GENEROUS 2017-18 SPONSORS
Much of what we are able to do as an Association is possible because of those who help sponsor special events. Our ability to help fellow alumni, support our former home and hold reunions would not be possible without the generous contributions of these companies and individuals. Please express your gratitude and support
Sponsor of the Annual Meeting
Sponsor of the Legendary Picnic
Hole-In-One Sponsor - Eighth Year
FIRST UNITED BANK OF AMARILLO
Thank You Rodney Ruthart
Long Drive Contest Sponsor
Cross Pointe Auto
Chuck & Becky Farrell
Bobby & Cindy Sarpalius
United Food Products
DALLAS GATHERING SPONSORS
Rick & Shelly Thompson
CFBRAA MISSION STATEMENT
CFBRAA was chartered to carry on the work begun in the lives of troubled kids by Cal Farley's Boys Ranch. It has grown to include former residents of Girlstown. The Charter identifies the purpose as:
1 - To supply aid and assistance in promoting the growth of Cal Farley's Boys Ranch and the accomplishment of the objectives as set out in its Articles of Incorporation;
2 - To create and promote a closer relationship between its (Cal Farley's) former students and to facilitate a quicker and easier adjustment for its graduates and other former students to community life.
The Association works to provide assistance for former residents of BR and GT: (a) in crisis support, (b) in education for family members, and (c) in maintaining family ties. Further the Association seeks to promote and support the work of Cal Farley's Inc
Click here to see pictures of the Central Texas Gathering in New Braunfels, April 2018.
Thank you Jim Calhoun.
Last week 20 leaders of CFBRAA, along with leaders from Cal Farley's and others met at WinStar Conference Center for a strategic planning retreat. This is what came from the meeting, or, as we call it, the WinStar Walk-Away.
All present were provided a 17 page packet of information about where we've been add where we are as a service organization. Reflections on what we are doing well included:
Over the past 10 years we have:
1 - helped over 140 families with over $100K in crisis support
2 - helped nearly 50 students with over $127K in scholarship support
3 - helped build a Veterans Memorial at BR and provided over $50K in support for Cal Farley's in various ways.
4 - endowed one scholarship and initiated endowments of two others
5 - established a foundation and endowed it with nearly $450K
There have been many other accomplishments including alumni and staff recognitions, regional gatherings, reliable accounting, enlistment of support from other foundations and use of social media to name a few.
The purpose of the retreat was to look at what we have not done well and on what we need to focus. These things stood out:
1 - Support and mentorship for new alumni: Cal Farley's has provided the Alumni Support Center and has focused on helping those recent graduates from BR to adjust to life in the "free world." The Alumni have not been diligent or effective in being involved in that support of new alumni. This is one of our primary objectives; a major part of why we organized back in 1961.
2 - Begin fulfilling the responsibility of support new alumni by starting early and establishing relationships with Seniors at BR.
3 - Do a more effective job of raising funds for both Scholarships and Crisis Support
4 - Do a much more effective job of using social media and the website for involving alumni, finding alumni and promoting both CFBRAA and Cal Farley's.
An essential part of dealing with the first two areas of focus is a strong Panhandle Chapter of the CFBRAA. Working with the seniors and recent graduates cannot be done effectively without increasingly active participation of alumni in the Amarillo area. You will see significant efforts made in the next few months to address this need.
As you recognize areas where the CFBRAA needs to focus attention, or have suggestions on ways we can more effectively address the areas of need, please don't just think or talk about it. Share your suggestions with Alumni Board members or the director: email@example.com.
Victor Estrada (BR - '83) Passed away in ElPaso on May 31st. Services will be held in El Paso on June 5th.
Mona Rohrs, (BR - 50's to 63) wife of former BR Chaplain, Wayne Rohrs, passed away in Bolivar, MO. Servivces are scheduled for Thursday, May 24 at Greenlawn Funeral Home.
Ex-Rancher Writes Book
You can order Bill Sarpalius's book by clicking here . You will get a 20% discount and a portion of the proceeds will go to CFBRAA by using the code CAFA when ordering.
Click here for more about the book.
Click here for an interview with Bill on Great Day Houston
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