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Board Minutes - Feb 2012

Marymount Alumnae Board Minutes

Minutes of the Marymount Alumnae Board Meeting
Thursday, 9 February 2012
888 Seventh Avenue, New York, N.Y.

In Person: Patricia A. Cole (President), Kathleen A. Jowitt (Secretary), Rita Arno, Mary Donohue, Sr. Mary Heyser (RSHM), Angelica Hinojosa, Brianne Laurin (Fordham) Michael Trerotola (Fordham)
By Phone: Sarah Sullivan (Vice President), Joyce Abamont, Jane Bartnett, Jennifer Bauchner, Maria Bocker, Maria Conte-Benedict, Patrice Kaul, Barbara White, Jean Wynn

WELCOME (Patricia A. Cole, President)
Patricia started the meeting by welcoming and wishing all a Happy 2012.

PRAYER (Sister Mary Heyser, R.S.H.M., Alumnae Chaplain)
Sister Mary opening her prayer by reminding everyone that Wednesday, February 22, is Ash Wednesday and said that we need always remember that it is not what we do, but why we do it. She asked that the Holy Spirit fill us all as we move forward with our tasks on the Board.

MINUTES (Kathy Jowitt, Secretary)
Kathy motioned for approval of the minutes from the November 10, 2011, Board meeting. Barbara White seconded the motion and the minutes were approved.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT (Patricia A. Cole, President)
Patricia welcomed Brianne who had joined to provide an update on Reunion preparations. She informed the Board this year all Marymount classes will be invited to attend Jubilee. Alumni from the Fordham School of Pharmacy, which closed in 1972, will also be invited to attend. There will be extra activities (tours and lectures in the Walsh Library) including the popular Food for the Mind tour from last year.

Our awards ceremony will start this year at 3:30 p.m. in Butler Commons, in order to provide ample time for the additional honors and group photos. Donna Cribari, '62, will join us again to play piano at the Awards Ceremony, and Sr. Bianca Haglich, R.S.H.M., director of the Weaving Center at Marymount, will donate a piece of artwork made especially designed for the Butler Commons site. Both Donna and Sr. Bianca will be acknowledged in the awards program.

As in the past, invitation packets for Marymount alumnae will be customized and Marymount alumnae will be offered discounted prices for both the Dinner Gala and Weekend packages. Formal invitations are scheduled to hit mailboxes by mid-March. A reminder e-mail to those whose addresses are on file at Fordham will go out approximately one month after the invitation kits are mailed. A third reminder e-mail will go out around May 20, with registration cut-off scheduled for May 25, 2012. Walk-in Marymount alumnae will pay the same price(s) as those who pre-register.

Jane Bartnett asked for an update to the website and Brianne will provide the necessary information to Marketing which will also include the names of the 2012 honorees.

A van to transport and return attendees from the Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown to the awards ceremony/gala may be possible, however attendees will be required to sign-up for van service given the cost consideration. Barbara White also offered to provide the name(s) of Marriott employees who had provided assistance with their 2011 Reunion activities.

There will also be a cocktail reception on Friday, June 1, at Rose Hill.


Jane is acting as point person for the "2" and "7" class agent outreach and an e-mail will be going out shortly. She recently spoke with Rosemary Galetti, the agent for the Class of 2002, who will do her best to encourage attendance for the Class of 2002 (10th Reunion).

She also suggested that each Reunion class have their own Facebook page, which could be sub-pages of the larger Marymount alumnae Facebook page. Angel Hinojosa added that this would not be a problem to prepare, and volunteered to set-up the additional pages.

Patricia asked again for volunteers to contact the 12 agents from the Reunion classes. Each volunteer would take two agents each. Kathy Jowitt volunteered to contact two agents, including the agent from her Class of 1972 to spearhead the drive for as many attendees to their 40th Reunion as possible. Also volunteering to contact two Reunion-year agents were Rita Arno, Jane Bartnett, Maria Bocker, Maria Conte-Benedict, Angel Hinojosa, and Barbara White. Sarah Sullivan, Class of 1997, will contact both her 15th Reunion Year Classmates and will also reach out to classes from the 1990s. All agents should be contacted by phone by mid-March.

The Board will also be involved in call and e-mail outreach to the metro-area alumnae (those in the five boroughs, Hudson Valley, Northern New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut) as Reunion time gets closer.

Joyce Abamont, Patrice Kaul, and Jane Bartnett attended a Mass and reception at St. Ignatius Retreat House on Sunday, January 29, 2012. Joseph McShane, S.J., celebrated the Mass and Daniel Gatti, S.J., of Fordham also attended.

The Board has been encouraging all alumnae to attend chapter events and again asked if Sara Hunt could provide a list of the attendees for the past two years for our marketing purposes.

Sister Mary Heyser and Father Gatti recently attended a Fordham Florida Chapter Luncheon. Bea Dinger, Joyce Abamont, and Helen Kelly are among those who hope to attend upcoming Florida West and East Coast events.

Marymount alumna Linda Purcell has organized a Fordham alumnae Northern Westchester Chapter. This group has held such events as a wine tasting and golf outing, to date.

Jane Bartnett mentioned that in addition to chapter event postings on the Marymount webpage, it would be valuable for Marymount Board and ultimately more alumnae to join the Fordham LinkedIn Page, as another avenue for becoming more a part of the Fordham family, as well as to take advantage of possible new career opportunities.

NOMINATIONS (Rita Arno, Chair)
Rita has been in contact with Mr. Fluhler, the jeweler who will be preparing the awards again this year. She plans to meet with him within the week and has sent e-mails to the awardees to confirm their initials for inscription on their awards.

Rita Arno and Mary Donohue plan to renew their Board membership for another term. The Board will also look to add new Board members in the fall of 2012.

The Board also revisited the term rules of the executive committee, which should be returned to good order and include an end date of June 2012. It was recommended that candidates for the president's role should possess both leadership and strategic management competencies and skills.

Those interested in any of the executive committee roles should feel free to speak with the president, vice president and secretary regarding the role and then if interested in the positions should confirm with Rita Arno and Joyce Abamont by the end of March.

BYLAWS COMMITTEE (Mary Donohue, Chair)
Mary handed out the updated bylaws requiring a term review of the honorary board members. The Board also discussed the advisability of establishing an advisory board. This might include senior alumnae and honoraries as an additional resource for the president. Current honorary board members include Eileen Burchell, Ph.D., Kristine Welker, Margaret Fitzgibbon Watson, and Sr. Brigid Driscoll, R.S.H.M. Sr. Mary Heyser holds the nominated position as chaplain to the community by Fordham and the R.S.H.M.

Patricia and Renee will be talking to EF about the next steps regarding historical designation for buildings on the former Marymount Campus.

LEGACY FUND (Patricia A. Cole)
Patricia has been working with Pauline of the Fordham Development Office regarding planned giving and membership for our alumnae in the 1841 Society. Also, the members of the Mary Goeke Society or those that have remembered the Marymount Legacy Fund in their estate plans have been automatically enrolled to enjoy privileges in the 1841 Society. A presidential appeal by mail is to be sent over the next few weeks.

The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, 2012, from 8 a.m. until noon at Butler Commons. The workshop will focus on topics of most concern to professional women and will be based on the survey results taken at the December 4 Dedication Ceremony. The speakers will include distinguished women who are willing to share their learnings and stories with the community.

FOUNDER'S DAY, 2012 (Patricia A. Cole)
December 8, 2012, will be the 105th anniversary of the founding of Marymount College. To that end, this year's Founder's Day should be a VIP event, which may include a fundraiser and silent auction. After some discussion, the consensus was that the event should be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012, at Butler Commons.

Mike Trerotola noted that last year, Fordham went over budget on Founder's Day and that going forward, it will be necessary to start charging for these events.

Mike Trerotola reminded everyone that Fordham marches annually in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, and, this year being a Saturday, it is hoped that many Fordham and Marymount alumnae will participate in the parade. The day's festivities will start with a brunch at the Yale Club (45th Street and Vanderbilt Avenue) at 10:30 a.m., followed by assembling at the parade at approximately 12:20 p.m. The charge for the brunch is $50 for adults and $20 for children, ages 3-9. There will be giant Fordham balloons and each participant will also be given a Fordham sash.

Mike also mentioned that the cultural events postcards were sent out to all alumnae, noting upcoming events sponsored by the Fordham Office of Alumni Relations. Further information on these events can be found on the Fordham website.

Scheduled dates for fall 2012 alumnae Board meetings are September 13 and November 15, 2012.

The next Board meeting will be a call-in, scheduled for March 15, 2012, to discuss the Reunion outreach.

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