Starting or Reviving a Club and Keeping it Alive

Listen to the webinar (February 2013)
Host: Sarah Cross Mills ’66. Speakers: Leah Gross Foster ’07, Smith College Club of Pittsburgh; Aurora Becerra ’06, Smith College Club of Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.

Best Practices

  • Ask for help from other alumnae and enlist the OAR for ideas and support in sending out communications.
  • Keep events simple and choose appropriate locations; plan different events at different times and places throughout the year.
  • Plan an all-club social gathering within the first year, such as a holiday cookie party, tea, potluck, family picnic, Mountain Day activity or faculty speaker.
  • Reach out to other groups and search other club websites to find ideas and collaborate.
  • Look to Seven Sister clubs to partner with on an event.

Communications in the 21st Century

Listen to the webinar (April 2013)
Host: Sarah Cross Mills ’66. Speakers: Mary Bahr ’81, communications adviser, Smith College Club of Chicago; Liz Borland ’97, president; Kathryn Fox ’07, communications director, Smith College Club of Philadelphia.

Best Practices

  • Establish and maintain a lively club website and/or Facebook page.
  • Communicate club information in a regular newsletter.
  • Explore activities of local alums who might be willing to share interesting ideas at an event; scan the SAQ class notes for interesting news of local alums.

Successful Programming for Diverse Audiences

Listen to the webinar (February 2013)
Host: Sarah Cross Mills ’66. Speakers: Elizabeth Tyminski ’86, president, Smith College Club of Boston; Monique Chavoya ’02, president, Association of Latina Alumnae of Smith College (ALAS); Ileana Jimenez ’97, chair of Affinity and Special Interest Committee (ASIC).

Best Practices

  • Assess interest in potential events using survey software like Survey Monkey.
  • Increase diversity in leadership to help meet interests of diverse members and use inclusive language in communications.
  • Organize strategic meet-ups for specific groups like young alums, alums in their 30s and 40s facing career or family transitions, and senior luncheons.
  • Use traditional communications if budget allows to mail postcards and printed event communications to those without email.
  • Co-host events with affinity groups and invite diverse alums to join panels or make presentations.

Connecting with Current Students & Young Alumnae

Listen to the webinar (April 2013)
Host: Sarah Cross Mills ’66. Speakers: Eda Uykal ’08, young alumnae chair, Smith College Club of Boston; Eidan Webster ’05 and Lisa Pitts ’07, Smith College Club of Oregon.

Best Practices

  • Designate a recent alumna as current student liaison.
  • Host a gathering for prospective and current students in early January when students may be at home and at other opportune times.
  • Engage with new students by sending a congratulatory email or note; host a gathering for admits and their parents with young alums.
  • Send letters and care packages to current students at key times during the year.
  • Invite seniors returning to your club area to job search through your newsletter and to join your club.
  • Host affordable and diverse events that cater to young alumnae.

Community Service Projects/Smith Alumnae in the Community

Listen to the webinar (March 2013)
Host: Sarah Cross Mills ’66. Speaker: Jacquelyn Woodworth ’92, volunteer coordinator, East Bay Smith College Club.

Best Practices

  • Engage new alumnae with community service groups that are seeking one-time assistance.
  • Support one organization annually.
  • Co-sponsor events with local girls’ schools, organizations related to a Smith faculty speaker’s topic, or groups benefiting women and girls.

Developing an Oral History Project

Listen to the webinar (April 2013)
Host: Sarah Cross Mills ’66. Speakers: Barbara Klaas ’74, president; Marty Swain ’71, Laurie Kramer ’69 and Betsey Whitbeck ’71, Smith College Club of Minnesota.

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Hear from members of the Minnesota club about their two volumes of Strong Women Building Strong Communities, published in 2009 and 2012. More than two dozen local alumnae shared their lives with interviewers to create this lasting record.

Maintaining Leadership Continuity

Listen to the webinar (May 2013)
Host: Sarah Cross Mills ’66. Speakers: Lydia Mann ’06, co-president, Smith College Club of Oregon; Anya Martin ’85, immediate past president, Smith College Club of Atlanta.

Interest in volunteering for Smith comes to each of us at different times for different reasons. Learn successful strategies for recruiting new leaders and maintaining a leadership team.

Treasuries and Taxes

Listen to the webinar (February 2013)
Listen to the webinar (March 2013)
Host: Sarah Cross Mills ’66. Speaker: Katie Naughton ’70.

Naughton, a senior-level finance professional who has served as treasurer for both the New York City and Hampshire County clubs, shares advice about maintaining your club treasuries and handling taxes.