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This year is the 75th Anniversary of The Carmel Valley Women's Club.  The Club is a social, civic, and educational organization celebrating Friendship, Education, and Community. Through friendship, its members work to support the charitable and education purposes of the Carmel Valley Women's Club Foundation.  Our monthly luncheons are the first Wednesday of the month from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm with the exception of our New Member Reception in September, our Holiday Extravaganza in December, and our spring fundraiser in April. We meet at various restaurants in the Carmel Valley area.   We also hold other monthly events in the early evenings. Membership is open to all.
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A Message from our President


Hello, Dear Fellow Members,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Corral de Tierra Country Club for our delicious and lovely luncheon.  I really enjoyed hearing our speaker, Kate Daniels, give us so much information about what is going on in our area.  I wish there had been more time, because we had a lot of great questions from our members.  It was also very nice to see so many of you at our Shop and Sip in the Village on October 27th.  I had a great time, and it seemed like those of you who were there did too.

In November we’re having another new member recruitment event, and this time, thanks to Helayne, it will be held at Markham Ranch on Tuesday, November 14th.  Helayne is also responsible for all the terrific speakers we’ve had over the last several years, and I am tremendously grateful to her for all her work to enhance our luncheons with such interesting people who inform us on so many subjects.

Our always greatly anticipated Holiday Extravaganza is being held on December 6th at Woody’s restaurant in Del Mesa, which is always beautifully decorated in December.  The venue and extravagant menu has been arranged by Gale Paul, who has been responsible for all our recent luncheons.  Thank you, Gale!  And please note that our January luncheon, which she has arranged to be held at the Yacht Club, will be held on the second Wednesday in January instead of the first, because of the holidays and people traveling.  

And one huge thanks to Judy Tschirgi, who handles all of the vexing problems that come up for a large organization, and who also works tirelessly to keep the good times coming.  She is invaluable.  And thank you all for being members, and for all the ways you contribute with your time and attendance at events.


Save the Date - December 6 Holiday Luncheon - Woody's at Del Mesa



December 6, 2023
11:30 am to 2:00 pm
Woody's at Del Mesa, Carmel
$55/per person

Come enjoy a spectacular lunch, listen

to delightful holiday tunes, and enjoy
 the companionship of your fellow members.
There will be no Silent Auction this year. Instead we will
have 3 fabulous local vendors with their wares:
Lulu's Chocolates, Quail & Olive, Michaels of Valley Florist Designs




Last day to reserve is Friday, Dec. 1

Nov. 1 Luncheon - Local Government at its finest - it's all in the planning

2023 November Lunch
Thirty three members attended lunch at the lovely Corral De Tierra Country. Club (thanks to Frankie Appling for sponsoring us and arranging the event!) to hear local government maven, Kate Daniels, speak on issues concerning Monterey County. Kate has been active civically since she was 14, following in the footsteps of her civically-engaged parents.  She spoke knowledgeably about land use, water planning, transportation, homelessness and the state of housing development.  She could impressively cite the long names of seemingly every agency in the County and the number of every legislative bill that's been passed that affects us.  Her enthusiasm and optimism for our County, and particularly our District 5, was infectious.  We all learned a lot.  
Sherie Dodsworth won the raffle and a beautiful basket donated by Star Market (thanks to Renée for getting the donation).  Our raffle this month raised $210 for the Foundation.  Way to go members!!

October 27 Shopping and Wine Tasting in Carmel Valley - So much Fun

2023 October 27 2023 Shop and Wine
A lovely autumn afternoon spent sipping wine from three Carmel Valley wineries and shopping three Carmel Valley stores - what could be finer?  Club members and the public invitees spent two hours on Friday enjoying the fine wines of Pelio Estates, I. Brand & Family, and Corral Wine Company, three of the newer wineries in the area.  Each winery was paired with a shop on Center Street to entice shoppers to spend a little extra to benefit the Carmel Valley Women's Club Foundation.  Olivia & Daisy Books hosted Pelio amidst their books and charming gifts.  Avant Garden and Home hosted I. Brand at their little bar at the front of their store chock full of jewelry, clothing, homegoods and gifts.  And Nick Leonoff, glass blower extraordinaire, hosted Corral Wine Co. outside of his studio and show-room full of beautiful glass objets d'art.  CVWCF provided cheese and crackers to accompany the wine.  Everyone attending thought it was a great event:  we recruited some new members, got good exposure for our Club and Foundation, and raised some money too (amount to be reported soon).  So a big Cheers! to all who participated.

October 4 Luncheon with Megan Mayer -We are so grateful!

2023 October Luncheon
Do you remember to thank your family, friends and colleagues for their kindnesses?  Do you get a warm glow when someone thanks you for something?  Well, that "Gratitude Bump" that increases your physical and mental well-being was the subject of Megan Mayer's presentation at our October luncheon.  Members dined on a buffet of lovely organic food from Earthbound Farms in their beautifully decorated outdoor pavillion while listening to a captivating talk by Megan.  We learned about the science behind gratitude, the 4 points of a good "thank-you" (Say "thank-you", use the person's name, say what the thanks are for, and say why it meant something to you), and the importance of training the next generations to systematically be grateful.  Needless to say, we were very grateful to Megan for her talk, and to all the members who arranged this lovely event.

And we also thank our members for supporting the Foundation through purchasing raffle tickets.  We made $205 through ticket sales this month.  Gale Paul and Peggy Dickson walked away with lovely baskets (one donated by Deb Langley and one by Megan Mayer who also deserve big thanks).

September 28 Fireside Chat with Chef Wendy Brodie  - What a delight!


11 Members joined host Brenda Davis at the White Oaks Community Center for an intimate gathering with Wendy Brodie as she reminisced about her amazing history a chef in the Carmel Area. We heard about her early time at Gardiner Tennis Club and The Preserve; about the many lessons she learned arranging huge events for Stonepine estates or a local winery; and about her later challenges in her business.  The Q&A session ranged widely from thoughts on recent kitchen technology to why you should always eat wasabi with your sushi.  And the gold-flecked chocolate fudge bars she brought were not to be missed.  We thank Wendy for her generosity in spending time with us - and welcome her as the newest member in our Club.

Sept 2023 New Member Reception -75th Anniversary Kickoff

2023 Sept New Member Event
Our New Member Reception on September 6 at Morgan Winery at the Crossroads was a huge success.  The lovely venue, a glorious day, terrific wine and excellent goodies from Reba's made for a special kickoff for our 75th anniversary.  Approximately 30 members and 8 guests attended, and we hope to see some guests come back as members soon.  Incoming President Renée Wagner welcomed all and highlighted some of the special luncheons and events, including a new "fun"draiser in April, that our members can expect this year.  We thank outgoing President Kathy Kaminski for organizing and sponsoring this very special event for us.

Thanks to all our Sponsors