Let me begin by saying “thank you” to each and every one of you for giving me and the 2017/2018 Board of Directors the privilege of serving you for the coming year. We are honored and humbled by your trust and promise to serve you and our beautiful Club during the coming year.
As we begin the celebration of the centennial year of our beautiful clubhouse, let us reflect back on our beginnings and how it was that this community of women began their journey. Our fore mothers first banded together more than 100 years ago to save a row of cypress trees. In the end they were only able to save one of those trees, but that tree stood for more than 70 years as a symbol of what this community of women stands for – courage, grit and kindness.
Another early act of kindness occurred nearly 100 years ago, in September 1917 when, after the untimely death of Grace Robbins, an early club director, her husband told the women of the club of his wish to give them the Central Avenue land for their future clubhouse.
Throughout the years endless acts of kindness have been performed by this diverse group of women. Creating beautiful gardens in the community, tutoring children, giving scholarships, producing theatrical productions and poetry for the community, helping care for our members who are unwell, reaching out to those who have lost loved ones and thousands more acts of kindness both large and small.
It is fitting that from the earliest days the women chose to begin every Business Meeting with the collect by Mary Stewart that finishes with the words “… let us not forget to be kind”. It is a reminder to us that above all else we need to remember to be kind – to ourselves, to each other, to our community.
As your president for the coming year I ask each of you to consider how we will move forward for the next 100 years. How will our community of women band together performing acts large and small of courage, grit and kindness? Let this centennial year of the clubhouse renew our commitment to continue our tradition of reaching out to each other, to our community and to leaving this world a little better than when we found it.