Hello ARCS Metro Washington Chapter (MWC) Members,
I hope you all are enjoying the cooler fall temperatures and the beautiful colors. MWC finished off the summer with a trip to the John Hopkins University Wilmer Eye Institute. The research topics discussed by various ARCS scholars were very exciting. Many of our chapter's members were able to practice their "eye surgery" techniques under the tutelage of ARCS/MWC member, Dr. Shameema Sikdr. I decided I will stick to sewing dresses; much easier than sewing an eye!!
Fall Meeting: The Fall Meeting and Social hosted by Amy and Mark Mykityshyn was a big success! We had wonderful weather, a great turnout, and I had the honor of announcing the MWC 2017-18 ARCS Light honoree: Lynn Dillon. It is a very well-deserved honor! Lynn has been a very active member and leader in our chapter! Thanks to Karen Finkbiner and other former ARCS Lights for selecting this year's honoree.
Scholar Awards Reception (SAR): University Relations Chair, Claudia Benack, with special help from Danielle Robinson, Carolyn Racich, and Alice Laning, again hosted a very successful SAR at the National Academy of Science. Thank you ladies! Not only did we hear about very interesting research being conducted by our 14 Ph.D. and 6 undergraduate scholars; we also heard from Dr. John S. Langford, President-Elect, AIAA. The night's highlight was hearing about research in space from our keynote speaker, Dr. John Mather, Nobel Laureate and NASA Senior Project Scientist. The students, ARCS members, and donor guests were in awe!
: Our membership levels are stable to slightly declining over the last few years. To maintain our current support level of scholars I ask each of you to reach out to friends you think would like to join ARCS. The mission is very relevant and the friendship opportunities are many!! Any member of the Board, as well as Membership Co-chairs
Danielle Robinson and Carolyn Racich
, will gladly speak with any potential members and "spread the word." Thanks to Skyler for planning an interesting tour for new members and from the MWC Board to Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Special thanks to Hillwood Docent and Past MWC President Sally Burns for leading the group on the tour.
: In addition, if you know of a company, a foundation, or an individual you think would be a potential donor, let any Board member or Development Chair,
, know. Her committee is always looking for new opportunities. In addition, Lorraine’s committee has simplified the “giving” process this year. Read more about it in the Development article.
Cookie Class: Finishing up the month of October was Fall Cookie Decorating hosted at Doris Pierson's house, with a decorating lesson taught by Membership Co-chair, Danielle Robinson. A fun time was had by all - thank you, Doris and Danielle!
Thanks to Melissa Rhoads and Skyler Potter for shaking it up and planning the fall cocktail class.
Upcoming Events: In response to member feedback, the Winter Meeting (
Thursday, February 22) will be another social event - brush off your “trivial pursuit” skills, gather your team, and prepare for a stimulating night!
We will be celebrating our chapter’s 50th Anniversary during the April All Member Conference at the Willard (
April 25 - 28
). We will again be recognizing a STEM leader with the Eagle Award. Also,
is compiling a history of our chapter – if you have any pictures or memorabilia, let Jane know!
I thank you all for your ongoing support of our chapter's activities. I look forward to seeing many of you at the
Holiday Party on
Sunday, December 10th, at the Chevy Chase Club. The party is hosted by Marie Carr and her committee and is always a special event.
Patricia T. Sparrell
ARCS Foundation, Metro Washington Chapter