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Book Club Discussion Sunday, July 12 6pm

The book group will meet to discuss The Great Influenza by John Barry, at the home of Walter and Diana Wilson in Fairfax, Va. The Wilson's pool will be available, too. The August 9th book club meeting will focus on The Great Gatsby. For information, e-mail alisoncolew@hotmail.com. To sign up with the book group and receive announcements automatically, go to http:// groups.yahoo.com/group/wdcsabooks. New members are welcome!

WDCSA Hosts Dean for Religious Life, Scotty McLennan
Wednesday, July 22 6:45-8:30pm
Stanford in Washington 2661 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC

What role should religion play in the public arena? What changes can we expect with the new administration? Come explore these questions with the Stanford Dean for Religious Life, Scotty McLennan as he discusses "Separation of Church and State in the Obama Administration." Mr. McLennan has been Dean since January 2001 and is a renowned speaker, author, lawyer, professor, and minister. WDCSA will host light refreshments from 6:45-7:30, followed by Mr. McLennan's discussion from 7:30-8:30. The cost will be $7 for young alumni/members and $15 for non-members. Please make your reservation below. Seating will be limited so please reserve early. For any questions, please contact John Smithson, '04 at jsmithson@gmail.com.

Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Saturday, August 1- Sunday August 9
16th & Kennedy, NW Washington DC

Five of the eight men’s Wimbledon quarterfinalists and 10 of the round of 16 will play in this year’s Legg Mason Tennis Classic. WDCSA has 6 premium box seats in Aisle 36, Section 3 to all sessions; our seats are in the same location as in recent years - at the end of the court and very close to the court. (These seats are $500/seat at the box office for the tournament). These seats provide access to the Courtside Club restaurant. We have two parking passes available for each session at $10/ pass.

Wed 8/5 4pm - $48 (3 left)  

Please email wmpegram@comcast.net or call 703-486-0952 indicating the number of tickets desired, the session, and parking passes desired. Bill will process requests in the order they are received and confirm availability by return email and provide instructions for payment.

Face AIDS- Ride Against AIDS Presentation
Monday, August 3 6:30-8:30pm
Stanford in Washington 2661 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC

Join your fellow alumni to hear Austin Keeley and Dave Evans, current Stanford students, discuss their inspiring efforts to raise AIDS awareness across the country. Austin and Dave will be stopping by the Stanford in Washington House during their summerlong bike ride in the Ride Against AIDS from Stanford to Boston to present their roles as students in the fight against AIDS. Face AIDS, a student group founded at Stanford in 2005, is committed to inspire and mobilize students in the fight against AIDS in Africa. As Austin and Dave ride across the country, they will stop at local high schools, Rotary clubs, churches, and other organizations to present on AIDS in Africa and the role of students. Their hope is that by showing others that young people today can make a difference, that we all can inspire the next generation of leaders to shape the world they want to live in. WDCSA will host light refreshments from 6:45-7:30, followed by Austin and Dave's presentation from 7:30-8:30. Please RSVP by e-mailing John Smithson at jsmithson@gmail.com.


Jim FinucaneJim Finucane was at Stanford in the late 1950s – when the tuition was $200/quarter. After graduation he spent 4+ years on active duty in the nuclear navy, and he then attended another bay area Pac-10 school to get a PhD in nuclear engineering. Since then he has worked mostly in the Washington DC area and served on the Stanford Club board both in the 1970s and in the last 12 years. He spends most of his free time out of doors – currently he is the overseer of a section of the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park and runs a canoe and kayak class sponsored by the National Park Service in the summer. He also leads many outings for the local Sierra Club. He retired from the Department of Energy in March 2008 and joined the faculty of Georgetown University in January 2009 where he teaches graduate classes in nuclear nonproliferation.

Meet Former Stanford Women’s Basketball Star Candace Wiggins
Sunday, August 30 4-7pm
Verizon Center 601 F St NW Washington DC

Come watch the Washington Mystics take on the Minnesota Lynx and meet former Stanford standout Candace Wiggins! Candace finished her Stanford career as the all-time leading scorer in both Stanford and Pac-10 women's basketball history. She led the Cardinal to the National Championship game in 2008, where she completed a four-time All American career. She is currently one of the top young players in the WNBA. After watching Candace on the court, the Stanford group will meet her following the game. Tickets have been arranged through the Washington Mystics to sit Stanford alumni in the same sections. Upper level seats are $9. A limited number of lower level tickets are available for $28. The upper level seats are normally $15/ticket and the lower level seats are normally $60/ticket. Reserve your ticket below by Friday, August 28. Tickets will be distributed just outside of Will Call by a WDCSA representative. The Verizon Center is located directly above the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro stop (red, yellow, and green lines). Please email John Smithson at jsmithson@gmail.com with any questions. See you at the game!


Canoe & Kayak Lessons and Picnic
Tuesdays, June -August 6:30pm
Fletcher’s Boat House 4940 Canal Rd NW Washington DC

EVERY Tuesday Evening Canoe & Kayak Lessons and Picnic. The canoe class started on June 2nd and will continue every Tuesday through to August 25th. Join any of these 6:30-8 pm classes on the C&O Canal at Fletcher’s Boat House. Fletcher's Boat House is off Canal Road about one mile below Chain Bridge in NW DC. (Note: Canal road is one way going West out of Georgetown from 3-7 pm weekdays). The class covers kayaking/canoeing at all levels. Bring food to share at the post-class potluck picnic. Cost for canoe, paddle, life jacket, and lessons is $5/person. Kids most welcome and FREE. For more information, please contact Jim Finucane 301/365-3485 before 9 PM or jim.finucane@yahoo.com


Nearly 90 local Stanford alums went on a sunset boat cruise of the Potomac River on June 18 to celebrate the beginning of summer. Two hours (and a few drinks) later we'd all made a bunch of new friends and contacts, and had an amazing time! Join us at the end of the summer for another great party -- look for details in next month’s newsletter. More photos of cruise


WDCSA at A Wider CircleOn June 21st, WDCSA volunteers helped out at A Wider Circle, a nonprofit organization in Silver Spring, MD, that provides furniture and other household items to low-income families. The WDCSA volunteers lifed couches and mattresses, picked up donated dining tables, sorted baby clothes, re-upholstered furniture, assembled a crib, and saw the immediate benefit of their work by helping local families in need load mattresses, chairs, sofas, and dressers onto truck to bring home.

Stanford Football is Coming This Way!!!
Saturday, September 12 12pm
Winston-Salem, NC

The Stanford football team will be making a rare appearance in the East when the Cardinal takes on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem, NC. Kickoff is set for 12:00 noon. The WDCSA is collecting information about prices for game tickets and for tickets to the Stanford Alumni Association’s pre-game tailgate. We will also have information about a block of hotel rooms being reserved and the possible provision of a mini-van which will drive down on Friday afternoon and return on Saturday after the game. Stay tuned for details…and if you have questions in the meanwhile contact Chris Shinkman (301-229-4427) c.shinkman@verizon.net

Stanford at the Opera Fall 2009

Barber of Seville - Rossini Wednesday, September 16 @ 7:30 pm

An audience all-time favorite with Lawrence Brownlee direct from his “brilliant” MET debut as the Count. Deadline for ordering is August 14. Tickets will be mailed week of August 17.

Falstaff – Verdi
Wednesday, October 21 @ 7:30 pm

Starring Washington area favorites Gordon Hawkins as Falstaff and Betsy Bishop as Meg Page. Deadline for ordering is September 18. Tickets will be mailed week of September 21.

Orchestra $151.50; 2nd Tier $ 76.50. For tickets - send a check payable to WDCSA to Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington DC 20010. Contact Betty @ bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org or 202.483.4048.

Interested in “Gotterdammerung” (concert version)? Saturday, November 7 @ 5 pm. Orchestra $ 121.50 and $ 61.50. Contact Betty Byrne and she will reserve a block.

Stanford in the News

• “Stanford research shows that kites in high-altitude winds could provide clean electricity”
• Stanford will participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program designed to allow veterans to graduate debt free”


President: John Smithson, ‘05, jsmithson@gmail.com, (818) 599-9010
Vice-President: Chris Shinkman, P ‘98, c.shinkman@verizon.net, (301) 229-4427
Kevin Coyne, MS ‘02, kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org, (703) 517-9082
Newsletter Editor: Sarena McRae, ’06,  sarena.mcrae@gmail.com
Treasurer: Jim Finucane ‘61, jim.finucane@yahoo.com, (301) 365-3485
Webmaster/Membership: Bill Pegram ‘73, MBA ‘77, wmpegram@comcast.net (703) 486-0952
Young Alumni: Laura Villanueva, ’06, laura694@gmail.com
Community Service: Christina Russell ’96, carussell17@comcast.net, Steven Kelts PhD '02 kelts@gwu.edu
CAN Representatives: Jill Pepper ‘93, jill@teamcoalition.org; Giselle Gaitan ‘06, Giselle.gaitan@gmail.com
Ivy Singles: Phebe Greenwood, ’79, phebepg@yahoo.com, Charlotte Perry, ’81, charmperry@aol.com
Club Mailing Address: 815 South 18th Street, #400, Arlington, VA 22202
Website: www.stanfordclubs.org/dc

Revised: July 27, 2009