Vision Statement

Create a central informational access point for all students and alumni of Collinwood High School.  Preserve the rich and varied history while supporting current social values and diversity.  Take an active role in supporting Collinwood High School’s education mission while supporting the community in which it serves.


Message from the President


Michael_Cavotta_current.bmpIt is both a pleasure and an honor to have been elected to the leadership role of Collinwood High School Alumni Association. While I have been a member of the organization for about four years, I am sure there is much to learn about this process.  Fortunately for us, Ron Kusmier’s vast experience, considerable passion for CHS and positive attitude has helped to dramatically insure a very effective and productive transition. Hats off to his Collinwood Spirit!!!

My Vision for the future is to continue building upon the foundation set in place over the previous years, focusing on technologies such as social media to increase awareness about what CHSAA’s mission is all about. This will expand membership, which will allow CHSAA to expand its services to alumni, school and community.  Our mandate is clear, Connect Railroaders Everywhere. 

To accomplish this we need to concentrate on the following:

  • Newsletters – Continue delivering an outstanding edition with relevant information from and for all graduation years.
  • CHS - Expand our support to the school by augmenting our scholarship program with other meaningful endeavors.
  • Hall of Fame - Streamline the process to attract more submissions and expand the recognition process.
  • Social Media - Increase our outreach through Facebook and Twitter, all coordinated with expansion of our website.
  • Reunion Support - Increase our support to all class reunions, capitalizing on our significant experience, resources and know-how.
  • Events - Deliver more quality events such as Grand Reunion IV scheduled for the fall of 2017 on a regularly scheduled basis.
  • Preservation - Collect, protect and make CHS memorabilia available for alumni to publically view and utilize at their events.

CHSAA looks forward with great anticipation to working closely with the various alumni groups in developing the proper goals and executing the necessary plans to meet the above objectives.

On behalf of CHSAA I would like to personally thank Principal Maria Carlson, staff members Gail Greenberg and Gary Fisher and the Collinwood High School Color Guard under the leadership of Brian Dugen, Lt. Col.(retired), for helping make Grand Reunion III a major success. 

                                                                       -- Michael F. Cavotta/June 1962

Indeed, Three proved to be the Charm! Last Saturday, Oct 10th, after two previous rain outs, the CHS Day at the Strip, under clear blue skies, 65 degree temp and back-dropped in rich Fall colors, finally happened. While the turnout was modest, those Railroaders who did attend were entertained with some great classic car stick shift drag racing. One attendee stated, "....this is music to my ears, haven't been here since 1959". When the track announcer mentioned that Collinwood Alumni were here, a huge roar reverberated over the track. This is just a glimpse of what next year will bring.

Hats of to Thompson Raceway Park
especially Ken Edger for sponsoring our Day at the Strip.
Membership in CHSAA has many benefits -- this is just one of them -- a quarterly
newsletter -- why not consider joining today!


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