MONROEVILLE – Troy University alumni and friends are set to bring into reality the Monroe County Alumni Chapter on Jan. 28.
The University's 61st alumni chapter -- and the first ever organized in Monroe County - will officially charter in a 6 p.m. meeting at the Vanity Fair Golf Club, which will be highlighted by an address by the University's Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. Both Dr. Hawkins and Director of Alumni Affairs Faith Ward will install the chapter’s first officers during the event.
Slated for the inaugural set of officers are Jack Weaver, president, Terry Wilkerson, vice president, and Marthe Weaver, secretary/treasurer.
"About three years ago, I thought that we'd have perhaps a southwest Alabama alumni chapter with Conecuh and Escambia counties, then I saw the list of TROY graduates and realized we had enough people just with Monroe County alone," said Jack Weaver, who counts nine graduates in his immediate family with “two more on the way" – nieces who are currently freshmen at TROY.
"As alumni, we ought to give back with having an active alumni chapter. That's what got us going," he said.
Weaver said the goals for "giving back" would be the dual mission of sending students to TROY, and to establish scholarships to assist Monroe County students with books, tuition and fees.
"We will have goals to raise money to do that, and help some deserving students go to college," he said.
The charter meeting will begin with registration and a meet-and-greet session at 6 p.m. at the club, located at 613 Golf Drive in Monroeville. The meet and greet will include a cash bar. A buffet dinner will begin at 6:45 p.m. The cost for the meal is $15 per person which includes tax and gratuity. The yearly dues are only $30 per person or $40 per couple.