The Sausalito Woman’s Club Preservation Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established specifically to preserve and enhance our historic clubhouse designed by Julia Morgan, California’s first licensed woman architect. To this end, yearly events are held that generate monies dedicated to maintaining the clubhouse and grounds for the present and the future. More recently, the Legacy Society was created to provide a mechanism for members and friends of SWCPS to donate through planned giving.
The Society also receives funding from SWC dues, grants, annual contributions, memorial gifts and outside donations which are tax-deductible, thanks to our non-profit status.
Donations can be sent to: SWCPS, P.O. Box 2488, Sausalito, CA 94966. Our Federal Tax ID is: 68-0225397.
OFFICERS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2014-2015
Chair: Cynthia Mason
Vice Chair: E.V. Gilbreath
Rec Sec’y: Camara Scremin
Corr. Sec’y: Christine Butler
Treasurer: Carolyn Merrill
Directors: Pamela Abendroth, Carol Cotton, Phoebe Fielding, Susan Gordon, Leslie Hail, Elizabeth Nelson, Susan Watson
Ex-Officio: Michele Benjamin, SWC President; Sande McGarry, SWC Treasurer
Legacy Society Committee: Cynthia Mason, Alice May, Elizabeth Nelson
Memorial Gifts for 2013 – 2014
Tim Boddy, Gloria Kurian Broder, Betty Davis, Phil Frank, Margaret Graham, Sue & Sam Hock, Linda Jones, Carl Krause, Todd Anthony Perea, Elaine Squires, Ruth Ware
SWCPS Annual Report:
Phoebe Fielding 2012-2013
The SWC is winding down the celebration of our centennial year and the clubhouse is beautiful, elegant and in excellent condition. This is not by chance or good fortune but the result of much hard work on the part of many members. After decades of providing a “home” for the club, by the 1990’s our lovely Julia Morgan-designed building was in great need of restoration and repair. And so, over twenty years ago, the non-profit Preservation Society was founded with the sole purpose of preserving for the long term what the SWC of today was fortunate enough to inherit. The details of this enormous project have been described in the recent Club History Committee Centennial publication and do not need to be repeated here. But it is worth putting this continuing effort in context.
Many significant historic buildings are preserved and protected for posterity through an endowment. This arrangement ensures that there is financial support to sustain the structure by providing for repairs and maintenance as well as preservation and enhancement. The Preservation Society has such a goal for our building and grounds. Other people and organizations clearly recognize the importance of our clubhouse. This is why we are listed not only as a Sausalito Historical Landmark, but are also on the National Register of Historic Places. And so to this end, we have divided our financial resources (see later in this report) into two streams: one is our maintenance schedule which covers numerous specific items which will need to be addressed over the next twenty years and beyond; and the other is a restricted fund which is invested and which we augment every year from donations and fundraising to underwrite the future of the SWC.
Our funds come mainly from the membership through several sources: a portion of the dues, donations, bequests and fundraising. This last category, year in and year out, is our major source of revenue, and this past year was no exception.
Centennial Masquerade Ball
In February 2013, only a few weeks before the actual one hundred year anniversary, Preservation threw a gala Centennial Masquerade Ball. It was a festive dinner dance that sold out well before the date. During the evening, many members made donations to Preservation in honor of special individuals and to commemorate the historic occasion. These revenues will all be added to our restricted building fund and made this event a major fundraiser.
Glorious California: The Art of the Golden State
Then in May, 2013, as part of the Centennial Salon Series, an exhibition and sale of paintings and photographs was held for the benefit of the Preservation Society. This exciting event took place at the SWC on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The chairs, Millie Amis, Barbara Lockhart and Millie Zinman who have long been supporters of the preservation of our clubhouse, created an elegant and inviting ambiance for guests to enjoy the beautiful art. This event was also an outstanding fundraiser.
Sherry Hour: Bernard Maybeck, Architect of Elegance
The Preservation Society is also dedicated to education through entertainment. Each year, this autumn program presents some aspect of local history to the members of the SWC and to residents of Sausalito. Last September, author, Mark Wilson gave a very interesting lecture on this mentor of Julia Morgan, including many beautiful slides of Maybeck’s architecture, located primarily in the Bay Area.
Message for the Coming Year:
Phoebe Fielding 2013-2014
The Preservation Society is looking forward to our programs planned for this next year. Our first event will be September 25th and is our annual Sherry Hour. Our speaker, Dr. Susheel Bibbs, is an author, filmmaker and academic. She will center her lecture around her recent book, Heritage of Power. This publication is based on original research by Dr. Bibbs describing the life and times of Mary Pleasant who was an important voice in early California civil rights including the rights of women.
In February 2014, Preservation is hosting, what has become, a traditional dinner dance with a black and white theme. The evening will be simple and elegant consisting of live music, friends, dinner and dancing.
And finally on a late April Sunday morning, Preservation will sponsor a champagne brunch followed by a fashion show. Each table will have a special hostess who has decorated using her own ideas and her own things. It should make a glorious sight in the main hall.
MESSAGE FROM THE TREASURER
~ Cynthia Mason 2012-2013
SWCPS has worked hard this Centennial year to focus on our quasi-endowment – Permanent Building Fund. It was a successful year and we were able to grow the permanent building fund by approximately $40K. We could not have done it without the wonderful support of the SWC members. This building fund is our legacy to the future generations of the SWC. Please feel free to always ask questions.
Fund Balances 6-30-2013
Capital Fund $223,177
Permanent Building Fund/Quasi-Endowment $176,326
The Capital fund has been brought in line with the accrual amount on the clubhouse maintenance schedule. As a reminder, the maintenance schedule is a forecast of future expenditures that will keep our clubhouse in tip top shape for a very long time. This schedule has been updated by Architectural Liaison and is a fluid document that includes such things as roofs, retaining walls, fences, floors, electrical, kitchen appliances etc. We have estimated the remaining life on these many items and set aside funds so when it is time to re-do or maintain the clubhouse, funds are ready and waiting. This schedule looks out over the next 25+ years. This is the SWCPS road map. Currently the capital maintenance schedule as of 6-30-2013 shows an estimate of $225K for future projects. This year SWCPS spent a total of $14.6K for projects: $1.5K for the new carpet downstairs in dressing room, $12K as a GIFT to SWC for clubhouse chairs and $1.2K for an professional expert restoration and cleaning guide for our interior wood work.
The Permanent Building Fund is a quasi-endowment fund. As of 6-30-2013 we have $177K in this fund. Our goal is currently $500,000, so we are about a third of the way to our goal. The hope is that once we come close to this goal, the proceeds should help begin to sponsor annual maintenance items on the maintenance schedule. SWCPS charter is to ensure that the SWC Landmark Building will live on for future generations and become more self-sustaining. Our SWCPS Legacy Society continues to educate and help support these kinds of contributions that will help future generations maintain our SWC clubhouse.
Below you will find a simple Income/Expense and Fund Balance Recap for the last three years. If you would like any additional detail, please do not hesitate to let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Recap 6-30-2012
|Year Over Year|
|Fundraisers||$ 50,716||$ 36,225||$ 23,624|
|SWC Dues Allocation||$ 9,094||$ 8,725||$ 9,295|
|Unrestricted Donations||$ 9,360||$ 6,535||$ 9,030|
|Restricted Donations||$ 1, 543||$ 30,349||$ 5,730|
|Total Income||$ 70,713||$ 81,833||$ 47,680|
|Maint. & Project Expense||$ (15,288)||$ (9,717)||$ (6,461)|
|Admin Expenses||$ (2,560)||$ (4,373)||$ (3,345)|
|NET INCOME||$ 52,865||$ 69,995||$ 32,143|
|OPERATING CASH||$ 13,561||$ 6,581||$ 9,744|
|CAPITAL FUND||$223,177||$ 207,763||$ 157,353|
|PERM BLDG FUND||$176,099||$ 133,708||$ 107,729|
Thank you for your generosity, support, and commitment to the preservation and future of the clubhouse we call our historical landmark home.
Cynthia Mason, Treasurer 2012-2013
|Alice May||Jane Short||Michele Benjamin|
|Alice Merrill||Janet Chapman||Mickie Lloyd|
|Ann Arnott||Janice Graham||Millie Amis|
|Ann Elston||Jann Johnson||Millie Zinman|
|Ann Heurlin||Jason & Kristin Stout||Mimi Reich|
|Anne Bomford||Jean Patterson||Mollie Squires|
|Anne Dinelli||Jeanne Fidler||Myra Berkowitz|
|Arliss Willis||Jennifer Flynn||Myralin Whitaker|
|Babette McDougal||Jim Henry||Nancy Curran|
|Barbara Kavanaugh||Jody Frederickson||Nancy Osborn|
|Barbara Lockhart||Jola Anderson||Nancy Phillips|
|Barbara Rich||Judith Lambton||Nancy Terry|
|Bonnie Horner||Judy Barber||Nicki Parry|
|Bonnie Penprase||Judy Belding||Oonagh Kavanagh|
|Camara Scremin||Julie Carlson||Pamela Abendroth|
|Carol Cotton||June Hood||Pat Ronzone|
|Carol Kavalaris||Karen B Roark||Patricia Ascher|
|Carolyn Bonn||Karen Cleary||Patricia Boddy|
|Carolyn Merrill||Karen Kay Solomon||Patricia Pennington|
|Cathy De Lano||Kathleen Earley||Paula Fancher|
|Charlotte Mastrangelo||Kathleen Hecker||Peggy Millson-Wu|
|Chris Klinck||Katrina Slattery||Phoebe Fielding|
|Ciji Ware||Kim Huff||Rayner Needleman|
|Claudia Kennedy||Lauren Gertz||Rennie Ediger|
|Cynnie Anderson||Leonie Denney||Robert Williams|
|Cynthia Mason||Leslie Harelik||Roberta Maloy|
|Cynthia Taves||Lillian Donald||Sally Calef|
|Dana Whitson||Linda Hothem||Sande A McGarry|
|Deborah Wintermute||Linda Levinson||Sara De Jager|
|Debra Andelin||Linda Neilsen||Shannon Baker|
|Diane Bessell||Linda Ojeda||Sharon Seymour|
|Diane Hansen||Linda Page||Shelby Van Meter|
|Dick Neilsen||Linda Swanson||Stephanie Andres|
|Donna Kolkey||Linda-Baldwin Page||Stone G Coxhead|
|Eivor Taylor||Lucy Alderman||Susan Frank|
|Elizabeth Nelson||Lynn Churchill||Susan Gordon|
|Elizabeth O’Keefe||Mabrey Byrnes-Scott||Susan Hart|
|Elizabeth Reynolds||Margery Schindler||Susan J Frank|
|Elizabeth Sealey||Margo Merle||Suzanne Visher|
|EV Gilbreath||Maria Hildebrand||Sylvia Ruby|
|Frances Nelson||Marilyn Gates||Toni Pearl-Chepin|
|Gail Ann Taylor||Marilyn Riede|
|Gail Sterling Smelick||Marinda Lobo|
|Helen Culiner||Marion Olin|
|Holland Gray||Mary DeMund|
|Holly Stewart||MaryAnn Dietrich|