Class Dues (and other Fun Funding Facts)
In the past, dues were collected annually by the Class Treasurer and deposited into our Class Treasury -- i.e., our operating account. Dues ranged from $20 to $45 per year. We can't remember the last time we solicited dues on an annual basis. However, 2018 is a Reunion Year, which means we will be using Treasury funds to subsidize Reunion costs. Thus all donations to our Class Treasury will be accepted with gratitude. Be advised that gifts made to the class are not counted as gifts made to the College and thus do not help the College achieve its annual alumnae participation goals. You can mail a check to our Class Treasurer. Email Sherryanne De la Boise at email@example.com.
Life Memberships are not to be confused with class dues. A Life Membership is a one-time fee which is sent to the Wellesley College Alumnae Association. WCAA invests these fees into the College's General Endowment Fund -- i.e., not our Class Treasury. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, we asked classmates to make a once-in-a-lifetime contribution of $83, which was invested in the General Endowment Fund. Our Class Treasury now receives interest on our share, which averages close to $2000 each year. This has easily covered our lean, mean operating expenses. At our class meeting in June 2013, it was decided that we would no longer solicit Life Memberships. Thus, a big THANK YOU to any classmate who participated in the Life Membership program so many years ago.
The Class Treasury covers limited expenses for classmates who have host mini-reunions in their homes. We cover postage, printing and copying expenses as required for class projects such as our Class Record Book. We cover travel expenses for Class Officers and Reunion Chairs attending the Alumnae Leadership Council (the next ALC happens in the Fall of 2018). We are saving our pennies to cover anticipated expenses for our 35th Reunion in 2018.
The Spirit Fund is separate from our Class Treasury. The Spirit Fund provides financial assistance to classmates who would not be able to attend Reunion otherwise. While the Spirit Fund is funded solely by classmates (and a gift from our Class Treasury), it is administered by the College. Requests for financial assistance are held in strictest confidence and are beyond the knowledge of Class Officers. We do know that in 2013, several classmates were able to attend Reunion because of the generosity of classmates who gave to the Spirit Fund. And that makes Class Officers very, very happy. When you register for Reunion online, you will be able to make a gift to the Spirit Fund.