From the President...
Welcome to the Harvard Club of Central Florida!
The Harvard Club of Central Florida is celebrating more than 70 years of serving Harvard in the Sunshine State! The Club serves as a means for Harvard and Radcliffe alumni/ae to maintain connections to Cambridge and each other.
The Club was formally organized in Winter Park in 1942 after several years of informal gatherings that had consisted mostly of winter resident alumni. The Club's first President was Maxwell A. Kilvert '89; among his immediate successors was Edward Gurney LLB '38 who would later represent Florida in the U.S. Senate. Several past Presidents dating back to the 1960's remain active members in the Club to this day. The Club was incorporated as a Florida non-profit corporation in 1976 but slipped into a brief period of dormancy a few years later before being reactivated in 1981. Since that time the Club's membership and activities have grown steadily, mirroring the tremendous population growth in Central Florida.
The Club is based geographically in metropolitan Orlando, but also serves a 9-county territory that sweeps from Flagler, Volusia and Marion Counties southward along the Space Coast. Annual Club membership ranges between 60-70 members from a potential mailing list of 750. College alumni/ae comprise about 40% of the club membership with the remainder coming from the various Graduate Schools, retired faculty/staff and parents of current undergraduates.
The Club sponsors a number of social functions in both Orlando and on the East Coast. Certain events have become annual fixtures such as the Annual Meeting in the spring, the Harvard-Yale football telecast in November, and a winter dinner/lecture by a University Faculty member. The Club is also active in the All-Ivy Club of Central Florida which hosts several events throughout the year.
The Club's Admissions, Schools, and Scholarship Committee plays a very active role in interviewing 200+ applicants per year. We are always looking for volunteers to interview applicants! The Club also collects Scholarship contributions from its membership which are donated to the University for financial aid to area students.
If you are new to the Central Florida area and would like to become a member please click the Membership tab and then click JOIN. Thank You!