As you can see from the above invitation to ‘Classic Cars Under the Stars,’ we’ve already begun activating plans solidified at the most productive Executive Retreat we’ve ever convened. Yes, I know that I say that every year. It’s simply because they keep getting better.

Our theme in August was “A Vision Forward,” and we raised the bar. Challenged with an aggressive retreat agenda, we completed a two-year plan for the association aligned with our key objectives in a single session – all of us, together. We had strong turnout, excellent engagement and we accomplished that and more.

It’s important you know the substance of that plan, because we are calling upon you urgently to convert words to action, demonstrating the support you express so vocally with school spirit. The urgency of our mandate cannot be overstated. We need all of us to step up, putting the heartfelt to the feet moving!

Key Objective

To work to enrich our Association, to support the Philadelphia High School for Girls’ and to empower superior female single-sex education across the United States. (Note: this does not replace our mission; it is simply a focus statement)

Tactical Plan

  • Increase visibility of the association and its work
  • Nurture relationships across the entire GHS organization (students/staff/PTDA/alumnae/media/community)
  • Increase our financial resources
  • Increase engagement within our membership

These aren’t the goals of a board or committee. It takes each and every one of us, unified by a common vision, investing together, emboldened by the spirit of our founding pioneers and disruptors, strengthened by Girls High spirit to manifest this vision.

You can begin by supporting, without delay, “Classic Cars Under the Stars” where we’ll pay special tribute to this year’s Distinguished Daughters. Click the link above to secure your tickets, then visit our Highlights Page to see the Distinguished Daughters.

Then, start planning now for the 128th Annual Meeting/Luncheon, Saturday, April 22, 2017. We’ll feature our very own Shirley Clark Franklin, former Mayor of Atlanta, to share the wisdom of her experience meeting the challenge of educating future generations.

Sisters, we’ve accomplished far too many firsts to settle for a school that stands in danger of ranking last.  We hold the keys that open the doors for future Girls High pioneers and disruptors. It takes all of us together.

With sisterly affection,

Antoinette (Toni) Bailey Nottingham
President, The Alumnae Association of
The Philadelphia High School for Girls