Our club has over 100 members. 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 March.
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 on page 2 of our website and included in our newsletters, the most recent of which can be found on page 3 of our website. Events include stimulating speaker luncheons, occasional joint meetings with other local alumni/alumnae clubs, and special occasion gatherings like this year’s reception with the College’s then acting-president Sonya Stephens, Dali Museum tours in 2015 and 2017, visit to the Richard and Barbara Basch (’64) Gallery of studio glass at Ringling College, and informal Mountain Day get-togethers. Reservation information and directions to each venue are included in our newsletters.
Our Club is involved in assisting with Admissions recruiting and to stay connected with local students currently attending Mount Holyoke, we send cards, emails and “care” packages. Volunteers are always needed to help with these activities.
To stay in touch with alums throughout the area on Facebook, check out the West Central Florida Group described on page 3 of our website.
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. Our Club looks forward to welcoming you.
Joyce Gleason ’69, President Mount Holyoke Club of Southwest Florida