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FAU’s University Club Installs Officers for 2007/08

BOCA RATON, FL (May 7, 2007) - The University Club of the Florida Atlantic University Foundation installed officers for 2007/2008 at a dinner meeting held recently at Brooks Restaurant in Deerfield Beach. Marlis Hadeed, who this past year served as vice president for programs, was elected as the new president of the organization. Other elected officers include Donna McCaffrey, vice president for programs; Regina Vetto, vice president for ways and means; Gay Garlid, vice president for membership; June Gelb, recording secretary; JoAnne High, corresponding secretary; and Barry Goldin, treasurer.

Alene Brewer, outgoing president, received the Club's Bravo Award, a special recognition given to a member who has worked especially hard to further the activities of The University Club.  Additionally, Elfriede Lynch received an honorary membership, which is given to a member of the community who has demonstrated exceptional support, over a long period of time, for the work of the Club.

Ruth Crabb, a founding member of the organization, organized the installation ceremony and spoke on the history of the club. Originally named the Volunteer League, the organization was founded in 1976 by Dorothy Vance, a noted philanthropist who spent winters in Boca Raton. The 12 women attending the first meeting heard a talk by then FAU President Glenwood Creech, who stressed the need for financial assistance. He expressed the hope that this group could become the base for raising support for the University. In the intervening three decades, all activities of the club have been directed to developing and implementing fund-raising projects and encouraging members to give of their time, talent and energy to help achieve the goals of the University.

Events during the past year have included the annual Holiday Affair held at the Eleanor R. Baldwin House in December, a fundraiser brunch and silent auction held at the Boca West Country Club in February and a series of dinner meetings featuring talks by FAU President Frank T. Brogan, Boca Raton Mayor Steve Abrams and legendary actress Jan McArt. The 2007/08 season will get underway September 27 with a membership reception to be held on FAU’s Boca Raton campus.

Marlis Hadeed, the 14th president and a 10-year member of the University Club, has lived in south Florida for 25 years. She and her husband Vic Hadeed live in Highland Beach.

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