A Message from the Previous President…
As my time in office comes to a close, I know better than ever that challenges don't come easy. With a very supportive executive committee, I accepted the challenges faithfully— serving two consecutive terms. It did not become any less rewarding.
My responsibility while presiding over the business at hand has been to ensure that all things done on behalf of the association was done for the good of all members, keeping in mind that all who make up the association are regarded equally important. We overcame some significant set-backs, we made some significant accomplishments and we continue to be Dogan Alumni Association. My mantra became “…still striving to do things decently and in order.” My commitment has been to the alumni association at large.
I am grateful to have had a very conscientious executive board and diligent, hard working committee chairpersons. We still need more alumni to become more committed and more involved beyond just the reunion years. Dogan Alumni Association has an ongoing presence in the community. The two walkathons (2014 and 2016) were very successful adding over $20,000 to the scholarship fund. We could not have accomplished this without your support and we look forward to continued success of this biennial event. We are now equipped to accept on-line donations via our website.
The historical marker proudly displayed on the Dogan campus was our major accomplishment in 2016. Dogan High School has been recognized by the state of Texas Historical Commission and was granted this subject marker that is now displayed in front of the former administrative building. It took lots of work and re-work—but we got it done. In 2017 we became members of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. This membership provides our association various opportunities to network and establish business and political contacts.
Volunteerism still needs more effort. In corporate America I was introduced to the concept of 212 degrees. The concept is simple: “At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive. The one extra degree makes the difference.” We need one extra degree from everyone to continue to make the impact that will keep our legacy alive.
Once again, thank you for allowing me to serve as your association president. Thank you for your support of the Dogan Alumni Association. May God continue to bless each of you!
Joyce Ransom Bennett
“…still striving to do things decently and in order.”