Connie Royster Reports on 1972 Women’s Lunch Group Virtual Gatherings
Connie Royster (JE) reports: “Our 1972 women’s lunch group has been derailed from meeting in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we have been undeterred. Our spring lunch had been scheduled for May 1 at the home of Ronni Mann, co-hosted by Ronni and Judy Albert. That gathering was converted to a very successful online zoom gathering. We were more than 30 women with a couple of new women joining us because they had never been able to travel to NYC even though they were on our tri-state list. We have since met three more times and have plans to meet on an ongoing basis throughout the pandemic. We have been ably and technically facilitated in this endeavor by our YAA representative Jennifer Julier ’77, who has made sure that we have zoom access, and we thank her for that. Connie Royster worked with Jennifer to assure our tech connectivity, and she has organized and moderated our virtual gatherings. Our monthly meetings have been, as one classmate put it, ‘a lifeline’ during this time of separation and anxiety. Classmates in the medical, research, and public health fields have given us much to think about. And there has been great camaraderie and comfort. On our July 3 Zoom call, Cynthia Brill reported on the stewardship report we received from the University on our Class of 1972 Women’s Scholarship Fund results for the last year. During this past year our scholar was Kyra Gee, sophomore transfer student from Syracuse University, in Pauli Murray College, majoring in theater studies and hoping to become an actor. The market value of the scholarship fund as of last June 30, 2019 was $336,000. The women of 1972 are proud to have initiated and to sponsor this scholarship specifically for transfer women students and are grateful for continuing contributions from all members of our class.”
PHOTO NOTE: The photo is from the Class of 1972 mini-reunion in Miami in March 2020.