Washington DC Stanford Association November 2000 Newsletter

Calendar of Events

Nov 8Breakfast Briefing
Nov 9Embassy of Finland Reception
Nov 9Madwoman discussion
Nov 11Madwoman of Chaillot
Nov 15Entrepreneurship Event
Nov 18Big Game Party
Dec 10WDCSA Holiday Party; watch for details soon)
 Tutoring at Meyer Elementary School


Breakfast Briefing:  An Overview of the Federal Election Commission
Wednesday, November 8
7:45-9:00 a.m.

The Washington D.C. Stanford Association invites you to a "breakfast briefing" with:

Darryl Wold (Stanford LL.B. '66)
Chairman, Federal Election Commission

The federal elections for the year 2000 will be the costliest yet in U.S. history.  Campaign expenditures and fundraising are at record-high levels.  During the primaries, Governor Bush declined any federally provided matching funds, avoiding the limitations that came with them.  Vice President Gore accepted such funds and the accompanying limitations.  Both major party candidates, however, are accepting federally provided general election funds.  Pat Buchanan and his part of the Reform Party have ended up with both federal matching and general election funds of almost $17 million.  Ralph Nader and his Green Party have not.  Campaign finance reform has been on the lips of many of the candidates, such as Senators John McCain, Russ Feingold, former Senator Bill Bradley, U.S. Representative Tom Campbell from Stanford, as well as Vice President Gore.  "Soft" money, "hard" money, PAC money, "independent" expenditures are just some of the concerns being raised by these officials.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC), which oversees and regulates all campaigns for and elections to federal office, definitely has been and will be a busy agency this election year.  Its current chairman, Darryl Wold, a 1966 graduate of Stanford Law School, will offer us his expert and seasoned overview of the just-completed federal election just one day after the event. 

Chairman Wold was appointed to the six-member FEC by President Clinton in November 1997 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July 1998.  His current term runs through April of next year.

Please plan on attending this timely, relevant-and off-the-record-briefing.

Place: Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th Street, N.W.
Metro: Metro Center (13th and G Streets, NW)
Date: Wednesday, November 8
Time: 7:45 to 9:00 a.m.
Menu: Continental breakfast
Cost: $14.00 per person

Make checks payable to Washington DC Stanford Association and send them by Nov. 7 to:  Terry Adlhock c/o Florida Power Corporation, Suite 250, 801 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington DC 20004, tel. (202) 783-5560, e-mail:  tadlhock@aol.com.

An Evening at the Embassy of Finland
Meyer School Benefit
Thursday, November 9
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join us Thursday, November 9, for the Meyer Elementary School Tutoring Program Annual Fundraising Reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Embassy of Finland is graciously hosting this event thanks to the kindness of His Excellency, Mr. Jaakko Laajava, Ambassador to the United States.  This will be an opportunity to meet the Ambassador, as well as some of the Embassy staff, see the Embassy, learn a little more about Finland from a presentation, and enjoy light fare and drinks.  Attendance is limited to 125.

Your contribution helps to pay for new instructional and computer resources and for school operating costs on the Saturdays that the program is in session. The program is in its eighth year and is a joint project of the Stanford, Princeton and Harvard Alumni Associations of Washington, DC.

The cost is $35 per person and is tax deductible. The cost for current tutors is $20 per person.  Send checks, payable to Harvard Club (Meyer School Fund), to Susan Reynolds, 8510 Capo Ct., Vienna, VA 22182.  All checks should be received no later than November 1st.  Please include a daytime telephone number.  In the event that the limit is exceeded, those replying too late will be notified by telephone.

To further contribute, you can add any amount of money to your reservation check, which is also tax deductible.  In addition, please bring with you to the reception a new or "gently used" elementary age children's book or school supplies, such as markers, crayons, construction paper, white copier paper, pencils, or are supplies.

Modern Drama Discussion Group
November 9-The Madwoman of Chaillot (discussion)
November 11-The Madwoman of Chaillot (performance)

In November the Modern Drama Discussion Group's current theme, Survival of the Fittest, encounters social Darwinism.  The Madwoman of Chaillot (1947), by French playwright Jean Giraudoux, pits the eponymous Countess Aurelia against a cabal of corrupt capitalists determined to exploit Paris's suspected mineral resources even if it means the city's complete destruction.  The drama group will discuss The Madwoman of Chaillot from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 9 (dinner at 6:30) at Delray Viet Garden, 4918 Del Ray Ave., just north of Bethesda metro.  Our discussion will feature director Jim Petosa.  To RSVP for the discussion contact Betty Byrne BS'55 (202-483-4048 & BettyByrne@stanfordalumni.org).  We'll attend The Madwoman of Chaillot at 2 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 11, at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. (MD-108), Olney, MD.  Tickets are $19 and include a post-performance discussion.  For tickets call 301-897-9314 or e-mail Robin.Larkin@erols.com.  For general information about the drama group visit www.footlightsdc.org.

Entrepreneurship Networking Event
Wednesday, November 15
7:00-9:00 p.m.

ATTENTION Silicon Valley Refugees, BioTech Corridor Compatriots, and Other Independent-Minded folk!

The WDCSA is planning an informal networking event for those in or interested in entrepreneurship in software, IT, Biotech, or any other field.  Stop by and have a beer with fellow alumni with similar interests or experiences.  No speaker or other organized event is planned at this time, but all input on formats for future events is welcome.

When: Wednesday, Nov 15, 7-9 p.m.

Location: Rock Bottom Brewery in the Ballston Commons Mall

What to look for: Either Balloons or a Stanford sweatshirt near where we are gathering.

Contact: Eric Sword, BS '94, MS '95, at 703-508-9668 or ericsword@grouplogic.com

Driving Directions: Exit I-66 West or East at Glebe road in Ballston.  Head south until you see the mall on your left.  Drive past Hechts on Glebe and you will see both Rock Bottom and the parking structure.

Metro Directions: Ballston stop on the Orange line.  Walk south 2 blocks and you will run into the mall.  Rock Bottom can be reached from the inside or outside the mall.

103rd Big Game
Saturday, November 18
3:00 P.M. until victory

Join us on Saturday, November 18, for the 103rd Big Game (party), hosted by the WDCSA and the local Cal Alumni Association.  The 2000 Big Game Party will be held at Capitol City Brewing Company-Shirlington in Arlington, VA.  Come root for Cardinal, hiss at the Bears, and enjoy all-you-can-eat chicken wings, bbq chicken sandwiches, roast beef, pasta salad, and vegetables.

Micro-brewed beer will be sold at reduced prices, and sodas will be sold with free refills.  The DC Big Game Party is open to all ages; please bring a valid ID if you plan to drink.

Please see below for more details on the free shuttle bus service to the party.

Please check the WDCSA Hotline, (301) 230-5575, or website the week before Big Game to confirm the information listed below.  Good seats will fill up quickly, so come early.  Doors open at 3:00 p.m.

Come out and help us cheer on the Cardinal!

Big Game Party Details:
Date:    Saturday, November 18
Place:    Capitol City Brewing Company-Shirlington, 2700 South Quincy Street, Arlington, VA, (703) 578-3888
Time:    3:00 p.m. until 7 p.m.; game time is 3:30 P.M.
Cost:    $16.00 per person in advance; $20.00 at the door, includes buffet, satellite downlink and shuttle service.  Beverages are extra.  Children under 12 will be admitted free with their parents.

RSVP:    Send checks (payable to Washington DC Stanford Association) by November 14 to Quinn McKew, 2821 29th Place, NW, Washington, DC, 20008 or pay at the door.  If you prepay for two or more people please list their names.  For information, contact qmckew@npca.org, (202) 669-3142, or call the WDCSA hotline.

Metro:    Free shuttle service to the party will be provided from the Pentagon City Metro stop (Blue and Yellow lines).  Take the Hayes Street exit (the one on the right).  When you exit the station, you will be in front of Borders and Starbucks.  Look for the Stanford vs. Cal meeting sign.  A 25-seat bus with Stanford and Cal banner will be waiting.  Shuttle buses will make round trips to Shirlington from 2:30-4:30 P.M. and return trips to the Pentagon City Metro from 6:30-8:30 P.M.  ***Note: Shuttle bus information is subject to change, please check the WDCSA hotline or website the week before the party.

Directions:    From I-395 South, take the SHIRLINGTON/GLEBE RD. exit, number 7, towards Shirlington.  Stay on the Shirlington off-ramp all the way to the first intersection.  Go straight through the intersection and Capitol City Brewing Co. will be about one block ahead of you on the left.  Free parking is available behind the restaurant in a parking garage and in an outdoor lot.

Tutoring at Meyer School
Saturday Mornings
10-11:30 a.m.

As the weather turns (slightly) cooler and the back-to-school sales fill the papers, you may be fondly remembering the days when a new set of pencils and notebooks signaled the end of summer.  Well, you CAN go back to school! Come join the Meyer Adopt-A-School program and help fellow Stanford, Princeton, and Harvard grads tutor elementary school students on Saturday mornings.  This year we will work primarily with 1st-3rd graders who have scored poorly on the District's standardized tests. 

Tutors spend from 10-11:30 on Saturday mornings working with students on reading, writing, math, and computer skills.  No previous experience or training is necessary.  The Meyer School is in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C., a few blocks from the U St. Metro station. The program starts in mid-October and goes through May.  Regular attendance by tutors is appreciated by both the students and the program. 

For more information contact Andrea Hirsch at (202) 331-7522 (w); (202) 244-4589 (h) or AHirsch@ksflaw.com.

KEY CONTACT INFORMATION

Hotline: (301) 230-5575   
President: Callista Chen, BA '97, (202) 319-1841, callista@stanfordalumni.org
Webmaster/Membership: Bill Pegram, BA '73, MBA '77, (703) 486-0952, dcstanalum@aol.com
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12179, Arlington, VA  22219
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