Wellsville Alumni group seeking volunteers

Pictured are some of the members of the Wellsville Alumni Activities Committee, who hold several events throughout the year at the Wellsville Alumni Center on Third Street. The committee is seeking volunteers to help out with the events throughout the year. Pictured are (from left) member Jean Traina, vice president Carrie McMahon, member Lynn Shanks, treasurer Shirley Shanks, member Don Rawlings, secretary Toni Figley, trustee Ruth Gibson, president Sheryl Gibson, and member Sue Rawlins. Not pictured is Linda Cochran. (Photo by Steve Rappach)

WELLSVILLE — A local non-profit organization looking to serve the community and keep its alumni functioning is opening its doors to new members and volunteers who are interested in carrying on the village’s hometown pride and celebrations.

The Wellsville Alumni Activities Committee — a local group of Wellsville High School graduates, of all ages — holds various events and activities throughout the year to show support within the community where they grew up.

One of those events is its montly spaghetti dinners, held at the Wellsville Alumni Center, located along Third Street. Open to the public, guests may enjoy a meal including spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread and butter, desserts and drinks.

Dinners are held 4-7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month with proceeds benefiting maintenance and upkeep of the Alumni Center.

Next month, the committee’s fourth annual Alumni Craft and Vendor Show take splace on March 31 which features more than 30 vendors and businesses showcasing their goods. Other events are announced via the newspaper and on the “Wellsville Alumni Activities Committee” Facebook page.

In addition, every five years, the alumni committee holds its biggest event, the All-Class Reunion, a week-long celebration which brings back graduates to reunite with old friends, celebrate school pride and remember the good old days.

The activities committee is seeking individuals who would be able to volunteer their time for these events. They welcome all volunteers.

The Alumni Center, meanwhile, serves as the committee’s cornerstone and main facility and hosts numerous events throughout the year. It also is available for weddings, birthdays, dinners, business events, conferences and other events by organizations and individuals.

“The building rentals are for all occasions,” treasurer Shirley Shanks said. “The funds are for the upkeep of the building.”

The center itself also serves as a dedication to the graduates of Wellsville High, as the entrance of the center features numerous memorabilia including class photos, coffee mugs, flags, and other items from the high school.

Construction of the center was spearheaded by Kenny Delauder, and the center was worked on by Jim Sherpherd, Bob Heaton and Bob Rawlings, whom the committee have thanked throughout the years and commended their work on bringing a facility for the alumni to remember.

Currently, the activities committee consists of president Sheryl Gibson, vice president Carrie McMahon, secretary Toni Figley, treasurer Shirley Shanks, trustee Ruth Gibson and members Jean Traina, Lynn Shanks, Don Rawlings, Sue Rawlings and Linda Cochrain, along with others who have contributed their time to the committee.

The committee also is accepting monetary donations. Those may be mailed to P.O. Box 194, Wellsville, Ohio 43968.

For more information and to become a volunteer, call 330-532-9811 or visit “Wellsville Alumni Activities Committee” on Facebook