October 13, 2003

Dear Alumni and Friends of Rancho:

As the newest President of Rancho High School Alumni Association I want to say “Thank You” to all our founding Directors and to past President, Bryan Scott for all their hard work and generous giving of their precious time.

The RHS Alumni Association is a non-profit organization which was started by an enthusiastic group of Alumni from the 1960s through the 1990s, for the purpose of giving something back to a school that meant so much to all of us. Our goal is to assist Rancho, and its students, in whatever way we can by offering our time, our talents and our resources to make the “Rancho experience” a rich, diverse and rewarding one for its current and future students.

The Alumni Association is dedicated to maintaining a network of alumni and promoting Rancho High School and its students through scholarship, social and educational activities and community service. Among other things, the Alumni Association has participated in Rancho’s Homecoming festivities by driving school royalty in the Homecoming parade and football game half-time show, met with the student body and administrative representatives to determine how the Association can help Rancho, in 2002 donated $500 to a Ricardo Becerra, a Rancho High School student, to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth World Leadership Conference (HOBY) in Washington, D.C., purchased $500 full page advertisements in the yearbook and on the back of Rancho spirit shirts sold during the 2002-2003 school year, sold Entertainment Books to help raise money for the school, donated over $2,500 in gift certificates, new backpacks and school supplies to help homeless Rancho students and their families last Christmas.

Your RHS Alumni Association has established a scholarship (The Gwendolyn J. Scott-Paulk Memorial Scholarship) for Rancho Seniors who are going on to college or a trade school after graduation. The first two Alumni Scholarships were awarded in 2003 to Kory Neal and Katlynn Richter who have gone on to college at Community College and UNLV. The scholarship amounts will vary each year depending on the amount of money raised by the Alumni Association. Students should see their Scholarship Counselor, Mrs. Gonzalez, for more details and an application.

There have been more than 15,000 Alumni who have attended Rancho over the last 50 years. Are you, or do you know any former Rancho students who would be interested in joining the Association? There is still a lot of work to be done to get the Association up to full strength, so I would encourage all Alumni (1953-2003) to contact the Alumni Association at www.Ranchoalumni@yahoo.com. To learn more about the Alumni Association, please visit our website at www.Ranchoalumni.com If you would like to add your name and information (e-mail address, class year, etc.) to the website, please click on the “Participate” button on the homepage. Please contact me with any suggestion, ideas, past fund raising successes or “Lost Lamb” information at gregory.b.townsend@aexp.com or my office phone number is 562-8177.

Your RHS Alumni Board and I look forward to a great year of growth and helping Rancho students do the same.

Gregg Townsend (X-Alumni President)