Class and College giving opportunities

Dear Classmate,

We can agree that we have had a year like no other.  Certainly not like last year, when we experienced the glorious 50th reunion in Hanover, followed in our case by a tour of the Lake Michigan coast on our way back to Milwaukee — then an overseas trip in the fall, Thanksgiving in Hawaii, a month in December visiting family in Vermont — and a visit to Florida in January!  This year (since then)?  NO travel for us.  Next year?  There is hope.

A redeeming element of the isolation has been the camaraderie of our classmates on numerous virtual events held regularly as well as on Homecoming weekend, including informal social gatherings, a wine tasting with wines supplied in advance, play readings with professional, amateur, and novice classmates participating, and presentations by classmates of important topics of their expertise, followed by discussion.   Some of us may be “zoomed out,” but these Dartmouth 69 sessions can be a special contribution to our lives.  Check out the activities by contacting our Mini-Reunion Chair Arthur Fergenson.

Dartmouth has undergone the crisis of the pandemic with considerable financial strain, and the student body has experienced even more. The number of the first-year students receiving scholarship support has grown by 2% over last year, while the average financial aid award for the Class of 2024 is up 7%, to more than $60,000, in a year-to-year comparison. The Dartmouth College Fund is the single largest source of student financial aid, comprising 59% of the total.  Now more than ever is the time for us to “pay it forward” in return for our great Dartmouth experience.  Please consider doing so.

The easiest way to contribute is via 69 Annual DCF. On that web page you can specify that 100% of your donation will go toward financial aid.

Finally, we are in the home stretch of the campaign for the spectacular 50th Reunion Gift of the Class of ’69, the renovation of the Dartmouth Outing Club House on Occom Pond.  The goal is close, and the campaign will end on Dec 31.  This project has merited a special letter of thanks from President Hanlon, in which he noted “this is the single largest 50th Reunion class project in Dartmouth’s long history.”  Construction is underway, and we look forward to homecoming next year on site!  You can contribute at  69 DOC House  (a contribution to this project is separate from the Dartmouth College Fund).

Thank you all for your support of Dartmouth.

John Myers '69 and Tom Hunt '69