The History of the Manchester Area, Connecticut, Alumnae Club
The club holds many annual events such as the club’s Angel and Arrow Exchange, (an event during which each member tries to swap for the coveted handmade angel mouse), the Fall Pot Luck Kickoff and Founders’ Day with University of Connecticut, Connecticut Alpha. The club has very active members who get involved in Connecticut Alpha’s Alumnae Advisory Committee and House Corporation.
Each year the club volunteers in a local classroom (previously elementary school), but most recently members have visited a nursery school to read with children, donate books, provide literacy exercises and grow the children’s love of reading. This typically happens daily for a few weeks in late January or February. This program is mainly handled by retired members and supports Champions are Readers®. The club has also hosted events related to Fraternity Day of Service, including a Signature Event in February 2017 and Dr. Seuss’® birthday. The birthday celebration is held in March at the Mary Cheney Library in Manchester, Connecticut. The club partners with the library, hosting an interactive music session, reading a Dr. Seuss book, having birthday cake and snacks, making crafts, taking photo and more! Club members also support Lending Libraries in public spaces in Manchester, Connecticut, and hold fundraisers to benefit literacy including painting nights, cooking classes, and the Lularoe for Literacy event.
Awards and Club Recognition
- Best Alumnae Club - Chapter Relations - Regional (1997)
- Club of Excellence (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
- Club of Superior Performance (2012)
- Ideal Club Province Winner (1983, 1985, 1987, 1989)
- Top 10 Club (995, 1996, 2001, 2002)
- Top 10 Club, Best Alumnae Club - Chapter Relations, Honorable Mention (1997, 1999)
Emma Harper Turner Award (Alpha Province)
- Laurie Spruill (2004)
Evelyn Peters Kyle Angel Award
Evelyn Peters Kyle Angel Award (Alpha Province)
- Linda McCarthy (2004, 1993)
- Anita “Blinky” Calder (1987)