October was another wonderful month filled with interesting and educational activities at the SWC! We kicked off October’s activities with our new “L’Opera Season Series” chaired by Susan Gordon and cosponsored with the Sausalito Library. Nearly 50 attendees were entertained by opera historian Tom Wilhite’s comical tangle with some new computer software. Once the technical difficulties were mastered he launched a lively presentation. The topic was Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. The sister event, “Live at the Met” which took place two days later at a local movie theatre was also chaired by Susan Gordon and featured the live telecast of Eugene Onegin from the Met followed by lunch at a local restaurant.
Next on the calendar was the Mt. Tam hike to Rock Springs and the Music Camp. This adventure was described as a “moderate hike” and attracted some of our more physically fit members.
The Brown Bag “Never Too Old” was chaired by Carolyn Ford and Anne Teller, and featured author and Sausaliton resident Leda Sanford. Ms. Sanford has been described as “The Mother of Reinvention” and wrote her memoir called Pure Moxie. Born in Italy, she came to New York as a teen; married in the 50’s and then divorced. Leda changed life-roles many times including coming to Sausalito 20 years ago to become an author. She has become a role model for “aging appropriately.” She claims the secret to healthy aging is to contribute to the quality your life, your family’s life and your community. Sounds like the Mission of the SWC.
“Trash Talk” was a roaring success. Julie Carlson, Linda Shanfein, Sue Currier and Dana Whitson with Bay Cities Refuse and Sausalito Sustainability Commission lead a lively discussion and demonstration of what’s compost/recyclable/trash and what’s not. Thanks to the event chairs, the Clubhouse now has a bigger recycle bin for the kitchen.
The Cypress Grove Preserve hike in Tomales Bay was spectacular. Dr. John Kelly, head research biologist at the Audubon Canyon Ranch, lead enthusiastic members on a hike through the beautiful preserve providing a fascinating “travelogue” of the sights and sounds along the way.
“No Knead Artisan Bread Baking” chaired by Carolyn Ford brought the art of excellent bread-making to the “modern” woman (who lacks the time to make “traditional” bread recipes). Attendees reported their husbands demanded more loaves, relatives couldn’t get enough, and recipe variations (such as baking the bread in a toaster oven) worked just fine.
Cheryl Popp’s Cavallo Point Cooking Class was a huge success, just as it was last year. Scallop tartare w/crème fraiche, ricotta egg-yolk ravioli, sautéed broccoli rabe, seared duck breast w/ jeweled rice…need I say more? Oh, yum!
On Saturday, October 26 our Emergency Preparedness Series presented “Don’t Miss The Boat,” an opportunity to learn the new version of life-saving CPR. If you have learned CPR you will always have something of value to contribute during an emergency.
Thank you, one-and-all for another wonderful month.
SCHOLARSHIP FUND RAISER. Friday and Saturday nights, Nov 1 and 2. Bring your picnic dinner and enjoy a rollicking good show.
Tuesday, November 5 is ELECTION DAY. VOTE! SWC Clubhouse is a polling place.
CANNED FOOD DRIVE #2 at the November 7 Business Meeting. Bring a non-perishable and nourishing canned donation to the meeting.
Civics Committee is looking for new members. Call Claudia Kennedy if you are interested in joining. HOT TIP: Sausalito City Council Meetings are now televised on your local Community Service Station. Sit on your own sofa, enjoy a snack, and watch the show. What could be easier?
NEW – SWC E-Mails The Club has hired a new e-mail “sender” Ms. Pam Wycliffe. Beginning immediately, send your SWC e-mail texts to Pam at Pamela@kimber.net. Pam will provide simple formats and allow for one revision. If you require more difficult formatting, please develop it yourself or get help from another member.
NEW – Address Changes – Requests for address changes should go to the Membership SWC Chair, Julie Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lighting Project –The new bulbs have arrived and the contractor will be inspecting the fixtures and installing bulbs on November 15.
The Thanksgiving Holiday is coming. Time to reflect on the many blessings we have enjoyed and continue to enjoy, and also those blessings we have shared with one another.
SWC Preservation Society
Phoebe Fielding, Chair
Preservation is already thinking ahead to 2014 and planning our major fundraiser of the year in February on Valentine’s Day. However, before we get there, the holidays are just around the corner.
I hate to mention Christmas before we have even dressed up for Halloween, but for the early birds who are already shopping for gifts I want to mention two wonderful possibilities.
First is the handsome and totally functional Preservation Society apron. As many of you know, it is black denim with a very tasteful SWCPS on the lower pocket in black and white. Since it is long and has a lot of wrap around, it is perfect for a chef of either gender.
The other item is our beautiful packet of note cards with four different color shots of the club. These cards would make a perfect hostess gift for a holiday party or event. Both of these gifts will be available for purchase at club meetings and events or by contacting me (Phoebe Fielding, 887-2088) or Cindy Mason (331-0696).
The apron is for sale for $30.00 plus tax, which is a discounted price for the holidays and the packets of cards are $10.00 for 10 cards.
SWC Scholarship Recognition Fund
Jean Patterson, Chair
By the time you’re reading this, we hope you’ve either enjoyed – or are enjoying – our fall 2013 fundraiser event Comedy Tonight. Thanks to the incredible and generous talent of our Comedy Tonight writers and director Roland and Linda Ojeda and their cast and crew; the dedicated efforts of our SWCSRF Board members and wonderful volunteers; and the generosity of our Silent Auction, Raffle and other special donors, we are confident it will be a fun evening for all and a successful one for local scholarships.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
Where Are They Now?
As part of our continuing coverage of scholarship recipients from years past, this month we are pleased to introduce you to a talented young woman who recently brought her artistry and sense of fashion to Sausalito for all of us to enjoy!
SWC Scholar Profile – Jill Giordano, Owner & Fashion Designer, gr.dano
Jill Giordano received a college degree in business and worked for 15 years in the creative departments of ad agencies in NY, Seattle and San Francisco. But, she realized she needed to – in her words – “fulfill her creative side” and went back for a second degree in Fashion Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. While a student at AAU in 2003, Jill was one of the first recipients of SWC’s Shannon Bell Memorial Scholarship! After working as an Assistant Designer with several local clothing companies while attending AAU, she and her husband Brian Scheyer felt they were ready to partner together in their own business: gr.dano – a womens ready to-wear clothing line begun only a few months after her graduation. Working well together and with a similar design aesthetic and work ethic, they found they could handle the design, patternmaking, production, marketing, press and web design. In a 2010 7x7SF magazine’s “Bay Area Power Couples” series, their ‘secret weapon to success’ was described as…each other!
Jill and Brian started small with local boutiques, eventually hired a sales rep in NY and, soon after, showed their collection in trade shows in NY, Atlanta and Los Angeles. By 2006 their collection at New York’s Fashion Week won the Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion. It didn’t take long before they were selling in over 70 boutiques, gaining national press and winning more awards. In 2013, after 7 years, they decided to move their studio from San Francisco and open their very first branded boutique gr.dano right in Sausalito, the city they adore and now live! Jill has also helped other designers launch their businesses from start-up and continues to serve as a mentor/instructor to fashion students by teaching Fashion and Construction classes at the Academy of Art University, part-time.
Jill tells us that, “All that has gone into the successes of gr.dano have also been our biggest challenges. Having to differentiate yourself from the multitudes of designers on a national platform and still manage to be seen and praised for your work is both fulfilling and exhausting.
“At the end of the day, its about making women feel great, to enhance how beautiful they already are. I strongly believe how you dress affects your mood. If I can elevate a woman’s confidence through wearing my designs, then it has all been worth it.”
This successful former scholar also wanted the SWC to know that she is very grateful for their generosity…and the opportunity to complete her collection for senior year and go on to start her own clothing line. She hopes to continue to “pay it forward” by supporting SWCSRF and helping other students achieve their dreams.
Claudia Kennedy and Billie Anderson, Co-Chairs
The Marinship Specific Plan Steering Committee has held its first meetings.
You can receive updates on this important decision-making group’s meetings and agendas by emailing a request
for them to: LSchinsing@ci.sausalito.ca.us
The next Marinship Specific Plan Steering Committee meeting will be held on Monday, November 4 at 6:30pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall. An agenda will be sent out next week.
The City Council meeting dates for November are: November 5 and November 19 at 7 PM in Council Chambers of City Hall.
Susan Watson and Donna Christie Kolkey, Co-Chairs
Please join us on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., to discuss The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. This is a compelling story of a moral dilemma set in motion when a row boat with a dead man and a living baby washes ashore an isolated island inhabited by a lighthouse keeper, who is a war weary WWI veteran, and his young wife, who desperately wants a child. We usually have light refreshments, and if you feel so inclined, bring a bite to share. We look forward to seeing you!
Discussant: Susan Watson.
Co-Chairs: Donna Christie Kolkey (676-9212); Susan Watson (331-6810). No need to RSVP.
Julie Carlson, Membership Secretary
If you need SWC mailing labels for your event during the year, please contact me to pick up a set.
P.O. Box 2613
187 Harrison Avenue
Also, please update your yearbook to reflect October changes:
1. Claudia Kelly – new address; same email and phone | 1001 Bridgeway #999, 94965
2. Pat Pennington – moved to Novato | 21 Plaza Loma, Novato CA 94947, 415-493-6198
3. Peggy Plumley – moved and will advise when she has an address. Contact her via email and mobile number: 331-3277
4. Rita Simpson resigned
- Leslie Brown – gone sailing (contact her via boat email: email@example.com)
- Lucinda Callaway | Lucinda@there.net
- Susan Fletcher to Susan Carlile | P.O. Box 285, Hakalau HI 96710
- Carolyn Ford | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Debra Kalfas | Debbie@kalfas.us | 1242 Landmark Drive, Vallejo, CA 94591 (not 1747)
- Carmen Keller | 302-5770
- Susan Peterson | 67 Almenar Drive, Greenbrae 94904
If you have changes during the year, please send them to me at email@example.com.
Nancy Curran, Margo Merle and Susan Watson, Co-Chairs
A DOG-FRIENDLY HIKE ON THE BLITHEDALE TRAIL
Tuesday, November 5 at 9:30am
Would you like to go out on hikes with the SWC hiking group but always feel guilty leaving your four-legged best friend behind? For the first time, we have scheduled a SWC hike that will allow you to bring your dog along. If this one goes well, we can look forward to additional dog-friendly hikes in the future.
Of course, bringing a dog is not a pre-requisite—any club member or friend is welcome to come “unescorted”. The Blithedale Canyon trail is a beautiful wide fire road that hugs a stream bank and then rises through oak, laurel and redwood shaded scenery. The hike involves one moderate uphill stretch and will take approximately two hours. We will stop at Peet’s in Mill Valley for coffee and snacks on the way back.
Hikers will carpool from the clubhouse at 9:30 AM. Be sure to wear layered clothing and bring water. For those of you bringing your canine best friend, bring a leash and dog bags. Dogs are allowed off-leash once on the trail if under voice command of their owner and providing they are congenial with the other pooches. Let Dana know if you are willing to drive and whether or not you can transport dogs in your car.
For reservations or information, please call or email Dana Whitson (331-8359) or Nancy Curran (332-1289)
SAN FRANCISCO FOUR HILLS HIKE
Wednesday, November 13 at 9:00am
Mt. Sutro, Tank Hill, Mt. Olympus and Buena Vista are all unique spots, off the normal tourist paths, in the Cole
Valley and Haight-Ashbury districts.
We will enjoy the views, scenery and historical highlights of the area, and after, lunch at a popular Cole Valley restaurant. With only three moderate climbs and a long staircase that can be taken more slowly, this is a moderate hike. It becomes a strenuous hike with fast-paced walking/climbing. We are offering both.
Meet at the SWC and we will carpool to the City. Plan to be back in Sausalito by 1:30 or 2pm.
RSVP by Nov. 9th to Carolyn Ford 332-3409 or Nancy Curran 332-1289 or send us an email.
SWC Programs and Events
Thursday, November 7 2:00 pm Business Meeting & Tea
Hello-o-o-o Bridge Players!
Our pick-up Friday morning bridge game is launched!
We will not be able to meet on Friday, November 1 or Friday, November 15.
Hope you can join us the other Fridays of the month.
Your bridge committee… Cis Muldoon, Pat Boddy, Holland Gray, and Kate Powell
November 19 6pm F3
DATE CHANGE FOR NOVEMBER GIRLS NIGHT OUT!
WHAT: Girls Night Out at F3 (Fast Food Français)
$30/pp includes Apps/Entrée/Dessert & 1 cocktail/wine
WHERE: F3—39 Caledonia Street
WHEN: NOVEMBER 19th (note change) at 6:00 p.m
PLEASE RSVP by 11/17: Sherrie Faber—415.339.9200
firstname.lastname@example.org by 11/18/13 (limited to 25)
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