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Update from October 5 Meeting

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Scecina Women’s Circle Wine and Cheese event at the Benton House on October 5. It was an unqualified success. 25 women, many SWC veterans and some newbies, gathered to socialize and support the Club 53 Wine Pull.  For everyone who could not be with us – we missed you!

Nancy (Wagner) Leming '85 offered a brief recap of 2016-17 and unveiled some exciting plans for Year 2 of the Scecina Women’s Circle. Below are some highlights and pictures.

  • Beth Murphy thanked us for supporting Club 53 with gifts of more than 30 wine bottles!
  • Scecina Women’s Circle founding member Rachel Shaffer displayed her handmade Scecina quilt that will be available at the Club 53 auction. 
  • December 3, 2017, bus trip to Oldenburg, IN. We will attend 9:30 am Mass in the Sisters of St. Francis chapel then have lunch in town before returning to Indy. Space is limited, so please watch for more info.
  • March 2018 Lunch with the President (Therber). Date to be announced.
  • April 23, 2018, volunteer opportunity at the Scecina freshman retreat.
  • May 23, 2018, presentation of the 2nd annual Scecina Women’s Circle scholarship to an outgoing senior.
  • June 2018 year end event at Nancy's  home. The IU ladies will be a hard act to follow, but we are planning a great evening with a special guest speaker.
  • Nancy also made two requests of the group last week. First, please consider renewing and possibly increasing your commitment to our students through the Scecina Women’s Circle for the 2017-18 school year. Second, please invite someone who shares your passion for Scecina to join. There is nothing more powerful than that personal invitation. Click here to make a gift. 

Scecina Women's Circle hosts Wine Party on Oct. 5

The Scecina Women’s Circle is kicking off the 2017-18 school year with a special networking event and we really want you to come! It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy the company of women in our Scecina community, sample local wines and cheeses, and celebrate the great work being done at Scecina. 

When: Thursday, October 5 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

 Where: The Benton House in Historic Irvington, 312 S. Downey Avenue

How: Bring your favorite bottle of wine ($20+ value) to support our Club 53 Wine Pull

To RSVP or for questions: Contact Jean Donlan at or at 317.352.3226 

Scecina Women's Circle Flourishes

In the eight months since its founding, the Scecina Women’s Circle has grown to 51 members, raised $23,960 for Scecina students and presented its first scholarships to two graduating seniors, based upon essays they wrote reflecting on their experiences at Scecina. The winners of the $1,000 scholarships are (pictured at right) are Satchel Oskins and Jacqueline Hurst.

The SWC, chaired by Nancy (Wagner) Leming ’85, aims to pool the resources and talents of women in the Scecina community for philanthropic efforts that support Scecina students. The SWC voted this spring to designate $20,000 toward student spiritual retreats. The remaining contributions will fund Scecina clubs and the theater program.

The SWC also hosted Lunch with President Joe Therber in March and An Evening with IU First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie (left) to hear about her work in women’s philanthropy in June. Thank you to Nancy Leming for hosting a lovely evening at her home.

An update from the SWC chair-May 3, 2017

Some of the founding members of the Scecina Women's Circle, led by chairwoman Nancy (Wagner) Leming '85, during Lunch with President on March 23.

Our Lunch with the President on March 23 was a great success (right).  Joe Therber took this opportunity to thank the members present for their support. 

I was very proud to announce that we met our goal of raising $20,000 to support Student Life at Scecina for the 2016-17 school year. At the meeting, and through an electronic vote, our members decided to designate those funds to our Student Retreat programs. This is really a wonderful way that the Scecina Women’s Circle will directly impact the student experience here. 

In addition to our seniors’ Christian Awakening Retreat, all underclassmen participate in meaningful retreats that not only reinforce our Catholic faith at Scecina, but also support each student’s individual faith journey. 

So thank you, ladies, for choosing to use our funds in this way. We currently have 45 members, and always welcome more! Click here to see a listing of our members. 

Second, we now move to choosing a recipient of the first annual Scecina Women’s Circle Scholarship. We asked our seniors to write an essay titled “A Life Lesson Learned During My Time At Scecina”, and they responded beautifully. Committed members will review the essays and recommend our first annual Scecina Women’s Circle Scholarship recipient. We will award $1,000 from the Scecina Women’s Circle to help a deserving senior get a head start on the next chapter of their life. The award will be presented on Awards Day at 1 p.m. May 24 in the gym. 

Finally, I am excited to announce that Laurie Burns McRobbie, Indiana University’s first lady (right), will be joining the Scecina Women’s Circle on June 21. Laurie is passionate about philanthropy, and specifically about the importance of women who give to meaningful causes. She will speak to us about her experiences in women’s philanthropy and what she sees as our bright future. Click here to read more about Laurie. 

It has been an exciting first year, and I am energized by our momentum. 

Nancy (Wagner) Leming ‘85 
Chair, Scecina Women’s Circle 

For more information about the Scecina Women’s Circle, please contact