The Alumnae Association created the Sed Ministrare Volunteer Award to honor and celebrate outstanding volunteer service to Wellesley College.
This award is given to an alumna whose volunteer service has made an impact to Wellesley College. The Sed Ministrare Volunteer Award is for alumnae who have made significant or innovative contributions, shown superior performance and leadership, or have exceptionally embodied the motto, “Non Ministrari sed Ministrare.” The outstanding efforts of these women fulfill the Alumnae Association’s mission of keeping alumnae connected to one another and to the College. The award is presented annually at Alumnae Leadership Council.
Please join us in congratulating the 2016 recipients!
Sally Katz ‘78
Shortly after moving to France in 1999, Sally joined the Wellesley Club of France. Her involvement, dedication, and interest in serving as a volunteer soon led to positions of leadership, first as club secretary, then as vice president, followed by nine years of service as club president. During her tenure the club grew significantly, engaging new members and expanding social engagements and programs. In Paris, the Wellesley Club of France often is regarded as “the liveliest alumnae group around” — owing in part to a large alumnae population, but mostly to Sally’s strong leadership and inclusivity. As one club member stated, “As the heart and soul of the Wellesley Club of France, Sally opens her arms to everyone: alumnae, students, faculty and even friends of alumnae, creating a sisterhood of friends and family that make the club a living embodiment of the Wellesley experience.” In addition to serving as a loyal club volunteer, currently Sally is serving as vice president of her class.
Pamela “Pamm” McNeil ‘82
Having served as a president of ETHOS as a student, Pamm continued her volunteer work after graduation in many roles and is one of our very few “trifecta” alumnae volunteers, having served as the president of a club, her class, and a shared interest group (SIG). At her first reunion, Pamm was elected to a five-year term as class president and later often served as her class Wellesley Fund representative. She was elected vice president and then president of two clubs: Wellesley-on-Long Island and the Washington Wellesley Club. In addition to these leadership roles, Pamm consistently served as an admission volunteer for both clubs and as the Mid-Atlantic region admission rep for three years. Over the past three years, Pamm was the president of Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent (WAAD). Perhaps the biggest testament to her dedication is her constant willingness to respond when no one else does or can — she answers “her every call.” Clearly over the last 30+ years, Pamm has been devoted to Wellesley, increasing alumnae engagement and promoting the interests of the College.
Brooke Bryant ‘03
Over the last six years, Brooke has been a volunteer extraordinaire for the New York Wellesley Club. She first served as membership chair, increasing membership by 100% in her first year and a total of 250% by the end of her tenure, and then serving as club president, steering the club to become a model organization that all clubs should strive to emulate. As president, her first order of business was to organize the club’s 125th anniversary celebration; she led the club through 18 months of intense planning culminating in an overwhelmingly successful, day-long celebration with over 400 alumnae in attendance. In addition to her club activities, Brooke served as the Durant Chair for her class, applying her organizational and goal-driven talents to form a committee of dedicated volunteers who garnered a total of 19 Durant donors for the class of 2003’s 10th year reunion. The time and effort Brooke has put into both the class of 2003 and the New York Wellesley Club have led to a surge in donations and alumnae engagement for Wellesley College.