Dear Friends and Notre Dame Family,
It’s hard to believe how quickly the last two years have flown by. When I began my term as vice president a couple of years ago, the next round of elections for the Notre Dame Club board seemed so far away. Yet, here we are, and I can’t tell you how excited and humbled I feel to be starting my term as club president today. I’m happy to congratulate the other newly-elected officers, and have to mention how privileged I am to continue working with these individuals in our new roles:
|Notre Dame Professionals Chair:
|| Bekki Miske
I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and share a few personal notes. I grew up as a first-generation Ukrainian-American, and graduated from Notre Dame in 1991 with a degree in materials science and engineering. At ND, I lived in Flanner for 4 years and served as resident assistant during my senior year. After graduation and working as an automotive design engineer for several years, I went to law school and practiced in the midwest, before landing in San Diego and continuing my career as an intellectual property lawyer. Once here, the Notre Dame Club of San Diego provided a way for me to stay connected to our beloved university and make new friends who share my passion for ND. Over the past several years I’ve served as chair of the Notre Dame Professionals Committee and as club vice president. As many of you can surely relate, building friendships with Domers and other friends of ND through the ND Club community have truly made San Diego feel like home. The deep and unique spirit of community and affiliation with ND that I first experienced as a student is certainly alive and well in our club!
Indeed, part of our club’s mission is to foster the Notre Dame spirit within our community here in San Diego, and to nourish the bond each of us feels to Notre Dame and her ideals. One of my main goals as president is to provide the environment and opportunities to enrich our connections with ND, and for the Notre Dame spirit to flourish in San Diego. Since our club relies on its members’ engagement to stay healthy and vigorous, I’d like to ask for your help and involement in pursing this goal. The club has several upcoming events (listed below) and numerous standing event/service committees like the Notre Dame Professionals, as well as new initiatives that are just getting off the ground, like the NDCSD Lawyer Committee (stay tuned for more info.). Of course, I welcome your participation in club events, and invite you to get involved in joining or chairing one of our committees. Particularly at this time, the club has opportunities in several areas for members to quickly get on track for a leadership role. Whether you’ve had an interest for a while, are just now deciding to get active, or are returning from a “break” from the club, feel free to get in touch or just drop in to a board meeting. ND Club board meetings are open, and new board members are always welcome.
As I mentioned, we have some great events coming up. Please RSVP, or sign up to lend a hand. More details are available on the club website: www.ndsandiego.org.
Saturday, July 19: Come out and meet the newest members of the ND family at our annual Student Send-off Picnic at Spreckel’s Park on Coronado
Wednesday, July 31: Universal Notre Dame Night, featuring University Provost Tom Burish, at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
Saturday, Aug. 30: the ND Club of San Diego lends a hand at Fr. Joe’s Supper Saturday, at Fr. Joe’s Villages (watch our website for more details)
You can find out how to keep up on club events and activities at the club updates section of our website. And, be sure to follow the Notre Dame Club of San Diego on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn (especially for Notre Dame Professionals events/information and the NDP jobs board). Please introduce yourself at any event that you attend; I’d love to meet as many of you in-person as I can!
If you aren’t an official club member yet, consider signing up at our membership page. The club has several membership categories, starting at $30 per year. For new and continuing members, your dues contributions support many activities in all areas of club operations, including:
- June’s Hesburgh Lecture, which featured Notre Dame Theology Professor Peter Cassarella speaking about Pope Francis
- June’s Student Beach Party for local students admitted to Notre Dame and their families
- The upcoming Senior Alumni Luncheon (Thurs., Aug. 7) featuring Ted Owen, President & CEO, Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
As I mentioned, the sense of community that is a hallmark of the Notre Dame family truly reflects the spirit of our club’s members and leaders. On that note, I’d like to thank all of you who have supported the club over the years. Your efforts and energy in organizing and participating in club events and committees continue to drive their success. In particular, I’d like to extend special thanks to the most recent officers for their dedication and stewardship, including Joe Spagnolo, our outgoing Communications Director.
In closing, I look forward to serving as President of your Notre Dame Club. Drop me a line at email@example.com if you want to get involved, ask me any questions, or just say hello.
Yours in Notre Dame,