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Regional Gatherings

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Our annual summer picnic was held in July at the home of Richard Goodwin ’63 and Judith Bell ’63, in Cabin John. In September, we kicked off our fall activities with a volunteer-service project to refurbish the garden at Bancroft Elementary School in Mount Pleasant; several of the volunteers then repaired to Dos Gringos Cafe for lunch. Reed volunteers will return to Bancroft’s garden next spring; contact Marnie Walfoort ’72
at for details. Find more information on other activities, visit


We have expanded our steering committee with several new members. We have also launched our first member survey, and we are working on events in Santa Barbara, Orange County, San Diego, and Los Angeles. On December 13, our solstice party—a hands-on art event featuring Raku pottery—will be at the home of Rick Lathrop ’78. In February, we will hold our second-annual career networking event at Fox Studios. Regular events include our book group and Thirsty Third Thursdays. A classical piano concert and a sailing trip are in the planning stages for 2009. For further information about these and other chapter activities, visit


In August, we held our annual picnic—organized by Paul Manson ’01—in the quad at Reed. About 40 people, with families, enjoyed a lovely afternoon. Also in August, Michael Tippie ’80 led a leisurely kayak float down the snowmelt rapids of the Sandy River; a dozen boaters got scouting and sweeper lessons from Mike. Après-float lunch convened at a riverside café. Thirsty Third Thursday gatherings continue; see locations and other activities at

  Nitrogen Day

Landscaping, gardening, and cleaning up at Bancroft Elementary School in Mount Pleasant are (left to right) Shimon Prohow ’02, Erik Stallman ’95, Paul Levy ’73, and Lauren Lanahan ’06.


This past summer, alumni, spouses, and friends enjoyed Shakespeare on the Common, a potluck at Eve (’95)Lyons’ house, and meeting a lot of new people at Thirsty Third Thursdays. In November, we have planned a Sunday dim-sum lunch at China Pearl, and we will continue Thirsty Third Thursday meetups. Watch this space for details and check on this month’s Thirsty
Third Thursday venue (and provide suggestions or
ask questions of the chapter steering committee) at


At the end of July, the chapter held its annual summer picnic. In attendance were new alumni, older alumni, children of alumni, pets of alumni, some fantastic brisket, and even some nice weather! On this occasion, the mantle of chapter chair was passed from Erik Speckman ’91 to Ben Demboski ’02—many thanks to Erik for several years of exceptional leadership and service! Thirsty Third Thursday continues to be well attended and fun; it has been a great venue for Reedies to bump into other Reedies they didn’t know were in the area, meet folks for the first time, and share good beer and great conversation. The reading group continues to meet on the third Wednesday of the month, starting at 7:30 p.m. Upcoming selections include The Bad Girl, by Mario Vargas Llosa (November 19); and The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot (January 21). New members are more than welcome. See more information on this and other activities at

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