Arizona. Our annual Ben Franklin Birthday Bash is Thurs., Jan. 21, from 5:30pm to 8pm at the University Club in Phoenix. Appetizers, a birthday cake, and surprises await all who attend. ”From Excellence to Eminence: Penn’s Progress Toward Making History,” an evening with John H. Zeller, vice president of Development and Alumni Relations, and Hoopes Wampler, assistant vice president of Alumni Relations, is scheduled for Wed., Feb. 10. Tour a fascinating Ansel Adams exhibit at Phoenix Art Museum followed by a scrumptious dessert selection from Arcadia Farms on Sun., Feb. 28, from 2pm to 4:30pm. Go to our website at to register for these events and for additional information.

Baltimore. Penn’s founder, Benjamin Franklin, is celebrating his 304th birthday in this month. Join Penn alumni in Baltimore for the festivities, on Thurs., Jan. 28, from 6pm to 8pm at the Chesapeake Wine Company, 2400 Boston Street #112, (The Can Company); RSVP to

Bogotá, Colombia. The Penn & Wharton Club of Colombia will hold their first event on Jan. 21, from 6pm to 10pm, in the Wine Cellar of Club El Nogal in honor of Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday. For more information, contact co-presidents Mark Grewe WG’05 at and Maria Cristina Salazar W’04 at

Boca Raton/Ft. Lauderdale. The Penn Club of Gold Coast, Fla., invites you to join them for a night to see Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Broadway’s longest running comedy thriller and two-time Tony winner on Thurs., Feb. 18 at 8pm at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th Street, Ft. Lauderdale. Visit the club’s website for more information.

Denver. On Feb. 2, from 6pm to 9pm, the 2010 All-Ivy Career Growth Event will be held at the University Club, 1673 Sherman Street. Keynote speaker will be Donald J. Mares L’82, executive director of the state’s Department of Labor and Unemployment. Pre-registration cost is $30 for all-Ivy members and $35 non-members & guest. Register at Save the Date: February 11 for “From Excellence to Eminence: Penn’s Progress Toward Making History,” a presentation from John H. Zeller, vice president of Penn’s Development and Alumni Relations, and Hoopes Wampler, assistant vice president of Alumni Relations.

Las Vegas. The Penn Club of Las Vegas is up and running and we would love for more alumni to join our group. Plans are underway for a Ben’s Birthday Bash in late January and a Glee Club visit in the spring. For more information, contact Lea Artis C’08 at or (702) 682-1287.

Los Angeles. Join PennClubLA for our upcoming events: Speed Networking—Wed., Feb. 24; Mask & Wig—Sat., March 6. For more information, visit Interested in getting involved?

London. Have a drink with the Penn Club UK on Jan. 21 at a West London pub (location, tba). All those attending are asked to bring an early-literacy book to be donated to a school in the community. For more details, contact Amy Ruth Finegold at

Long Island. On Wed., Jan. 27, the Penn Club of Long Island will be hosting its annual Ben’s Birthday Bash Dinner at Mim’s, 235 Roslyn Road at 7pm. Contact club president Sharon Wolinsky-Price W’76 at with any questions.

New Haven. Come out and cheer for Penn men’s basketball team as the Quakers play the Yale Bulldogs on Fri., Jan. 29, at 7pm at the Payne Whitney Gym. Celebrate Ben Franklin’s Birthday after the big game. For more information, contact co-president Reena Seltzer C’76 GEd’77 at

New York. On Jan. 20, at 6:30pm, celebrate Ben’s Birthday with Penn psychology professor Angela Lee Duckworth G’03 Gr’06, presenting on Grit: Perseverance and Passion for Long-term Goals. The event is co-sponsored by the Penn Club of New York. Tues., March 2, at 6:30 pm., PennNYC and the Penn Club of New York will host their sixth annual panel on college admissions, “Decoding the College Admissions Process.” Featuring the Alumni Council on Admissions, Penn’s resource for legacy applicants, this event is for alumni whose children or grandchildren aspire to attend a selective college. To learn more about these event and others, and to register, visit Be sure to log in to get the full benefits of the site and your free membership. Contact Dale Kramer Cohen W’76, president of PennNYC, if you have questions or would like to volunteer.

Northeastern Pennsylvania. After a fabulous faculty speaker event in late 2009 with Penn history professor Dr. Thomas Childers, the Club is thrilled to announce another outstanding faculty-speaker event with renowned professor and chair of Penn’s bioethics department, Dr. Art Caplan. This will take place on Tues., March 23 at the Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton. Check our website for more details on this exciting event:

Northern California. Join us at our annual Ben’s Bash Friday at the University Club in San Francisco on Jan. 22. Our next South Bay mixer is scheduled for Wed., Feb. 10; check our website for location of this bi-monthly mixer. Mark your calendar with our speed-networking event on Thurs., Feb. 25, and Mask & Wig in San Francisco on March 5. To receive invitations to Bay Area events, register on our website

Northern New Jersey. Join us on Jan. 29 for an evening of sangria and salsa at Vivo Tapas Lounge, with a three-course dinner followed by an hour-long salsa lesson. Our joint event with the New Jersey Wharton Club, “Traction-Navigating Career Cycles and Advancement,” will take place on Feb. 11. This informative panel discussion with George Bradt WG’85 and Chuck Forgang W’78 will be held at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. Do not miss our annual trip to watch Penn vs. Columbia, men’s basketball, on Feb. 26. More details on our website for a post-game get-together. Feb. 27—dinner and theater in Millburn. Join us at 6pm for dinner at La Campagna and at 8pm for a production of Lost in Yonkers at the Paper Mill Playhouse. For details on these events or further information, visit our website at

Philadelphia. The Penn Club of Philadelphia always has a full roster of fabulous events, but be sure to consider joining us at our Exclusive Chocolate Tasting at LaCroix on Thurs., Feb. 11, at 7pm. For more information on all of our events, visit our website:

Portland, Ore. The Penn Club of Portland will be celebrating the 304th birthday of Benjamin Franklin during the week of January 19. Check the club website ( and our email newsletter for details.

San Antonio. The Penn Alumni Club of San Antonio will celebrate Ben Franklin’s Birthday in January. Watch for details on our website or in your email if you are on the PennSanAntonio Listserv, or on the Internet in our soon-to-be established blog. Questions or suggestions? E-mail Club president Bob Weidman at

Sarasota. The Penn Club of Sarasota and Manatee Counties invites you to hear the Sarasota Opera Singers on Jan. 15 at the Venice Yacht Club. For more details, contact Club president Jeff Tibbs WG’06 at

Southwest Florida. The Penn Alumni Club of Southwest Florida (Naples/Ft. Myers) invites you to its annual meeting on Feb. 5 with guest speaker Penn professor Scott Harrington, who will talk about healthcare management and healthcare insurance. For more information, contact Club president, John Gamba W’61 at

Westchester/Rockland, N.Y. On Mon., Jan. 25, at 7pm, celebrate Ben’s Birthday at Sharon and Jeff Mulholland’s home in Chappaqua and be a part of the Club’s first, official annual board meeting as an incorporated entity. Hoopes Wampler, assistant vice president, Alumni Relations, will provide an update on the state of the University and answer any questions. We will also be celebrating Ben’s Birthday at the meeting. Our annual family outing will again be to Tarrytown Music Hall to see the Random Farms Kids’ Theater performance of Beauty and the Beast on Sat., Feb. 6. Check the website,, for details about these events as well as the Penn Glee Club’s upcoming January performance for alumni in New York. The Club will soon be joining Facebook as well! For more information about any of these events, contact club presidents, Sharon Mulholland W’85 at or Jeff Mulholland W’86 at

Western Pennsylvania. The Penn Club of Western Pennsylvania invites you to attend our monthly luncheons which we host at noon on the first Thursday of every month at the HYP Club, 619 William Penn Place. The next one is Feb. 4. Also, mark your calendars for our Feb. 21 Founders Day event. Consult our website for updated club information:


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Amendments to the By-Laws of Penn Alumni
In October 2009, at the request of the Penn Alumni Executive Committee and the Office of Alumni Relations, the Executive Committee reviewed and made suggestions in regards to Article VIII, Sections A, D, and E which pertain to the Standing Committees, selection of committee chairs, and members and term limits of committee chairs and members.
The Executive Committee’s review concluded that only standing committees that perform the work specific to the Penn Alumni Board shall remain listed in the By-Laws. All other committees would be placed in appendix form to the By-Laws and listed on the Penn Alumni website. These committees would still be managed by Penn Alumni and the Office of Alumni Relations.

Regarding the term limits for committee members, the committee concluded that these term limits and conditions be similar to those listed for committee chairs in Article VIII, Section E.

In addition, Article VIII, Section D, it is proposed to change the language to state that the Chairs of the standing committees will be responsible for selecting the committee members, conferring with the President and the Vice President of Leadership for additional comment.

The Executive Committee of Penn Alumni is also suggesting appointing the Chair of the Penn Traditions Young Alumni Ambassadors as a member of the Board of Directors. This change would be reflected in Article VI, Section B, Membership, replacing the current listing at number 16.

We invite all alumni to visit to see an Executive Summary of the recommended changes to the By-Laws, as well as the proposed revised version of the By-Laws. Alumni may submit comments and suggestions at this site.

Formal approval of the amended By-Laws will be sought at the joint meeting of the Penn Alumni Board and Council Meeting at their meeting on Saturday, May 15, at 9:00 a.m. All alumni are invited to attend.

ACA | The Alumni Council on Admissions is Penn’s advising and guidance resource for undergraduate legacy applicants. The ACA hosts Legacy Advising Sessions, Monday through Friday (except University holidays), at 12:15pm and 3:15pm; additional sessions will be available Mondays and Fridays at 11am and 2pm. These informal sessions allow alumni and their children and grandchildren to learn more about Penn’s selection process and the college-search process in general. Sessions are held in the Sweeten Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk, and reservations are never required. For more information, visit or call (215) 898-6888.


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