The Women's College Club of Princeton NJ


September 2016 Blue Slip

P.O. BOX 3181
We are starting our 101st year this September.  I really wish that I had not had to send such sad messages to the membership over this summer. Olga Valcoff’s wonderful cheer and vitality will be greatly missed.  We do, however, have much to look forward to and to enjoy.  Barbara Johnson, Lynda Woods Cleary, and I met with the new head of the Princeton Public Library, who will be our September speaker, and were charmed.  It is going to be a wonderful start to the year.  Surely this heat cannot last much longer!  Please think about bring a guest to the meeting.

Kathy Hutchins


GENERAL MEETING:  September 19, 2016  Monday
Princeton Public Library and its role in the future of libraries
Why are public libraries enjoying a resurgence of popularity?  How have public libraries become more welcoming places in our increasingly diverse communities?  What are the facts and what are the stories behind them?  Brett Bonfield, executive director of the Princeton Public Library, will talk about the work he and his colleagues are doing to better serve their communities and how they are helping to lead public libraries in the future.

Brett Bonfield, executive director of the Princeton Public Library, is a founder of the library-related journal In the Library with the Lead Pipe and is one of the founding advisory board members and a former co-chair of Library Pipeline, a nonprofit that provides opportunities, funding, and services for libraries and library professionals.  He is also treasurer of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and has American Library Association presidential appointments to its Committee on Organizations and Digital Content Working Group.  Brett earned his undergraduate degree from Rutgers and his masters in library science from Drexel University. Library Journal  named him a Mover & Shaker in 2012.

Barbara Johnson


2016-2017 OFFICERS AND CHAIRPERSONS: See webpage “About: Board Members”


September 19, 2016 – All Saints
October 17, 2016 – All Saints
November 14, 2016 – All Saints  (2nd Monday)
December 19, 2016 – All Saints
January 16 2017 – The Nassau Club
February 20 2017 – All Saints
March 20, 2017 – All Saints
April 24, 2017 – The Present Day Club  (4th Monday)
May 15, 2017 – All Saints


$28,200 in scholarships, a record amount in our 100th year, were awarded to 15 young women at the home of member Ginny Mason in May.

Emma Brigaud – Stuart County Day School – William and Mary – The Florence Bell Hillier Prize

Eris Gee – Princeton Day School – Howard/Rutgers University – The Ramona Peyton Award

Amy Hauer – Princeton High School – McGill University – Harriet Peterson Award

Adria Backus – Princeton High School – University of Maryland – The Molly Updike Award

Amanda Douglas – Hun School – University of Southern California – 100th anniversary award

Marie-Louise James – Princeton High School – Cambridge, England – 100th anniversary Merit Award

Rebecca Chanin – Hun School – Rutgers University School of Arts and Science Honors Program – 100th anniversary Merit Award

Nikhita Salgame – Princeton High School – Princeton University – 100th anniversary Merit Award

Catherine Donahue – Stuart Country Day School – Flagler College – 100th anniversary Merit Award

Amy Guan – Princeton High School – Dartmouth – WCCP scholarship

Denise Spivey – Princeton High School – Stockton University – WCCP scholarship

Emily Swedish – Princeton High School – University of Pittsburgh, School of Engineering – 100th WCCP scholarship

Kellington Swedish – Princeton High School – Georgetown University – 100th WCCP scholarship

Jamie Maher – Princeton Day School – Providence College – 100th WCCP scholarship

Harley Guzman – Stuart Country Day School – Colorado College – 100th WCCP anniversary


Mary Laity has moved.  Please contact Carol Stawski, Corresponding Secretary for her new address. Her phone number and email address remain the same.


We regret to inform you that Olga Valcoff died of  pneumonia on Sunday, August 7th at Princeton Medical Center.  A memorial mass was celebrated Thursday, August 11 at St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church in Rocky Hill at 11:00 a.m.

We extend sympathy to Neuza Smukler, whose husband died in May.


Marilyn Shteir
Princeton NJ 08540

Antioch College
Bank St. College of Education

(Please contact Carol Stawski, Corresponding Secretary, for her home address and email address)

September 6, 2016, Tuesday, we shall meet at the home of Kathy Hutchins, 33 Duffield Place.  Arrive a little early to socialize about summer activities before we begin at 10:00 a.m. sharp.  Please call Kathy, (609-430-1565), if you are unable to attend.


Mary Laity will send out email notices of future luncheon dates and restaurants.  Call her (609-924-4740) for further details or email her (   She is varying the days of the week to accommodate more members.


Aloha Holloway chairs this group.  By letting her know which operas you would like to attend, she will purchase tickets ahead of time.  Many of these are now selling out, so do not wait until the last minute.

The complete list of ten operas, with dates and casts, is listed in the “Calendar: Operas at the Movies” webpage.


Our hostess for Friday, September 30, 2016 will be at Florence Begun’s home.  She has suggested The Light Between Oceans, by M. L. Stedman, a novel set in Australia.  Meetings begin at 12:00 p.m., with a mixture of social and book discussions, after which a light lunch will be served.  If you can join us, please call Florence.


We wish a speedy recovery to members who were not well during the summer:

Mary Laity               Nancy Lifland

Bonnie Larson          Chowsoon Ju

Ellyn Vogel              Gay Culin


Bonnie Larson will send cards to members who are ill or who have lost a family member.  Please contact her is you know of a situation.


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