Menaul Allision James Alumni Association


Our Purpose

To work diligently and to the best of our ability for the continuing viability and growth of the alumni association and to represent all Menaul Alumni in the best interest of Menaul School.

Menaul is about family and there is no greater family than the Menaul Panther Alumni! Membership to the Menaul Alumni Association enables us to provide alumni programs and activities, allows us to support current Menaul students through scholarships, and allows us to become self-sustaining so that we may better serve the interests of our alumni and to strengthen our school.

Your active participation and input are critical to the future of Menaul. In addition to the benefits listed below, members will receive invitations to participate in focus groups, association meetings, and other opportunities to be involved with the next 125 years of Menaul School.

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Constitution and Bylaws
Menaul-Allison Alumni Association
National Chapter
As Amended October 2017

PREAMBLE:

We, as Alumni of Menaul and Allison-James Schools, associate ourselves together for the purposes mentioned and referred to herein: To render constructive aid, moral and financial to Menaul School and its’ students; to promote and establish the most wholesome and genuine spirit of gratitude; to safeguard and transmit to future graduates the principles of meeting one another on a common ground, sharing scarce resources and generating abundance, giving life color, texture, drama and a festive air, projecting vision, making audible and responsible opinions affecting the success of this association and Menaul School. We, therefore, pledge our individual responsibility to promote and maintain a true spirit of mutual friendship and helpfulness at all times, and to work in harmony with those who share and uphold these principles.

Article I

NAME:

Section One: This organization shall be known as the “Menaul-Allison Alumni Association-National Chapter”

Section Two: The national chapter shall be located at Menaul School, 301 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107 where, through the Office of Institutional Advancement, the flow of communication with and between alumni and the national chapter is encouraged. The Menaul website: menaulschool.com alumni link provides another vital means of communication with the association. All existing and future city, state or regional Menaul alumni chapters and groups will work in close cooperation with the national association and its’ duly elected officers.

Article II

MEMBERSHIP:

Section One: All Menaul and Allison-James graduates are members of the association, with the right to vote. Families and friends of alumni may become members of the association with the right to vote, if they are current on their annual dues. Families and friends who are not graduates of Menaul or Allison-James will not have the right to hold office in the association, with the exception of honorary alumni, who are eligible to hold any office other than President or Vice-president.

Section Two: The annual membership fee is $30.

Article III

OFFICERS:

Section One: The elected officers of the association shall be: President, Vice-president, Secretary and Treasurer.

Section Two: The officers shall be elected every two years at the annual meeting. Any interim vacancy shall be filled by the Governance Committee until the next annual meeting of the association at which time the vacancy shall be filled by election.

Section Three: The Governance Committee shall present a slate of candidates for the available officer’s position(s). Upon a proper motion there shall be an opportunity for nominations for officers from the floor. The election shall be by ballot.

An officer shall not be elected to the same office for more than three consecutive terms.

An officer shall be required to take the Oath of Office as follows: “As an officer of the Menaul-Allison Alumni Association, I do hereby faithfully promise to work diligently and to the best of my ability for the continuing viability and growth of the alumni association and to represent all Menaul Alumni in the best interest of Menaul School.”

Section Four: There shall be a Governance Committee composed of the incumbent elected officers of the association, the immediate past president of the association and the incumbent chapter or local organizations’ active leaders.

Article IV

DUTIES:

Section One: The duties and responsibilities of the officers shall be those commonly required by their respective offices and as listed in the Bylaws.

Section Two: The Governance Committee shall be responsible for the promotion of the association, coordination with the chapters, the transaction of all necessary business between annual meetings, drafting of amendments, if any, to the Constitution and Bylaws and preparation of the agenda for the annual association meeting.

Article V

MEETINGS:

Section One: The annual meeting of the association shall be held at Menaul School on Homecoming Day. Business of the association requiring action of the entire membership shall be transacted at this time.

Section Two: The minutes of the last meeting of summary of the yearly alumni activities shall be read at the regular annual meeting and approved by the association before they are permanently transcribed to the record book.

Article VI

LOCAL CHAPTERS:

Section One: All constitutions of organized chapters shall be in harmony with the Constitution of the national association in the best interests of the mutual cooperation leading to the attainment of the goals stated in the Preamble of this Constitution.

Section Two: Local chapters shall inform the Governance Committee of any projects undertaken, whether for fundraising or for assistance to an alumnus, in order that the national association may be helpful in such projects. A report of such projects shall be made at the annual meeting.

Article VII

AMENDMENTS:

Section One: All proposed amendments shall be submitted at the annual meeting. Section Two: Any amendments to this Constitution shall become a part of the Constitution by an affirmative vote of the majority of the members present at the annual meeting.

BYLAWS

Section One: Duties of the Officers

President: shall call and preside over all meetings of the association and of the Governance Committee, and transact any necessary business of the association. The President is a voting member of the Menaul School Board of Trustees. The President shall, as a member of the Board, participate in those committees of the Board to which he or she is assigned and faithfully transmit concerns and ideas of the alumni to the Board and to report to
the Board activities of the association which are in the interests of Menaul School.

Vice-president: shall assume the duties of the President, not as an interim, but as President during the unexpired term of the President who is absent for an indefinite period or has resigned as President. At the end of the unexpired two year term the association shall then elect a new President along with the election of officers, Vice-president, secretary and treasurer.

The Vice-president shall chair a publicity committee to provide information to all alumni and all new graduation classed in order to enhance the number of alumni that can participate in the functions and activates of the association.

Secretary: shall keep a record of all proceeding of the national association and the Governance Committee to care for all correspondence and where applicable use the Menaul School website to disseminate information to the chapters and alumni. The record shall be kept at the Office of Institutional Advancements at Menaul School.

Treasurer: shall actively solicit and receive annual membership fees from the association members, to keep a record of all monies received and to disburse monies for bills authorized for payment by the president of the Governance Committee. The Treasurer shall provide a financial report to the president of the Governance Committee upon request, shall make a financial report at the annual meeting of the national association. The Treasurer shall chair the Finance Committee.

Section Two: Duties of Committees

Governance Committee: shall secure the best possible candidates, keeping in mind the importance of the qualifications as mentioned above; obtain approval of the candidates prior to placing their names in nomination; present a slate of candidates to the membership at the annual meeting for each existing vacancy; and to recommend people for the Governance Committee for the interim vacancies, if necessary. The Governance Committee shall notify each active local chapter of the slate of officers to be presented at the annual association
meeting.

Finance Committee: shall consider ways and means of financing the work of the national association. All requests for expenditures of the association must be channeled through the Finance Committee.

Membership Committee: shall implement surveys of the communities in an endeavor to organize new chapters, to assist former chapters in their reactivation by providing assistance in the process of organizing and to contact all seniors who will graduate to consider membership in the alumni association.

Publicity committee: shall maintain a current mailing list of alumni as a supplement to the most recently published alumni directory, to collect material, to work in close cooperation with the editor of the Good News in the Office of the Institutional Advancement to provide news-worthy items for the publication.

Section Three: Reports

All persons responsible for matters of business pertaining to active chapters and the national association shall submit reports of the years’ activities at the annual meeting of the national association and shall report to the Governance Committee upon request.


Section Four: Amendments

These Bylaws shall be amended by a majority vote of those present at the annual meeting of the national
association.

Meet the Governance Council 2021-2023

Theresa L. Sherman, ’87, President

Theresa Sherman has had the great fortune of following a career centered in Higher Education, combining her expertise in marketing and communications with her passion to see students succeed.

Theresa received her bachelor of arts in Journalism from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM and her master’s degree in Public Administration at New Mexico Highlands University.

A lifelong resident of Albuquerque, she has also traveled New Mexico, meeting students from all backgrounds, as a marketing associate for New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation and outreach coordinator for the New Mexico Higher Education GEAR UP program. Theresa is currently with The University of New Mexico where she is the Communications Specialist for the Vice President of UNM Human Resources.

Lillian Estrada, ’68, Vice President

After Menaul, Lillian attended UNM and then later worked with UNM Research and Development and the Mental Health Center developing day care centers and youth development centers throughout the City of Albuquerque. Lillian retired in 2000 as a manager with Citibank Corp.

Lillian has always been active with many associations for the purpose of fund raising and recruiting productive participation of others. She is a previous president of the Menaul Board of Trustees and is currently on the Advisory Board for the Menaul Historical Library.

Yasmin Wattar, ’02, Secretary

Yasmin was born in Texas but raised everywhere! She eventually ended up in New Mexico at Menaul, starting in 8th grade. After graduating from Menaul, she further cemented her status as a New Mexican by becoming a Lobo. She received her degree in Intercultural Communication and History and pursued a career in television, working as a translator for a local Spanish TV station.

Her career eventually took her on a totally different path, and she went from TV to fashion, working in vintage fashion retail in Houston, TX. The Land of Enchantment called her back though, and she is now with the State of New Mexico as Municipal Clerk. She is honored to be a part of Menaul history forever by carrying the title of homecoming queen.

Robert Perea, ’84, Treasurer

Robert is an entrepreneur, owner of Printmart and ColorPro.  He is also very active in fund raising for non-profits and political candidates. He coaches non-profits to equip them for successful fund raising.  Robert has authored a book, Raising One on One Relational Guide to Fund Raising and is a past president of the Menaul Alumni Association Governance Council.

Robert has been married to his lovely bride, Brandi Perea, for 14 years. And in case you didn’t notice, he really loves golf.