September 2017
 

Dear Fellow Harvard Alumni:

 

The Harvard Club of St. Louis is your connection to the St. Louis Harvard community, and on behalf of the club officers and board of directors, I would like to thank everyone for their participation this past year, and encourage continued participation in the year to come.  The Club is dedicated to promoting Harvard through service, scholarship, and social events.

 

The Club performs valuable services to both Harvard and the St. Louis community.  A portion of member dues goes towards the Club’s annual contribution to scholarship funds provided by the College for local students attending Harvard. Some of our additional service highlights include

 

  • Applicant interviewing:  Our local alumni interview applicants to Harvard College in the region extending from Quincy, Illinois to Columbia, Missouri.  These interviews and reports provide crucial information to the admissions committee as they make admissions decisions.  This is the most important function of the club, and we are always in need of additional interviewers.  Alumni from the College or any of Harvard's graduate or professional programs are qualified to interview.  If you would like to participate, please let us know, and we would be happy to provide training.

 

  • Summer Community Service Fellowship:  Contributions from our members provide a $3,000 stipend for a Harvard student who wishes to engage in community service or a service project in our area, but might not otherwise be able to do so due to financial constraints.  In 2015, the Fellowship was awarded to Nadia Armouti, AB '15.

 

  • Early College Awareness and Education Disparities Groups: We have an active group of club members working on ways to increase early college awareness in our region and to investigate and address educational disparities. The group is seeking additional members who share this interest.

 

  • Young Alumni: We encourage recent graduates to get involved in the club and will be hosting a “welcome to your city” event in the Fall as an opportunity to meet other alumni, get to know St. Louis, network and have fun. Look for an invitation soon!

 

  • The Harvard Club of St. Louis Community Service Award:  Every year the club recognizes an individual for their contribution to the fabric of the St. Louis region.  This year Thomas Harvey and Michael-John Voss received the award for their legal advocacy work with ArchCity Defenders. A list of past awardees can be found on the website (Mission and History).

 

The Club also serves an important social function for our members, and there are several events scheduled throughout the year – including “All Ivy” events in coordination with our sister clubs.  Recent events have included outings to Circus Flora, Opera Theater St. Louis, the Black Reperatory Theater, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Marcoot Creamery, and an architectural tour of St. Louis.  Annual favorites include:

           

  • The Game: We get together with the Yale club every November to watch some football in a rivalry dating back to 1875. This year, the Game viewing will be held at Schneithorst’s Restaurant on Saturday, November 18; doors open at 11 a.m. and game time is 11:30 a.m.

 

  • The Holiday Party: Harvey and Judy Harris host every winter. This year’s party will be Wednesday, December 20.

 

  • Asian Lunar New Year:  This is probably our most kid-friendly event with good food and entertainment. Held in February to coincide with this holiday.

 

  • The Annual Dinner:  Every June the Club gathers for a formal dinner to officially elect the officers and board for the following year.  We also present the Community Service Award and have a dinner speaker.  Recent speakers have included Jason Purnell, Bill DeWitt, Dave Peacock, and Eric Greitens.

 

The Harvard Club of Saint Louis is an all-volunteer alumni organization, and member dues represent our only source of income – we receive no financial assistance from the University.  Since we are a registered tax-exempt, non-profit organization, your dues are tax-deductible.  Many of our events are free, and others are priced well below cost.  We also offer a discounted rate to recent graduates.  There are two ways to join or renew your membership:

 

1) Click on the “Membership” tab above.  The system will ask you to sign in using your Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) user name and password, and then you will be able to complete the transaction and pay by credit card.  If you have trouble logging on, please call the HAA help desk at (800) 823-2478 or (617) 496-0559 and they will be able to assist you.

 

2) Or, if you prefer, click here to access our paper membership form - simply fill out and print the form, and mail to the club along with your check.

 

Either way, you’ll be added to our list of current members and we will be sure to notify you of future events and activities.  Please act now so you don’t miss any of this year's activities.

 

Thank you for your support of the Harvard Club of Saint Louis.  We look forward to spending time with you at upcoming club events.

 

With warm regards,

 

Carolyn Lesorogol, AB ‘87

 

President