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SMITH CLUB MN READS: “If Only”
with special guest author Judith Arnold (aka Bobbi Keiler ’74)

Tuesday, January 11, 7:00pm
Online on Zoom!
Meeting ID: 823 9256 9364
Passcode: 714884

Recent retiree Ruth Singer is reflecting on her life and wondering what direction it might have taken if she’d made different choices.

What if she’d learned to ski?
What if she’d had her tubes tied before her difficult youngest child was born?
What if she hadn’t quit her rock band to attend college?
What if she’d run off with Danny Fortuna when she’d had the chance?

Not only does Ruth ponder these questions, she lives those what-if lives in her imagination. As the chaos of her real life swirls around her, she contemplates the roads she never took, the choices she never made, and comes to understand how she became the woman she is – and why.

A novel that will resonate with every reader, If Only is at once a poignant excursion into one woman’s life and a guided tour through every internal conversation we’ve ever had.

About Judith Arnold (Bobbi Keiler ’74)
Judith Arnold is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than one hundred novels and several plays. A New York native, she lives with her husband near Boston in a house with four guitars, three pianos, a violin, a kazoo, a balalaika, and a set of bongo drums. She treasures good books, good music, good chocolate, and good wine—although she will settle for mediocre wine if good wine isn’t available. During her years at Smith, she was good friends with a couple of women who are now MN Smithees, including Barbara Klaas.

Questions? Contact Barb Klaas at baklaas@gmail.com

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RACE & PRIVILEGE DISCUSSIONS

We concluded a series of conversations on race and privilege following the trial of Derek Chauvin.

The materials from the series of discussions can be found here.

About Our Club Events

Smith Day

Smith Day began as a fundraising effort held in the homes of local alums. Over the years, the event has evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of the Club and its members. But its core purpose – celebrating our Smith connection and raising funds to support local Smith students – has remained the same.

Funds raised at Smith Day support PRAXIS summer internships that allow students to gain practical experience in an area of special interest. In addition, funds are added to the Club’s endowed scholarship fund for local Smith students. Over time, the Minnesota fund has grown to an impressive $2 million+!

In 2017, Smith Day reinvented itself yet again with the addition of the awarding of the “Smith College Club of Minnesota Medal”. The award, modeled after the Rally Day awards, honors a regional alumna who has lived a life of distinction. The event continues to be a festive, fundraising gathering with activities, food, conversation and a silent auction.

Learn more about Smith Day 2020.

Annual Meeting

The Club Annual Meeting is held each spring. In addition to socializing, networking, sharing a meal and electing new Club officers, attendees of the Annual Meeting are inspired by a speaker from the College or from our local treasure trove of Smith alums.

Did you miss the May 20, 2021 online Annual Meeting? No worries!

Click here to watch Club President Kate Lehmann’s 3-minute Year in Review video.

Club Activities

Throughout the year, the Club hosts a wide variety of events – varying based on the interests of Club members. We host walks around area lakes, gather for dinners at local restaurants, host salons on engaging topics, read and discuss books and more. During the pandemic, we moved many of our events online via Zoom. We are beginning return to in-person events, following CDC guidelines when doing so.

Have an idea for a gathering? We’d love to hear it. Email us at info@smithclubmn.org.