Since 1869, we have been a home for those affiliated with Harvard University who live in the Greater Cincinnati area. Membership is open to all Harvard University alumni, HAA associate members, honorary degree recipients, and current/former faculty, fellows, and residents. Graduates from the last three years can join for free by contacting our treasurer and membership chair, Katie Nappi at firstname.lastname@example.org. Current undergraduates and their parents are invited to attend our events.
We may have left Cambridge, but we can still enjoy the friendships, intellectual challenges and service to the University and community that we knew at Harvard. Join us! We want to meet you!
Building on 180 years of Cincinnatians at Harvard, local members enjoy an ongoing vitality of new and changing relationships among area alumni/ae, current students, and their families, who are invited to attend our events.
Each of us takes our Harvard experiences in distinct directions. Our club expresses what we are doing with what we have and where we are, with great potential. We find common energy when we are together--new students, new residents, out-of-towners, families and members who connect after many years. The fun of this comes in steps, from interest, membership, and exchange of ideas, and community capacity building, to committee and board leadership and training at the Alumni Leadership Council. Past president Valerie Bogdan-Powers summed this up in keys to club success:
--Keep a strong Board to plan and organize events. Our Board is dedicated and diverse, with each Director contributing to the vitality of the Harvard Club. At the same time, we always encourage alumni to tell us what you want of the Club.
--Maintain and grow membership. Consider membership! Already a member, thank you for your annual support! Your dues allow the Board to set an annual budget, to expand communications, subsidize key events like the Annual Dinner, to develop new events like the Symphony outing, and support extensions of the Club, like the Cincy Ivy Young Alumni Club.
--Contain costs aggressively to "break-even". Each of us pays dues annually based on our individual membership date, which allows us the full year's benefit of our dues, no matter when we join, and which creates budget stability. Your investment matches your desire for our events to flourish and grow, not based on whether you would attend all of them.
So, please join, if you have not in the past, renew when your annual notice arrives, engage in activities and enjoy your fellow Harvardians! I look forward to seeing you.
Gillian Sella, President 2017-18