MARCH BUSINESS MEETING,  Thursday 2 pm, March 5 

  • Welcome new members Sara Bostock and Laura Chernova and their sponsors
  • Moment of Silence for Barbara Burton Hallbeck – Honorary Life member –memories from Robin Sweeny, sponsor
    • Must be in attendance to vote
    • Everyone will get a chance to speak for no more than 3 minutes (one time)


President’s Corner
Michele Benjamin

 “The Ties that Bind”….

Someone asked me if I was ready for “March madness”???? (no, nothing to do with Basketball). For us SWCers, it’s the ushering in of our most special time of the year  – Founder’s Day –  and this year the introduction of 15 new members to our club in our annual Jinks.  I’m ready!!!! How connected I feel to our past this time of the year as we prepare for March 19th…. starting with our ”Clubhouse Cleanup & Inventory” last month. We counted everything – wine, wine glasses, dishes, pots and pans, alcohol, linens…. all in preparation for the big lunch.  The board room supply closets were re-organized and uncluttered, the grooms room linen closet contents and banquettes were counted and rehung and folded “properly”, the furniture was dusted, floors swept, piano room cleaned out in readiness for March 19th and a spirit of coming together (orchestrated by Susan Gordon and crew) was in full display.

The Founders Day tradition began in 1916, when the third Thursday of March was set aside to honor the Club’s founders.  The Sausalito News reported that Elizabeth Shoobert gave a report on the history of the club, calling it “this three year old child now ready to stand alone, crying for a home of our own.”   We now have that home of our own and we look forward to not only welcoming our new members to this home, but hope that they will be the future caretakers of our clubhouse and guardians of our history, tradition and ideals.

And a big Congratulations to our wonderful Nominating Committee (that you elected at our February meeting) who will select the 2015/16 Board.   Julie Carlson, Karen Roark, Shannon Baker, Linda Ojeda and Kim Huff with Paula Fancher and Laurie Wright as alternates will be putting together the slate.  Be sure and attend the April meeting where the new slate of officers and directors will be announced! And remember, the Power of YES!


And, another reminder to attend the business meeting on Thursday, March 5th at 2 PM since we will be voting on the proposed dues raise.  You must be present to vote. As I mentioned in my President’s Report at the January business meeting, our Board voted to raise the dues for next year.  The issue was also discussed at the February business meeting. The proposed amount would be $350 annually with $15 going to Preservation and $15 going to Scholarship and $320 to SWC.  Last year’s Board tried to be conservative in the amount of the increase and we now know that it was not enough.  We need to correct our dues amount in order to pay for the operating expenses of the club.  Dues need to cover our overhead costs like any household or business. We are in need of a predictable source of income.  We also need to replenish our reserves from past years of drawing from our savings to pay for our operations.  The Board and Fiscal Advisory strongly recommend the raise. Installment dues are available (Article V, Section 3) and our By Laws offer special consideration (Article V, Section 1). It is time to align our income with our expenses.

See you on the 5th!!!!

Michele Benjamin/President/2014-2015

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.    Eleanor Roosevelt


Due to the Jinks preparations, the program schedule slowed down in February and the ones we did produce were mostly off site… except for Fran Nelson’s book group talk on Louise Erdrich’s National Book Award winning novel, THE ROUND HOUSE.   This is the third book of Erdrich’s that the group has read and it’s nice to have a body of work to look at as we talk about themes, writing styles, etc.

The “walk through the Buck Institute” was amazing.  What a treasure to have in our own Marin County backyard.   I.M. Pei was the architect for the building and the modernist feel could be compared to some of his other landmark commissions like the Louvre, JFK Library, etc.   And since the Buck’s focus is to explore aging, we all felt “quite at home”.   We learned of their process, some of their discoveries, challenges, and enjoyed a boxed lunch and conversation with their Director for Scientific Advancement.  Fay Rudio and Laurie Wright were marvelous hosts and not a detail was missed.   Happy to be part of the “lucky 15” who were in attendance.

New Applicants EveningDenise Suto , Candy Wilson and Carolyn Revelle  and sponsors were part of a gathering that our Board hosted at the home of director Janet Chapman to share more information about the SWC.   We’re all so impressed by the fine women who are on our wait list and ready to join our ranks.  Thank you to Millie Amis for coordinating the evening, to the sponsors who brought in such fine new applicants and to our Board for their enthusiasm and offerings.  

HAVE A SIP AND SEE THE SHIP –over 100 people showed up to see it all. They now have a staircase and you can go to the top and see firsthand what is happening.   Raised some good monies for the project that is right in our own backyard in the Marinship.  Thank you to Shannon Baker, Lauren Gertz and Deb Andelin for putting together this very exciting program for our club and community Rave reviews!!!

SPRING FEAST – Passover, Easter and Traditions scheduled for April 11 – has been cancelled for this year.  

Slowed down time for programs but hikes, mahjong, bridge and book club keep on trucking’.

Scholarship Recognition Fund
Kim Huff, Chair

 Scholarship Applications are DUE!

We are excitedly sending out applications to students of all types…and the applications are beginning to roll in!

If you know a student who is graduating from high-school this spring, a continuing college student, or an individual who is considering re-entering college, art, trade or vocational school; and is a permanent resident in Sausalito/Marin City (zip code 94965) they are eligible to apply. Please direct them to the SWC SRF website at:

Directions to receive an application are on the webpage.
Deadline for applications is March 11, 2015

If you have questions regarding obtaining a scholarship, please contact Susie Visher at 332-0588 or

Preservation Society
Cynthia Mason, Chair

This month I would like to honor our SWC Legacy Society.  The Legacy Society was created to provide a mechanism for members and friends to donate through planned giving to the nonprofit, Sausalito Woman’s Club Preservation Society.  A planned gift can be remembering the SWC in your Will, Trust, Life Insurance, retirement plan, assets or property.

Being a member of the Legacy Society is a simple PLEDGE to remember the SWC Community in your planned giving.  There is no other information that we ask for!    Any amount is welcome and it is never discussed or required to become a member.  Whether an SWC member designates a large or small amount, we want those who wish to be part of the Legacy Society to think about what the club has meant to them and to encourage you all to remember the SWC in your estate planning, if you are so inclined.   Legacy Society gifts traditionally help fund the SWCPS Endowment (Permanent Building Fund) whenever possible unless otherwise bequeathed.  This SWCPS long term endowment fund will ensure that the SWC lives on in perpetuity for Sausalitan Woman and insures that the community continues to come together in such things as art, theater, outreach, scholarships, special events—and just good old fashioned FUN.

Our SWC Legacy society is a way of “paying it forward” and what a better way to thank this building and community for all the years we have had the privilege to be part of the Sausalito Woman’s Club.

Traditionally we have done some informative lectures at the end of the year for the Legacy Society and new members interested in joining.  This year we will be doing something a little different … in the spirit of honoring our Legacy members, we will be holding some smaller more intimate events over a number of months.  Some of the things we have discussed and put in process are visiting places like the Julia Morgan-designed Berkeley City Club and Girton Hall /UC Berkeley Arboretum.  We have also set up another “Buck Institute of Aging Tour” on June 11th at 10:30am for up to 30 people.  It is our intention at these gatherings to honor our current Legacy members and invite others who may be interested, thereby allowing current Legacy Society members to spend a few minutes, one on one, to get to know you better and to discuss and answer any questions you may have about the SWC Legacy Society.

So thank you Legacy members for Paying it Forward!!  And we look forward to many more members in the years to come.

Look for some announcements coming soon about these Legacy Society gatherings but be sure to mark your calendar for the Buck Institute on Aging Tour, June 11th at 10:30am.



Barbara was recognized in 2013 as an “Honorary Life Member” of the SWC (50 years).

 There will be a Celebration of Life for Barbara Hallbeck at the SWC on Saturday, April 11th from 1-4 pm.

We will also have a moment of silence to remember Barbara at the beginning of our March meeting and Robin Sweeny (her original sponsor) will share a few memories.


Nancy Curran, Margo Merle and Susan Watson


Please join the SWC Hiking group on a moderate/strenuous 4.2 mile hike that visits two of Mt. Tam’s most treasured landmarks: the Mountain Theater and the West Point Inn.  Spring wildflowers should be in abundance. 

We will carpool from the SWC at 9 AM.

Bring water and a sack lunch that we will eat at the West Point Inn, and change to purchase beverages and snacks, if you would like.

RSVP to Dana Whitson or Fran Nelson by March 1.


Thursday, March 26

Meet at SWC at 9:00AM

Moderate at times vigorous with a gradual elevation gain on a fire road over the length of the hike which is approximately 7 miles.

Park in Muir beach Meadows.  Walk along the road to Redwood/Dipsea connection.     This is an easy fire road gain thru the redwoods up to the Coastal turnoff.   The next section is the gorgeous coastal ridge with views from Stinson to Muir Beach.   We can enjoy our packed lunch anywhere along this section.   

We turn down the Heather switchbacks for a gradual decent, which should be in spring bloom, down to the Muir Beach Meadows where our cars are parked.   Join us for a lovely spring hike full of grand views with rewarding exercise.

Call Nancy Curran 332-1289, Susan Watson 331-6810.


Claudia Kennedy and Billie Anderson, Co-Chairs

The Sausalito City Council has determined that the review process for the proposed ferry terminal will be lengthened and will provide for more public input than the previous process.

The Golden Gate Bridge District has agreed to submit their proposal to the Sausalito Planning Commission, the Historic Landmarks Board and the City Council. The first meeting on this item will be with the Planning Commission and the Historic Landmarks Board, on March 11th at 6:30pm at City Hall.

The final approval is to occur in May when BCDC makes a final determination.


Linda Daniels, Chair

Notes sent for the month of February:

Agnes Kaprilian had a bronchial condition

Sally Calef is a newlywed!

To the family of Barbara Hallbeck and honorary life member for her recent death


Donations Committee
Judy Barber, Chair

This Spring, the Donation Committee has focused on those without the opportunity to learn English as a second language.   Some have just arrived from other countries.  Others are behind and want to catch up.  

We also donated to victims of child abuse and neglect.  A court appointed Special Advocate advocates for the best interest of these children.

Finally, Brenda DeBruyn has joined our committee and is eager to be involved.


SWC Programs and Events

Thursday, March 5                  2pm     Business Meeting and Tea


Julia Morgan Architecture Tour                                       CANCELLED

The March 13, 2015 visit to Julia Morgan buildings in the East Bay has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.  It will be rescheduled at a later time. 

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, March 17                                                    Jinks Dress Rehearsal

For the friends and family of the cast and crew.

Members unable to attend either Founders Day or the Low Jinks may contact Julie Carlson. No Shuttle service and Christ Church parking is NOT available.


Thursday, March 19   


Our 102nd annual Founders Day is just around the corner.

The new members are rehearsing conscientiously towards producing “the best Jinks ever” for our membership.

12:00 Presidents’ Photos

12:30 Aperitifs and Punch 

 1:00 Luncheon by Chef Arliss Willis and her crew 

 2:00 Meeting with Mistress of Ceremonies, Barbara Sutak

 2:30 Jinks – Lights, Camera, Action!!!

Shuttle service, beginning at 12:10, will be available from the Spinnaker Restaurant (see the valet for a parking pass) and from Christ Church parking lot.

If you prefer to enjoy the walk, Star of the Sea Church lot is available for parking only.

Please carpool and plan ahead for parking.


Saturday, March 21                                                                           Low Jinks

Member and one guest. 

Reservations requested to Yvonne Spencer 415-332-0214

$20 Per person; pay at the door.  Appetizers and No Host bar.

Doors open at 6:00pm; show starts at 7:00pm

Parking is NOT available at Christ Church.  Please carpool as parking is limited.

Isabelle Gillis and Fay Rudio, Co-chairs.

See you there for a fun party!

50’s / 60’s Party                                                                                 CANCELLED

Due to unforeseen circumstances the 50-60s TV SHOWS & MOVIES PARTY on Saturday, March 28th has been cancelled. We hope to be able to have the party next year!


Wednesday, April 1               7 – 9pm                       Life Lessons From Goats

Join Shannon and Steve for an evening of humor and inspiration as they share their experiences of working on a goat farm, what the goats teach us and tell us about life.

RSVP to Shannon: 415-331-1078 or


Wednesday, April 8                           12-2:30pm                              Brown Bagger

 Adventures in the Galapagos

 Margo Merle and friends will share slides, photos and memories of an adventurous trip to the Archipelago Islands. Come find out more about the Galapagos


Saturday, May 2      RSVP by March 20th!       Kentucky Derby Day at the Races

It is post time for reservations to go to Golden Gate Fields to spend a day at the races on Kentucky Derby Day, May 2nd. The cost is $65 which includes clubhouse entry and buffet. I do not need your checks until the deadline of March 20th (non-refundable.) We will Not be able to add reservations after we have 30 reservations as this event sells out quickly so please email me ASAP if you want to reserve your spaces. Last time several husbands/partners came and had a lot of fun as well as the ladies.

Thank you,
Jean Spaulding