Welcome to the Mount Holyoke Club of Southwest Florida

Hello, Southwest Florida Alums!
We had another active club season! While our plans were adapted as health and safety concerns dictate, we were able to offer a varied number of events.  Elizabeth Russell ’70, Program Chair, worked diligently to make them fun, safe and informative for us all. We were fortunate to have so many outdoor venues available to us. Maria Mandler ’74 was Zoom coordinator for our online events.  We now have preliminary plans for our 2022-2023 season, so click on our Summer 2022 Newsletter above to see a preview, and check our calendar page for updates.

The Board met virtually several times over the 2021-2022 season to review a set of proposed Bylaws.  We adopted the new Bylaws at our February 23, 2022.  A copy of the new Bylaws are available upon request at mhcswfl@gmail.com.   My thanks to the Bylaws Committee (Past President Sue Simpson ’68, chair, Treasurer Diane Elliott ’69 and Vice-president Leslie Farrand ’77) for their diligent work in the review of various proposals and preparation for our meetings.

Our first events of the ’21-’22 club season were Mountain Day and a virtual presentation by Mount Holyoke astronomy professor Darby Dyar. The Mountain Day date, by tradition, was announced on the morning of September 3oth by the chapel bells ringing on campus to cancel classes for the day! We gathered in St. Pete (hosted by Susie Betzer ’65) and Sarasota (with Elizabeth Russell ’70 hosting). Ice cream was the order of the day!

Astronomy Prof. Dyar’s talk was on Tuesday, October 5th, “Looking for Life in the Universe: A Mars-Earth-Venus Comparison.”  We invited many in-state guests, even some beyond Florida, and members of the local Smith, Wellesley, and Yale Clubs. Prof. Dyar has been called a “rock star” on campus and she certainly was that for us!

On Wednesday, November 10th, we welcomed Jeri Sedlar at the Sarasota Yacht Club for a luncheon hosted by Elizabeth Russell ’70.  Jeri, a dynamic motivational speaker, presented, “Don’t Retire, Rewire!”  On Thursday, December 9th, we had a wonderful tour of the Sarasota Honey Company. The tour included a presentation on bees, honey, agriculture, and beekeeping, as well as honey pairings with fruit, cheese, jams and sauces.  We welcomed fellow alumna Stacie Steinke ’82 for a Zoom presentation on February 16th, titled “Optimize Your Vocal Health.”  She helped us to understand how the voice works and guided us to use the body to produce sound in a healthy way.

We rounded out our season with an invitation from the Wellesley Club of Sarasota to hear Dr. Katie McHugh speak on Mote Marine’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program on Friday, April 8th at the Sarasota Yacht Club.  The Yale Club of the Suncoast invited us to three events in March and April. The first event on Wednesday, March 23rd featured luncheon speaker, Yale Law Professor Akhil Reed Amar, one of Yale’s most engaging and dynamic speakers.  On Sunday April 10th, Yale invited us for a cruise on the Marina Jack Yacht, and on Tuesday, April 12th, we joined Yale to hear Dr. T.H. Culhane speak on water quality, red tide and the Piney Point spill. 

Again, visit our Calendar Tab to see what’s in store for the 2022-2023 season!

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