Alumni Association History
We turn 30 years old this year! The LCSD Alumni Association began in
March 1993 as a separate enitity from the LCSD Foundation board.
Basic membership began at $5/year, but many of the original alumni
association members purchased life memberships for $100 to help the
group become viable. The first Alumni Association newsletter was
printed in spring 1993, in preparation for a membership drive over the
Fourth of July that brought us 100 members. Today, membership levels
are available at Basic, Kennel Kapers, Bark, Red & Black, Bulldog and
Big Red Booster.
The Alumni Association provides a centralized source of information
and activities of interest to members. Our database currently holds
13,900 names, alumni from 1880 through the present plus a number of
teachers and friends of the school district. This data is used for the
membership mailing as well as being a source for class reunions.
Publicity about the newly formed alumni association was spread
through mass mailings, class reunions and word of mouth. Numbers
steadily increased and we were able to begin awarding $250
scholarships to the graduating seniors by our second year.
In June 1999, the Alumni Association became a part of the tech world
with its own web site.
The Alumni Association is governed by a board of 15 members. The
executive officers are chairperson, vice chair, secretary, treasurer and
publicity, all serving two-year terms. The membership director has no
term limit. The board also includes nine members-at-large, all serving
three-year terms. The year runs from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31. An
annual meeting is held in September for all association members.
The 2023-2024 Board
(Term expirations follow their name)
Chairperson: Val Hamilton Smith (‘71) - 2024
Secretary/Publicity: Julie Jones Beitelspacher ('73)2024
Treasurer: Karen Orban Fischer ('85) - 2024
Membership Director: Carolyn Swenson Vance ('69) - no
At large members:
Kari Beitelspacher Kopperud (‘99) - 2023
Abby Ohm Phillips (‘99) - 2023
Eric Tammes (‘87) - 2024
Nancy Thoma (‘73) - 2024
Sandy Frerichs Downing (‘76) - 2025
Deb DeYoung Pottebaum (’82)- 2025
Kerri Black Petersen (‘78) - 2025