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The Carmel Valley Women's 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.
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A Message from our President

Top of the day to you!  While it's very green outside it's not feeling very spring-like yet.  Our Club, however, is "springing" into action with more social activities, a couple of great luncheons, and our Foundation's annual drive to raise funds for our Scholarships.  We started off the month with a fabulous lunch at Baja Cantina, with an empowering speech from Monica Abbott, two time Olympic Silver Medalist, and record-holder of the fastest recorded softball pitch (at 77 mph....whew!). We're continuing March with Bingo at Hacienda and a Wine and Talk event at Twisted Roots Winery later in the month. But most importantly, please ,consider donating generously to our Scholarship Fund this year.  We all know how important it is to support these women who have achieved so much all ready, and want to achieve so much more.  College is an important route to success, and we can help them so much.

And don't forget to order Easter goodies from our Online See's Candy Store.  Order by 3/23 for Easter delivery.

As always ladies, I would love to hear from you with your ideas and thoughts for our beloved club. The board of directors of our club and I, your President, are always looking for new ways to engage with our members and make all of our events fun and memorable.

Warm regards,
Kathy Kaminski

March is Women's History Month


CVWCFoundation Scholarship Fund

And thinking about Women's History, it's been 74 years since the Carmel Valley Women's Club began fundraising for scholarships for outstanding women of Carmel Valley seeking a higher education.  This Club and its associated Foundation have supported the dreams of many women, whether new high school graduates, continuing college students or those older women returning to college.  Our scholarships directly support tuition payments, and as they are managed through the Community Foundation for Monterey County, we know that our donations are appropriately disbursed and tracked.
Now through April will be our fund drive and we hope that you will give generously to this excellent cause.  Our CVWC Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity, and all donations should be made to the Foundation.   Members will receive letters and addressed envelopes to mail-in donations, or you may bring donations to our April Luncheon.  For credit card donations you may


We thank you for your support of education and our Scholarship recipients..

And here's a nice article from the Carmel Valley High School Newspaper on scholarships that mentions our scholarship

Early Evening Event: Wine and Talk -  Weds. Mar 22


Wednesday, March 22
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Twisted Roots Wine Tasting Room
12 Del Fino Place
Carmel Valley

$10 Entry Fee
at the door
Limited to the first 40 who reserve

Josh and Julie Ruiiz will host us for an evening of wine and nibbles and a talk by Josh on the history of his family's vineyards and winemaking in Carmel Valley.  The Ruizes have had a vineyard since 1918 in the area, and have been making wine since 2005, with a commitment to hand-crafted, sustainable and green wines.

100% of the entry fee and 20% of all sales of wines by the glass and bottle will be donated to our Foundation for the Scholarship Fund.

To reserve contact Judy Tschirgi by phone (610) 324-1361 or EMAIL

and we're looking for a few volunteers to bring hors d'oeuvres....

Save the Date - Wednesday, April 5 Luncheon


Everybody's Favorite is Back
This time with separate small tables!!

Woody's at the Airport
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Weds., April 5

Reserve Online Now

Support our Scholarship Fund
Empower other Women
Hear from past Scholars and the Community Foundation

Breaking records and empowering women - March Lunch


Two-time silver medalist in Softball, all time fastest softball pitcher (77 mph...whew!), ground-breaking career firsts, Monica Abbott has done it all, including learning Japanese while she lived and worked in Japan for 14 years. Our Club had a delightful lunch at Baja Cantina hearing about her exploits, but mostly about how she encouraged herself to stretch, lean forward, take risks and expand her horizons. This is the advice she gives now to countless people, including young female athletes who she supports through her own scholarships. If you didn't get a chance to meet this this charming and motivating leader, you can learn all about her in her new book about to be published: Rise and Shine: The Monica Abbott Story.


Ocean AI to the rescue - February Lunch

Friday's Luncheon featured Dr. Kakani Katija, bioengineer and lead researcher of the Bioinspiration Lab at MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute). Dr. Katija provided a fascinating overview of what artificial intelligence promises for scientists who study the deep ocean and provide data to inform policy about protecting the ocean environment. She explained how the "Blue Economy", an economy based on the sea, such a aquaculture, energy production, and sea-mining, is rapidly advancing and outstripping the ability of policymakers to guide its careful development relative to the environment. The few laboratories in the world who gather data through video of the deep ocean and the ocean floor are drowning in 100s of thousands hours of video production, with no alternative to humans slowly viewing it to process it. Dr. Kaktija's lab is working on Artificial Intelligence tools to automate these processes. She described 3 of these tools, including one, a game called Fathomverse, that will allow science buffs, school kids, video fans and the like to help identify cool sea creatures thereby helping train the AI algorithms. The other tools, , an image database, and (not yet available), are tools for other scientists to share their data and processes.

And best of all, Dr. Katija has become a member of the CVWC, so we can easily track the progress of her work going forward. Please welcome Kakani to our club!

It's all in the Family - January Luncheon

2022 January Luncheon
Who minded the wind and rain on January 4 when we dined at Shearwater Tavern and listened in fascination to Dr. Daniel Luba.  He described his work with the Monterey County medical establishment to put in place a consistent and well-executed process to screen patients for potential hereditary cancer syndromes.  This allows patients to choose to do genetic testing and become educated and informed about their own and their family's likelihood of an inheritable cancer.  When caught early most of these cancers can be prevented from developing into more serious cases.   Dr. Luba was a great speaker and was bombarded with questions following his presentation.  If you are interested in more information go to the Project DNA webpage.  You will also find a link there to calculate your TYRER-CUZICK SCORE, a tool to calculate a person's likelihood of carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations.

2022 Holiday Extravaganza - What a wonderful time

December 7 saw the banquet room at Rancho La Cañada transformed into a sparkling marketplace.  Side tables lined the walls with goodies to bid on, gorgeous centerpieces graced the dining tables, and 70 members and guests helped make our holiday fundraiser memorable  Many, many thanks to Kathy Kaminski and Laura Warren for their leadership in organizing all aspects of our signature event, and to Kathy, especially, for her decorating prowess with all the auction items and the centerpieces. And a special thanks to Bill Kaminski for all his help in the background. Thanks to the many members who assisted with their donations, and our volunteers Renee Wagner (and Bruce Wagner too!), Gayle Paul, Susan McFarland, Pinkie Terry, and Marly Auerbach who assisted with pricing, transporting, arranging, and clean-up.  Thanks to Les and PinkieTerry for their ever-ready support lending us space at Los Laureles Lodge for our set-up.  Thanks to Cynthia Rivera, Connie Hong-Smith, Les Terry, Pinkie Terry, June Dawson and Judy Tschirgi for staffing the welcoming and sales tables.  And thanks to Linda Arroz for arranging for Jenifer Solano and her parents to attend.  Our apologies to anyone who was left out.
2022 Holiday Extravaganza

Thanks to our Sponsor of the Month


Thanks to all our Sponsors