WDCSA Newsletter – October 2008

Sat 10/4 Stanford Football Game Watch
Sun 10/19 Stanford Book Club
Fri 10/24 Ivy Singles Event
Thu 10/30 2008 Election Preview
Wed 11/5&19 Stanford at the Opera
Sat 11/8 Walk Now for Autism
Sat 11/22 Stanford vs. Cal Big Game

Ivy Singles Coordinator Wanted
Capital Alumni Network: Football,
Basketball & Volleyball Players Wanted

Thank you for being a member of WDCSA! The Washington DC Stanford Association is your local volunteer alumni group that keeps Stanford connections alive and up-to-date in partnership, with our local partners – the Stanford Law Society, Stanford Black Alumni, and the Graduate School of Business Clubs of Washington DC.

WDCSA membership allows you to:

* Register for Washington, DC Stanford Association events at a discounted rate;
* Attend WDCSA ‘Members Only’ events;
* Receive this WDCSA monthly newsletter with exclusive news about local events;
Recent grads (up to five years out) often receive further discounts. New graduates can receive this newsletter FREE for one year.

Take advantage of your membership by attending an upcoming WDCSA event. Don’t know if you’re a member? Click on the following link: www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/listmembers.asp

Stanford Football vs. Notre Dame Game Watch
Saturday, Oct 4 2:30 pm
Penn Quarter Sports Tavern,
639 Indiana Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20004

Join Stanford fans at the Penn Quarter Sports Tavern on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 2:30pm to watch the 3-2 Cardinal take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Food and drink specials will be available, and there is no charge to attend. Questions? Contact Chris Shinkman at c.shinkman@verizon.net or 301-229-4427.

Stanford Book Club Meeting
Sunday, Oct 19 6:00-8:00pm

The WDCSA book group will meet Sunday, October 19 at 6:00 PM at the home of Sasha Draganov to discuss the opening section of Marcel Proust’s In Remembrance of Things Past. The book for November 9 is Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. People who are not members can contact Alison Westfall at alisoncolew@hotmail.com or apply to join the group at groups.yahoo.com/group/wdscabooks.

Ivy Singles Event
Friday, Oct 24 6:30pm
Woman’s National Democratic Club,
1526 New Hampshire Ave NW,
Washington DC 20036
Cost: $30

Join the hosts, the Cornell Club of Washington, for an evening of exceptional non-partisan company and conversation in the Adlai Stevenson Ballroom of the Woman’s National Democratic Club.

The Woman’s National Democratic Club is located near Dupont Circle in the Whittemore House, one of Washington’s most elegant, historic mansions with ten function rooms and a garden. Each room displays political campaign memorabilia, portraits, photographs, political cartoons, and antique furnishings in handsomely appointed rooms.

Reservations: $30 by check to Steve Piekarec, 2535 West Meredith Drive, Vienna, Virginia 22181, by Monday, October 20th. Make checks payable to "The Cornell Club of Washington" and note your school on the check. $35 for email (Spiekare@verizon.net) or phone reservations (703-281-4311) and walk-ins. Please RSVP if possible to the e-mail address.

2008 Election Preview
Thursday, Oct 30 6:30-8:00pm
Stanford in Washington,
2661 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, DC 20008
Cost: WDCSA Members – $10,
Non-members – $20;
After Oct 24 – $25

Join two distinguished Stanford alumni as they preview the 2008 elections! Doyle McManus (’74, Washington Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times) moderated the Los Angeles Presidential debate earlier this year and has reported on Washington issues for more than 30 years. He is a four-time winner of the National Press Club’s Edwin Hood Award and leads the LA Times Washington Bureau, which has four Pulitzer Prize winners. Doyle appears frequently on CBS’s “Face the Nation”.

Since 2000, Nancy Tate (’70, Executive Director, League of Women Voters) has led the nation’s premier nonpartisan political organization that encourages active citizen participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues. Before accepting the top staff position at the League, Nancy was Chief Operating Officer of the National Academy of Public Administration, which was chartered by Congress to improve government effectiveness at all levels.

We will begin with light refreshments from 6:30-7:00, followed by one hour with the panelists’ remarks and Q&A. Don’t miss this exciting evening that promises to provide special insights just before the November 4 elections!
The price for WDCSA members and non-members who pay by Oct. 24 is $10, and $20 respectively. Otherwise, a payment of $25 will be collected at the door.

To reserve your space, send a check payable to WDCSA to: Garry Tyran, 6691 Hillandale Road,
Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Questions? Contact Garry or Barbara Tyran ’75 at gktyran@aol.com or 301-652-6632.

Stanford at the Opera
Lucretia Borgia – Donizetti
Wednesday, November 5 @ 7:30 pm.

Renee Fleming, one of the greatest sopranos of our day makes her WNO debut in a new production and company premiere conducted by Placido Domingo. Prime Orchestra $156.50. 2nd Tier $76.50. (Special pricing for this opera only. Tickets will NOT be available to the general public.) The deadline for ordering is October 3. Tickets will be mailed week of October 13.

Carmen – Bizet
Wednesday, November 19 @ 7:30 pm.

Denyce Graves, in her defining role in the Francesca Zambello production from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Prime Orchestra $141.50. Orchestra $99.50. 2nd Tier $69.50. The deadline for ordering is October 17. Tickets will be mailed week of October 27.

To order your tickets, please send a check payable to WDCSA to Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington, D.C. 20010. Contact Betty for more information or if you are
interested in the “American Ring” in November 2009 at bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org or 202.483.4048.

Walk Now for Autism: The Cardinal Cares
Saturday, Nov 8
National Mall

1 in 150 children born this year will be diagnosed with autism. Join the "Cardinal Cares" team at the annual Walk Now for Autism, Saturday, November 8th on the National Mall, sponsored by Autism Speaks. Each member of our Stanford team will be asked to raise a nominal sum ($50) towards the Walk’s fundraising goals. If you’re ambitious, you can help organize a Stanford happy hour at a local bar, with proceeds to benefit the Walk.

For more information on the Cardinal Cares team, contact Steven Kelts at kelts@gwu.edu. Steven will organize the team, and register us to participate. For more information on the walk itself, see the Autism Speaks site:

Stanford vs. Cal Big Game
Saturday, November 22 3:30pm

Mark your calendars and join us for this year’s Big Game and Annual Stanford-Cal Big Game Party! Kick-off is at 3:30 EST on November 22!

All Stanford fans are invited to watch Cardinal football take on rival UC Berkeley. We will be joined by the DC Area Berkeley Alumni Association. More details to follow!

Ivy Singles Coordinator Wanted

You’ve seen the events in the newsletter. You’ve attended the parties and had a great time. Do you want to get more involved? Please contact Margaret New at margaret@middleburggroup.com.

Football Players Wanted

Still dreaming of being the hero of Big Game? Then join the Stanford team in the Capital Alumni Network (CAN) flag football league this fall. Along with DC’s own "Little Big Game" against Cal, we will play a schedule of games on Saturdays and Sundays for ten weeks, with a season-ending tournament in early December. If you’re interested, contact Steven Kelts at kelts@gwu.edu.

Basketball and Volleyball Players Wanted

The Capital Alumni Network (CAN) is the umbrella organization for all college and university alumni chapters in Washington. In addition to many other activities CAN sponsors club competition in a variety of sports. Stanford currently fields teams in softball and flag football (see notice in this newsletter). WDCSA would also like to put basketball and volleyball
teams on the court this winter if there is sufficient interest. Please contact Chris
Shinkman c.shinkman@verizon.net 301-229-
4427 if you would like to play on either or both
of these teams.