The Board of Trustees established the 25 Year Club in 1982 with 98 charter members, with the goal of recognizing faculty and staff who have at least 25 years of service to Western Michigan University.
New members are "inducted" into the club during the calendar year in which they achieve 25 years of service. These new members receive a gift from the University, a commemorative certificate and 25 Year Club mug.
Starting this year, we are making some changes to the 25 Year Club Gala going forward. These changes come following the closure of the Bernhard Center, which has long hosted the event. There are two changes to announce.
First, the 25 Year Club Gala will be streamlined to present a celebration program designed specifically for new inductees and their guests to attend. The new club inductees will be recognized at this even designed for their attendance. This 25 Year Club Induction ceremony for inductees and their guests will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023. More information about this re-imagined event will be shared with the 2023 class of inductees soon.
Second, a separate event to recognize all 25 Year Club members will be scheduled Friday, June 7, 2024. All active and retired members of the 25 Year Club will be invited to this event.
The 25 Year Club membership is purely an honorary designation. Other than the two events scheduled for 2023-24 fiscal year, there are no other official functions or responsibilities affiliated with the club.
If you have questions, send an email to the HR 25 Year Club email: firstname.lastname@example.org or you may contact the HR Service Center at (269) 387-3620.