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The Chicago Wellesley Club Celebrates 125 Years of Spreading the Wellesley Effect

The Chicago Wellesley Club Celebrates 125 Years of Spreading the Wellesley Effect

     April 2, 2016 was a special day when the Chicago Wellesley Club welcomed more than 200 alumnae and guests to The Wellesley Effect-Chicago Style celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the club, founded in 1891.

     In honor of the anniversary Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, officially declared Saturday, April 2 "Chicago Wellesley Club Day." Madeleine Albright '59, a former Chicago resident, and Hillary Rodham Clinton '69, who grew up in Park Ridge, sent congratulatory notes. Patricia Mell '75, club president, welcomed all to to the sold-out event, held at the University Club of Chicago. The program included two panel discussions on the Wellesley Effect, featuring speakers who ranged from the Class of 1950 to the Class of 2010; a luncheon with Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly and journalist Lynn Sherr '63; and a segment called "Vision for Wellesley's Future," during which Sherr interviewed President Bottomly about her hopes for the College in the coming decades.

 

See our 125th Celebration slideshow

 125th Anniversary Celebration Program

We Thank Our Sponsors

 

  • Listen to Panel One: Ali Barthwell '10 Janet Diederichs '50 Ann Jones '82 Kelly Saulsberry '00 Tasha Seitz '91 * Moderator Cecilia Conrad '76
  • Listen to Panel Two: Alison Chung Joy Dickson '92 Taylor Holloway '08 Caroline Grossinger '90 Elizabeth Richter '66 Moderator Laura Sue D'Annunzio '85
  • Listen to "Vision for Wellesley's Future" with Lynn Sherr '63 and Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly.

 

     Attendees also enjoyed a "speed meet"—akin to speed-dating—where they made new alumnae connections; a special performance of "America the Beautiful" by Susan Stetson '78, mezzo-soprano, and Deborah Moldover '09, piano; and a display of Wellesley memorabilia and photos through the decades, provided by the College Archives and Chi125th_sherr_mell_bottomly_marshallcago-area alumnae.

Attendees raved about the celebration and the months-long efforts of the planning and advisory committees. "Chicago is one of our most active clubs and executed a very special 125th anniversary celebration, which was big and exciting," said Susan Lohin, the College's director of alumnae connections, who flew in for the festivities. "The club's volunteers are truly dedicated and valued leaders who understand the importance of educating women." - See more at: http://www.wellesley.edu/news/2016/april/node/86381#sthash.n1DlkfRT.dpuf

     Mell said she was delighted by the energy she felt as alumnae from the past 60 years reminisced about their shared values and recommitted to advancing the Wellesley Effect. "Times may change, but the need to have educated women dedicated to their pursuits never will," she said.

Helen Kriz Marshall '77, chair of the 125th anniversary celebration, agreed. "'The most powerful engine of social change is an educated young woman,' to borrow directly from the College's definition of the Wellesley Effect,” she said. "The more I see of life, the more I feel responsible for making the world a better place."  As Mell and Marshall reflected on the success of the day, they thought about how short 125 years is in the life of an institution, and that there is much work to be done in the next 125 years.

     Attendees raved about the celebration and the months-long efforts of the planning and advisory committees. "Chicago is one of our most active clubs and executed a very special 125th anniversary celebration, which was big and exciting," said Susan Lohin, the College's director of alum125th_susan-stetson_americathebeautifulnae connections, who flew in for the festivities. "The club's volunteers are truly dedicated and valued leaders who understand the importance of educating women."

"I would hope that the world of 2141 is onebigwcwc in which women in every part of our planet are valued as human beings of intelligence and strength, people who can rise as high as their talents will allow," said Mell. "Until that time, however, young women of intellect and drive will need to be nurtured, inspired intellectually, and strengthened spiritually to face the yet-unnamed challenges to come. In my opinion, Wellesley College will continue to be the best place for that to occur."

     Their task, both women believe, is to help advance the Wellesley Effect by supporting the 800-some alumnae in the Chicago area. The club organizes a variety of activities, including supper clubs, spirited discussions after a Wellesley at the Movies event, packing potatoes as a group at the Chicago Food Bank, competing in a Wellesley Jeopardy! game at a local salon, or sharing a summer evening under the stars at an outdoor concert.

"Another alum once told me, 'There is something about a room full of Wellesley women.' It's true. We are more than the sum of our parts. I come away from a club event feeling lifted, and smarter. I usually get fed, too!" said Marshall.

     The club also serves the College through admission programs. "Their volunteers assist with identifying the next generation of W women who will make a difference in our world. Currently we have 70 students from Chicago," said Lohin. "The club also serves as a direct pipeline to College leadership, and many of their volunteers are recruited to serve on the WCAA Board of Directors and/or the College Board of Trustees. Laura Daignault Gates '72, a former Chicago Club president, is currently chair of the Board of Trustees."

     No matter what position a club member holds, they all agree that supporting Wellesley means supporting alumnae at every stage of their lives, said Marshall, who describes herself as being in her "second blooming." "The club’s motto is, 'Connecting Wellesley Women Since 1891.' I see the Wellesley Effect spreading with each connection we make with each other, and each time we connect with the world at large to make it a better place. Sed Ministrare," she said.

Enjoy this reprise of our 125th Anniversary event description and invitation...

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The Wellesley Effect - Chicago Style

Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Chicago Wellesley Club 1891 - 2016

 

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Thanks to our many supporters. This historic event is SOLD OUT.

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♦ Alumnae, spouses, parents, all friends of Wellesley College welcome ♦ Saturday, April 2, 2016

University Club of Chicago

76 E. Monroe St., Chicago

$125 Sponsor ticket

$40 Regular ticket

♦ Space is limited ♦

(Cannot attend? Make a gift to our 125th Anniversary Celebration)

Or, mail a check payable to "Chicago Wellesley Club" to:

Chicago Wellesley Club

P.O. Box 310

Wilmette, IL 60091

 

11:30 a.m.: Sponsor luncheon with Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly and Lynn Sherr '63, former Wellesley college trustee, journalist, author
1:00 p.m.: Panel One: The Wellesley Effect – Chicago Style
Ali Barthwell '10 Janet Diederichs '50 Ann Jones '82 Kelly Saulsberry '00 Tasha Seitz '91 * Moderator Cecilia Conrad '76
2:00 p.m.: Break. Speed Meet (Like speed dating, but it is new alumnae connections you make.)
2:30 p.m.: Panel Two: The Wellesley Effect – Chicago Style
Alison Chung Joy Dickson '92 Taylor Holloway '08 Caroline Grossinger '90 Elizabeth Richter '66 Moderator Laura Sue D'Annunzio '85
3:30 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m.: "Vision for Wellesley’s Future" Lynn Sherr '63 interviews Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly
4:30 p.m.: Museum of Wellesley Memorabilia opens

5:00 p.m.: Reception - cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, open bar
5:30 p.m.: Raffle winners announced. Performance of “America the Beautiful” by Susan Stetson '78, mezzo soprano; and Deborah Moldover '09, piano.

7:00 p.m. Reception concludes

Sponsor benefits Sponsors and sponsor-level guests are invited to begin the afternoon at a luncheon with President Bottomly and Lynn Sherr '63.  Sponsors will be listed in our program and receive a gift of our 125th Anniversary silk scarf.125th_scarf_final_400

Special features

Panel discussions: Chicago alumnae in diverse fields and from multiple generations discuss the effect Wellesley alumnae have had on Chicago because of the effect Wellesley had on us. MEET OUR PANELISTS

Speed Meet: It's like speed dating, but it is new alumnae connections you are making.

Raffle: We’re raffling off Wellesley College Enamel Box #100 to support the Chicago Wellesley Club Scholarship Fund. The box is officially “retired,” but there is one left and it could be yours. Free domestic shipping. Five 2nd Prizes of "America the Beautiful - The Stirring True Story Behind Our Nation's Favorite Song", by Lynn Sherr, winners must be present to receive the book.
Memorabilia: Enjoy a display of Wellesley College memorabilia and photographs through the decades. Items provided by Wellesley College Archives and Chicago-area alumnae.

Music: Special presentation of "America the Beautiful" by Susan Stetson '78, mezzo-soprano; and Deborah Moldover '09, piano. Last verse sing-along.

Stay: Make a weekend of it. Reserve your overnight room at the University Club, based on availability. Call 312-726-2840, ask for Reservations, and mention Chicago Wellesley Club event.

Getting There The University Club of Chicago entrance is on Monroe Street at Michigan Avenue ♦ Valet parking $25 or discounted $15 self-park with University Club validation in the Grant Park NORTH garage ♦ Need a ride/offer a ride, contact 125th@chicagowellesleyclub.org Map

Attire Business casual to festive, Wellesley blue or class colors encouraged ♦ Complimentary coat check

 

OUR PANELISTS

  • Alison Chung – technology consultant, entrepreneur

  • Alison “Ali” Barthwell ’10 – actor, author

  • Joy Dickson '92 – public school teacher

  • Janet Wood Diederichs ’50 – public relations consultant, entrepreneur

  • Caroline Grossinger '90 – automobile dealership owner

  • Taylor Holloway ’08 - architectural designer

  • Ann Jones ’84 – fencing coach, librarian

  • Elizabeth “Libbet” Dunlop Richter ’66 – communications consultant, entrepreneur

  • Kelly Suzanne Saulsberry ’00 – government, public policy implementation

  • Tasha Seitz ’91 – chief investment officer, consultant

  • Cecelia Conrad ’76 (moderator) – managing director, fellows program

  • Laura Sue Cohen D’Annunzio ’85 (moderator) – talent acquisition, career coach

 

We thank the members of the 125th Anniversary Planning and Advisory Committees

PLANNING COMMITTEE

Helen Kriz Marshall '77 - 125th Anniversary, chair

Patricia Mell '75 - Chicago Wellesley Club, president

Dianne Goren Radtke '75 - Chicago Wellesley Club, treasurer

Courtenay Wood '76 - Chicago Wellesley Club, member

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Laura Daignault Gates '72 - Wellesley College Board of Trustees, chair
Alison Chung - Wellesley College trustee
Debora de Hoyos '75 - Wellesley College trustee
Sandra Polk Guthman '65 - Wellesley College trustee
Susan Koenigsberg Lucas '83 - Wellesley College trustee
Diamond Sharp '11 - Wellesley College trustee
Victoria Herget '73 - Wellesley College trustee emerita
Alecia DeCoudreaux '76 - Wellesley College trustee emerita
Betsy Wood Knapp '64 - Wellesley College trustee emerita
Georgia Murphy Johnson '75 - Wellesley College Alumnae Association, president

Pier Rogers '75 - Wellesley College Alumnae Association, board member
Karen Williamson '69 - Wellesley College Alumnae Association, past president

and Past Presidents of the Chicago Wellesley Club
Prue Richardson Beidler '67

Ann Bernstein Burnstine '53
Alison Chung

Courtney Graham Donnell '67
Laura Daignault Gates '72

Sally Grenville '75

Phyllis Douglass Hayes '77

Victoria Herget '73

Virginia Green Highstone '61

Helen Kriz Marshall '77

Caroline Paschen McConnell '53
Pamela Ohman '80
Elizabeth "Libbet" Dunlop Richter '66

Jean Schifflin Sampson '53
Beth Schmakel Weiss '74
Simonne Bloom Wysockey '55

The Chicago Wellesley Club thanks the Wellesley College Office for Resources for generously co-sponsoring this special event.

Menu Information may be had HERE. The University Club will have allergy warning signs displayed on trays as hors d'oeuvres are passed.

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In honor of the 125th anniversary of the Chicago Wellesley Club, the city's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, officially declared Saturday, April 2 "Chicago Wellesley Club Day." Madeleine Albright '59 and Hillary Rodham Clinton '69 sent congratulatory notes to the club, which commemorated the milestone with a special celebration: "The Wellesley Effect—Chicago Style."

Patricia Mell '75, club president, welcomed more than 200 alumnae and guests to the sold-out event. The program included two panel discussions on the Wellesley Effect, featuring speakers who ranged from the Class of 1950 to the Class of 2010; a luncheon with Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly and journalist Lynn Sherr '63; and a segment called "Vision for Wellesley's Future," during which Sherr interviewed President Bottomly about her hopes for the College in the coming decades.

Attendees also enjoyed a "speed meet"—akin to speed-dating—where they made new alumnae connections; a special performance of "America the Beautiful" by Susan Stetson '78, mezzo-soprano, and Deborah Moldover '09, piano; and a display of Wellesley memorabilia and photos through the decades, provided by the College Archives and Chicago-area alumnae.

Mell said she was delighted by the energy she felt as alumnae from the past 60 years reminisced about their shared values and recommitted to advancing the Wellesley Effect. "Times may change, but the need to have educated women dedicated to their pursuits never will," she said.

Helen Kriz Marshall '77, chair of the 125th anniversary celebration, agreed. "'The most powerful engine of social change is an educated young woman,' to borrow directly from the College's definition of the Wellesley Effect,” she said. "The more I see of life, the more I feel responsible for making the world a better place."

Attendees raved about the celebration and the months-long efforts of the planning and advisory committees. "Chicago is one of our most active clubs and executed a very special 125th anniversary celebration, which was big and exciting," said Susan Lohin, the College's director of alumnae connections, who flew in for the festivities. "The club's volunteers are truly dedicated and valued leaders who understand the importance of educating women."

As Mell and Marshall reflected on the success of the day, they thought about how short 125 years is in the life of an institution, and that there is much work to be done in the next 125 years.

"I would hope that the world of 2141 is one in which women in every part of our planet are valued as human beings of intelligence and strength, people who can rise as high as their talents will allow," said Mell. "Until that time, however, young women of intellect and drive will need to be nurtured, inspired intellectually, and strengthened spiritually to face the yet-unnamed challenges to come. In my opinion, Wellesley College will continue to be the best place for that to occur."

Their task, both women believe, is to help advance the Wellesley Effect by supporting the 800-some alumnae in the Chicago area. The club organizes a variety of activities, including supper clubs, spirited discussions after a Wellesley at the Movies event, packing potatoes as a group at the Chicago Food Bank, competing in a Wellesley Jeopardy! game at a local salon, or sharing a summer evening under the stars at an outdoor concert.

"Another alum once told me, 'There is something about a room full of Wellesley women.' It's true. We are more than the sum of our parts. I come away from a club event feeling lifted, and smarter. I usually get fed, too!" said Marshall.

The club also serves the College through admission programs. "Their volunteers assist with identifying the next generation of W women who will make a difference in our world. Currently we have 70 students from Chicago," said Lohin. "The club also serves as a direct pipeline to College leadership, and many of their volunteers are recruited to serve on the WCAA Board of Directors and/or the College Board of Trustees. Laura Daignault Gates '72, a former Chicago Club president, is currently chair of the Board of Trustees."

No matter what position a club member holds, they all agree that supporting Wellesley means supporting alumnae at every stage of their lives, said Marshall, who describes herself as being in her "second blooming." "The club’s motto is, 'Connecting Wellesley Women Since 1891.' I see the Wellesley Effect spreading with each connection we make with each other, and each time we connect with the world at large to make it a better place. Sed Ministrare," she said.

- See more at: http://www.wellesley.edu/news/2016/april/node/86381#sthash.n1DlkfRT.dpuf

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the Chicago Wellesley Club, the city's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, officially declared Saturday, April 2 "Chicago Wellesley Club Day." Madeleine Albright '59 and Hillary Rodham Clinton '69 sent congratulatory notes to the club, which commemorated the milestone with a special celebration: "The Wellesley Effect—Chicago Style."

Patricia Mell '75, club president, welcomed more than 200 alumnae and guests to the sold-out event. The program included two panel discussions on the Wellesley Effect, featuring speakers who ranged from the Class of 1950 to the Class of 2010; a luncheon with Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly and journalist Lynn Sherr '63; and a segment called "Vision for Wellesley's Future," during which Sherr interviewed President Bottomly about her hopes for the College in the coming decades.

Attendees also enjoyed a "speed meet"—akin to speed-dating—where they made new alumnae connections; a special performance of "America the Beautiful" by Susan Stetson '78, mezzo-soprano, and Deborah Moldover '09, piano; and a display of Wellesley memorabilia and photos through the decades, provided by the College Archives and Chicago-area alumnae.

Mell said she was delighted by the energy she felt as alumnae from the past 60 years reminisced about their shared values and recommitted to advancing the Wellesley Effect. "Times may change, but the need to have educated women dedicated to their pursuits never will," she said.

Helen Kriz Marshall '77, chair of the 125th anniversary celebration, agreed. "'The most powerful engine of social change is an educated young woman,' to borrow directly from the College's definition of the Wellesley Effect,” she said. "The more I see of life, the more I feel responsible for making the world a better place."

Attendees raved about the celebration and the months-long efforts of the planning and advisory committees. "Chicago is one of our most active clubs and executed a very special 125th anniversary celebration, which was big and exciting," said Susan Lohin, the College's director of alumnae connections, who flew in for the festivities. "The club's volunteers are truly dedicated and valued leaders who understand the importance of educating women."

As Mell and Marshall reflected on the success of the day, they thought about how short 125 years is in the life of an institution, and that there is much work to be done in the next 125 years.

"I would hope that the world of 2141 is one in which women in every part of our planet are valued as human beings of intelligence and strength, people who can rise as high as their talents will allow," said Mell. "Until that time, however, young women of intellect and drive will need to be nurtured, inspired intellectually, and strengthened spiritually to face the yet-unnamed challenges to come. In my opinion, Wellesley College will continue to be the best place for that to occur."

Their task, both women believe, is to help advance the Wellesley Effect by supporting the 800-some alumnae in the Chicago area. The club organizes a variety of activities, including supper clubs, spirited discussions after a Wellesley at the Movies event, packing potatoes as a group at the Chicago Food Bank, competing in a Wellesley Jeopardy! game at a local salon, or sharing a summer evening under the stars at an outdoor concert.

"Another alum once told me, 'There is something about a room full of Wellesley women.' It's true. We are more than the sum of our parts. I come away from a club event feeling lifted, and smarter. I usually get fed, too!" said Marshall.

The club also serves the College through admission programs. "Their volunteers assist with identifying the next generation of W women who will make a difference in our world. Currently we have 70 students from Chicago," said Lohin. "The club also serves as a direct pipeline to College leadership, and many of their volunteers are recruited to serve on the WCAA Board of Directors and/or the College Board of Trustees. Laura Daignault Gates '72, a former Chicago Club president, is currently chair of the Board of Trustees."

No matter what position a club member holds, they all agree that supporting Wellesley means supporting alumnae at every stage of their lives, said Marshall, who describes herself as being in her "second blooming." "The club’s motto is, 'Connecting Wellesley Women Since 1891.' I see the Wellesley Effect spreading with each connection we make with each other, and each time we connect with the world at large to make it a better place. Sed Ministrare," she said.

- See more at: http://www.wellesley.edu/news/2016/april/node/86381#sthash.n1DlkfRT.dpuf

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the Chicago Wellesley Club, the city's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, officially declared Saturday, April 2 "Chicago Wellesley Club Day." Madeleine Albright '59 and Hillary Rodham Clinton '69 sent congratulatory notes to the club, which commemorated the milestone with a special celebration: "The Wellesley Effect—Chicago Style."

Patricia Mell '75, club president, welcomed more than 200 alumnae and guests to the sold-out event. The program included two panel discussions on the Wellesley Effect, featuring speakers who ranged from the Class of 1950 to the Class of 2010; a luncheon with Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly and journalist Lynn Sherr '63; and a segment called "Vision for Wellesley's Future," during which Sherr interviewed President Bottomly about her hopes for the College in the coming decades.

Attendees also enjoyed a "speed meet"—akin to speed-dating—where they made new alumnae connections; a special performance of "America the Beautiful" by Susan Stetson '78, mezzo-soprano, and Deborah Moldover '09, piano; and a display of Wellesley memorabilia and photos through the decades, provided by the College Archives and Chicago-area alumnae.

Mell said she was delighted by the energy she felt as alumnae from the past 60 years reminisced about their shared values and recommitted to advancing the Wellesley Effect. "Times may change, but the need to have educated women dedicated to their pursuits never will," she said.

Helen Kriz Marshall '77, chair of the 125th anniversary celebration, agreed. "'The most powerful engine of social change is an educated young woman,' to borrow directly from the College's definition of the Wellesley Effect,” she said. "The more I see of life, the more I feel responsible for making the world a better place."

Attendees raved about the celebration and the months-long efforts of the planning and advisory committees. "Chicago is one of our most active clubs and executed a very special 125th anniversary celebration, which was big and exciting," said Susan Lohin, the College's director of alumnae connections, who flew in for the festivities. "The club's volunteers are truly dedicated and valued leaders who understand the importance of educating women."

As Mell and Marshall reflected on the success of the day, they thought about how short 125 years is in the life of an institution, and that there is much work to be done in the next 125 years.

"I would hope that the world of 2141 is one in which women in every part of our planet are valued as human beings of intelligence and strength, people who can rise as high as their talents will allow," said Mell. "Until that time, however, young women of intellect and drive will need to be nurtured, inspired intellectually, and strengthened spiritually to face the yet-unnamed challenges to come. In my opinion, Wellesley College will continue to be the best place for that to occur."

Their task, both women believe, is to help advance the Wellesley Effect by supporting the 800-some alumnae in the Chicago area. The club organizes a variety of activities, including supper clubs, spirited discussions after a Wellesley at the Movies event, packing potatoes as a group at the Chicago Food Bank, competing in a Wellesley Jeopardy! game at a local salon, or sharing a summer evening under the stars at an outdoor concert.

"Another alum once told me, 'There is something about a room full of Wellesley women.' It's true. We are more than the sum of our parts. I come away from a club event feeling lifted, and smarter. I usually get fed, too!" said Marshall.

The club also serves the College through admission programs. "Their volunteers assist with identifying the next generation of W women who will make a difference in our world. Currently we have 70 students from Chicago," said Lohin. "The club also serves as a direct pipeline to College leadership, and many of their volunteers are recruited to serve on the WCAA Board of Directors and/or the College Board of Trustees. Laura Daignault Gates '72, a former Chicago Club president, is currently chair of the Board of Trustees."

No matter what position a club member holds, they all agree that supporting Wellesley means supporting alumnae at every stage of their lives, said Marshall, who describes herself as being in her "second blooming." "The club’s motto is, 'Connecting Wellesley Women Since 1891.' I see the Wellesley Effect spreading with each connection we make with each other, and each time we connect with the world at large to make it a better place. Sed Ministrare," she said.

- See more at: http://www.wellesley.edu/news/2016/april/node/86381#sthash.n1DlkfRT.dpuf

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the Chicago Wellesley Club, the city's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, officially declared Saturday, April 2 "Chicago Wellesley Club Day." Madeleine Albright '59 and Hillary Rodham Clinton '69 sent congratulatory notes to the club, which commemorated the milestone with a special celebration: "The Wellesley Effect—Chicago Style."

Patricia Mell '75, club president, welcomed more than 200 alumnae and guests to the sold-out event. The program included two panel discussions on the Wellesley Effect, featuring speakers who ranged from the Class of 1950 to the Class of 2010; a luncheon with Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly and journalist Lynn Sherr '63; and a segment called "Vision for Wellesley's Future," during which Sherr interviewed President Bottomly about her hopes for the College in the coming decades.

Attendees also enjoyed a "speed meet"—akin to speed-dating—where they made new alumnae connections; a special performance of "America the Beautiful" by Susan Stetson '78, mezzo-soprano, and Deborah Moldover '09, piano; and a display of Wellesley memorabilia and photos through the decades, provided by the College Archives and Chicago-area alumnae.

Mell said she was delighted by the energy she felt as alumnae from the past 60 years reminisced about their shared values and recommitted to advancing the Wellesley Effect. "Times may change, but the need to have educated women dedicated to their pursuits never will," she said.

Helen Kriz Marshall '77, chair of the 125th anniversary celebration, agreed. "'The most powerful engine of social change is an educated young woman,' to borrow directly from the College's definition of the Wellesley Effect,” she said. "The more I see of life, the more I feel responsible for making the world a better place."

Attendees raved about the celebration and the months-long efforts of the planning and advisory committees. "Chicago is one of our most active clubs and executed a very special 125th anniversary celebration, which was big and exciting," said Susan Lohin, the College's director of alumnae connections, who flew in for the festivities. "The club's volunteers are truly dedicated and valued leaders who understand the importance of educating women."

As Mell and Marshall reflected on the success of the day, they thought about how short 125 years is in the life of an institution, and that there is much work to be done in the next 125 years.

"I would hope that the world of 2141 is one in which women in every part of our planet are valued as human beings of intelligence and strength, people who can rise as high as their talents will allow," said Mell. "Until that time, however, young women of intellect and drive will need to be nurtured, inspired intellectually, and strengthened spiritually to face the yet-unnamed challenges to come. In my opinion, Wellesley College will continue to be the best place for that to occur."

Their task, both women believe, is to help advance the Wellesley Effect by supporting the 800-some alumnae in the Chicago area. The club organizes a variety of activities, including supper clubs, spirited discussions after a Wellesley at the Movies event, packing potatoes as a group at the Chicago Food Bank, competing in a Wellesley Jeopardy! game at a local salon, or sharing a summer evening under the stars at an outdoor concert.

"Another alum once told me, 'There is something about a room full of Wellesley women.' It's true. We are more than the sum of our parts. I come away from a club event feeling lifted, and smarter. I usually get fed, too!" said Marshall.

The club also serves the College through admission programs. "Their volunteers assist with identifying the next generation of W women who will make a difference in our world. Currently we have 70 students from Chicago," said Lohin. "The club also serves as a direct pipeline to College leadership, and many of their volunteers are recruited to serve on the WCAA Board of Directors and/or the College Board of Trustees. Laura Daignault Gates '72, a former Chicago Club president, is currently chair of the Board of Trustees."

No matter what position a club member holds, they all agree that supporting Wellesley means supporting alumnae at every stage of their lives, said Marshall, who describes herself as being in her "second blooming." "The club’s motto is, 'Connecting Wellesley Women Since 1891.' I see the Wellesley Effect spreading with each connection we make with each other, and each time we connect with the world at large to make it a better place. Sed Ministrare," she said.

- See more at: http://www.wellesley.edu/news/2016/april/node/86381#sthash.n1DlkfRT.dpuf

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the Chicago Wellesley Club, the city's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, officially declared Saturday, April 2 "Chicago Wellesley Club Day." Madeleine Albright '59 and Hillary Rodham Clinton '69 sent congratulatory notes to the club, which commemorated the milestone with a special celebration: "The Wellesley Effect—Chicago Style."

Patricia Mell '75, club president, welcomed more than 200 alumnae and guests to the sold-out event. The program included two panel discussions on the Wellesley Effect, featuring speakers who ranged from the Class of 1950 to the Class of 2010; a luncheon with Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly and journalist Lynn Sherr '63; and a segment called "Vision for Wellesley's Future," during which Sherr interviewed President Bottomly about her hopes for the College in the coming decades.

Attendees also enjoyed a "speed meet"—akin to speed-dating—where they made new alumnae connections; a special performance of "America the Beautiful" by Susan Stetson '78, mezzo-soprano, and Deborah Moldover '09, piano; and a display of Wellesley memorabilia and photos through the decades, provided by the College Archives and Chicago-area alumnae.

Mell said she was delighted by the energy she felt as alumnae from the past 60 years reminisced about their shared values and recommitted to advancing the Wellesley Effect. "Times may change, but the need to have educated women dedicated to their pursuits never will," she said.

Helen Kriz Marshall '77, chair of the 125th anniversary celebration, agreed. "'The most powerful engine of social change is an educated young woman,' to borrow directly from the College's definition of the Wellesley Effect,” she said. "The more I see of life, the more I feel responsible for making the world a better place."

Attendees raved about the celebration and the months-long efforts of the planning and advisory committees. "Chicago is one of our most active clubs and executed a very special 125th anniversary celebration, which was big and exciting," said Susan Lohin, the College's director of alumnae connections, who flew in for the festivities. "The club's volunteers are truly dedicated and valued leaders who understand the importance of educating women."

As Mell and Marshall reflected on the success of the day, they thought about how short 125 years is in the life of an institution, and that there is much work to be done in the next 125 years.

"I would hope that the world of 2141 is one in which women in every part of our planet are valued as human beings of intelligence and strength, people who can rise as high as their talents will allow," said Mell. "Until that time, however, young women of intellect and drive will need to be nurtured, inspired intellectually, and strengthened spiritually to face the yet-unnamed challenges to come. In my opinion, Wellesley College will continue to be the best place for that to occur."

Their task, both women believe, is to help advance the Wellesley Effect by supporting the 800-some alumnae in the Chicago area. The club organizes a variety of activities, including supper clubs, spirited discussions after a Wellesley at the Movies event, packing potatoes as a group at the Chicago Food Bank, competing in a Wellesley Jeopardy! game at a local salon, or sharing a summer evening under the stars at an outdoor concert.

"Another alum once told me, 'There is something about a room full of Wellesley women.' It's true. We are more than the sum of our parts. I come away from a club event feeling lifted, and smarter. I usually get fed, too!" said Marshall.

The club also serves the College through admission programs. "Their volunteers assist with identifying the next generation of W women who will make a difference in our world. Currently we have 70 students from Chicago," said Lohin. "The club also serves as a direct pipeline to College leadership, and many of their volunteers are recruited to serve on the WCAA Board of Directors and/or the College Board of Trustees. Laura Daignault Gates '72, a former Chicago Club president, is currently chair of the Board of Trustees."

No matter what position a club member holds, they all agree that supporting Wellesley means supporting alumnae at every stage of their lives, said Marshall, who describes herself as being in her "second blooming." "The club’s motto is, 'Connecting Wellesley Women Since 1891.' I see the Wellesley Effect spreading with each connection we make with each other, and each time we connect with the world at large to make it a better place. Sed Ministrare," she said.

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In honor of the 125th anniversary of the Chicago Wellesley Club, the city's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, officially declared Saturday, April 2 "Chicago Wellesley Club Day." Madeleine Albright '59 and Hillary Rodham Clinton '69 sent congratulatory notes to the club, which commemorated the milestone with a special celebration: "The Wellesley Effect—Chicago Style."

Patricia Mell '75, club president, welcomed more than 200 alumnae and guests to the sold-out event. The program included two panel discussions on the Wellesley Effect, featuring speakers who ranged from the Class of 1950 to the Class of 2010; a luncheon with Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly and journalist Lynn Sherr '63; and a segment called "Vision for Wellesley's Future," during which Sherr interviewed President Bottomly about her hopes for the College in the coming decades.

Attendees also enjoyed a "speed meet"—akin to speed-dating—where they made new alumnae connections; a special performance of "America the Beautiful" by Susan Stetson '78, mezzo-soprano, and Deborah Moldover '09, piano; and a display of Wellesley memorabilia and photos through the decades, provided by the College Archives and Chicago-area alumnae.

Mell said she was delighted by the energy she felt as alumnae from the past 60 years reminisced about their shared values and recommitted to advancing the Wellesley Effect. "Times may change, but the need to have educated women dedicated to their pursuits never will," she said.

Helen Kriz Marshall '77, chair of the 125th anniversary celebration, agreed. "'The most powerful engine of social change is an educated young woman,' to borrow directly from the College's definition of the Wellesley Effect,” she said. "The more I see of life, the more I feel responsible for making the world a better place."

Attendees raved about the celebration and the months-long efforts of the planning and advisory committees. "Chicago is one of our most active clubs and executed a very special 125th anniversary celebration, which was big and exciting," said Susan Lohin, the College's director of alumnae connections, who flew in for the festivities. "The club's volunteers are truly dedicated and valued leaders who understand the importance of educating women."

As Mell and Marshall reflected on the success of the day, they thought about how short 125 years is in the life of an institution, and that there is much work to be done in the next 125 years.

"I would hope that the world of 2141 is one in which women in every part of our planet are valued as human beings of intelligence and strength, people who can rise as high as their talents will allow," said Mell. "Until that time, however, young women of intellect and drive will need to be nurtured, inspired intellectually, and strengthened spiritually to face the yet-unnamed challenges to come. In my opinion, Wellesley College will continue to be the best place for that to occur."

Their task, both women believe, is to help advance the Wellesley Effect by supporting the 800-some alumnae in the Chicago area. The club organizes a variety of activities, including supper clubs, spirited discussions after a Wellesley at the Movies event, packing potatoes as a group at the Chicago Food Bank, competing in a Wellesley Jeopardy! game at a local salon, or sharing a summer evening under the stars at an outdoor concert.

"Another alum once told me, 'There is something about a room full of Wellesley women.' It's true. We are more than the sum of our parts. I come away from a club event feeling lifted, and smarter. I usually get fed, too!" said Marshall.

The club also serves the College through admission programs. "Their volunteers assist with identifying the next generation of W women who will make a difference in our world. Currently we have 70 students from Chicago," said Lohin. "The club also serves as a direct pipeline to College leadership, and many of their volunteers are recruited to serve on the WCAA Board of Directors and/or the College Board of Trustees. Laura Daignault Gates '72, a former Chicago Club president, is currently chair of the Board of Trustees."

No matter what position a club member holds, they all agree that supporting Wellesley means supporting alumnae at every stage of their lives, said Marshall, who describes herself as being in her "second blooming." "The club’s motto is, 'Connecting Wellesley Women Since 1891.' I see the Wellesley Effect spreading with each connection we make with each other, and each time we connect with the world at large to make it a better place. Sed Ministrare," she said.

- See more at: http://www.wellesley.edu/news/2016/april/node/86381#sthash.n1DlkfRT.dpuf