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Annual presentation of funds raised for scholarship by the Catala Club members. Pictured (L to R): Catala Club Chaplain Jack Treacy, S.J. '77, Vice President for University Relations Jim Lyons, 2021 Catala Club President Charlene Raisch '77, Bucky Bronco, AVP of Constituent Relations Mike Wallace


 

The Catala Club has a long tradition of selfless service and dedication to Santa Clara University. Our motto is Service, Support and Spirituality.  Watch our Celebration of 90 Years of Serving the SCU Community.

On April 27, 1930, the Catala Club welcomed women of diverse backgrounds, occupations and faiths to become part of the Santa Clara University family and to contribute to the university’s educational mission. Initially, Catala Club began as a group of volunteers to assist the Jesuits with the needs of the Mission Church. We evolved into a women’s service organization dedicated to providing undergraduate student scholarships.

Today we are a group over 200 women who have a passion for a Santa Clara University Jesuit education. We hold monthly luncheons with speakers and special Liturgies held on campus or at local venues. We host a fall fashion show fundraiser and several socials which include spouses and friends.

The common thread is that we are dedicated women who believe in the value of a Santa Clara education. Through our fellowship, friendship, and fundraisers, we have 7 endowed scholarships which total over $23,000,000. Annually, these scholarships assist 33 students.

We are Women Empowering the Next Generation.  

 

 

SCU Catala Club Officers and Board of Directors 2021-22

The Catala Board of Directors meets on the first Wednesday of the month from September - June. 

 

OFFICERS

President

First Vice President

Second Vice President

Secretary

Treasurer

Historian             

Immediate Past President            

Laurie Hernandez

Joan Cattermole (Monthly general meetings)

Katy Kelly (Membership, Anniversary Party Co-Chair)

Rosanne Adona

BC Gibbons

Mary Atwell

Charlene Raisch (Chair, Past President’s Council)


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

One-Year Board (voting power)

Lisa De Lusignan

Julie Jaroshenko

Mary Blaser-Koojoolian   

Ann Lindahl

Debbie McBride 

Kris Stanga

Birdie Pacelli 

Special Events

50/50 Raffle

Liason to Student Life — Athletics, Performing Arts, DeSaisset Museum

Board Meeting Refreshments

SCU Food Insecurity Program

Asst. Membership Chair

Social Media Coordinator


Two-Year Board
(voting power)

Peggy Anastasia                    

Sue Davison

Cathy De Maria

Joan Ferrari

Leana Giannini

Loydene Kiley

Fran Lowry

Kathleen Nygard

Co-Chair, Holiday Event

Website

Newsletter

Sunshine Chair

Media Distribution, Anniversary Party Co-Chair

Special Events

Liturgical Coordinator

Special Events


ADDITIONAL APPOINTED POSITIONS

Alumni Liaison

Administrator of Correspondence

Facebook Liaison

Assistant Treasurer

Parliamentarian 

Sarah Bonini

Jeannie Mahan

Birdie Pacelli

Pat DeMarlo

Jeannie Mahan


ADVISORY BOARD
(no voting power)

Mary Conlon-Almassy

Dianne Bonino

Joanne Moul  

Fr. Jack Treacy, S.J. 

President 2006-08

President 2008-2010; 2014-15

President 2010-12

Chaplain


SCU LIAISONS

SCU Development Office Liaison

Director, Social Media & Emerging Strategy

Julie Stone

Karen Puculba

The Catala Club Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 1930 by Father James J. Lyons, S.J., 100 years after the death of Magin Catala, O.F.M., who was known as "The Holy Man of Santa Clara." This scholarship provides financial assistance for deserving undergraduate students.  Historically this scholarship partially supports 3-5 students each year.

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The Paul Locatelli, S.J., Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 1997 by the Catala Club to provide financial assistance to deserving undergraduate students. Historically this scholarship partially supports 1-2 students each year.

The William F. Donnelly, S.J., Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 1977 by Catala Club to provide financial assistance for deserving liberal arts students. Historically this scholarship partially supports 1 student each year.

The Catala Club Endowed Scholarship Fund in Memory of Emma Anderson was established on June 26, 2012, in memory of Emma Rita Shane Anderson. This scholarship provides financial assistance for undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need in good academic standing. Historically this scholarship partially supports 16-18 students each year.

The Catala Club Endowed Scholarship Fund in Memory of F. Kreuzer and R. Kreuzer provides financial assistance for undergraduate students with financial need at Santa Clara University, with a preference for students in biology. Historically this scholarship partially supports 1 student each year.

The Catala Club Endowment Fund in Memory of Annette Bertram was established to provide assistance for undergraduate students with financial need at Santa Clara University. Historically this scholarship partially supports 1-2 students each year.

The Santa Clara University Catala Club Michael E. Engh, S.J. Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2019 to provide scholarships for undergraduate students and honor Father Engh's years of remarkable service and steadfast support of the Catala Club.  This fund is expected to grant its first scholarship in the 2020-21 Academic Year.

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