Board Notes

27 Jul 19

Sold 100 tickets, and had almost everyone there.

We were interviewed by Fox Sports Detroit.

Everyone had a great time.

Mariners won 7 - 2.

27 Oct 18
  • 16 spots remaining
  • Action: In the next email to Alumni Club, can we include something along the line of “Bye Week Volunteering” or “Volunteering” in the subject line - I noticed sometimes we comment on events upcoming. Can we also please create a Facebook event? Happy to work with Rachel on the latter. (Note: There is a link to register for the event).
23 Oct 18

Marketing/Promoting of Bob Ufer Story

  • Meena Working with Jason
  • Ideas we have:
    1. Send targeted email to all attendees of past Michigan football related John Bacon events /those who bought tickets to UW games this year and in the past (frame the communication to say based on attendance at previous event, they may be interested in this)
    2. Add even information + a QR code to the back of the trivia sheets handed out at the games where people can directly register (on the front of the trivia make note to flip to the other side to sign up)
    3. Promote the event during halftime at watch parties
    4. Add a pre-event happy hour to the event (perhaps Buckley’s in Queen Anne)
    5. FB invite for this event doesn’t have a lot of people invited. How do we get more people invited to the event via FB? Grassroots effect to people who we know are interested in Michigan Football, that we are FB friends with?
  • Action: Alignment on next steps, then action.
9 Sep 18

The hike went well. The weather held up; the mid-week forecast had called for Sunday rain but it was mostly sunny. About 16-18 people showed up, with a good mix of older vs. newer alums, graduates from different programs, and first-time vs. return hikers. We set off on the trail around 9:15 and finished about three hours later. People seemed to have a good time and good conversation, and a number of people expressed interest in doing another hike during the fall, which I would be happy to organize.

  1. The U-M uniqname provides alumni with a logon ID as well as an e-mail address that can be used to forward to another alumni email address. However alumni who attended U-M prior to the 1990’s may not have one.
  2. The Alumni Association has announced the availability of a new tool for alumni to use to obtain a uniqname, or to be reminded of one they already have, and have asked club leaders to test it.
  3. Herb has reported that the path to get to this new utility from the Alumni Association site is long and difficult to navigate.
  4. Herb has added some direct links to the new utility to the UMSeattle site.
  5. The Alumni Association will work to make it easier for alumni to access the new utility.
5 Aug 18

Great attendance! We had about fifty alums show up. Perfect weather. Thanks to our supreme grillmaster, Michael Roberto, for an excellent job. Had a couple of summer interns who will probably return next year, plus many alums new to the area. Had seven board members in attendance. People started showing up at three, and many stayed on until we packed up a little after six. Everyone loved the spot. Lots of meeting and mingling. Had several alums from the Eastside who requested some events out there.

23 Jun 18

Note from Tracey:

Overall I think it was a success. 52 people, (5 or 6 of which were kids), 5 dogs.

19 May 18

Sold 100 tickets, and had almost everyone there.

We were interviewed by Fox Sports Detroit.

Everyone had a great time.

Mariners won 7 - 2.

28 Apr 18

“Saturday Rio led a group of University of Michigan alumni volunteers into one of our more difficult hillside blackberry patches in Me-kwa-mooks. They tackled the task without fear and ferocity. Actually, they shared little in common with the Michigan mascot, enthusiasm and high spirits would be a better characterization.

Their work concluded our winter and spring long push spearheaded by Rio and Peter in the east Seattle Lutheran zone to liberate the native species that were being engulfed by blackberry.

I arrived late, about the time they were wrapping up, but in time to take a few pictures.

Mike, please pass on our appreciation to the Michigan volunteers. Me-kwa-mooks, the forest stewards and the Green Seattle Partnership are grateful for your time and help with forest restoration.

Phillip Osborne, forest steward @ Me-kwa-mooks with Rio, Peter, Bonnie & Jasmin”

17 Feb 18

It went well!

The weather, and the resulting driving restrictions, did put a bit of a damper on attendance. We wound up with like 15 people. But the Forest Rangers led a great tour; they were really engaging and informative. The trail for the 90-minute walk was very manageable, even for the alums who were first-time snowshoers. The feedback that Crystal and I received was very positive; multiple people said they would do it again if we organized future outings.

If I were to organize another outing, I would try to seek out alums with 4-wheel drive vehicles first, and then try to manage carpooling more actively. The ski shuttle is another option.

16 Dec 17

About 20 of us had a great time at the Nutcracker, including a backstage tour after the show!

11 Dec 17

We held our John Bacon talk and book signing last night at Gordon Biersch.

The maximum capacity for the Pilsner room there is 50 people, and we were sold out.

We ordered 30 books from the publisher and, between presale copies and copies sold at the event, all 30 were sold.

John seemed to have a good time once he got warmed up a bit, and everyone there seemed to enjoy his talk.

John autographed a lot of books and talked to people individually after the talk.

Lots of people made a point of saying “thanks for organizing this” as they were leaving with smiles on their faces, so I’d say the event was a success.

John gave a lot of credit to our Seattle club leadership at the beginning of his talk, so that was nice to hear!

We were John’s last stop on his West Coast tour, so he was headed back home to Ann Arbor today.

I deposited $220 cash in our checking account today, which was from cash book sales ($20 per book) at the event last night.

Total bill at Gordon Biersch was $964.89, which went on the Debit Card.

Thanks to Pauline and Jason Gomberg for their help last night!

This thing never made any sense, so we never promoted it to the U-M club.

30 Sep 17

Very successful event. We had 50 - 60 people, mostly recent grads. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, and most people thanked us for the event before they left.

20 Aug 17

We had about a dozen alums participate. Everyone seemed to have a great time. Friend of the Board Jason Gomberg did a great job of coordinating and hosting. Hike took just a little over 4 hours. Everyone involved made it up to the Upper Falls and back.

Sep Board Meeting:

Buckley Belltown Game Watch

SRO 150+ -> 200 in attendance.

Eastside Game Watch
  • Attendance ~45 at Redmond’s Bar and grill
  • Owner met with members; we’ll use the RBG web site for reservations to assist with planning;
  • We will estimate game-to-game;
  • Jason will set up Google calendaring for us to do reservations

Probably good that we have two distinctly different venues (close, noisy high energy vs. family, quiet, sit down)

16 Jul 17

From Michael Roberto:

Jessica and I hosted a nice picnic at Carkeek Park last night. Spent ~$150 on food and drinks for the event.

I was back on the grill after a break filled in by Herb, went through about half the food purchased. 15 alumni showed up, and a family with an alum in it walked by, noticed all the Michigan shirts, and stopped to chat. Didn’t know about the club, and was excited to be notified for future events!

Everybody in attendance appreciated the event; great weather, views, and food made for a great day.

Timing of 3-6 had great weather, and had better parking options that last year’s picnic that started at 5, but required a full-day reservation of the shelter that maybe cost too much for the size of the event. Next year may be worth moving it back to start at 4, could get by with a half-day reservation in that case.

Attendance was a bit lower than last year, likely due to close proximity to the interns BBQ. We reserved the picnic space back in February, but the intern BBQ kept getting pushed back as we had trouble finding a proper space for it. The two events ended up being a week apart. Next year, we should try to identify an intern BBQ date and location earlier in the cycle.

We had a mix of people from Seattle, Eastside, and far Eastside. A comment that an Eastside BBQ may be of interest as well; maybe next year??

30 Apr 17

Quick summary of Sunday’s Community Service Day. What started out as kinda crummy weather ended up a gorgeous day clearing non-native vegetation from a forest on the shores of Lake Washington. We had 14 Michigan volunteers show up, making up a majority of all volunteers working at the event. Other volunteers at the event included two freshmen football players at UW (we got some early jabs in ahead of our matchup in 2020). The group worked so efficiently, we wrapped up all the tasks of a four-hour event in just under 3 hours, so we gathered up for a photo.

A couple Michigan alumni on a jog stopped after we took the picture, asking “What’s going on with all this Michigan stuff??” Two more who will be joining the mailing list :)

7 Jul 17

Note from Herb:

Sravan and I hosted a pretty successful event last night, with invaluable help from Zakir.

Spent $154.19 on food and drink for the event, plus $100 for the room at Via6.

Although Srav and I didn’t have the grilling chops that Michael Roberto can claim, we didn’t seem to kill anybody, we didn’t get any complaints, and we didn’t have anything with meat in it left over, so I would call that a win! In fact, we had the last arrivals waiting at the BBQ for the few turkey burgers I’d purchased to come off the grill.

Definitely less food purchased and consumed than last year, I think mainly due to having less time to promote, but I would guess we had 50 - 70 people there.

Only beverages I purchased were water bottles, and that seemed to work ok.

Timing of 5 - 8 for the event seemed perfect. People started showing up a little after 5, and people were mostly cleared out by 8. The people still around at 8 helped to clean up. When we got there we had to coax another group out of our space, who had it reserved from 2 - 5, but didn’t have anyone else waiting for it at 8, so that worked out well.

We had a gorgeous evening in terms of the weather, and the outside deck at Via6 again turned out to be a perfect location.

We had a mix of interns and recent grads. I spoke to people working at Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon and Nordstrom’s. The most recent arrival had just come to Seattle four days ago.

I had lots of people say “thanks” for organizing and hosting the event. That’s always a good sign.

I was too busy at the grill to take any photos of the group, but one of the guys I was talking to offered to take my photo with a plate full of burgers.

Copying Mike McBride and Zakir, as well as Ari and Brian, who got this whole interns BBQ thing rolling a few years ago.

11 May 17

Nov 15th Board Meeting

All organized, and selling tickets online through the AAUM site.

Sep Board Meeting

  1. Michigan Alum is starring in an “On Broadway” touring show; will be appearing in Seattle in early May at The Paramount.
  2. Consider this for a cultural event for spring;
  3. If we get 15 highly satisfied attendees -> successful event
  4. Provides a good alternative to game watch; good for club variety of options;
  5. We will plan on organizing an event; beginning to work with Paramount; we should reserve a block of tickets soon;
  6. Herb has started reaching out to relevant contacts in Ann Arbor and at The Paramount, and he will copy Pam and Tracey on next round of e-mails. 7.Show runs may 9 Tuesday -> Sunday; tentative prefer weeknight or weekend matinee (?) Tuesday is initial planning
23 Jul 17

See attached minutes.

11 Mar 17

Nice turnout at Buckley’s: about 20 - 25 people. Even more on Sunday, for the Big Ten Final game. Harold Foster showed up on Sunday as well, and brought our U-M banner with him.

19 Jan 17

Nov 15th Board Meeting

  • Poco wine bar – Capitol Hill
  • Tentative Jan 19th (after the Holiday Party) –Thursday
  • Should have registration; defray cost of appetizers
  • Eventbrite can print name tags
  • Use structured name tag info prompting school, degree, year, “affinity area” to help people connect
29 Nov 16

Nov 15th Board Meeting

  • The Alumni Association will be sending e-mails encouraging giving to our local scholarship fund.
  • Michael is collecting pictures for Facebook site for promotional use on our FB page.
19 Nov 16

Nov 15th Board Meeting

  • Rep from each school to pick up box from NW Harvest
  • We will have boxes at Buckley’s
  • Won’t do on Eastside 11/19
  • Michael will advertise on Facebook
  • Herb will send out additional email Thursday this week

Nov 15th Board Meeting

We were contacted by a U-M alum whose family owns the Majestic Theatre in Ballard, and who offered to help us host an event there at some point.

Sep Board Meeting:

We were contacted recently by an alum with a venue in Capitol Hill, Poco Wine and Spirits. She’d be happy to work with us to host an event there.

17 Jan 17

Nov 15th Board Meeting

The board decided to skip a meeting in December, and plan our next meeting for January, somewhere on the Seattle side (possibly at Ada’s).

10 Sep 16

Recap of event:

It turned out pretty well. Less people than we had hoped for, but still a good turn out, with around 140 participants. Kicked off in DC last weekend, and its moving on to Boston and Austin in the near future, with plans to add 6 more cities next year.

Thanks so much for your help! I’m not sure if we got any people to use the MGoBlue discount code, but raising awareness definitely helped with out turnout, and hopefully it will help future expansion as well.

Thanks again,

Kyle Tenenbaum
B.S. University of Michigan

Sep Board Meeting:

We helped to promote for a local alum who is involved, but did not host, and have not heard any feedback from the event.

29 Oct 16

We had about 40 people show up, including board members Herb, Pauline and Pat. Kevin Brown and his wife Holly provided a wonderful breakfast at half-time, along with complimentary coffee, and mimosas available from their bar. Kevin gave ua a tour after the game, and several of us stuck around for wine tasting and some lunch, and some of us also met for dinner in Lake Chelan that evening. All in all, it was a wonderful weekend, and we’re already talking about repeating the event next year.

12 Oct 16

We are not coordinating or hosting, just promoting for an alumni with a good cause.

8 Oct 16

Sep Board Meeting:

  1. Rob Oikawa (our resident Lacrosse fan) is not available Oct 8.
  2. Crosses over with football game at Rutgers
  3. We rarely get a team out here – so it would be nice to support
  4. Rutgers start at 5pm
  5. Lax is 6:30 -> 8:30; $25 dollar ticket in Tukwila;
  6. We can coordinate with the coach. Herb will ask for e-mail contact if any alums plan to attend, will mention in news e-mail to raise awareness
24 Sep 16

Redmond’s Bar and Grill

Good turnout – 24 folks today. No families – game on ABC was probably easier for them to watch at home.

Sold seven t-shirts = $175, mix of new and familiar faces


15 Nov 16

In attendance: Herb, Pauline, Rob Oikawa, Pat Jablonski, Rob Jablonski, Shima Abadi, Ginny Rowley, Tracey Melville, Pam Stoeffler, Michael Roberto.

Absent: Stefanie Baldwin, Wendy Bergeson, Judi Trainor

Meeting started at 07:10 PM, adjourned at 8:20 PM.

11 Oct 16

Oct 11

Board meeting canceled, since so few members would be able to attend.

Sep Board Meeting:

This will on Tuesday, Oct 11, one week earlier than usual, since Herb and Pauline will be out of town from Oct 18 thru the 26th.

Website upgraded. Few changes visible to members, but have added a menu item for the Board, with various reports of interest to us (but visible to everyone, should they care to look). This should replace Trello and other tools we’ve used for planning and coordination.

3 Sep 16

Buckley’s: We had 30 - 40 people waiting outside before Buckley’s opened at 8:30, and Buckley’s seated people in an orderly fashion. Ended up being Standing Room Only by early in the first quarter, which means 200+ people. Lots of new faces, and lots of cow bell, and everyone seemed to have a good time. Herb, Pauline, Tracey, Judi and Stefanie were all there representing our board, plus many Friends of the Board.

Redmond’s: It went fine. Nice group of people, about 30, our guess on amount. Good food and restaurant staff. Pam Stoeffler was there representing our board.

10 Sep 16

Slightly smaller turnout at Buckley’s this week, but still a good crowd, and still had people lining up on the sidewalk starting at 8. Ended up close to a full-house, but everyone was able to be seated, so no standing required this week. Herb, Pauline, Tracey and Judi were there from our board, and Amit and Harold were a couple of our friends in attendance. A few new faces as well.

1 Sep 16

Had a good crowd at Buckley’s in Queen Anne. U-M was well represented. Several new faces who had recently moved to the area. Herb and Tracey were both there to represent the board. Probably 50 - 60 Big Ten alums altogether, and probably 15 - 20 U-M alums. The Eastside location was less popular, with only a total of about five Big Ten alums showing up.

20 Sep 16

In attendance: Herb Bowie, Pauline Bowie, Pat Jablonski, Tracey Melville, Rob Oikawa, Judi Trainor, Ginny Rowley, Shima Abadi, Pam Stoeffler

Absent: Stefanie Baldwin, Michael Roberto, Wendy Bergeson.

Rob Oikawa drafted as acting secretary for the meeting. Thanks, Rob!

Meeting started at 7:00 PM, adjourned at 8:40 PM.

24 Jul 16

Great event! Probably had about 25 people attend. Lots of new faces. We had great weather, and everyone loved the location. Thanks to Michael Roberto and wife Jessica for food procurement and grilling. Everyone I talked to seemed to be enjoying themselves and went out of their way to thank us for organizing the event.

31 Jul 16

We had a great turnout for the event. We had about 30 people total, including 3 board members. We invited both incoming freshmen and returning students from the greater Seattle area, along with their parents. Several parents were also alums. The U-M Development Office had planned and hosted this event for the previous two years, but decided they would leave it up to us this year. Steve Kamm, our local development officer, helped to make arrangements with Mary Snapp, a member of his campaign council, to host again this year. In addition to providing her home, overlooking Lake Washington, she arranged and paid for catering for the event from a local restaurant in Madrona. In thanks for her contributions, we gave her a print of the Law Quad from the fifties that had recently come into our possession, and she seemed genuinely excited about the gift. Students and parents and board members all had a great time, and were very appreciative for the chance to connect with each other. We also gave away some Michigan t-shirts and a few signed copies of John Bacon’s latest book, as well as some buttons provided by the Admissions office for the event.

11 Aug 16

They had a great turnout! Estimate 60 - 70 people in attendance. Had a great panel of four local U-M alums involved in either funding or running or promoting startups in Seattle.

21 Jul 16

Good turnout, but very crowded, and hard for Big Ten alums to find each other. Some people denied entrance for a while, because the bar was at or above its capacity. Seemed to turn out ok in the end, though, for those who made it in and stuck around. 50 - 60 attendees. U-M well represented.

23 Aug 16

Thanks to Wendy Bergeson for taking our meeting minutes:

Minutes for U-M Seattle Board Meeting for August 2016


Attendees: Herb Bowie, Wendy Bergeson, Pam Stoeffler, Ginny Rowley, Rob Oikawa and Michael Roberto


Starting Balance for July 1, 2016: $5,705.44

Current Bank Balance: $1,1151.32 PayPal Balance: $311.82

We should be getting several checks from Ann Arbor in the near future:

$1,000 for Mariners Tickets $1,000 for Sounders Tickets $500 for Club Award $4,000 for annual funding check

Career Development Programming

$1,000 remaining to spend. Should start planning something for the fall. Rob and Michael to report out on their progress.

Club T-Shirts

103 shirts ordered from Underground Printing, including 3 for the Athletic Department. We will now have these available to offer for sale during our summer events. Have already sold several through online orders.

Big Ten Summer Happy Hour

Frolic got very crowded - people got turned away. Not a lot of people wore their Big 10 apparel. The weather was beautiful. People who attended had a great time and Michigan was well represented.

U-M Seattle Summer Picnic

Michael Roberto did the shopping and grilling. Turn out was awesome. Ran out of food right as the event was wrapping up. A lot of people who hadn’t attended other events before.

Student Send-Off

Went well. At Mary Snapp’s house in Madronna. Steve Kamm helped coordinate with Mary Snapp and was there. Had about 30 people (students & parents). Shima and her husband were there and helped out. 2 scholarship recipients showed up. Mary may be interested in continuing to host next year. Herb gave Mary one of the Law Quad prints and she really liked it.

Mariners Host the Detroit Tigers

Sold about 80 tickets. Jen DeHart did a great job of organizing everything.

Michigan Meetup for Seattle Startups

Michael Roberto attended, as well as Pauline and Herb. It was really fun. The Dolly’s founder was one of the presenters. 2 Venture Funds. 1 Angel investor. 60-70 people there - standing room only. All Michigan grads. Basically a career development event. Working at a start-up is currently highly desirable for one’s resume.

Big Ten Council Meeting for August 2016

Meeting at Pyramid went well. MI State group still wants to be in charge of Holiday party and wants to do it after the holidays, but will move to Rhein Haus.

Summer Hike

Too late in the season by now. Summer has been very busy.

Summer Kayaking

Too late in the season by now. Summer has been very busy.

Scholarship Committee

Don’t do anything this time of year. Very busy in the Spring, so this is the off-season.

Football Magnets

Tim Buckley will pay for them again this year. Already on order. Free to club, Herb has them

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers

About 60 people in attendance. The coordinator was really easy to work with - sent all the tickets out via e-mail. Opportunity to coordinate better with Portland club in the future. Portland club is currently reorganizing a bit.

Eastside Game Watch Location

Redmond’s Bar and Grill is going to be the location. Need an estimate of people each game. Might not always have the audio on. Clarify the parking. Plenty of room - free parking. Start the advertising soon.

Big Ten Football Season Kickoff Happy Hour

Lucky Strike on the Eastside location - Bellevue on the same night

CCFA Flag Football Tournament

We’re just helping to advertise - pretty expensive

The SF Hunt: Seattle

Big scavenger hunt - we’re just helping to advertise/promote

Seattle Art Museum

Yves Saint Laurent exhibit opens on Oct 11. Chia might be available to talk to us before the show, but wouldn’t be able to give us a tour, due to the unique arrangement of the displays. Another option would be the Jacob Lawrence Migration Series exhibit opening on Jan 21 – but Chia is not as intimately involved with this one, so she might not be in a position to speak to the club about it.

Receptions have typically been money pits. Not sure if it’s possible to structure it so we’d break-even. Might a U of M grant be an option? Thursdays are the only weeknight they stay open late. Other option would be weekend matinee. January timing might work better - less competition with football. Pam to talk to Larry about the Jacob Lawrence exhibit.

Michigan Men’s Lacrosse

Girls Lacrosse org is organizing Lacrosse Day, bringing in Michigan to play Army. Charge is $25 for the entire day. Competes with Rutgers vs. Michigan game. Agreed not to organize anything, but definitely promote it. Women’s Lacrosse in area is huge.

Welcome Event for Recent Grads/Transplants

Need a board member to coordinate. Ari is getting dangerously close to his wedding, so will assist but cannot be in charge this year.

Siren Song Winery Game Watch Party at Lake Chelan

Nothing new - about 10 people signed up so far. Estimate will end up about 20 people.

Big Ten Holiday Party

MI State club wants to continue to organize, and keep it after the holidays, but move to Rhein Haus.

Scholarship Fund-Raising

Shima couldn’t be here tonight. Has some ideas - working with Steve Kamm on them. Herb and Pauline met with Shima a few weeks ago to get her up to speed on past fundraising efforts. Agreed not enough time to have an event this year. Shima wanted to know if any of the other board members had ideas. Agreed with idea of sending postcards instead of letters.

Football Trivia Prizes

Michael brought them to the meeting. Herb and Pauline will bring to Buckley’s to get to Judi, if not before.

Seattle wins Outstanding Club Award for Region 5

Herb and Pauline will be there for the homecoming game and will attend the banquet. Herb is going to talk to Mike about getting some sort of digital logo that we can advertise.


Herb working on updating the website and incorporating Trello into the website.

Next Board Meeting

Tuesday, Sept 20th. In Bellevue.

19 Jul 16

Attendees: Herb Bowie, Pauline Bowie, Rob Jablonski, Rob Oikawa, Pat Jablonski, Judi Trainor, Shima Abadi, Michael Roberto, Pam Stoeffler (briefly), Tracey Melville

9 Jul 16

Had about 100 people in attendance, including interns and recent grads. Via6 Rooftop was a great location. Had some food and drink left over. Michael Roberto and his wife Jessica did most of the grilling and hosting, and did an awesome job! Attendees were very happy! Three board members in attendance.