Our Plans for the Future, Uncertain as the Future Is
Dear 1968 Classmates:
Each time I have written to you this year, the world seems a bit crazier. The promised vaccine appears now to be a brighter light at the end of the dark tunnel but still a bit distant. I hope your families and loved ones are healthy and safe. I will share with you a few observations on Wellesley's recent BluePrint virtual sessions for volunteers and then a few thoughts that surfaced at a recent Zoom meeting of our class officers.
The volunteer sessions held in mid October began with talks from President Paula Johnson, Dean Andrew Sheehan and Piper Orton, Vice President for Finance. Each was candid, thoughtful and passionate about Wellesley and the incredible pivot it has done to address college life and learning during this pandemic. Having read in the media and heard from my children about other university Covid-19 planning, I am beyond impressed with the planning and implementation Wellesley has successfully undertaken to give the students both a rich academic year as well as a safe and memorable college experience. We can all be proud of Wellesley in this difficult time.
On November 18, Jane Fenn, Judy Harte, Janet Conn, Susan Berry and I, your class officers, had a most enjoyable Zoom meeting. Here are the ideas we discussed:
1. The not-to-be Charleston Reunion. We have cancelled any thought of an in-person class mini-reunion for 2021. We hope that every one of you will look forward to our 55th reunion in 2023.
2. Dorm virtual reconnections. We are happy to help facilitate for each dorm a virtual coffee or happy hour informal get together. One classmate from a dorm will need to volunteer to "host" and facilitate the video call. We would recommend doing this between January and March when we all are still likely to be constrained in our activities due to the continuing pandemic and, for some of us, winter weather. Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you will step up to be a host, for what we believe is not a lot of work to have a fun time reconnecting with your dorm mates. Won't be Charleston but travel is not required!
3."Brightened My Covid Days" News for Judy--PLEASE. We would love to have each of you send to Judy (email@example.com) for classnotes or to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the class website, one bright light from the past eight months. Please just a few sentences about something you have done during this period that has helped get you through these endless days. In April, I began reading to my four year old grandson three times each week on a terrific app called Caribu. Logan lives over 1200 miles from us and I always loved reading stories with him when he visited. This app allows us to select from hundreds of books, puzzles and games; both see the same page on our screens: and see and talk with each other. Wish it could give hugs, oh well! A short write up of an activity that you have enjoyed this year will be much appreciated and will offer ideas to classmates who may be looking for new ideas. Judy will use some for the magazine class notes and we will post them all on the class website,
4. Wellesley Fund. I am sure you can imagine how the pandemic and changes for on campus living, online instruction and safety have impacted Wellesley's financial position. Anything you can do to support Wellesley during these unprecedented times will be appreciated more than ever. To those of you who would like to make your 2020-2021 contribution to the College before the end of the calendar year. Now is the time! Click on https://www.wellesley.edu/giving/ways to see the ways you can make a gift by mail, phone, online, etc. Also, if you take the standard deduction, for 2020 you can now deduct charitable gifts up to $300 per taxpayer ($600 for married couples). We have posted on our class website https://alum.wellesley.edu/class-of-1968 under the NEWS tab, a document with additional details about this benefit and other tax benefits that are part of the CARES Act. Please talk to a qualified tax advisor.
From all of your 1968 class officers, our warmest wishes for a safe, healthy and happy holiday season! Our next Blast Email will hopefully have your Bright Lights and news on Dorm Zooms. Until then,
1-9-6-8 Wellesley Rah!
Lynn (Chornyei) Thurber
1968 Class President
Wellesley College Alumnae Association
106 Central Street
Green Hall Room 246
Wellesley, MA 02481