Upcoming Events 11/14

Young Alum: Urban Hike
Sun, Jan 18th at 1pm
Discovery Park
Valentine’s Day Cookie Exchange
Sat, Feb 7th at 2pm
Home of Roberta Wyde
Mary Lyon Brunch
Sat, Feb 28th at 10:30
Home of Amy Bresslour
MHCPS Annual Meeting
Sat, April 25th
Location TBD
Likely featuring a speaker from the College
2nd Annual Cadaretta Winery Tour
Walla Walla, WA

Treasurer’s Report 11/14

Amanda Thompkins ’00

I’m pleased to report that the club continues to be in sound financial shape. As of our last newsletter, our club account balance was $1101. Our current balance is $1265. Our most recent expenses were for the annual picnic this summer.

A very special thank you to all who paid dues this year and last. Annual club dues of $10 – $25 per member (pay what you can) are our primary source of operating revenue. I encourage everyone who feels moved to contribute to do so, as it helps us pay minor expenses such as event supplies and mailing and printing for those who prefer a print newsletter. Club members who would like to pay dues and have not yet done so can pay by check (made out to Mount Holyoke Club of Puget Sound) or PayPal (enter mhcpugetsound@yahoo.com as the payee). Dues are tax-deductible.

ANNUAL DUES ARE WAIVED FOR THE CLASS OF 2014 and members who graduated in 1962 or earlier. If you take advantage of this offer, please let us know, so you can still be listed on the active member roster. 

I know the club’s annual fiscal year (which ends in May) can be a bit confusing. Thank you again to all who have contributed in recent months!

Young Alumnae Update, 11/14

Elise Evans ’10

Young Alumnae had a fantastic showing at the Seattle Mountain Day mini-reunion at Bluebird Microcreamery, September 29th. If you have interest in getting ice cream with me at any time, don’t hesitate to email!
This coming Monday, November 17th at 7:30pm, you are invited to come to Town Hall Seattle for the event “Math to Make You Laugh” with Matt Parker, a stand up mathematician. You can learn more about the event on Facebook. I’ll be at the ticket table before the show, and we can all sit together in the Downstairs venue.
After the holiday season passes, I invite you to get outside with me on an MHC Young Alum urban hike in Seattle, on Sunday, January 18, at 1pm. We’ll walk around the accessible and spectacular loop trail at Discovery Park. Mark your calendars to adventure this winter!

Writing Group Update

The writing group has launched a project called Angled Road. We will be producing an anthology of our work, written on the theme of the angled road and produced (at least in a small edition) using the hand-sewing method Emily Dickinson used to create her small books, also called bundles or facsicles, of poetry. We chose a phrase from Emily Dickinson’s poem “Experience is an Angled Road,” an unexpectedly difficult poem.

We have just been interviewed by a student writer at the Alumnae Association; they are interested in the connections we have made in the writing group between alumnae spanning 30 years and even a parent of a current student.

Formed in January, 2013 due to the suggestion of our then Club president, Lisa Tompkins, the writing group meets twice a month. We provide support and impetus to up your game. This is not a closed group! Take a look at our new website and like our FB page. Please contact Emily Dietrich ’85 if you’re interested

Northwest Chamber Chorus Concert

Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 at 3 pm
Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, Seattle
“A Child’s Christmas in Wales”
Dylan Thomas’ unforgettable ode to his childhood Christmases provides a perfect setting for music of the season — including the beloved carols of Alfred Burt, originally composed as annual Christmas cards for his friends and family. Narrated by David Pichette. Also featured: Francis Poulenc’s magical Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël and music by Melinda Bargreen, Eleanor Daley, Jake Runestad, and more, plus our traditional Christmas carol sing-along.
Regular ticket price is $22/adult ($23.76 with service fee from Brown Paper Tickets)
If people contact Cynthia directly for the ticket and pay her via PayPal, the ticket price will be a reduced $17/person (the senior citizen price). Their ticket(s) will be available via Will Call or they can be mailed if purchased with enough time.

Networking and Career Interest Day

Young Alums and current students: we will be hosting a networking and career interest day on Saturday, January 10, 2015. It will be at the Issaquah Library from 2-5 PM. We will have a panel of alumnae representing different career choices who will talk about their line of work, what their major was in school and offer helpful insight into their field of expertise.

If you are interested in helping please call Lisa Toomey P’17 at 425-221-7972. We are looking for someone in the HR field or who has experience with job hunting and resume writing. If you expressed an interest in this activity on our survey, Lisa will contact you.

Volunteer Opportunity

Where? Beacon Food Forest, 15th AVE S & South Dakota St. Seattle, WA

When? Saturday, July 19th, 10am-2pm

The Beacon Food Forest in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle’s goal is to design, plant and grow an edible urban forest garden that inspires our community to gather together, grow our own food and rehabilitate our local ecosystem. Monthly work parties are family friendly events that involve a diverse community of all ages in a huge variety of tasks at the Beacon Food Forest site.

The group does a welcome/introduction circle a little after 10am. The community is very welcoming, with tasks for all activity levels, and African drumming to keep the atmosphere upbeat! Wear clothes that could get dirty. There’s a suggested $2-5 donation for the (free) provided lunch. If anyone is planning to come, they can just show up. Our Young Alum coordinator Elise Evans will wear the blue MHC club t-shirt, and looks forward to seeing you there! RSVP is optional, but you can email Elise to let her know you’ll be joining the work party!

Annual Picnic!

Golden Gardens Park
Tables 18,19, 20 and 21
Sunday, July 13th, 11am-2pm

Please join us at our Annual MHCPS picnic!  Bring your family and some sun screen.  We will will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie options.  Please bring a dish to share.
Notice the change in location from previous years.  Contact Liz Burr-Brandstadt if you would like to volunteer.