Board Corner

Board Corner-October 2021

Fall is here and the Faculty Club is up and running a bit. The once a week lunches are a great start to more events in the Club. Our first Friendly Friday of the year is October 1st from 4:30pm-6:30PM. We will have a cash bar for beer and wine only. If you bring a non-member guest the cost to attend is $5 at the door. Please join us if you feel comfortable and remember to bring a mask. Masks are required unless you are eating or drinking. Sadly, that’s the way of the world for now, but it is important that we all do our best to keep our community safe. There are tables on the club patio which you can sit at if the weather is good. Let’s hope that it is a beautiful fall day.

People are obviously anxious to step out as is testified by the signups for the October 3rd cocktail evening at the Distillery at Greylock Works (  This event filled up within a few hours. Based on this enthusiasm we may try to have another session!

On October 26th at 2pm the Club is co-hosting a virtual program with ThinkerAnalytix, (, which will be free and open to the public. The Board is actively researching events and lectures to host in the coming months. We will also have a Friendly Friday on November 12th so mark your calendars. The date is delayed a week due to Homecoming weekend. It looks like things are slowly getting back to “normal”.

Due to staffing shortages there are no plans for Dining Services to have the usually awesome Thanksgiving buffet, since they are not able to support such a large luncheon at this time. We will let you know if we hear some positive news. Fingers crossed that we can enjoy delicious turkey and trimmings that so many of us look forward to.

A sincere thank you to community members who have renewed their memberships this year.  We appreciate your faith in the survival of this important entity. The board would also like to thank the President’s office for their financial support for Club events. Without this help we would not be able to sponsor Friendly Fridays, talks, and entertainment.


Have a great fall!



Alison Roe O’Grady

President, Faculty Club Board of Governors

Board Corner-August/September 2021

Dear Faculty Club members-

We hope you are all having a wonderful summer! After a year plus in exile, the Faculty Club board is happy to welcome you back to a partially opened club and the beginning of in person activities. We made it and were able to have successful remote programming during the pandemic. The board is proud that we persevered and survived as an entity despite extremely trying circumstances.

So here we are, a new beginning with events to look forward to as we gradually meet in person. Yes, there will be programs, educational and fun, so stay tuned for details.

  • October 1st, Friendly Friday! 4:30pm-6:30pm. Guests are required to follow college guidelines and wear masks except while eating or drinking. Cash bar.
  • On Sunday, October 3rd from 6:30pm-8:30pm we are hosting a cocktail evening at The Distillery at Greylock Works, ( There will be two sessions due to limited capacity, so stay tuned!
  • On October 26th at 2pm the Club is co-hosting a virtual event with ThinkerAnalytix, (, which will be free and open to the public. Details to follow soon.
  • The bowling league is currently up in the air, but fingers crossed that we can have at least part of a season.

Other activities to look forward to, and most notably for community members is the one day a week lunch service starting Thursday, September 9th:

  • Coffee and continental breakfast service available for meetings scheduled in Faculty House (to access this service, please reserve meeting spaces in advance).
  • Salad and sandwich platters will be available by request for Tuesday meetings scheduled in Faculty House (again, for this option please reserve meeting spaces in advance).
  • Reservations will be available for a limited number of catered events each week. Eligible events include lunch meetings held in Faculty House on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, when lunch will not otherwise be offered, as well receptions and dinners. We will do our best to honor as many requests as possible, but please understand that availability will have to be limited.

The board would like to gratefully acknowledge the generosity of President Maud Mandel and her administration, for offering to subsidize the coming year’s club events. Their support is greatly appreciated. The Faculty Club has survived as an entity since 1912. Let’s do our part in keeping this important member of our community going for at least another century.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon! Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Warm regards,


Alison Roe O’Grady

President, Faculty Club Board of Governors

Board Corner April 2021

Dear Faculty Club Members:

Spring is here! Yeah! After a year of the dreariest of times let’s look forward to spring and a happy and healthy year!!  The Faculty Club had a very successful event with Professor Emeritus James Carlton about Plastics and the environment.  120 people attended and some will view the recording so it was a great success. To access his talk please to:

Access Passcode: !S=vi8$d


We are so pleased to announce your next program with Hancock Shaker Village as they show us their baby animals!  Happy events, finally! Please take the time with your children, grandchildren, and yourselves to appreciate the wonder of new life!

Miss you all!



Board Corner-November 2020

On October 16th the Faculty Club Board hosted Professor James McAllister as he led a conversation about the 2020 Presidential election. This Zoom event was the first of its kind for the Club and was attended by almost 200 people. Several students participated in the Q&A at the end of the talk, which was encouraging indeed!

The discussion was lively and questions could have continued if time had allowed. Many thanks to Professor James McAllister for so generously lending his time helping participants sort through the intricacies of this most complicated election. Thanks as well to Patrick Gray from Information Technology for helping set up the meeting, and for handling the technology necessary for this webinar. Well done all around!


Several attendees and those who would have liked to listen in have since reached out to express interest and excitement about this program and others of its type. The Board would appreciate any ideas you have for future virtual events you would like the Faculty Club to sponsor and we will do our best to make them happen. Please send your thoughts to [email protected]


Look to this newsletter for more Williams ‘related election programming.



Sadly the times dictate we will not have any bowling at the Faculty Club this year. Fingers crossed our teams can resume bowling in November 2021!  We do offer the Mystery Book Club which is facilitated via Zoom by Jean Vankin. Please contact Jean at [email protected] if you would like to join in.


Students will be going home before Thanksgiving and all classes will be remote for the rest of the fall semester. There will be no Winter Study this coming year and the spring semester will begin on February 17th. Be careful and stay well please.


Happy Thanksgiving!




Alison Roe O’Grady


President, Faculty Club Board of Governors











Board Corner, October 2020

We finally have a Faculty Club event this month! As promised, Professor James McAllister will be speaking with us about the 2020 Presidential election. A timely topic for sure! This lecture is being held remotely via Zoom. Zoom is a way to conduct meetings online without the need for us to gather together in person. If you have access to a computer you have access to Zoom. A sure way to be social distanced! A sincere thank you to Professor McAllister for so generously giving his time to the club and to Patrick Gray from Information Technology for setting this meeting up for us. Bring your own wine and cheese.

The directions for attending are below. If you are not able to join the webinar using Zoom there are also telephone instructions included in the message. This should be a lively discussion so please come prepared to engage with the group.

______________________________________________________________________ You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Oct 16, 2020 04:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Election 2020 with Professor James McAllister

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 815039
Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +13017158592,,95127895008#  or +13126266799,,95127895008#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 558 8656  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 9128
Webinar ID: 951 2789 5008
International numbers available:


The Faculty Club Board looks forward to seeing many of you there and hope that this is the first of some smaller events. Please let us know if you have any ideas for programs you would like that will help our community to get through the fall and winter. Updates concerning possible future events at the Faculty Club will be posted at: Additional college programs that might be held remotely are on the events calendar at:

Spring will be here before you know it. Fingers crossed we can see each other in person soon!

See you in October,


Alison Roe O’Grady

President, Faculty Club Board of Governors


Board Corner, September 2020

Dear Faculty Club Members-

We are all going through the same challenges that we’ve faced the past several months. The world is still upside down. Most of us are at home most of the time and wonder how to engage with each other even as we go to the grocery store.  We recognize people by their gait and other physical attributes. Recognizing our neighbors is part of being in a small community, and it is one of the nicest things about living here. Not being able to get together at Faculty Club events and lunches is felt as a loss by many of us. Unfortunately this is our current reality which will not change in the near future.

Students are now returning to campus to attend classes in person. Many of them will learn on line only or attend in a hybrid fashion. Perhaps observing them walk through campus will bring a sense of normalcy for all of us.

Speaking of getting back to a more “normal” time, Professor James McAllister, Fred Greene Third Century Professor of Political Science, will be continuing the Faculty Club tradition of his conducting a talk about the upcoming Presidential election. This lecture will be conducted remotely sometime in mid-October. More details will be posted in the October newsletter and on the Faculty Club website.

Please email me, [email protected], with any ideas you have about remote and small programs that we can enjoy together. Do you have a special recipe for a baked good or cocktail you would like to share? Lend your talents to help our community find some light in this time of darkness.

Some good news is that Heather received 10 requests to get the newsletter by email. If you would like to receive your email electronically please send your information to Heather at: [email protected].

Here’s hoping that the careful preparations of President Mandel and many others pays off and that Williams has a successful and healthy re-opening. We applaud their attempts to keep our community safe.

Until next time,


Alison Roe O’Grady

President, Faculty Club Board of Governors


Board Corner/Annual Report- June 2020

Dear Friends:

May would normally be the month that the Faculty Club holds its annual meeting. Unfortunately, we could not gather together as a group to report the year end information, such as the Treasurer’s report and the election of club officers. The Board met virtually on May 6th to wrap up and conduct this business without the benefit of member input. I am writing to report what was discussed.

Members present: Alison O’Grady, Heather Forman, Patrick Quinn, Kelly Kervan, Diana Brooks, Jack Leavey, Mary Pfister, Gillian Sciacca

Members absent: Bruce Dumouchel, Cecilia Chang, Haydee Lindo, Veronica Bosley, Carl Samuelson

March Board meeting minutes were approved.

President’s Report

The President noted that Gillian Sciacca will be leaving the Board and thanked her for her excellent contribution to the Faculty Club’s efforts during her term. The President made note of College and State restrictions that have eliminated gatherings of the type the Faculty Club holds, with the future of these activities unknown at this point.

Treasurer’s Report

Club Treasurer Kelly Kervan presented the financial report for the club. The Treasurer reported that the Club ended 2020 solvent. The Treasurer’s Report was approved.


The Board agreed that we are all facing extraordinary circumstances due to the Covid crisis, and it was decided that with the exception of Gillian, all Board members will remain on the Board for the 2020/2021 year. Alison O’Grady will be in the 2nd year of a two-year term as President, Kelly Kervan has agreed to remain as Treasurer, and Diana Brooks has agreed to remain as Secretary. Mary Pfister was nominated as Vice-President to assume the vacant position. All proposed officers were approved by the Board. Thanks to all who agreed to this nomination and extensions.

Other Business

The Board discussed membership dues for the 2020/2021 academic year. It was decided that billing to community members will be postponed for the foreseeable future, depending on the college’s decisions on allowing public gatherings. All members will receive the benefits of membership such as the Newsletter and Reciprocity with more than 100 national and international clubs through the Association of College and University Clubs (ACUC). Hopefully we will soon see a return of the Club’s other membership benefits including:

  • Lunch at the Faculty House, Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
  • Friendly Fridays – a gathering of members, generally on the 1st Friday of the month, for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and/or buffet offerings (see monthly offerings under the Events section on the Faculty Club website for menus)
  • Lecture series offerings.
  • The Bowling league – weekly, late November through March.
  • Discounted pricing on food and beverages at Club events.
  • Facility rental for all your social events.

This said, the Faculty Club will keep chugging along until we discover the new “normal.” We will wear masks, social distance and respect the health and well-being of our community. I have been working from home since March 17th, and work a full day. Work/life balance has been increasingly fuzzy. It has taken a kind of mental toughness to get through this trying time, it is the new normal for so many of us for now.

The Faculty Club needs to rethink who we are and what we do as an entity, but will still exist as an important part of the Williams community, especially as new ways of engaging with each other are discovered during this time of uncertainty. The Faculty House has been on this campus for more than 100 years. The Club has withstood two World Wars, the Great Depression, and even the Spanish Flu, to name a few extreme crises of the past century. You get my point—the Club and the institution will survive, and may end up the better for it.

Again, many sincere thanks to the President’s office for all of their generous support, without which the Club could not have supplied the excellent programming provided over the past few years. We are in a good place for now, but hope the future will be better. Our hearts go out to the students who are still on campus and those who are unable to go home, as well as a lot of others experiencing uncertainty about what the new school year will bring. Please stick with us, my friends, as we try to figure this all out. Take care of yourselves, keep your family and friends dear, wash your hands and wear your masks. Together we will take care of each other. The future may be different than what we’ve had in the past, but will no doubt be bright indeed!

Stay well! Until we meet again.



Alison Roe O’Grady

President, Faculty Club Board of Governors


Faculty Club Newsletter May 2020

It has been a while since we’ve been together at the Faculty Club, eating lunch, attending lectures, and enjoying Friendly Fridays. Sad but true. These are extraordinary times, my friends, but as my dear mother would say, “This too shall pass.”

The Faculty Club Board is busy creating programming that reflects the new “normal” we are all currently experiencing. Moving forward, it is time to rethink who we are and what we do as a club. As I work my fifth week from home, it has been necessary to be creative in how I do my job remotely. Virtual meetings and e-book, e-journal, and e-everything access has become the norm. The hardest part for the O’Gradys has been the lack of contact with our children and granddaughter, Vivian. Interaction with family I now mostly virtual and visits with little Viv are socially distant playdates. No doubt you all feel this void in being unable to connect with family and friends. Hard, but necessary for now.

Before we can return to “business as usual,” let’s try new ways to interact as a club. Virtual lectures and student performances are being considered, as are socially distant events, such as a cookout, when we are able to safely gather together. Please do be in touch with your ideas for safe yet community-oriented activities as we grow as an organization. The Faculty Club isn’t a physical building, it is our membership. Club affiliates represent our talented and diverse faculty, staff, and community members. For this we are blessed! Increased anxiety and isolation makes our sense of community more important than ever. The Faculty Club will forge on in new and different ways but rest assured that we will remain a community resource for conviviality, learning, and connection.

Many thanks to Gillian Sciacca as she cycles off the board; she’s been our scribe in compiling and sending the newsletter for the past two years. Your contributions are much appreciated, Gillian! Much gratitude also to the President’s office for their continued support with programming. We could not offer our exceptional educational and community-oriented events without their generosity and support.

As we are unable to send a physical newsletter this month, please feel free to refer friends, colleagues, and community members to our website for a copy of this letter, as well as updates regarding Faculty Club news and activities:

Hope to see you all soon. Stay well!


Alison Roe O’Grady

President, Faculty Club Board of Governors


Board Corner-March 2020

I’m taking on the task of writing this month’s Board Corner. With a name like O’Grady, who else should take on the honor of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

Traditional food on this day is corned beef and cabbage and the garb is the wearing of the green. I rarely eat corned beef or wear green, but feel sublimely Irish on this day that celebrates Irish culture.  Please join us on March 7th for some Irish fare and fun.

The February Friendly Friday which celebrated Chinese New Year and Year of the Rat was held on February 7th, one of the stormiest weather days of the winter. Despite the weather at least 65 hearty souls attended and enjoyed coconut shrimp, spicy wings and dumplings to name a few. The food was awesome! Special thanks to our friends in the Asian Studies Department for helping to support this event.

The Cupid’s Culinary Feast dinner on February 15th was a great success with 65 attendees. Chef Jimmy Guiden and his staff did themselves proud with excellent food and service. Kudos to them for a job well done.

Mark your calendars for a talk with Professor James McAllister on April 9, 2020. 5:30PM-7:30PM, who will be talking about the 2020 Presidential election.

Keep an eye out for future events on the Faculty Club website and in future newsletters. The Board also has a surprise event this summer, so stay tuned!

Until next time, Erin go Bragh! (“Ireland till the end of time!”)

Alison Roe O’Grady

Faculty Club Board of Governors


Board Corner February 2020

Winter is upon us and time may seem to be moving slowly, but the Faculty Club has been busy with a flurry of events.

The December 6th, Friendly Friday, was attended by @ 70 guests and Julia Choi ‘20 played the piano for a short period. On January 7th, Abigail G. Wattley. ’05, Managing Director of Williams College Investment Office, provided a very interesting update on the Williams endowment – it’s role in supporting Williams’ mission, portfolio construction, and performance. Thank you Abigail!

The bowling league is rolling along with eight spirited teams of all ages. Consider joining next year. It’s a great way to have fun and meet new people.

In addition to our celebrating Chinese New Year, with the Asian Studies Department, February 15. 2020, brings back the ever popular Cupid’s Culinary Feast. In January Friendly Friday guests voted on each proposed course selections, and the winning entrée for this event is Pan Roasted Sea Bass. Please see the insert for more details. Dining Services staff always outdo themselves at this event, which is a bargain that includes two glasses of wine served with dinner, so call to reserve your seats by Tuesday, Feb. 4th or email [email protected].

Check out the Faculty Club webpage for more future Faculty Club events, including a talk on April 9th about a very timely subject with Professor James McAllister, Chair of Leadership Studies & Fred Greene Third Century Professor of Political Science, will be talking about the 2020 Presidential election.

The Board welcomes any suggestions you may have for any future programming you might like to participate in.  See you soon.


President, Faculty Club Board of Governors


Board Corner January 2020

It is hard to believe the New Year is almost here. Now is the time to reflect on 2019 and look forward to what is planned for 2020.

The Faculty Club hosted some amazing events in 2019 which included three well attended Friendly Friday, the Mystery book club, bowling, and a faculty lecture with Professor Peter Low.  This December 3rd talk was on the topic of Notre Dame, its history, significance and renovation, was attended by a crowd of over 50. The Board is grateful for the time Prof. Low put into this amazing lecture which included stunning images. The December 6th Friendly Friday featured holiday fare with Dining Services’ staff outdoing themselves with visually striking and delicious appetizers. Julia Choi ’20 played the piano us in the living room who might be joining us for the January Friendly Friday too. Thank you Julia!

 We will hit the ground running on January 7th with another talk by Abigail Wattle ’05, Managing Director of Williams College Investment Office, who will be providing an update on the Williams endowment – its role in supporting Williams’ mission, portfolio construction, and performance. Come prepared with questions for Abigail. Mark your calendars for the January 17th Friendly Friday that promises to provide some warmth and kinship during the long cold winter.

Two additional dates to look forward to is the February 7th Friendly Friday, co-sponsored by our friends in the Asian Studies Department as we celebrate Chinese New Year. Also on tap is the always popular and delicious Cupid’s Culinary Feast on Saturday, February 15th. The December Friendly Friday attracted @70 people. Club members were asked to fill out a survey on what menu they would most prefer. Majority rules on this one. The consensus is that people really like asparagus and baby red potatoes! You can see the entire menu on the Faculty Club website as well as other future programming on the Faculty Club website at:

The Faculty Club will be closed for the Holiday break beginning, Monday, December 16, 2019 through Friday, January 3, 2020. It will reopen for lunch on Monday, January 6th. The Board would also like to thank the President’s office for their continued support for our programming. Without this assistance the events offered would not be possible.

Here’s wishing 2020 brings health and happiness to all!

Alison Roe O’Grady

President, Faculty Club Board of Governors


Board Corner- December 2019

On December 3rd at 5:30 in the Faculty Club, Join us to hear Williams professor Peter Low discuss the history & ongoing restoration of Notre Dame.
Until well into the twentieth century Paris was seen not as the Capital of France, but of the world. This was the view not merely of Parisians, but of most Westerners. The Eiffel Tower was the symbol of Paris, but Notre Dame the symbol of France.  When the crossword puzzle clue is « the Hunchback of… » no one writes Chartres.

The recent fire raises concern about the restoration.  Many tourists (sans Michelin) do not know that the Gargoyles are from the 19th century, but the overall effect works.  Notre Dame of Paris is perhaps the major, often only Gothic building that many American tourists will have viewed in their lifetimes.  On July 16, 2019 the French parliament passed a law that the restoration must keep the Gothic appearance. Imagine a government that cares about Aesthetics and History!
Few persons are as qualified to discuss the restoration of Notre Dame as Professor Peter Low. He has given courses at Williams on Romanesque & Gothic Art & Architecture & is currently writing on: Building a Dwelling Place for God: The Narthex Portals at Vézelay and Ephesians 2:11-22 in Medieval Art. There is simply not enough space in our newsletter to list his many accomplishments so I will not try.

John Leavey F.A.A.R.
Member, Faculty Club Board of Governors


The October 23rd Bowling Open House went well with 7 teams signing up. The league will be starting up shortly after Thanksgiving. The November 1st Friendly Friday attracted @ 70 attendees who enjoyed the Mexican themed fare. On November 20th, Dining Services is offering a Thanksgiving buffet at lunch.

The December 6th Friendly Friday will be a great time to celebrate the upcoming holidays with friends and colleagues. See the December newsletter for the delicious menu. The Faculty House will be closed on November 28th and 29th for the Thanksgiving holiday, and from December 20th to January 6th for winter break. On January 7th, at 5:30PM, Abigail G. Wattley, Managing Director of the colleges’ Investment Office will be giving a talk and answering questions in the downstairs lounge. Get your questions ready!

Please join us in welcoming new Faculty Club members: David Wohabe (’82) & Denise Chiarella, and Stephen D. Brown (’71) & his partner Susan D. Brown.

I hope to see you all soon!

Alison Roe O’Grady

President, Faculty Club Board of Governors


Board Corner-November 2019


As the newest Faculty Club Board member, I have been chosen to author this month’s Board Corner. My favorite Faculty Club events are Friendly Fridays. It is always such a wonderful way to end the week. With retirement, I can make Friendly Friday a more leisurely evening, sitting in front of the new gas fireplace, meeting with friends, and making new ones. And a great way to promote the wonderfully funny Faculty Club Candlepin Bowling League!! Yes, the rumor is true…There are two candlepin bowling alleys hidden on the Faculty House’s Lower Level. Candlepin bowling uses smaller balls and pins that are “candle” shaped. Our lanes have been here for a long time. Originally students were hired to manually reset the pins and return the balls. Today we have an automated pin setting machine and ball return. Now bowling, of course, is not the sport of highest priority on this campus, especially since we are not the most skilled bowlers (why we laugh a lot.) The lanes’ wooden floors show their age, as do the small candle pin balls. Bowlers are employees, faculty, retirees, alums, and community Club members from their 20’s to their 90’s. We have a good time bowling and laughing once a week, with snacks and a cash bar. The Bowling League Open house is October 23 from 4:30pm – 6pm in the Faculty House downstairs lounge. Drop by, learn about candlepin, sign up, make new friends, and have a lot of fun. NO experience necessary. Questions? Contact Sarah Luczynski at: [email protected] Besides bowling there is much more Club sponsored programming, such as the Mystery Book Club and December’s lecture about Notre Dame. At Friendly Friday on November 1st we’ll celebrate Dia de Muertos by welcoming Ritmo Latino for a short dance performance at approximately 5:15PM, and we are serving Mexican themed food. Remember, if you have a talent, skill, or special area of interest that you’d like to share with the Faculty Club community, please let us know. We’d like to create Club events that celebrate our diverse membership.

Hope to see you all soon.

Mary Pfister

Member, Faculty Club Board of Governors


Board Corner October 2019

The Faculty Club Board of Governors is trying something new this month. Instead of the formerly titled column in the newsletter, The President’s Corner, other Board members will be writing about events they are hosting, and other topics of interest so that Club members can get to know us better.  Let’s see how this goes! November is a time we should reflect about what we are thankful for, but it is not all about turkey and stuffing  –we have enough of that at home and at the fabulous Thanksgiving buffet that Dining Services serves every year.

As the Board endeavors to provide food and functions at the Faculty House that reflect the diversity of the Williams community we are honoring a Mexican tradition in celebrating All Souls Day, and is celebrated as Dia de los Muertos (October 31st-November 2nd). Therefore Mexican food will be served at the November 1st Friendly Friday. Let’s enjoy some yummy food and learn more about the rich and diverse cultures present on campus.

The Board will be working with Dining Services Director, Temegsen Araya for ways to help food insecure students, seniors and families with the food that is leftover and not served at Faculty Club events. Policies and procedures need to be in place for this to happen. We look forward to working on this together. Nobody should go hungry at Williams, in our area, or anywhere. We plan on delivering a variety of programming that will help educate and also be fun. Stay tuned!

Mark your calendars for these future events:

  • October 23rd (Wednesday), 4:30PM-6:00PM:  Bowling League Open House. Snacks provided.
  • November 1st, Friendly Friday, 4:30PM-6:30PM.

Please join us in welcoming new community member Dr. Holly Hill!

Does anyone out there have a secret musical talent or skill you might like to share at a Club event? Please let us know. We need you.

Hope to see you all soon.

Alison Roe O’Grady

President, Faculty Club Board of Governors



President’s Corner September 2019

Welcome back to a new year at the Faculty House!
Our Board of Governors is dedicated to providing
programming that is educational, entertaining, and
encourages the interaction of faculty, staff, and
community members.
Due to Faculty House renovations, our first Friendly
Friday will take place on October 4th at 4:30pm. Keep
an eye on the Club website for updates on future
programming and to find out what’s cooking during
the daily Faculty House lunch service, always tasty and
a value at only $10 for members: https://faculty-club.
A warm welcome to our new Director of Dining Services,
Temesgen Araya, who will be vital to the future of the
Club and the delicious food that Dining Services serves at
our events.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Patrick
Quinn who served two successful terms as President
of the Faculty Club. His leadership and dedication
are an inspiration. I also extend our sincere gratitude
to President Mandel for her office’s support in once
again providing funding for events at the Faculty Club.
Without this generous assistance we would not be able
to plan the quality programs that our broad membership
expects and deserves.
Consider joining our candlepin bowling team! Bowling
starts after Thanksgiving and is a great way to meet new
people, stay limber, and have fun during the dark, cold
winter season. We’ll host an open house and team signup on October 23. Anyone can bowl – I do!
The Board looks forward to seeing you at the October
4th Friendly Friday. Please feel free to bring ideas for
future Club functions. Your input is always welcome.
See you in October!

Alison Roe O’Grady
President, Faculty Club Board of Governors

Reservation/Cancellation Reminder

Club Policy requires that members be charged for reserved events unless they cancel their reservation 48 hours prior to the scheduled event, unless otherwise noted.


I have some good news to report this month.
This summer the Faculty Club partnered with the
Williams College Museum of Art in providing fun
summer activities for Club members every Thursday
evening on the patio in front of the museum. Club
members enjoyed a wide array of entertainment, free
wine and a complementary selection of interesting and
delicious food.
The college will continue giving the Club financial
support of $3,500, down $1,000 from last year.
This year we are planning seven Friendly Fridays and
hope to have Williams academic departments cosponsor
some. Get ready for our upcoming season of
candle pin bowling (sign-up will be in October) – it’s
lots of fun and experience is not necessary. Also, keep
posted for a “behind the scenes” tour of the Clark
(limited availability) and Bright Ideas local brew by
Orion Howard at next month’s Friendly Friday.
In the past several years, the Club has made successful
efforts to reach out and engage new faculty and staff.
We have seen more diversity among participants in
our programs, and have provided thought provoking
lectures and programs. This year we are welcoming
Williams undergraduates who are military veterans
into full Club membership during their studies here at
Williams. Our Board is a mix of college staff, faculty and
community members, not all of whom have white hair.
The Faculty Club is the only organization dedicated to
town/gown socialization, and the only organization for
college retirees to reconnect and socialize.
So, let’s plan on having another great year at the Faculty Club.


October President’s Corner:

Since the Faculty Club’s October newsletter will
be published before the September 21 Friendly
Friday, I can’t give you an attendance report.
However, I can assure you that all guests enjoyed
the complementary food offerings and as always,
fine company.
October’s Friendly Friday will feature Orion
Howard ’88, owner/operator of Bright Ideas
Brewery at MASSMOCA, and a beer tasting
opportunity. Last year, this was a hugely popular
event so plan on attending.
Please keep your calendars open for our candle
pin bowling Open House (sign-up takes place
on Monday, October 22) – yes, we do have two
vintage lanes deep within the bowels of the
Faculty house. This year, we will be charging
college members $20 to off-set costs. You can join
an existing team or start your own. Experience
isn’t necessary. Games will start the week after
Thanksgiving, so be prepared for lots of fun.
We are planning another exciting and inclusive
new year so I hope to see you all at Friendly
Fridays, candlepin bowling or one of our
upcoming lectures or events.