At Alumnae Leadership Council last October, the WCAA honored three alumnae with its annual Sed Ministrare Volunteer Award, an honor designed to celebrate significant or innovative volunteer service.
Sally Katz ’78 has been described as a miracle worker, a magnet, a shining star—and the soul of the Wellesley Club of France. She served as the president of the club for five years and 10 years as secretary. Fellow members report that any alumna or visitor passing through Paris is “immediately swept into our whirlwind of Wellesley club activities” and say Katz makes everyone feel at home abroad. Her leadership has produced a warm, close-knit network of alumnae of all ages and helped to establish the Wellesley Club of France’s stellar reputation as the “liveliest alumnae group in Paris.”
Pamm McNeil ’82 has the distinction of being one of the WCAA’s very few “trifecta” volunteers, having served as the president of a club, her class, and a shared interest group. She was vice president and president of two clubs—Wellesley-on-Long Island and the Washington Wellesley Club—and has been a faithful admission volunteer, as well as a Wellesley Fund representative for her class. McNeil helped charter the WCAA’s first shared interest group, Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent, in 2011. She is currently in her third year as WAAD president.
Brooke Bryant ’03 has a passion for Wellesley that is visible at the class and club levels. She has brought her talent to bear as Durant chair for the class of ’03’s 10th reunion, yielding 19 Durant donors. As membership chair of the New York Wellesley Club, Bryant developed a membership plan with the goal of a 100 percent increase in the first year and 75 percent retention of members. Not only did the club exceed that goal, but within three years, membership was up 250 percent. Later, as club president, she successfully led the planning for the club’s 125th anniversary celebration, which brought together 400 alumnae.