Who would have thought I would have a second opportunity to be selected to serve as your president,15 years after doing so the first time? With my heartfelt appreciation I thank you for putting your trust in me as well as our dedicated board of directors to lead the SWC in 2020-2021.
One of the happiest moments after moving to Sausalito was becoming a member of the Sausalito Woman’s Club. Over the past 23 years I have had many opportunities to spend time getting to know so many of you. I’ve formed friendships that span a multitude of ages and backgrounds. I’ve found things in common with women I would never have had a chance to get to know were it not for this club.
This year we will all need to work together as we face the challenge of the Covid-19 Pandemic. We have all been sheltering at home as required since March, and it’s been a very sad time in the United States and across the globe. I’m hopeful that we will begin to pull out of this situation soon.
The SWC is putting into place precautions for when we can gather in the future, focusing on the health and safety of our members and community. Simultaneously we are using the newest technology to stay connected. Many of our meetings and events have or will become virtual meetings or live-streamed as necessary. We have implemented a new reservation system for the club and are expanding our online payment methods for everything from dues and donations to paying for programs.
This is all new for the club and will take time to get used to, but I’m so impressed with how many women in our club have become tech savvy—we can do this! Our program chairs have really put time and effort into scheduling events which will work during shelter in place or allows for social distancing, and our calendar is full! Please participate in our hikes and walks, discussions, lectures and classes. Visit our beautiful garden and enjoy the outdoors. Our members are so creative—stretch your minds and be present.
Some of our traditional events or fundraisers this year may need to take a backseat, and it is predicted we may not have the ability to rent the club for some time. Since we may be unable to hold in-club events, we will have less income to supplement some of the things we usually fund. When asked to support the general fund, please do so if you are able.
Please have patience; I can’t say this enough. This is a time where we are really thinking “outside the box”. We will have hiccups, things will change and evolve, and it will get easier.
I have no doubt that by the end of this year, the SWC will be an even stronger and robust community than we’ve ever been. And, when we can be together—let’s celebrate and sing and dance like we never have before—we are better together than apart!