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President Jennifer Alderman - Monthly Message

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  • April 10, 2015 11:40 AM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

    Just before our last General Membership meeting was about to begin, and we were greeting each other with hugs, smiles on our faces, and exuding happiness, I was overwhelmed by the goodness within the Clubhouse. It reminded me of what friendships mean to us and what strength, support and peace we can receive from one another.  Then, I read something by author C. JoyBell C. and I'd like to share it because I believe we can ~ and we are ~ making a difference one hug at a time.

    "I believe in women uplifting women.  The only thing that makes our gender weaker is the fact that we are the gender less likely to stand up for one another.  We are the gender more likely to try and make another look bad, and when one of us is already bad, instead of being kind we pound them into the ditches.  And that's what makes us weak, nothing else.  If we can change this, we can change the whole structure of being female; I truly believe this.  I'd like to see us stop hurting one another and actually making a conscious effort to be happy for another when she is happy, to hope the best for another when she has better, and to lift another up when she is down.  We know that many of us can be harsh, cold and selfish, and we try to protect ourselves from one another, that's the reality.  But, it's also a reality that 'what is real can change'.  So, that means WE CAN CHANGE IT."

    I have seen positive changes at work within our Club.  We are supporting one another, working respectfully to achieve desired goals, laughing and having fun together and genuinely caring about each other. It is my desire to continue with these behaviors to set an example for all women. This is a great social contribution and something of which our 'founding sisters' would be proud.

  • March 12, 2015 12:39 PM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

    Differences of opinion happen all the time.  All people have opinions on a variety of topics.  Since opinions don't necessarily have to be based upon logic - they can be based upon emotion, preference, experience, or all sorts of variables - people will often have differences of opinion and it doesn't necessarily mean one person is right and the other person is wrong.  It's just a matter of preference.

    Arguments are no fun.  It's always better to agree than to disagree.  But guess what?  Everyone won't always agree on everything...and that's OK!  In these situations, it's better to recognize and respect the other person's opinion without arguing, fighting or causing hurt feelings.  Agreeing to disagree does not mean you have to give up your opinion.  To the contrary, you simply recognize others' right to hold a different opinion and agree not to argue about it.

    When you agree to disagree, you promote peaceful relationships.  Disagreements happen, but you need not let them become a problem.  Instead, show others respect by allowing them to hold a different opinion than yours.  Each person has a unique view of the world, and they don't always match.  It's important to learn how to respectfully discuss differences of opinion.  Agree to disagree and you'll find that your friends can remain as such even if they don't think exactly like you do.

  • February 13, 2015 11:03 AM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

    Here it is...already February and even this month is half gone! 

    How did that happen?

    How are your New Year's resolutions holding up? 

    I hope you're doing better than I.

    Instead of the annual ritual of making resolutions I was recently introduced to the concept of choosing one word each year to incorporate into your daily practices, decisions, goal setting and more.  As I understand about 92% of us fail at those yearly resolutions.  So, with that understanding I thought this could be an interesting and exciting concept.  Each of us can select one word, such as LOVE...or CALM...RESPECTFUL...EXCELLENCE.  And then make that word a conscious

    thought as you go through each day.

    It seems to be great "food for thought" and an intriguing way to make a positive life change, one word at a time.  I'm going to give it a try and I'll keep you posted!

  • January 16, 2015 11:02 AM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)


    It's never too late to start over.

    If you weren't happy with yesterday, try something different today.

    Don't stay stuck.

    Do better. 

  • December 18, 2014 2:26 PM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

    "I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys."

    ~ Charles Dickens ~

  • November 16, 2014 4:20 PM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

    "Obviously, you would give your life for your children, or give them the last biscuit on the plate.  But to me, the trick in life is to take that sense of generosity between kin, make it apply to the extended family and to your neighbor, your village and beyond."

    Sir Tom Stoppard

  • October 21, 2014 11:15 AM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

    Don't bother getting a pen and paper...just read...if you can't answer one, go on to the next.

    1. Name the 5 wealthiest people in the world.

    2. Name the last 5 Heisman trophy winners.

    3. Name the last 5 winners of the Miss America contest.

    4. Name 5 people who have won the Nobel Peace prize.

    5. Name the last 5 Academy Award winners for Best Actor and Best Actress. 

    How did you do? The point is, none  of us remembers the headliners of yesterday.  These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields.  But, the applause dies quickly.  Awards tarnish.Achievements are soon forgotten.  Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners. 

    Now, take the second half of the quiz.  See how you do…

    1. Name 3 teachers who aided your journey through school.

    2. Name 3 friends who helped you through a difficult time.

    3. Name 3 people who have taught you something worthwhile.

    4. Name a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

    5. Think of the people you enjoy spending time with. 

    Was that easier? What is the lesson? 

    The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. 

    They are the ones that care. 

    At our next Luncheon, take a look at who is sitting next to you, or across from you. 

    They are the ones that care. 

    Remember, we have joined a group of ladies and we are here to care for one another through life's journey.We are daughters, sisters, wives, mothers, grandmothers.

    We share a special thread, a special bond.

    We are here for one another.

    We are all special!

  • September 17, 2014 10:55 AM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

    It was fantastic to see so many of our members at the September Luncheon. I hope everyone enjoyed our speaker, Victoria Kastner, who is an encyclopedia of knowledge concerning all things Julia Morgan and Hearst Castle. It was delightful and inspirational for me. 

    Now, as I seek to inspire the rest of you, I am at a loss for words. That is a first, believe me! However, I recently came across some words of wisdom, from our past President Martha Schwartz, that I thought I might pass on to you. 

    “One of life’s lessons I have learned is that participation is the key to the success of any organization. Our Monday Club has a long history of member participation. I want to perpetuate and enhance that tradition. There will be opportunities for every member to participate at some level in the activities of our Club; there are large scale jobs and there are small scale jobs, but all jobs are Big Jobs that are important in making our Club function.  So, please let me hear each and every one of you will step forth and lend a hand.”

    “Our Club goal – ‘to promote civic, social and cultural welfare’ is both serious and worthwhile, but there is no reason why we shouldn’t have a lot of fun while fulfilling that goal – I know I intend to.”

    Martha’s words of encouragement are as alive today as they were when she penned them. I look to each member to lend a helping hand, wear a big smile, and have a lot of fun this year!

  • August 17, 2014 5:31 PM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

    It’s good to be getting back together after nearly 4 months apart! During that time, the Board of Directors has been busy. Here’s what’s been happening since we were last together. 

    In May, we celebrated our new members with an Orientation Tea. 

    In June, Mary Kubacki and Sherri Bone of Patterson Realty took over management of our property. Since they work only with authorized bonded and insured vendors, we parted ways with David Bartholomew as an employee. He was encouraged to submit an application to become an authorized vendor. All exterior doors were rekeyed. We have secured the weekly services of Moran Landscaping. A Cal Poly second year Landscape Architecture class submitted around 40 new designs for landscape renovations. They are in the process of providing us with the digital drawings so that we can share them with all of you. These students were so excited to become involved with The Monday Club, our history, and the legacy of Julia Morgan. 

    Late June found us on a weekend Board Retreat where we spent time with a Facilitator Beth Wonson, honing our team skills and finding that we work very well together.

    In July, Nancy Hite made the difficult decision to depart from the position as Chair of Ways & Means. Nancy’s only daughter, Ashley, will be married in December and Nancy’s top priority is to provide full attention to those wedding details. Debbie Collins-Johnson graciously agreed to resume that position again this year.

    We now have WiFi capability, securing that service with voicemail through Norcast Telecom Networks. This has enabled us to rent our facility for 10 consecutive days in October to a development company. We will also be able to utilize our own phone number our events and ticket sales.

    There have been continuous meetings for the Tri-Awards committee. More news on their progress will follow in the weeks to come. The Book Club, now called The Coffee, Conversation & Confection Klatsch, has been meeting during the summer. 

    Organization meetings for the Autumn Tea in the Garden (in October), SLO Little Theatre Dress Rehearsal Benefit (in November), Sip, Sample & Swing (in January) and the Architectural Tour (in April) have proceeded during this summer, too. We have made great progress! Tickets for the first two events will be available for sale at the September Membership meeting.

    The Monday Club is supporting SLO Tiger Athletics by advertising in their football programs and placing a 3’ x 5’ banner on the field around the track, which remains in place all year long. We will have a booth, representing our wonderful wedding venue, at the Madonna Expo Bridal Fair in October. Raising a Reader will be raising funds with ticket sales from the SLO Little Theatre Event.We have all managed to spend some quality family time during these summer months, too. 

    I hope that you have all had a great time and look forward to our time together, in friendship, in the months ahead. Brace yourselves….pumpkin flavored everything is coming!

    Christy Noble, Board President

  • July 29, 2014 3:58 PM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

    As we gear up for our new Club Year, your Board of Directors and Committees have been working hard over the summer.  We met in late June for a very productive Board Retreat, toured Hearst Castle guided by the amazing Victoria Kastner, Author and Castle Historian, and have continued work on the Building and Grounds. Even the Newsletter has been given a fresh look!  This short issue is just to give you a few quick updates, information on upcoming events so you can “Save The Date” plus a glimpse of much more to come.

    Be sure to check out the added Newsletter Archive page in the Members Only section of the website, along with the great programs in place for the new year.  Another added feature is our Member Spotlight, which you can read more about here.  

    Patterson Realty has been very active in promoting our site for rentals and continues to work closely with Vicki Carroll and the Board to improve safety, security and upkeep.  New features we have added that benefit both members and renters are access to WIFI and weekly gardening by new landscapers.

    Some new events are on the horizon, so write these on your Calendar!  The First Annual Monday Club Family Picnic & Barbecue will be Sunday, September 28 from 2-6 pm.  All of the details are found on the Calendar and will be included in the August Newsletter. Did you know about the fun and informative New Member Tea held last May 18th?  A great tradition to keep in mind for next May.

    We are an amazing group of women who will make a difference in our Community!  Here's to 2014-2015!

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