Our monthly board meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month, 6:00–8:00 pm via Zoom.
Meetings are open to the public unless we are holding a closed session.
For information on attending the meeting, agenda items, membership, volunteering, or becoming a board member, contact President Alisan Andrews.
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Dear Members and Friends of the Valley Women’s Club,
We are so fortunate to be able to live in one of the world’s most beautiful places, even with its challenges. The Valley Women’s Club has been meeting these challenges for 45 years.
This time of year, we ask you to renew your Annual Membership and consider becoming a Legacy of Trees Donor. We hope you will support the work of the Board, Members, Volunteers, and Friends of the VWC by renewing your membership, joining our volunteer projects and committees, and helping us grow the Legacy Forest.
This year, the Environmental Committee held the 37th Annual River and Road Clean Up, picking up over 2,000 lbs. of trash with the help of many volunteers and partnering with Save Our Shores. In April, we joined Earth Day events in downtown Santa Cruz, and in September, we participated in a climate change forum at the London Nelson Community Center. The Committee also monitors, reports, and, when necessary, acts on local issues and bills from Sacramento that affect the San Lorenzo Valley, including the legal receivership of Big Basin Water and the difficulties faced by its ratepayers. The 22nd Environmental Town Hall, with 21 local environmental organizations participating and Assemblymember Gail Pellerin as speaker, was held at the end of October. The PG&E Sub-Committee has been working on a proposal to renegotiate the PG&E Franchise Agreement to replace the 1955 agreement with the County of Santa Cruz and brought their work to the County Commission on the Environment in July. Research and materials presented by the committee are currently going through the S.C. Board of Supervisors for review. A new franchise agreement can empower the County to require a higher standard of safety, reliability, and financial oversight.
The Redwood Mountain Faire was again facilitated by the VWC and, upon final recap of all the nonprofit volunteer hours, distributed over $73,000 back into the community. The VWC Education/Scholarship Committee identified and granted two scholarships for SLV graduating seniors: one for a student going on to Cabrillo College and one for a student going into STEM at the University level. The Fred and Roberta McPherson Teacher’s Grant was given to two SLV Middle School teachers, giving students enough funding to build two weather stations on campus with help from high school seniors. The VWC Arts Grant provided four new sewing machines to the middle school/high school Art classroom to teach students basic sewing in conjunction with design, transfer, and sewing by hand and machine.
The VWC Board welcomed Michael Tree, Santa Cruz METRO’s CEO and General Manager, for a presentation and discussion of challenges, new directions, and innovations for the County’s transit services agency. The Board also heard an informative presentation from Sally-Christine Rodgers, founder of Trash Talkers, which has formed a broad coalition of public agencies and volunteer groups to tackle the issue of illegal dumping in Santa Cruz County.
The Native Habitat Restoration Committee (NHRC) held two successful Native Plant Sales, one during the 4th of July after-parade event and one in conjunction with the Scholarship Committee’s Scholarship Rummage Sale, with many native plants finding new homes in the community. Returning native species to the Valley’s ecosystem is key to the NHRC’s work. NHR has also been refurbishing the gardens with native and butterfly-supporting plants at the Senior Community Center in Highlands Park and working with the residents of Lompico to restore Lompico Pond and Park. The VWC-NHR Website is up at https://slvhabitatrestoration.org, providing a wealth of helpful information about cultivating and restoring our native habitat here in the Valley.
The Women’s Solutions Committee holds the SLV Caregiver Support Group Meetings at 2 PM on the first Thursday of the month at Highlands Park Senior & Community Center, with speakers and support from our two group leaders, one with a professional background in psychology and both with years of experience in support work. The meetings are well-attended and open to all. Balancing complex caregiving issues is not easy; this group offers vital resources, information, and understanding.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the Candidates Forum on Wednesday, February 7th, at Highlands Park Senior & Community Center at 6:00 PM, with Supervisorial District 5 candidates Monica Martinez, Christopher Bradford, and Theresa Ann Bond. There will be an opportunity to discuss local ballot issues and clarify your questions with the candidates.
Earth Day Events: April 22, 2024. Learn about and celebrate our amazing planet!
The VWC Annual Meeting in an exciting new format will be held on April 28th.
The Redwood Mountain Faire is scheduled for June 1st and 2nd at Roaring Camp. There are many opportunities to volunteer for this fabulous event. Help us carry this well-loved mountain music festival into the future!
You are always invited to join a committee, consider coming on the Board, become a volunteer, bring us a proposal for a new project, or get important issues affecting our Valley to our attention for consideration. We could only do this work with your generous support, ideas, energy, and community involvement. How can we help you?
Alisan Andrews, VWC President