Julia Morgan's original drawings for our Clubhouse, Courtesy of Cal Poly Archives
 

President Jennifer Alderman - Monthly Message

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  • September 21, 2018 4:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Members,


    I'm very much looking forward to our October events. We start the month with a program about Pacific Wildlife Care, a nonprofit organization based in Morro Bay. Founded in 1986, their mission is to care for sick or injured wild animals and return them, healthy, back to the wild. Presented by Jeri Roberts and Monday Club member, Becky Price, I am sure you will appreciate their work and dedication. Becky has loved and cared for animals since she was a little girl, so be sure to ask her about the number and type of critters that comprise her own menagerie!


    The month will conclude on October 27 with Sip, Sample and Sari. This indian-themed event is not to be missed! Bombay-sapphire martinis, henna painting and Indian dancers are just the start! Come and bid on a private art party led by our wonderful and talented member Tracy Taylor! Hope to see you there.


    With gratitude,


  • August 25, 2018 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Members,


    When I was elected President of The Monday Club over a year ago, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Up until that day, I had never been president of anything other than my own household. I have learned so much in the past months, and I want to tell you that it is truly gratifying and satisfying to work with such a smart, talented and energetic board of directors, committee chairs, and an amazingly generous, kind and supportive membership. We have accomplished many goals together, both large and small, and all of them important. 

    We have our September 10 luncheon coming up and I look forward to seeing all of you. You will find that the luncheon reservation process has been beautifully updated, streamlined and made user-friendly by the group of smart, efficient and computer savvy ladies that worked together to get the job done. You will find easy to understand luncheon reservation instructions in the 'September Luncheon Menu Information' section of the newsletter. Many thanks to everyone who worked on this project.


    I hope each of you enjoys the last bits of summer. See you in a short couple of weeks. 


    With gratitude,



    Jennifer Alderman, President


  • June 26, 2018 7:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Dear Members,

    The longer days, blue skies, warmer temperatures and late afternoon breezes sure do make summer in San Luis Obispo County enjoyable! There are so many things to do outdoors, whether pursuing your fitness goals or opting for a more relaxing approach. 

    We have accelerated installation of some of the new landscape that was scheduled for next year! I'm pleased to let you know that a thick, luxurious and soon to be very tall hedge of Podocarpus gracilior has been planted to screen our b
    ack garden from the new Monterey Hotel. If you are in the Clubhouse neighborhood, please stop by to enjoy it.


    Another welcome change is the format and appearance of this newsletter. We recently implemented a long overdue update of our website software that, in turn, necessitated some further tweaking, including an overhaul of the newsletter. Additional fine-tuning will be on-going and we can look forward to a fresh and updated web presence. We are so very fortunate to have member Cari Beetham as our Newsletter Editor.


    In gratitude,



    Jennifer Alderman


  • April 24, 2018 4:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Members,


    I look forward to seeing all of you at the May 7 General Meeting, where detailed information will be shared on the proposed building restoration, barrier removal and water-wise landscape project. The Landscape Plan below sets forth the scope of work. In the April member newsletter, a larger view of the new addition may be found.


    In gratitude,


    Jennifer Alderman


  • March 27, 2018 12:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Members,


    I look forward to seeing all of you at the April 9 General Meeting where we will have the good fortune to enjoy performances by the 2018 Fine Arts Awards music winners and to view an exhibition of the visual art winners work. The talent of these junior and senior high school students who reside here in San Luis Obispo county is truly impressive. Equally impressive was the coordinated and professional work by the music and visual arts committee in administering the Fine Arts Awards program this year.


    Please DO NOT MISS the “Member in the News” section of the Newsletter where this month you will learn about the professional and personal accomplishments of the person who has done such a stellar job in selecting our programs for the past two years.


    In gratitude,


    Jennifer Alderman


  • February 20, 2018 11:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Members,


    Doesn’t life feel particularly busy? There are so many friends to spend time with, hobbies to cultivate, exercise regimens to maintain, and meaningful and interesting volunteer opportunities to challenge us. Not to mention the all-consuming demands of our professional lives and beloved families (two and four-legged).


    Research shows that being busy can be a very positive thing. People who reported being busier had better working memory, sharper reasoning skills and expanded vocabulary. Findings have also concluded that there is a particularly strong link between busyness and episodic memory--remembering events in the past--which most of us value greatly as we age. And, in a "which came first "debate, it is not yet understood whether busyness leads to a sharper mind, or having a sharper mind leads to staying busy. In any case, the end result is positive and provides a way of looking at our (sometimes overly) busy lives. I would like to suggest that the take-a-way from this discussion is that it’s okay to stay busy, as long as we set goals and limits on how busy we wish to be.


    On the same subject, please DO NOT MISS the “Member in the News” section of the Newsletter where this month you will learn about an incredibly busy Monday Club member who has found the balance sweet spot between her rewarding professional career and rich family life with her husband and two children. While hard to fathom how she does it all, she credits her organizational skills and fabulous husband for being able to make it work. 


    Here is to busyness in all it’s manifestations!


    In gratitude, 


    Jennifer Alderman


  • January 22, 2018 1:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Members:


    I am excited about the upcoming February General Meeting where program speaker, Dr. Lori Fletcher, will speak about women’s heart health, an important subject for all of us. The heart motif got me thinking that Valentine’s Day is also right around the corner. Traditionally, Valentine's Day is associated with fluttering hearts and romantic love, but I have long felt that it is much more than that. It is a day to celebrate all of our equally important non-romantic life relationships, commonly known as "friendships." Friendship is basically defined as the strong bonds that exist between people who share common values, interests or activities. Were you aware that scientific research supports the benefits of friendship? I did some sleuthing and found some interesting facts:


    • The bonds of friendship are critical to maintaining both physical and emotional health.
    • Strong social ties boost the immune system and contribute to longevity.
    • Strong social ties decrease the risk of contracting certain chronic illnesses and increase the ability to deal with chronic pain.


    We can rightfully think of friendship as a necessary, important, and healthful part of our lives that should be nurtured and encouraged! Another more sobering research snippet that I came across states that an estimated 42.6 million Americans over the age of 45 suffer from chronic loneliness. This is not a happy statistic. I do take heart (no pun intended) from our Monday Club because, among the important purposes it serves, it is a special place for women to get together to meet and bond and flourish. If you know of someone who may be new to the community or has experienced changes in their lives and would benefit from the camaraderie of other women, please consider inviting them to a club event or meeting! We have much friendship to share.


    Please don’t miss this month’s Member in the News section of the newsletter where an uber-social woman will share her story.


    In gratitude,


    Jennifer Alderman


  • December 23, 2017 10:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Members,


    As 2017 comes to a close, I feel it is a good time to look back on the year and reflect on our many achievements, but it is equally as important to turn our view forward and plan for those things we still want to accomplish.


    We can all be proud of the successful fundraisers held this Fall that benefited both the Conservancy and The Monday Club. The Holiday Boutique on December 4 was festive and cheery, with many charming hand-crafted gifts and vintage finds. Truly our best Holiday Boutique ever!


    I am very pleased and excited to announce that The Monday Clubhouse Conservancy is the proud recipient of a $65,000.00 grant from the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust. The funds will be used for our upcoming and much needed building restoration efforts.


    Interestingly, The Monday Club is connected to the Miossi family though Harold’s mother, Vera who was member. The family has a long history in our area as Harold’s four grandparents emigrated from Switzerland and settled in San Luis Obispo County as dairy farmers in the latter part of the 19th century. After graduating from Berkeley in 1943, Harold returned to the family ranch and assisted in its operation, and was California Probate Referee for 35 years retiring in 1995. Harold was actively involved in the community throughout his life. He was president of the Cuesta College Foundation, served on the boards of many local Environmental and Conservation organizations as well as on the Grand Jury. A firm believer that individuals shape the world in which they live, Harold was motivated to have a positive effect on the environment of his community. The Charitable Trust in his name continues his work today.


    In the coming year, we look forward to continuing our fundraising efforts to aid in the preservation of our historic clubhouse and to support the Raising a Reader and Fine Arts Awards programs. 


    Speaking of achievements and the future, DO NOT MISS the “Member in the News” section of the Newsletter where this month you will learn about a member whose volunteer efforts have left an indelible mark on several of our local schools including Bellevue-Santa Fe Elementary, Bishop’s Peak Elementary, Mission Preparatory and Laguna Middle School. Her ongoing commitment and volunteerism on behalf of San Luis Obispo High School and our very fortunate Monday Club and Clubhouse Conservancy makes these entities richer. I personally could not imagine a Monday Club without the energy and enthusiasm of this very special individual. 


    Wishing you very Happy Holidays,


    Jennifer Alderman

  • November 21, 2017 9:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Members:


    The holiday season is soon to be upon us.  Amidst the hustle and bustle, let us all take a deep breathe and remember that there is always, always, always something to be thankful for and that gratitude is the best attitude!


    The James Bond-inspired Sip, Sample and 007 event on October 21--it seems so long ago--was a rousing success with shaken, not stirred martinis, gambling in the garden,and photo ops in a fabulously spiffy Aston Martin convertible. The dinner, beautifully prepared by Cafe Roma, was delicious and perfectly paired with local wine. The cake auction was really amazing, showcasing the talents of local bakers and pastry chefs, and the live and silent auctions were truly a success. Many happy, satisfied guests have already vowed to return to the Monday Club for next year’s event!


    The 2018 Sip and Sample is already being planned, so stay tuned for the theme. You will be dazzled by it!


    Be sure to read the “Member in the News” section of the Newsletter where this month we learn about a former Monday Club member who is remembered for her many years with us and her bridge skills.


    I look forward to seeing all of you at the December 4 General Meeting. Come early to socialize and shop at the Holiday Boutique, stay late for more shopping, refreshments and to enjoy the San Luis Obispo High School Choir perform holiday music at 3:30 p.m.


    Happy Thanksgiving to all!


    In appreciation, Jennifer Alderman

  • October 17, 2017 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Members:


    With two fundraisers already completed, Fall at The Monday Club has been a productive and busy time!  Kudos and appreciation are extended to all who volunteered, supported, and enjoyed both events.


    The Mix & Mingle on September 28 turned out well for a first-time event, and good fun was had by those who joined us. Having more attendees overall will be a good goal for the next time and, in particular, we will encourage attendance by a broader audience.


    Without question, Becoming Julia Morgan was an outstanding success. I am pleased to share with you that the three performances on Oct 6,7 and 8 were either close-to or completely sold-out! 


    As our busy Fall continues, next up is the 7th annual Sip & Sample on Saturday, October 21. Since its inception in 2011, the Sip & Sample has evolved into one of our signature events, and has become more measurably financially successful, as well. This year promises to continue the tradition with “Sip, Sample and 007,” a James Bond, spy-inspired evening that will be as unforgettable and eternal as ‘Diamonds Are Forever’.


    Be sure to read the “Member in the News” section of the Newsletter where this month we shine a light on a Monday Club member who is a passionate advocate for the oral education of hearing-impaired children.


    In appreciation, 


    Jennifer Alderman


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