Report on Intergenerational Luncheon

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Held at College Club, Wellesley College

Summary written by Sherry Zitter ’77; June 21, 2017


See photos from the event.


The Class of 1977 pioneered a new concept at this year's reunion: The Intergenerational Lunch. We joined the Class of 1947 at the College Club Saturday of reunion weekend--as well as the handful of stalwart alumnae re-uning from 1942 and 1937--to hear about their passions and share our own. We learned a lot about how life was for these elder Wellesley women and how their Wellesley education had led them down similar but differing paths over their 70 years since graduation. Many of them were passionate about the environment and about pro-choice and other women's issues. Others had taken the lead in government (we had a former mayor among us) and the arts: music, writing and visual art.
 

Most lunch tables had 2 elders sitting with us, and when reports were given, several reporters vied for the title of "the luckiest table" or "getting the prize" because they felt so inspired by the stories they heard and the advice given to us, advice such as: Never give up. Keep working for what you believe. Follow your heart. Learn something new each day, and enjoy your life to the fullest (this last from our 102-year-old alumna!). The rest of the day and all day Sunday, I received feedback that the luncheon was "the high point of the weekend" or similar comments. Many have emailed or written me cards reiterating this sentiment. So of course the 2 questions many have asked are:  1. Will we do this again in 5 years? and 2. When do WE become the elders and lunch with the Class of 2007?
sherry

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