AADC May 2020 E-news & Douglass Alumnae Highlights
Stay Tuned, Stay Safe and Stay Hopeful

During the last several weeks, the AADC has been working closely with the AADC Reunion Weekend Planning Committee to prepare contingencies and — with all our hope — plan a very special celebration in June 2021. We have not forgotten those milestone classes who were planning for their reunion this year.

Next year it is going to be double the connections and double the classes as we commemorate milestone class reunions from both class years ending in 0s and 5s, as well as 1s and 6s, for a special AADC Alumnae Reunion Weekend 2021 , from June 4 to 6. The Class of 1970 and the Class of 1971 will join together to mark their Vanguard 50th Reunions. We salute the Class of 1971 for sharing the spotlight. The AADC knows the many ways alumnae cherish and look forward to reuniting, reconnecting and reminiscing with classmates for Reunion. Stay tuned, stay safe and stay hopeful.

We miss all of our alumnae in June and we hope that you and your family are safe and healthy as we all continue to deal with the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges our society is facing. We have faith and we have hope that campus will again be open and we will celebrate together.
We're Engaging Virtually
Mentoring Program Virtual End-of-Year Gathering

Saturday, May 30, 2020, 11:00 am

Calling all Mentors and Mentees who participated in our 2019-2020 program! We will host a virtual celebration to share in the success of our mentor and mentee pairs from this year's program. Don't miss this opportunity to connect and share your experiences and successes.To read our latest newsletter and to apply for next year's program by July 10, visit www.douglassalumnae.org/mabels-mentoring-program
Ready, Next, Go!

Submit Your Workshop Proposal by May 31, 2020

Complete our new online form to submit your proposal to present a workshop at the 5th Annual Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt '42 Workplace and Professional Development Symposium. This special event will be hosted virtually by the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College and is scheduled for Saturday, *September 12. This year's theme is “Ready, Next, Go!” The Symposium Planning Committee, chaired by Ikecia Lenese Mapp '01, encourages you to incorporate the concepts of Confidence, Preparation and Execution in your proposal. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with alumnae across a variety of fields and pursuits.
2020 AADC Society of Excellence Honors Achievements in Professional and Community Endeavors
 Do you know an alumna deserving of recognition by the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College? Nominate alumnae to the 2020 AADC Society of Excellence. This prestigious award recognizes alumnae who have brought honor to the AADC by their distinguished achievements in professional and community endeavors and in their service to the AADC, including alumnae involvement and financial support. We will honor this year's recipients at our induction ceremony in the fall. Nominate someone today! Deadline is June 12, 2020. 
Alumnae Tuned In To AADC Virtual Tea Party and Sisterhood Book Club
 
More than 30 alumnae tuned in on Sunday, May 17, for a special "Tea with Tina" AADC virtual event, hosted by Tina Gordon '72, AADC Board Vice President of Marketing and Communications, from her home office. Participants, including those pictured, chatted online and on screen about how and what they are doing. It was an hour of connecting and engaging with sister alumnae. Some even wore festive hats or toasted with tea cups. In addition, many alumnae engaged in the virtual AADC Sisterhood Book Club last Saturday, May 23, for a discussion about "Sourdough," a novel by Robin Sloan. We hope you will consider joining us at a future virtual program.
For a complete list of upcoming AADC events and programs, visit www.douglassalumnae.org/event-registration
*Please note: As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, our primary focus is on the health and safety of our AADC alumnae community and AADC staff. We will provide further updates as they evolve regarding any impact on scheduled upcoming fall events and programs.
Value the AADC Alumnae Community online gathering launches on Wed., June 3, 2020 and continues until Wed., June 10, 2020. Don’t miss out!
Two New TAX Reasons to Support Your Alumnae Association This Year
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) passed by Congress in April provides many forms of economic relief during the current global health pandemic. Among them are two incentives for Charitable Giving: one for those who do not itemize their taxes and one for those who do.

For taxpayers who do not itemize, the Act provides a Temporary Universal Charitable Deduction. You can take a one-time deduction of up to $300 for gifts made to charitable organizations, like the Association Alumnae of Douglass College (AADC). Note that the deduction is only for gifts of cash made in calendar year 2020 and does not cover contributions made to donor-advised funds or private foundations. The AADC Annual Appeal does not benefit NJC, DRC, Douglass or Rutgers. It supports our alumnae community and keeps the AADC mission in motion through challenging times.

For taxpayers who do itemize, the Act suspends the 60% adjusted gross income limitation for individuals’ charitable contributions for year 2020. So, while in a typical year, you would only be able to take a charitable deduction of up to 60% or your adjusted gross income no matter how much you contributed to charity – for 2020 there is no limit; cash contributions will be fully deductible. Note that this deduction is also only for gifts of cash in calendar year 2020 and also does not cover contributions made to donor-advised funds or private foundations.

As always, you should check with your tax advisor or financial consultant to see if these incentives are right for your personal financial goals. However, if the CARES Act makes 2020 a good year for you to give or increase your charitable giving, please consider a gift to the AADC Annual Appeal. Your contribution is impactful and appreciated. Thank you!
Alumnae Highlights
  We launched our new "Sharing Our Stories" series recently with alumnae stories from the pandemic. It is designed to show how our AADC alumnae sisters are dealing with the changes in their lives resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. To read stories by Tiffany and Jennifer Ansbach '93 visit www.douglassalumane.org/sharing-our-stories . Stay tuned for a story from Kathryn Jenkins Cooke's '10, coming soon.
New Jersey Educator and Ph.D. student Jennifer Ansbach '93
New York State Health Care Professional Kathryn Jenkins Cooke '10
Family Physician Dr. Tiffany '04 (last name omitted to respect the privacy of her employer)
Share Your Story and Let Us Know How Your Life has Changed
Please share YOUR story with your alumnae sisters. Are you homeschooling your children or grandchildren, completely revamping your business as a result of the pandemic? Are you unemployed? Have your grown children moved back home to quarantine with you? What’s new, different, challenging and worth sharing? We would love to hear from you. Email us at douglassalumnae@douglassalumnae.org .
Results of AADC Ballots for Board of Directors and Nominating Committee

The ballots cast by active members of the Alumnae Council for the election of Board Officers and General Board Members for the term of July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2022 and the members of the 2020-2021 Nominating Committee were reported to Spring Alumnae Council by Acting President Helen Galt '69 as follow.

Elected Board Officers to serve from July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2022 terms are: Jeanne M. Fox '75 , President; Helen Galt '69 , Vice President for Administration; and Lisa Dorio Ruch '89 , Treasurer.

Elected General Board Members to serve from July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2022 terms are: Linda Clark ’70, Tynisha Coleman ’08, Kathi Love ’75, Elizabeth Murray ’87, Yesenia Perez ’12 and Heather Tedesco ’12.

Elected Nominating Committee Members to serve from July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 terms are: Denise Busby ’76 (Board Member), Dolores Ijames Bryant ’84 (Board Member), Isabel Goll Drzewiecki ’61 , Chair (Alumnae Council Rep), Jean D’Amore ’09 (Alumnae Council Rep) and Bertha Aiken ’81 (Member at Large).

Thank you to the active members of the Alumnae Council for casting your vote. We thank Helen for serving as Acting President and thank departing Alumnae Engagement Chair Elizabeth Middleton Rizzotti '89, Treasurer Jennifer C. Bender '93, and Board Members Alanna Chan '04 and Amanda Hugelmeyer '04, whose terms end on June 30.
Passing of Former AADC Staff Member Lorraine Pachkowski

Sadly, we report the death of Lorraine Gallas Pachkowski on May 11, 2020, at 81. She was a life-long resident of Sayreville, NJ, where she was born. Before her retirement in 2004, she was an AADC staff member spanning some 40 years. Lorraine came to the AADC from high school, left to have a family and returned. She was a friendly and familiar face greeting alumnae at Reunion registration and other programs. She also supported the former AADC Extern Program throughout her time at the AADC.

In addition to her church, she was also an active member of the OLV Columbiettes 2061, The St. Stan’s Seniors and the Sayreville Seniors Thursday Club. She is predeceased by her husband John in 2017 and a brother, Frank. Surviving are her children John and his wife Mary Alice, Brian, and Laurie, her brother Gerald and his wife Jeanette, her sister-in-law Patricia Gallas, her brother-in-law Harry Pachkowski and his wife Bernadine, and several nieces and nephews.
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Now, more than ever, we are reminded of the importance of our alumnae community. Help keep our alumnae community, the AADC, strong by supporting the AADC Annual Appeal. This appeal is not on behalf of NJC, DRC, Douglass or Rutgers. It supports the AADC’s mission of connecting and engaging all Douglass alumnae. www.douglassalumnae.org/MakeAGift