Once again, we regret to tell you our “Annual” Luncheon has been postponed. The plan was to
hold the luncheon in October of this year; but we received enough feedback from alumni to
know that folks are still not comfortable with traveling and /or gathering in large groups.
COVID19, and its variants, is still too much of a threat for many. However, we are determined
that ONE DAY WE WILL HAVE AN ALUMNI LUNCHEON. Please put April 22, 2023 on your
calendar. We are aiming for that date.
This year, 2022, is the 75 th Anniversary of our School of Nursing. We will celebrate the
anniversary and our book when we have our 2023 Luncheon.
Your Alumni Association Board has several updates we’d like to share with you.
member – Terry Foushee, Class of ’69. Terry lives in the Central Valley and is attending the
Board meetings by ZOOM, as we all are. We have folks joining the meetings from Nevada,
Washington, and throughout California. Distance is no longer a barrier to serving on the
Board. Please consider if you could also contribute to your Alumni Association as a Board
have now join with MarinLink as our new 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. Over time, our needs of a
fiscal sponsor changed, thus it was time to consider finding a new sponsor who was a better
match for us. All donations to our scholarship fund will continue to be tax exempt through
book sales from Terri Moss. We have contracted with Heather Jepsen to manage the
process for us. Heather is also our ‘web master’ and is quite skilled taking care of these
administrative tasks for us. If you are interested in purchasing a book, you may do so by
…… Price of the book for alumni is $25, plus shipping. Retail price of the book is $35.00.
membership: Associate and Honorary. Associate membership would be for those who want
to be connected to our Alumni Association and to participate as a member. Honorary
membership has actually been on the “books” for several decades, but has never used. We
hope to activate that category with well deserving individuals. Both Associate and Honorary
members will be presented at our April 2023 Luncheon.
of Nursing Historical Societies to determine their interest in including our book in their
inventories of nursing history books and in their archives. The book about Kaiser
Foundation School of Nursing adds a wealth of information to the history of nursing. There
is very little published about diploma schools.
Cuong Le, the new Kaiser Permanente Archivist and Historian has been very
impressed about the story of our School of Nursing. He continues to look for
opportunities to tell our story and share our legacy as he makes presentations across
the national Kaiser Permanente program or writes articles about nursing. Cuong will
be invited to be a speaker at our luncheon.
Jim D’Alfonza, our Kaiser Permanente champion, continues to promote the legacy of
KFSN to new hires in Northern California. Most recently, graduates of Northern
California’s first yearlong nurse residency program had Deloras Jones. Class of ‘63
as the key note speaker, relating our legacy to nurses today. The title of her speech
was “Bridging the Past to the Present”.
students. Marian Feinstein, Class of ’63 is our Scholarship Chair. She and her committee -
Deana Medinas, Class of ‘…. and Rebecca Calloway, Class of ‘… -identified 20 very well
qualified students to receive scholarships of $1000 each. Students were from associate
degree programs, state and private universities. There were even students who lived
outside California. The diversity of the students awarded scholarships reflects one of the
most important tenants of our school – our legacy lives on! Over the last … years, $…. in
scholarships has been distributed to …. students.
Primary funding for the Legacy Scholarship Fund come from donations, mostly from alumni.
Profits from the selling of our book and sales of the maquette (miniature of the Kaiser Student
Nurse Sculpture) also go towards scholarships, and does proceeds from fund raisers such as
the Wine Tasting Events. Annually, the number of scholarships distributed is based on the
amount of funds contributed. This last year designated donations in memory of Clair Lisker and
the selling of the book gave us a real boost. We are hopeful we can continue funding
scholarships at a meaningful level. Enclosed is the donation form for you to send your tax-
exempt contribution to our new fiscal sponsor, MarinLink. As you think about who you are going
to make your 2022 charitable donations to, do consider helping keep the Legacy of your School
of Nursing alive and relevant by assisting student nurses in their education.
Your Alumni Association has been busy as you can tell by the above summary. Although our
scholarship funds is in solid financial standing, the Alumni Association itself needs to collect
dues to pay for the cost of alumni activities. We have normally collected dues when alumni
register for the luncheon. As we have not had a luncheon since 2019, our Associate funds have
been drained. We use these funds for such costs as printing and mailing communication,
luncheon costs not covered by registration fee, and … Please respond to this request for dues,
Dates to remember
Be safe and stay healthy, your Alumni Association Board looks forward to seeing you in 2023.
Deloras Jones, Class’ 63
President, KFSNAA Board of Directors