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Alumni group appeals to graduates for help

This year may be the last for corn booth, scholarships


On the threshold of the 100th anniversary of Sandy High School and its alumni organization, the Sandy Alumni Association is on the verge of calling it quits.

Upon graduation, Sandy High graduates automatically become members of the association, no dues required. But automatic allowance into the group doesn’t seem to be enough.

According to the Board of Directors, for reasons unknown, there aren’t enough members to continue the association’s operations.

The Alumni Association was founded in 1915 directly following graduation of the first class to finish at Sandy High.

Since its beginning, the association has sponsored meetings, dances, dinners and picnics, and in 1968 it began running its corn booth at the Sandy Mountain Festival.

Since then, the organization has given scholarships annually to graduating Sandy High seniors. Almost 50 scholarships have been given totaling more than $50,000.

If the Alumni Association does not receive a higher number of interested graduates, it will end its involvement in the Mountain Festival and scholarship awards after this year.

The Board of Directors hopes to play on a popular World War II poster in saying “The Sandy High Alumni Association needs you.”

The association meets only four times a year. Board members hope more alumni will step up to serve on the Board of Directors.

The Alumni Association will meet Saturday, June 21, to discuss arrangements for the organization’s corn booth held every year at the Sandy Mountain Festival. The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. at the Sandy Historical Museum, 39345 Pioneer Blvd.

Volunteers are needed to run the corn booth-set up, tear down and transport the booth July 12-13.

Those wishing to get involved in the association should call Jim Martin at 503-668-4981 or Gary Coats at 971-344-4150, or contact them in person at the Mountain Festival July 12-13.