News From the Alumni Association

New Membership Levels Introduced

A message from co-presidents, Mary-Jane Beavers '73 and Joe Franks '78

In May, the Alumni Association Board voted to create a tier of annual membership categories to help stimulate giving from our alumni and friends of Grimsley. We have always had an annual membership of $25.00 and many people choose to give more than that. What we have come to find over the years is that people often equate a one time gift with lifetime membership.

Organizations have always tried to find creative ways of marketing their membership/donation structure. Our Board felt that by creating two additional categories related to the equivalent of monthly donations, this would be a way to motivate folks to give at different levels. In addition to the base membership, a Sustainer Membership will be introduced for $60.00 per year.Folks, this is basically the cost of a cup of coffee, $5.00, per month. When put that way, there are many alumni and friends of Grimsley that will find this appealing. The creation of the Whirlie Society, for an annual donation of $240.00 (or above), comes out to $20.00 per month. This is equivalent to what many organizations solicit from individuals for various charities throughout the country.

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Auditorium Renovation Fundraiser Continues

The renovation project for historic Chance-Cousins Auditorium is an ongoing effort by the Assocaiton. We have not yet reached our goal of $250,000. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation.

You can still make a donation online here, or by you can use the mail-in form available here. We appreciate your support!

Mark These Dates on Your Calendar

More information about reunions can be found on our Reunions page.
  • June 9-11, 2017: Class of 1962 will hold their 55th annual reunion at the O'Henry Hotel, in Greensboro, NC. More details are available at: or contact Charlie Ephland at
  • September 16th: The class of 1967 will hold their reunion gala at Greensboro Country Club's Carlson Farms location. An informal gathering is currently planned for Friday the 15th, at Hamilton Lakes pool. For more information email:
  • September 16th: The class of 1957 will hold their 60th (and last!) reunion on Sat. Sept.16th, 2017 at Bur-Mill Clubhouse on Owl's Roost Rd. (off of 220 North) in Greensboro. To be catered by Country BBQ. There will be a Save the Date mailing soon explaining other details. For more information contact Betty Kernodle Franks Co-Chair 1957 class reunions Committee since 1967.
  • October 28th: If your 2017 reunion is the last weekend in October, we hope you'll include KISER'S 60th BIRTHDAY in your plans. From 10-12 on Saturday, 10/28, reunite at the school with former classmates, teachers, and friends. Enjoy food, tours, and a memorabilia display. Contact for more information.

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