2019 Annual Report - ND Club of Central NJ
2019 was an exciting year for our Club in many ways. While we were not able to increase our paying membership significantly, the numbers of participants in our activities grew substantially. Here are just a few of the many Club highlights:
Our 2019 UND Celebration was held at the Old York Cellars Winery in Ringoes, featuring dinner and wine-tasting and a tour of the facilities. We were pleased with a turnout of close to 50 people. Plans are already underway for 2020. Our speaker this year is Don Bishop, Associate VP of Enrollment. This year’s theme is “Beyond the Blueprints: An Inside View of the Campus Plan.” Got a question about what it takes to get into Notre Dame? This could be your opportunity. More to come on date/location.
Throughout the year we held 15 events/activities with over 400 total participants. These included 5 game watches, most which were tied to community food or clothing drives.
More than 65 parents, students and friends joined us for the 2019 Student Sendoff held at Sunset Lake where we enjoyed lots of food, friendship and various activities in a wonderful beach setting. We’re pleased to have more than 20 first year students attend the University from our area. Many of them emailed us during the year to thank us for our support and prayers. In 2019, we were pleased to contribute $1955 to the scholarship fund which aided 8 local area students. Additionally, we staffed 8 events at area high schools to assist students with their questions about Notre Dame.
In 2019, our Club sponsored 7 service events including food and clothing drives and programs to assist students attending Perth Amboy Catholic School. We appreciate everyone’s turnout and support!
We are grateful to Seton Hall University and Associate Dean Dr. Christopher Kaiser for hosting our annual Hesburgh Lecture in 2019, and to Dr. Mike Crant from the Mendoza College of Business for his inspiring talk on leadership. We’re pleased that we will return to Seton Hall on March 11 from 4-6pm for this year’s lecture featuring Dr. Joel Urbany, also from Mendoza. His topic: "Disruptive Customer Insights: Re-wiring Organizations for Growth." This event is free and open to everyone!
Our local Women Connect group participated in both the Spring and Fall "Shared Reads" organized by ND's Women Connect. They also organized ongoing support for Applause Pushing Limits which supports middle school girls basketball.
As you’ve probably discovered, our Club has paid particular attention to upgrading our website and becoming more active than ever on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These efforts have gone a long way in helping raise awareness about our activities and informing club members about events. With the introduction of the New Generation myND, these efforts will continue.
In a word, MORE. A whole lot more. We hosted more game watches in 2019 and plan to be right back at it this year. We recently joined hands with students and alums from Georgetown and Villanova in hosting a career networking event. We kicked off 2020 with a celebration of the Lunar New Year, the first of what we hope will be several diversity related activities this year. Next up, we are encouraging members to turnout at the Rutgers Newark Campus on Saturday, February 15 to celebrate Black History Month (see our February newsletter for details).
Our Catholic identity is central to who we are and what we are about. This year, we will be introducing periodic Club Masses, and other activities and events focused on spirituality. We hope you and your family will join in. And lastly, now that we have all gotten to know each other better through our get togethers we’re going to ask for you to participate in a volunteer activity or two.
Your Club leadership is grateful to all the volunteers who give freely of their time and talent. We appreciate your financial support, particularly for our scholarship fund. And, we invite your prayers as we take on new efforts so that we may embrace the spirit of Our Lady’s University in an even more robust way. Here’s to you. Here’s to Notre Dame. Go Irish!
Ed Caldwell '79, President