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

President Jennifer Alderman - Monthly Message

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  • April 25, 2019 9:09 AM | Jennifer Alderman (Administrator)

    Beloved Members,

    As May brings our club year to a close, it is also time for a change in leadership. It has truly been an honor to be President of such a special and historic club for the past two years. The collaborative, innovative, and smart women who have dedicated their time and energy to make our programs, meetings and fundraisers their absolute best, have been a constant inspiration to me. We would not exist today without your strong commitment to the values and principles upon which The Monday Club was founded. 

    It feels like the perfect time to reflect on all that our small but mighty Monday Club accomplished this past year. The membership should be terrifically proud of their fundraising efforts on behalf of The Monday Club (TMC) and The Monday Clubhouse Conservancy (TMCC). Those efforts raised funds for TMCC Fine Arts Awards and Raising A Reader programs, and provided donations of cash and needed supplies to Stand Strong. Our December Holiday Boutique was the most successful to date and helped to support TMC materially and provided Stand Strong with a trove of holiday gifts for mothers and their children. 

    We broke ground on our long-awaited and planned for construction project in January and are on schedule for completion by June 30. While the annual Sip and Sample events have supported this effort, what has been TREMENDOUS is the support that the membership has shown towards this important and long-overdue project. Your generosity and caring have shown San Luis Obispo our strength and the intent of The Monday Club and The Monday Clubhouse Conservancy, and have set an example for the community to follow. 

    In closing, I want to thank each of you for your friendship and commitment. I look forward to the 2019-2020 club year and working together, but this time, in a non-board member capacity.

    With gratitude,


  • March 19, 2019 6:33 PM | Jennifer Alderman (Administrator)

    Beloved Members,

    The new addition is taking shape and, despite even more rain, the project is on schedule! The exterior walls and fascia match and recede into the non-historic 1950s kitchen addition, allowing the historic Clubhouse to retain center stage. Don’t miss Erin Pottmeyer’s latest photos documenting the construction in the Building and Grounds section of the newsletter. 

    Speaking of center stage, the Fine Arts Awards Classical and Jazz Music Competition is Sunday, March 24, 3:00 p.m. at the SLO Nazarene Church. The talent and abilities of the students participating are inspirational and the event is thoroughly enjoyable and enriching. The Visual Arts Award- winner’s work will be exhibited, refreshments will be served and there is no charge to attend!! 

    On Monday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. the City of San Luis Obispo Cultural Heritage Committee will review The Monday Clubhouse Conservancy’s request for a Mills Act Contract.

    The Mills Act is a state law allowing cities to enter into contracts with the owners of historic structures. Such contracts require a reduction of property taxes in exchange for the continued preservation of the property. Property taxes are recalculated using a formula in the Mills Act and Revenue and Taxation Code.

    Please come to the meeting to show your support for this effort (City Hall, 990 Palm Street, SLO).

    Finally, the April 8 General Meeting will be busy with Board elections, Capital Campaign updates and a program featuring the FAA music and art winners! I look forward to seeing you there!

    With gratitude,

    Jennifer Alderman

  • February 20, 2019 8:00 AM | Jennifer Alderman (Administrator)

    Beloved Members,

    The construction project continues apace. In spite of the seemingly endless rain, the foundation for the new addition was completed and the exterior framing has begun. The non-historic portico was removed from the Andrews Street entrance and the beautiful architecture on that side of the building can now be better admired and appreciated (see image in the Building and Grounds newsletter section). The replacement of the original, and scarily unsafe, electrical wiring in the historic clubhouse is on schedule for timely completion. Overall, things are moving forward as expected. 

    I am happy to share with you that we achieved our $100,000 fundraising goal that was announced in the February newsletter and at the General Meeting. This is a direct result of the generosity of our Monday Club membership who continue to show their support and understanding of the importance of this preservation and restoration project. Behind the scenes, there has been quite a bit of teamwork on the part of the Board and the entire Capital Campaign Committee. Thanks to all who made it happen. 

    The effort continues and we will announce our next fundraising goal and strategy at the March General Meeting.

    With gratitude,

    Jennifer Alderman

  • 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

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