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Penn State Alumni Association - Kentucky Chapter Volume 2, Issue 4 BRING A LION OF AN APPETITE TO OUR ANNUAL SPRING DINNER
Spring can’t get here fast enough! But before your calendars are booked with activities, please pencil in the date for our annual spring dinner. This year our speaker is Dr. John Walczak, Director of the Louisville Zoo. Dr. Walczak graduated from Penn State with a degree in Animal Sciences. A native of Cleveland, he was head zookeeper of the Dreher Park Zoo in West Palm Beach, FL from 1979 to 1981 and then was supervisor of the aquarium at the zoo in Oklahoma City from 1982 to 1985. He then joined the Louisville Zoo and was named assistant director managing operations in 1992. In 2004 he was named Zoo Director. Dr. Walczak was largely responsible for bringing the Zoo it’s first endangered species, the Cuban crocodile. He also helped design the HerpAquarium and Gorilla Forest. This year’s dinner should provide us with a refreshing change of venue and activities. Cocktail hour will offer a chance for those wishing to participate, to take a short tour with a guide to a selected area within the zoo. Dinner will be followed by a short annual meeting of the chapter and then by our distinguished guest speaker, Dr. Walczak. Date: Time: Saturday, May 21st 6:00 PM – Social Hour (Cash bar) and Short Tour 7:00 PM - Dinner Location – Louisville Zoo, African Outpost 1100 Trevilian Way Cost - $26/person for the buffet Exotic Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing Seasoned, Roasted Tenderloin Carving Station with Bordelaise or Bearnaise Sauce Chicken Breast Marsala – Whipped Garlic Potatoes Seasonal Vegetables & Assorted Dinner Rolls White Chocolate Mousse Drizzled with Dark Chocolate with Fresh Berries Beverage Service Because of the logistics involved in preparing for this event, we must receive your reservations no later than Saturday, April 16th. Please send the number of reservations desired and payment for each reservation to Penn State Club of KY care of Linda Pursell (address on the reverse side of this newsletter). Please dress casually and wear comfortable shoes. The African Outpost is easily accessible from the main parking area.
Happy New Year Fellow Alumni!
I was told as we age, time flies by faster and faster with every year. How true! Well, that’s how I’m looking at the last two years as President of our Alumni Association Chapter. It’s been a quick two years of service, but its time for me to move on and allow someone else to take the leadership role. According to our current by laws, a President will serve two years. My term expires June 30, 2005. I assumed the role of President when Stan Vetovitz, after serving two terms (4 years) as Chapter President announced in a newsletter that if someone didn’t step up to assume the role, the chapter would have to go inactive. At that time, I wasn’t willing to see that happen. Due to the hard work of several chapter members, the last two years have seen the following accomplishments: Updating and adoption of by laws according to Penn State guidelines and fulfilling on a timely basis all reporting required by Penn State Fully “staffing” the executive and committee positions of our chapter Participation at all local college fairs by chapter representatives Annual service activities such as the past two years participating in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk Finding local speakers who graduated from Penn State to speak at our annual Spring Dinner (Penn State no longer assists or funds this effort) Our chapter became a Group of Distinction, a level of excellence placing us in the upper tier of affiliate groups and allowing us to take advantage of expanded services from the Alumni Association
So now we need someone to step up and continue to keep our chapter active. Please contact me (information on the reverse side of this newsletter) if you are interested in assuming this role, or any role within the chapter. My hope is to announce your new President and Executive Committee at the Spring Dinner. It’s a new year. Time to get revitalized and involved in activities that help serve the community and your chapter. Join the Kentucky Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. Help make a difference! For the Glory! Jan L. Penick “79 President Kentucky Chapter Penn State Alumni Association