I hope you can attend the upcoming CYC Annual Meeting and Dinner. You can register to attend by clicking here. When registering, you can kill two birds with one stone by paying for your annual dues in addition to the dinner. Further, the CYC relies on its most-giving members to sponsor the event. Please consider doing so this year (sponsorships can be effected through the Eventbrite link and will be demarcated in the pamphlet circulated at the meeting).
This past year has seen quite a few watershed events – both on campus in New Haven and in American politics. No matter where you come down on the positive or negative aspects of the foregoing, we hope that you have been heartened by the uptick in the activity of your Cincinnati Yale Club.
As a brief summary, in addition to some of our stalwart events like the the H-Y football game viewing party, admitted student reception and monthly Cincy Young Ivy happy hours, we added a family-friendly winter event that will continue annually in order to facilitate participation of our members with young(er) children. This summer we plan to revive the State of the City event and have slated the Yale Day of Service Event at a wonderful organization – Dress for Success Cincinnati (please make every effort to attend – details can be found on our and the AYA websites). In the year to come, the CYC will continue to extend the purview of its activities through our own events, and by partnering with the other Ivy alumni clubs and local organizations. Your (unpaid) board of directors donates a lot of time and effort into executing the various programs. So, if you have traditionally only made it to the annual dinner, please find the time to make it to an additional event or two. Each is an opportunity to meet new friends and reconnect with those with which you may have lost contact.
To enable the CYC to undertake the aforementioned endeavors, though, we need your help. First, every dollar of membership dues goes towards funding the events. To purloin WVXU’s fundraising admonition, a relatively de minimis amount of money from many individuals within a large base can and does have significant impact. Second, we are applying for 501(c)(3) status, which status will permit the CYC to accept donations that can be written off for tax and estate planning purposes. The board undertook this endeavor with the hope that our membership will look to the CYC as a conduit of its benevolence to impact greater-Cincinnati. Federal non-profit status will bring us into line with a majority of the other Yale alumni clubs and permit more engagement between our club and the local community. We will be sure to let you know once we hear back from the IRS. Please keep this in mind when allocating your charitable dollars.
In sum, while the annual dinner allows us to reflect on the past year, it is also an opportunity to sow the seeds for the future.
Michael B. Hurley YC ’06