Welcome from the President

I would like to welcome all of you, longtime and new members, to the 2015-2016 year of the Northwestern University Circle.  I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are now enjoying fall with its crisp temperatures, clear blue skies and vivid colors on the trees.With the start of school in September, however, fall does not so much feel like the end of summer but rather like a new beginning. And it also means that Circle interest groups are meeting again and programs are happening.

In early October, a group of Circle members enjoyed a tour of Northwesterns south campus in Evanston and visited two of its newest buildings--the Segal Visitors Center and Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, both buildings with stunning architecture and beautiful lake views.  Also in October, the Ethnic Dining Group organized a Sunday dinner at the Senegalese restaurant Badou in Chicago where Circle members enjoyed delicious food and lively conversations.

More activities are planned for fall and winter, such as a visit to the ETOPiA play with a dinner outing in November, the gift-wrapping party and cookie exchange in December, and the potluck dinner and play early next year.  I hope many of you will be able to attend some of Circles activities. Not only do the programs and interest groups give you an opportunity to be entertained, learn something new, or help others, but they are also a great way to find companionship and friendship.

When Debbie Crimmins, Gay Menges and I attended the 2015 Big Ten Womens Conference organized by the University Womens Club of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, in June, we had a chance to learn firsthand about other universities womens groups. The groups vary widely in size but they are all facing the problem of decreasing membership.  I hope we will be able not only to maintain but to increase the number of Circle members in the future.

I would like to thank all of the board members for their efforts in the Circle and I would especially like to thank Jane Dowding and Trink Newman for all their work as Circle co-presidents from 2013 through June 2015.

Elisabeth Malthouse