Start an Alumnae Club

The heart of the Alumnae Association is the alumnae club. As a representative body of Saint Mary's, the alumnae club is of importance to both alumnae and the College. Just as Reunions bring alumnae back to campus, alumnae clubs bring an opportunity to alumnae to actively participate in the life of Saint Mary's. They create communities of College support and spirit and provide opportunities for social, spiritual, intellectual and professional enrichment. Further, alumnae clubs can be a tremendous vehicle for student recruitment and also provide publicity and goodwill for the College in the local community.

 

Different Levels

Contact Area:

A contact area is a geographic area without a formalized Alumnae Club. The goal for the Contact Area is to maintain a presence in the area for the College and for it's local alumnae to that area. Contact areas are an integral and vital part of the alumnae club network. They provide an important link to Saint Mary's for alumnae seeking the treasured Saint Mary's Connection.

Looking for more information -- Download the "Contact Area Roadmap to Success"
Need help planning events -- Download and update this Survey and send to your area alumnae!

Alumnae Social Group:

An Alumnae Social Group is the step between a Contact Area and a formal Alumnae Club. The main focus of an Alumnae Social Group is to gather Saint Mary's alumnae to meet, mingle and network and be a resource for alumnae who have relocated to the community. These groups are also a great support for the College by strengthening the social connection of the city's alumnae and promoting lifelong engagement with the College.

Expectations/Structure:

  • Leadership structure consists of at least 2-3 event organizers with one alumnae serving as liaison to the Office of Alumnae Relations 
  • Each Social Group should strive to hold at least 3-4 events annually (i.e. Happy Hour, Cook-outs, Wine & Canvas, Book Club, etc)
  • Social Groups are non-dues based with a focus on pay-as-you-go events that require little planning
  • Maintain an online presence for the group through Social Media (i.e. Facebook) and Our Avenue
  • Provide bi-annual (fall/spring) group updates to your Alumnae Association Board of Directors liaison and complete annual reports.

Looking for more information -- Download the "Social Group Roadmap to Success"
Need help planning events -- Download and update this Survey and send to your area alumnae!

Alumnae Club:

An Alumnae Club is a formalized structure of alumnae within a certain geographical area. The alumnae club relies on local volunteers who serve as board members, officers, and committee members. 

Expectations/Structure:

  • A Club must to have at least two office positions (i.e., president and treasurer).
  • Each club should create and adopt formal bylaws, which should define it's purpose, membership, officers/duties, terms of office/succession, procedures and standing rules.
  • A Club is also expected to cover all expenses related to its own operations.
    • Clubs must establish a club treasury and dues structure to sustain operations (suggested annual dues are $20-$25).
  • Each club is expected to communication with all local alumnae at least once a year, via club newsletter, event invitation, email, etc.
  • Provide bi-annual (fall/spring) group updates to your Alumnae Association Board of Directors liaison and complete annual reports.

Looking for more information -- go to "Club Resources"
Need help planning events -- Download and update this Survey and send to your area alumnae!