HISTORY OF THE 57th ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Memorial Day weekend of 2010, a group of alumni who had served in the 57th Military Airlift Squadron, 57th Airlift Squadron and the 443rd Technical Training Squadron met in Altus, Oklahoma for a get together. From this get together it was proposed that a committee meet and discuss formalizing an alumni association.
The first organizational meeting was in Altus, Oklahoma on 9 October 2010. This meeting was convened at Luigi’s Restaurant by Woodie Hall with the following in attendance: Gary Snyder, Ken Lyman, Paul Zender, Kevin McAuliffe, Luigi Graziani and Billy Clark. At this meeting Interim organizational officers were selected. Woodie Hall, President; Paul Zender, Vice President; Ken Lyman, Secretary; Kevin McAuliffe, Treasurer. Also, in October 2010 an Employee Identification Number was requested from the Internal Revenue Service assigned Employer Identification Number of: 27-3616958 to the 57th Alumni Association.
On 9 March, 2011 an Oklahoma Certificate of Incorporation was completed and signed by Woodie Hall, Kevin McAuliffe, and Paul Zender. Kevin McAuliffe was designated as registered agent.
The 57th Alumni Association, Inc., Certificate of Incorporation (non-profit) was received by the Secretary of State of the State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on March 11, 2011. On March 15, 2011 the 57th Alumni Association, Inc. was officially registered as a Non-Profit Corporation in the State of Oklahoma.
On 03/23/2011 an Interim Board of Directors for the 57th Alumni Association was designated as follows:
President Woodie Hall
Vice President Paul Zender
Secretary Ken Lyman
Treasurer Kevin McAuliffe
Director at Large Gary Snyder
Our next 57th reunion was held in Altus, OK from the 6th – 9th of October, 2011. During our first business meeting the first order of business was to ratify a Constitution and set of By-laws. So, it was that on 8 October 2011 the 57th Alumni Association Constitution and By-laws were ratified and Officers & Directors were put in place. The first elected officers and Directors of the 57th Alumni Association: Woodie Hall, President; Paul Zender, Vice President; Ken Lyman, Secretary; Kevin McAuliffe, Treasurer. In addition, four individuals were elected to serve as Directors at Large. Position # one, Gary Snyder; Position # two, Floyd Badsky; Position # three, Larry Graham; Position # four, Jim Doornbos.
On October 11th – 14th, 2012 the 57th Alumni Association had its first official reunion in Altus, OK. At this reunion we celebrated the Seventieth Anniversary of the 57th. The Reunion convened at Holiday Inn Express and had its banquet at the Altus, AFB all ranks club. Maj Gen Timothy Zadalis Director of Intelligence, Operations and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas was our special guest and speaker at our banquet dinner. In addition, a long-time residence of Altus, Mr. Gail Miller was inducted into the 57th Alumni Association at our banquet on Saturday evening.
In August of 2013 the 57th Alumni Association was determined by the I.R.S to be a 501 (c) (19) tax exempt organization.
To date the 57th Alumni Association has met for a reunion in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018.