Gary Gauthier is a life member of the MSU Varsity Lettermen alumni as well as the MSU alumni association in Florida since 1978. This varsity club is exclusively formed for individuals who have lettered in a sport at the university. The alumni association includes the world grant mission of Michigan State University to transform the world for the better and to enhance the quality of life for the Spartans. The association assists marshal the mutual impact of approximately 500,000 Spartans across the world through long lasting relationships with Michigan State.
As a member of the association, Gary encourages Spartans to support and organize the University through independent groups and clubs. There are various kinds of alumni organizations, including Constituent Alumni Groups based on academic degree or program, Regional Clubs based on zip code ranges or metropolitan areas, Alumni Interest Clubs based on University experience, and International Alumni Clubs based on areas outside of the US. Gary Gauthier from Florida describes that above 130 Regional Alumni clubs are situated across Michigan and the US. The association supports regional clubs that plan activities and local events, which bring Spartans all together, and provides funds to them from paid MSUAA memberships. Gary says that Spartans love to gather, regardless of where they are in the world, and more than 200 groups and persons have identified themselves as Michigan State University ambassadors in the country they live in.
Another group is an Alumni Interest Group that is alumni from different colleges of all the areas and all years that join together to get in touch with MSU based in their college experience. Gary Gauthier from Florida describes that generally, these are the alumni who have shared a common experience with a student or student organization. Some of the present AIG groups include MSU Black Alumni, MSU Alumni Band, MSU Telecasters Alumni, MSU Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Alumni, State News Alumni Association, MSU Latino Alumni Club, and more.