Welcome to pumpkin season in Half Moon Bay! As many of you know, our little town becomes world renowned (well almost) for pumpkins in Oct. We have the Pumpkin Festival this month with thousands of visitors descending on us. While many longtime residents avoid being around during the festival, I personally find it a lot of fun and invite friends and family to visit just to partake of pumpkin beer, pumpkin ice cream and all things “pumpkin!” More importantly it is the biggest fundraiser of the year for our local nonprofit organizations. So, despite the traffic woes, I encourage you to go listen to music, enjoy turkey legs and garlic fries, and of course, do some shopping to support not only the vendors, but the shops in town as well.

I hope that those of you who attended our Sept. luncheon enjoyed themselves. Thank you to Sue Perls and Kris Birge our programs VP’s. And a big thank you to all of you who donated to our “Cup of Tea” campaign. If you were not at the luncheon, you will receive a ‘Cup of Tea” request in the mail. Please donate what you can. This tradition has been the lead off to our annual fundraising efforts. Speaking of fundraising, it was brought to my attention that some of our members received a ‘go fund me’ request via email which appeared to come from CWC. Please know that CWC does NOT send ‘go fund me’ requests EVER. It appears that this came from a hacked email address. We do two direct solicitations a year. The first is the “Cup of Tea” at our Sept. luncheon and the second is “A Time for Giving” at the Dec. Holiday luncheon. Other fundraisers are specific activities such as bridge tournaments or galas. If you are in doubt about a source of request for funds, please email me or Judy Duncan, our Technology VP, directly.

While on the subject of fundraising, we are looking to fill the Fundraising VP position on our board of directors. If you think this is something you would be interested in, please contact me, or any other board member. You would be joining a vibrant, talented and supportive group of women. If you feel that you cannot commit to a full-time board position, but you have an idea for a fundraising activity that you would be willing to chair, we would welcome your ideas or suggestions. It doesn’t have to be something elaborate, just a fun activity that could generate a little income for our charities and scholarship program. Speaking of which, we have an opening on the Charities and Scholarship committee. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact the chair of the committee, Tanya Clark.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome two new members of the board. Susie Montgelas is our Interest Group Chair. In this role she will be the liaison to the board of all of our interest groups, as well with as our members. If you have an idea for an activity, please contact Susie. The second new member of the board is our new recording secretary, Sari Ditlevsen.

We have also re-established an affiliation with the Nine & Wine golf group. If you are a golfer who would like to work on your game in a no pressure environment, and enjoy a glass of wine after nine holes, then this is the group for you. More details are provided in the newsletter.

Our beginner’s bridge lessons and duplicate bridge group has gotten off to a roaring start on Fri. afternoons at the Ted Adcock center. A big ‘thank you’ to Maria Grigorieff getting these groups organized. It was a huge undertaking, and she accomplished it superbly.

Finally, Bonnie McGuinness is investigating starting a new interest group for members who would like to become more adept at using computers and the latest technology. It would be held at our new wonderful HMB library. More details to follow as she works out what can be offered. Please mark your calendars for our Fall Social which will be held on Oct. 18th at the home of Linda Estrella. Thank you, Linda, for opening up your home for this event. In the meantime, enjoy our beautiful ‘summer’ weather this month!

In Friendship, Judy Kocher

Judy Kocher, President