From the President

Welcome to the Ladies of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, an organization which is entering its 87th year! Our mission is to assist and serve as a connection for women affiliated with Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Whether you have relocated to the South Bend area, are here temporarily for a graduate program, going through a change-in-life circumstance, or just looking to meet some interesting people, we are here for you – nurturing community through friendship.

My husband, John Snider, and I moved to the area several years ago, although we both had been actively involved with the Snite Museum of Art and the MBA Alumni Board.   After our retirements from our respective working careers in Chicago, we decided it was time to relocate to South Bend.  We have not been disappointed.  As Notre Dame graduates, we knew there was much to offer but began to get further involved with both Notre Dame and South Bend.  I heard about the Ladies of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College from other members.  I found it a wonderful way to get to know many in the community. The membership ranges in age from young Moms to Great-Grandmas, and are kind, generous, thoughtful, intelligent, funny, encouraging, and inspiring. Prior to the Pandemic, we have enjoyed wonderful dinners and good wine, had great conversations, attended fascinating lectures, gone on field trips and outdoor adventures, volunteered all over the area, and prayed together. During the Pandemic we adjusted to smaller gatherings in outdoor settings as well as frequent ZOOM calls for meetings and social events.

Since we met the challenge of COVID this past year, we will continue to adjust our activities as necessary. We hope to be able to resume our full calendar of interest groups, including social events and service opportunities. We will welcome new members and keep our connections strong.  If you are interested in joining, please send an email to and I’ll get back to you. Until then, stay safe and well, and may God bless you always in all ways.

Betty Gallagher

LND/SMC President 2021-2022