Welcome, Smith70!

 

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50th Reunion—May 14-17, 2020

Our 50th Reunion is a few months away! How is that possible?! Mark the dates on your calendar now—Thursday, May 14 to Sunday, May 17—and plan to make the trip back to Northampton to celebrate this milestone. The festivities start Thursday for this special reunion, so plan accordingly!

Online registration is open: Reunion 2020 and then scroll down for the button that takes you to the sign-up page. Look for the Reunion registration booklet soon, coming via regular mail. Sign up before April 24 to avoid late fees!

Reunion Chairs Wendy John and Janan Frey and their committee members have been hard at work developing a great program. Stay up-to-date by regularly checking the 50th Reunion section of the website by clicking here: Our Fiftieth Reunion. There’s a link to see who’s coming, and we will be adding helpful tips, more details on the schedule, and more.

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What Does ’70 Really Look Like?

As a class, what do we think about and care about? How do we use our time? How do we see our pasts and our futures at this moment? Help us answer these questions by filling out a completely anonymous survey covering these and other topics. The goal of the survey is to draw a portrait of our whole class that highlights our commonalities and our differences. Find more details here: 50th Reunion Class Book and Survey

An email with a link to the survey went out on February 2 to all classmates for whom the College has email addresses.  If you did not receive that email message (sent from lynne.withey via surveymonkey), you can access the survey by clicking on the link below.  We hope you will complete the survey by one of these methods and help us make the results as accurate as possible.  Questions? just contact lynne.withey@gmail.com.

Here’s the link to the survey:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Smith70

Class Fundraising Update

Our next Planned Giving Conversation is coming up!

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020      Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Webinar link coming soon      To join by phone, call  877-853-5247; meeting ID: 966 665 194  

Sam Samuels, Director of Gift Planning, will host a Webinar to explain “How to Leave a Legacy for Smith: What Counts for Your Reunion.” He will cover bequests, strategies for your IRA and RMD (required minimum distribution), and annuities. To participate, just call in, listen, and ask questions.

Progress Report

Many thanks to all who helped make our December Challenge a huge success. Watch for news of our February Challenge!

  • In 30 days we exceeded our $75,000 matching challenge and raised $220,941, for a total of $295,941!  Thrilling!  
  • As a result, we are doing very well with our Breaking Barriers Class of 1970 Endowed Scholarship: Currently we have $1,086,000 towards our  $1,250,00 goal.
  • We raised $388,000 towards our $600,000 goal for the Smith Fund.
  • To date our participation rate is only 26%, with a goal of 55%. All gifts count, regardless of size. Even $100 helps! 

Let’s work together to meet—and surpass—these ambitious goals! Please give a gift to both the Smith Fund and our Class Scholarship so we can continue to break barriers.

Giving is easy–online at any time, send a check, transfer stock, or call if you would like. To connect with the Smith Fund, click here: Smith Fund or call 800-241-2056, option #1.

Cheers!

Mary Pratt Grant, Fund Team Coordinator

Anne Harper and Christian Schley, Co-Special Gift Chairs                        

Susan Hunter, Planned Giving Chair

What Are You Doing These Days?

Please let your classmates know what you’re doing by sending news today to our Class Co-Secretaries. (No need to wait for the email request from the Smith Alumnae Quarterly sent to all classes.) Their contact information is on the password-protected Class Officers’ and Connections pages (see password hint below). That way we can stay connected until our 50th and beyond. 

Money, Money

Our 45th Reunion was great, and our 50th is almost here.  To ensure that we continue to have terrific reunions and stay connected as a class, we need your class dues. Only $70 for 5 years–where else can you get so much for less than 4¢ a day? See our Dues page for details on where to send your check and whether you’ve already paid.

Our Website

We have set up the site so that only the home page is public. Most other pages, especially those with names, posted photos, and emails are password protected and viewable by only you and your classmates. The password is easy to remember—and your hint is right here: the name of the pond where we rowed crew and went ice skating in the winter (one word, eight letters, all lower case).

Check the website often to stay connected until we gather again in 2020 in Northampton. Tell us what you’d like to see on the website, and we’ll do our best to keep it lively and informative. If you have content to post, send it along. If you are a website or tech person, we would love to have your input and help! Contact me with your ideas. Questions? Email Marlene Bellamy, Social Media Chair, at mbellamy [at] alumnae.smith.edu.

Communications Updates

Be sure your email address is listed and current in the Alumnae Association Directory. That is where we get the distribution list for our class email blasts. Only you can make changes to your profile by sending them to alumnae records@smith.edu. (Please do not send the information to us.) 

Join Our Class Facebook Group!

Our Smith Class of 1970 Facebook Group– https://www.facebook.com/groups/309169861311/gives us another wonderful opportunity to keep in touch. Click on the Facebook icon to visit. It is open only to members of the Class of 1970 who request an invitation.

You’ll need a Facebook account to join. Click to sign up. Using our class group is a good way to learn about Facebook, which is a fun way to connect. For example, joining the Smith College and Smith College Alumnae pages puts frequent posts with campus and alumnae news in your FB news feed (do a search for the desired page, then “Like” the page and check “Get notifications” to see posts in your personal news feed).

You don’t have to use Facebook for anything else and can set privacy settings so that only friends—those you invite or accept—have access to your profile and can post. You can also customize the privacy settings to limit access to others in the Smith network, for example.

Disclaimer:

This is the official web site of the Smith College Class of 1970, independent of, but affiliated with, the Alumnae Association of Smith College. This page was created by and for the Class of 1970 of Smith College. Information on this page is intended for individual communication of a personal nature among Smith alumnae from the Class of 1970. Use of this information for any other purpose is strictly prohibited. Accuracy of the information on these pages cannot be guaranteed. Smith College and the Alumnae Association of Smith College are not responsible for the content of these pages. Responsibility for that content belongs solely to the Smith College Class of 1970. This site is maintained by the class Web administrator: mbellamy [at] alumnae.smith.edu.

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