From the President...
2016 President’s Letter
We’ve missed you!
What have you missed? Terrific events organized by your sister alums, including:
--in situ illustrated talk about 19th century PV architect, Roswell Field Putnam by current owner of one of his homes and a walking tour of several of his homes in Amherst (Susannah Fabing ‘64)
--gallery talk and tour at the Mead about 19th century American landscape prints (Gigi Barnhill, ‘66)
--Grupo Folkorico Tradiciones dance concert (Alicia Lopez, ‘91)
--Jurassic Roadshow at the Springfield Museum (Sara Doyle DS ’96)
--tour of off-the-grid home and permaculture gardens in Conway (Sue Bridge, ‘60)
--faculty lecture about saving global fisheries by head of Wellesley’s environmental studies program (Beth DeSombre)
--summer picnics and holiday cookie exchanges
--genuinely engaging conversations in a variety of settings with other PV alums
At this year’s annual meeting our discussion topic was how to increase membership. (See our mission statement elsewhere in this newsletter for the membership value proposition.) We have created a good one-to-many communications system, with the annual newsletter, the website, and e-blasts for information about activities. What we have not done, yet, is create a robust one-to-one communications system to extend personal invitations to connect with other alums. That’s the goal for this year.
Everyone who attended the annual meeting has agreed to do some “directory diving” to make personal connections with alums. Our directory lists members by class, town, and occupation so it’s easy to create a personalized contact list. With that list, one can extend a personal invitation to one of our all-club events, like the summer picnic. Or one can organize a mini-event. I used the directory to organize a lunch for members of my class, class of ’67, this summer. We had a great time and plan to do it again. Carolyn Quarles, ’51, Barbara Ford ’55, and Judy Finman ’57, are going to organize a ‘50’s-decade lunch for alums in the area who graduated between 1950 and 1959. Other members are planning to “directory dive” in other ways. So don’t be surprised if you receive a phone call or email from a PV Wellesley alum inviting you to connect/reconnect with us.
The club officers and I look forward to connecting/reconnecting with you this upcoming year. Please send us your suggestions for how the club can better support you, the PV community, and the College. And please send in your membership dues now, before the form gets buried deeper and deeper on your desk.
Lee Sproull '67