President’s Message

Barbara Sutak

“March came in like a lion!”BOLLY DANCE (AND DINNER) PARTY was a huge success. Nicki Parry and Rayner Needleman were Co-Chairs of the most exotic event yet this year.  The attendees really got into the spirit of the “India” motif with members and many of their guests dressing in the most gorgeous garb. Brightly colored silks were everywhere. Authentic costumes representing various areas of India were apparent.  The Indian cuisine was nothing short of spectacular.  Alun Parry prepared a sumptuous repast for the guests.  The choice of menu items and application of spices was truly professional by any standard.  Our heartfelt thanks go to Alun for his tremendous contribution to the success of this event.  Thank you also to Susan Gordon for the beautiful décor. Spectacular!  Now for the dancing…  Rayner brought a real Indian dancer to instruct the ladies in the art of “Bolly-Dancing”.  Yes, Bolly-Dancing.  It was fun for everyone to do and to watch.JINKS!  JINKS!  JINKS!  JINKS!  JINKS!  JINKS!  JINKS!  JINKS!  JINKS!  JINKS!
Did I mention the Jinks?  The wonderfully fun and spectacular JINKS Week was brought to us this year and every year by a “cast of thousands.”  The Author of this year’s show, Paula Fancher, and her teammate and Director, Jean Spaulding, brought us “The Treasure of Whiskey Springs” a charming, disarming, and very funny show.  The new members: Tiffy Leonard (Calamity), Johanna VanderMolen (Bella Donna), Ellen Rosenstein (Ima Desperado), Miranda Lobo (Ping), and MaryKae Krause (Auntie Ming) played their characters’ roles to the hilt…like real professionals.  Yes, they all sing and dance and act, now, just like the SWC classics.  First Vice President, Liz O’Keefe as Production Manager for the entire week’s events, was masterful in her organization and management roles. It all came together seamlessly under her watchful eye.  Michele Benjamin, Second Vice President, played out the show’s Western theme in stunning decorations throughout the Clubhouse and grounds.  Her eye for detail and her impeccable taste were evident everywhere.  Millie Amis and Millie Zinman collaborated on a clever and breath-taking “Riders of the Purple Sage” theme.  Barbara (Baba) Conroy created individually wrapped, western theme silver party favors for every guest.  Candace Curtis created the Past President’s gifts of bolo ties.  The Founders’ Day Luncheon was beyond spectacular.  The food, prepared by Lucy Alderman and her capable kitchen staff, was out-of-this-world.  Every bite was a treat for the palette.  I was so charmed and delighted by the whole event that I never wanted it to end…although the sighs of relief from exhausted volunteers were (almost) audible once the celebration was concluded.
The LOW JINKS on Saturday night was a real kick.  Oonagh Kavanagh and Liz O’Keefe brought Club members and their guests a taste of the Wild West.  The great menu of authentic western Chuck Wagon Chili, hot Corn Bread and…Mac and cheese (?) kept the audience’s tummies happy.  Great food plus a little firewater didn’t hurt the audience attitude either.  They laughed and clapped in all the right places during the show…and then some.  The last show for this year’s JINKS provided the show-goers with a chance to get into the act, too.  Many attendees “dressed the part” with numerous interpretations of “authentic” Western Wear in evidence.  Cowboy Boots and ten-gallon hats were the order of the day.  I loved it!I personally thank everyone for a tremendous effort and congratulations on a truly memorable JINKS and Founders’ Day Celebration.
The following events will take place after my President’s Message is submitted for this month.  I will report on them in the May Newsletter:Don’t miss this second chance to take part in a memorable Mission District Walking Tour.  This “ENCORE” event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 25 (rain is predicted). If the walking tour is held, don’t miss it.  Contact Beverly Robbins to confirm the walk is still on.The Mt. Tam/Steep Ravine Hike is scheduled for Thursday, March 27 (again rain is predicted).  Contact Nancy Curran to confirm the hike.“Someone’s In The Kitchen with Linda Banks” (Friday March 28) is SOLD OUT but you can call Linda to put your name on the waiting list in case there’s a cancellation.  You never know.  You could get lucky.  This is a “don’t miss it” opportunity to learn some great recipes and cooking skills
ATTENTION SWC Members:   The SWC Business Meeting for April is an EVENING MEETING (6:30PM).  We will be electing the new SWC Executive Board for 2014-2015.  We will also be voting on the Executive Board’s proposed dues increase.  Please plan to attend this important meeting.Fondly,



SWC Preservation Society
Phoebe Fielding, Chair

April is here and our “Special Occasions” Champagne Brunch and Fashion Show is only three weeks away. We are planning a lovely event with delicious food, very unusual decorations and a wonderful fashion show. The clothes have been selected with Sausalito events in mind so that they relate to everyone’s activities at the SWC and in the community or traveling. See details below of the two local, Caledonia St. designers so if you see something you like or if you are just attracted by their styles, it will be easy to drop in at either or both boutiques.Everyone will be greeted at the Club with a complimentary glass of champagne and then have an opportunity to admire the 14 tables that have each been decorated by a member of the SWC.  Tables will be set with personal items selected by the individual hostess. A very tasty buffet brunch will follow and then the fashion show will begin.  At the very end, we will draw for the three outstanding raffle prizes. It is not necessary to be present to win but the winner must be a member of the SWC or on our waiting list.A generous, long weekend (3 nights) at Stinson Beach has been donated by Elizabeth Nelson. Her home on the lagoon will accommodate 6 guests.Ann Elston has donated her lovely new home in the Sonoma Wine Country for 3 nights. Her home will accommodate 4 guests.Arliss Willis and Pasquale Ancona, the owner and Italian chef at Angelino’s, will co-host a dinner for 8 at the Willis residence. Pasquale will prepare the dinner.If you would like to pre-purchase a bottle of champagne for your table, click on the invitation and make your choice. Wine and any tickets bought this way will be waiting when you check in for the event.Tickets are already being purchased. If you would like to join us on April 27th, don’t wait too long. It will be a wonderful event, not to be missed, and it will also support the Preservation Society in our mission to preserve and protect our beautiful building and grounds.

SWC Scholarship Recognition Fund
Jean Patterson, Chair

Scholarship Application Review Underway!By the mid-March deadline, SWCSRF had received 41 completed applications for 2014-2015 scholarships! Applications from Sausalito and Marin City residents were received from 11 graduating high school seniors, 29 students already in colleges or universities – 8 of whom are applying with us for the first time, and 1 applicant hoping to re-enter college to complete a four-year degree.Since then all members of the SWCSRF Board (including SWC’s President!) have been busy independently reviewing each application, paying careful attention to the applicant’s accomplishments, scholastic achievements and level of need. On April 7 the Scholarship Board will gather to review these applications as a group to decide together who will receive an SWCSRF scholarship for the coming school year — always an exciting, emotional and personally rewarding process. As one new Board member said last year, “Now I get it! This is what it’s all about…why we work so hard all year to raise the funds to help these incredibly deserving students!”Stay tuned for more news in May regarding 2014-2015 scholarship recipients. And please join us at the SWC on Sunday, June 1 when we will recognize and honor all of them at the annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony and Reception.

SWC Scholarship Recipients, 2013-2014 (June, 2013)
Book Club
Susan Watson and Donna Christie Kolkey, Co-ChairsPlease join us on Thursday, April 10th at 7:00 p.m. to discuss ‘Wild’’ by Cheryl Strayed.
‘Wild” is a memoir of a young woman who after the death of her mother, experienced a continuing alienation from family and friends.  After making some very bad life choices, she impulsively decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail alone, in spite of the fact that she was not an experienced hiker.  The story of her journey is at times funny, and at times poignant.We usually have light refreshments, and if you feel so inclined, bring a bite to share. We look forward to seeing you!Discussant: Pat AscherNo need to RSVP


Nancy Curran, Margo Merle, Susan Watson, Co-chairs

April 9, 10:00 am  | Headlands Hike
Hike from the SWC to the coastal trail in the Headlands, on to the Golden Gate Bridge, through Ft. Baker and back to the SWC.

Enjoy the stunning views of open space and the ocean as well as the City and bay views.

We will have lunch at Cavallo Point at 11:30 before returning to Sausalito.

This is a moderate hike except for the initial climb to the Headlands that is somewhat strenuous but we can pause along the way and enjoy the views.

Please note the time change as it differs from the Yearbook.

Contact Helen Bennett at 332-4020 or Carolyn Ford at 332-3409 or send us an email

April 24, 9:00 am | Bon Tempe Lake Hike

Join us for an easy/moderate hike around Bon Tempe Lake.   This is the best of the Lake hikes passing thru wooded and open hillsides that provide wildflowers and great views.   The Lake has just 50′ elevation gain and around the Lake is 4.1 miles     We can begin and end at Lake Lagunitas where there are many picnic sites and walk over to the Bon Tempe Lake for the  loop.

We will meet at the SWC at 9AM. Bring a picnic lunch.
We should be back at the Club by 2 PM.

Call or email Nancy Curran 332-1289 or Helen Bennett 332-4020.



Claudia Kennedy and Billie Anderson, Co-Chairs

This report covers three Council Meetings and is more lengthy than usual.

February 25th
The City Council heard reports from the Sustainability Commission, a report by staff on the progress on evaluating the Marinship Specific Plan, and an update on the Housing Element.

In addition, the Council heard a presentation from staff on the mid-year budget review. In addition to the projects that the Council had previously approved, the Council allocated $30,000 as seed money for the Beautification Project which proposes a public/private partnership to redesign and/or better maintained public spaces.

The Council approved monies from Measure A to trim the trees at Robin Sweeney Park, repair the parks playground equipment, and resurface the basketball court. Other monies were set aside for a future restroom at Dunphy Park.

March 4th
They accepted status reports from the Bridgeway median project consultant and the Gate 6 intersection improvement project.

They adopted a resolution certifying the Environmental Impact Report and CEQA findings, regarding single use carryout bags, and introduced an ordinance requiring a 10 cent per bag charge for single use bags at large grocery stores and pharmacies, liquor stores and convenient stores that sell food and drinks.

They introduced an ordinance to update standards for duplex and multi-family zoning districts to encourage building multi-family homes, rather than overly large single-family dwellings.  There was also an exemption given for subterranean additions to encourage building down, rather than out or up.

Staff reported on a recommended increase in sewer rates, which will amount to about $50 per year per parcel for There will be a First Reading of the Ordinance and Public hearing on May 6.

March 18th
A report was received from The Friends of Dunphy Park about a public forum on November 13, 2013.  Fourteen topics were discussed.  The consensus was that the forum was very successful and well attended.  The information for the update on the master plan was drawn from the open city hall website and comments received there, questionnaires distributed at the forum and the forum itself.  Some areas of interest to be further explored are: shoreline restoration, better parking, toilet facilities, more local events, and drainage.

The next step is to develop a schematic master plan.  There will be coordination with other groups and entities such as the Cruising Club, staff and the city manager, Audubon Society.

A representative of the Police Department met with San Francisco Tour Operators Association.  Out of these meetings came a commitment by the tour operators to make several changes.  Busses will come into town on Alexander but go north on Bridgeway and exit at the north end of town.  This will eliminate the noise and pollution associated with the busses laboring up the Alexander hill.  There will be a quiet zone on Alexander and South streets where the tour guides will not use loudspeakers.  The agreed upon changes will be given a chance to work and the issue of the busses will be revisited in June.

Chief of Police Jennifer Tejada presented the bike plan for 2014. Last year there was a bicycle reservation system that allowed ferry riders with bikes to make a reservation for a particular ferry rather than standing in line hoping to get aboard. There was bike parking in Lot 1.  Blazing Saddles provided a part-time employee, Golden Gate Transit provided two full-time employees and the Chamber of Commerce provided a person in the kiosk.  All of these people as well as volunteers in the Ambassador program assisted bicyclists to help relieve the congestion. The steps helped but by the end of the summer season the downtown area was again swamped with bikes and riders.

The plan for summer 2014 is to close Tracy Way to vehicles and install 340 bike parking spaces.  El Portal will be made a two way street with a turnaround so that people and things can be dropped off along the street. Five parking spaces will be eliminated to expand the turnaround area.  Parking for commercial vehicles will be allowed from 7 to 11 am only on high volume days with parking again allowed in the evening for all vehicles. This plan will be evaluated after the summer to determine if other steps need to be taken.

Reported by Claudia Kennedy, Fran Nelson, and Ann Elston



SWC Programs and Events - [ April Calendar ]


Thursday, March 6      2:00 pm           Business Meeting & Tea

Thursday, April 10           Noon                 Rotary Club at SWC

The Rotary/Sausalito Woman’s Club luncheon that was postponed in January, will take place on April 10th at noon.  Join us for fun and feisty entertainment and a delicious lunch prepared by Chef Noel Norton and her team.

RSVP, $20 to  Anne Teller, P.O.Box 2802, 94966.  You may also pay at the door.

Co-chairs Susan Cullen and Anne Teller, 350-0944.


Saturday, April 12          CANCELED          The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party


  • Wednesday, April 23                                       Poetry Night

No-host bar and Hors d’oeuvres: 6:30 P.M                       Program: 7-9 P.M.

What better time than now to let a little poetry into your life?  Join us for a celebration of the power of poetry to widen the dimensions of everyday reality.  Our program will be followed by an open-mike reading. Bring your favorite poems: those written by you, those written by others, those that have touched you in some way.

Co-chairs:    Julie Carlson, 383-5037 | Anne Elston, 332-5598 | Oonagh Kavanagh, 332-7997 | Jackie Kudler. 332-4179

  •  Wednesday, April 30          5-9 pm            Someone’s in the Kitchen: Tamalada
EL TAMALADA!  Is coming up fast! I still have spaces but we’re filling up fast.

Those of you on the wait list from last year, please RSVP to me, as you are getting first preference.We will be making tamales and having dinner.RSVP to Heidi Snowden 887-9028. $15 made out to Heidi Snowden holds your spot.Hasta Pronto!
  • Wednesday, May 7 – 8                      Women’s Yoga Retreat and HikingSOLD OUT:Overnight stay at Ralston White Retreat Centre in Mill Valley.$115/person, includes stay, dinner and breakfast.

If you need to drop out or you want to be put on the wait list, contact Rayner ASAP: 332-2608 or

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If you have any Founders Day pictures you would like to share for our online album; please email them to Kim Huff and

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