How to subsidize the cost of reunion for selected classmates

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eliasp
How to subsidize the cost of reunion for selected classmates

How should we subsidize the cost of our 50th Reunion (June 2019) for classmates? We want as many classmates as possible to attend our 50th Reunion, but we recognize that cost may be a factor for some. (Cost includes not just the reunion itself, but potentially significant travel costs for the classmate and spouse or life partner.) How can we help classmates for whom finances are an issue attend. Options that have been mentioned include:

  • Using Class funds to lower the cost across the board.
  • Using Class funds to provide assistance for travel for individuals.
  • Creating a designated 'scholarship' fund with individual classmates contributing what they feel they can (perhaps as a separate line item with dues).
  • A combination of the above three.

Would you be willing to pay a little extra so another classmate can attend? If so, how much? Are there other options?

Please think about it and add your opinion or suggestions in this thread.

 

johnmathias
Reunion Subsidy

I like the idea of offering an option to pay a little more in order to help lower the overall cost.  Not sure how that would work though.  This is definitely worth doing though in one way or another.  John Mathias

David L. Prentice
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Ads, Underwriters, etc.

One possible option is to offer people paid space in the Book. Many who are still working are high enough in the company to be able to steer some funds to an "ad" that would probably be in a special section at the back. 1970 and one of the other books (not sure which class) did this. I never got involved with the efforts behind them and have no idea what they paid. Ads can also consist of "compliments of" or even Anonyous donors. At least one more class had a list of underwriters or sponsors at the front of the book in the intros. There may have been 25 names there. 

This may be a good way to implement Arthur's "subscription" idea. I like the payment concept, but calling it a "subscription" is not as direct as it should be to make it clear what is being done here. 

The 1970 editors, a couple who seemed to live off investments, had plenty of time on their hands (they did an incredible job despite little involvement with the class or with the rest of the reunion) and even sold ads to the Co-Op and the Bookstore, etc. I don't think anyone has the time or nerve to go that route, but I thought I should point it out. 

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