Dear Classmate,
 

2018 IS HERE AND WITH IT OUR 50TH REUNION!
Friday, June 8 – Sunday, June 10
Plus, an extra day on Thursday, June 7 in Cambridge and Boston

 
REUNION HIGHLIGHTS
Our 50th Reunion comes only once in our lives and, from the responses to our survey last summer, over 200 of us will be attending.  In fact, more than 60 classmates are already playing a role, from chairing events and planning meals at Reunion, to managing the Record Book and Class Survey, to contacting classmates as part of our Spirit Committee.  We hope you will come!

Our class Reunion Headquarters will be in Tower Court, which has beautiful views of the lake and special places for us to gather both inside and out.

Friday afternoon will be open, so we can get settled, attend lectures by faculty, or walk around the campus to see it at one of the most beautiful times of year.  Friday evening the Alumnae Association is treating us to a cocktail party in the Great Hall with plentiful hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and a visit by President Paula Johnson.  This will be followed by a buffet dinner in a tent in the Tower courtyard overlooking Lake Waban.  After dinner, we can gather in the Great Hall to sing Junior Show tunes, catch up with friends, and meet classmates we never knew.

Saturday is a full day, starting with a Class Meeting to elect new officers and a Memorial Service for classmates who are no longer with us.  The Alumnae Association has moved its Annual Meeting to 11am on Saturday, and we hope you’ll attend to hear President Johnson’s address, as well as the results of the efforts of our intrepid fundraisers, led by Lynn Chornyei Thurber, Leslie Dansker Toepfer, and Ellen Reynolds Harris.  (Plan to attend to find out if our class breaks the Reunion attendance and participation records!)  

After lunch, we’re planning a wonderful program, Passions & Projects, with classmates who’d like to share what has excited them over the years.  You’ll be hearing more about this soon from Nancy Kellogg Lightbody, Judy Siskind and Sally Giddings Smith, who are leading this effort.  It promises to be fun and inspiring.  

We also plan Conversation Circles that will include a number of topics from which you can choose – from personal to political.  You’ll be hearing more about these programs in a few weeks.   Afternoon tea was always a highlight of the week when we were in College and we’ll be enjoying it again.  Of course, you’re free to attend as many of these events as you wish, to participate in other activities on campus, or just to hang out with friends.

Julie Dempsey Cox and Diane Hawk Schmalensee are planning our Saturday night celebration.  Cocktails and dinner are in Alumnae Hall Ballroom and a tent just outside it.  Following dinner, we’ll have a DJ dance party, so wear your dancing shoes and be prepared for a lot of Oldies but Goodies.  Transportation to and from Alumnae Hall will be available for those who need it.

Sunday morning is the Alumnae Parade.  Bring your fascinator, beanie, boa, pareo or anything else from past Reunions to show off the Red Class of ’68.  We’ll all be sporting our new Insignia, too, but the redder the merrier to complement our white outfits.
For those who are interested in starting to celebrate our Reunion early, Pam Starr Bromberg and Rachel Harris Winkeller have planned a program for us on Thursday.  This is a great opportunity to spend more time with classmates.  It begins with a lunch in Cambridge, followed by a tour of the fabulous new Harvard Art Museums, and ends with a cocktail party at a classmate’s home in Boston.  You can sign up for individual parts of the program or the entire day.  More details can be found on our class website: www.1968.alum.wellesl ey.edu.

RECORD BOOK
Remember, the Record Book will be sent free to all classmates for whom we have valid mailing addresses.  Lynne Williams Bair and Kristin Gamble Flood expect the book to be mailed in April.  If you are not sure the College has your current address, which is the same address to which this letter was sent, make sure to read carefully and follow the directions below.  Marilyn Averill and Kay Lehman Scholzman have again produced our remarkable Class Survey which will be included in the Book.

REGISTRATION/WELLESLEY ID AND PASSWORD
June 8-10: Reunion on Campus
Online registration for the main Reunion, June 8-10, begins in early February.  The College will be sending instructions via email.  You will need your Wellesley ID and password to register and pay online – which is the simplest and cheapest way to register.

We know there can be problems with emails from the College – or any other organization – going into Spam or Junk or Promotions (for Gmail users) folders.  Be sure to check these folders occasionally.  If you don’t receive anything by the end of February, and you are sure the College has your correct email address, call 800-339-5233.   Or let one of us know and we will make sure you get the information.  It pays to register early, as there is a discount.

To obtain your Wellesley ID and password, if you don’t already have one, go to www.wellesley.edu/alumnae/w ellesleylogin for the setup procedures.  If you have any trouble, write to helpdesk@wellesley.edu or call the Wellesley College Help Desk at 781-283-7777 Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

If you aren’t sure the College has your correct email or home address, contact Record Updates at recordupdates@wellesley.edu  or call 800-339-5233.

We urge everyone to make sure the College and the Class can reach you via email. There will be lots of important information about Reunion going out via email.  (It is prohibitively expensive to use the USPS for all of our communications.)

Early registration closes April 12th.  The registration fee will be higher after this date.

If you think you will need financial assistance to be able to attend Reunion, please look for our Spirit Fund information below.

Thursday Cambridge/Boston Day
You can read about this special, extra program – museums, lunch, cocktails – and register anytime on our 1968 Class Website.  The full program costs $85.  You can also purchase tickets for individual parts of the day.

To access the 1968 Class Website go to www.1968.alum.wellesley.edu to register and pay for the Thursday program. The same Wellesley ID and password required to register for Friday-Sunday Reunion are used to pay online for the Thursday program.  If you prefer to pay by check, follow the instructions on the website.

If you are bringing a guest, be sure to include his or her name in the Comments section of the online registration form or with your check.

SPIRIT FUND
The 1968 SPIRIT FUND was established to help ALL of us come to Reunion.  Any 1968 classmate can request for herself up to $600 to help defray costs of Reunion weekend fees and/or transportation costs.  Kelly Gallagher in the Alumnae Office will assist our class by administering the funds.  No one else will be involved or will know who has made requests.   She can be reached at: 781-283-2321. To request funds you must speak to Kelly before registering.

Our best estimate of costs at this time is about $400 for a classmate to participate in all on-campus events, including two nights in the dorm and all meals during reunion.  The Spirit Fund, unfortunately, cannot be used for the Thursday program off-campus.  We’re excited to be able to offer this Spirit Fund for our 50th Reunion.

QUESTIONS/NEED INFO?
We hope you’ll check periodically on our Class Website – www.1968.alum.wellesley.edu -- for more information.  Also, feel free to call or write to either of us anytime.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at Reunion.  We give huge thanks to the many, many classmates who are helping make this Reunion very special.  

Warm regards,

Ellen Genat Hoffman, ellen_g_hoffman@yahoo.com
Ursula Moore Smith, ursie@comcast.net
50th Reunion Co-chairs