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A Letter to All Wel-Met Alumni
The past two years have been filled with Wel-Met reunion activity. The chance to reconnect with old friends, relive our camp days, and catch up on each other’s lives has been terrific. Many thanks to Mike Alterbaum, the “godfather” of all of this activity for getting it all started and supporting this effort. And thanks again to Mike, Barbara Scheinman, Laurie Kline, Roz Guterman, David Fried, and all of you who were instrumental in organizing the last two summer reunions or keeping the website going.
Many of you may remember that Wel-Met merged with the Goddard-Riverside Community Center of New York City in its later years. Goddard-Riverside provides 21 social service programs at 15 sites on the Upper West Side and in Harlem. Its programs include summer activities for children, day care, after-school programs, Headstart, services for the homeless, and safe and affordable housing for the elderly. Goddard-Riverside has a staff of 263 along with 800 volunteers.
Three former members of the Wel-Met Board of Directors, Howard Stein, Daniel Siff, and Norman Gross, still serve as active members of the Goddard-Riverside Board. I can tell you they are very excited by the website, the recent reunion activity, and the good will that the Wel-Met name still engenders.
It is this good will about which I write you today.
Some of us see an opportunity to keep the Wel-Met spirit alive by supporting the good work of Goddard-Riverside in a more formal manner. A few of us have discussed the possibility of creating some type of scholarship fund at Goddard-Riverside that would bear the name of Wel-Met. However, the exact nature of this relationship is yet to be determined. Some general concepts are outlined in the letter below. The letter is written by Norman Gross, a former Wel-Met camper, staff member, and Board Member, and one of the three still serving on the Goddard board. You may have seen some of Norman’s postings on the website.
I encourage you to read Norman’s letter. If you are as excited as I am about the possibility of keeping the Wel-Met spirit alive and interested in serving on a committee that would explore further involvement with Goddard-Riverside, please contact me at MHMCMWB@aol.com.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
A Letter from Norman Gross — Goddard Riverside Community Center
There seems to be a huge amount of good will out there that should be harnessed
for a worthwhile cause. If you think it would be useful, I would be pleased
to have you present this letter to colleagues at your upcoming reunion to
see if there is interest in pursuing our common bonds.