Photo by Bart Bartholomew
Pacific Palisades Woman's Club Donates $38,000
"The happiest place in Southern California on March 6 wasn't Disneyland, but rather the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club, where grant recipients shared $38,000 that will be used for worthwhile causes. Representatives of the 25 community and charitable organizations that were recipients of the grants first were treated a spectacular display of desserts that included cupcakes, bars and cookies, before receiving checks. Woman's Club president Cathi Ruddy welcomed everyone and said, "I am in awe of the many people who volunteer and contribute to making Pacific Palisades a better community and by hearing their ideas and the results of their efforts. It is a privilege to support you." Grant committee chairperson Joanna Curtis explained that once grants were received, they were reviewed and presented to the board. The general membership voted on the amounts given each applicant. "I was truly inspired by each organization both in reading their applications and their presentation at Grant Night," said Curtis. "I love how the members of the Woman's Club came together to raise money to support our local community through 25 projects that touch the lives of every Palisadian." From the Palisades News
A Special Thank You to our sponsors for making our 32nd Annual Home Tour & Boutique a Success.
A Lovely Afternoon Tea Party
The PPWC had it's Annual Tea and Social Party to welcome new members, the new 2018-19 board and honor the outgoing board of directors. It's always a lovely afternoon for getting to know our new members and catching up with good friends.
President Cathi Ruddy stepping down and congratulating Incoming President Robin Weitz. "Friendship, Fun, and Philanthropy"
A surprise visit from past president Terri Lyman with Cathi Ruddy
President Catherine Ruddy making the rounds to talk with members.
Friendship, fun and philanthropy! That's the PPWC Motto! Great friends sharing a fun afternoon, Maggie Stokes, Nancy Johnson, Haldis Toppel and Diane Stafford.
More ladies enjoying an afternoon of tea and goodies.
What would a tea party be without the hats!
Enjoying the Tea party! Vivian Foster and Kat Holland
Great Rummage Sale!!
Thank you to everyone that came out in the rain to shop at our Rummage Sale. We truly appreciate you supporting the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club. Thank you to all the volunteers, members and non-members, that came on Friday to help set up the sale. Also to the that worked the sale on Saturday. Kudos to Joanna Curtis and her committee.
CLUB PILATES PACFIC PALISADES
New member Tricia Coupland, general manager of the newly opened Club Pilates Pacific Palisades invited members of the PPWC for a private 50 minute pilate class and offered refreshments after.
Monday, February 5th a group of ladies walked over to the new studio and enjoyed Tricia’s hospitality and a class with her lead instructor Brieze Lafferty.
Pictured r/l: Eve Haberfield, Patty Detroit, Robin Weitz, Tricia Coupland, Gina Jakel, Vibeke Rosenberg and Cathi Ruddy.
Wellness Talk & Healthy Eats with Chef CC
Thursday, January 18th the PPWC presented a Wellness Talk & Healthy Eats cooking class at the clubhouse. The class was conducted by Chef CC Consalvo, who has over 15 years experience as a personal holistic chef and wellness coach with a focus on anti inflammatory cuisine.
The ladies gathered in the kitchen to watch Chef CC demonstrate the preparation of our lunch which consisted of a flat iron steak, sliced thin, dry rub marinated with a black olive chimichurri over wilted greens, followed by a cherry and blueberry crumble, made with brown rice four and sweetened with maple. Everyone enjoyed their meal.
During the meal, Chef CC shared her overall goal to incorporate simple, healthy lifestyle choices that are doable and support busy lives. Other topics were on nutrition management and kitchen tips.
Everyone was having such a great time that the class went an hour over. It was definitely an afternoon of great conversations, healthy food facts and enjoying a delicious meal!
General Membership Meeting
Cathi Ruddy, Cindy Noori, Kathy Later, Robin Weitz, Terri Webb, Gabrielle Gottlieb and Haldis Toppel met in the clubhouse kitchen to prepare a wonderful meal for the members at the last GM meeting.
The menu for the evening’s supper included: Appetizer; Kibbeh al Hammam, Main Course; Huckleberry’s carrot and avocado salad, Whole Food’s harvest couscous, Tamarind roasted vegetables, Haldis’s baked salmon. Dessert consisted of Dr G’s raw donut holes and almond date ginger snaps.
Everything was delicious and the ladies enjoyed cooking together.
President Cathi Ruddy introduced potential new members who were present, reported on proceeds from home tour, the club’s upcoming events and introduced our guest speaker, PPWC member Dermatologist Dr. Nasreen Babu-Khan. Dr. Babu-Khan spoke about various types of skin health and care, answering questions that members had submitted. Her talk was interesting, educational and fun and included samples! Philanthropic Director Joanna Curtis closed the meeting with two items of business. First she reminded everyone about our March 10th Rummage Sale. Donations are needed and welcomed. Second, she presented the Grant Award Presentations and the Ballot for membership voting. Grant applicants were listed with their information and grant request for members to review. Then a ballot was handed out for the members to vote. Grants will be awarded on March 6.
It was truly an evening of friendship, fun and philanthropy!
The Kitchen crew for the January 9th dinner preparation: Terri Webb,
Vice President Robin Weitz, Program Director Cindy Noori, and (not show) Cathi Ruddy created the menu.
Left to right: Robin Weitz, Haldis Toppel, President Cathi Ruddy. The menu was a wonderful variety of delicious foods: appetizer Kibbeh al Hammam, Main Course was Huckleberry's carrot and avocado salad, Whole Food's harvest couscous, Tamarind roasted vegetables and Haldis' baked salmon, Dessert was Dr G's raw donut holes and almond date ginger snaps.
Final touches and dinner was served.
Gabrielle Gottlieb, Clubhouse Director Nancy Niles, Kathy Later and Secretary Gina Jakel all approved the menu.
Protect Our Daughter's
Woman's Self Defense Class
On Tuesday, December 12th, the PPWC hosted a self defense class which was presented by Max Impact Martial Arts studio in Pacific Palisades. The one hour workshop taught us that self defense is accessible and approachable for the every day woman. Owner James Gavsie conducted the class with the help from his teaching staff Marjan Rajabi, together they gave hands on instruction and guidance. Everyone that attended enjoyed the class, and some didn't realize how powerful their own inner-strength was. We look forward to hosting another class with James in the new year.
Max Impact Martial Arts Studio owner James Gavsie instructed the class with the help from his teaching staff, Marjan Rajabi.
A Little Sparkle - A Lot of Cheer
Caterer Kristine Doty topped off the food table with "to die for" Key Lime Pie bites and double layer Carrot Cake. To compliment the dessert table, member Joanna Curtis added her homemade Brownies and Peanut Butter cookies!
A delightful evening was spent in the company of club members which made for a truly festive holiday party.
Members who attended but are not pictured below: Dianne Atkins, Cindy Brody, Kristin Sibson, Krystyna Kaszubowski, Susan McGlothlin, Tricia Grossman, Kim Sandorf, Cathy Yonkie, Karen Goldberg, Deborah Williams, and Sharon Kanan.
Judy Hatchet and Julia Winter.
Haldis Toppel and Alice Beagles.
Nichelle Toomire and Nicole Ryan.
Christie Smith, Terri Webb, Robin Weitz and Sandy Alarcon.
Gina Jakel, Alexis Zanone and Nicole Ryan.
Julia Winter and Trish Bowe.
Vivian Foster and Fay Vahdani.
A full house watching magic!
Magician Steve Owen entertaining the PPWC ladies.
PPWC's 90th Birthday Party Celebrates
The 90th Birthday Party at the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club is an event without equal. This year over 50 nonagenarians and three centenarians (a 101 and two 103 year olds) attended along with their families and care givers to fill up a guest list of 120 voices singing Happy Birthday. Generous donations from local business, organizations, and individuals funded the event which was free to all. Individual birthday cakes graced every beautifully decorated table, piano music by Marie Captain created a loving ambiance, food was plentiful, and above it all, the newly renovated Clubhouse sparkled in its fresh beauty.
PPWC President Cathi Ruddy and the never-tiring organizers Fay Vahdani and Julia Winter spent countless hours preparing to make this a flawless event. We are already looking forward to next year.
Cathy Yonke serves beautifully decorated cakes, individually prepared for each table.
Bill Bruns presents Palisades History before a full house
Bill Bruns welcomes former PPWC President Jean Aroeste
Councilmember Mike Bonin presents a beautiful LA City proclamation to 103 year old guest John Danley, the oldest guest at the 2017 event.
Organizer Fay Vahdani reviews last minute check-in details
90th Birthday organizers Fay Vahdani and Julia Winter Join Councilmember Mike Bonin and PPWC President Cathi Ruddy at the photo booth for a colorful greeting of guests.
Best of friends working together and supporting a common cause: Parvin, Tricia, Fay, and Nichelle.
"The best day ever!" Robin Weitz and Cathi Ruddy
Happy arrivals for the 2017 90th Birthday Party
Haldis Toppel watches over Gift Baskets for everybody. So many businesses and individuals contributed! Marie Captain provides beautiful piano background music.
"The best day ever! Looking forward to next year." V.P. Robin Weitz and President Cathi Ruddy
Upcoming Club Events
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:
Dear Members of the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club:
Thank you for being a member, and for your willingness to serve our community. Our Club is 93 years strong, and growing. I am so excited about this coming year for all of US – our United Sis-٭ (STAR) -hood. We are Women Working Wonders through Education, Engagement, Enlightenment, Experiences, Exploration, Empowerment, etc.!!!! We are going to have our arms and hands-up like we are riding a rollercoaster with unadulterated enthusiasm. WWWEEEEEEE!
This year is going to be focused on Philanthropy, Productivity, Working and Citizenry. Please identify with our acronym, “PPWC”, and align yourself with our goals:
P: Promote, people, partner, participate, plan, plant, party,
P: Plenty, positive, peace, pact, paramount, paradise,
W: Will, wonder, working, wheel, wave, weave, waltz, wilderness, whoopee, whimsy, worldy, welcome, welfare, wow, wide, workout,
C: Cheer, crew, care, courtesy, challenge, clever, can-do, capable, capital, catalyst, celebrate, champion, cherished, civic, civil, committed, comradery, collaborate, confidence, courage, curious, create,
With respect and admiration,
The beautiful new interior of the Main Hall of the PPWC Clubhouse.
Lanai looking into the new Clubhouse Main Hall.
Total pledges as of 08/01/16
$1,000 - $2,499