nother year, and another time to be
thankful for all of the blessings that our
Lord has provided to us. Although we really
did not experience growth at Orchard Lake
Schools this year, the future looks great. I
believe that with the help of our Lord and
benefactors, we will get better and grow as
St. Mary’s Preparatory has been truly
blessed with two substantial endowments
that are earmarked by the donors to use for
construction projects (one specifically for an
auditorium-like structure). The Orchard Lake Schools Board of Regents
members have designated a task force to come up with a plan to best use
the money to improve our classrooms and environment on our campus.
With those funds and a capital campaign, this community could be in
for a great transformation.
In addition to the endowments for the Preparatory, SS. Cyril &Methodius
was also blessed with a substantial endowment. It allows the earnings
from that endowment to help with the education of seminarians. God
truly is great and very generous to the Orchard Lake Schools.
I also write this section with extreme sadness. Two people that have been
such great assets to the Orchard Lake Schools are no longer with the
organization. Tim Bailey, Business Manager, was my right-hand man
for my entire tenure as CFO. Tim was one of the hardest working and
most dedicated individuals I know. I could count on Tim for anything,
anytime and he was willing to do whatever it took to make sure that the
Orchard Lake Schools were successful. Although he has moved on in his
career, he does not know how much he will be missed.
Tony Koterba, Vice-Chancellor, was my mentor, my friend and my
OLSM brother. Tony was the rock that kept the ship straight on this
campus. He was a great spokesman for the Orchard Lake Schools and
very well-liked and respected by all. I have known Tony for almost 20
years. We became great friends when our sons started at OLSM in the
fall of 2006. His oldest son, Anthony, became a part of our family when
his mother, Cathy, was sick and Tony had to be there for her and could
not drive Anthony to and from St. Mary’s. Our triplets had an instant
older brother that they spent time with every day and loved playing
games with him. We were heartbroken when Cathy passed away in 2007.
Although we did not spend much time with Cathy during her illness, we
could see in Anthony the great person that she was because of how he
was with our family. She and Tony did a great job in raising Anthony and
Andrew. Tony will always be my friend and brother. The Vucinaj family
loves him and his family.
Martin Vucinaj (P’81)
Orchard Lake Schools