June ’21 Newsletter

Dear fellow alums,

As we near the end of the fiscal year for the Club, we have been reflecting over the last twelve months. On April 9, 2020, having no idea how long the pandemic quarantine might last, but still wanting to connect with other alums, we hosted our very first virtual M&Cs event. Since then, we have offered almost 40 (yes, 40!) live online events via Zoom. From cookalongs to “Get Out the Vote” postcard writing campaigns to alums of color dinners, we have loved catching up virtually. We celebrated Mountain Day online, enjoying ice cream and sharing our favorite MHC memories. We launched a Book Club where we read and discuss books by BIPOC authors. We started Uncommon Alums, Uncommon Paths, an ongoing series where incredible local alums share their personal and professional journeys. And we did all this via Zoom. 

While we can’t wait to see you all in person, at the College’s request, we’ll need to continue to provide only virtual events until the fall, at which time we will have more information and direction from the Alum Association. In the meantime, we’ll continue to plan exciting opportunities to gather virtually. We hope you’ll meet us online at an upcoming event.

Annual Meeting

Speaking of events, have you registered for this year’s Annual Meeting? Come be (virtually) in community with other NorCal Club members, meet and vote on the 2021-2022 Board of Directors, vote on newly updated Club Bylaws, and toast the upcoming year with MHC’s senior tradition: champagne and strawberries. 

Pay Your Dues! 

Thanks to our dues-paying members and especially to those of you who became Lifetime Members this past year, the Club is in better financial shape than ever before. We are thrilled to be growing our endowment and looking forward to spending it supporting local alum and BIPOC businesses once we can gather in person again. If you haven’t paid your annual, tax-deductible membership dues for the 2020-2021 year, you can do so until June 30. You can pay your dues or become a Lifetime Member here: MHC Club of Northern CA Membership Dues. If you would prefer to pay by check, please email us

Get in Touch

As we continue planning for our next fiscal year, please share with us what types of events (virtual, or in-person when we get the all-clear from the College), programs, and resources may best support you at this time or any which you may wish to offer. Email us or fill out this form to get started.

We’d love to showcase members of our alum community on social media. If you’re interested in sharing your story, let us know here.

We’re also still welcoming any recommendations of alums who have founded, work for, or volunteer at local Northern California organizations doing anti-racist work or fundraising and will include them in upcoming newsletters. Please send any recommendations to the Board at mountholyoke@gmail.com.

Our very best wishes,

– The Board   

May ’21 Newsletter

Dear fellow alums,

We are hoping this newsletter finds you embracing spring in Northern California. As more and more of us get fully vaccinated, it’s a joy to begin to see (and hug!) friends and family members, to think about travel, and to once again enjoy much of what now feels luxurious after more than a year of pandemic life.  

Another bright spot: despite its many difficulties, this year’s applicant pool was the largest in the College’s history. We are pleased to share that at least five accepted students from our Northern California region have indicated they are planning to enroll in the fall. Congrats to all—and keep your eyes peeled for our annual Fog to Foliage event at the end of the summer where we celebrate and send off our NorCal students for their very first semester at MHC.

Join the Board

It’s your last chance to join our board for the 2021-2022 year! We’re still looking for a few positions to round out our fantastic board. We welcome alums from our entire Northern California region, not just the Bay Area. Our Board meetings are via Zoom even in non-pandemic times, so location truly doesn’t matter. We would love to have representation from throughout our incredibly large region! 

The next term begins July 1, 2021. Please peruse the board descriptions and if any open positions spark your interest, reach out to us by email or fill out this Statement of Interest. We’re always looking for fresh perspectives and look forward to hearing from you.  

Corporate Matching

A huge thank you to NorCal Club member (and current Club Treasurer!) Pauline Au ’87 for securing her second External Leadership Community Care Grant from her employee, Wells Fargo. Pauline discovered that her company awards grants to employees who volunteer with and/or serve on the Board of Directors of a 501(c)3 organization and was able to make two $500 donations to our Club. Bravo, Pauline! If your company participates in corporate matching incentives or offers grants for volunteer work or community involvement, we’d love to be able to be a part of it. Let’s connect!        

Get in Touch

As we continue virtual planning for our next fiscal year, please share with us what types of events (virtual, or in-person when it is safe to do so), programs, and resources may best support you at this time or any which you may wish to offer. Email us or fill out this form to get started.

We’d love to showcase members of our alum community on social media. If you’re interested in sharing your story with our local community online, let us know here.

We’re also still welcoming any recommendations of alums who have founded, work for, or volunteer at local Northern California organizations doing anti-racist work or fundraising and will include them in upcoming newsletters. Please send any recommendations to the Board at mountholyoke@gmail.com.

Our very best wishes,

– The Board 

April ’21 Newsletter

Dear fellow alums,

Many of you have probably already received via email our recent statement condemning the anti-Asian/American violence and hate occurring in the Bay Area and across the country, mourning the victims of the horrific shootings in Atlanta, and expressing our solidarity with the Asian/American communities in the ongoing fight against racism and white supremacy. Read the full statement here as well as find information on resources and organizations doing work in Georgia and beyond. 

Our events this month feature opportunities to be in community and celebrate BIPOC voices. Attend this month’s book club to discuss Lan Cao’s ’83 powerful memoir, Family in Six Tones; view two short films on racial and gender justice and then hear Fabiola Tafolla ’97 in conversation; and join uncommon alum Yulin (Tina J.) Ling ’92 as she shares her journey from student activist to chief strategy officer, community leader, and mentor. Check out more detailed event descriptions here and register via Zoom.  After such a devastating month—and past year overall—we’re looking forward to being together, even if it’s online.        

Join the Board

We want you! For those interested in being more involved with the Club, please consider joining our board. We welcome alums from our entire Northern California region, not just the Bay Area. Our Board meetings are via Zoom even in non-pandemic times, so location truly doesn’t matter. We would love to have representation from throughout our incredibly large region! 

The next term begins July 1, 2021. Peruse the board descriptions and let us know if any positions spark your interest by reaching out to us by email or by filling out this Statement of Interest. We’re always looking for fresh perspectives and look forward to hearing from you.  

Get in touch

As we continue virtual planning for 2021, please let us know what types of virtual events, programs, and resources may best support you at this time or any which you may wish to offer. 

  • What events or programming would you like to see? 
  • Have a talent you’d like to share? A group you want to start? A community you’d like to nourish? Host one of our monthly M&Cs or another virtual event! Email us or fill out this form to get started. 
  • We’d love to showcase members of our alum community on social media. If you’re interested in sharing your story with our local community online, let us know here.

We’re also still welcoming any recommendations of alums who have founded, work for, or volunteer at local Northern California organizations doing anti-racist work or fundraising and will include them in upcoming newsletters. Please send any recommendations to the Board at mountholyoke@gmail.com.

Our very best wishes,

– The Board   

Upcoming events

If you’re interested in joining any of the Club’s virtual events but are unsure about using Zoom, check out this resource and reach out to the Club with any questions.  

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Virtual Programming from the Alum Association

The College is offering a range of virtual programming and opportunities to connect. Learn more on the AA Events page.

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Membership Dues

Interested in supporting the Club further? Join the Club by paying your annual, tax-deductible Membership Dues! And if you don’t want to remember to pay your dues every year, make one payment to join us as a Lifetime Member. You can pay your dues or become a Lifetime Member here: MHC Club of Northern CA Membership Dues. The Club’s fiscal year is July 1 to June 30. Please note: If you would prefer to pay by check, please email us

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Stay Connected 

To hear the latest about our programming in-between our monthly newsletters, we encourage you to connect with the Club on one or more forms of social media. We hope to see you at an event soon! 

March ’21 Newsletter

 

Alums gather from the Bay Area and beyond to celebrate Lunar New Year.

 

Dear fellow alums,

As the months pass, it’s hard to believe we’re staring down nearly a year of being in quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are so grateful for technology that allows us to see each other virtually and be in community even though we have not been able to meet in person in so long. We began February celebrating the Year of the Ox with a lively Lunar New Year dumpling cookalong hosted by NorCal board member Sarah Lau ’07. Thanks to Zoom, alums from not only the Bay Area, but also New York and Connecticut were able to join! Almost all of our events are open to all MHC alums regardless of location–one silver lining of virtual events. Club co-president Steph Corrales ’16 hosted an alums of color dinner to recognize Black History Month and support local Black-owned restaurants by getting takeout. We again welcomed Attorney Barbara B. Creed, who presented a special webinar of Supreme Court cases to watch this term, and we celebrated Mary Lyon’s birthday with our annual tea hosted by Club treasurer Pauline Au ’87 and Membership co-chair Marija Vulfs ’08. At the tea, conversation turned to ways in which we can all work to be more assertive and take charge of ourselves as well as when to ask for help and outsource–as attendee Rhonda Bennon ’73 put it: “You are the CEO of your own life.” Words to remember as we head into March! Didn’t make it to an event last month? Check out our slate of upcoming events–we hope to see you at one of them.  

Join the Board

We want you! For those interested in being more involved with the Club, please consider joining our board. We welcome alums from our entire Northern California region, not just the Bay Area. Our Board meetings are via Zoom even in non-pandemic times, so location truly doesn’t matter. We would love to have representation from throughout our incredibly large region! 

The next term begins July 1, 2021. Peruse the board descriptions and let us know if any positions spark your interest by reaching out to us by email. We’re always looking for fresh perspectives and look forward to hearing from you. 

In Memoriam

The NorCal club would like to acknowledge Northern California Club member Margaret Crystal ’43 of Pleasanton who recently passed away. Our sincerest condolences to her family and friends.  

Get in touch!

As we continue virtual planning for 2021, please let us know what types of virtual events, programs, and resources may best support you at this time or any which you may wish to offer. 

  • What events or programming would you like to see? 
  • Have a talent you’d like to share? A group you want to start? A community you’d like to nourish? Host one of our monthly M&Cs or another virtual event! Email us or fill out this form to get started. 
  • We’d love to showcase members of our alum community on social media. If you’re interested in sharing your story with our local community online, let us know here.

We’re also still welcoming any recommendations of alums who have founded, work for, or volunteer at local Northern California organizations doing anti-racist work or fundraising and will include them in upcoming newsletters. Please send any recommendations to the Board at mountholyoke@gmail.com.

Our very best wishes,

– The Board   

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Virtual Programming from the Alum Association

The College is offering a range of virtual programming and opportunities to connect. Learn more on the AA Events page.

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Membership Dues

Interested in supporting the Club further? Join the Club by paying your annual, tax-deductible Membership Dues! And if you don’t want to remember to pay your dues every year, make one payment to join us as a Lifetime Member. You can pay your dues or become a Lifetime Member here: MHC Club of Northern CA Membership Dues. The Club’s fiscal year is July 1 to June 30. Please note: If you would prefer to pay by check, please email us

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Stay Connected 

To hear the latest about our programming in-between our monthly newsletters, we encourage you to connect with the Club on one or more forms of social media. We hope to see you at an event soon! 

February ’21 Newsletter

Dear fellow alums,

We made it through the first month of 2021! From the Capitol insurrection to inauguration to vaccine rollout, it has been a wild time for the news cycles and for many of us. We have taken comfort in gathering with fellow Mount Holyoke alums through our virtual events. This past month, we had a lively and informative M&Cs where we shared creative small business ventures and got to know some powerful local alums pursuing their passions. Our book club discussed Yaa Gyasi’s incredible debut novel Homegoing. In the second installment of our Uncommon Alums, Uncommon paths events series, we heard from Tracy Zhu ’08 who talked about (among other things!) her commitment to advance racial equity through local government policies, programs, and services, and reminded us that often “those closest to the pain are closest to the solutions.” Thank you to all of you who logged in and connected over Zoom. We are hopeful that we’ll be able to gather in person at some point in 2021.  

Join the Board

For those interested in being more involved, please consider joining our board. The next term begins in July 2021. Peruse the board descriptions and let us know if any positions spark your interest by reaching out to us by email. We are always looking for fresh perspectives and look forward to hearing from you. 

Lifetime Members 

Special thanks to Marian Burns ’68, who recently became our newest Lifetime Member. Thank you for your generous donation, and for your continued support of the NorCal Club! 

If any other alums would like to become Lifetime Members, we’d love to have you. Additionally, if your company offers corporate matching or incentives for volunteering or being a part of a non-profit organization, we are happy to work with them to find ways to financially support our club!   

Get in touch!

As we continue virtual planning for 2021, please let us know what types of virtual events, programs, and resources may best support you at this time or any which you may wish to offer. 

  • What events or programming would you like to see? 

  • Have a talent you’d like to share? A group you want to start? A community you’d like to nourish? Host one of our monthly M&Cs or another virtual event! Email us or fill out this form to get started. 

  • We’d love to showcase members of our alum community on social media. If you’re interested in sharing your story with our local community online, let us know here.

We’re also still welcoming any recommendations of alums who have founded, work for, or volunteer at local Northern California organizations doing anti-racist work or fundraising and will include them in upcoming newsletters. Please send any recommendations to the Board at mountholyoke@gmail.com.

To hear the latest about our programming in-between our monthly newsletters, we encourage you to follow the Club on Facebook and Instagram. We also invite you to share resources, your virtual events, and more, directly in the Facebook Group.

Our very best wishes,

– The Board