Reunion Volunteer Resources

Reunion committee members encourage classmates to attend Reunion Weekend, assist with planning the reunion celebration, and help raise a special class gift in honor of the reunion.

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Reunion Volunteer Job Description

The reunion committee will lead efforts to encourage as many classmates as possible to return to Gettysburg for their Reunion Weekend, assist with planning some social aspects of the reunion celebration, and help raise a special class gift in honor of the reunion.

Participate in committee Zoom meetings (every 4-6 weeks, most likely), between September 2022 and June 2023. The 5th and 10th Reunion meetings may be more spread out and take place closer to their fall celebration.

Plan social events with support from Alumni Relations and suggest strategies for fundraising.

Lead by example: commit to attending your reunion celebration and make your personal best commitment to the Gettysburg Fund for your class gift by December 31, 2022, to set an example and inspire others.

Assist the Annual Giving office in recognizing members of the class who may have the capacity to give a leadership gift to the College.

Contact classmates and members of organizations in which you were involved, to spark excitement and encouragement for participation in Reunion Weekend and the class gift.

Celebrate your success at Reunion Weekend!

All materials needed to ensure a successful reunion are provided by Gettysburg College. The most important thing is to have fun, as you and your classmates prepare to “waken fond memory” of Gettysburg College. If you have any questions while planning your reunion, your reunion staff liaisons are only a phone call or an email away.

Calendar

MonthsStaff ResponsibilitiesCommittee Responsibilities
MARCH-SEPTEMBER

Introductory calls with co-chairs

Begin building reunion committees

Mail Save-the-Date to classes

Class goals are set

Chairs help to build reunion committees

First committee meeting for 50th Reunion

SEPTEMBER Reunion Fall appeal letter is sent First committee meetings for 5th-45th Reunion
OCTOBER-DECEMBER Mail various class-specific communications

Mail end-of-calendar appeal to classes
Outreach to classmates begins

Monthly Zoom meetings as directed by committee

Committee member gift commitments by 12/31
JANUARY

Final weekend programming for classes needed

Organize 50th Reunion Newsletter

Mail Honor Roll appeal

Zoom meetings with committees continue

Finalize class events

Outreach to classmates continues

FEBRUARY Mail spring appeal to classes

Prep for Gettysburgives 36-hour Challenge - Date TBD
Zoom meetings with committees continue

Outreach to classmates continues

Finalize class events
MARCH Send “Countdown to Reunion Weekend” email to classes

Evaluate reunion class giving progress with chairs

Online Reunion registration goes live

Zoom meetings with committees continue

Outreach to classmates continues

Finalize class events

APRIL

Reunion registration continues

Strategize with chairs for final spring push to reach goal

Zoom meetings with committees continue

Outreach to classmates continues

Encourage Reunion Weekend registration
MAY

Mail spring reunion appeals

Update on progress to goals

Final push to meet reunion class gift goals

Reunion registration continues

Zoom meetings with committees continue

Make your final gift/pledge payment

5th & 10th Reunion Classes will follow a similar timeline for appeals throughout the 2023 fiscal year but social plans will be finalized during summer 2023.

Reunion Giving

Your reunion is a milestone and a time for reflection and celebration. Reunion classes have a long-standing tradition of organizing a class gift to show gratitude for their Gettysburg College experience. The Office of Annual Giving will help establish fundraising goals for a class gift. Gifts and commitments from each class are announced and celebrated at Reunion Weekend during the Presidential Address and Alumni Awards Ceremony. The 5th and 10th class gifts are celebrated during Homecoming and BOLD Reunion Weekend.

Every gift to the College serves as an endorsement of Gettysburg, our mission, and the consequential education we offer. The more alumni of the College make their annual gift each year, the greater the message we send about a Gettysburg education—that those who know the College best believe in what we do. High rates of alumni participation also advance the College’s position in national rankings.

The Gettysburg Fund

The Gettysburg Fund is the the foundation of philanthropy for Gettysburg College and an important component in the College’s budget. Reunion class gifts are a way that alumni express gratitude for their Gettysburg College education and reinvest in the College to help current and future students benefit from the same transformative experience. These funds have immediate impact in every area of the Gettysburg experience.

The 5th-45th Class Gifts will focus on the support of the Gettysburg Fund, enabling the College to:

  • ADAPT to changing situations and respond to unforeseen opportunities.
  • INNOVATE with new ways of teaching, learning, working, and connecting.
  • SUPPORT all aspects of the student experience and provide essential financial resources to students.
  • ENSURE the integrity of a Gettysburg education for our talented and deserving students.

50th Reunion Giving

Being one of the most significant celebrations hosted on campus, classmates join forces to conduct a special 50th reunion fundraising campaign, looking back at the great work the class has done and using it as an inspiration to give to the College, ensuring the great work continues into the future. A 50th Reunion Giving brochure will be provided to their committee, detailing what counts in the 50th reunion gift total.

How to Make a Reunion Commitment

Cash and Pledges Count
The gift you make to the Gettysburg Fund during your reunion year will count in your class but that’s not all that counts! Any pledge made to the Gettysburg Fund to be paid before your next reunion also counts as part of your class gift. Pledges further the reach of your generosity and deepen the impact of your class gift. When you make a five-year pledge to the Gettysburg Fund, all five years of pledged support count as part of your class reunion gift. To make your commitment, use the reunion pledge card mailed with fall letter, make your gift online, or contact a reunion staff liaison.

Matching Gifts
If you work for a matching gift company, your gift has an even stronger effect on class gift goals!

Learn about the many ways you can give to Gettysburg College.

Giving Societies

Social Programming

REUNION WEEKEND 2023: THURSDAY, JUNE 1 – SUNDAY, JUNE 4: EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Alumni College Classes — Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2, everyone is encouraged to attend.
  • Friday O&B Golf Tournament – AM and PM Flights.
  • Friday Evening Social — Classes usually hold a social on-campus or off-campus.
  • Saturday President’s Address & Awards Ceremony — Everyone is encouraged to attend.
  • Saturday Lunch and Class Photos
  • Saturday Afternoon Activity — A variety of events will take place throughout the day.
  • Saturday Class Lunch or Dinner — Typically held on campus for each class.
  • All Class Party — A fun way to finish the weekend!

HOMECOMING AND BOLD REUNION WEEKEND FALL 2023: EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Friday Evening Reunion Socials
  • Saturday Tailgate Lunch and Class Photos
  • Saturday Football Game
  • Saturday Afternoon Events
  • Saturday All Campus Party

ACCOMMODATIONS

For the June Reunion Weekend, on-campus housing is available in the residence halls. These are fun but not luxurious accommodations. Residence halls offer both apartment style and hotel style, and all are air-conditioned. Each apartment sleeps approximately 4–6 people, and features a common living area, bathroom, and kitchen. Sleeping rooms are equipped with single beds. Some sleeping rooms have only one bed, while others have two. Hotel style residence halls feature two single beds and private bathroom.

You can sign up for this option when Reunion Weekend registration is up and running in March of 2023.

For the June Reunion Weekend, the College will secure room blocks at area hotels. That information will be shared with committees and classmates once available. See additional options.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Learn about child care, transportation and parking, on-campus accessibility, fitness facilities, and the College Bookstore.

Tips for Outreach

Before

  • Read through the most recent committee meeting notes to brush up on reunion details.
  • Catch up on Gburg news by checking the website.
  • Prep for your ask by making your own gift or pledge. It is easier to ask a classmate to join you in giving.

During

  • Reach out via email, phone, text, note or even social media. It may be helpful to email first and set up a time to talk. Your reunion staff liaisons will provide contact information.
  • Ask classmates to save the date for reunion.
  • Verify their contact information to ensure they receive all the Reunion Weekend details.
  • Encourage support to the class gift. Thank your classmate for their past generosity and ask them to join you in making a gift.

After

  • Send them an email or note to thank them for their time and considering a gift to keep Gettysburg strong.

2023 Reunion Class Pages

ReunionClass Year for 2023 Reunion2023 Reunion Dates
5th 2018 Coming this fall! Fall 2023
10th 2013 Coming this fall! Fall 2023
15th 2008 June 1-4, 2023
20th 2003 June 1-4, 2023
25th 1998 June 1-4, 2023
30th 1993 June 1-4, 2023
35th 1988 June 1-4, 2023
40th 1983 June 1-4, 2023
45th 1978 June 1-4, 2023
50th 1973 June 1-4, 2023
55th 1968 June 1-4, 2023
60th 1963 June 1-4, 2023