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Release date:September 1, 2006

Century Club offers support opportunity for all

PLAINVIEW – The newest giving club at Wayland Baptist University has welcomed its first members.

              The Century Club, a project of the Office of Corporate Development, added Brent Patton, a transfer student at Wayland who recently returned from his fourth tour in Iraq with the U.S. Air Force, and Tom Baker, a longtime Plainview insurance agent, to its ranks recently, shortly after the club was formed.

              The club requires a minimum donation of $100 annually for membership, and members receive a matted print of Wayland’s stately administration building, Gates Hall, as a gift of thanks for their support. The print will bear the name of the Century Club and be a great show of support when hung in the home or place of business.

              According to Mike Melcher, director of corporate giving at WBU since July, the club is meant to include everyone, regardless of their income level.

              “The whole point of the Century Club is to involve everyone, to have everybody making at least a small contribution,” Melcher said. “Every business person, every student and every resident can be involved in this since only $100 is required.”

              Melcher said many times people feel that they may only have $100 to give and think their gift won’t be able to impact anyone. The Century Club, he said, is a way to prove that every gift is welcome and, when combined with others, can make an impact.

              “If everyone on our mailing list gave $100, that would be $3 million toward our undesignated funds account, which definitely makes a difference,” he said.

              Melcher said the Club is open to anyone, alums or otherwise, who desire to support the university, even if they have already given in other ways. Even new graduates just beginning in their careers are encouraged to join, even if their donation must be made in installments.

              For information on the Century Club or to join, contact Melcher by phone at (806) 291-3431 or by email at melcherm@wbu.edu.