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Clubs Committee Awards

Each year at the Alumni Leadership Conference the Clubs Committee recognizes the volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make an exceptional contribution to a club or shared interest group (SIG), as well as clubs and SIGs that have organized exceptional programming. 

2009 Awardees

Harvard Club of San Francisco
Founded in 1874, the Club has exponentially increased its membership to nearly 1400 in the past three years, expanded the number and breadth of activities to 100 events annually, and developed a robust online presence. Club leadership instituted annual retreats to develop strategic planning resulting in strong leadership and defined succession; improved member benefits; changed programming to appeal to a more diverse membership base; and started a college mentorship program for inner-city high school students.

The award was accepted by Sheela Zemlin, President-Elect of the Harvard Club of San Francisco.

Harvard Glee Club Foundation
The Foundation supports the Harvard Glee Club logistically and financially as well as organizes reunion sings and domestic/international summer reunion tours. America’s oldest college chorus, the Glee Club celebrated its 150th anniversary in April 2008 with over 500 alumni and guests returning to Harvard for the weekend event. They serve as a University ambassador to the world through choral touring, with concerts ranging from Boston’s Symphony Hall to Saint Petersburg. HGCF also works with Harvard Clubs around the world to connect local communities with Harvard and inspire generations of choral singers.

The award was accepted by Bernie Kreger, Secretary for the Harvard Glee Club Foundation.

R. Clive Gard AMP ’78.
Clive has been a member of the Harvard Club of Australia for over 25 years and a deeply engaged volunteer for the past 12 years. Clive has devoted himself to professionalizing the Club, to enriching the alumni experience in Australia and to strengthening the Club’s programs of education, scholarship and philanthropy. Clive constructed electronic databases, an online membership list, digitized accounts, a web site, and a secure online payment system for Club events and subscriptions. He has given individual alumni reason to remain connected to Harvard despite its great distance in time and geography from Australia.

John F. Kirk CSS ’90.
John has been a committed volunteer as a past President of the Harvard Club of San Antonio, past HAA Regional Director for Texas, and past HAA National Chair for the Early College Awareness Program. John has long been a champion of Harvard outreach and he has taken the Early College Awareness Program to schools out of the mainstream both within the city and to surrounding smaller communities. He is committed to the engagement of future club leadership and has worked to extend the spirit, recognition and Harvard brand in Texas and beyond.

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