By Dominic Moross ’90

Despite the recent wave of disconcerting events around the world, I always take comfort in the knowledge that our club is a mainstay—a warm and welcoming atmosphere, unchanged by time. While we are proud of our heritage, we never take it for granted. Ivy’s uniqueness is the direct result of the involvement and care of our members, both student and graduate; the dedication of our staff led by Betty Rascher, now in her 20th year as Steward; and the invaluable guidance of our Governors and Trustees, who continue to steer our ship safely from strength to strength. Thank you all for making 2018 yet another memorable year for our club. 

This fall, Ivy’s events calendar has been packed. In September, our bicker committee, under the careful leadership of Helen Zhang ’19, selected 7 new members from an impressive group of 24, bringing Ivy’s undergraduate membership to capacity at 150 members. Lawnparties and Casino Night were hits as usual, and our second annual Parents Weekend was a great success, with nearly 300 Ivy parents in attendance. In October, Ivy’s Leadership Program, by popular demand, successfully hosted award-winning investigative journalist Ben Taub ’14 for a dinner discussion. Finally, the Club hosted author Tim Rappleye for a reception and talk on his new book, Hobey Baker, Upon Further Review: Exploring the Life and Death of a Hockey Immortal. Attended by over 30 graduates in the area, this fascinating talk was the first of what we hope will be many more events geared toward our graduate members. 

I am very pleased to announce that Harriette Brainard has joined the Ivy 1879 Foundation as Director of Development. Harriette, a graduate of Middlebury College, was previously involved with development for the leading charter school in New Jersey. No stranger to Ivy, she has previously done volunteer work for the Club. Harriette will help develop our campaign strategy, improve the way we maintain our database, and revamp our website. I am also happy to report a few changes to our 1879 Foundation leadership. Holly Sanderson Garrett ’91 will take over as President from John Cook ’63 for whose 11 years as leader we are most grateful.   Alex Evans ’90 and Alex Van Hoek ’08  will become Secretary and Treasurer respectively. 

Finally, we have started a partnership with DonorUP, an iPhone application that facilitates convenient charitable giving. Founded by Ivy graduate Allan Amico ’13, this creative, visionary app provides an easy way to donate and pay annual dues. You can read more about DonorUP on pg. 3. As we approach year end, please consider including Ivy and the Foundation in your charitable giving. Our future relies on the generosity and support of our wonderful members. 

I wish you all a very happy holiday season and hope that you have the chance to visit the club in the new year. 

All the best,