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Clubs & Groups

Group of alumnae at an event


In 1890, the first Smith club—the Smith College Club of New York City—was founded with the goal of providing alumnae an opportunity to socialize and raise awareness about Smith. Today, there are more than 100 active Smith clubs around the world, each powered by the energy and commitment of volunteers. Some clubs are large, well-established and have a robust volunteer structure, while others are smaller with fewer financial and personnel resources. Whatever the size, clubs offer rich and interesting programs in your area. Join your local Smith club and be part of the fabric that weaves together the past, present and future of your alma mater.

Smith Clubs

Websites are created by and for the clubs of Smith College. Information on these websites is intended for communication among Smith alumnae. Use of this information for any other purpose is strictly prohibited. Smith College and the Alumnae Association of Smith College are not responsible for the content of club websites.

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  • Smith College Club of Indianapolis







Smith in Europe Facebook






Smith Alumnae in South Asia Facebook



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Affinity & Special Interest Groups

The Office of Alumnae Relations strives to help alumnae connect to Smith and to one another in ways that address special interests and common bonds. The Affinity and Special Interest Program offers opportunities for alumnae with shared interests to establish online and in-person communities. 

For questions or information on affinity group guidelines or creating an affinity group, please contact the OAR at or call 800-526-2023, extension 4.

Websites are created by and for the affinity groups of Smith College. Information on these websites is intended for communication among Smith alumnae. Use of this information for any other purpose is strictly prohibited. Smith College and the Alumnae Association of Smith College are not responsible for the content of affinity group websites.

You may submit proposals to the OAR for short-term projects or programs that may be of interest to a designated group.


  • Advances the interests of Smith College, the AASC and alumnae and does not conflict with their mission
  • Open to all Smith alumnae
  • Encourages involvement with local Smith clubs
  • Affirms support of the AASC by developing volunteer leaders

Clubs Events & Programs

Planning An Event

Clubs and groups engage in events that enhance the alum connection with the college and each other. Programs may vary in an effort to provide meaningful experiences for folks with different interests. Examples include:

  • organizing a book club
  • sending care packages to students
  • engaging in community service
  • creating theme-based sub-groups for investing, cooking, knitting and crafts, walking/hiking
  • social events such as bowling, after work meet-ups, game night (including Smithopoly!) and museum and sports outings
  • organizing a panel of alums with similar fields of interest or expertise, such as folks in science, law, education, the arts, or health and wellness
  • celebrating Smith traditions such as Mountain Day, Julia Child Day, Christmas Vespers, Cromwell Day and Rally Day

Book clubs are a wonderful way to reinvigorate your club’s membership and keep alums regularly engaged. Smith book clubs have sprung up globally. See Communications for ideas on boosting attendance and celebrating diversity.

Smith College values its alums and provides many tools to help them connect to one another and to the college, whether in person or virtually, as individuals, or as volunteer-led affinity groups and clubs. The college does not govern alum groups nor prescribe content for groups’ events. The selection of a book or other program content by an alum group or club does not imply an endorsement by Smith College or the Alumnae Association of Smith College.

Starting a Book Club

Smith club presidents often find that book clubs attract alums who don’t traditionally affiliate with their Smith clubs but are interested in continuing their education and connection to the college. Book clubs require a few basic ingredients.

A Good Book

It’s best to let the point person choose the group’s first book and have participants come to the first meeting with their suggestions. Paperbacks are a good first choice for affordability and portability. Independent booksellers sometimes offer book club discounts.

A Little Time

It is standard practice to have a month to read a selection. Meetings should go for about an hour and a half, with the first hour devoted to discussion and the last half-hour for socializing.

Stay connected to current students from your area by sending end-of-semester care packages to them. Students often send warm expressions of appreciation for receiving a box of homemade baked goods, gift certificates for local businesses, cards and other goodies, like warm socks for the winter. Here are some helpful guidelines to follow if your club wants to send care packages.


Care packages/gifts should arrive at least seven days before the last day of classes to ensure ample time for delivery and pick-up by students. See the Academic Calendar. Please check with your post office to allow enough time for delivery and be sure to use packaging that prevents damage during shipping.


Help make a difference in your community by volunteering. Community service projects can be fun and rewarding ways to connect with alumnae who might enjoy giving back more than attending other club events. They also enhance Smith’s reputation in local communities. Alumnae can be asked to suggest an organization that might be willing to organize a club’s volunteer time.

Choosing a Project

  • Short-term or one-time projects are more likely than long-term commitments to attract volunteers.
  • A program whose mission is to support women and girls or college access might be especially attractive.
  • Projects that include partners and kids might appeal to alumnae with families (inquire about a minimum age for children).
  • Community service groups or book groups might complement a project with a book that focuses on service, such as Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder, or The American Way to Change: How National Service & Volunteers are Transforming America, by Shirley Sagawa ’83.


Food Banks

Some clubs volunteer one or more times a year at food banks, where they sort or pack canned or fresh food for soup kitchens, shelters, families, schools or day-care centers. A day’s work can begin with a brunch or end with drinks to provide social time. Food donations can be requested at other club events.

Dress for Success

Dress for Success has affiliates around the country to which club members can donate clothing for use by disadvantaged female job-seekers.

Scholarship Fundraisers

Fundraising for Smith College was historically one of the primary purposes of Smith clubs and has been an important and appreciated source of financial support for the college. Alums have always been passionate about supporting Smith scholarships, and alum groups and clubs have been doing innovative, effective fundraisers for the cause. There are a variety of ways in which you can help young women enjoy the benefits of a Smith education. 

To add your club fundraiser idea to this page, please email


The Smith College Club of the North Shore offers S’mints—handmade dark chocolates imprinted with an image of the Grécourt Gates. Available in original peppermint crunch and orange crunch.

Desk Calendars

For decades, the Smith College Club of Milwaukee has sold desk calendars across the state.

Enstrom’s Toffee

The Smith College Club of Colorado offers Enstrom’s gourmet toffee each holiday season. The almond-chocolate toffee is a wonderful treat!

Smith Aprons

The Smith College Club of Southeastern Connecticut created a wonderful red apron with “Smith Cooks” written on the front.

Tote Bags

The Smith College Club of Fairfield County created a nautical-inspired canvas tote bag with “Smith College” printed on it.

Pecans for scholarships started in 1951 with the Smith College Club of Westchester County and has since become an annual fundraising tradition for numerous clubs across the country. Typically sold during the late fall, the pecans now come in a variety of flavors, including chocolate-covered and cinnamon-glazed. The following clubs sell pecans, and many will ship.

New England

Smith College Club of Belmont | Smith College Club of Cape Cod | Smith College Club of Franklin County | Smith College Club West of Boston | Smith College Club of Greenwich-Stamford | Smith College Club of Southeastern Connecticut | Smith College Club of Southeastern Massachusetts | Smith College Club of Maine

New Jersey

Princeton Area Smith College Club | Watchung Hills Smith Club


Pittsburgh Smith College Club


Smith College Club of Washington, D.C.

New York

Smith College Club of New York City | Smith College Club of Schenectady | Westchester Smith College Club


Smith College Club of the Treasure Coast


Smith College Club of Indianapolis


Smith College Club of Cincinnati | Smith College Club of Akron | Smith College Club of Columbus

Club Officer Roles

Smith clubs are self-funded organizations chartered through a set of bylaws and governed by an elected set of officers. The governing body, including the president (or co-presidents), vice president/program chair, treasurer, alumnae admission coordinator and other positions, is considered the executive committee. Officers typically serve a two-year term, elected in accordance with the bylaws. Club members must vote to amend the bylaws if they wish to change the configuration of the executive committee.


The organization president, in conjunction with the executive committee and the AASC, is empowered to make appointments, relieve an officer of her responsibilities, accept the resignation of an officer and appoint any interim officers.


  • Presides at all official meetings.
  • Maintains regular contact with other executive committee members to receive updates.
  • Sends out at least one newsletter per year to club members, which could include news from the AASC and a report or letter from the organization’s executive committee.
  • In case of a resignation or vacancy, the president, in consultation with the executive committee, is empowered to appoint someone to fill the unexpired term. If an officer cannot or does not fulfill her responsibilities, it is the responsibility of the president, in cooperation with the AASC, to determine a course of action, including resignation and replacement.
  • Keeps records of important publications and communications with officers, members and the AASC, passing these on to the succeeding president.
  • Helps the treasurer file the annual report with the AASC by July 31.
  • Attends the club leadership conference and mentors new and prospective volunteers.



The principal duty of the vice president is to act as program chair. She appoints volunteers to committees and maintains involvement with all committee work.


  • Acts for the president if the president is unable to fulfill her responsibilities.
  • Acts as program chair and organizes, plans and schedules events, including serving as the primary source for event information.
  • Submits a list of events for inclusion in the newsletter.
  • Oversees events budget.
  • Selects committees to help organize various events as needed.
  • Coordinates with alumnae admissions coordinator to plan events for prospective students.
  • Attends the club leadership conference in the absence of the president or president-elect.

The vice president makes the following appointments:

  • Program co-chair
  • Event chair
  • Event committee member


The treasurer is responsible for the fiscal management of the treasury, including the collection of dues and maintenance of all financial records.


  • Sets financial guidelines for management of funds and ensures that the guidelines are ratified by the officers.
  • Assists the vice president/program chair in developing a program budget for the year.
  • Sets the dues rate for the organization, in conjunction with other officers, and solicits dues on a regular schedule.
  • Pays all authorized bills and volunteer reimbursements efficiently and ensures that the club has a firm financial base to launch annual programs.
  • Submits an itemized financial statement to members at the annual meeting and maintains records of all financial reports.
  • Submits an annual financial report to the president and the AASC by July 31.
  • Maintains a list of members and donation amounts to the organization’s scholarship fund (if applicable) for those who want credit, and submits it with the annual donation to the college.
  • Follows rules regarding disclosure of the group’s financial status, in accordance with laws governing tax-exempt status.


The young alumnae chair works with alumnae who are more recent graduates. 


  • Designs programming that appeals to young alumnae and works to boost young alumnae membership.
  • Acts as a liaison between young alumnae and the executive board.


The AAC is appointed by the executive committee in consultation with the admission office. An AAC organizes contact with students, high schools and parents to acquaint them with Smith College and assist the Office of Admission with applicants. The AAC may work alone or supervise a committee of as many as 30 alumnae.


  • Contacts students whose names appear on inquiry and search cards.
  • Offers interviews to all applicants and encourages acceptances.
  • Conducts special recruiting programs for prospective applicants.
  • Attends college fairs and high school programs.
  • Develops a rapport with secondary schools.
  • Assists an admissions traveler visiting her area.


The communications chair assists with all communication efforts for clubs and groups.


  • Works on the newsletter.
  • Maintains the website and social media presence.


The secretary is responsible for the administrative record keeping for the organization.


  • Keeps a permanent record of minutes of all organization and executive committee meetings.
  • Keeps a complete, up-to-date membership list (if no membership chair is elected).
  • Notifies members (or all area alumnae) of the year’s programs and meetings.
  • Reports all changes of address to the records department.
  • Forwards appropriate materials to the OAR and/or Nanci Young, college archivist, at the Smith College Archives, Northampton, MA 01063, 413-585-2970,


The nominating chair/committee presents a slate of officers to the organization. These officers will continue the business of the club for the next term. The committee should seek to broadly represent all club/affinity group constituencies and choose individuals who are able to meet the responsibilities of the given office. The current officer team should inform the nominating chair of the organization’s priorities for the upcoming term. Applicants’ confidentiality and clarity regarding their potential responsibilities are the committee’s primary concerns. Once appointed, the chair may select two or three members to serve on the nominating committee.


  • Calls for nominations.
  • Determines the slate. Depending on organization bylaws, a single or double slate election process is required.
  • Contacts nominees and sends position descriptions.
  • Submits the slate to the organization’s president and the assistant director for clubs at the OAR. The slate should be published in the final newsletter.
  • Ensures that the slate is voted on at the annual meeting or by mail-in ballot.

Tools for Volunteers

There are several ways in which class, club and other volunteers can share news and information. The Alumnae Association provides tools, tips and assistance with broadcast emails.



Contact Office of Alumnae Relations & Development

Alumnae House

33 Elm Street

Smith College

Northampton, MA 01060