The Baylor Line Foundation (BLF) is now offering a 50% discount on Life Memberships to members of the Heritage Club in recognition of their longtime service and commitment to the timeless values of Baylor’s founders.
The Heritage Club was created by the Baylor Alumni Association (BAA) in 1977 as a way to honor Baylor alumni who attended Baylor 50 years ago or more, even if they did not actually graduate from Baylor. Management of the Heritage Club program was taken over in 2013 by the Baylor Alumni Network after the university terminated the BAA’s license to use the Baylor name following the BAA Transition Agreement vote on Sept. 7, 2013, failed to reach the two-thirds majority it needed.
“Over the past few months, we’ve thought a lot about our brand and our mission,” said new BLF Executive Vice President Allen Holt ’80. “This has been a difficult year for the Baylor family. We all know that this university is far, far better than the current environment. Hundreds of people have rejoined the organization – or joined for the first time – since the settlement vote in April. But we have also learned that many of our older alumni who want to be Life Members are on fixed incomes and while they embraced our mission and our commitment to telling the stories of members of the Baylor Family and standing up for the university’s wonderful traditions, they just could not prioritize spending the money on a membership. We hope reducing the cost to $500 makes this easier, and shows our appreciation for this important group of alumni.”
Holt said he wants to make sure that alumni know that the BLF has converted all BAA Life Members to Baylor Line Foundation memberships as the result of our name change earlier this year, and that Heritage Club members can spread out their new Life Membership over multiple payments.
“We feel that the Baylor Line magazine (LINK) and our new Oral Histories project (LINK) offer a way for members of the Baylor Family to focus on what is great about Baylor,” Holt said. “In addition, we greatly expanded our Legacy Scholarship program this year, offering $1,000 scholarships to 82 children and grandchildren of Baylor alumni, and we plan to increase the size of those scholarships this year in recognition of rising tuition rates. But perhaps most important, we offer a platform for alumni and friends to ask university leadership questions in a respectful manner and provide their perspective on the challenges that face this university and offer solutions. Membership in the organization enables you to support that independent voice and help us advocate for solutions that get Baylor back on track to being the compassionate, Christ-centered institution that we all are so proud of attending.”
You can join the BLF or renew a lapsed membership here. Please note that our memberships are by household, so you only have to purchase one membership, even if both of you are Baylor graduates. There’s a special button for Heritage Club members (alumni from the Classes of 1967 or earlier) that reflects the discount. You can pay online, mail in a check, or call Member Services Director Kellie Juandiego at 254-732-0430 to activate your membership.