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

President Jennifer Alderman - Monthly Message

  • November 21, 2017 9:12 AM | Linda Wilson (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 | Jennifer Alderman (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

  • September 16, 2017 4:05 PM | Jennifer Alderman (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    Our Monday Club membership is now 107 women strong.We are an accomplished, diverse and award-winning group that includes an architect, attorney, caterer, doctor, floral designers, food and lifestyle blogger, landscape designer, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologist, realtors, retirees, small (and large) business owners, stay-at-home moms, teachers, volunteers and a wine industry professional. Plus more!

    We have been making great things happen for 92 years. An example that comes to mind is of one of our stay-at-home Moms, whose achievements as a volunteer included producing a long-running Summer School program that had been established in 1978 after Proposition 13 abruptly ended the district-run program. This entailed administering a $250,000 budget for a six-week, 800-student, 1st - 8th grade inclusive program. 

    There are many other stories of success and accomplishment, but we don't know them all. If you know of a member whose talents or abilities should be shared in an upcoming newsletter, please let me know. And, be sure to read the "Member in the News" section of the Newsletter where this month you will learn more about one member's passion for plein air oil painting. 

    In appreciation, 

    Jennifer Alderman

  • August 25, 2017 1:49 PM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    I hope you have all had a wonderful summer. With September comes the first General Meeting of the 2017-2018 Monday Club year. The Board and I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, September 11. 

    As excited as I am about the new Club year, I am sorry to report that the two old incense cedar trees that flank the walk to the Monterey Street entrance of The Monday Club are dying and must be removed. In the original Julia Morgan rendering there are no large trees shown in front of our building. The trees are thought to have been planted around the time building construction was completed in 1934 and are on the City of San Luis Obispo Master Tree List, along with two other incense cedars (closer to the building) that are, fortunately, still healthy and not slated for removal.


    Librocedrus decurrens the Incense Cedar tree, is native to the Sierra Nevadas in California. In that cooler environment, with more rainfall, the trees are long-lived - often in excess of 500 years. However, in drier, warmer San Luis Obispo the life expectancy is closer to 80-100 years.

    While it will be sad to see our old friends go, one positive thing to look forward to is that our beautiful building will no longer be partially hidden and will once again take center stage.

    Speaking of the stage, please don’t miss The Monday Clubhouse Conservancy production of ‘Becoming Julia Morgan’ an award-winning play of the architect’s life by playwright Belinda Taylor on October 6, 7 and 8 at The Monday Club.

    In appreciation,

    Jennifer Alderman, President

  • June 14, 2017 3:14 PM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

    The Monday Club is small but mighty! Since being formed in 1925, we have contributed to the betterment of the San Luis Obispo community in a myriad of ways. We can all take pride in our outreach programs, which have grown with us throughout our 92 years, and in our role as stewards of our historic building. Currently the Club, in conjunction with the newly-formed Monday Clubhouse Conservancy, funds awards in music and the arts to high school students, supports the Women's Shelter with non-cash and cash donations, and participates in the national Raising A Reader program, supplying both volunteers and monetary assistance. More information on our Club's rich history and volunteer efforts may be found in your yearbook and on the website.

    The Board of Directors, along with the Chair and Event Coordinators, are busy working on the general meeting programs, yearbook and fundraisers for the 2017-2018 Club year. We are excited about the programs and events that are being planned and look forward to sharing more about them in the August newsletter as well as in the new yearbook which will be completed in time for distribution at the September general meeting. 

    In closing, it is an honor and a privilege to serve as the 69th President of The Monday Club of San Luis Obispo. I became a member in 2010 shortly after moving to San Luis Obispo from New York City. Being new in town, my membership in the Monday Club quickly made me feel part of the community and I have forged strong friendships here.  I am confident that in our shared commitment to community service, we will always meet with purpose on common ground.  I look forward to working with you in the year ahead. Please free to contact me with your questions or concerns or just to say hello at aldermanja@gmail.com or by phone at:  646-515-1504.

    In appreciation, 

    Jennifer Alderman, President

  • April 12, 2017 11:06 AM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

    With the “passing of the gavel”, comes the close of the year. We should feel it was a truly successful year. I know I will look back with memories and take away many special gifts from the membership of our club.

    As we express gratitude, as we listen and contribute, remember we are all connected, we do have so much to learn from each other. My theme for the year has come full circle  – contribute, and you did! I saw so many wonderful friends and members commit and contribute to our projects and special events to make The Monday Club shine and stand out in our community.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Our chief want in life is someone who will make us do what we can.” Your Board of Directors certainly did that for me. What sets this Board apart has been their unwavering standards for success. They continue to move TMC forward. They showed thoughtfulness in areas of membership, fund raising, leadership in their roles, creativity, passion for our building through maintenance and care, and personal growth in relationships with each other and members of your club. They are all models for success. Their friendship has been a motivating factor through out my presidency.

    As I close my year I want to use two of the most powerful words I know. Two simple words. To those who have stepped up and served this year and to those members I have had the chance to get to know better, THANK YOU. They are simple but contain the power to express everything.

    To each and every member and especially to those special people within our organization who have so graciously and competently fulfilled their jobs. To each of you my heartfelt thanks for a job well done.

    My best, 


  • March 15, 2017 9:51 AM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

    As we dry out, spring breezes bring the smell of wild flowers, fresh green grasses, mowed hay fields, tilled rich soil, and bud break and blossoms on fruit trees and vines. Spring is a good motivator!

    Spring Forward….catching up for the hour lost

    Spring Cleaning…..tidying a drawer, a closet, a file or two

    Spring Outside…..hike, enjoy your yard, get out and about

    Spring Forth….our planted bulbs begin to show their color

    Spring into Action.

    After the March General Meeting several members approached Board members to have us consider sponsoring young people in response to the passionate PACE program. Earlier in September I posed a question: "Could you recite our mission statement?" It appears on our monthly slides each meeting. Could you do it right now?

    Your program committee under the direction of the First Vice President does a wonderful job of bringing programs to us that cover a broad variety of thoughtful, emotional, informative, and educational topics. This year, as stated, the goal was to expose our members to programs and ideas outside of TMC which might inspire their hearts to participate with and/or support a variety of philanthropic organizations. Thus far, we have had the privilege of hearing program speakers, representatives, and founders of organizations that do INSPIRE us to take action.

    But understand that the membership as well as the Board of Directors are charged with our mission statement: "To enhance the educational, civic, social and cultural quality of the San Luis Obispo community." Let us not forget to step up and help to this end FIRST as a Club. Yes, there are other ways we can contribute and should do so if the desire is strong. But I challenge you to remember why you are a member. Dig into the history of our club and it's list of accomplishments. You will be recharged and inspired.

    Both the TMC and TMCC mission statements reflect our goals well. They are a covenant with the public’s trust, and our promise of the work we do for this community. The mission statements help us focus and be clear about our work to achieve the goals we have set. They set parameters to help us not undermine our impact. For TMC, that impact is the enrichment of the community of San Luis Obispo. It is wonderful to hear from many of you who may be inspired to reach out to our speakers on your own. We would love to hear from you, if you are willing to share your participation with us in the future.

    For a moment, ponder and remember why you are a member. We are stewards of this building. We are the reflections of those who made strides before us. We will make that community difference they sought to achieve. Spring into Action – Volunteer – Make TMC matter – Say Yes to TMC. 

    A thought for you:     

    Coming together is a Beginning.

    Keeping together is Progress.

    Working together is Success.

     - - Henry Ford- -    

  • February 14, 2017 11:18 AM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

    TMC…...Brewed with Tradition, Kindness, and Love

    I'm sitting over a cup of tea, having just come back from dropping my granddaughter back home. She had spent the night and we had time together making applesauce.

    The tea is too hot, yet it warms my hands, and its fragrance coaxes my soul. It's my favorite blend and can soothe and comfort me. I slowly stir in a teaspoon of honey, and keep stirring until it is all blended in. I study the roses and ivy that entwine on the saucer and smile as my thoughts drift...

    This is TMC. Like my favorite cup, it's on the shelf for a while, then we take it down, admire it and fill it to the brim with love, caring, leadership and kindness while sharing creative thoughts and goals. When we fill the cup as we plan, share, or start a project there are times when we don't see eye to eye and things can heat up. But what warmth we feel when we put ourselves aside and let the steam carry us past our concerns and guide us back to our concerns for others. We must remember to pour slowly, and listen so it will not crack. When we do it right we seem to have just the right blend. Let our friendships and thoughts of our beautiful community and our remarkable building sweeten the cup as we stir them in.

    ...It's cooled off now and I will drink and enjoy one sip at a time.

  • January 17, 2017 11:09 AM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)


    Down come the Valentine boxes. I was getting them down for my granddaughter so she could dive into the supplies and create those spectacular Valentines for her friends and family – little did I know I was really opening the box for me. I balanced them on the floor near the closet, as I jumped off the step stool. I fully intended to let them sit unopened for a while, since I had more important daily chores to attend to. As I straddled the boxes, and closed the closet door, my heel caught the lid of one, and the top slid off.

    The phone was ringing it its usual tone of urgency, the family parrot was squawking needing attention, it was starting to rain once again, and I still wasn't dressed for the appointment I had schedule so early. I let the phone go and bent down instead to tug at a ribbon that had been caught for sometime in the lid of the box. At the end of the simple satin white ribbon was a ceramic heart. It looked very much like a glazed gingerbread cookie with white frosting. On the back were the initials "AAR" carved into the back. I had added the year with a permanent marker - 1986. Again the phone….I let it go and began to read the handmade Valentines that had been mixed lovingly together in layers and stored over the years. My lashes were soon moist as I would open each one and let the words and drawings tug at my heartstrings.

    We have to make room for memories, learn to discipline ourselves to put aside the urgent in favor of the truly important. We used to ties strings around our fingers to remember things, why not make bows from the memories that tug at our heartstrings. Each time you read, see, or hear something that tugs at your heartstrings grab onto the ends, tie them in a bow and wrap a special memory for your heart. It would be your own Valentine, a love letter to open again and again.

    To get you started close your eyes and remember how you feel every time we come together as a club to support the young preschoolers through Raising a Reader. Picture the women who are uplifted after finding a safe place with support at the Women's Shelter Program. Reflect on the docent tour you had a chance to give to a couple who returned 17 years after their marriage here to share the clubhouse and beautiful grounds with their children. Remember when you were moved to be able to hear the talent of the young musicians or talk to one of the young artists who's smiles shone on our stage as we were able in some small way to encourage and support their futures with our Fine Arts Awards.

    As I went out the door for the appointment I tied the satin ribbon and ceramic heart around my neck. I smiled as I secured the bow and added it to my special heartstring memories of a special gift hand made by my daughter, the loving mother of my granddaughter.

  • December 15, 2016 6:31 PM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

    As This Year Passes

    Were you captivated, inspired, encircled by the spirit of the holidays? How our Monday Clubhouse beamed with the holiday spirit last meeting! Thank you to all of you who spend hours lovingly preparing for the elegant Holiday Boutique. It was a beautiful reflection to the public of who we are. The youth choirs lifted us as their carols filled our rafters, voices of the young people who will guide our future. Your generous hearts filled Santa's bag with hope for the Women's Shelter.

    Now another year passes.

    Ahead I see many moments of friendship, ongoing sharing as working hands come together on our committees, pausing a moment with friends and family over a cup of tea, greeting new members over a glass of wine, and supporting our community youth as they advance their skills in the arts. 

    For now a Holiday Wish List for You:


    Cherished Moments

    Relations and Family


    Traditions Celebrated

    Kindness of Deed

    Joys of Giving

    Dreams and Adoration

    Wrapping and Baking

    Songs and Laughter

    Love and Hugs

    Delight and Embrace



    Reflections of Love

    And may your holidays burn brightly, and the traditions you keep be close to your heart and fill you and yours with special memories…..

    Happy Holidays - see you all as we begin our New Year!

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