With an eye toward the future, the prevailing themes were threefold: (1) a wake-up call to the challenges facing the young women entering Girls High today, (2) renewed purpose for fulfilling our mission to Girls High students of tomorrow and (3) a sense of urgency about the programs and initiatives we must undertake to meet the needs of the class of 2028 and generations to come. Discussions and forums shifted our orientation from a passive traditional role to activism in pursuit of preserving and improving the status of Girls High School. To that end, we have a mandate to evangelize in recruitment of new leaders to strengthen our board. Finally, we must continue to support and nurture the programs today that will form the infrastructure supporting the Girls High Girls of the future.
In addition to the business at hand, we enjoyed incredibly heartwarming moments. I was moved by our presentation of what is now The Dorothy Kapenstein Service Award to Dorothy Goldstein Kapenstein, ’46. Her unwavering dedication to alumnae and tireless service to our board mark a standard of achievement for all, and a personal inspiration to me.
We proudly hosted eleven class reunions, making our Luncheon a popular destination for reunion planners of all classes. The photos from those reunions are priceless. Some of which can be found in our Facebook Group where you can comment, support and recognize old friends. With exclusive paraphernalia and memorabilia on sale, and spontaneous reunions of old friends of varied classes, no doubt, we all had a ball this year.
While our gathering was strong in spirit, it should have been stronger in number. We continue to improve communications, outreach and networking within our organization. What remains is your active support and contribution to our success. We urgently need to see participation increase, or we need to hear directly from you what stands between you and active participation with your fellow alumnae.
To all my sisters who attended, especially those who travelled long distance to attend, you have my inexpressible gratitude and respect. To those of you still observing from the sidelines, I affectionately challenge you to walk your talk of Girls High pride. We need you to show up! More importantly, the young women of 2028 are calling from first grade already. Will you help?
Girls High. Forever.
Antoinette (Toni) Bailey Nottingham
President, The Alumnae Association