Welcome to the Smith College Club of the Peninsula Website!
Here's what we've been up to lately! For more information, email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org
A small group gathered for one of our favorite festive traditions - the holiday cookie exchange! Laurie Daniels '81 hosted at her home in San Mateo, which boasts some of the best Christmas decorations in the Bay - including a beautiful tree and eight-foot inflatable Santa! :) Each alumna brought two dozen cookies or treats to share. After sampling some cookies during the party, everyone took additional cookies home to share with family and friends in a holiday tin. We loved sipping hot cider, tea, wine, and soda and catching up with alumnae spanning many class years. What a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season!
Our annual cookie exchange will be taking place on Sunday, December 2nd, from 2-4 PM in San Mateo. If you have not received an Evite and want to attend (and sample or share some delicious cookies!) please email your RSVP to email@example.com.
A group of us gathered on Sunday, 11/11, to sip tea, munch on snacks, and assemble exam care packages for current students from our area, which will be delivered before they begin finals next month. The contents - in a fun zippered pouch adorned with a fun charm - emphasized self-care during what can be a stressful time for students. They included spa face masks, snacks, and whimsical office supplies. We love supporting our current Peninsula Smithies and hope this is a fun surprise in their mailboxes!
Our very own Marylou Cronin '88, AAC-extraordinaire, was named the Smith College AAC of the year and recognized by the college this fall for her amazing efforts.
The Katherine "Chummy" Piper '43 Alumnae Admission Coordinator of the Year Award is named for and dedicated to a volunteer who was a tireless advocate for admissions and recognizes the efforts in recruitment of an AAC who has gone above and beyond.
Marylou has served as AAC of our club since 2015. She is an accomplished leader in the technology industry here in the Silicon Valley (currently a manager at Oracle), active in the Smith Alumnae community, and mother to two boys.
She was recognized for her exceptional admissions work in a high-pressure and high-volume area, something she has navigated by partnering with other tech-savvy alumnae to create new avenues for managing the workload. Marylou is also the thought leader who drove the creation of the NAAC Slate Advisory Board, which will be working with the Office of Admission to develop Smith's alumnae volunteer portal in the coming months and years.
Congratulations to the wonderful Marylou!
Pictured: President Kathleen McCarthy, Marylou Cronin '88, and Lisa Greene '68, President of the Alumnae Association
Twenty new and long-time club members gathered at the beautiful home of Nisha Thatte-Potter on Sunday, August 26th, for the annual meeting and potluck. The potluck is always a great end-of-summer gathering centered on food (obviously!) with each Smithie bringing a dish to share. We also got to sip from a very special 2017 Keplinger Rosé blended by a Smithie winemaker with all proceeds going to the Smith Fund. The potluck is also the meeting where we officially elect the incoming board and chart the course for another fiscal year of events and programming. Thanks to everyone who attended, voiced their opinions, and - of course - ate delicious food!
The start of the summer signals time for one of our very favorite annual events - the summer tea! The temperatures were pretty high on Sunday, June 24th, but luckily we kept cool with a lovely selection of iced teas and snacks, enjoyed poolside in Cupertino.The best part of summer is that there is such a broad swath of Smithies in the Bay, and we welcomed folks from just about every group to the tea - those starting in the fall as the Smith class of 2022, current students, those who have just graduated in May, and Alumnae from a range of years.
On May 12th, a group of club members gathered to sort, assemble, and distribute seventeen boxes of baby clothes for the nonprofit organization Loved Twice. This was our second year working with Loved Twice, an organization that works with social workers and nonprofits in the area to get gently used baby gear into the hands of new mothers in need. This was the perfect event on the eve of Mother's Day, to help those entering motherhood!
At the most recent board meeting, members of the Club board wrote personal notes and enclosed iTunes gift cards and invitations to the Summer Tea in the spring exam care packages for the 25 Smithies currently on campus from the Peninsula. Each semester we change up the contents of the packages to keep them interesting. This time, we thought it would be fun for students to be able to take a break from their studies and watch a movie. Students tell us that their friends are envious of the care packages sent by our Club each semester. We are able to support current students in this way (and integrate them into the Smith alumnae network) thanks to generous donations from our Club members.
We'll be kicking off summer with one of our favorite club events - the Annual Summer Tea! This much-anticipated event welcomes alumnae from all class years and often gives us the chance to meet newly-graduated Smithies and others in the area for summer internships. The event will be held on Sunday, June 24th, from 2-4 PM at the home of Melanie Herscher '14 in Cupertino. Evites will go out to club members in May. For more information, email the club at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
Coming up in May, please join us Mother's Day weekend to help young mothers in the Bay Area. We are sponsoring a community service event to benefit Loved Twice, a nonprofit that collects gently used baby clothing, sorts a year's supply of these precious garments into boxes, and distributes them to needy newborns and their mothers at local hospitals, shelters, and prenatal clinics. Come help assemble these boxes and enjoy refreshments with fellow Smithies! Family, friends, and significant others are welcome to join in the fun. This event will be held in San Mateo at the home of Marylou Cronin '88 on Saturday, May 12, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. If you're interested in joining us, keep your eyes peeled for a Facebook invite, Evite invite (club members only), or reach out to the club directly through email for the address. Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 9. You can read more about Loved Twice at www.lovedtwice.org.
The Smith College Club of the Peninsula
We are a group of Smith alumnae of all ages and professions who continue to get excited about Smith and meeting other Smith alumnae.