Spring has finally sprung!   As I write this message, I am finally seeing blue skies.  I have  heard from many longtime residents that this was the most wet winter in recent memory.   Personally, I am ready for Spring!   

We had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day party and general meeting at the beautiful home of Virginia Perry.  Thank you, Virginia, for hosting us once again!  Bonnie McGuinness outdid herself with the menu, including homemade corned beef and cabbage.  Wonderful appetizers and desserts were provided by board members.  Enjoy the photos of the party courtesy of Leslie Jeffries, our new newsletter editor.  The incoming board for 2019/20 was approved by the members.  I want to welcome two new members of the board, Gisela Schecter, who will work on programs with Sue Perls, and Becca Simmons, who will take over hospitality for Teri Mallon.   I want to thank Teri and Jeannette Young for their service on the board for the past several  years.    I also want to thank new member, Gayle Means, for volunteering to be our “Helping Hands” person, taking over for Joan Kersten.  Thank you, Joan, for your many years of providing this thoughtful service to our members.   

The other item of business was approval of the scholarships and charities that the club will be supporting this year.  Scholarship and The complete slate of board members for 2019/20 and the charities that will be beneficiaries of donations to be made at our May 16th  general meeting.  Thank you, Kris Birge, our new recording secretary for providing the minutes for the March general meeting.

 While on the subject of donations, the Coastside Women’s Club will be participating in Coastside Gives for the first time this year.  The theme this year is “Give Where you Live.”  This is a 24-hour annual giving day beginning at midnight May 2nd.  Prizes are awarded to the charity that has the most donors in a specified period of time.  We will be sending reminders to our members throughout the day requesting  donations.  Remember, CWC is a registered charity so your donations are tax exempt and will go towards scholarships for deserving Half Moon Bay High School students.   Thank you to Sharon Weight and Leslie Jeffries for organizing our participation in this event.

Lastly, please mark your calendars for our final general meeting of the year on May 16th.  We will be enjoying a delicious lunch at Mullins Bar and Grill.  We will also welcome the new board for next year and make our donations to the selected charities.  So please join us!

 In friendship,

Judy Kocher