Alumnae

Alumnae Association

Winsor will always be your school. The relationships you made and lessons you learned here will stay with you for a lifetime. As a community, our school is lucky that you bring our mission to life daily in all of the many ways you contribute to the world. Your enduring support of and care for this institution are what make it strong. Thank you.
 

Young Alumnae Co-Chairs

The Young Alumnae Committee (YAC) serves the interests of alumnae who have graduated in the past 15 years, providing a resource for networking, social events, and educational and volunteer opportunities. The committee is currently led by three co-chairs, Amy Gaylord '08, Regina Noonan '13, Katie Quinn '07. YAC members plan events and find ways to engage other young alumnae and to support the school. All interested young alumnae are welcome to attend any and all of the committee meetings throughout the year.

 
Please contact Lily Cole-Chu, Assistant Director, Young Alumnae Engagement 617-912-1362 or lcole-chu@winsor.edu if you are interested in becoming involved.

Volunteer Opportunities

Winsor offers alumnae many opportunities to stay connected to the school, and encourages you to consider volunteering. View detailed descriptions of several volunteer options below. Click here to fill out the volunteer form.
 
Ways to Become Involved:
  • Serve as a Class Liaison
  • Plan your next reunion
  • Host a Winsor alumnae gathering in your city or region
  • Join one of several Alumnae Board committees open to all alumnae
  • Become a member of the Young Alumnae Committee (classes of the last 15 years)
  • Nominate someone for the Alumnae Board
  • Provide Winsor seniors with a lead for the Independent Learning Experience (Boston area only)
  • Speak to students in an assembly/class or to alumnae at an event
  • Contribute a story idea for the Winsor Bulletin

What Volunteers Do

List of 6 items.

  • Alumnae Annual Giving Program

    Winsor depends on volunteers to raise money for the Annual Fund. Donations help to cover more than 15% of the school's operating expenses, including faculty salaries and tuition assistance. As an Annual Fund volunteer, you have an opportunity to broaden your understanding of the school and its needs while having a positive impact on the community.
    During the school year, alumnae receive annual fund solicitations in the mail until they make a pledge or gift. Alumnae Annual Fund volunteers help to raise money by making phone calls, sending emails or making personal visits, primarily during the late fall. All volunteers are asked to give to the Annual Fund to the best of their ability.

    VOLUNTEER POSITION DESCRIPTIONS

    Chair/Co-Chair of Alumnae Annual Giving

    Duration: September – May, a two-year renewable commitment

    Description/Responsibilities: The Chair or Co-Chairs of Alumnae Annual Giving works with the Chair of Annual Giving and the Annual Fund committee to formulate the strategy for Winsor Annual Giving. The Chair/Co-Chairs, with support from the Director of Annual Giving, is responsible for setting the alumnae goals for participation and dollars, overseeing the class liaison program and for continuing to strengthen the alumnae fundraising program, which represents approximately 40% of Annual Giving.
    With support from the Annual Giving staff, the Alumnae Annual Giving Chair/Co-Chairs:
    • Recruits class liaisons as needed.
    • Reviews and approves draft letters to solicit gifts for Annual Giving. (October and March)
    • Participates in training sessions. (October)
    • Attends Annual Giving Committee meetings to report on progress of alumnae annual fund (5 meetings per year).
    • Coordinates with class liaisons to ensure that calls are made and that completed assignment cards are returned to Development Office in a timely manner.
    • Makes follow up calls as needed to key alumnae not reached by liaisons in the spring.
    • Serves as an ex-officio member of the Alumnae Board attending meetings to report on the Annual Fund.
    • Makes a gift to Annual Giving at a level that is comfortable and to the best of her ability.
    • Keeps information supplied by the school confidential.
    Alumnae Class Liaison
    Duration: 5 years is suggested or until the next reunion. Terms are renewable and new liaisons may be chosen at reunion.

    Suggested number of liaisons per class: 2-3 members or more.

    Description/Responsibilities: The Class Liaison serves as Winsor's key connection to each alumnae class. The primary focus of this job is to communicate with classmates and Winsor, to generate enthusiasm for Winsor, to encourage participation in alumnae events at Winsor and participation in the Annual Fund by making a gift each year.

    For your class:
    • Stay in contact with classmates and help Winsor communicate with them, particularly in locating lost classmates and encouraging them to update their contact information using Alumnae Connect.
    • Participate in a class liaison conference call when offered (usually twice yearly) to share ideas and to stay informed about the school today.
    • Host or organize class gatherings annually or more frequently.
    • Use the online alumnae community, Alumnae Connect, to post announcements for your class and facilitate discussions on the Class Discussion Board.
    For the Annual Giving
    • Make your own gift to Annual Giving.
    • Approve and/or edit a draft of a letter to go to your classmates soliciting a gift for Annual Giving.
    • Recruit a couple classmates to attend a phonathon or help with your outreach.
    • Write notes or call classmates thanking them for their gifts.
    For Alumnae Events:
    • Call/email/write classmates to encourage attendance at Winsor events such as Alumnae Weekend, Under the Lights, and other events planned during the year, and attend events yourself whenever possible.
    The staff of the Development and Alumnae Office assists the Class Liaison by providing advice, instruction and general support. Members of the Alumnae Board and Young Alumnae Committee also serve as a resource.
  • Alumnae Board Member-at-Large (elected position)

    Alumnae Board Term: Each board member serves a term of three years. Members are elected at the annual meeting of the Association in May and take office at that time.
    Mission of the Alumnae Board: To support the collective and individual efforts of alumnae to perpetuate Winsor values -- competency, generous-mindedness and responsibility -- by creating and encouraging activities that connect alumnae in learning, friendship and an ongoing interest in the affairs of the school.
    Goals of the Board:
    • To be a resource to alumnae for networking, support and friendship,
    • To encourage alumnae participation in the life and goals of Winsor through volunteering and financial assistance,
    • To offer alumnae opportunities for continued learning and engagement,
    • To be a resource to the Winsor School community for volunteer support,
    • To join with Winsor in promoting and celebrating the diversity of Winsor's past, current and future student body.
    Responsibilities of each Board Member:
    To make a meaningful contribution to the Alumnae Board and the Winsor community, each Board member must be prepared to:
    • Attend scheduled meetings of the Board. (Approximately 5 meetings per year. Meetings are held in evening.)
    • Participate on an Alumnae Board subcommittee.
    • Execute various assignments between meetings.
    • Review materials distributed at and between Board meetings.
    • Attend Alumnae Weekend and when possible attend other alumnae events and encourage participation from other alumnae.
    • Make your own gift to the Annual Fund to the best of your ability.
  • Alumnae Class Liaison

    Duration: 5 years is suggested or until the next reunion. Terms are renewable and new liaisons may be chosen at reunion.
    Suggested number of liaisons per class: 2-3 members or more.
    Description/Responsibilities: The Class Liaison serves as Winsor's key connection to each alumnae class. The primary focus of this job is to communicate with classmates and Winsor, to generate enthusiasm for Winsor, to encourage participation in alumnae events at Winsor and participation in the Annual Fund by making a gift each year.
    For your class:
    • Stay in contact with classmates and help Winsor communicate with them, particularly in locating lost classmates and encouraging them to update their contact information using Winsor's online update form.
    • Participate in a class liaison conference call when offered (usually twice yearly) to share ideas and to stay informed about the school today.
    • Host or organize class gatherings annually or more frequently.
    • Use the online alumnae community, to post announcements for your class and facilitate discussions on the Class Discussion Board.
    For the Annual Giving:
    • Make your own gift to Annual Giving.
    • Approve and/or edit a draft of a letter to go to your classmates soliciting a gift for the Annual Giving.
    • Recruit a couple classmates to attend a phonathon or help with your outreach.
    • Write notes or call classmates thanking them for their gifts.
    For Alumnae Events:
    • Call/email/write classmates to encourage attendance at Winsor events such as Alumnae Weekend, Under the Lights, and other events planned during the year, and attend events yourself whenever possible.
    The staff of the Development and Alumnae Office assists the Class Liaison by providing advice, instruction and general support. Members of the Alumnae Board and Young Alumnae Committee also serve as a resource.
  • Committees (Non-board members welcome)

    Alumnae Education Committee
    Committee Mission: The Education Committee strives to create inclusive events that further enrich Winsor alumnae in their social, cultural, and academic passions.
    This committee works with the Development and Alumnae Office to provide various events with a focus on education. Events are held on campus as well as at various locations in the Boston area. The Education Committee is committed to assisting Winsor find qualified and enthusiastic alumnae mentors for the Class VIII Independent Learning Experience program.

    Contacts:
    Jane Hoeffel Otte '57 '84 '86 
    Polly Crozier '92 
    Shared Interests Committee
    The Shared Interest Committee (SIC) strives to welcome all alumnae and celebrate our diverse backgrounds, interests, and life paths. This committee creates opportunities for alumnae to share common interests and activities outside of professional networking.
    Contacts:
    Christina Spagnuolo Condron '92 
    Audrey McAdams Fenton '93 
    Professional Networking Committee
    The Professional Networking Committee (PNC) provides opportunities for all alumnae to build professional connections with one another. The committee organizes events to support industry specific discussions, mentoring opportunities across generations and general networking with other professionals.
    Committee Mission: To create and encourage activities that connect alumnae of the last fifteen years in learning, friendship, and an ongoing interest in the affairs of Winsor.
    This committee was formed in 2005. Simply, the goal of the Young Alumnae Committee (YAC) is to serve the specific interests of alumnae who have graduated in the last fifteen years. Like the Alumnae Board, the purpose of the YAC is to provide a resource for networking, social events, and educational and volunteer opportunities; and a forum for young alumnae to connect with each other, the school, and others in the Winsor community. This committee meets separately from the Alumnae Board, but members of YAC are always welcome to the Alumnae Board meetings and events.

    Contacts:
    Meg Weeks '04 
    Curry Wilson '06 
    Alumnae Board Nominating Committee
    Committee mission: The function of the Nominating Committee is to assure the ongoing vitality of the Alumnae Board by cultivating a membership that is cohesive yet diverse and representative of the alumnae population as a whole.

    This is an appointed committee consisting of at least three Alumnae Board members with approval of the Executive Committee. Please contact Adrienne if you have interest in serving on the Nominating Committee.

    Contacts:
    Katherine McCord '02 - Co-chair 
    Joan Feinberg Berns '66 - Co-chair 
  • Reunion Committee Member (all reunion classes)

    Duration: one-year commitment during year leading up to Alumnae Weekend and reunion
    Suggested number of committee members: 3 or more
    Description/Responsibilities: The Reunion Committee members serve with the Class President as class liaisons during a reunion year. The primary focus of this job is to generate enthusiasm for the reunion and to encourage participation in the Annual Fund in recognition of the reunion milestone. Committee members may split responsibilities depending on interests. Some members may choose to work on social plans and others are needed to help with the class gift.
    For your class:
    • Contact classmates and help Winsor communicate with them, particularly in locating lost classmates and encouraging them to update their contact information using Winsor's online update form.
    • Participate in monthly, or more frequently as needed, committee meetings to sort out reunion details.
    • Participate in a class liaison conference call when offered (usually twice yearly) to share ideas and to stay informed about the school today.
    • Host or organize class reunion gatherings
    • Use the online alumnae community, to post announcements for your class and facilitate discussions on the Class Discussion Board.
    For the Annual GivingClass Gift:
    • Draft (or approve/revise a draft prepared by the Development/Alumnae Office) and personally sign fundraising letters for the year to the class, including:
    • A fall fundraising letter announcing the reunion and reunion giving effort.
    • A spring follow-up letter updating fundraising progress and reunion plans.
  • Reunion Representative to the Alumnae Board (10th, 25th and 50th reunion classes)

    Duration: Each representative serves a term of one year during the year of her 10th, 25th or 50th reunion. Representatives may be recruited by the Alumnae Office or selected by classmates at the first meeting of a reunion planning committee.
    Description/Responsibilities of each Reunion Representative (non-voting position):
    Act as a liaison between the Alumnae Board and your class in the year of a major reunion. You are encouraged to:
    • Attend scheduled meetings of the Board (Approximately 3 meetings each year held in the evening).
    • Assist in planning Alumnae Weekend.
    • Attend Alumnae Weekend and when possible attend other alumnae events and encourage participation from other alumnae.
    • Make your own gift to the Annual Fund to the best of your ability.
    Mission of the Alumnae Board: To support the collective and individual efforts of alumnae to perpetuate Winsor values -- competency, generous-mindedness and responsibility -- by creating and encouraging activities that connect alumnae in learning, friendship and an ongoing interest in the affairs of the school.
    Goals of the Board:
    • To be a resource to alumnae for networking, support and friendship,
    • To encourage alumnae participation in the life and goals of Winsor through volunteering and financial assistance,
    • To offer alumnae opportunities for continued learning and engagement,
    • To be a resource to the Winsor School community for volunteer support,
    • To join with Winsor in promoting and celebrating the diversity of Winsor's past, current and future student body.