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The President’s Report Spring 2024

Spring signifies a time of new growth and renewal. I am delighted to announce that our Alumnae Association has taken the final steps in initiating electronic payments for dues and luncheon fees is now active. Payment is accomplished through our website, allowing members to submit their remittance via credit card or PayPal. The electronic format will charge a service fee ($1.75 per $50 for PayPal/Credit Cards and $2.15 for American Express) for this convenience. This has become standard for many credit card transactions in today’s business world. 

To access the electronic payment option, open the DUES tab on the above menu bar. You will complete a form with your demographics, which will go directly to Pat Costello and your payment to the Association bank account. We understand that not everyone is comfortable with technology, so we will continue to offer the option to complete any financial transactions via conventional means by the due's envelope or luncheon application, and/or submitting your fee via paper check through the USPS. 

In another measure to ensure timely announcements, the Board is in the process of initiating a listserv through your email address. It will be important to make sure we have your current email information to be able to provide you with this free communication service. We will continue to send postcard mailings for general meetings, St. Patrick’s Day Parade details, and any other pertinent announcements. The goal is to get our members valuable information in a timelier manner without completely relying on ‘snail mail', especially for alumni who are not on Facebook. You will be able to opt out of this service at any time if this is not suitable for your needs. Your email info can be sent to Pat Costello at pcostellosvh@gmail.com.

In other announcements: 

  • There is a new process for obtaining transcripts from the College of Mount St. Vincent’s. Please see the separate side box for details on the ABOUT tab.   

  • In submitting a death notice for the newsletter, please provide, along with the decedent’s information, an address that the Alumnae Association can use to send a bereavement card to the surviving family. To easily report a death notice send a message through the CONTACT tab.

  • The SVH website is frequently being updated to stay current but is still a work in progress concerning pictures of past luncheons and parades. We ask for your patience. If you have any class notes or pictures you wish to submit for the website, you may email them to svhalum@gmail.com.

  • The September general meeting will take place on Saturday, 9/21/24 at 12:00PM EDT via Zoom.  A listserv mailing, as well as Facebook and website information, will be submitted along with the postcard mailing with details. The topic is currently being finalized for a renowned speaker from AARP regarding Women’s Legacies.

  • The Board is in search of tech savvy graduates who may be interested in joining our newsletter or website committees. Please contact me at marilynstrafer@gmail.com for more information.

  • As of the Spring General Meeting, over 200 graduates have not renewed their dues for 2024. Perhaps you moved or just forgot? A one-year grace period is extended but moving forward, anyone who has not submitted dues since 2022 will no longer receive SVH communication or have priority for being able to attend the November luncheon. If finances are a concern, please contact Pat Costello at pcostellosvh@gmail.com. No graduate will be excluded due to hardship.

 

In closing, thank you for supporting our Alumnae Association by staying active, making financial donations, and sharing your stories to ensure our legacy continues for many years to come.

Marilyn Lynaugh Strafer, President

Class of 1980

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