Record association membership signifies deeper commitment
Early in the new year—February 7, 2004, to be precise—we processed the 6,000th annual dues membership for the UB Alumni Association for this fiscal year. In many ways, this was a breakthrough event for your alumni association, marking the first time in more than a decade that annual membership surpassed the 6,000 mark. In fact, the total membership, which includes all membership categories, was more than 14,000 on the same day.
Although I am extremely pleased with the real growth in our membership—nearly doubling over the last three years—it is not just the number that excites me. Rather, I am elated over what that number represents: an increase in the depth of commitment our alumni are showing in supporting the goals, objectives and outcomes of the alumni association. And what more could we ask for? Day after day, we are building relationships and reconnecting with alumni like you who are showing their appreciation by making a commitment to the UB Alumni Association.
To keep up with this phenomenal growth and to help us set the course for the future, we enlisted many alumni and volunteers to help craft and implement a three-year comprehensive strategic plan. We are now completing the second year of this plan and, as the membership numbers tell you, we are reaping its rewards. Following are a few of the objectives we have been working on, as set forth in the strategic plan: increasing the number of alumni chapters around the country and the world; increasing the number of alumni activities; establishing meaningful volunteer opportunities; increasing and fine-tuning our communication vehicles; and reformatting our committee structure to balance the needs of both the alumni association and the time constraints of our alumni volunteers.
The results have been tremendous. We are involving many more alumni in the life of the university. We initiated the Alumni Ambassador program, which empowers alumni to assist in recruiting top students to UB. We have nearly quadrupled the number of chapters with 20 throughout the United States and 11 internationally. We have been highlighting alumni in profiles on our award-winning Web site, www.alumni.buffalo.edu. Of course, all these favorable developments go hand in hand with our increased membership base.
If you are a dues-paying member of the UB Alumni Association, thank you. Your commitment is greatly appreciated. If you have yet to become a member, I wholeheartedly encourage you to do so. Your support and dedication will enable us to continue to expand our support for both alumni and the University at Buffalo.
Robert O. Davies