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Bay Area
The Bay Area chapter had a wonderful picnic at Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley in September. Outgoing chapter chair Richard Thomason '84 gave a brief report on chapter activities and announced the new chapter chair, Drew McCormick '82. Professor of theatre Kathleen Worley lectured and performed for Bay Area alumni in October on "Living History_The Quest for Dramatic and Historical Truth."

Boston area alumni hiking in New Hampshire
The Boston chapter is in the middle of its busy summer schedule, which has included an overnight camping trip to Maine, a night out at Fenway to see the Red Sox, and the start of regular features such as the video board, games nights, and the Amazin' Dunkin' Donuts Invasion. Back in April, over 40 Reed alumni attended the Reed on the Road lecture with Tom Wieting. For more information, see http://www.reed.edu/~slam or email Greg Lam at slam@berkshire.net to get on the chapter email list.

In September the chapter sponsored a training session for alumni interested in learning the techniques of oral history; the aim is to develop a group of volunteers who can help the alumni board compile an oral history of Reed for the college's centennial in 2011. In October the Garden Club toured the new classical Chinese garden in downtown Portland. Portland will once again host the annual holiday party on December 9 (complete with boar's head procession), and the feeding frenzy, on December 10. Other Portland alumni groups, such as the Reed Reading group, have ongoing events. Check the newsletter for more information about these and other events.

The Rainier chapter celebrated an unusually sunny summer with both a potluck in June and our 11th annual picnic in August. The potluck attendees enjoyed a fascinating last-minute change of program on the Middle East, and picnic attendees relaxed with great company and food on the shores of Lake Washington. This fall the ongoing Reeding Group and Brewpub Touring Society continue to welcome regulars and newcomers to their monthly gatherings. Recent book selections include The Brothers K by Robert Duncan and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. You can find current schedules for these groups and learn about upcoming events in our quarterly newsletter or on our web site at http://eephus.com/rainierchapter. For more information, call Barb Carter Radin '75 at 206/523-2484 or send email to dradin@ix.netcom.com.

Southern California
The chapter annual picnic was held at Carlson Park, Culver City, in September. Kathleen Worley, professor of theatre, gave a performance and spoke in October on living history and dramatic and historical truth. The book group meets monthly, usually the second Sunday. One of the future selections will be Naguib Mahfouz's Sugar Street. Alumni visiting from out of the area are invited to call ahead for particulars, read the book, and join the discussion. For information call Robert Hadley '53 at 310/391-1427.

Washington, D.C.
Thanks to Swedish Ambassador Rolf Ek‚us and Kerstin Ek‚us '60 for the embassy event in June. The annual picnic was held in September at Cabin John, Maryland. Thanks to Dick Goodwin '63 and Judy Bell '63 for doing this again, as well as to Susan Rudy '79 and Scott Foster '77 for organizing the food.

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