The Women's College Club of Princeton NJ


January 2020 Newsletter



We have a lot to look forward to this coming year – a January get-together, David Mulford’s program in February, a benefit in April, and our annual luncheon at Windrows in May with a hint of what the Princeton Festival will be bringing us all in June.  Our Club, however, lost some wonderful members this past year, Frieda Gilvarg, Barbara Broad, and Katherine Ness.  “Kay” Ness was a former president who continued to support our scholarship efforts long after she moved to Pennsylvania.  Barbara Johnson and Gerry Bowers shared their memories of her with me and it was wonderful to be able to pass those memories on to her son.  And, now, on to January.  I hope we will have a large turn out on January 13th at the Nassau Club where we will get a chance to get to know our newer members.    Please bring any friends who might enjoy the Club and finding out more about what we do and who we are.  (And rumor has it that it is Martha Mathews’ birthday.)  Before going out to walk Trixie, however, I want to stress, remind, and shout out about the importance of our April 20th benefit.   Bridge, scrabble, canasta, strip poker, and jacks players invite your friends and raise some money for our scholarship awards.

Kathy Hutchins




Monday,  January 13, 2020   10 AM – 11:30 AM     Nassau Club

Our general meeting and a welcome to new members will be held at the Nassau Club, 6 Mercer St. Princeton on Monday, January 13 at 10 AM.  Bring potential members and enjoy a time to meet and greet new members as well as current members.




The Board will meet on Monday, January 7, 2019 at Windrows.  Meetings begin at 10:00 AM sharp.  If you want coffee or tea, come early to get it from the café.




Those who enjoy reading a book a month, (and many read more than that), will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10  at Betty Baron’s home.   Please RSVP by calling Betty or emailing her.  The book that we are reading is The Shanghai Girls.

If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Bonnie Larson.




On Tuesday, January 21 , members will meet at a restaurant in Lawrenceville  at 12:00 noon.  Please let Bonnie Larson know by Thursday, January 16 at the latest, if you will be joining the group by calling or by email, and also to find out the name of the restaurant.



Kathy Hutchins organizes trips to various locations during the year.    If you are interested in participating, please contact Kathy at or 609-430-1565.



This month, we are including a recipe from Mary Reiling:

Shelly’s Banana Bars

½ c. butter                 ¾ c. buttermilk or sour milk

1 tsp vanilla              2 c. flour

2 eggs                         1 t. baking soda

3 or 4 ripe bananas mashed

Pinch of salt

Cream butter with sugar.  Add vanilla.  Add eggs, bananas, and milk.  Mix well.  Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.  Mix well and put on greased cookie sheet.  Bake – 375 for 20 minutes.  Cool and frost


2 ½ c. powdered sugar             2 oz cream cheese

1 t. vanilla                                    4 T. margarine or butter

Beat into fluffy.  Sprinkle with chopped walnuts, if desired.



Occasionally we hear from past recipients of scholarships. Rory Finnegan received the Hillier Award in 2014.  The following excerpt is from a letter to the scholarship committee.

“…As you may recall, I was at Princeton Day School and hoped to pursue a degree in English.  Things shaped up largely as planned.  I attended the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar, where I pursued a degree in English with a concentration in Poetry Writing.  I wrote an honors thesis on Sylvia Plath’s relationship with space and place, focusing particularly on her homes in England and her “place” as a woman in the mid-20th Century.

…  Since graduating I’ve spent a little over a year as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company in their New Jersey office.  I also serve on the Young Alumni Council for the University of Virginia and as a member of the broader selection committee for the Jefferson Scholars Foundation.

…My interest in writing has always stemmed from an interest in relationships and I think this interest is why poetry has lent itself so well to me. ”



Contact Bonnie Larson if you know of a member who has been ill or who has lost a family member.  Call Bonnie or email her, so she can send a card representing the College Club.



We would like to welcome a new member:
Dulcie Bull, Hockerill College, UK

Please make the following change to your directory:
Angelica Mariani has a new email address: 




We are very sorry to announce that Barbara Broad, 99, of Windrows passed away on Dec. 5, 2019.  She was a long time member of the club and a WWII veteran.  A memorial service will be held on Jan. 5 at Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton at 2 PM.




New members are always welcome.  If you know someone who wishes to join the Women’s College Club of Princeton, please call Nancy Lifland, or email her.




Do you have an interest that you think other members would like to participate in it?  We are open to forming new groups and we will publicize them in our newsletter.  If you have any group that you would like to form, please contact Bonnie Larson.



Save the date:  our scholarship benefit will be Monday April 20 at Windsor Oaks.  More information will be forthcoming.


The Women’s College Club of Princeton



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