Dear Friends, 

Kudos, congratulations, and high praise go to everyone who made our Great Gatsby Gala a fabulous success. Virginia Perry chaired the event; Ann Toillion worked her magic on the design and decorations; Judy Kocher and Sue Perls organized the live & silent auctions; and many others contributed their talents, donated auction items, sold tickets, and put in the many hours that are required. The decorations, costumes, music, dancers, and great auction items all contributed to an evening to be remembered.

Our end of the year luncheon is just around the corner. This year we will celebrate at MezzaLuna on May 17th, where new friends and old will enjoy great conversations, excellent food, meet our new Board of Directors, and hear a few words from the charities who are receiving our $3,000 grants. The cost is $35, and you can pay by mail or online.  Also, it is time to renew your membership.  The annual cost is $40 before July 15th, and $45 if renewed later.     

We have a new date for our 3rd annual tennis tournament,  Sunday, June 3rd. We are partnering with the Half Moon Bay Tennis Academy, but our scholarship fund will receive the proceeds. There are both men’s & women’s doubles, and we encourage you to play or come cheer your favorite player on to victory.  

Attention Amazon shoppers! Did you know that you can donate 0.5% of the money you spend at Amazon to the Coastside Women’s Club at no cost to you? If you go to smile.amazon.com you will be prompted to select a charity from a list of organizations (the Coastside Women’s Club is on the list), and from then on, the Amazon Smile Foundation will send 0.5% of your expenditures to the CWC. Remember to access Amazon through the Amazon Smile website every time you shop. You will be able to purchase the same products at the same prices, and Amazon will donate on your behalf. Thank you, Amazon!  

Our final day trip of the year will be a visit to the Internet Archive on May 8th. The Internet Archive offers free access to books,  movies, music, and 325 billion archived web pages. Their mission is “universal access to all knowledge”, and visitors gave it a 5 star rating on Yelp. If you would like to attend, please contact Freda Jeffs or Bonnie Dunham.   

In closing, I want to thank you for the honor and privilege of  serving as your President and ask that you join me in welcoming Judy Kocher to the position. The strength of the CWC is its  members. Spring is here!  

With my best wishes,              

Maria Grigorieff