A Message from our President - Maria Grigoreiff

 Happy New Year! Will the groundhog see his shadow? Spring is coming! A record 82 women attended our Holiday Luncheon at Mullins where we enjoyed good friends, the Masterworks Chorale, and delicious food. Our “Time for Giving” campaign was extremely successful. With our thanks to three “Secret Santas” who donated $5,000 in matching funds, we were able to raise over $12,000 that day for our scholarships and charities. In addition, our sale of baked goods and handmade gifts brought in another $1,200. Yesterday we received a check for $2,000 from an anonymous donor whose child had received one of our scholarships several years ago and who wanted to show his gratitude by assisting another young person. I want to thank all of you who contributed your time, talent, money, and good cheer.
 
If you haven’t signed up yet, it is not too late to RSVP to Sunny Balson, who is hosting our Jan. 25th social at her home from 6 to 8 PM. This is an opportunity to meet new friends, learn more about the CWC, and enjoy a lovely evening out.
 
If you want to try something new, play Bingo with us on Saturday, Jan. 27th. We realize that Bingo raises a few eyebrows, but everyone who has played with us seems to return for another game. In addition to cash prizes, we have a great door prize, a pair of tickets to the Mid-Peninsula Speakers Series, for Feb. 7th, where the winner will hear Astronaut Scott Kelly speak about his "Year in Space." All of the proceeds from the game will be donated to Coastside charities, and you will have fun in spite of yourself.
 
If you are interested in the arts, contact Freda Jeffs or Bonnie Dunham and sign up to visit to the Disney Museum in the Presidio on Feb. 16th. Buy a ticket for the Coastal Repertory Theatre’s Feb. 24th performance of “Sense and Sensibility,” and meet your CWC friends before the performance for a glass of wine. On Apr. 5 th, a trip to see hand blown glass at Lindsay Art Glass is planned.
 
We will have another bridge tournament at the Colony Club on Friday, Feb. 23rd that will begin at 12:30 PM with a light lunch before play begins. There will be sections for all levels of experience, Novice Pairs, Intermediate Pairs, and a duplicate bridge game. Sign up early and encourage your bridge playing friends to attend!
 
Mark your calendar for our St. Patrick’s Day celebration and General Meeting that will be on Thursday evening, Mar. 15th at the Colony Club. Planning for our Great Gatsby Gala (scheduled for Apr. 14th) is underway, and the Committee is seeking items for our live and silent auctions. If you have an item to donate, please contact Judy Kocher. All donations are tax deductable.
 
The year 2018 is here, and we are off and running.
With my best wishes, Maria Grigorieff