The History of the Bostonian, Massachusetts, Alumnae Club
The Bostonian, Massachusetts, Alumnae Club has evolved greatly since it was chartered as the West Suburban (Boston), Massachusetts, Club in 1961. Initially a handful of women living in the suburbs of Boston who met during the daytime, the club had only a few meetings annually for several years. These annual meetings typically include a kickoff in the fall, an Arrowcraft sale at a member’s home later in the fall, a holiday event and a Founders' Day celebration in April.
In subsequent decades, the club grew greatly and adapted during the 1980s and 1990s to encompass city dwellers and full-time workers, as well as a more diverse age range to include recent college graduates. The members shared some events each year with Pi Phis living in downtown Boston. Eventually the club began to consider all Pi Phis in the metropolitan Boston area as potential members of the club, thus becoming known as the Greater Boston, Massachusetts, Alumnae Club, and now the Bostonian, Massachusetts, Alumnae Club.
Club members fondly remember successful past events and the spirit of sisterhood, whether at their annual Arrowcraft sales, the "Make It, Bake It, Sew It, Grow It Auction" with one of the club’s members as a hysterically funny auctioneer, Founders' Day events at a local country club or joining together to write notes to a local collegian when Pi Phi was colonizing at her university.
The Bostonian, Massachusetts, Alumnae Club of today has grown significantly in both its membership and the scope of its sponsored activities, including various interest groups and several events each month. The large and diverse membership allows us to easily support a host of annual events, which in turn attracts more interest to the club’s membership, a reminder of the lifelong commitment all Pi Phis share.
The Bostonian Alumnae Club participates annually in Pi Phi's Fraternity Day of Service celebrated in honor of Dr. Seuss’® birthday. Past years have included events at the Tierney Learning Center in South Boston, Boston Public Library and Lynn Public Library. The activities involved were reading to children, creating bookmarks and donating books to the attending families. The Bostonian Alumnae Club collects new and gently used children's books at all club events to donate to local literacy projects. The club also participates in an annual member event to create "chemo caps" to donate to cancer patients.
Awards and Club Recognition
- Club of Excellence (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2006)
The club has a Cookie Shine Sheet signed by members at the club’s Kickoff event every year. Some members have many years of club participation written next to their names.
The club also has a Club President's pin which contains several jewels and has been passed down from President to President for many years.
- Evelyn Murphy, former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (1987-1991)
- Stacey Lucchino, wife of former Boston Red Sox President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Lucchino and a dedicated volunteer for the YMCA, the Home Base Program, The Jimmy Fund, several charitable organizations that help the homeless, veterans and at-risk youth, and a member of the Board for McLean Hospital. She recently appeared in the movie Fever Pitch.
- Mish Michaels (Mishtu Mukherjee), an Emmy Award winning broadcast meteorologist and environmental reporter for WBZ-TV News