Welcome to the Mount Holyoke Club of Southwest Florida

Hello, Southwest Florida Alums!

Here we are, ready or not, for another active club season! While our plans may be adapted as health and safety concerns dictate, you will find a varied number of offerings. As you review our calendar (see the tabs on the bottom of this page), please be aware that events may change over time for a number of reasons. But Elizabeth Russell, Program Chair, has been working diligently to make them fun, safe and informative for us all. We are fortunate to have so many outdoor venues available to us.

Over the summer, both the President and the Treasurer submitted their annual reports from last year, as required, to the Alumnae Association. The Board met virtually for a rare Special Meeting in August for the express purposes of reviewing proposed Bylaws and conducting Program-related business. The Bylaws discussion was not finished so any changes voted upon will not be in force until the entire document has been completed. We will work on those few remaining proposals during our Board meetings this year. 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 this meeting.

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. 

The Smith College Club of Sarasota has postponed indefinitely the January 20, 2022 luncheon and presentation by Luz Corcuera of UnidosNow.

We are pleased to welcome fellow alumna Stacie Steinke ’82 for a Zoom presentation on Wednesday, February 16th at 1:00 pm, titled “Optimize Your Vocal Health.”  She will help us to understand how the voice works and guide us to use the body to produce sound in a healthy way. Wear comfortable clothes!  CLICK ON FLYER AT TOP OF THIS PAGE.

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