For many, February often feels like the longest short month on the calendar, with snow, cold, and wind wrapping those who venture outside in parkas and driving the rest indoors. The antidote, however, is on its way. February 1 marks the official start of Feb Club Emeritus 2020, the monthlong celebration of all things Yale.
Feb Club Emeritus is an annual tradition, celebrating nothing other than the common Yale bond among alumni. As Feb Club Emeritus organizer Tim Harkness puts it, “There are no speeches, no fundraising, and no outrageous expenses. There’s just mixing, mingling, and partying away the winter blues.”
Feb Club Emeritus dates back to 2008, when a group of Yale alumni decided to start an annual event as a way to see each other at least once a year amid their busy schedules. It has grown every year since, with more than 110 events held in 2019 and more than 70 already on the calendar for 2020.
Events take all forms, from beach parties to bar hopping, and stretch to all reaches of the globe. In fact, 2019 host cities covered more than 30 states (plus Washington, D.C.) and 20 countries, ranging from Austin to Zurich and Seattle to Sydney.
Classes from 1941 to 2019 have held events, and Feb Club Emeritus is open to and has included alumni from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the professional schools as well as Yale College.
“It’s the greatest invention since fire for driving out the cold,” said Harkness, “and we’d love for you to join us. And Feb Club means the more, the merrier, so bring guests, significant others, and friends. All are welcome.”
Visit the Feb Club Emeritus website to find an event near you, and be sure to register your event there as well.