GALA Football Tailgater – Stanford Game October 4th

Stanford Game October 4th- Once again GALA will be sponsoring a fabulous tailgater for a home football game. This year’s tailgater will take place for the Stanford Game October 4th. Mark your calendars and apply for tickets in the football lottery. Last year was unusually warm and the perfect opportunity to show off our colorful rainbow balloons and ND attire. Come and join us this year. There is always plenty of food and liquid refreshments!

Alumni Reunion Events

Notre Dame Alumni Reunion- Call for Panel Speakers and Attendees

Are you thinking about coming to the ND Alumni Reunion this year, or do you need a reason to attend? GALA ND/SMC will once again be sponsoring an open house entitled “The Gay & Lesbian Experience at Notre Dame: Past & Present.” Come join us and hear about recent advances being made on campus with the new student group PrismND.

The reunion weekend is May 29th to June 1st.  GALA’s event will take place on Saturday May 31st at 1:30 in DeBartolo Hall, Room 116.  This time and location is now confirmed.

We are currently seeking panelists who are interested in sharing their experiences of how life at Notre Dame was for them. Join a group of current students, alums and faculty to hear what LGBT life is like at Notre Dame now and how this may be different from years past.

For more information contact Jack Bergen, GALA Chair at:  chair@galandsmc.org
He will be hosting the event on campus and would love to meet as many of you as possible. See you there!!

Saint Mary’s Alumni Reunion

For the second year GALA will also be sponsoring a panel at Saint Mary’s Alumni Reunion weekend held the same weekend as ND’s. Please join fellow alumnae for a panel discussion called “The LGBT Experience at Saint Mary’s College: Past and Present”. It will be held on Saturday May 31st from 3:30 – 4:30 pm in Spes Unica Hall, Room 145.  This time and location is now confirmed.

Refreshed

So, you probably noticed that we finally redesigned our Website. The old one was getting a little long in the tooth and it seemed like it was past time for a visual refresh. In addition to being more modern, this layout is much more news oriented than what we have done before. This is part of our commitment to keeping our members updated on important news and information.

I am going to try to anticipate a few of the more common questions:

Where did the membership directory go?

It’s still there and it still works the same way that is always has.  You can find a link to it under the Membership menu at the top of the page.

How do I renew my membership?

Login to your membership profile (again, a link can be found under the Membership menu at the top of the page) and click on the “Renew” button under the Membership Details section at the top of your profile.

How do I make a donation?

You can make a gift online by visiting the online giving page.  For those who have given in the past, the mechanism is unchanged.  If you haven’t given before, take it for a test drive!  All donations are tax deductible.

♥ Lance (Vice-Chair for Membership)

Official Recognition Of GALA-ND/SMC

The officers and board of GALA-ND/SMC believe it is time to evaluate the group’s relationship with Notre Dame and the NDAA (ND Alumni Association).

Rationale For Seeking Official Recognition

The GALA ND/SMC Official Recognition document contains the background and rationale for pursuing official recognition including a Q & A section. All members are encouraged to be make themselves fully informed on this topic.

Membership Feedback Session

On November 17, 2013 a virtual meeting was conducted via WebEx to communicate GALA’s evaluation of official recognition with the Notre Dame Alumni Association (NDAA).  During this session the proposal was discussed and members provided their input.  Based upon member feedback there was overwhelming support in favor of pursuing this action.  The officers and board met in early December to determine next steps. Given the input from members, approval was given to move forward with the application. The target to draft the application and submit to the Alumni Association is the end of March, 2014. Once submitted, the timeframe is unknown for review and feedback. Prior to any final action on this matter a vote by the members will take place.

Membership Feedback Session Notes

If you were unable to participate in the webinar or have questions send your comments to: jack.bergen(at)yahoo.com.

Jack (Vice-Chair for Programs)