A Message from our President - Maria Grigoreiff

Dear Friends,
Fall is here, and we welcomed the new program year with a luncheon at Mezza Luna, where Dave Cresson, President of the HMB Historical Association, presented highlights of Coastside history. Did you know that Rachel Carson’s 1962 book, The Silent Spring, had an important impact upon preserving the open spaces and controlling development on the Coastside?
 
The luncheon marked the kickoff of our annual “Cup of Tea” campaign. The Cup of Tea asks our members to brew a cup of tea, reflect upon our blessings, and write a check (or give online) to support our scholarships and charities. Last year, we gave over $33,000 back to our community, and we want to continue to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors. If you were unable to attend the luncheon, we will ensure that your new Directory and Cup of Tea envelope are delivered.
 
The City Council voted to reduce the daytime rates for renting the Ted Adcock Center to the level we recommended, and the Wednesday Bridge group, after a 3 ½ month absence, is again playing bridge there. Thanks again to all of you who wrote letters and showed up at Council meetings. The rate rollback would not have happened without your support.
 
Please join us for our Social on October 25th at the Colony Club, where you will meet new people, renew old friendships, and enjoy a glass of wine with hors d’oeuvres. New members are particularly encouraged to attend, and there will be a special meeting at 6:00 to 6:30 pm, where new members can learn more about the CWC from Board members. We decided that finger food was more conducive to socializing, instead of a sit down dinner, but don’t worry, no one ever left a CWC event hungry.
 
This is a “gala” year, when we will focus on a large fundraiser instead of several smaller ones. The big event is the “Great Gatsby Gala” on April 14, 2018. We need donations for our auctions and women to help pull this production together. We still plan to have bridge and tennis tournaments, a paint (art) party, and Bingo. We will continue our many excursions to museums, movies, and other places of interest. One event, that we could expand, is a Coastal Repertory night, where one buys a ticket for the December 8th show, and meets other CWC friends at the theater for wine and snacks before the performance and during the intermission.
 
I hope you will join an interest group, attend the social, and volunteer! You will meet fabulous people. Enjoy!
 
Best wishes, Maria Grigorieff