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2023 Year in Review

2023 Year in Review

WELLESLEY-IN-WESTCHESTER 2023 YEAR IN REVIEW

Happy New Year to all Westchester Wellesley Alums!  The Wellesley-in-Westchester Board hopes you all had a wonderful Holiday season, and we wish you a happy and healthy 2024.

In this letter I am excited to tell you about the amazing things that we have been doing at Wellesley-in-Westchester, as well as some of the activities we are planning for 2024.  We saw some new faces in 2023, and we are hoping that we can meet some more of you in 2024.  We especially would love to meet some of our more recent alums.

2023 EVENTS

Celebrating the Arts 

In 2023, we visited a number of art museums.  In March, a dozen alums visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and had a wonderful tour led by volunteer docent and fellow alum, Barbara Biel ’76.  This was followed in April with a curator tour of “Inspired Encounters: Women Artists and the Legacies of Modern Art," the inaugural exhibition at the David Rockafeller Creative Arts Center at Pocantico in Tarrytown, NY.  A dozen alumnae attended this event that was sponsored by the Wellesley Friends of Art and enjoyed a lovely lunch afterwards.  To finish out the year, in November, a dozen alums traveled to the Fairfield University Art Museum for a guided tour of Fairfield’s major exhibition of the work of Polish-American illustrator and political cartoonist, Arthur Szyk, and enjoyed lunch together afterwards at a local Italian bistro.

Strengthening our Ties

In April, we had a relaxing, beautiful spring evening dinner event at my Edgemont home.  After some lovely conversation among ourselves, our fellow alum, Jaine Elkind Eney ’78, provided us with insights about what it is like to be the Supervisor for the Town of Mamaroneck.  In September, Amy Halket ‘71, opened her Larchmont home for a lovely wine and cheese get together.  The Wellesley-in-Westchester Book Group continued to meet monthly.  

Giving Back

In October, we met at my home to pack bags of food for a local food pantry that were distributed to food insecure individuals in Westchester.

Welcoming New Members of the Wellesley Family

In August, we arranged a meet up at a White Plains coffee shop with a few current Wellesley students to welcome a newly admitted student to the Wellesley family.

 

2024 UPCOMING EVENTS

We began 2024 with a visit to view a number of exhibits and attend a planetarium show at the Hudson River Museum.  Fourteen alumnae, including some new and old faces, enjoyed this lovely local gem on a frigidly cold January Sunday.  For the rest of 2024, we are planning one or more charitable events, a book reading and signing for a newly published book by Fatimah Gilliam ’96, one of our local alums, a wine and cheese party in Chappaqua, and a get-together to meet newly admitted students.  Our Annual Meeting will be held in June.

We recognize that everyone is very busy, probably over-scheduled.  Our goal as a Board is to plan events that fit our members’ interests and calendars.  We would love for you to provide us with any ideas you might have for additional events.

 

HELP WANTED

We have one additional request - We are looking for someone who can help us to prepare, publish online and distribute by regular mail to some of our alumnae a quarterly newsletter.  Please send me a note at wellesleyinwestchester@gmail.com if you are interested.

Again, wishing you all a Happy and Healthy 2024.  Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, would like to get more involved, or have any ideas for activities or events.  I look forward to meeting each and every one of you.

 

Audrey Prashker ‘80