SPRING 2015 NEWSLETTER
SMITH CLASS OF ’70 — 45th REUNION
MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC
WE DID IT!
We sang in the sunshine
We laughed every day…
Reunion 2015 was spectacular! More than 100 classmates plus some 20 guests came to Northampton and we made our own kind of music for three days chock full of activities, good food, dancing and singing, and lots and lots of conversations with old friends and new. Time stopped for a brief while as we all just relaxed and enjoyed being together again. Sunshine and clear skies showcased the still incredibly beautiful grounds of our campus. The students and new graduates are as remarkable as ever.
But those of us on campus were not alone in participating in this reunion. Many of you helped to make it all happen even though you couldn’t come. You sent in photos that we saw in the fabulous “Then and Now” video, created the signs that we carried in the parade, sent in responses to Martie Wynne’s SNAP survey (we had the highest response rate yet), and contributed generously to the Alumnae Fund.
Speaking of which, we set a record for giving by the 45th reunion class, giving a total of more than $3,800,000 over five years with 46% participation. Our one-year total was $1,756,843 with a participation rate of 53% which exceeded our goal! What tremendous generosity. Mary Pratt Grant, our class fund agent says, “Thank you to everyone who made a gift to the Smith Fund for the past five years. Together we did what no one in the Development Office expected us to do, and our gift will make a huge difference to the students who are at Smith. Your efforts are deeply appreciated.” And it’s not too late to participate in this year’s giving. Gifts received by the college before June 30 will be counted toward our reunion total.
Be sure to check in at the class website (www.smith70.com) and sign on to the class Facebook page for pictures and reminiscences from reunion. Marlene Bellamy is also posting a PDF of the Memorial Remembrances booklet.
The only thing that could have made this reunion even better was if more of us could have come. We missed you! So put the 50th reunion on your calendar now: May 14-17, 2020. Be there!
Special thanks to the reunion team and our class officers for making it all happen so smoothly and successfully: Marlene Bellamy, Elaine Diefenderfer, Mary Pratt Grant, Mimi Horner Groome, Jane Hurst, Deb Wolfe Lievens, Marcia McHarg, Judy deBuys Makrauer, Peggy Devine Moore, Pam Myers Morgan, Kathy Muller, Katie Naughton, Deidre O’Flaherty, Allie Perry, Susan Porth, Kathy Rodgers, Erika Rosenfeld, Deb Shapiro, Cathy Schoen, Gerry Smolka, Helen Stakem, Cynthia Steer, Chris Stevens, Helen Paige Ting, Syd Waller, Gloria Weissman and Martie Wynne. It takes a village!
Welcome to our new class officers who will be leading the way for the next five years:
You will be hearing from them sooner rather than later because there are many more positions to fill. When they ask you to help, just say yes. It’s fun, and the more people who work together, the easier and more fun it is.
But there’s no need to wait for someone to contact you. Email them. Send in your comments about this year’s reunion and ideas you have for the next. Also, please update your email and other contact information with the college. Many of us are in transition now and we don’t want to lose touch with you. Simply go to the Alumnae Association website (alumnae.smith.edu) scroll down to the bottom to “Resources” and click on “Update Your Address.” It’s very easy and takes no time. Also, please note that henceforward the college, not your class secretaries, will be sending you requests to submit news to the Alumnae Quarterly. Please do.
For those of you who like to get things done so you can forget about them, you may send in your class dues now. The amount is still $70. We encourage you to add a little more if you can so that we may offer meaningful financial assistance to class members for whom travel expenses are the barrier to coming to our 50th reunion. We want to do everything we can to bring back as many people as possible. You may send a check made out to the Smith College Class of 1970 to either the outgoing or the incoming treasurer. It will get into our bank account either way:
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Have a great summer!