Alumni Association Update
We ended the year on a high note as the Helderberg College Alumni Association, having achieved our objectives as set out in our 2-year strategic framework. We would like to start 2018 on high note with a brief reflection of the year that has gone by and brief summary of our plans for 2018.
Some of our 2017 highlights include:
- Identifying and connecting with HCHE Alumni in South Africa and Internationally;
- Forming two local chapters (Gauteng and Durban) as well as two International ones (Washington DC and Chatanooga);
- Holding elections in each chapter and appointing a committee of three (President, Secretary and Treasurer) over each city/area;
- Organizing at least one chapter meeting in different areas to socialize and network;
- Successfully arranging the annual Alumni Association Dinner & AGM on Thursday, 30 November 2017.
Our 2018/19 Plans
After a series of consultative meetings in 2017 with the members of the Alumni Association and the Management of the College, it was agreed that:
- An Alumni birthday month is to be set aside each year as an International Alumni Association gathering.
- Each Chapter should accomplish at least ONE of the alumni goals for the year (the goals cover a range of issues designed to support HCHE and build camaraderie among the alumni).
- The Chapters should try to organise days of prayer for HCHE: its staff, students, needs etc. and also pray for the Chapter plans. Prayer always preceeds great things.
- A formal Alumni Chapter Constitution will be circulated in 2018.
- The Association would raise funds for an online portal to connect alumni (LinkedIn-style), share information, create awareness, and even to raise funds.
- For 2018, Chapters should focus their fundraising efforts on renovating the Anne Visser House (Ladies Residence).
- A Homecoming Alumni Reunion event be arranged in 2019 with various international and local speakers, special music, reports from different chapters, social and networking events, etc. In fact, this spiritual and fun-filled weekend cannot be missed by any Helderberg alumnus.
My prayer is that as alumni, we should use our time, resources, talents, and spiritual gifts to build up our alma mater, which has had such a profound influence on our Christian development.
Khethokuhle Khuzwayo (Juba), MSocSc
HCHE Alumni Association President