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**A Message From the President

Melinda Hillis, PresidentWelcome to a new year for University Farm Circle (UFC).

2018 - 2019 will be UFC’s 105th year. Such longevity is a tribute to our dedicated members, who have worked to create avenues to friendship, enrichment, and scholarships.

This handbook introduces our 2018 - 2019 programs. Kudos to our Program Committee and Newcomers Co-Chairs for offering us fun and interesting experiences. Our year begins with our Newcomers Welcome on September 27th. This will be an opportunity to learn about exciting events planned for this year and for new members to make new friends.

The annual Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome will be held on October 11th on campus at the ARC from 4 to 6 p.m. Everyone leaves this event with admiration for our scholarship recipients and pride in our support for them. It’s also an opportunity to learn about Interest Sections, from antiquing to gardening to yoga.

Many of us can contribute to UFC in meaningful ways. Last year the Ad Hoc committee was important in its help with bulk mailing, preparation for events, and in working to make our Inter-Campus Day a success. Please consider volunteering in any way you can.

We honor UFC’s long history as we also see it grow and change. The organization has remained responsive to welcoming new members, providing programs and sections of special interest, and awarding scholarships of increasing amounts. The market value of our scholarship fund is impressive, but we can do more. The cost of a college education has increased so much that there will be a need to increase our support. This year we will begin working to increase our endowment. It will take time and patience, but we can begin that journey now. A portion of dues and donations helps our endowment grow. Be on the lookout for other opportunities to contribute. They will be meaningful and provide some fun also.

I’m honored to be president of this proud organization, and grateful to all of you for your work in supporting our core values of friendship, enrichment, and scholarships.

Melinda Hillis, UFC President, 2018 – 2019

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