The NU Club of Chicago took on a serious topic last February, as former U.S. Sen. George McGovern (G49, 53, H67) spoke to the group on his five-point plan for ending world hunger. McGovern is now U.S. representative to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome. The event, jointly sponsored with the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, attracted more than 100 guests.
Club members are reminded that the organization has an evening in the Governor's Suite at Arlington Racetrack scheduled for July 15. Also planned is an outing to see the Kane County Cougars baseball team in mid-summer.
Reminiscing and romance drew a big crowd to the NU Club of Sun Cities (Ariz.) luncheon and dance in February at Jim Henry's in Surprise, Ariz. The club incorporated Northwestern's Sesquicentennial into its Valentine's Day event, featuring four local alumni representing four score years of Northwestern history.
Edward Dapples (WCAS28, G34) shared his memories of campus life in the 1920s; Mary Carol Steiner (Mu45) offered her perspective from the war years; Bettie Ladd (G63) from the 1960s; and Laurie Allen (SCS91, G98) headed into the new millennium.
Paul (McC61) and Pat (Mu60) Densford, president and secretary, respectively, of the Sun Cities club, have been getting good reviews of Northwestern's Sesquicentennial video, Moments in Time, during special viewings they've been holding at their home.
Looking ahead, club members are already gearing up for another successful Wildcat football season. With the NU Club of Phoenix, they are organizing a trip to Las Vegas to watch the Wildcats battle the UNLV Rebels on Friday, Sept. 7, in the opening game of the 2001 season.
Snowbirds making their second homes in the Palm Springs, Calif., area have been keeping their Northwestern connections strong through the NU Club of Coachella Valley. More than 50 members and guests turned out in January to hear local television producer and director Roland Perez of KMIR-TV in Palm Springs at the Desert Willow Country Club.
Featured speaker at the club's February dinner at the Indian Wells Country Club was University archivist Patrick Quinn, who fascinated the group with amusing anecdotes and Sesqui-stories in recognition of the University's 150th anniversary. In March a big band concert featuring Susan Anton, the Mills Brothers and the Crewcuts attracted 60 pop music lovers to the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert.
Club co-president Jodie Miller (Mu58) reports the club is focusing its efforts on building the Cherub Scholarship Fund.
Nearly 40 members of the NU Club of New York City/ Young Alumni held a karaoke night at Bar Nine in midtown Manhattan in January. Kirk Hoffman (S98) wowed the crowd with his renditions of Frank Sinatra and Neil Diamond tunes.
In same spirit, the NU Club of Washington, D.C., toured the Shenandoah Brewing Co. in Alexandria, Va., in February. Under the direction of professional brewmasters, members got an inside look at the brewing process and put their knowledge to work, creating five cases of their own honey porter special ale.
A month earlier nearly 50 members of the club visited the Phillips Collection, America's oldest museum of modern art, near Washington's Dupont Circle. They received a guided tour of the exhibit "Degas to Matisse: Impressionist and Modern Masterworks from the Detroit Institute of Arts."