Chair – Catherine Farmer '03
Membership is a major focus for the Princeton Club of Chicago. Every year, the Club sends out dues forms and volunteer survey forms in August. And, in an effort to acquaint Club newcomers with the Club and the city of Chicago, welcome packets are sent to new members as their registration forms are received or as alums new to Chicago move into the area throughout the year.
Membership categories include Benefactor, Patron, Regular, Class of 2007, Recent Graduate (2001 - 2006), Non-Resident, Parent, and New. Dues support Club activities such as sporting events, lectures and “precepts”, the Annual Dinner, and other programs. There are also members-only publications and member discounts for many events. The Club produces a printed directory approximately every two years. We are fortunate to have a very active alumni base with typically 450 members every year. Your membership is essential to the success of this Club and our mission to build and enhance our Princeton community.
Orange & Black Club
Chair – Bob Loveman '69
The Orange & Black Club held its 32nd annual meeting on February 14, 2008 at the University Club. Our luncheon speaker, Kiki Jamieson, Director of the Pace Center, provided insights into the many ways that an astonishing 800+ students on campus are engaged in public service. The Pace Center promotes learning, teaching, and acting in the public interest and serves as a central source of information about civic engagement at Princeton. The Pace Center includes the Student Volunteers Council (SVC) and Community House, which provide opportunities for direct service to the community through a variety of volunteer activities.
We again recognized those Princetonians in the Chicago area that provide leadership in Annual Giving. For the 2006/2007 year, I am pleased to report that 111 O&B members contributed $2,732,413 of the total Annual Giving dollars from our region.
Chairs – Gladys J. Epting '75, P11 and William E. Hewitt '74, P11
The mission of the Princeton Parents Committee is to provide a friendly welcome to newly admitted students and their parents and to answer questions about the move to college and the freshman year experience. The chairs are new this year, having taken the reins from the very successful prior chairs, Marcia and Jon Ekdahl P99 P07.
The Committee is looking for volunteers to help call families of students who will soon receive their admission letters. The calls will congratulate them and give updates about upcoming events in Chicago and Princeton. They will describe Outdoor Action, Community Action, freshman registration and orientation, tips on moving to Princeton, Freshman Parents Weekend in October, and the summer picnic for Chicago area students and family members.
This is the fifth year that the Parents Committee will provide the extra outreach service to new families. Feedback from the parents of these new students, as well as from the Princeton administration, indicates that these friendly phone calls and emails have been useful, reassuring, and well received.