Alumni

Alumni Council

The Alumni Council, designed to be the leadership for the Alumni of Massanutten Military Academy, will consist of four committees, all with specific responsibilities to assist the academy. Alumni Council meetings will be held in conjunction with Homecoming and Founder's Day Weekends. Watch the next newsletter and your email for more information regarding upcoming events.

Please remember:
  • Changes to Alumni Council Bylaws must be submitted in Writing to the school at least two weeks prior to an Alumni Council meeting.
  • Names and biographical information of candidate for nomination to the Massanutten Hall of Fame must be submitted to the Alumni Legacy Committee by March 1st of each year.
MMA Alumni Council Meeting
Founder’s Day April 22, 2017
 
Agenda
 
i.              Prayer – Mr. Ernie Weatherholtz ‘65
 
ii.             Attendance – Natasha Yorro
 
iii.            Action on Minutes of Previous Meeting s:  04-09-2016 and 10-01-2016
               
iv.           Reports of Standing Committees
                - Alumni Outreach           Mr. Dean Simonds ‘63
                - Alumni Events                Rev. Stuart Bair ‘70
                - Alumni Legacy                Mr. Rick Ruhlin ‘69
                - Alumni Annual Fund    Vacant
 
                BOT Alumni Liaison Remarks – Mr. Ernie Weatherholtz ‘65
                HOS Remarks - Dr. Skipper
 
                MMA has been very busy in trying to accomplish the many projects the BOT has tasked us with and has made significant progress from last year in a number of areas:
 
Enrollment end of Sept –              2015:     98           2016:     104
MMA received Full Accreditation status from the Virginia Association of Independent Schools
PG Program is back in full swing
40 Passenger Bus Re-Painted to improve visibility for marketing to match PG Bus.
We are working on Certification as an International Baccalaureate Program for IB Diploma certification.
JROTC Rappelling Tower is completion Thanks to Bob Miller and Bob Martinko
The Town of Woodstock will be placing Virginia “LOVE” sign on Street in front of the Mess Hall.
 
v.            Reports of Special Committees – None
 
vi.           Unfinished Business – None
 
vii.          New Business –
               
viii.         Closing and Adjournment.

Alumni Council Notes

List of 4 items.

  • Saturday, October 1st 2016

    Minutes of Meeting held on 10-01-2016
     
    Prayer – Mr. Dean Simonds ‘63
     
    Attendance sheet were passed out.
     
    Action on Minutes of Previous Meeting –Minutes not present. No action taken
     
    Standing Committee Reports:
    Alumni Outreach - Chairman Mr. Dean Simonds ’63: Introduced Mr. Fernando Urea Melchor ’60 and described how he is sponsoring Mr. Melchor in his quest for U.S. Citizenship as he left his native Venezuela due to the ongoing turmoil in that country. Mr. Melchor and Mr. Simonds were friends at MMA and have remained so. Mr. Melchor is assisting by translating the Alumni Newsletter and other documents into Spanish and using his various contacts in the Spanish speaking community to recruit for enrollment for the Academy. Mr. Simonds reminded everyone to please send any articles, pictures, or items of interest to Mr. Simonds for inclusion in the newsletter.
     
    *Alumni Events -              Mr. Alan Haines ‘67 – Not present – No Report
    *Rev. Stuart Bair agreed to serve as Chairman for the Events Committee going forward.
    Alumni Legacy   Mr. Rick Ruhlin ’69 – No Report. – Mentioned items he has donated for graduating seniors and for sale by the academy to raise money and showed the items he had brought
     
    Alumni Annual Fund       Vacant – No participants on the committee
     
    HOS Remarks – Dr. Skipper provided updates on several programs and matters related to the academy.
     
    Reports of Special Committees – Melody Hutsell ’79 facilitated discussion of proposed mission statement for Alumni Council. “Massanutten Military Academy's Alumni Councils mission is to foster positive lifelong relationships among the alumni, former students and friends of the Academy, to act as good ambassadors by supporting the Academy's mission, and to demonstrate with selfless acts the motto of the school Non Nobis Solum (Not For Ourselves Alone).”
     
    Unfinished Business – None
     
    New Business – Proposed Rule Changes were read and discussed:
     
    Page 1 Section 3
    To add: v. Alumni At-Large
     
    Page s 5 – 6, Section 14, Part a. Nominations
    I.             To take out the word Council. Will read: “Candidates for nomination may come from any alumni member in good standing.”
    V.            To take out the words Council and Founders’ Day Meeting. Will read: “The ballot of nominee for the MMA Hall of Fame Award will be voted on by all alumni members attending Homecoming.”
    VII.         To take out the words The Most Votes. Will Read: “The nominee with a simple majority cast in their favor will be selected as awardee for that year.
    XI.           To add the words Different, Special, Unique, and Unusual and To be Voted on by the HOS, BOT Liaison, and 4 Committee Chairs in Executive Session. Will read: “In different, special, unique, and unusual circumstances to be voted on by the HOS, BOT Liaison, and 4 Committee Chairs in Executive Session (e.g. an extremely large donation from and individual to the Academy) that the Alumni Council Executive Committee can vote them into the Hall of Fame without a vote by the Full Alumni Council being required.”                               
     
    Vote on Held Suggested Changes to Rules: All proposed changes passed.
     
    Voted Held on Proposed Mission Statement: Proposed mission statement passed.
     
     
    With no further business the meeting was adjourned.
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  • Saturday, June 18th 2016

    Minutes of Meeting held on 04-09-2016
     
    Prayer – Mr. Ernie Weatherholtz ’65
     
    Attendance sheets were passed out and Dr. Skipper announced that for voting only MMA Alumni were authorized to vote.
     
    Action on Minutes of Previous Meeting – Motion to approve minutes: Stewart Bair, Second Rick Ruhlin. Motion Passed.
     
    BOT Liaison Remarks: Mr. Ernie Weatherholtz gave remarks.
    Standing Committee Reports:
    Alumni Outreach - Chairman Mr. Dean Simonds ’63: Introduced his assistant: Kristin. The next newsletter should be out mid-May and will be pushing summer school. Another newsletter will come out this summer with homecoming information. Discussion on how to get other alumni to provide email addresses took place. It was noted that the costs of the newsletter just for postage at 4 pages is $600 per mailing. Please send any articles, pictures, or items of interest to Mr. Simonds for inclusion in the newsletter.
     
    Alumni Events - Mr. Alan Haines ‘67 – No present – No Report
     
    Alumni Legacy   Mr. Rick Ruhlin ’69 – Mr. Ruhlin showcased the items he brought for sale and has been donating as gifts to MMA graduates. Nominating Committee reported nominee for Hall of Fame is Rick Ruhlin. Biographical information on the nominee was presented by Stewart Bair.
     
    Alumni Annual Fund       Vacant – No participants on the committee
     
    Reports of Special Committees – None
     
    Unfinished Business – None
     
    New Business –
     
    Dr. Skipper provided a report on the state of the Academy and actions of the Board of Trustees. Examples: Enrollment at 104 Cadets, Re-Accreditation Status, 22 Summer School applications, 51 Fall applications, 32 College Acceptances for 16 Seniors who have heard back at this time, etc.; BOT Approved construction of a JROTC Rappelling Tower, Approved reinstatement of the PG Basketball Program.
     
                    Proposed Rule Changes were read and discussed:
                    1. To add a Section 14, a, xiii (Hall of Fame), pg. 5.
                      To allow: “For Alumni Council members to vote for as many of the nominees as they chose.”
     
                    2.  To Add to a Section 3, d (The Alumni Council), pg. 1.
                    To add: “Members-At-Large to the Alumni Council showing them the same rights as Standing    Committee Members.”
     
    Discussion held. Mr. Ruhlin who made the proposals stated that he had sent in another proposal that would require the nominee to obtain a simple majority (more yes votes than no votes) to be elected. Discussion was held offering to place that item before the group. No action taken. Discussion on rule change proposal # 2 and Mr. Ruhlin rescinded the proposal. Votes take only on HOF nominee and proposed rule change # 1.
     
    Vote on Hall of Fame Nominee(s):  Mr. Rick Ruhlin was elected
    Vote on Suggested Changes to Rules: Proposal #1 failed and was defeated.
     
    Discussion was held on the real purpose and mission of the Alumni Council. Concern was that it is currently just a body to elect HOF and does little to meet its stated purpose and has now mission statement. Stated Purpose: “”The Purpose of the Alumni Council is to perform, coordinate, and facilitate services and activities that assist the MMA’s Administration in meeting its mission: “To prepare cadets for their success by delivering structure and a superior educational experience. Our unique approach involves an environment built on collaboration, critical thinking and innovation.””
     
    Suggestions made that the Alumni Council should be working to activate and invigorate Alumni to support the Academy through donations of time, talent, and resources. Ms. Melody Hutsell and Reverend Stewart Bair volunteered to be on a committee to develop a mission statement.
     
    With no further business the meeting was adjourned.
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  • Saturday, April 9th 2016

    The following was the order of business for the Alumni Council over Founder's Day Weekend:

    Vote on Suggested Changes to Rules: Proposed change # 1 listed was defeated and Proposed change #2 was withdrawn. 

    1. To add a Section 14, a, xiii (Hall of Fame), pg. 5.
            To allow: “For Alumni Council members to vote for as many of the nominees as they chose.”0
    2. To Add to a Section 3, d (The Alumni Council), pg. 1.
            To add: “Members-At-Large to the Alumni Council showing them the same rights as Standing Committee Members.” Actions


    Vote on Hall of Fame Nominee (s): Rick Ruhlin was elected and will be inducted at Homecoming.

    Further Business: A special committee to develop a mission statement was created with Reverend Stewart Bair and Mrs. Melody Hutsell appointed to the new committee.
  • Saturday, October 10th 2015

    Saturday October 10th we hosted our Alumni Council Meeting which had great attendance and participation.  A vote was held for the 2015 nominee for the Alumni Hall of Fame which was announced later in the day at the football game.  Also on the ballot and accepted were two changes to the Alumni Council Bylaws.

    The changes were as follows:

    To change the wording of Section 14, a, vii (Hall of Fame), pg. 5
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    From: “In the event of a tie the Alumni Council Executive Committee will meet and select the winner out of the candidates with the most votes.”
    To: “In case of a tie involving 1,2,3,4, etc., allow all nominees to be inducted.”

    AND

    To add a Section 14, a, xi (Hall of Fame), pg. 5.
    To provide that: “In unusual circumstances (e.g. an extremely large donation from an individual to the Academy) that the Alumni Council Executive Committee can vote them into the Hall of Fame without a vote by the Full Alumni Council being required.
Massanutten Military Academy is a co-ed non-profit boarding and day school for grades 612.