2018 Annual Meeting

Save the Date:
Philly Smith Club Annual Meeting
Monday, June 18 6:30–8:30 p.m.
The Fleisher Art Memorial, The Sanctuary
719 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Early Bird Ticket Prices Below

This year our Annual Meeting will be hosted at The Fleisher Art Memorial, a Philadelphia treasure and one of the country’s oldest nonprofit community art schools.

In addition to enjoying the beautiful Sanctuary space, the Annual Meeting is also our Board Elections! If you or a Smithie you know wants to bring their talents and passion for Smith to Philadelphia, the Club Board is waiting for you! Nominate yourself or a fellow Smith at phillysmithclub@gmail.com

Ticket Pricing:
• $15 recent alums (classes of ’13-’17)
• $25 members
• $35 non–members

RSVP: email phillysmithclub@gmail.com.
Payment: online via the ‘Donate’ button at https://phillysmithclub.com/membership and indicate Annual Meeting OR mail your check to the club treasurer at: SCCOP Treasurer, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. Apt. 11A12, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

Agenda Includes:
• Delightful company of Philly Smithies
• Wine, beverages, hors d’oeuvres
• Review of the Club Year
• Electing new board members
• Screen printing class with a Fleisher instructor to make Smith and Philly themed tote bags and paper prints

April 18 Spring Care Package Packing



Reunion is almost here! Which means spring final exams are almost here for current Smithies. Join the Philly Smith Club on Wednesday April 18th from 7-9 pm to pack and send finals care packages to current Philadelphia Smithies! To RSVP and receive the address of our meeting (in Society Hill), please email phillysmithclub@gmail.com.

Your club dues make this support of current Smithies possible. If you are not already a member and would like to become one, join online at https://phillysmithclub.com/membership/

The Power of Our Voices


Do you need help landing a job? Are you reluctant to ask for a raise? Do you tend to back-down when you hear a ‘no’? Negotiations are part of everyday life. Do your negotiation skills measure up?

Jamie Lee ’04 from She Negotiates will be in Philadelphia on March 19 to coach local alumnae, parents and friends on effective techniques for negotiating with a win-win attitude. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to use the Power of Your Voice to produce important changes in your life.

In addition, Serena Williams ’81, vice president of the AASC Board of Directors, will bring you the latest news from Smith. We hope you will join us for this special event!

Monday, March 19, 2018
6-8:15 p.m.
Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 N. American St.
Philadelphia, PA

6 p.m.    Registration and reception with light refreshments
7 p.m.    Keynote address: Jamie Lee ’04
College update: Serena Williams ’81

The fee for this event is $25 for alumnae and parents, $20 for recent graduates (2008-2018J), and $30 for guests.

Click here for more information and to register.

If you have questions, please email smithevents@smith.edu or call 413-585-2668.

Philadelphia Smithies at Smith’s Women of Color Conference

Have you heard about Smith’s Women of Color Conference: Persistence, Possibilities & The Power of Our Voices from April 13-15, 2018?! This two-day event connects distinguished alumnae and faculty of color with dynamic speakers, workshops, and current Smith students for an exciting weekend of personal and professional development.

The Philadelphia Smith Club would like to support Philly area Smithies who wish to attend or already planning to attend! Scholarships are available from the Club to cover the cost of early registration.

Contact the Philly Club at phillysmithclub@gmail.com by Feb 28th to express interest or for more information.


A Conversation with Joan Countryman: Educator, Author, Social Activist, Leader

On February 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The Smith College Club of Philadelphia will welcome Joan Countryman as our guest speaker. The meeting will be held at 22 S. Front Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Smith’s long history of graduating women who take leadership positions is particularly timely now as more and more women are speaking out and stepping up to take active roles than ever before. We are fortunate to have an opportunity to listen to and converse with a woman who has been a leader and activist in women’s education, the liberal arts, and civil rights efforts for her extensive professional career.

Joan Countryman was Head of Lincoln School, a Friends School for girls in Providence, Rhode Island from 1993 until her retirement in 2005. From August 2006 until March 2007 she served as a consultant and Founding Head of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. She then led the Atlanta Girls’ School in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously,  Joan had served as Assistant Head for Academic Planning and Director of Studies at Germantown Friends School where she taught mathematics from 1970 to 1993.

Joan grew up in Philadelphia, entered GFS as a third grader in 1948 and was the school’s first African-American graduate. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, a Master’s from Yale University, and studied at the London School of Economics as a Fulbright scholar. She has received honorary degrees from Bowdoin College, Moore College of Art, Roger Williams University, and Sarah Lawrence College.

Currently, while Joan maintains an active pursuit of several of her longtime interests, she is a leader in promoting the advantages of city living for older people and in creating communities where residents can age in wise and healthy ways.

Our evening will include hearing some of Joan’s thoughts on her experiences and interests and dialogue with her about topics relevant to the goals of the Smith College Club of Philadelphia. Come ready to listen and share your thoughts and ideas. We’re looking forward to a lively conversation.

Please RSVP to Margie Lord (’73) by Friday, February 16, 2018. Email: lordm144@gmail.com. Landline: 215-923-9059.

Specific directions will be sent  upon receipt of RSVP.

NOTE: Have you heard about Smith’s Women of Color Conference from April 13-15, 2018?

The Philadelphia Smith Club is interested in supporting members who want to attend. Contact the Club at phillysmithclub@gmail.com for information.

Tea at Park Towne on the 18th

Join us on Thursday, January 18th between 6:00-8:00 in Park Towne’s communal living room, aka The Oar Pub. Enjoy some cozy time around the fireplace — some tea (or wine or soft drinks), some snacks and a chance to visit with Smithies. There are billiards and table shuffleboard too.
Park Towne is at 2200 Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Oar Pub is on the first floor of the South Tower. Parking is available on the outer lane of the Parkway and closest bus lines are the 32, 38 and 48.
Tell your Smith friends to meet you here! Feel free to BYOB, although we will have some refreshments as well.

Skating at Dilworth Park on the 18th


Join the Smith College Club of Philadelphia on Monday Dec 18th between 6:00 and 8:00 at The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park! Enjoy ice skating, beautiful lights, food trucks, and the Rothman heated cabin for refreshments and snacks! Skaters and non-skaters alike are welcome!

Dilworth Park is great for families and easily accessible from the Mainline and by public transit. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 10 and under, and $10 for skate rentals.

We’ll meet at the heated cabin at 6:00 and wear your Smith gear to identify each other (I personally will be wearing my yellow Ivy Day sash!).

Come enjoy this Philly treasure with treasured Smithies!

Care Package Packing for Current Smithies

The holidays are around the corner! But before the current Smithies can enjoy a relaxing winter break, they have a round of finals to complete. Help us send them a little holiday cheer and exam-time encouragement by joining us Tuesday, December 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. to assemble winter care packages. To RSVP and receive the address of our meeting (in Society Hill), please email phillysmithclub@gmail.com.

Your club dues make this support of current Smithies possible. If you are not already a member and would like to become one, join online at https://phillysmithclub.com/membership/.

On the 18th: Coffee in West Philly

Join the Smith College Club of Philadelphia at Green Line Cafe on 45th and Locust in West Philly for tea, coffee, and sweets before the holiday season begins! Stop in between 10AM and noon to catch up with your favorite local Smithies and meet new ones.
The cafe is accessible via trolley route 34, the Market-Frankford line, and bus routes 21 and 42. Street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood

On the 18th at PMA



Did you know the Philadelphia Museum of Art is open late every Wednesday with Pay What You Wish admissions?

Join Susie Kwon (class of 2011) and the Philly Smith Club at 5:30 – 7:30 October 18th for an art-filled gathering and celebrate Octoberfest with a glass of beer!

When you arrive, go to the Great Stair Hall on the first floor and then please look for a table-tent with ‘Smith College Club of Philadelphia’ on it. Drink and food purchase is available – separated from the beer and food pairing that requires tickets.



Octoberfest at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with Pay What You Wish admissions

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Great Stair Hall, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Admissions: Free for the Philadelphia Museum of Art members, Pay What You Wish for general public

Web: http://philamuseum.org/wednesdaynights

Host: Susie Kwon, Class of 2011