We had a great group of Hokies attend our annual Holiday Social. Thanks to the George Washington Hotel and staff, and special thanks to Ginny Ritenour, VTAA Alumni Chapter Coordinator, for traveling up* from Blacksburg and participating in our special evening. Pictured: row 4, #3-Chapter President Devon Smith tells us about past and future chapter events; row 5-Ginny Ritenour tells us about what is going on at Virginia Tech and the VTAA; Devon and Ginny present Robin McCall with an award and thanks for all she did as past president, and continues to do as a chapter leader; chapter officers and chairpersons pose under the tree.
* or "down the valley", as Dr. Bud Robertson has explained to our chapter in the past
Hokie fans had a great time watching Tech's exciting come-from-behind victory at Notre Dame! The Greene Turtle provided some nice raffle bags (Irish Green, but that's the Turtle's color, so that was okay)...and President Devon Smith had a fun raffle prize for the winner of her #knowyourrival trivia contest - a box of Lucky Charms!
(from Devon Smith)
Below is the first issue of the Hokiepreneur spotlight. This is intended to be a monthly, or maybe bi-monthly, publication for the Shenandoah Hokies to spotlight a Hokie who has gone on to run their own business, and also to introduce you to one of our volunteers/officers from the Executive Committee of your local Alumni Association chapter. This was written by a current student at Virginia Tech.
Please take a look. Tell us what you think. Share it with friends and fellow Hokies. Nominate a Hokiepreneur to be featured in a future issue.
We have had three football game watching socials at the Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille...the Tennessee game was our largest turnout (top three pictures), the Miami game our smallest (pics left and middle lower), and the Pitt game was our 2nd largest! We've showcased different SC-VTAA award banners at each...and VT-themed door prizes were given out. The most recent two socials were GT's "Funds for Friends" days, where they donated part of each Hokie fans ticket to our scholarship fund! We're looking forward to our Notre Dame game watch at the GT on Nov. 19, and our UVa game watch with our rival's fans on 11/26 - complete with a "Hokie Bird Fights Hunger" friendly rivalry food drive!
Thanks to Lucas Huddleston, president of the Winchester Hokie Club, Scott Davis, Hokie Club Rep from VT, and Mike Burnop, Hokie football legend (still holds the "receptions in a season for a tight end" record - it didn't hurt his numbers that pass-happy Don Strock was his quarterback!) for providing area Hokie fans a great event last night! Our SC-VTAA president Devon Smith was working with the Hokie Club people to plan for joint events in the future. We advertised our game watching socials and other upcoming events while we were there.
The weather was ideal, and the turnout of golfers and volunteers was awesome. More pictures to follow...
Last night was president Devon Smith's first of what will be quarterly (not monthly) executive meetings. Quarterly, because we can meet informally more often than before at the many planned events for our year ahead. Devon began the meeting by stating her three main goals for this year: TRADITION - keep doing the events that are popular and bring back some that have fallen off; FUTURE HOKIES - opportunities to promote the university and help our incoming freshmen and younger future Hokies make it successfully; and CONNECT HOKIES - more social events and efforts to connect alumni and friends of Virginia Tech.
We spoke about our very successful New Student Social for FUTURE HOKIES and their families. Then we planned more for what is sure to be another successful Greater Hokie Open scholarship golf tournament - a Shenandoah Chapter TRADITION for 29 years running. We also planned for our Holiday Social, football game watching socials, and other opportunities to CONNECT HOKIES during the coming year!
Our First New Student Social was held at the Winchester, Va. Greene Turtle restaurant on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. All Shenandoah Chapter area VT incoming freshmen, including our scholarship winners, along with their families, other students and alumni were invited and around 70 Hokies attended! Our thanks to alumni volunteer Vicki Culbreth for organizing the event and the Greene Turtle for hosting a great social.
Joe Hirst, current Social Committee Chairperson