An Invitation to Get Involved: The Alumni Association Board
By: Vincent DiMonte, Esq. ’69, vice president, LSA Alumni Association Board
The La Salle Academy Alumni Association is described in its by-laws as: “a dynamic, member-driven organization, guided by Lasallian values and directed toward the lifelong enrichment and support of La Salle Academy through social, intellectual, and spiritual experience of all present and future alumni.”
Membership in the Alumni Association is open to “all students who attended La Salle Academy and who either graduated or left La Salle in good standing.” Honorary membership may also be extended to any individual or group who demonstrate “Lasallian values.”
"The Alumni Association Board is a group of dedicated La Salle alumni that strives to live by the mission and core values of what they learned while students at La Salle; faith, knowledge and service," said Brother Thomas Gerrow, FSC, president.
The first “get-together” for the purpose of forming an official Alumni Association took place on January 21, 2009. There were 39 attendees.
Monthly meetings began with the establishment of a Board of Directors of approximately 20 alumni, approval of by-laws, and election of a president, vice president and secretary of the Board. The current president of the Board is David Miele, Class of 1978. David commented that his participation on the Board “allows me to give something back to the school that was so formative in my educational experience.”
Since 2009, the Alumni Association Board has organized numerous networking events, such as bowling and ice skating, arranged for speakers, assisted in the honoring of distinguished alumni and publicized alumni activities like the Alumni Theater Group.
Two annual events of the Alumni Association Board are “LaSalle Alumni Night at the Pawtucket Red Sox”, complete with fireworks on the field, and the LSA Wine Tasting event held at Gasbarro’s Liquors in Providence, held each fall.
The Alumni Association Board was a driving force in the organization and completion of the 140th Anniversary Celebration of La Salle in October of 2011, with a full slate of events held during a full weekend. There were an estimated 750 attendees of alumni, family and friends at the 140th Anniversary Dinner.
It is expected that once again the LaSalle Alumni Association Board will apply its dedication and organization as we approach the 150th Anniversary in 2021.
Several years ago, the Board wanted to do something special to welcome graduating seniors to the Alumni Association. The Board instituted a program where Board members visit senior homerooms in May and distribute Alumni Association membership cards and tell the seniors about what it means to be joining the family of LaSalle alumni. This program has been very well received.
The Board is currently made up of 24 La Salle alumni ranging from the Class of 1953 to the Class of 2007. The Board has several initiatives underway including identifying Class Agents for all La Salle classes to facilitate communication about alumni events and other activities at the school.
If you are interested in participating in the Alumni Association and serving on the Board, or acting as a Class Agent for your class, please contact Daniela Mansella, alumni director at (401)-351-7550, ext. 159, or at firstname.lastname@example.org