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Causes: Women, Womens Service Clubs

Mission: To engage in cultural, educational, community, and charitable pursuits including the awarding of scholarships to students at san jose state university; and to preserve our landmark clubhouse.

Programs: We set a new record for our charitable giving with more than $21,000 granted in scholarships and cash donations to local charities and the breast cancer fund. We gave $5,000 to the tower foundation for academic scholarships, which were awarded to three sjsu students. We awarded $2,500 to our vocal scholar competition winner. We gifted $3,000 to various local charities including 13th street cats, womens gathering place, hope services, silicon valley reads, next door solutions, opera san jose, san jose chamber orchestra, san jose day nursery, sempervirens fund and the san jose international piano competition. We donated more than $7,400 to the breast cancer fund and $3,500 to pathways health and home hospice in memory of lani luthard. Our be a dear section donated over $10,000 worth of bras to shelters and other nonprofit organizations. In addition to our cash donations, we donated or subsidized the use of our clubhouse to many local non-profit organizations for their banquets, fundraisers, holiday parties and movie nights. The campus community neighborhood association, horace mann neighborhood association, the filipino american chamber of commerce, the hispanic chamber of commerce , latina success network, preservation action council of san jose, san jose international piano competition, the sjsu music department, sjsu opera theater, the santa clara chapter of the national league of american pen women and sunday assembly of silicon valley have all used the clubhouse this past year. In addition we added some new friends like project heal, old orchard school, building peaceful families and alexa caf. Our newest section, be a dear and donate a brassiere (bad) supports women in transition and has fun at the same time. Members collect undergarments for women in transition and host fun-draisers, help women select bras at bra distribution events and participate in a mod project (makeover day) at a local shelter. Bad got off to a slow start last year because of their involvement in the womens gathering place. The womens gathering place is a start up nonprofit cooperative between the 1st presbyterian church in san jose and caring women. Sunday assembly silicon valley meets monthly at the clubhouse, fulfilling a long-term goal of finding a regular sunday client for the clubhouse. Community building events:we had a full year of fun, community events last year, beginning with the naglee park 4th of july parade, the ice cream social in august, the new member mixer in september and the vocal scholarship concert in october. The bad section added a new event to our line up; oktobrafest. It was well attended considering the late start in planning it. We had such great fun we will be doing it again. The holiday season was especially festive this year. Brian gryder headed up the decorating committee for the christmas tree for christmas in the park. Our annual all club holiday potluck, hosted by the antiques section and the holiday 411 mixology and cookie exchange were both popular. The gingerbread house decorating party, chaired by cici green, was taken to a new level with the organization skills of lynda sereno. Betty sleeths band, the sail away ladies, provided music and a sing along. Betina pope of la luna sucre judged the house decorating contest for us, and the winners received christmas baskets. We filled the ballroom and made enough money to help fund our charitable contributions. In january, lynda sereno hosted lunafest and raised more than $19,000 for that was split with the breast cancer fund, pathways health and home hospice and our charitable giving program. This popular event featured womens short films, wine, food, and an auction for premium seating. March was our opera luncheon, vocal scholarship competition and irish night. . Anne andrews chaired the luncheon with the help of many but most notably jeanne mccann and frank fiscalini. It was a tribute to irenedalis. Alice gosak garys themed table decorations were spectacular and so was the event, which raised record funds for our scholarship program. Anne andrews and her committee will be honored at the silicon valley philanthropy day awards luncheon as the distinguished volunteer fundraisers. Save the date for the luncheon, november 20th at the santa clara convention center. The vocal scholarship competition features san jose state students singing for our vocal scholarship award. It is a wonderful event and we raised the standard this year by having all professional judges who selected laura barragan. . Irish night was very well attended. We made record funds on donations for brisk servings of irish coffee. Golden state ramblers entertained us. In april, we hosted san jose states opera orpheus in the underworld and alexa caf a girls coding camp. Our clubhouse was bussing with activity. At the end of april we took to the streets with our naglee park vintage home and garden tour. We had a great time riding around in our pedicabs provided by our sponsors. Patt curia chaired the tour which raised funds for clubhouse preservation. In june, we closed the year with the celebrity bartender night at the capital club and raised more funds

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