WDCSA Newsletter – February 2016

February 2016

Wreaths Across America Clean-up
Saturday, February 13 (postponed due to weather)
Arlington Cemetery
Arlington, VA

WDCSA and the Stanford Military Service Network (SMSN) are coordinating a
family-friendly community service opportunity. On February 13, we will be picking
up the wreaths laid at grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery during the
December 12th Wreaths Across America event.

Additional event details can be found on the website:

To RSVP and receive additional details regarding our group’s participation, contact
Jack Smith, MS ’14, at jbsmith2004@alumni.stanford.edu.

Stanford Basketball Game Watch
Saturday, February 13 4pm
2411 18th Street, NW,
Washington, DC

WDCSA and the local University of Oregon club are co-hosting a men’s basketball
game watch at Ventnors. Go Card!

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, February 14 5-7:45 pm
Bethesda, MD

The book group will discuss Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. All are welcome to
attend and contribute to the potluck dinner.

Contact jenniferbpresley@gmail.com (M.A. 1978, Ph.D. 1981) for more information.

Ivy Singles Georgetown Cocktail Party
Friday, February 26 6:30-9:30 pm
Private residence in Foxhall
Washington, DC

Join Ivy Singles for a catered winter cocktail party
with live music with hors d’oeuvres and live music.
This month’s event will take place in a beautiful
member home off Foxhall Road in NW DC. Address
will be forwarded to registrants.
Admission is $50 with pre-paid registration and at
the door. Register online: https://ycwd.memberclicks.net/index.php? option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_210961.

Send a check to Robert Cole, 5008 Sangamore Rd,
Bethesda, MD 20816, by Monday, February 22nd.
Make checks payable to "The Yale Club of
Washington" and note your school on the check.

For more information, contact Robert Cole at
RBCole@aol.com or (301) 229-4546.

Ivy/Seven Sisters Winter Indoor Mixed Doubles Tennis Party
Saturday, February 27 6:45-11:45 pm
Four Seasons Tennis Club
3010 Williams Dr, Merrifield, VA

The Harvard Club of Washington DC invites Stanford
alumni to join the Ivy schools plus the Seven Sisters
for one of its most popular events. Celebrating its
21st year, the Winter Indoor Mixed Doubles Tennis
Party is an enjoyable way to socialize, meet potential
partners, and network with alumni members and
their guests.

Admission for players with advance registration is
$25. Door admission for players is $30 and is
payable by cash or check, no credit card. Admission
is $10 for non-players. Register at www.harvarddc.
org by February 26 to receive the
advance registration rates. Refund requests must be
received by 3pm on February 26.

For any questions, please contact Kuni Matsuda at KMatsuda@konterra.com.

Afternoon at the Gridiron Club’s 2016 Reprise
Sunday, March 6, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Renaissance Hotel,
999 Ninth Street NW,
Washington, DC

Join WDCSA members and their guests for a special invitation to The Gridiron Club’s 2016 Reprise at the Washington Renaissance Hotel on Sunday, March 6. Watch Gridiron members such as Al Hunt of Bloomberg, John King of CNN, Andrea Mitchell of NBC, Judy Woodruff of PBS, Bret Baier of Fox News, and Stanford’s very own Doyle McManus (’74) of the Los Angeles Times perform songs and skits in costume!

The Gridiron Club is the legendary press club that has performed an annual musical show for Presidents and members of Congress since 1885. The Reprise recaps the formal white-tie Gridiron dinner and musical show held the previous night. The Reprise’s orchestra is conducted by the director of the U.S. Marine Band, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig. The Sunday performance is traditionally given exclusively for Gridiron members’ friends and family, but Mr. McManus and the Gridiron Club have extended a special invitation to WDCSA members and their guests once again.

Meet Doyle McManus and his fellow Gridiron Club members during the reception starting at 2pm.  Enjoy an open bar during the reception hour. The show begins at 3pm. Dress is business casual.

Registration for the event at http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event20311 ends February 18. Please contact Kevin Coyne at kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org with any questions.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion
Monday, March 14 7:30 pm
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille,
1113 S. Charles St.,
Baltimore, MD

The March selection is Inferno by Dan Brown. It is
the 2013 Goodreads Choice winner in Mystery &
Thriller. The film version is scheduled to be released
by Sony Pictures this October. The New York
Times said the book is "jam-packed with tricks" and
that it is a "book-length scavenger hunt." The New
York Daily News said the book is “harrowing fun
threaded with coded messages, art history, science,
and imminent doom.” The May selection is Dead
Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
by Eric Larson.

Questions/RSVP: Helene Myers, Ph.D., P’14,
at cedarhouse@comcast.net or at (301)655-5871

Ivy Singles National Cathedral Tour & Tea
Tuesday, March 29 1:30-3:45 pm
Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC

Enjoy a tour of the National Cathedral with fellow
Ivy alumni followed by a traditional English tea with
sandwiches and scones. The tour begins at 1:30
followed by tea at 2:45 in the Pilgrim Observation
Gallery halfway up the front towers with a scenic
view of Washington.

The cost is $36. Register here: www.mitdc.org/IvyCathedral2016.

This event will be limited to the first 45 people that
signup. Your guests are welcome. However, prepaid
registration only for this event, no walk-ins allowed.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour to check-in.
We’ll meet at the northwest corner of the
Cathedral, closest door to the elevator above the
WDCSA Contact: Charlotte Perry ’81 at 202-341-8799 text/cell, CharMPerry@gmail.com.

Send any questions to Greg Howland: greg@greghowland.com.

Parking is available onsite in the Cathedral’s
underground garage. The entrance is off of Wisconsin
Ave just south of Woodley Rd. A limited number of
metered on-street parking spaces are also available
on the surrounding streets.

Udvar-Hazy Center Tour with General Michael Nelson ‘59
Saturday, April 9,
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, April 23,
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA

Please join WDCSA for a tour of the highlights of the
National Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport.
This spectacular museum continues to add
excitement to the original breathtaking exhibits of
the Enola Gay and the Concorde, with the recent
addition of the Space Shuttle Discovery.

Our host will be Mike Nelson ’59, a docent at the
center. General Nelson has a truly distinguished
record, including 35 years of commissioned service in
the U.S. Air Force. During that time, he accumulated
more than 3,000 flying hours in the F-100, F-105, A-7,
F-4 and F-15. In 1984 he became commander of the
13th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Clark Air Base,
Philippines. General Nelson returned to Air Force
headquarters in 1985 as deputy inspector general. He
subsequently moved to Ramstein Air Base, West
Germany, where he became chief of staff, U.S. Air
Forces in Europe. In 1992 he assumed command of
the 9th Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air
Forces, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.
Subsequent to his retirement he continued to serve
the United States military as the President of The
Retired Officers Association.

Due to tour size limitations, each tour is limited to
20 attendees. Please note that these tours are
offered on a first-come, first-served basis for
members of WDCSA and their guests. The tour cost
is free, but parking at the center is $15 per vehicle.
Registration for the April 9th tour is available at
http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event20163 for the April
23rd tour. Please contact Kevin Coyne at
kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org with any questions.

If you are not currently a WDCSA member (the
current membership list is located at
www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/listmembers.asp), but
would like to join please register at

Stanford at the Theater
Thursday, April 28 8 pm
Constellation Theatre @ Source
1835 Fourteenth Street NW,
Washington, DC

“Journey to the West” by Mary Zimmerman is a
brilliant adaptation of an ancient Chinese novel about
a Buddhist monk who travels from China to India in
search of sacred scriptures. A rambunctious
monkey, an insatiable pig, and a formidable river
monster join Tripitaka, the monk, on his travels and
help him overcome temptations and traps. Energetic
comedy, lyrical poetry and clever satire intertwine in
this epic adventure about the human search for
enlightenment. Live music by Tom Teasley

Tickets are $28. Send a check payable to WDCSA to
Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington
DC 20010. Contact Betty at
bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org or 202.483.4048 for
more information.

Get Involved

WDCSA Elections

WDCSA is led by a team of four officers: President,
two Vice Presidents, and Treasurer. We are currently
seeking candidates for two offices, one of the Vice
Presidents and Treasurer, for a term of two years. The
other two officers’ terms end in 2017. We hope you
will consider nominating an enthusiastic alum (selfnominations
are welcome) to help us move the
organization forward! The following is a description
of the position responsibilities:

Vice President

  • Plans and presides over meetings, in coordination
    with the Co-Vice President, in absence of President
  • Chairs special events and ongoing activities
  • Prepares and posts minutes of meetings
  • Becomes acting president when presidential
    position is vacant
  • Attends planning meetings, keeps weekly communication with President
  • Serves the President on special assignments


  • Deposits checks for membership dues and event
  • Pays bills and provides reimbursements to members
  • Maintains the organization’s bank account
  • Reports on the financial condition of the
    organization at all planning meetings
  • Prepares quarterly and annual financial reports

If you are interested in running for one of the two
positions, email a short Bio/Statement of Interest
(100-150 words in length) and photo to Kevin Coyne
at   kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org by Monday,
February 29th. The polls will open in March, and
voting instructions will be emailed to WDCSA
members. Thank you for your interest and support
for WDCSA!

Stanford In the News

  • Stanford University reported $801.6 million in cash
    gifts during the fiscal year that ended August 31,
    2015, as well as $622.3 million in gifts of art and
    $201.1 million for the support of the university’s
    two hospitals. Nearly 83,000 alumni, parents,
    students and friends contributed, marking a new
    record for Stanford.

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