaller plane, built completely from 3D printed components by a 2018 graduate from Lane’s makers' program. And while all that was going on, our Grant Committee issued the call for applications to teachers at Lane for Innovation Grants for academic year 2018/19. Whew!
All of that coordination and engagement doesn’t happen magically. It takes a brilliant Director of Alumni Relations, a dedicated Board of Directors, some very helpful volunteers and yes… money.
We have been fortunate to have great relationships with a core group of donors who enjoy having an impact on what is happening at Lane today. Scholarships and Teacher Grants have steady funding, but it takes a great deal of administrative effort to make these and other programs happen, and that is where we need your help.
Utility bills, rent, payroll, printing and postage aren’t very inspiring, and a one-year dues payment of $20 barely covers the cost of printing and mailing a member’s quarterly magazine. So we are appealing to all of you for help. This fall we will be trying something new. On Giving Tuesday, November 27th, we will launch a campaign called “What’s Your Journey?” where we will be asking each of you to reflect on the transformative experience you had at Lane Tech... then to dig deep to help us ensure that Lane maintains its dominance, and that our community remains connected and vibrant through the LTAA.
Giving Tuesday will also underscore our 2018 Annual Appeal. You will read about our impact through email, snail mail and/or social media. Please think long and hard about your time at Lane, how that shaped who you are today, and how much we can do with even the most modest donation, to ensure that legacy continues.
We ask most humbly that you consider the LTAA when making your year-end giving decisions and “Remember the Honor of Lane”.
Michelle (Milkovic) Weiner ‘76