History of West Philadelphia Catholic Girls’ Alumnae Association

West Philadelphia Catholic Girls’ High School Alumnae Association was formed in 1928. Margaret Logan was elected the first President of the Association.

The purpose of the Association is to promote the spiritual and social welfare of its members and to render financial aid to educate young women at West Catholic Preparatory High School.

The current officers of the Association are:

  • President—Pat McLaughlin ‘61
  • Vice President—Mary Maguin Small ‘60
  • Treasurer—Marie DiStefano Petolicchio ‘62
  • Recording Secretary—Rose Frank ’61
  • Corresponding Secretary—Mary Maxwell Flynn ‘50
  • Membership Chairperson–Cass Jarrett Coakley, 56
  • Web Site Officer—Pat McLaughlin ’61
  • Web Site Assistant–Mary Maguin Small ’60
  • Merchandise Officer–Rosalie Dugan McNeff ’61

The officers and the Executive Board are elected for a 2 year term.

The Executive Board is comprised of one to six members of each graduating class. The board meets monthly on the second Monday of each month, excluding July and August.

Membership in the Association is open to all graduates of West Philadelphia Catholic Girls’ High School and all female graduates of West Catholic High School and West Catholic Preparatory High School.

There are two categories of membership: Active and Inactive. Active members are all alumnae who have paid the $10 annual dues for the current year.

The official newspaper of the Association is “The Harvester”. It is published bi-annually in the Spring and Fall and is mailed to all active members.

The Alumnae Association sponsors several events throughout the year:

  • A Communion Breakfast is held on the 4th Sunday of October.
  • A Spring Luncheon.
  • As well as, other fund raising activities.

All of the events are announced in “The Harvester” and on this website. All members are welcome to attend.

In addition to fund raising activities, the alumnae also offers annual scholarships to Catholic female students with financial needs.  To qualify, the student must submit an application along with an essay describing “How Excellence in Education at West Catholic Preparatory High School Will Benefit My Future Goals”.