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50th Reunion

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Class of '69 Reunion Accomplishments table

(pictured above:  Class of '69's reunion accomplishments table)

Thanks to those of you who have already responded to our call to bring to reunion things that embody what you consider your major accomplishments or prized creations in the past few years. Ideally we would like to see the things themselves, but if you can't carry them in a suitcase, it's OK to show a photo or program or other record (we can't display videos, alas). We are looking for professional as well as hobby/recreational milestones including:

  • Artworks in any medium
  • Craft objects that you made (knitting, needlework, macrame, furniture, pottery, stained glass, jewelry, you name it)
  • Musical performances; compositions
  • Theatrical performances or stage designs, lighting, costumes
  • Dress/clothing design, sewing
  • Food (recipes, cookbooks, websites)
  • Publications (books and articles)
  • Architectural plans; interior decoration
  • Sports events (marathons, competitions, games)
  • Community, educational and charitable activities

Surprise us with what you have been doing that made you proud and want to share!

Send a one-line title of your object/activity (including medium, date, bibliographical reference for publications) and 2-3 sentences about what this meant to you to:

mccauley@princeton.edu

DEADLINE is MAY 23 [this is the last possible date, because I need to print out this material and line up display tables).  We would really like to hear from everyone, because we are sure that everyone has a talent to share. This is also a good way to find classmates with expertise in something that interests you (improve your cooking! your flower arranging! read new novels!).

All materials should be brought to Shafer between 9-10 am on Saturday, June 4, and picked up on Sunday after the parade. We cannot be responsible for losses or damage (don't bring the diamond ring you designed), but this is the dorm where our class will be staying, and we are hopeful that there will be people around most of the time. Normally the dorms can only be entered through a Wellesley card swipe, so there should be someone there to monitor entry.

Let me know if you have questions, and I look forward to hearing from you. 

Best,

Anne McCauley

Exciting news as we arrive at the final days before our 50th reunion! We have an anonymous donor--a very generous classmate will match up to 5 new Durant-level ($2,500) gifts to the Wellesley Fund beginning April 1. This means your gift of $2,500 will actually result in $5,000 for the College, and that’s no April Fools’ joke. Perfect timing as we continue to count down to the June 3 weekend.

We are striving to reach 50 Durant-level donors for this fiscal year (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022)—50 for 50! As of now, there are 41 Durants. Please help us make sure we take full advantage of our classmate’s offer.

As always, a gift of any amount is welcome. Thanks to your generosity, we have already achieved a participation rate of over 62%. Thank you so much. However, if you haven't already given or can give a bit more (perhaps as part of a Required Minimum Distribution), please consider a gift to The Wellesley Fund.

We cannot wait to reconnect with old friends, make new ones, and visit some favorite campus spots. Hope to see you in June.

Warm wishes,

Nan and Beth

RMD - Another Way to Give

Writing a check is wonderful, but it's not the only way to help us meet our 50th Reunion fundraising goals!

Betsy Bassett, our class's long-time Planned Giving Chair, has shared her experiences with a number us, from charitable annuities with the College, a documented bequest, and the use of her husband's RMD in recent years for annual giving.

One of the ways to save taxes and benefit the college is to designate part of your retirement account Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) to Wellesley. If you’ve reached (or will reach) age 72 this year, you may have already heard about this from whoever manages your tax-sheltered accounts. Nan used the RMD edge to make a larger-than-normal gift for our 50th. See https://giftplanning.wellesley.edu/IRA-charitable-rollover  

Another excellent way to benefit Wellesley is to include it in your estate plans and to document this non-binding intention. Beth recently sent in her bequest intention form. If you do this by the end of June, it will count towards our 50th reunion 5-year total gift. See https://giftplanning.wellesley.edu/giving-options/gifts-will-or-trust.  

Please reach out to her if she can be helpful: elizabethbassettvt@gmail.com.  

Following is a link to more information about giving to Wellesley: https://www.wellesley.edu/giving/ways.

Latest News

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Class Notes Winter 2022

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Our mini-reunion in Key West, Fla., in November 2021 drew seven classmates: Anne Mitchell, Sarah Marter, Beverly Siegal, Mary Helen Kryda Weber, Marcia Armstrong, Elizabeth Bassett, and Kim Noland. The sightseeing, swimming, and seafood dinners were great, Sarah reports, adding, “As usual, the best activity was talking to each other.”

Cheers to all in 2021, which we greet with raised hopes and expectations.  Click through for news from Cheryl Manelis Smith, Sarah Marter, Susan Sarvay, Kim Kahrilas, Mary Helen Kryda Weber and Cynthia Johnson. 

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Class Notes Fall 2021

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Constance Kallman:  972notes@alum.wellesley.edu. Thanks to everyone who responded to my pleas for news. You’ve all been busy!

(Pictured Left): Leslie Bates Carroll, Susan Baker, Karen Kwitter, and Karen Stevens Jorgensen had a mini reunion on Sept. 20 at Susan’s home in Lenox, Mass.

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