Stitch & Chat knitting together the history

One of the club’s favorite and long running sections is Stitch & Chat.  The origins of the Stitch & Chat section are obscure, but it was most likely an offshoot of the Newcomers Club along with Explore the Campus. Gladys Kirkman, an early member, started a quilting group within the S&C section, inviting medical students’ wives to join. Each one worked on a square depicting campus scenery. At the end of the year, the squares were sewn together and the quilt raffled off to raise funds for the medical school. Their activity was seriously frowned upon because the raffle was considered gambling, so the group disbanded.

Peak attendance in the S&C section appears to have been in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. Often as many as two dozen women met in each other’s homes to do crafts and to share patterns and companionship. One gathering was so large that three cakes—homemade, of course—were not enough to share.

For the past decade a small group of dedicated members, led by Gerta Wilson, met at Eda Luck’s home.  At every meeting they had a wonderful time discussing news, current events, politics, and Stanford. The ladies are an amazingly talented group of with knitting, quilting, embroidery, and stitching going on (one lady makes baby blankets by hand for the preemies at the Stanford hospital), and always a goodly amount of chatting and joking. Their handiwork is accompanied by gallons of excellent tea and munchies.  Regretfully, they lost the wonderful venue at Eda’s and drifted for a year without a regular meeting place although Dallas Manning often hosted.

Greda and her stitches

Dallas sews a blanket

Fortunes recently turned when Kelly Steele offered to both lead and host the meetings at her home because she has had much fun sharing stitches, tea, and life stories.  She will add a vibrant perspective and infuse new energy to the group. Stitch & Chat welcomes new members and no special sewing or crafting skills are required! Come enjoy a cup of tea.  Please see the Preview for meeting details.

Abi knits

Submitted by Greta Wilson. Photos by Kelly Steele


Book Group Says Farewell to Toby Montgomery


Book Group Says Farewell to Toby Montgomery

Toby (left), Nancy (middle) honored by President Amy (right)

In the tradition of long-serving Nancy Rubenstein, who chaired Book Group (1998 to 2011), Toby also has done a phenomenal job of chairing for the last six years. Both Nancy and Toby were honored at the October meeting of Book Group with gifts and affectionate expressions of gratitude for their generous and continued commitment to leadership. We are all sad to have Toby leave the Stanford community and saluted her with Lou Ann Glader’s beautifully-decorated cake.

In the last two years, Book Group membership grew to such an extent that we needed to begin a reservation system, 2017-2018, that would monthly match attendance to the occupancy limit for each hostess. Suzie Lincoln joined as third co-chair with Toby and Janet Germane, specifically to manage these monthly reservations. Now, with the imminent departure of Toby, the trio of co-chairs will be Suzie, Janet, and Katie Vigeant.

Our new evening group meets on the same second Monday as the afternoon group and is led by Allyn Taylor and Debbie Shepherd. Two meetings now accommodate more members. A very good way to start the year.  Please see the Preview newsletter for more information.   Thank you to Janet Germane for writing this post.  Photos by Kelly Steele.   Book schedule and Authors 2018-2019

It is Going to be a Fabulous year

Summer is rapidly coming to an end bringing the renewal of SUWC activities.  This Women’s Club was founded in 1896 by Jessie Knight Jordan, the wife of the first president of Leland Stanford Jr. University.  She wanted to promote friendship, welcome newcomers to the University, and enable women to share mutual interests.  One hundred and twenty two years later, the members of the SUWC range from those who have been part of the University and our Club for more than six decades to those who are new to the University.  We share mutual interests through club-wide cultural and social activities organized by our Program Committee.  Over a dozen smaller Sections meet regularly and focus on shared interests.  Your membership renewal form that will be mailed in a few weeks.  We encourage you to return it and join us in these fun and interesting activities.  If you know of someone from the Stanford community who is not yet a member of SUWC, please invite her as your guest to the Hoover House Brunch on Monday October 1st or to one of the many sections.

Lou Ann Glader and Amy Krehbiel
Co-Presidents, 2018-19

Welcome the 2018-19 Board

SUWC Board, 2018-2019

As an all volunteer organization, we are thankful for these women who give their time to make our club possible.  They have wonderful plans for next year.  We run on a academic year calendar and generally do not meet during the summer.  Our sincere appreciation to Ellen and Ronna for their leadership this past year.

Elected Positions

Co-presidents              Lou Ann Glader  & Amy Krehbiel

Past presidents            Ellen McLennan & Ronna Widrow

VP Sections                 Fang Tian

VP Programs               Linda Kraemer, Karina Nilsen, Ann Pianetta & Lily Hu

VP Membership           Letitia Lai

VP Communications     Audrey Gold

Treasurer                    Bernie Scoles

Recording Sec.            T.W.Wiedemann

Corresponding Sec.     Carol Kornfeld

Preview Editor              Marina Lewis

Appointed Positions

Refreshments:             Diane Levin, Abi Fafchamps & Junko Nakauchi

Hospitality:                   Dallas Manning, Teresa Judd & Carol Murad

Decorations:                Gerda Wilson, Nancy Rubenstein & Joan Mansour

Mailings:                      Ann Vosti

Parliamentarian:            Susan Olshen

Historian:                     Zhenhua Wang

New Members:             Sara Jackson

Rivers of My Life

Author’s Coffee Part II:   On Thursday, February  22nd, Vera Blum hosted Authors’ Coffee at which SUWC member Ulla Morris-Carter talked about her book, Rivers of My Life.  And what a life it has been!  Ulla related in vivid details her memories of growing up in Dusseldorf, Germany, during the Second World War – the death of her father, nights spent in bomb shelters, and being sent away as a young girl to safety in the countryside.  Those in the large group attending the talk marveled at the vividness of those childhood memories. Ulla read excerpts from her book, and described her travails after moving to Cairo to pursue new opportunities in the 1950s, her marriage to American journalist (Joe Alex Morris of the New York Herald Tribune), the birth of three children and subsequent moves to Lebanon and Greece. In 1979, during the Iranian Revolution, her husband, then working for the LA Times, was shot and killed in Tehran. The tragedy sparked Ulla’s move to the U.S.  Meanwhile, Joe Alex Morris is remembered in an annual memorial lecture awarded at Harvard by the Nieman Foundation to an American overseas correspondent. Ulla has copies of her book if you are interested in purchasing a copy. Her contact information is in the Redbook.  Thank Ulla for sharing your story with us.

The “Write” Stuff – Author’s Coffee

Author’s Coffee is a great opportunity to meet wonderful writers. This section is led by Teresa Judd and Andrea van Niekerk. Please read the Preview newsletter for more details and RSVP information. Enjoy a cup of coffee and hear authors read, share thoughts and discuss their books.

Thursday, March 15th, at 1:30 pm, at the home of Susan Z.

We will be privileged to hear from Professor Robert C. Gregg on his book Shared Stories, Rival Tellings. Early Encounters of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are considered kindred religions-holding ancestral heritages and monotheistic belief in common-but there are definitive distinctions between these “Abrahamic” peoples. Shared Stories, Rival Tellings explores the early exchanges of Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and argues that their interactions were dominated by debates over the meanings of certain stories sacred to all three communities. Professor Gregg shows how Jewish, Christian, and Muslim interpreters–artists as well as authors–developed their unique and particular understandings of narratives present in the two Bibles and the Qur’an. Gregg focuses on five stories: Cain and Abel, Sarah and Hagar, Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife, Jonah and the Whale, and Mary the Mother of Jesus. As he guides us through the often intentional variations introduced into these shared stories, Gregg exposes major issues under contention and the social-intellectual forces that contributed to spirited, and sometimes combative, exchanges among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Thursday, April 19th at 1:30 pm.     Location pending.

Professor Jim Campbell from the History Department will talk to us about his latest book. Professor Campbell works in the field of public history, studying how societies tell their histories and how those narratives change over time.  In particular, he works on the history of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, focusing on Philadelphia, Mississippi, where three civil rights workers were murdered in 1964.  In interviewing a local resident, Florence Mars, on her role in the movement (now featured prominently in the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum), he discovered an extraordinary photographer reminiscent of Eudora Welty. Her photographs will be published for the first time in a collection titled Mississippi Witness, of which Professor Campbell is co-editor.

Author Ulla Carter (left) and Sandy Siegmund enjoy a author’s coffee. Ulla wrote a memoir Rivers of My Life.










Happy 100th Birthday to Mid Schubert on February 18, 2018!

Dallas (Left) gives flowers to Mid for her 100th Birthday

Mid has been a member of the Stanford Women’s club for so many years we have lost count.   She came to Stanford for the first time, in 1962, for a summer session.  When her family returned in 1966, they bought a ivy covered “fixer-upper” home on campus. Her husband did most of the repair work himself.  She wasn’t expecting to stay as they had previously moved every few years including Indiana, Michigan, Iowa and Western Reserve.

Mid was raised on a farm in Illinois and went to a one room school house for grades K – 8.  She grew up with five sisters and one brother.  She recalls how they had a wash house and once a week was laundry day. They boiled water to clean the clothes and used a wringer washer before hanging everything to dry on clothes lines.  In the winter, the clothes would be frozen stiff.

She remains close to her family.  Every three years they have big reunions with all of the siblings, spouses, children and grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Incredibly, all her sisters, except one, are still living. Her big sister, Lillian, is 102.  Sadly, one sister passed away a couple years ago at 96 and her only brother died in a farming accident when he was 49.

In 1970, Mid met Dallas Manning in the Stanford Mother’s Club.  They are still good friends sharing interests in crafts and cooking.  For years, they were part of the Medical Faculty Wives (now defunct) that used to make beautiful quilts of embroidered scenes at Stanford and raffle them off for Medical School scholarships. Dallas remembers commenting that the quilts would look better framed with fabric rather than appliqueing the squares and lo and behold, she was recruited to do the framing. They also had fun together making things for the annual Mother’s Club boutique. Mid and Dallas co-chaired the children’s table at the annual Chrysanthemum Tea held at Syntex.  Another highlight was an annual fashion show with football players as models.

Among other talents, Mid makes a great jam. She brought her apricot jam recipe to the Mother’s Club because Dave Packard always gave them apricots from his orchard.  He left the Mother’s Club in his will and they still receive many lugs of apricots each year. Mid directed the process for decades and only recently stopped overseeing the jam making.

Mid also volunteered with the Bechtel International Center for a long time.  She remembers preparing hot lunches, with dessert, that would sell for 50 cents. Groups of international students and scholars would meet Americans for 8 weeks of discussions on different topics.

Mid and Dallas’ friendship represents the best part of our club. The reason to belong is to meet interesting people, find common interests and enjoy spending time together. Thank you to Dallas and Mid for sharing these memories with us. Happy Birthday 100th to Mid!

A Trump Retrospective: MAGA at the One Year Mark on Tues. Feb. 20th

Our February program, co-sponsored by the Humanities Department, will take place Tuesday evening Feb. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m in the Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa. Bruce Cain, Stanford Prof. Of Political Science and Director of the Bill Lane Center for the Great West, will share “A Trump Retrospective: MAGA at the One Year Mark”. The talk begins at 7:00pm with time for questions and answers. Light refreshments will be served before and after.

There is no charge.  We need an estimate of attendees  so please RSVP to Lou Ann Glader at or 650-858-1335. Friends and family are welcome. Looking forward to seeing many of you at this very interesting evening.

Bruce E. Cain

Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Director
Charles Louis Ducommun Professor in Humanities and Sciences
Professor of Political Science

The Best of Lucky

SUWC kicks off the New Year with an Italian Wine Party on Sunday, January 21. We will all raise our glasses to honor Lucky and Walt Harrison, for hosting many past wine tastings. Our club has been fortunate to have Lucky as a member for more than 50 years. Lucky served as co-President with Margaret Green in 2004-2006. She drove to Stanford, from Schenectady, New York, in 1965, with her husband and four young boys. They moved into their house on San Francisco Court — the site of many good tastes and toasts. Lucky recalls it was an exciting time when Stanford was growing quickly and there were 300 new families on campus. Her street had more than 30 kids. At the invitation of her neighbor, Barbara Hultgren, she promptly joined SUWC and the PTA.

Lucky & Walt Harrison

Lucky has been especially supportive of children in many ways. Before getting married she taught first grade after getting a Master’s degree at Cornell, thanks to a surprising Ford Foundation Fellowship. She served as a docent at the Cantor Art Center for over 35 years including the ten years when the museum was closed after the 1989 earthquake. Docents visited schools to teach art. Over fifty years ago, she started having a Fourth of July parade in her neighborhood, featuring children on their decorated bikes and trikes and followed by treats and drinks. This parade still happens annually and draws families together.   And in case you wondered, her parents named her Lucille.  She got the name “Lucky” at a sleep away camp when she was ten. Her favorite wine is a Sauvignon Blanc.