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June 2021 Newsletter

Wellesley 1960 Newsletter - June 2021

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Dear 1960 Sisters,

As we emerge, mostly unscathed, from our covid cocoons, we can look back on a year full of welcome communion with our classmates.  We held the well- attended and received Hawaiian mini in February. We held at least six dorm minis, with Freeman continuing to meet monthly. Our thanks to all the classmates who acted as leaders and facilitators.  Redglow, which connects more than 135 of us, transitioned to Redglow2 under the expert supervision of Margot Tutun.  Andrea Dupree plumbed the mysteries of our website and actually made it more accessible and useful. Vicki and Peggy sent out six eblasts, and we even managed one snail mail letter. 

Junia Hedberg and Peggy Cohn reactivated our written word communication skills by challenging us to commit to paper the reasons we chose Wellesley as our college and the challenges of our adjustment there. The resulting publication, “Our Wellesley Memories,”made for entertaining reading during our days of quarantine. Class Secretary Margie Arons- Barron writes our column for the Alumnae Magazine, and she and Junia also faithfully write condolence notes to the families of our deceased classmates.  And we can’t forget the thank you notes written by our class development officers, Missy Rives Moore and Mari Wright for every contribution received.

Other classmates used Zoom to meet virtually face to face.  Your executive board members have held six meetings since their election in June 2020. During the months of April and May, Susan Auchincloss and Dobree Adams led a weekly class gathering on the difficult subject of “Death and Dying”. They could have called it “Re-connecting and Renewal” from the reactions of classmates who attended.  

Dobree and Susan, with the help of Margie,  are now putting together our 2021 class memorial service.  Please join us there.  --Patsy and Vicki

HAWAII MINI REPORT

First, Peggy, Judy and I want to thank all of you who joined us for our virtual Hawaii mini earlier this year.  And, of course, a big thanks to Vicki for being our “hostess” to her beautiful island home.  Everyone who responded to the evaluation form (a little more than half of the

 

attendees) really enjoyed the day; especially being able to go to such a lovely spot in the middle of February! The variety of presentations was much appreciated by all; and everyone seemed quite comfortable with the Zoom format. The leis were a nice special surprise, although some arrived too late for the actual event due to weather conditions here on the mainland.

Some felt the day was too long to be spent in front of a computer, but that was offset by the joy of being able to visit and chat with classmates in the breakout sessions. Those were a real treat!!

Most everyone would like us to do something like this in the future. Of course, an in-person mini is preferable, and we hope to be able to do that sometime in 2023.

Thanks again for making a February Saturday so special--Liz

CLASS GIVING

The Class of 1960 was outstanding in its giving last year. If you haven’t already, please consider a gift before the end of this fiscal year, June 30th. And, of course, all or part of your gift may be designated for The Class of 1960 Endowed Legacy Fund, supporting Wellesley’s engineering Lab. --Mari & Missy

 

1960 Class Officers 2020-2025: Presidents Patsy Fogarty and Vicki Fay; Vice Presidents Peggy Cohn and Liz Karet; Secretaries Margie Arons-Barron and Junia Hedberg; Treasurer Judy Lasca; Wellesley Fund Representatives Missy Moore and Mari Wright; Chair of Planned Giving, Mary Ascot, Past President Margot Topkins Tutun. Class website: https://alum.wellesley.edu/class-of-1960