BNC President’s Message / Summer 2020

Hello everyone.

The summer is shaping up to be a busy one for many of our members. In spite of our isolation, we are connecting with our friends and family through ZOOM. ZOOMING is not a wonderful substitute, but it is a good one even though the hugs, kisses, and handshakes seem to be a thing of the past, at least for a while.

Brandeis is sending, via email, lots of ZOOM opportunities for members to engage our minds in activities that range from learning about the climate crisis, what’s happening in Israel, meditation, cooking, and virtual tours of the Brandeis campus and Art Museums, to name a few.

I urge you to take advantage of these virtual seminars and classes. They are excellent and offered at no cost to us. Making a reservation is very easy. So, please do open every Brandeis email and check out the virtual opportunities.

The Board is busy planning for next season. We will be offering study groups and special events via ZOOM. Some groups are already holding virtual meetings and I urge more of you to take advantage of the ability to meet all summer and include the snowbirds, as well. If you are interested, call me and I’ll set up the ZOOM meeting schedule for your group. My email and phone number are at the bottom of this letter.

Sign-ups for the new season will follow the usual schedule, with publication online sometime in September. Watch for it.

REMINDER: Renew your membership if you haven’t already done so. Go online to our
On the right side of the homepage, you can click on RENEW and take it from there.


Marcia Plumleigh
760 310-1822

BNC President’s Message

Welcome to the 2019-20 season. In a matter of weeks we will be hosting this season’s kickoff event – SHOWCASE — on October 23, 2019. And what a Showcase it will be. We will have some new additions to our usual program and, for the first time, wewill host a fashion show.
Merle Carrus, a BNC Vice President and our advisor, will be on the program presenting a short video of current Brandeis activity. Watch for the eblast announcing Showcase that should arrive in your email in mid-September.

Brandeis Desert Chapter was still having fun this summer. We had two very well-attended luncheons, one in July and one in August. A big thanks to Beverly Ross for her usual wonderful planning and organization for the luncheons.

This year Brandeis National Committee has announced a new focus for the fundraising effort: HONORING OUR HISTORY-TRANSFORMING UNIQUE COLLECTIONS HIGHLIGHTING SOCIAL JUSTICE. You will see the new campaign on some of the special events announcements as well as the SUSTAINING THE MIND Campaign, the fundraising effort that focuses on neuroscience research.

Your Planning Committee has been very busy since May, organizing new and exciting Special Events and Study Groups. In September, you will receive the email that contains the new groups and the continuing study groups that have room for new members. You will be
able to sign up on-line, as usual, or wait until Showcase to sign up. REMEMBER: IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF A CONTINUING GROUP NOT LISTED, YOU WILL SIGN UP AT THE GROUP’S FIRST MEETING. You will also note that the study group fee has increased from $15 to $20.

Now a few words about the change in the sign-up process for Special Events. The Planning Committee has streamlined the process so we can handle each event individually. At Showcase we will have information about all Special Events for the season. We will NOT have the sign-up process for Special Events at Showcase. You will receive eblasts for each Special Event throughout the season and will sign up accordingly.

Each year we have a good number of activities that require planning and organizing. And each year I see the same faces of our members that volunteer to work for our organization. I urge all our members to lend a hand in the effort to keep Brandeis Desert Chapter a viable and stimulating experience for all. Get involved! There are big and small ways to make a contribution to our Chapter, and a very big personal payoff in volunteering.

Enjoy the rest of your summer. It will be terrific to see you all again at Showcase, Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at the Desert Horizons Country Club. Be sure to watch for the eblast announcing Showcase.

Marcia Plumleigh