Firstly many thanks to Leslie and Steve Carlson for hosting our September meeting, something they've done for the past four years, this being the first time we didn't need the heat lamps. It was like an east coast evening, warm and unusually humid and just perfect for sitting outside...waterfall tumbling behind us and Koi jumping! Steve did a stellar job grilling the salmon and, as always, they made us feel so comfortable and welcome in their most magical setting. Gorgeous, big boy, Osso, was beautifully behaved and was super easy with a house full of ladies.
|Good chatter over dinner|
|And the other end of the table!|
Some things don't change and one of our volunteers commented (was it Gail Thomas?) that the best dining in Topanga routinely happens at these potluck dinners. What a great group of cooks...imaginative, nutritious and delicious with just the right amount of naughtiness (the desserts were divine!).
Perishables Committee Non Perishables
Randi Gottlieb, Chair Patty Colvig, Chair
Andrea Palella Geraldine Flaxman
Bonnie Graves Piper Norwood
Randi Gottlieb Deborah Ackrich
Debra Silbar Randi DenBesten
Shopping Committee Pull Committee
Teresa Rosati-Royer, Chair Karen Sherwood, Chair
Karen Sherwood Mary Morley
Piper Norwood Piper Norwood
Randi DenBesten Carrie Rheinfrank
Emma Murray Emma Murray
Janaki Welch Nancy Hanson
Fundraising Committee Set-Up Committee
Debra Silbar, Chair Lin Ilsley, Chair
Karla Morrison All TWC volunteers
Saturday Morning Bin Goddess Committee
Nancy Hanson, Chair
Rebecca Franco Deborah Kashinsky
Cynthia Scott and Lizzie Scott
Catherine McClenahan Pat Lester
Linda Mann Gail Thomas
Carrie Rheinfrank Terry Welles
A quick thank you to all our volunteers, especially those of you who help with so many set-ups and work quietly behind the scenes shopping and pulling and Bin Goddessing and fundraising. It is so appreciated. Here are a few extra thank you's going out to: Debra Silbar for bringing a breath of fresh air and some lovely new (younger) volunteers to us who have been so generous thus far and for kickstarting our fundraising committee with energy and ideas; thanks to Cynthia Scott for popping over from work to deliver fresh flowers when we're working our magic in Westwood; Bonnie Graves for her homemade ice cream sandwich sale; Pat Lester for her fabulous, magical way with a needle and thread...potholders, American Girl doll clothes, etc; Rebecca Franco for her lovely welcome cards; Eden Ackrich (and mom Deborah) for thinking of TWC and working towards helping those in need for her Bat Mitzvah project; and all who are so generously donating to our Giving Fund Challenge Grant (more details to follow!).
We touched briefly on Christmas and what we will do which is Christmas for the kids at Venice Community Housing which is usually around 10 children. We will put the wish list out in November and plan on wrapping and delivering before the middle of December. A great way to contribute is by asking friends and colleagues for $25 gift cards to Target which we will give to each family at the Bessie Pregerson Child Development Center at Westwood Transitional Village, as well as a beautiful hand crocheted throw hand made by Project Linus. We also like to include a gift card to each new move-in family.
- Giving Fund Challenge details will be coming but the match grant has already grown to $6,000!
- We're going to have a raffle in the New Year with...drum roll... a Thanksgiving 2017 week long vacation in Cabo, donated very generously by Teresa and Bruce Royer! Details to follow.
- We'll still be having our annual Mother's Day Fundraiser with our beautiful handmade cards
- Perhaps a fundraiser with one special entertainer or a variety show using some of the great talent we have here in the Canyon
- After our Giving Fund drive has been completed, we will be contacting Sheila Kuehl's office, perhaps looking for matching grants.
|Welcome place setting with welcome card and a $25 gift card to Target|
|Darling boy's bedroom with fabulous bedding donated by|
|This is a full fridge for a large family move-in|
|Bonnie Graves and little Sophie putting a lot of thought|
into a little girl's bedroom
|Bonnie Grave's little boy, Sawyer, hauling things (enthusiastically) upstairs to one of the bedrooms. |
This little guy never stopped!
|How welcoming is this for a little girl|
|Welcome flowers, a beautiful lamp and a lovely message.|
|A serene master bedroom|
|Another fabulous boy's bedroom.|