MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE CLASS OF 1952
September 23, 2005
The Executive Committee met in Rockefeller at 2:00 PM on September 23, 2005. Present were Messrs McSpadden (Chair), Mandel, Logan, Watt, Fisher.
As the first order of business the Committee heard from two of the students to whom the Class awarded sponsorship stipends to support internships. (Note: The Class provides $2,000 annually to two students selected for internships by the Rockefeller Foundation and also by the Tucker Foundation. This award by the Class is intended to provide funds enabling students to accept unpaid ten week internships at various locations selected by the faculty/staff of the above organizations. The total number of internship stipends awarded by the Class is four per year at total cost of $8,000).
The two interns who reported on their experiences were Tara Seethaler '06 and Jason Hartwig '06. Tara worked in a U. S, Representitive's office in Washington and regarded it as a wonderful experience. She intends to work in government after graduation and said that our $2,000 paid her rent in Washington. Although she worked evenings as a hostess in a restaurant, she said that she could not have accepted her internship without our financial support and was most grateful.
Jason, a history major, worked for the National Park Service at Gettysburg, PA where he developed several exhibits for the forthcoming new Battle of Gettysburg Museum. He, too, believed that his experience was meaningful and that he could not have accepted the internship without our support. He expressed his warmest thanks. Incidentally, he is a member of the Army ROTC at Dartmouth (one of only four students) and will be commissioned upon graduation.
Pete McSpadden reported that internship sponsors such as ourselves were being requested to increase their support to $3,000 per student. This will mean a cost to the Class of $12,000 per annum and support at that level was approved unanimously.
Roger Pierce, Treasurer, presented his report which established that Class Dues are being paid by 387 classmates and/or widows. This represents 67% of living classmates which is the highest percentage of dues payers of any class except for the reuning Class of '54. The Class has a bank cash balance of $12,063. For the forthcoming year, and into the future, the College is supporting the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine financially at a level which will now result in our Class saving approximately $10 per subscription (Note; each Dartmouth class pays for its own classmates' subscriptions) which will net out to about $5,500 annually. In view of this windfall and the fact that the Class is already financially sound, the Committee decided not to increase the Class dues level.
The Committee recieved a message of greeting from Alan Reich who is now back at his home from a five month hospital stay following a prolonged period of recovery from pneumonia. The Committee went on record as returning Alan's greeting with heartfelt thanks for his recovery.
Pete McSpadden reviewed the Class activities for the year 2005 and advised that at least ten well-attended mini-reunions, luncheons, etc have been or will be held during the year. This is significant. For next year a major class event centering about a visit to Philadelphia is being planned for April 27-30.
The Class's 55th Reunion to be held in 2007 was discussed at length. A suggestion has been made that the Runion should be held in the Fall of 2007 rather than in the Spring. Consideration will be given to this although the Committee was generally in favor of the traditional June time frame. Pete McSpadden advised that he will soon be announcing the name of our Reunion Chairman for the 55th.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:35 PM.
Dick Watt, Secretary
P.S. Bill Mongomery and Roger Pierce were also present at this meeting.