Happy 4th of July!

I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself as your new President of the Coastside Women’s Club. Firstly I want to give a huge vote of thanks to our outgoing President, Maria Grigorieff. Maria served 3 terms for a total of 3 years as CWC’s president and she leaves very large shoes to fill! She will continue to serve on the board as past president offering guidance to me and to the board at large. I also want to thank outgoing board member, Janet Buchalter, who served as recording secretary. We wish Janet well in her upcoming retirement in Hawaii! I want to welcome new members Fay Bigelow who will serve as recording secretary, Kris Birge, as VP Programs, working with Sue Perls, and Leslie Jeffries, who join the board as co-treasurer with Sharon Weight. Thank you ladies for stepping in to fill these positions!

We held our Spring Luncheon on May 17th at Mezza Luna restaurant. The new board members were introduced. Also, the representatives from the Charities we support attended the luncheon to report on their activities. They included Veronica Rodriguez, ALAS (Ayudando Latinos a Sonar); Fatima Soares, Coastside Hope; Jan Forslund, Moonridge Reading Stars; Alejandra Ortega, Puente de la Costa Sur; and Dirk Alvarado, Sonrisas Community Dental Center. We awarded a total of $18,500 to these deserving organizations.

On May 31st, Maria Grigorieff, representing the CWC attended the 56th Annual Local Scholarship Night. She gave out eight scholarships of $3000 each to students from Half Moon Bay High School. The students were selected by our scholarship committee, chaired by Tanya Clarke, based on financial need, as well as academic criteria. In total the CWC made donations totaling $42,500!! We should be extremely proud of the difference we are making in the lives of our fellow coastsiders!

As a start to our fundraising efforts for this fiscal year, Ann Toillion, VP Fundraising, organized the 3rd annual Tennis Tournament on June 3rd. Working with tennis pro Kevin Harrington, it built on the success of the first two events and raised a total of over $3000! Over 60 participants enjoyed the competition and fabulous food prepared by Ann and her team of hardworking volunteers. These included Bonnie McGuiness, Sharon and Dave Weight, Teri Mallon, Sue Perls, Jeannette Young, Linda Estrella, Maria Grigorieff, and Jeff and Carrie Toillion.

Please save the date for our kick off Fall Luncheon to be held on Thurs. Sept. 20th. Details will be provided in the Aug. newsletter.

As the 1959 song by The Tempos says, “See You in September”!

Judy Kocher, President