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

President Jennifer Alderman - Monthly Message

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  • January 29, 2019 3:30 PM | Jennifer Alderman (Administrator)

    Beloved Members,


    On January 21, 2019, our long anticipated construction project started! The contractor is going great guns and we are excited by how much work has already been accomplished.


    As you know, the Capital Campaign (CC) is funding the construction project, so raising funds for the CC has become an all-consuming and urgent effort for the Board of Directors and CC committee. Our most immediate need is to raise $200,000, so we are thrilled to announce that The Monday Clubhouse Conservancy is the recipient of a Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust grant in the amount of $100,000! A huge help to be sure, but this leaves $100,000 still to be raised and we need the help of our membership.


    In the coming days we will be reaching out to ask each and every member to make a contribution to this huge effort to preserve and restore our very special Clubhouse and grounds. 


    The Board of Directors and the Capital Campaign committee look forward to discussing this in further detail at next Monday’s General Meeting. 


    With gratitude,


    Jennifer Alderman


  • December 26, 2018 6:41 PM | Jennifer Alderman (Administrator)

    Beloved Members,


    I hope you are all enjoying the last lovely days of 2018.


    In January 2019, as we begin a new year, we also begin our exciting construction project at The Monday Club.


    Undertaking this important renovation project will preserve our historic building and, importantly, make the premises legally compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act by adding accessible restrooms and an accessible entrance.  Additionally, a new water-wise landscape will rejuvenate the gardens, making them more enjoyable to our members and more desirable as an income-generating rental venue.


    The costs involved for this project greatly exceed our ability to fundraise as we normally would through our wonderful club events. Therefore, we ask that you please consider making a donation to The Monday Clubhouse Conservancy as one of your first good deeds of 2019. Our beloved clubhouse needs our help and any amount is greatly appreciated. 


    Levels of giving are:


    Sponsor: $100-$999

    Major Donor:  $1,000-$9,999

    Angel: $10,000 and above


    To donate online, please go to: https://www.themondayclubslo.org/TMCC. Or, make your donation by check to: 


    The Monday Clubhouse Conservancy

    P.O. Box 167

    San Luis Obispo, CA 93406


    The Monday Clubhouse Conservancy is a 501(c)3 Public Benefit Charitable Foundation Tax ID 95-1679677


    All donors will receive recognition on our website and in our monthly newsletters. Major Donors and Angels will be recognized with an inscribed placard on our donor wall.


    The future of our historic San Luis Obispo gem is in your hands and heart!  

     

    With gratitude,


    Jennifer Alderman


  • November 19, 2018 8:26 AM | Jennifer Alderman (Administrator)

    Dear Members,


    Thanksgiving is a wonderful reminder for me of the things that make life good - family, friends, community, foremost among them. The Monday Club is most certainly included on my list. I am thankful that I belong to a historic women’s club with a multi-talented, interesting and big-hearted membership. I am thankful that this Fall, together, we have successfully fundraised in support of Stand Strong/Rise, TMCC Fine Arts Awards Program, the national Raising a Reader Program and, very close to my heart, the restoration of our beloved and very special Julia Morgan designed Clubhouse (nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 2016). The Club year is not quite half-over and look at what we have accomplished! Wow!


    Please consider including The Monday Clubhouse Conservancy in your plans for end of year giving. The Monday Clubhouse Conservancy is a 501(c)3 Public Benefit Charitable Foundation TAX ID 95-1679677. I would be happy to meet with you to discuss this further.


    In gratitude, 


  • October 22, 2018 11:46 AM | Jennifer Alderman (Administrator)

    Dear Members,


    There are exciting goings on at The Monday Club this Fall! The month of October will end with Sip, Sample and Sari on Saturday, October 27. Everyone involved in the meticulous planning of this Indian-themed fundraiser is on pins and needles with anticipation for the day to come and the fun to start!


    There are still a few tickets left, if you are interested in being part of this not-to-be-missed event please click here.


    By mid-November, we will receive the contractor bids for our upcoming construction project. This is serious business but also moves The Monday Clubhouse Conservancy towards our goal of a early new year 2019 construction start date. 


    We will be sharing easy ways that the membership can help with the effort at our December general meeting.


    With gratitude, 


  • September 21, 2018 4:57 PM | Jennifer Alderman (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 | Jennifer Alderman (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 | Jennifer Alderman (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 | Jennifer Alderman (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 | Jennifer Alderman (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 | Jennifer Alderman (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


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