To Fellow SMA Alumnus;
Thanks for visiting the SMA Legacy Fund Project section of the SMAAF Website. If the words Staunton Military Academy and Truth, Duty, Honor mean something special to you, you have come to the right place. For many of us it is a reminder of our teenage years when we were sent way too far away from family and friends. However, as the years have passed and our lives have taken focus, hopefully your memories, like mine, of SMA and its traditions lead you to the undeniable conclusion that our alma mater laid the foundation and direction upon which we built our adult lives.
While SMA closed its doors in 1976, and the last cadet graduated 38 years ago, “The Hill” and our legacy lives on through the combined efforts of the SMA Alumni Foundation and Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL), at Mary Baldwin College. Mary Baldwin generously provides us with space to house the SMA Museum in the former SMA supply room and in conjunction with VWIL the SMA Alumni Association holds an annual all-class reunion welcoming SMA alumni back to Staunton every spring.
The long gray line of Staunton Military Academy alumni gets shorter each year and with that in mind it is imperative that we make every effort today to provide the funds to build appropriate endowments to sustain our Legacy long after the final Alumnus passes away. This is the only way we can assure that the values that Staunton Military Academy stood for – Truth, Duty, and Honor – will survive us all. This is what the SMA Legacy Fund is all about. You will find materials on this site for this initiative and I trust you will find our case deliberate and focused toward the future and the legacy that is Staunton Military Academy: Truth, Duty, and Honor. I humbly ask you to please make a gift today!
Peter Birckhead, SMA `73
A History Of The Staunton Military Academy
SMA Alumni Association Legacy Fund Project Update
By Peter Birckhead ’73
As many of you know from reading the May 2013 issue of the Kablegram-Leader, the SMAAA has established the Legacy Fund Project Committee. As Chair of the Committee, I mentioned in the May story that I would provide routine updates on the progress of our committee with every issue of the Kablegram-Leader. Since this past May the following has been accomplished by the committee and your association board:
I. MISSION AND VISION STATEMENTS AND CORE VALUES OF THE SMAAA LEGACY FUND PROJECT COMMITTEE HAVE BEEN DEFINED AND SMAAA BOARD APPROVED.
The vision of the SMA Legacy Fund is to preserve in perpetuity the legacy of Staunton Military Academy, its core values of “Truth, Duty and Honor” and its heritage.
The mission of the SMA Legacy Fund is to support its vision through the Staunton Military Academy Alumni Association and by supporting scholarship recipients or organizations, such as the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) Program, which exhibits the core values of “Truth, Duty, and Honor”.
Our Core Values.
II. A GOAL OF $1.5 MILLION HAS BEEN SET AND SMAAA BOARD APPROVED
The Legacy Fund Project Committee has set a Goal to raise $1.5 Million in order to provide the necessary principal (invested) amount of money to yield a return sufficient to carry out its mission as stated above. Given an alumni base of 2,000, the committee feels confident we can reach our goal of $1.5 million by the end of 2015.
More detail on this will be forth-coming in future Kablegram-Leader stories and a direct mailer coming your way soon.
III. THE SMAAA PARTNERS WITH HARRIS CONNECT TO PRODUCE A NEW SMA ALUMNI DIRECTORY
SMA Old Boys change emails, jobs, and locations so often that it is hard for our alumni association to keep up with everyone. As a result, your alumni association has contracted with Harris Connect, a leading publisher of alumni directories throughout the U.S., to update contact information on all of our alumni around the world so that they can keep up-to-date on alumni news, activities and future reunions. Harris Connect will also help produce a beautiful hardcover and softcover publication that will allow SMA alumni to find their old school buddies for personal reconnecting and professional networking.
Simultaneously with this effort with Harris Connect, several SMA alumni, led by Ed Smith, SMA ’76, from the last four decades will be reaching out to members of their class by phone, email, Facebook, and/or snail mail to help with verification of contact information and re-building of their class year database.
IV. NEW SMAAA FUNDING BINS CREATED AND SMAAA BOARD APPROVED
At the present time, there are over 15 “funding bins” or ways for you to contribute to your association and its beneficiaries. The SMAAA and Legacy Fund Committee believe this is cumbersome, confusing and difficult to explain. In an effort to simply the ways you can give and help your association fulfill its Vision and Mission Statement we are in the process of “collapsing” or consolidating these various 15+ funding bins into two bins: 1) SMAAA MEMBERSHIP FUND, and the 2) SMAAA FOUNDATION LEGACY FUND. Within the Legacy Fund donation choices include the Heritage Fund and the Truth, Duty and Honor Honoree Fund (scholarships and program support). You will be hearing more about this through future Kablegram-Leader stories and a direct mail coming your way soon.
V. ACCOUNTING UPDATES
Our Treasure, Tom Davis, has completed a transformation of our alumni association accounting so that at the end of each month and for our annual reunion meeting we have clear, conscience and easy to understand accounting reports. Our intention is to share all of this with you at our March 2014 Reunion.
VI. INVESTMENT ADVISOR APPOINTED BY SMAAA BOARD
Sid Huguenin, SMA ’73, with Morgan Stanley has been selected by the SMAAA Board to provide investment services for the SMA Foundation Legacy Fund.
VII. NEXT MEETING OF SMAAA LEGACY FUND PROJECT COMMITTEE SET
In an effort to continue to move things along the SMAAA Legacy Fund Project Committee will be again next month in Staunton with the specific goals of:
- Write a Sales and Marketing Plan to pursue fundraising efforts
- Identify and organize a Fund Raising Sub-Committee
- Review marketing materials to assist in fundraising efforts
If anyone has any questions or wants to help please contact me directly:
New SMA Alumni Directory Project
The Staunton Military Academy Alumni Association Partners with Harris Connect to Produce a New SMA Alumni Directory
SMA Old Boys change emails, jobs and locations so often that it is hard for our alumni association to keep up with everyone. As a result, your alumni association has contracted with Harris Connect, a leading publisher of alumni directories throughout the U.S., to update contact information on all of our alumni around the world so that they can keep up-to-date on alumni news, activities and future reunions. Harris Connect will also help produce a beautiful hardcover and softcover publication that will allow SMA alumni to find their old school buddies for personal reconnecting and professional networking.
The easiest and fastest way to track down a school friend will be through this Alumni Today publication as it will include the most up-to-date contact information, including current job title and employer, on as many alumni as possible. The publication will feature an introduction with full color pictures and memories from your days at SMA, prominent SMA personas and a history of the school. There will also be a “Through the Years” section organized by decade with photos and captions submitted by the alumni and a class year/biographical section with narratives from alumni.
Simultaneously with this effort with Harris Connect, several SMA alumni from the last four decades will be reaching out to members of their class by phone, email, Facebook, and/or snail mail to help with verification of contact information and re-building of their class year database.
Your cooperation and support toward this important project is needed and appreciated.
All SMA grads will be contacted – by phone, email and/or snail mail – over the next few months to verify and update their contact and career information. Please help your alumni association by responding to Harris Connect!
See cool SMA campus photo below
The aerial birds eye overhead picture below was taken by Les Taylor’s, SMA ’66, father Leslie S. Taylor. According to Les, his father operated a Cessna C-180 with a K-10 vertical camera sticking out through the bottom.
Note – the Junior School building had not been constructed at the time this picture was taken (~1965?).