President’s Message – Catherine Lafarge PhD ’66

Dear Yale Alums,

It gives me great pleasure to write to you on the occasion of the launching of the Yale
Club of Philadelphia new website.

As most of you already know, this fall the AYA selected our club as the winner of the
Mid-Sized Cities Club Award for General Excellence with an emphasis on Service. If
I am reminding you of this recognition it is because I would like to describe our newest
initiative and one of the reasons our Club received this award, a sponsoring program
at the Russell Byers Charter School. Carefully orchestrated by Nancy Gordon ’73, the
program brings together a group of 18 volunteers who tutor 5th graders in English, and
finds sites for two field trips a year. On December 6, Daniela Holt Voith ‘81MArch
welcomed half of the class in her architectural firm and showed the students examples
of several schools her firm had built, and Stephanie F. Singer ’85 made it possible for
the other half of the class to witness the busy life of an elected official in Philadelphia
City Hall. The trip, besides underlining the importance of education for specific
careers, illustrated Yale’s commitment to education at all levels. However, in order
to successfully run the program, we depend on your generosity. You can choose to be
tutors or hosts for the next field trip—May 9—or donate specific funds to defray the cost
of the trip’s transportation and lunches.

The Club also sponsors other initiatives–the Graduate Student Summer Research
Fellowship (the first one in the country), the Book Award, the Yale Alumni Community
Fellowship–for which we provide funding. I plan to describe these services in more
details in subsequent letters and convince you how a donation for one of these programs
enhances Yale’s presence in our community.

Finally, I want to mention two January Club events worth putting on your calendar. The
first one, organized by Pedro Geraldino ’71, takes place at the University of Pennsylvania
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on January 5th. Archaeologist David
McCormick will introduce our group to the Museum’s Mayan collection and especially to
Copan, a World Heritage site in Honduras. The second is at the Cynwyd Club on January
15th. It is a unique occasion to meet, have dinner and participate in a discussion led by
Michael Barkann—the seven-time winner of Pennsylvania’s Sportscaster of the Year
Award–with Yale New Football Coach Tony Reno. Jim Hartman ’71 is the organizer of
this program. I hope to see you at one of these events.

Happy New Year! Bonne Année! Feliz Año Nuevo!

Catherine Lafarge PhD ‘66

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