Dear Fellow Members of the Yale Club of the Suncoast,

It is my great pleasure to welcome you back for the 2017-18 season of the Yale Club of the Suncoast. We have a great year planned as you can see from the enclosed schedule of events.

Our Welcome Back cocktail party on October 27th celebrated our 60th year as a Yale Club in the Sarasota area. Ten former presidents were in attendance and led the group in a Yale sing along. A delicious cake was enjoyed by all.

Our first lecture on November 14th featured Patty Ragan, founder and Director of the Center for Great Apes. Over 60 persons were in attendance and all were fascinated by her most informative presentation.

Many of our members were also in attendance at Libby’s Restaurant on November 18th for a full screen viewing of “The Game”. They watched as Yale beat Harvard to win the Ivy League Championship, the first since 1980!

Our December meeting brought our first Yale speaker of the season to Sarasota. Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science captivated an audience of more than 100 persons as he discussed the Constitution and today’s political environment.

There is so much to look forward to as we enter 2018. A number of weekend events have been scheduled in order that more of our working members can participate. The first of these on January 20 features a West Coast Black Theatre presentation. In April our Club will again support the Veteran’s Stand Down and there will be a weekend event at the Bradenton Museum and Planetarium for all to enjoy.

Speaker Luncheons

Regular Yale Club luncheon meetings with guest speakers will again be held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Sarasota Yacht Club on John Ringling Boulevard while the annual Yale-Harvard-Princeton luncheon will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Michael’s on East. The price for our monthly speaker luncheons will remain at $25. Reservations are required and cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance.

Membership Renewal Form

If you have not already done so, please complete the membership renewal form and enclose your check for $40 plus any voluntary donation for the Alumni Schools Committee (ASC). ASC activities, include prospective student interviews and the Book Awards program, and represent our Club’s most visible support for Yale College. These programs have been successful in inspiring bright young students and their parents to seriously consider Yale. Our ASC team is headed by Patrick Whelan and in recent years has generated numerous offers and acceptances from our local area to Yale College, the most in our sixty year history.

For many years our Club has supported the Veteran’s Stand Down as our Yale Day of Service program. We were honored this year by the Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS)organization with the Corporate Citizen award for Community service for our years of commitment to this program. We will again send volunteers this year to support this worthwhile endeavor.

As always, your Club invites your participation and ideas to help make this season the best it can be for all. Please let me or any officer or member of our Board know of any suggestions you may have to improve our programs. I personally look forward to seeing you at our upcoming luncheons and events.

Best regards,

Elaine Gustafson YSN ‘86