Welcome to the Mount Holyoke Club of Southwest Florida

Dear Sisters,

It was with great regret that we cancelled the remainder of our 2019-2020 season due to the Covid-19 orders and protections.  Our joint March 27th event with the Wellesley Club and our April 16th session at the Florida Studio Theatre were both “victims.”  However, it was more important that you be safe and healthy.

We hope you join us for Virtual M&Cs via Zoom on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Click on the flyer above for details.  Our special guest is Maria Mossaides ’73, president of the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Association and a Trustee of the College. Grab your favorite beverage, and perhaps a cookie or graham cracker, and connect!

Yet our club remains strong! Our membership spans over 7 decades of Mount Holyoke alumnae. The majority live in the Sarasota-Bradenton region; however, we have active Club members who reside up and down Florida’s west coast from above the Tampa-St. Pete area to below Fort Myers. Since a significant number of members are snowbirds who spend only the winter season in Florida, most of our meetings are held during the months of November through April.

The mission of the Mount Holyoke Club of Southwest Florida is “to provide a social and educational means of connecting the alumnae of Mount Holyoke College, who spend all or part of the year in the southwest Florida region, to each other and to the College, and to publicize the College in the area to the extent possible.” 

Club events are announced in our calendar (click on the second link on navigation bar above) and included in our newsletters, the most recent of which can be found by clicking on the third link on the navigation bar above.  Events include stimulating speaker luncheons; joint meetings with other local alumni/alumnae clubs, such as the panel discussion of “Women in Corporate America;” special occasion gatherings like the docent tours of the Elling Eide and Sarasota Art Museums; and informal Mountain Day get-togethers. Reservation information is included in our newsletters and flyers; updated information for our 2020-2021 season will be posted this fall.

Our Club is involved in assisting with MHC admission recruiting. To stay connected with local students currently attending Mount Holyoke, we send cards, emails, and “care” packages.

To stay in touch with alums throughout the area on Facebook, check out the West Central Florida Group (click on the third link of the navigation bar above). To contact Club officers/board members, click on the fourth link above. Email me to request a copy of our bylaws.

Whether you are a seasonal snowbird, have recently relocated to southwest Florida, or are planning a vacation in our area, we hope you will contact us at the email below. As alumnae, Mount Holyoke ties bind us all.  Let’s keep the Laurel Chain strong. Need  little more Mount Holyoke in your life?  Our Club looks forward to welcoming you.

Joyce Gleason ’69, President                                                                                                   Mount Holyoke Club of Southwest Florida