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LETTER FROM THE ADVISORY BOARD
Dear Western Doves,
Thank you for your continued support and interest in the Western High School Alumnae Association (WHSAA, Inc.) and Western High School. March was a spectacular month where we celebrated Unity Day and sponsored an elegant 170th Anniversary Gala: A Masquerade Extravaganza.
Over the past few weeks emails have been sent to select Western High School graduates that questioned the activities of the Western High School Alumnae Association and Advisory Board.
WHSAA, Inc. has never been in danger of losing its non-profit status. We are not in violation of our Bylaws; nevertheless, we are more than willing to share that the election process established in the Bylaws is in question. The Bylaws indicate the following must be met to run for office:
- The candidate must be current on Association dues for at least the past two years;
The candidate must be a financial member and an active participant in the Association for at least
the past year; an active participant has served on at least one committee for the past two years.
The candidate must be able to attend regularly scheduled governing board meetings held
at the Association’s primary headquarters office in Baltimore, Maryland.
The candidate may not be (1) an employee of Western High School, (2) a member of a
governing and/or policy-making entity of any other organization affiliated with Western
High School, or (3) a member of the Board of School Commissioners, Baltimore City.
The Advisory Board (which is the governing component of the organization) is working diligently to address these issues in consultation with Maryland Nonprofits. Please note that prior to the accusations being played out on social media, the Advisory Board had not received any mail correspondence, emails and /or phone calls about the dissatisfaction of the current administration (Executive Board and Committee Chairs) and how the business of the organization functioned.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to send your signed PDF email correspondence to Advisoryboard@whsaainc.org or a letter to the following:
Attention: Advisory Board
P.O. Box 65296
Baltimore, MD 21209
We are very excited to hear from Western graduates and strongly encourage each of you to take an active interest in our alumnae association and alma mater. We hope that you can attend the June 2015 general meeting.
Thank you for your time, support and most of all your desire to make sure that Western High School and Western High School Alumnae Association, Inc. remains ONLY THE BEST!
Western High School Alumnae Association Advisory Board,
Valerie Bourne, ‘66,
Donnice E. Brown, ‘87,
Juernene Bass, ‘75,
Latarsha S. Bryant, ‘96,
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
We would like to thank everyone who has supported the Western High School Alumnae Association, Inc. (WHSAA, Inc.) and Western High School over the years. By putting our powerful and positive energy into a school we all love, we are helping to ensure the tradition and excellence of Western High School will continue.
We are just ending an outstanding Unity Day celebration, along with an elegant 170th Anniversary Gala: A Masquerade Extravaganza. Your attendance at either event allowed you to support our legacy, our little sisters of Western High School and to make their futures a little brighter.
Last evening, members of the WHSAA, Inc. Executive Board and the Advisory Board held a special meeting to address the recent string of events that have torn at the very fabric that makes up Western’s sisterhood. Here are the issues that were addressed:
- The unauthorized survey which was sent out to Gala attendees.
- The anonymous petition which was sent to some members and non-members of WHSAA, Inc.
- The unauthorized use of a WHSAA private database containing member contact information
- The misrepresentation of the WHSAA by using our mailing address as a point of contact in the petition.
All of the stated issues violated the trust that WHSAA, Inc. has with its members when the creator(s) of both the survey and/or petition used member and non-members information from the WHSAA, Inc. database without authorization from any member of the Executive Board or Advisory Board. Due to this breach of trust, WHSAA, Inc. has taken proactive steps to ensure that it does not happen again, nor will it be tolerated. A full investigation is currently in progress.
The Executive Board will continue to run the day-to-day operations of the Western High School Alumnae Association, Inc. for the betterment of our ‘Dear Western’. Any questions pertaining to the WHSAA, Inc. By-laws should be directed to the WHSAA, Inc. Advisory Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, we look forward to your continued support and assistance. We look forward to seeing you at our next General meeting to be scheduled in June 2015.
WHSAA, Inc. Executive Board
Aimee Ayers, President
Ava’ Roberts, Vice President
Chris Jackson, Recording Secretary
Tracey Morton, Treasurer
***IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES***
WHSAA ANNUAL CRAB FEAST
Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015
Tickets: Will be on sale soon!
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WHAT’S NEW WITH THE WHSAA WEBSITE
We are now “mobile-ready”
You’ll also find and this is a big one, that the WHSAA site is now ‘mobile ready’ in other words, you can view it on your phone in a more pleasing way. The content on your phone appears in a more slimmed down way but it’s all there. But I must say it’s a work in progress so if you see a problem, please don’t scream just kindly let the overworked webmaster know :0)
We’re getting into blogging!
Another new thing is that we will be blogging about various and sundry topics every now and then. For now we are only allowing WHSAA members to post comments. It’s new and we are trying it out so there may be some bugs. If you are a current WHSAA member complete the form on the right side of this page to request your login creditials.
WE ARE VOLUNTEERS. HELP US!
Please be aware that the WHSAA Executive Board and Committee Chairs are all volunteers.
We need your support in several vital ways:
We need you to volunteer and help us do our work. We all have full-time jobs too and we are a very small team with great challenges. We can’t do everything by ourselves.
Donate to the cause of keeping Western alive.
We need your time and your money. Whether we are on high alert or not, there is always a threat that Western may close. Don’t wait to offer your support the day after.
Pass the word about the Alumnae Association onto your classmates or any other Westernite you know.
We are indeed everywhere. We do not have this long list of thousands of Westernites so we definitely need your help. Assume every Westernite you know/meet does not know about the WHSAA.
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