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President's Message

Thank you for visiting the Chicago Wellesley Club website. Since my last update to this letter, we have gotten past/survived/enjoyed the holidays and started the New Year with much optimism as people are now getting vaccinated. I sincerely hope that you, your family and friends are doing well and we hope to see you in person before the year is over.

Our volunteer Board of Directors is tasked with leading the Club in its mission to connect Wellesley alumnae with one another and the College. This is accomplished through a wide range of geographically diverse programs and activities such as book and supper clubs, community service events, presentations by alumnae and Wellesley professors, assisting with College admissions, meet-ups at happy hours as well as cultural venues and of course our annual Holiday Tea. 

While the Pandemic has required all of our events to be virtual (but free to participants) via Zoom, we can optimistically assume that sooner or later, we will be back to some kind of normalcy with in-person events. As such, I’d like to make the case for becoming a dues-paid member or renewing your paid membership, as annual dues support our Club’s infrastructure and make our mostly free events possible. If you’re so inclined, you can pay your dues by clicking HERE. The link will take you to our revised Membership section which includes a Special $10 dues category this year. If you prefer to pay by check, please make it payable to “Chicago Wellesley Club”, include the purpose, your email address and graduation year and mail to me at my address listed in the online directory, or email me at for details. Thank you very much for your generosity!

Other opportunities to support the Club financially include our Scholarship Fund, established in 1939, general club donations and our Book Award program which was recently restarted and for which we will look forward to sharing results with you in the spring. Donating to these programs can be accessed by clicking HERE and going to the tabs for Scholarship and/or Book Award.  We have other volunteer positions available at both the Board and Committee level. You will be hearing from us further about this but meanwhile, don’t be a stranger! If you’re interested in volunteering or have a suggestion for a future program, please contact me at or log in to our website, look at the current list of board members and contact someone you know.  We would be delighted to hear from you!

All my best,
Dianne Goren Radtke ‘75
CWC President