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Vol.1 July 2017|Staying Connected

Staying Connected to St. Margaret's School

Mary Anne Townsend Hopkins '69, P '97 '03Greetings fellow Alumnae!

As the new president of the St. Margaret's Alumnae Association, I wanted to introduce myself to all SMS alumnae. I was raised on a dairy farm in King William Co., VA. My first connection to SMS was a family one: my older cousins Sally Townsend Hart '56 and Betty Rose Townsend Sexton '61 both graduated from SMS and my parents and I hoped that I could attend when it was time for me to choose a high school.

As I began boarding school in the fall of 1965, I could not have imagined the many connections I would make over the four years I spent at "my second home" in Tappahannock. The education, the opportunities and the friendships I gained are truly priceless. In my senior year, I began dating my now husband, John Hopkins, at one of the popular SMS/CCS socials. At the beginning of our marriage, we moved to Westmoreland County and we still reside there. John and I sent our two daughters to SMS as day students: Christina (Tina) Hopkins Spain '97 and Claire Townsend Hopkins '03. It was exciting to return to campus as a parent! Our family also includes our son, Spencer, and four grandchildren.

Following the leadership of Beth Crowther Angle '97, I was honored to be asked to serve as president. Sincere gratitude to Beth for her work over the past two years. Looking to the next couple years, I hope to form many new connections to alumnae during my two-year term. We will try to inform you of up-coming SMS events so you can join us to celebrate our school. Please stay connected! Below are important updates from St. Margaret's to keep in mind as August approaches.


Mary Anne Townsend Hopkins '69, P '97 '03
Alumnae Association President 2017-2019

 Ardent Brewery in the Scott's Addition in Richmond (3200 W. Leigh Street).Sipping with My Sisters | August 12

Join us at noon on August 12 at Ardent Brewery in the Scott's Addition in Richmond (3200 W. Leigh Street). All alumnae are encouraged to join us for beers and fun. The first round will be provided by St. Margaret's so be sure to join us early. RSVP not required.

Event contact: Brooke Shafer '06

SMS Legacy Scholarship

St. Margaret's is thrilled to announce a legacy scholarship available to daughters, granddaughters, nieces, etc. of alumnae. Who better than the alumnae of SMS to speak to the power of a St. Margaret's education?

More details here.

Class Agents & Class Notes  Class Agents & Class Notes

All Class Agents should expect to hear from members of the Development Staff or Alumnae Board to discuss the various responsibilities, including class notes.

By now many of you are aware that St. Margaret's has made a change regarding class notes. Rather than inclusion in the Thistle, we will instead be releasing Class Notes in a newsletter format that will be more tied to the calendar year to be published in early 2018.

Blue/Grey PartnersBlue/Grey Partners

We need help securing business sponsors. Alumnae have been a tremendous asset helping secure partnerships from businesses in years past and we hope we can count on your help again. For more information visit the Blue/Grey Partners.

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