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September 2017 Newsletter

WOMEN’S COLLEGE CLUB OF PRINCETON
P.O. BOX 3181
Princeton, NJ 08549

SEPTEMBER 2017

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:

As your new President, I want to welcome all our members and guests to our September General Meeting as we celebrate our 102nd year!!!  Hoping everyone had a great summer with lots of happy memories to share.  The Board has been working very hard over the summer to present a terrific line of programs and activities for the coming year.

Last year we added eleven new members to our group and are looking forward to expanding our membership again this year.  Bring a guest and it’s a win, win for everyone!!!

Florence Begun

GENERAL MEETING:

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 – ALL SAINTS CHURCH – 1:00 p.m.

A Princeton Institution – Internationally-known Speaker – Jon Lambert, a local entrepreneur who made good!

For quite a few years, we have enjoyed learning about local businesses that belong to our community.  One of our members suggested this meeting’s speaker, a boy who attended Princeton High School with her son.  His story is a good illustration of how he turned a store specializing in a product that would have been expected to become obsolete by changes in modern technology to evolve into a successful institution.

Jon will tell us about the history of The Record Exchange, which began in the early 70’s, when the founder drove a van around the northeast, then found a small location on Nassau St., and finally moved to its present location on Tulane St.

He will discuss how the store survived the digital revolution of 2000, a time when all major record stores closed within the next ten years, how many visitors to Princeton come just to shop in The Record Exchange, how they attract and continue to see a large roster of dealers who come from all over the world to buy records and resell them in their homeland.  He will discuss how he and his staff acquire merchandise and how they encourage customers to sell their unwanted product to them.

It is the used merchandise that makes The Record Exchange popular, the concept of “exchange”, shifting configurations of music and movies, cassettes to CDs and VHS to DVD and Blu-Rays, but always vinyl.

The store creates a welcoming environment to encourage “physical” shoppers, and they join social media to engage younger customers and to maintain relationships with their customer base.

Jon will be accompanied by Ben Chatrer, an employee who has been working at PREX for about 30 years and is the main record appraiser.

Jon’s early years were spent in Hopewell, his teen years in Princeton, and he is presently in Rocky Hill with his wife, a local librarian, and two fat cats.  Jon has a passion for books, and, of course, music.

Join us and bring a friend…guests are always welcome.

Barbara Johnson

2017 – 2018 EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS:
OFFICERs:
PRESIDENT:  Florence Begun
VICE-PRESIDENT:  Gay Culin
RECORDING SECRETARY:  Mary Giordmaine
CORRESPONDING SECRETARY:  Carol Stawski
TREASURER:  Nancy Lifland
ASSISTANT TREASURER:  Marlene Gordon

2017 – 2018 COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS:
BLUE SLIP EDITOR:  Carol Stawski
PROGRAM:  Barbara Johnson, Janet Reiche
ENDOWMENT:  Lynda Woods Cleary
HISTORIAN:  Mary Laity
FUNDRAISING:  Carol Stawski, Gay Culin
HOSPITALITY:  Mary Frances Stahler
PUBLICITY:  Beverly Kestensis
SCHOLARSHIP:  Beverly Kestensis
MEMBERSHIP:  Danuta Buzdygan, Lorrain Haucke, Alyce Conlon
TRIPS:  Kathy Hutchins, Chair; Beverly Crane Dubee
PHOTOGRAPHER:  Nora Ananos
WEBMASTER:  Helen Ju
MEMBER-AT-LARGE:  Kathy Hutchins

BOARD MEETINGS FOR 2017 – 2018:
SEPTEMBER 5        Kathy Hutchins
OCTOBER 3          Marlene Gordon
NOVEMBER 7         Danuta Buzdygan
DECEMBER 5         Carol Stawski
JANUARY 2 (2018)   Kathleen Hutchins
JANUARY 9          Mary Laity
FEBRUARY 6         Mary Frances Stahler
MARCH 6            Gay Culin
APRIL 3            Mary Frances Stahler
MAY 1              Beverly Crane Dubee
JUNE 5             Alyce Conlon

On September 5, 2017, Kathy Hutchins will host the board at 33 Duffield Place.  The meeting will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m., so an early arrival will allow time for a cup of coffee and to exchange news of summer frolics before we begin.  Please call Kathy if you are unable to attend.

OPERA GROUP:

This popular activity draws several of the College Cub members for each performance.  Saturday matinees at the Metropolitan Opera will be presented on ten afternoons at the AMC Theatre in Hamilton beginning in October.

MET/HD PERFORMANCES    2017  – 2018, including casts and dates.
October 7 – “Norma” – Bellini;  Sondua Radvanovsky, Joyce Didonato, Joseph Calieja, Matthew Rose; Carlo Rizzi, conductor. New production.  12:55 p.m.

 

October 14 – “Die Zauberflote”  –  Mozart;    Golda Schultz, Kathryn Lewek, Charles Castronovo, Markus Werba, Van Horn, Rene Pape;  James Levine.  Full -length German version.  12:55 p.m.

November 18 – “The Exterminating Angel” –   Bunuel, Ades;   Sally Mathews, Alice Coote, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Rod Gilfry, John Tomlinson, Amanda Echalaz;    Ades.  12:55

This is the American premiere of Thomas Ades’ most recent opera,  inspired by the classic Luis Bunuel film of the same name, a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape.  Ades conducts his opera.  A co-production and co-commission with the Met, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Royal Danish Theatre, and Salzburg Festival.

January 27 – “Tosca”  –  Puccini;  Kristine Opolais, Jonas Kaufamann, Bryn Terfel;    Andris Nelsons. 12:55 p.m.

February 10 – “L’elisir d’amore “ –   Donzetti;   Pretty Yende, Matthew Polenzani, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Davide Luciano;     Domingo Hindoyan .  12:00 p.m.

February 24 – “La Boheme”  – Puccini;  Sonya Yoncheva, Susanna Phillips, Michael Fabiano Lucas Maechem;   Marco Armiliato .  12:30 p.m.

March 10 – “Semiramide”  –  Rossini;     Angela Meade, Elizabeth DeShong, Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov;     Maurizio Benini.  12:55 p.m.

March 31 – “Cosi fan tutte” – Mozart;   Kelli O’Hara, Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, Adam Plachetka, Christopher Maltman;     David Robertson.  12:55 p.m.

April 14 – “Luisa Miller”  –  Verdi;     Sonya Yoncheva, Olesya Petrova, Piotr Beczala, Placido Domingo;     James Levine.  12:30 p.m.

April 28 – “Cendrillon” –  Massenet;    Joyce DiDonato, Alice Coote, Stephanie Blythe, Kathleen Kim;    Bertrand de Billy.  12:55 p.m.

These perfomances have become very popular, so we suggest that you order your tickets ahead of time and arrange to get to the theatre early for the seating of your choice.

BOOK GROUP:

On Friday, September22, we shall meet at the home of Bonnie Larson at 1:00 p.m.  Under discussion will be Khaled Hosseini’s AND THE MOUNTAINS ROARED.  Please call Bonnie if you will be joining us.

TRIP:    SEPTEMBER 12

A tour of the exhibit “Great British Drawings from the Ashmolean Museum” at the Princeton University Art Museum is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12th at 2:00.  Tea will follow at my house.  We will carpool.  Please let me know if you plan to join us at widowh@hotmail.com or (609-430-1565).  The charge for the tour of 8 – 15 seniors is $54, which will be divided among the participants.  Mary Ellen Parry has joined me in finding outings.

We are trying to schedule a private tour of the new Lewis Art Center later in the fall.  We always need drivers and look forward to suggestions of trips from the membership.

Kathy Hutchins

SUNSHINE LADY:

Bonnie Larson would like to be contacted if you know a member who has been ill or who has lost a family member.  Contact Bonnie so she can send a card representing the College Club.

A NOTE OF APPRECIATION:  THANKSGIVING FROM THE JU FAMILY – FROM CHOW-SOON JU, HELEN JU, AND DORIS JU

We are very grateful for all kinds of help and support sent our way since the fire on January 18 that burned down our home.  Particularly, we want to thank the WCCP for the gift of $3,960 from the following:

Nora Ananos                   Florence Begun           Kathleen Bingeman

Danuta Buzdygan               Norma Jean Byers         Alyce Conlon

Alexandra Czaplinska          Beverly Crane Dubee      Marlene Gordon

Lorraine Hauck                Aloha Holloway           Kathleen Hutchins

Beverly Kestenis              Laura Kruskal            Mary Laity

Bonnie Larson                 Victoria Leyton          Celia Lidz

Nancy Lifland                 Mary Lincoln             Angelica Mariani

Martha Matthews              Mary Ellen Parry         Janet Reiche

Carol Stawski                 Patty Tiebout            Ellen Vogel

Arie Wittke                   Stonebridge friend Jean Huntington

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR LOVE.

2017 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:

The Women’s College Club of Princeton held its annual Awards Tea in May. Now in its 101st year, the Club has continued to help outstanding young women obtain financial aid for higher education and this year awarded $29,000 in scholarships:

Katherine Bristol – Hun School – The College of William and Mary           Ramona S. Peyton Award

Alexis Davis – Princeton Day School – Ithaca College                      Margery White Memorial Scholarship

Molly Rodas – Princeton High School – Kean University                              Luna Kayser Scholarship

Anna Cincotta – Princeton High School – Gettysburg College                       Harriet Peterson Award

Isabel Roemer – Princeton High School -Georgetown University                  Molly Updike Award

Winona Guo – Princeton High School – Harvard University
The Florence Bell Hillier Award

Michelle Mendez-Castor – Princeton Day School – Villanova University          WCCP Scholarship

Alexxa Newman – Stuart Day School – University of Texas at Austen                WCCP Scholarship

Fia Miller – Princeton High School – Parsons School of Design                           WCCP Scholarship

Jamaica Ponder – Princeton High School – Northwestern University                WCCP Scholarship

Maria Servis – Princeton High School – Rowan University                                   WCCP Scholarship

Lourdes Zamora – Princeton High School – Marymount Manhattan                 WCCP Scholarship

College

The Scholarship Committee:  Beverly Kestenis, Chair; Alyce Conlon, Danuta Buzdygan, Marlene Gordon

NEW MEMBERS:

Dixie Kirpalani                                        Barbara H. Westbrook
Kent State University                                  Wells College
Potsdam State Teachers College

OBITUARY:  Mary Osborne died May 22, 2017.  Services were held at All Saints.

We have said farewell to Rosemary Barratt, who has resigned and is moving back to England.  We all enjoyed Rosemary’s enthusiasm and participation and she will be missed.  She was president of WCCP 1995 – 1996.

LOOKING FORWARD:

We anticipate having a major Fundraiser on April 23, 2018.  Details will be included in future editions.

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