Ladies! I hope you were able to attend the Scholarship Fund’s fabulous review, “Comedy Tonight – UNCENSORED.” It was a romp of the first order. The variety show talent was beyond greatness. The guests loved the food…mostly because they prepared and dined on their own personal favorite goodies. The record proceeds realized by the Scholarship Fund from the event and Auction this year were a direct result of the expert organizing and hard work the participants devoted to this effort. CONGRATULATIONS to Jean Patterson and the whole Scholarship Board.
The Blithedale Trail Dog-Friendly Hike attracted dog-loving members new and old. Two four-legged hikers and four two-legged hikers enjoyed a refreshing jaunt and a beautiful day. Good job, Dana Whitson!
Although the Brown Bag featuring Dr. Secily Bason-Mitchell had to be canceled due to a scheduling conflict, Bonnie MacGregor and the Club’s Emergency Preparedness Committee were able to connect Club members with another great opportunity to learn CPR.
The San Francisco – Four-Hills Hike was a huge success. Carolyn Ford provided “docent” services preparing a “history” of each of the four hills including the name of each hill (Sutro, Olympus, etc,) and historical background leading to the naming. About a dozen members took part with Nancy Curran in the lead. The hikers enjoyed lunch at “Zazie” in Cole Valley. The hikers enjoyed it so much they suggested that more hikes such as this take place in the San Francisco.
Girls Night Out at “F3” (French Fast Food) – Oh, my Gosh! Did they ever have fun! Sherrie Faber was the Mistress of Ceremonies. She organized a wonderful and fun-filled evening for 20+ members. The group was guided to a special “Shopping-on-Caledonia-Walk” featuring the new dress salon owned by an SWC Scholarship recipient. “Bubbly” cocktails were provided by our own Maureen McCoy at her office downtown and dinner was served at F3….imagine that!
Welcome, SWC to the 21st Century History Committee has begun digitizing the Club’s historical documents on a larger scale. The goal is to save the Sausalito Woman’s Club’s historical records from loss if for some reason the hard-copy documents become lost or damaged. This project will continue from year to year until it is completed as time and budget permits.
Gift Opportunities Right Here at the Club Classic SWC History Books, fashionable scarves and aprons, your favorite chef’s secret recipes, note cards for special correspondences are all here now. These gift items are beautiful, the quality is excellent and the price is right. No need to look any further. Your purchases of these wonderful items will benefit, the Scholarship Fund, Preservation Society and the General Fund. Why not pick up a collection of beautiful gifts and benefit your Club at the same time. These gifts will be available for purchase at the Holiday Open house in December and Club Business Meetings from December 2013 through June 2014.
What’s Hot and What’s Not – On December 4th, 5:30-8:30pm, Elaine Petrocelli of Book Passage will once again provide us with her selection of great reads by authors in 2013. This presentation is just in time for the Holiday gift-giving season. $10 at the door, proceeds will be donated to The Giving Tree.
Renaissance Christmas Celtic Harps Don’t miss this glorious opportunity to launch the Holiday season in the most beautiful and elegant way. Friday, December 6, 7:00-8:30pm. No host bar. $10 at the door.
Holiday Open House: Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 3:00PM to 5:00PM. Bring your family and friends…and an unwrapped toy for a needy child. Toys for Tots will be collecting the donations. The Clubhouse will be decorated to within an inch of its life. The “groaning board” is an accurate description of the fantastic food to be offered. There will be a special “Children’s Corner” with creative activities for the kids, and of course, Santa is invited. Don’t let the kids miss this chance to meet and share their “wish lists” with the “Jolly Old Soul” himself!!
Sausalito’s Winterfest Vina Del Mar Park Construction will somewhat curtail the Club’s traditional decorating of the Park downtown this year. “Winterfest and 12 Days of Christmas” activities begin in mid-December. Please support our community by participating in the Sausalito’s new “Winterfest” events.
Lighting Project - I am happy to report that Phase One of the Clubhouse Lighting Enhancement Project is complete. Preservation Society, as we announced last month, will pay the full cost of this energy efficient bulb exchange as the first step of our larger Clubhouse Lighting Enhancement project. Preservation Society and Architectural Liaison have already begun work on Phase Two of this project. They have met with a consultant to begin the search for new light fixtures and task lighting additions to address the Club’s lighting needs.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
SWC Preservation Society
Phoebe Fielding, Chair
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, but when you read this, the holiday will have passed and we will be barreling ahead toward Christmas. Don’t forget in thinking about gifts, that our wonderful French-style denim apron would be terrific for someone of either gender on your list. It will be available at the December Business Meeting and at the Holiday Open House. That is also true for our packets of note cards with four beautiful shots of the clubhouse. There are 10 in a packet and it is a great hostess gift for the holidays or for any time during the year.
Preservation has been busy working with President Barb Sutak on the retrofit of the light bulbs in the club. Through a program offered by PG&E, these long lasting but expensive LED light bulbs have been available to us at a much lower price. PS will cover the cost of this project that will allow the club to realize about a $2000 savings in energy each year. We are now beginning the second phase of the lighting project that is to improve the lighting upstairs in the boardroom and in the groom’s room. This will result in new fixtures for this area and we are being advised by Architectural Resource Group that carried out much of the restoration of the building in the mid 1990s.
For all of our endeavors, the Preservation Society has two funds. One is our quasi-endowment or permanent building fund that we envision, as it grows, as securing the long-term stability of the clubhouse and grounds. This reserve will hopefully protect us in case of a major disaster. Most historical buildings of any significance have such a reserve. Our other fund we call the maintenance schedule. This is a list of two pages of all the major projects required to preserve and care for our building. It includes when they were last installed, repaired etc and what it cost then and how long it is likely to last and an estimate of what it will cost to address it again. Then every year we add a certain amount of money so that when the time comes to fix whatever it is, we have the money in the bank to pay for it. We will not come to you and ask for the funds to cover it because we have saved ahead and have what we need at the time. This is why we accumulate reserves. Some years nothing much happens and we don’t spend so much and then a year comes along and we need a lot- but we will have it. It is planning long term but we feel it is a prudent program that increases the security of the SWC. Much of this was in our Annual Report and we are always glad to discuss it if anyone has a question. We couldn’t do any of this without all of your generosity, as it is your funding that we strive to use wisely.
SWC Scholarship Recognition Fund
Jean Patterson, Chair
Something for Everyone … a Comedy Tonight!
We are so pleased to announce that Scholarship’s fall fundraiser Comedy Tonight was a rousing success! Thanks to the creativity, dedication and hard work of the show’s writers and director, the cast and stage crew, our volunteers and SWCSRF Board members, the Scholarship Fund netted over $26,500 for scholarships to be awarded in 2014! The Scholarship Board and our students are incredibly grateful to all who attended and who gave their time and money to make the event so successful. It could not happen without your support.
To all of you who helped with the event, we extend our sincerest appreciation. I especially want to recognize the incredibly talented writers of the show – Linda and Roland Ojeda – and Linda’s expertise and ever-so-patient style as the show’s Director and the show’s energetic and entertaining performers. We could not have done this without them…or without our truly wonderful Scholarship Board – Jean Spaulding and Paula Fancher who did an admirable job producing the show (and made sure the cast and crew were well-fed); Susie Visher who, along with Candace Curtis and Susan Daniloff, ran the very successful Silent Auction and Raffle; Mary O’Connell who really showed us how to run a bar; Mollie Squires who expertly managed recycling and clean-up; Treasurer, Stacey Fraser who handled ‘all things financial’ and also coordinated raffle ticket sales; and hats off to the artistic and creative Holly Stewart for decor and set-up. A special thank-you to Kim Huff for once again producing our Invitations and Programs and to Yvonne Spencer, SWC’s Reservations and Door “guru”!
Again, our sincere gratitude to all of you who attended the event, purchased raffle tickets, bid on an Auction item or donated in some other way. Your participation and support for SWCSRF will ensure scholarships for many deserving students in the coming year.
Scholarship Applications Available in January
Do you know any Sausalito or Marin City students who will attend an accredited college/university, graduate school, vocational, technical or art school starting in the summer or fall of 2014? If so, be sure and let them know they are eligible to apply for an SWCSRF scholarship next year. Applications will be available starting in January 2014. Information on obtaining an application and other details will be available in January at http://sausalitowomansclub.org/scholarship/how-to-apply
In the meantime, we and all of our scholars, past and present, are indeed blessed by your continued support. The SWCSRF wishes you and your loved ones a joyful holiday season!
Claudia Kennedy and Billie Anderson, Co-Chairs
The City Council meeting of November 19th included the following actions of interest to SWC members:
Congratulations to SWC member, Susan Roe, along with Poggio owner, Larry Mindel, & Mollie’s owner, Mike Stone, as they have been given a Certificate of Appreciation for long-term special service to the City.
The rehabilitation of the Public Pier, adjoining the Trident Restaurant, has attracted so much comment, both positive and negative, and gone through so many inconclusive hearings before both the Council and the Planning Commission that the following was decided as the next step:
The entire background, drawings, etc. will be taken up by the OMIT Committee (responsible for overseeing City-owned real estate). A public meeting of the OMIT committee will be held Thursday December 12 at 6pm in the Council chambers of city hall. The purpose of the meeting will be to understand if the community desires a public pier at the existing location, and if built, what it should look like given code constraints. The project designer, Kers Clausen, will be in attendance to answer design questions.
The Marinship Specific Plan Committee has scheduled a Public Walking Tour of the area covered by the Plan. It will be held from noon-3 PM on Thursday, Dec. 5. It will leave from the Bay Model. (SWC’s Dec. meeting is at 2 PM but you still can take part for a while).
Police Chief Tejada reported that tour bus trips have reached a total of 48 daily, 24 each way up and down southern Bridgeway/2nd St./Alexander. She said these have generated many complaints, especially regarding open buses with loudspeaker announcements and photo op stops as well as the engine noises. Council and public speakers made many suggestions including legislative action. The PUC regulates the bus laws and restricts many such actions. Council member Pfeifer requested some legislative action be studied. No conclusions were reached except for Chief Tejada to continue to monitor the situation.
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Susan Watson and Donna Christie Kolkey, Co-Chairs
Please join us on Thursday, January 9th at 4:00 p.m. to discuss ‘The Painted Girls’ by Cathy Marie Buchanan.
This is a gripping novel set in Belle Époque Paris and inspired by the real-life model for Degas’ “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen,” and by a notorious criminal trial of the era.
We usually have light refreshments, and if you feel so inclined, bring a bite to share.
We look forward to seeing you!
Discussant: Donna Christie Kolkey
No need to RSVP
Julie Carlson, Membership Secretary
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note new members: Stephanie Leonard, Ellen Rosenstein, Johanna VanderMolen
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SWC 2013 Fiscal Advisory Committee
SWC FISCAL ADVISORY REPORT November, 2013
Your Fiscal Advisory Committee is issuing an Interim Fiscal Report at this time because, after careful review of our recent financial documents, we have determined that we are spending more money than we are bringing in. Consequently, we are eroding our savings/reserve accounts.
We have exceeded our budget for the past few years by at least $8,000 per year. Furthermore, this year we have approved a budget with a $9648 deficit. Although the club is not yet in an emergency situation, we are clearly going in the wrong direction. We are confident that the SWC can successfully turn this fiscal trajectory around over the next few years by:
careful management of overhead and expenses; and
- implementing a few income producing ideas
We do NOT recommend a dues increase at this time.
Here are some of our suggestions for improving our fiscal future:
Revisit the 2013-14 budget with a view to bringing it in balance.
- One fundraiser a year (such as a raffle) for the SWC General Fund produced by the Board of Directors.
- Rethink the SWC subsidies paid (from our dues) to our highly successful 501©3 organizations: Preservation Society and Scholarship Recognition Fund.
- Solicit legacy donations to the club and offer the option with the dues invoice to make a donation to the SWC general fund for those who can afford more.
Please give us your ideas.
Next month the Audit Committee will provide a more in-depth review of our financial situation. Armed with the facts, let us begin our problem solving dialogue so that we can operate within our budget and replenish our savings and reserve accounts.
Alice May, Karen Roark, Elizabeth Nelson, and Kate Powell
Wednesday December 4 5pm SWC
What’s Hot and What’s Not – New Books of 2013
Need some great ideas for Holiday gifts, book club reads, or some inside scoop on the world of authors and publishers?
Come join us on Wednesday, December 4 at the SWC for a lively and informative presentation by Elaine Petrocelli of Book Passage Bookstore, who will give her popular talk on “What’s Hot and What’s Not” among new books of 2013, including both children’s and adult books. She’ll bring books to show you and give you her critical insight.
Doors will open at 5:00pm to look over the books, enjoy light refreshments, and maybe have a glass of wine at our no-host bar. Elaine will begin her talk at 5:45. Afterwards there will be an opportunity to buy books that she is bringing from Book Passage.
There will be a $10 charge at the door. Proceeds will go toward Elaine’s charity The Giving Tree, providing books to children in need.
This was a very popular event last year!
Please RSVP: Fran Nelson, 332-4768, fsnelson @yahoo.com
Julie Carlson, 383-5037, email@example.com
Betsy Stafford, 332-2924, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, December 5 2:00 pm Business Meeting & Tea
Friday, December 6 7:00 pm Celtic Harp Ensemble
An angelic start to the holiday season, come hear this Celtic harp ensemble playing Renaissance and traditional European carols as well as classical music.
Doors open at 7. $10 at the door/No Host Bar
Chair Roberta Maloy 332.2531
Sunday, December 8, 2013 3:00 – 5:00 pm Holiday Open House
Join SWC for our annual Holiday Open House.
The SWC hosts this festive gathering for members, friends, families, neighbors and Sausalito residents.
Santa and his helpers will make an appearance.
There will be a shuttle to Christ Church and additional available parking at Star of the Sea Church.
Co-Chairs: Susan J Frank, Jenny Tomerlin
Wednesday, December 11 7:30 pm Sausalito Players
Sausalito Players Annual Christmas Show – Let us set the mood for you holiday season!
An all new, touching and fun filled evening of music with Alan Choy and play readings of some “Shorts”
Doors open at 7:00pm – Free Admission
Cookies and beverages available at intermission
Parking available at Christ Episcopal Church
Saturday, January 11 10:30am – 4:30pm VENETIAN MASK-MAKING WORKSHOP
$125: Includes: expert instruction, all materials, plus a delicious lunch!
Banish the post-holiday blues with a gift to yourself, your children or grandchildren (age 10 & up).
In this fun-filled day at the SWC, even “non-crafty types” will discover their inner artist and gain a memorable appreciation for the Italian Renaissance when they create their own Venetian-style mask featuring 16th and 17th century techniques taught by acclaimed artist/maskmaker Carla Almanza-deQuant. Even neophytes will learn lavish gold or silver leaf application techniques, decoupage, and create wearable masterpieces further adorned with silk ribbons and “jewels.”
Sign up ASAP as space is limited.
Send checks made out to SWC to Ciji Ware, 171 San Carlos Ave