District Establishes Alumni Council

  • The Rush-Henrietta Alumni Council [RHAC] was established in 2006 to strengthen ties between the district and its graduates. It strives to reconnect graduates through communication and events. This is especially important as Rush-Henrietta celebrates nearly 70 years of educational excellence.

    RHAC assists the district in maintaining an up-to-date alumni directory and with alumni communication; guides and supports class reunions; coordinates the annual Alumni Hall of Fame recognition program; and informs and advise the superintendent and Board of Education on matters of interest to Rush-Henrietta alumni.

    The Rush-Henrietta Alumni Council held its first meeting in 2006. Founding members of the RHAC seek help from R-H graduates to locate graduates and verify contact information for each decade since centralization in 1946, and even before then. Carolyn and Jack Gaffney, Bob Thompson, Joe Bellanca, Mike Petramalo, Karen Quackenbush, Ann Grabowski and Varun Mehta volunteered to launch and coordinate the collection of alumni information. Former class presidents, class leaders and classmates are encouraged to take an active role in this ambitious endeavor and support the work of this new council.

    Graduates of the district are encouraged to visit the Alumni Center and enter their current contact information in the online database. Please share this project with family members, former classmates, and friends. Encourage them to register their information and become part of this important initiative that will help reconnect classmates, and support the further development of a new generation of students. Working with the district, RHAC will play an important role in guiding student success.

    Yearbooks from all decades are being sought to help in this effort. For more information, please call the Office of Community Relations at 359-5017. Should you wish to donate a yearbook[s], it can be dropped off at the district reception desk at the Parker Administration Building, 2034 Lehigh Station Road.

    How You Can Help

    To assist RHAC, or to submit information, please contact one of the below volunteers or enter data in the Alumni Center on the district Web site at www.rhnet.org.

    Before 1960 (including before centralization)
    Carolyn and Jack Gaffney
    (585) 334-3989; mmack@rhnet.org

    1960-69
    Joe Bellanca, President
    (585) 334-5147; cjbellanca@rochester.rr.com

    1970-79
    Dianne Osgood Meli
    dimeli@juno.com

    1980-89
    Karen Feasel Tambasco

    krtam@twc.com

    1990-99
    Ann Grabowski
    rhclassof1993@gmail.com 

    2000-09
    Varun Mehta
    (585) 755-6946; vmehta@bu.edu

Dr. Ken Graham poses for a photo with Gene Edwards, Class of 1948, the first Rush-Henrietta class.