I officially took over as the Roosevelt High School Alumni Association’s new Webmaster in August of 2017 and had about a million and one goals I wanted to accomplish. As the name of my title implies, most of these goals relate to our online presence. Let me tell you a little bit about some of the progress in the last year and a half:

I have been working on getting our social media more active by posting more often on Facebook, starting an Instagram and growing it a ton, and by trying to figure out Twitter (who would have thought a 22-year-old doesn’t know how to tweet?). I have been working with our various committees to help set up new “@rooseveltalumni.org” email addresses and keep them monitored so that our alumni can better reach us, and will continue to expand that effort. I have been working with the other communications committee members to create more quality and focused content to share with our alumni over email (and through a fancy new email service too).

But, the big one: recreating our website from scratch.

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Our website has relaunched as of about two months ago, and has a complete new look. It also now has a mobile friendly interface (as long as you don’t have a really tiny phone, sorry iPhone 4 users) and lots of new content. While it may have published a little bit ago, I am excited to officially announce it now and tell you all about it:

I graduated college this past May and didn’t start my new job until August, which gave me a few months to stare at the wall and do nothing but recover from the past 17 years of continuous education. It also gave me time to redo our alumni website. It may not sound like much of a break, but it was wonderful, let me tell you.

I had a few ideas in mind when it came to a new version of the website. I wanted a brighter and bigger layout, but also wanted more content. The first part was all on me, I had to put on my artist hat and figure out what “brighter and bigger” meant and make it happen. The second relied very heavily on my fellow board members to deliver. Being new to the organization (and very young in terms of Roughrider years), I needed their help to generate content. They definitely came through! If it wasn’t for their help sending me information, helping me update old documents, and finding useful content to add, the website would look quite barren, so I want to extend my thank you to the RHSAA Board for that.

Back to my part, design. I spent hours upon hours looking at the websites of other alumni associations, and wow. So many websites that haven’t been updated since the 90s. But there were also a lot of great ones that I pulled a lot of pieces from. This search also got me to realize how important it is to have a website that is mobile friendly. Did you know that almost 70% of all internet usage is done by a phone now? Gone are the days when website developers only had to worry about how their site looked on a big computer screen! This part was going to be a challenge, since I definitely didn’t learn how to do this in school.

Now that I had some pieces to work with and knew requirements I needed to hit, I got to making the general layout of every page. I wanted a header that our association name in full with both our old logo and new logo that would appear on desktop version and mobile version. Hey, it works! Now the menu. This was tricky since it is completely different on desktop vs mobile. I am pretty sure I spent more time on this item than any other on the website. Please, appreciate the menu and then never speak of it to me.

I love photos. I have hundreds of photos of campus, various events, and just random moments from my high school career. Showcasing photos was a very important element to me on the website, and that is why every page has a big header photo of something Roosevelt related. If you ever come across a nice photo that you think deserves a spot on the website, please email it to me, I will be so grateful!

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I’m saving this photo for the header of the page about our veteran memorials.

I mentioned adding additional content to the website earlier. One item in particular I wanted to focus on was events. The RHSAA only has a few a year that we specifically sponsor, but there is so much more happening in relation to the school. That is why on our events page there is a link to a page about reunions as well as a link to a page of various Roosevelt calendars.

Two pages that really go hand in hand are the donate page and the grants page. Giving grants to student organizations is a big deal for us, but we can’t do that without donations from alumni. I wanted to make the donation page easy to read and very clear, and give examples of where donations have gone recently as a reason why donating is important. On the grants page I wanted to make it as clear as possible how to apply for grants and let those applying know that we have given to a lot of groups and would love to add them to the list. I think I accomplished both well, what do you think though?

A broader goal I have that doesn’t necessarily relate to my role as Webmaster but rather as a general Board Member, is to help showcase a more personable side of the organization. It can be easy for alumni who aren’t active with the association to see a title without faces and ambiguous achievements and have no idea who we are. Every board member is a real person, who went to the same school as everyone else and had an experience that made us want to continue to give back to that school and help connect our fellow classmates. How do we showcase that? Well, we can do simple things like put faces to names, and give information on our committees and how to get involved if you are interested. I still have a few tricks up my sleeve for other, non-website, possibilities.

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While the website is up and published now, it doesn’t mean I am done. Since I have started my new job as a software developer in August, I have already learned a ton about web development that I want to implement on the website. There are plenty of pieces I want to redo and things to fix and make better. If you are looking at the website on mobile you probably will notice a few wonky things all over the place that I intend to clean up. Also, I just want to add more content. The history page is currently under construction, but I have about 6 sub pages already planned that are in the works.

This is a project I am really proud of. Not only have I enjoyed having something tangible to showcase my commitment to the organization, this is also a chance for professional development for me that directly relates to my career. I am really looking forward to continuing to improve the website and add to it and make it a genuinely useful tool for our association and our alumni. Thanks for joining me on this journey and stay tuned for the updates as they come!

Megan Hall

RHS Class of 2013

RHSAA Webmaster

webmaster@rooseveltalumni.org


Roosevelt’s Athletic Director Sanjay Bedi has been working with the Alumni Association quite heavily this school year and has written this update for us to share with all alumni. He would like to share information on the successful Winter season that just concluded and the upcoming Spring season which is just starting. Read more:

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Varsity Men’s Basketball Team.

We are just getting to the close of the Winter sports season. We have had a successful season qualifying 5 Wrestlers and 1 Swimmer to State. We have also just qualified both our Girls & Boys Basketball programs to the State Playoffs. Both programs are coming off winning successful seasons and are going to be competitive in the playoffs – stay tuned! Good Luck to the Dance Team as they have competitions coming up and are also preparing for the State Dance Competition in March. A big Thank You to the Cheer program for their support of the basketball programs. This is the biggest Cheer & Dance Squads that we have had in a while.

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Half of the Swim Team.

We kick of the Spring Sports Season on Monday, February 26th with the following sports: Softball, Baseball, Track & Field, Tennis & Golf.  We have returning coaches in Softball Coach Kelsey Porter, Track & Field Coach Jonquil Vann, and Golf Coach Ryan O’Meara. We have new coaches in Baseball Coach Tony Fair, Girls Tennis Coach Nina Nguyen, and Boys Tennis Coach Franklin Truong.  We are looking forward to a competitive Spring Sports Season and we are hopeful to break in our new Baseball/Softball field in April for league play. Stay tuned for our opening game celebration.

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Ladies Varsity Basketball Team.

I have also been busy planning ahead for the Fall as we have officially hired interim Football Coach Tim Price to take over the program. Tim comes to us with the experience of building successful programs both at Jefferson High School and Parkrose High School.  I am also excited to announce that we just hired Denetia Carline as our new Volleyball Coach. Denetia played 4 years of volleyball at Jackson State University and brings tremendous experience with her.

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Part of the Wrestling Team.

Roosevelt is headed in a very positive direction and we are looking forward to continued growth and success of our programs.

 

GO RIDERS!!

 

Sanjay Bedi

Roosevelt Athletic Director

sbedi@pps.net

503-348-0380


 

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Thanksgiving weekend, and I wish all who read this a relaxing (we can hope, right) and bonding time with friends and family.  Neither my husband nor I am from N. Portland (I’m a New Englander, and he’s a Sheboyanite), yet St. John’s is home.  It wasn’t always that way for me.  In fact I’ve spent most of the past 15 years living here feeling like an interloper.  We never intended to stay longer than a few years before moving back to be closer to family, but we got stuck.  Not in a bad way.  More in the way of “not wanting to leave.”  We were growing roots even though I continued to always feel like an outsider.

We were both drawn to North Portland because the neighborhoods have a distinct sense of place – a rich history, full of their own small town quirks that made us want to be part of them.  I’ve always made a point to be involved in my community, but many of my efforts took me outside of St. Johns.  Until, that is, my son’s sophomore year at Roosevelt when I join the newly starting PTSA.  In doing so, I got the chance to work with alumni, and quickly came to appreciate the dedication and passion that many of you hold for Roosevelt, it’s history and the success of its students.  Helping host Homecomings pre-game celebrations that included the pep-rally parade and tailgate BBQ made me feel like part of the local community in a way that I never had before.  

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The Parade, organized by Mike Verbout and the St. Johns Center for Opportunity created a magical mix of community groups, such as The Beat Goes On, playing and marching along side RHS students in the Roosevelt Rider Elite Dance Team and Roosevelt Jazz Band, surrounded by Future Riders from local youth groups and neighborhood schools starting as young as preschool.  It highlighted how the Roosevelt community’s roots begin way before and extend long after those 4 years of high school.  The tailgate party, sponsored by the RHS Alumni Association and hosted by the PTSA was a similar, collaborative success in which alumni and parent volunteers fed over 1000 students, families, and guests!

The Alumni Association’s vision for the tailgate, started the previous year in  2016 in lieu of the Alumni Annual Dinner, was to provide an all-inclusive event that would bring together the greater community to celebrate Roosevelt – at no personal cost! When my family attended last year, I was inspired, and knew that I wanted to do my part to ensure the Tailgate became an annual event by getting PTSA to join in hosting. Thanks to generous donations from local businesses including Franz Bakery, Tim’s Chips, Willamette Valley Meat Co., New Seasons, as well as  the Alumni Association’s sponsorship, we  were able to continue the tradition of a community Tailgate BBQ – free to all!  

The entire event, as well as the student athlete’s performance on the field, brought Roosevelt some much deserved public admiration.  I overheard visitors young and old alike, saying “wow, what a great event! What a great place – it feels just the way a homecoming should!”  I went to bed tired- but already dreaming up ideas for Homecoming 2018!

I also realized that for the first time, I didn’t feel like I just lived here, I belonged here.  

Thank you Alumni Association!  

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Darrell Grenz: Alumni & PTSA Treasurer;  Jinnet Powel: PTSA President; Mee Cha: Alumni and PTSA member

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Roosevelt High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association President

 


The new athletic director at Roosevelt, Sanjay Bedi, is very excited to work with the alumni association and help us promote games and alumni involvement! He has written up an update for us to share with you to keep you in the loop on all things sports at Roosevelt. Read more:

FALL SPORTS UPDATE

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Interim Football Coach Tim Price during an early season practice.

We were off to a rough start with changes in the Football Coaching staff but we were able to stabilize the program and get a good number of kids out. We had both a Varsity and JV2/Frosh team. The varsity team had a tough season but the kids competed hard in every way coming away with a big homecoming win against Wilson. We hired an interim coach for the fall – Tim Price who did a great job with the program. We will be opening the position and interviewing for the 2018 season.

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Varsity Volleyball Team.

Girls Volleyball, Girls Soccer and Boys Soccer were all very competitive this season with young teams. They are continuing to get better and we have had good turnout for all 3 programs.

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Ladies Soccer after a win!

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A few members of the Men’s Soccer team posing before a game.

Cross Country had some growth and success this season culminating with qualifying 2 runners (Lammi Kalil and Abdi Hussein) for the State Tournament. Lammi took a podium position with an 8th place finish at State.

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The Cross Country team huddling up before a competition.

Thanks to the Cheerleading Squad for their support of the fall teams!

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Cheer Squad.

WINTER SPORTS UPDATES

We are off and running with winter sports starting on Monday, November 13th . We have tryouts for Girls & Boys Basketball as well as Wrestling and Swimming. The Dance Team will also be competing this winter. We recently hired a new Girls Head Basketball Coach – Michael Bontemps as well as a new Boys Head Basketball Coach – Yusuf Leary, who has been an assistant the past few years. The Wrestling program will be coached by returning coach Eric Azersky. Returning Dance Team Coach Mandy Mucci continues to build and develop a strong Dance Team and we recently hired alumni Jenny McInroy as our new Cheerleading Coach. Teach and returning Coach James Duckworth will be coaching the Swim Team.

SPRING SPORTS UPDATES

We are in the final process of hiring a new Head Baseball Coach and will be hiring Head Girls & Boys Tennis coaches as well. Kelsey Green (now Kelsey Porter) will return to continue coaching a very strong Girls Softball Program.

If people have questions or would like to come by and get a tour of the building and athletic facilities please feel free to contact me.

Sanjay Bedi
Roosevelt Athletic Director
503-348- 0380
Sbedi@pps.net


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Having an online presence is important in this day and age, and as the Roosevelt High School Alumni Association we are working to bring ourselves up to speed on “what the cool kids are doing these days”.

My name is Megan Hall (Class of ’13) and I have recently taken over the duties of Webmaster. I am a computer science student in my senior year of college who will be taking a position as a software developer once I graduate. I have been involved with Roosevelt’s social media since I was a freshman in high school in 2009, and began my journey with the RHSAA by helping with social media. Now that I am almost done with my degree I have a lot more knowledge with websites, and am also taking over the duty of running the website. Fun? I think so.

Here is what is going on now with our online, modern day presence:

Our website is up to date with information we currently have, and will continue to be updated as we get new information. It might look a bit clunky for the moment, but a lot more is going to come over the next year, including a page with information on upcoming reunions, a page on how to get involved (with the RHSAA and at RHS), a page for contacting us directly, and more. Maybe our site isn’t the most pretty or flashy, but who needs that when all the information you need will be there?

We are getting more involved with social media. We have had a Facebook page for quite some time, but we are working to make it more active. We have a Twitter that will be making more posts. We now have an Instagram (the coolest thing in my opinion), where we have already been engaging with lots of “young alums”. We are also going to get this blog more active with more in depth information that can usually be provided over social media.

Lots going on, and still lots to do. If you have any suggestions of any sort, we want to know. While I personally may be 21 years old, I am no expert on social media and the internet. If you have any interest in helping us sort out our online presence, please send talk to us! We love volunteers, and perhaps you’ll have some fun doing this too.

If you want to talk more about our website, social media, or anything else mentioned in this post, please send our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram a private message, or email me directly at webmaster@rooseveltalumni.org.

It is always a great day to be a Rider!

Megan Hall

RHS Class of 2013


MIKE’S MESSAGE

Greetings, RHS Alums! The summer has sped by, and it’s almost Homecoming Season, an exciting time for Roosevelt and for our Association, which will celebrate its third anniversary this year. To keep this young organization strong and growing, we need your help, which is the theme of this message.

We’re looking for a Treasurer to replace Vicki Coleman, who served for our first three years. Before she left office, Vicki helped us set up a system that will handle the nuts and bolts of tracking our finances, but we need a leader who is willing to steward this important facet of RHSAA. Please EMAIL me if you’d like a job description.

We also need volunteers for the upcoming Homecoming Banquet (EMAIL) or to work on RHSAA’s parade float (EMAIL). I urge you to get involved in the behind-the-scenes work with RHSAA.

Roosevelt High School welcomed new leaders for the new school year, Principal Filip Hristic and Vice Principal Arturo Ruelas. And plans for the modernization of our school continue. Go HERE for more information. To stay up to date about activities at Roosevelt, like their Facebook PAGE.

Thanks for your support of Roosevelt. Go Rough Riders!

–Mike Verbout, RHSAA President

Saturday – September 20, 2014
54th Annual Golf Tournament

Annual Golf Tournament
7:30 a.m. – Check In
9:00 a.m. – Shotgun Start

Heron Lakes Golf Club: Great Blue Course
3500 N Victory BLVD
Portland OR 97217
503.289.1818

Want to participate in the golf tournament? View THIS flyer.

Interested in being a Hole Sponsor? View THIS flyer.

RHSAA Annual Homecoming Banquet
REGISTER NOW!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

RHSAA Annual Homecoming Banquet
Embassy Suites Portland – Airport
7900 NE 82nd Avenue (Portland, OR)
5:00 p.m. – Registration and Social Hour
6:00 p.m. – Welcome and Cheer
6:10 p.m. – Dinner
7:00 p.m. – Program

The deadline for registration is Sunday, September 28, 2014. Tickets are $40 or $350 for a table for ten (you select who sits with you). For $400 you can purchase the RHS Pride Alumni Package, which includes a table for ten (you select who sits with you) — plus we’ll decorate your table for you! Can’t attend? SPONSOR a ticket for another or a table for ten. Go HERE to learn more and to register.

Friday – October 3, 2014

Noon – Homecoming Parade through the St. Johns Business District (begins and ends at Roosevelt and travels down Lombard)

3:00 to 5:00 p.m. – Baxter’s Classic/Vintage Auto Show (Cars on display in the Parade and on the RHS Baseball field)

Interested in including your car? View THIS flyer. [PDF]

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6:15 p.m. – Pre-Game Program/Community Pep Rally and Parade to the Football Stadium

7:20 p.m. – Homecoming Varsity Football Game (with Halftime Show)
The Roosevelt Rough Riders VS the Wilson Trojans

UPCOMING REUNIONS

Class of ’94 Reunion

The RHS Class of 1994 is having their 20-year Reunion on Saturday, October 4, 2014 (at the Central Hotel in Portland). For more information, go HERE.

Class of ’74 Reunion

The RHS Class of 1974 is having their 40-year Reunion on Saturday, September 6, 2014 (at Jubitz Truck Stop), with a no-host bar starting at 6:00 p.m. $30 per person (pays for dinner). Send your check to:
RHS Reunion
c/o ETEC LLC.
3307 Evergreen Way
Suite 707-133
Washougal WA 98671


Outstanding Alumnus Nominations
Due Soon

We Need You! (to volunteer)

MIKE’S MESSAGE

Greetings, RHS Alums! Although school is out, activities for the students and alumni continue. We have great opportunities for you to get involved with your Alumni Association–in fact, we need your help to continue to grow our organization and to produce great events for all of us to enjoy.

Please consider volunteering for one of the activities you see listed below. Or if you’re interested in year-round work with RHSAA, we can certainly find ways to involve you. Please feel free to email me at any time. I love hearing from you! (mikeverbout@cheerful.com)

Please share this Newsletter with family and friends and be sure the word gets out. Encourage other alums to send us their contact emails. Go Rough Riders!

-Mike Verbout, RHSAA President

Outstanding Alumnus Nominations
Due Soon

Don’t forget to be part of the nominations for this year’s selection of Outstanding Alumnus honorees. Go to RooseveltAlumni.Org to download the PDF nomination form (look in the right-hand column of the home page). Or send your nomination to info@rooseveltalumni.org, using the criteria listed on the form. Nominations are due by July 15, 2014. A committee will review all applications and choose the honorees — honorees will be announced at this year’s Homecoming Banquet on Thursday,
October 2.

For more information on the Homecoming Banquet, go HERE.

RHSAA All Class Picnic

Come and reconnect with old friends and make new ones at this year’s All Class Picnic! This is a potluck-style, free event, but we would love to have RSVPs from attendees. Please go HERE.

Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014
Time: 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Place: George Park
Location: N Fessenden (Between Burr and Calhoun)

HOMECOMING!

The 4th Annual Homecoming Banquet is just a few months away. The Banquet Committee has been hard at work for months planning for this year’s event, and you’ll want to be there.

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. – Registration and Social Hour
Price: $40 per ticket or $350 for a table of ten

To register for the Homecoming Banquet, go HERE.

We’ll have additional information about Homecoming activities in our Summer eNewsletter.

UPCOMING REUNIONS:

Class of ’69 Reunion
The RHS Class of 1969 is having their 45-year Reunion on Saturday, September 13, 2014 (at the Sheraton Hotel Portland Airport). For more information, contact Denis Fahsholz at 503.286.3910 or 503.348.4436.

Class of ’64 Reunion
The RHS Class of 1964 is having their 50-year Reunion this Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Jubitz/Portland Inn. It’s not too late to be included! Contact Bonnie Berg Matteson, 503.593.5026 and/or bloray46@comcast.net