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

January 2018 - Friendship

January 22, 2018 1:33 PM | Jennifer Alderman (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


  • January 23, 2018 5:49 PM | Vicki Carroll (Administrator)
    Great message! Thanks, Jen!
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    • January 23, 2018 7:32 PM | Jennifer Alderman (Administrator)
      Thanks Vicki! The importance of friendship cannot be overestimated!
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  • January 23, 2018 6:02 PM | Joyce Zorger
    I totally agree with all that you wrote about friendship. I so appreciate all the amazing women that I have connected with through The Monday Club!!
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  • January 23, 2018 6:58 PM | Martha Gutierrez
    Well said Jeniffer, cheers to the friendship among our members
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    • January 23, 2018 7:34 PM | Jennifer Alderman (Administrator)
      Martha: Yes! Cheers to The Monday Club and all it's members!
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  • January 23, 2018 7:25 PM | Nancy Reid
    Shocking to think so many suffer with chronic loneliness. Yay for the Monday Club!
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