September brought about many changes for the UK—we have a new King and as of this week, it’s officially autumn. As a British based organization, we mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, while acknowledging the ongoing debate regarding the role of the monarchy, its complex history, and the systems it supported over the decades. Though the Queen brought about positive social and economic change during her reign, more can be done, and we hope King Charles III continues to evolve the Crown.
That said, with the period of national mourning over, we are pleased to announce some upcoming events. For anyone eager to hop on the Eurostar, our friends in France have invited us to a wine tasting at Columbia’s Global Center in Paris in October. And towards the end of the month, we will host a Homecoming as part of Columbia Connects while we stream the big game against Dartmouth. Come to watch or, really, just to catch up and have a drink. More details on both below.
Lastly, we have some happy news to share. The Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) notified us last week that CUCL has been named the international winner and recipient of the 2022 CAA Global Club Award of Excellence! Clubs across the world were considered by the CAA and its Associations & Clubs (A&C) Committee to determine which club has shone the brightest during the 2022 fiscal year in terms of the level of alumni engagement, events organized, and contributions to strengthen the alumni network. CAA looks forward to seeing what's next as CUCL continues to be a leader for other alumni clubs to emulate.
We’re chuffed! And while we welcome the recognition, this was a group effort, and we could not have done it without a dedicated board and volunteers. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Spyros Karageorgis, Laetitia Butler, Rana Abuhilal, John Collins, Jing Xiao, Maria Shiao, and all many others that have helped over the last number of years. Your contributions have been invaluable! Finally, our congratulations and gratitude to all Club members because without you, there would be no club.
We will be presented the award next Saturday, on October 1st, at the CAA Celebration of Volunteer Excellence banquet on campus in New York City.
We hope to see you soon,