Our club 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 link on navigation bar above) and included in our newsletters, the most recent of which can be found by clicking on the link on the navigation bar above. Events include stimulating speaker luncheons, joint meetings with other local alumni/alumnae clubs, and special occasion gatherings like last year’s docent tours of Save our Seabirds in Sarasota and of the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in St. Pete, and informal Mountain Day get-togethers. Reservation information is included in our newsletters and flyers. And this year (2019) we’re meeting at Sweet Mom Italy, 1473 Main St, Sarasota at 6:37pm to celebrate Mountain Day with fellow MHC-ers, friends and family!
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 view our Club bylaws and contact Club officers/board members, click on the links above.
Our Club is involved in assisting with Admissions recruiting. 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.
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