L’Opera Salon Series II attracted opera-lovers and those who want to learn about opera. Tom White, our commentator, has mastered the computer software that gave him such a challenge the last time. Tom gave an informative and entertaining talk about the NYC Metropolitan Opera’s performance of Dvorak’s “Rusalka” which features Renee Fleming in her signature role. Two days later, friends met at the theatre to view the telecast of the opera direct from New York. Attendees met at a restaurant after the show for lunch.
Jeni Flynn, Fran Nelson and Charlotte hosted a walk from Blackie’s Pasture into Tiburon. It is an easy walk and the views along the Bay are delightful.
The Preservation Society’s Black and White Valentine’s Dinner Dance was a heavenly evening. The décor was fanciful and fun. Guests dined on grilled tri-tip, delicious vegetables and a lovely lemon-delight served by a distinguished “staff” of men and women dressed in black and white. The live band played real “dance music” that couples could enjoy in each others arms. The gentlemen did triple duty, first as serving staff, then as charming dinner companions and finally as talented dance partners. The ladies did all that and more to make the event a real Valentine night to remember. Congratulations to the Preservation Society and everyone who worked so hard to make the event so wonderfully memorable.
The Book discussed in February was A Hologram for a King by Dave Eggars. Fran Nelson facilitated the discussion. The “hero”, Alan Clay, is a 54-year-old self-employed consultant (as everyday and malleable as his name) first introduced on the 10th floor of a glassy Hilton in Jeddah, where he’s come to try to redeem his fortune and America’s. Day after day Alan is driven, usually late, to a large white tent in the desert — part of the King Abdullah Economic City, or KAEC (as in “cake”) — where three young colleagues sit around with laptops waiting to show a holographic teleconferencing system to King Abdullah, on behalf of Reliant, an American company that is “the largest I.T. supplier in the world,” the shifting melting pot, seeming to tell others’ stories more than his own.
COMING UP: The Bollywood Dance party is coming up on Saturday, March 1. Enjoy a Bollywood-style Indian cuisine buffet. In addition to excellent food, the party will feature instructors to teach adventurous guests a little Indian dance technique, too. This is an event that will be plenty of fun and at the same time will benefit the General Fund. Be there.
SWC Preservation Society
Phoebe Fielding, Chair
Last Friday evening, February 14th, Preservation held a wonderful Black and White Dinner Dance. The Club looked spectacular as a result of the efforts of Cindy Mason and Linda Neilsen, co-chairs of the event, as seen in some of the following pictures.
This event encompassed the efforts of our entire board. As everyone knows, it takes a lot of work by many hands to stage such an event.
SWC Scholarship Recognition Fund
Jean Patterson, Chair
Scholarship Applications Review Set for Early April
Scholarship applications due in mid-March are already trickling in. In early April, the SWCSRF Board will convene to review these applications and select 2014-2015 scholarship recipients. Historically the SWCSRF has received at least 40 applications each year; therefore, while the challenge of carefully reviewing and evaluating each applicant’s level of need as well as merit is demanding it’s an incredibly rewarding process. We look forward to introducing you to the new 2014-2015 scholars with all of you at the Awards Ceremony and Reception on June 1.
Where Are They Now? (Part 2)
For the past two years we have brought you “Where Are They Now” stories about the lives and successes of some of our former SWC scholars — successes that your support and contributions have helped to make possible and in which every one of you deserve to take pride.
“Where Are They Now” (from upper left, clockwise,): Dr. Elizabeth Talley (Pediatric Nephrologist), TR Hofman (Franciscan Friar Br. Isaiah), Yichao Wang Mark (Investment Relations), Dr. Anne-Lise Maag (Surgeon), Cole Chapman (Journalist), Lisa Giordano (Fashion Designer), Dr. Angelique Cucaro (Veterinarian), Chelsea Walsh (Screen writer), Jasmine Aarons (Fashion/Fabric Designer), Rondell Gibson (College Advisor)
- Participate in the Celebration Cup at the SWC monthly Business meetings – a chance for SWC members to celebrate life’s events and transitions, both large and small, through a donation to Scholarship and/or Preservation. What better way to celebrate a friend’s new grandchild or a loved ones birthday!
- Consider a Legacy or perpetual memorial donation which will fund years of scholarships. Can you think of a better way to honor the memory of a loved one through scholarships for future generations?
- ‘Have a knack for cooking, for decorating, for performing, for art, or…? ‘Trying to find a good home for those theater tickets or restaurant voucher? Want to share a vacation property for a good cause? Good and Services are an invaluable contribution, whether it’s an item for an SWCSRF raffle or silent auction or your help with an event.
- Support SWCSRF fundraisers and events - attend the fundraisers, bid on silent auction items, purchase raffle tickets, volunteer to help.
- Annual and ongoing donations - there’s no right or wrong time to send a donation, large or small…during the year or at year’s end. Believe it when we say that every little bit counts – a donation as small as $25/year from 25 people will fund a small scholarship.
- Encourage community sponsorships and keep our local community involved. These students are their future and their legacy too.
Your contribution counts! The SWCSRF – and the students – sincerely thank you.
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 Ascher
No need to RSVP
Nancy Curran, Margo Merle, Susan Watson, Co-chairs
Monday, March 10 | Cascade Canyon/Falls | CANCELED
Tuesday, March 25 | 9:30am | Mission District Walking Tour
Please join me for the second “Mission District Walking Tour”.
Slide show and walking tour led by a neighborhood muralist followed by a no-host lunch at El Tomate.
Carpool from the Club at 9:30 a.m.
(NOTE THE CHANGE OF TIME). RSVP by 3/18.
$12 payable by check made out to SWC and mailed to Beverly Robbins, 100 Deer Valley Road, 2L, San Rafael 94903.
Any questions 415/295-7425
Thursday, March 27 | 9am | Mt. Tam/Steep Ravine Hike
Join us on March 27 for a moderately strenuous , though beautiful, hike on Mt. Tamalpais. We will descend into the ravine, hike along the stream, and enjoy the spring wildflowers before the climb back up..
Meet us at the club at 9 am. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, and bring water and a light snack if desired. Dress for the weather: Sunscreen and a hat may be a good idea if we continue to have our sunny weather!
Please let us know if you are coming.
Susan Watson 331-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Curran 332-1289, Tmcur@aol.net
Claudia Kennedy and Billie Anderson, Co-Chairs
During the Council meeting on February 11th, comments were received on the condition of the Turney Street ramp and dinghy dock. The Council made it clear that health and safety issues should be addressed for the anchor out community that has expanded since Oakland, Redwood City, and San Rafael have recently closed their small dock areas.
Also addressed was the possible Butte Street Rotary Housing site. Currently, the City is working toward using the area as open space.
Public Works Director, Jonathan Goldman, and Administrative Services Director, Charlie Francis, reported on the state of the City’s sewer system that was largely built in the 1930’s. Replacing and repairing them will be a 5-year job.
Reported by Susan Roegiers for the Civics Committee
There is no Bridge Marathon on March 19th due to the Jinks.
Your Bridge Committee
Saturday, March 1 6pm-10pm Bollywood Dinner Dance
Thursday, March 6 2:00 pm Business Meeting & Tea
Tuesday, March 18 Jinks Dress Rehearsal (Reminder *)
The Tuesday March 18 Jinks Dress Rehearsal is for cast friends and co- workers only.
Please, no members or significant others.
No shuttle available that evening.
Thursday, March 20 FOUNDERS DAY
Let the celebrations begin! The first Jinks of the SWC’s Second Century.
Park your car at City Hall or at Christ Church. The first shuttle is at 12:10 pm to the club at the City Hall parking lot. Shuttle will also stop at Christ Church parking lot.
12:00 Past Presidents Photos
12:30 Aperitifs & Punch
1:00 Fabulous lunch by Lucy Alderman and crew.
2:00 Meeting begins with Mistress of Ceremonies, Paula Fancher. You’ll be treated to the “the best jinks ever” complements of writer, Paula Fancher, and director, Jean Spaulding, and our 5 extremely
Saturday, March 22 Low Jinks
You won’t want to forget to bring that significant other to the Low Jinks.
What a party it will be!!
Shuttle available at 5:45pm, City Hall Parking Lot and at Christ Church. Take advantage of the service and don’t bother driving and parking at the Club.
Reservations: call Yvonne Spencer 415-332-0214.
Cost: $20.00 per person. (Everyone pays at the door.)
Oonagh Kavanagh and Liz O’Keefe will co-chair the party!
Doors open at 6:00pm; show starts at 7:00pm.
NO HOST bar and substantial hors d’oeuvres to be served.
See you there!
Michele Benjamin & Liz O’Keefe
Friday, March 28 Simple Italian Cooking with Linda Banks, SOLD OUT!
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