Nov 1, 2016, 5:33 PM EDT
This is a Monogram Club Musings 100 years in the making! This past weekend the Monogram Club held its official 100th anniversary celebration and the Club welcomed back its membership to take part in a variety of activities and events on and around campus.
The Club structured its 15-month anniversary celebration around the five pillars of Notre Dame Athletics – service, community, faith, excellence, education – and the Club hit on all of those throughout the course of the weekend.
The Monogram Club was thrilled to present the Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award to Justice Alan Page (’67, football). The presentation took place during a luncheon on Friday inside Club Naimoli and Page also was honored on the field during Saturday’s showdown with Miami. Page, a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was selected as the award’s recipient for his work on the Minnesota Supreme Court and in establishing the Page Education Foundation.
Friday evening featured the Club’s official 100th anniversary celebration reception at Notre Dame Stadium. The Club welcomed hundreds of members and guests to the marquee event, which took place inside a transformed and enhanced Rockne Gate/north tunnel area. The festive atmosphere set a tremendous tone for the weekend and provided a unique fellowship opportunity for so many individuals who have been key figures in the Club’s rich history. Club members also cheered on the four Fighting Irish teams – swimming & diving, volleyball, men’s soccer, hockey – competing that night on campus.
On Saturday morning members of the Monogram Club board of directors, who were in town for the celebration and the fall board meeting, took part in service opportunities at the Food Bank of Northern Indiana and the Habitat for Humanity house build that is being sponsored by Notre Dame Athletics.
Later that day Monogram Club members gathered at the pre-game reception inside the Monogram Room. Justice Page was the featured speaker and he received a standing ovation from his fellow Club members. Club membership then ventured to Notre Dame Stadium to form the tunnel the Fighting Irish ran through prior to their thrilling victory over Miami.
Following the game, the Club held its Annual Mass and Meeting inside the Monogram Room. At the Annual Meeting, the Club officially welcomed its three new directors: Jes Christian (’14, track & field), Jeff Faine (’03, football) and Jennette Rauch (’05, athletic trainer). The Monogram Club was honored to have University of Notre Dame president emeritus, and Club member, Rev. Edward “Monk” Malloy, C.S.C. (’63, ’67, ’69, basketball) celebrate the Mass along with Monogram Club chaplain Rev. Mark Thesing, C.S.C. (’81, ’85, ‘92). Father Malloy brought it to everyone’s attention that Saturday was the eighth anniversary of the passing of Rev. Jim Riehle, C.S.C. (’49, honorary), the longtime executive director of the Monogram Club. That news was a fitting ending to the Club’s centennial celebration.
Here’s a look back at the Monogram Club’s momentous weekend…