December 2012 Newsletter

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WDCSA Holiday Party
Thursday, December 6 7-10 pm
DACOR-Bacon House
1801 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

Looking to add some cardinal red to your holiday? Please join your fellow Stanford alums to celebrate the festive season at the DACOR-Bacon House. The venue (built 1824-25) is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been home to several Supreme Court Justices, members of Congress, and a Maryland governor. The DACOR-Bacon House will be decorated for the holiday season and complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided. The venue is located 4 blocks from the Farragut-West Metro station (Orange and Blue lines).

Canned Food Drive: Join WDCSA in our annual food drive to help families in need this holiday season. We will be collecting canned food at the holiday party to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank.

The advanced registration price is $8 for WDCSA members, young alumni ('08 - '12), and guests; $12 for non-WDCSA members and guests. Please RSVP and pay online at

The price at the door is $12 for WDCSA members, young alumni ('08 - '12), and guests; $15 for non-WDCSA members and guests. We regret that no refunds will be given after December 3. Please contact Kevin Coyne at with any questions.

Ivy Singles Holiday Party
Friday, December 7 6:30-9 pm
DACOR-Bacon House
1801 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

The Ivy Singles Social Club is hosting its annual holiday party once again at the elegant and historic DACOR-Bacon House (built 1824-25), home to several Supreme Court Justices and a Maryland governor. U.S. Congressman from New York, Robert Low Bacon and his wife, Virginia Murray Bacon, lived in the house until 1980. Upon her death Virginia bequeathed the building and furnishings as a memorial to her husband. The DACOR-Bacon House and Foundation now serve as a "place to facilitate international peace and understanding" as well as a conference and meeting (DACOR).

Each floor of the DACOR-Bacon House will be festively decorated for the holiday season. We will feast on hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and enjoy a fine selection of wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks from a cash bar. Consistent with our elegant surroundings, please come dressed in holiday, cocktail or business attire.

Register online, for $42, which includes a $2 processing fee.

Walk-ins are welcome at $45; however advance reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited.

Take the Orange/Blue Line to Farragut West. Walk 3 blocks south on 18th St. Street parking is available after 6:30 pm. Please be aware that most nearby parking garages close early. Check with the garage attendant.
Charlotte Phebe Greenwood:

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, December 9 5-8 pm
Potomac, Md.

The DC book group will meet at the home of Jody Thayer in Potomac to discuss The Movie Goer by Walker Percy. New comers are welcome!

The list of books for the next 6 months will be available then. For information about the book group, email Alison Westfall at

ice skating rink with buildings in backgroundRisa Shimoda at drop off boxWDCSA NEWSLETTER

On November 23rd, WDCSA contributed to the Superstorm Sandy relief effort by donating coats collected at the recent Stanford-Oregon game watch at Mackey's Tavern on November 17th.

New York Cares, an organization that has in its sights to collect 200,000 coats this year, has set up drop boxes all around the boroughs of New York City. One of these is mid-town at Bryant Park and we deposited our bagful of garment in a box painted like a gift box at the CitiPond ice rink near the corner of 40th Street and 6th Avenue.

Special thanks go to WDCSA President John Smithson who initiated the project, Jen Bullock and Chris Shinkman for making arrangements with Mackey's to conduct the coat drive, and to all those who parted with a coat so that one of Sandy's victims will be able to work on recovering his or her life with a bit more warmth. Every donation was greatly appreciated!

Rose Bowl Game Watch Party
Tuesday, January 1 4:30 pm
1823 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20038

For the first time since 2000, Stanford Football is returning to Pasadena on New Year's Day, a third consecutive BCS appearance!

Stanford will face Wisconsin in the 2013 Rose Bowl. WCDSA is hosting a local game watch at Mackey's Pub. No RSVPs required, just come wearing your Cardinal garb and be ready to cheer our team on to victory!

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President: John Smithson, ‘05,, (818) 599-9010
Vice-President: Chris Shinkman, P ‘98,, (301) 229-4427 Kevin Coyne, MS ‘02,, (703) 517-9082
Treasurer: Patricia Marby Harrison, '91,
Webmaster: Bill Pegram ‘73, MBA ‘77,
Membership Initiatives: Risa Shimoda, '77,
Membership Processing: Bill Pegram, ‘73, MBA ‘77,, (703) 486-0952
Newsletter Editor: Sarena McRae, '06,
Young Alumni: Nina Rodriguez, MS '05,; Jackie Crespo, '05,
Parents Initiative: Melissa Clark P '12,, (301) 656-3560
Community Service: Sumana Chatterjee, MA '04, Elena Rivera, '11,
Capitol Alumni Network: Chris Shinkman, P ‘98,, Greg Billings '88
Ivy Singles: Phebe Greenwood, '79,, Charlotte Perry, '81,
Admissions Office Liaisons: Andrea Hirsch, '78 Carolina Gutierrez, '05, MA '06

Club Mailing Address: 3841 Whitman Rd, Annandale, VA 22003 Website:

Revised: January 7, 2013