Thursday, June 18, 2015

June 15 Meeting

A very short recap of our meeting at Rocco’s earlier in the week as tomorrow I’m headed out of Dodge for a month and my to-do list is a mile long.  It was just a small group who were able to make the meeting, but it was good fun. Thanks to Nancy for taking notes.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to ask you all to do as much as possible to help Karen as she holds down the fort, handling everything from pulling to set-ups to correspondence during my absence.  Our committees have been doing a fine job of ensuring that the families we help are well-provided for but can always use more volunteers.  If you’re interested in signing up for one of these committees, contact the gals below:

Shopping Committee:  Teresa Rosati-Royer

Persiahble Committee:  Andrea Palella or
Becca Barkin

Non-Perishable Committee:  Patty Colvig or
Catherine Grasso

Saturday Morning Bin Goddess Committee:
Nancy Hanson

Pulling Committee:  Karen Sherwood and a special thank you to Rebecca Franco for the great pulling she did for the set-ups while Karen was gone.

Set-up Committee:  Linda Ilsley

Our Mother’s Day card drive was a great success this year and many thanks to those of you who make this such a key part of our annual fundraising efforts.  We have had some interest in non-mother's day cards and only a few days ago a friend called me and asked if we could send one of our flower cards to some family friends who had recently lost their mother.  She made a donation to TWC and I sent the card off.  So that got us to talking at the meeting (and we have chatted about it before) that it would be great to have more vellum printed with simple messages inside such as: Thank You, Celebrate!, Thinking of You, Congratulations, Happy Birthday (etc) and then maybe, closer to the holidays, a wintry theme.  Deborah Ackrich has some great snow cards she’s going to share with us.  Noelle Berman, do you think you could help us with some more vellum printing!? We also talked about selling cards at meetings ($5 each)  or bundling them and selling sets.  

In the last year, children have become more involved with TWC and we all agree that is pretty wonderful, but that led us to chatting about the possibility of perhaps creating (with the help of moms with kids still at home) a Topanga Children’s Circle.  This would be a direct offshoot of TWC and we would fund projects the kids could be involved with such as creating art and craft boxes, but we would love to hear ideas the kids might have. We all agreed that it was great that the children are keen to help and would love to hear from parents about any ideas they might have to encourage this community activism among the young.  Perhaps a child could write an article for The Messenger about the formation of this group.  Something to think about anyway. 

Our next meeting will be in mid-September and we would like for you to consider asking a friend who has shown some interest in TWC to come to this meeting.  Consider it a yummy dinner and membership drive.

And finally, The Topanga Film Festival is just around the corner and this Friday there’s a special event at Teresa and Bruce Royer’s beautiful home, Tuscali Mountain Inn.

An invitation is extended to TWC members to join them at Tuscali for a ‘Friends of the Fest’ appreciation event.

Friday, June 19th, 7:00-9:30 pm
Hors d'oeuvres reception
Entertainment by Topanga Symphony Quartet

While there is no charge for this event, consider it a good opportunity to get your ‘Friends of the Fest’ pass. 

Please RSVP: or

A portion of the event will be outside.