Alumnae Leadership Council brought several hundred WCAA volunteers to campus in October for training and planning—and for celebrating extraordinary leadership in their ranks. The group applauded four recipients of the association’s Sed Ministrare Award, given annually to honor the service of dedicated volunteers. The 2015 recipients were:
Bridget O’Connor Garsh ’04
The current president of Wellesley College Alumnae of Boston, Garsh has distinguished herself as a club leader. As the club’s vice president of programming, she launched new programming to appeal to a diverse range of alumnae and developed a “living calendar” to manage events. During her first year as president, she initiated strategic planning for the club and strengthened the committee structure. One of her nominators said she is known for her “amazing ability to connect with everyone she meets.”
Charlotte LaRue Isaacs ’68
Isaacs has been a stalwart volunteer in the Wellesley Club of Sarasota, holding a variety of offices from alumnae admissions rep, to program chair, to vice president. Nominators say she energized and transformed the club. Isaacs helped create a partnership between the club and the Mothers and Infants Program at First Step of Sarasota, which serves formerly drug-addicted mothers and their newborns. Isaacs also organized a lecture series for the club and help launch and sustain the local Ivy League College Fair.
Jane Kentnor Dean ’56
Dean has been described by her nominators as “the embodiment of the ‘Wellesley woman.’” Currently the chair of special gifts for her class’s 65th reunion, she has held all but one of the class-officer positions for her class and has been at the helm of many committees. She was also the co-chair of ’56’s very successful 50th reunion. Dean has also been described as “the heart, soul, and backbone of the Fairfield Villages Wellesley Club board,” holding numerous offices over the years.
Elizabeth “Betty” Barr Wang ’54
Wang was raising Wellesley’s profile in China and bringing alumnae together before there was a formal club structure there. The co-founder of the Wellesley Club of Shanghai, she has recruited generations of local students, organized and hosted gatherings, and served as a club officer. A constant presence at club events, she makes a point of welcoming young graduates. Her fellow alumnae see her as a beloved mentor and friend. “There is no one like her,” a nominator wrote. “She simply is all that Wellesley was, is, and will be. She embodies its history, learning, volunteerism, and trailblazing all rolled up into one.”