Andrea Hennessy hosted the SUWC at the Hoover House for a beautiful brunch on Friday, October 2nd. Over 140 club members and prospective members enjoyed a beautiful morning together. Mrs. Hennessy has hosted the club for the past 15 years and inspired the popular visual arts section within the club. Photos from the brunch are in the sidebar of our blog. Mary Anne Kochenderfer was our photographer.
SUWC wants to start a new Spanish group for those who wish to practice their speaking skills. We are considering the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month for a morning coffee or BYOB lunch (bring your own lunch) at a member’s home. The time will be decided by the group. Please contact Ann Pianetta at 650-424-9070 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this section or have questions. Please let Ann know what time / dates you would prefer and she will keep you posted as new developments occur. !Nos vemos!
We live in a busy hectic world. We are fortunate to have an opportunity to learn about silent meditation that can help bring peace and focus.
Grace has a wonderful interesting life. Here is her story:
“I became interested in Zen meditation 50 years ago in the midst of the 60’s at the San Francisco Zen Center. My husband and I were married at the Zen Center by the late Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1968. After our two sons were grown, I received ordination as a Zen priest in 1998, and later was fully empowered as a Zen teacher in (2005) and a Zen Abbess at my retreat center, Empty Nest Zendo, in 2009. I have trained in Japanese and Korean Zen monasteries as well as in American practice centers. Along the way, I also became licensed as a Clinical Psychologist through completing a doctoral program at the Wright Institute in Berkeley (1989).
From my first meditation to the present moment, I have experienced the powerful stress reducing effects of meditation. I am particularly interested in how we can use the spacious mind, developed in meditation, to benefit our everyday encounters at work and at home.
Through my own interest in the practice of meditation at home with family, and in my profession as a psychologist specializing in women and families, I have become interested in how women develop their own strength and creativity. This led me to research a book on the history of influential women in Zen Buddhism: Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens and Macho Masters (Wisdom, 2009). The book was published in German (2014), and the photograph is one of my teaching events for the book tour July 2015 in Switzerland. My daughter-in-law is on faculty at Stanford’s School of Medicine, and I now share a home on campus with my son, daughter-in-law, my husband and four grandchildren. I am looking forward to getting to know the SUWC community.”
Please contact Grace Schireson (561- 4514) email@example.com for more information including the address of the meetings.
The Visual Arts section offers a wide variety of events, such as: lectures, visits to museums and artists’ studios, and special viewings of private collections. This year, we are looking forward to introducing a few exciting art workshops. If you have questions, suggestions for activities or if you want to add your name to our email list, complete the contact form below to send Danièle Archambault, our chair, a message.
First event of this year: Thursday, October 15, 2015, 1:30 to 3:30 PM
Coloring Towns and Gardens!
House of Danièle Archambault, Palo Alto.
Although adult coloring books have been around for quite a long time, they are now experiencing remarkable popularity. These days, you can’t walk into a bookstore without noticing the eye-catching display of adult coloring books.These adult coloring books are often quite different from the ones geared towards young children: The designs are more complex and the subjects are chosen to appeal to a mature public. Mandalas, gardens and reproductions of famous paintings are quite popular. For example, Basford’ Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book sold over 2 millions copies since its released in 2013. For some people, coloring books offer a great outlet to de-stress and relax. For others, it is a wonderful way to express their creativity and their love of color.
Try it and see what all the excitement is about!
Our afternoon will begin with a short information session on color theory and the techniques of coloring pencils. Participants will then select a page from one of two adult coloring books: Enchanting Gardens by Nikolett Corley and Fantastic Cities by Steve MC Donald. We will then spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying refreshments (wine, tea, and cookies) and coloring in friendly company. The event is limited to 12 people. The $5 registration fee covers all materials and refreshments.
Two videos worth watching:
- Steve McDonald talks about his Adult coloring book: Fantastic Cities.
2. A video example of colored pages
Our 2014-15 year concluded on May 15th with a beautiful afternoon in the lovely garden of Deirdre Lyell, daughter of long – time member Ruth Lyell. We enjoyed enchanting music by the Altair String Trio. The delightful refreshments were organized by Yoshiko Amemiya, Patricia Chao and Letitia Lai. The beautiful centerpieces were arranged by Gerda Wilson, Nancy Rubenstein and Patricia Chao. Thank you to Program Committee members Audrey Gold and Ronna Widrow for planning the event. Mary Anne Kochenderfer was our photographer. Please enjoy the pictures posted on the left side of our web site.
If you have the “thyme” and enjoy delicious food, consider Cuisine Club. This wonderful section has been around for many years planning incredible meals around a wide array of interesting ideas, countries and themes. Don’t worry if you aren’t a cook, you are still welcome to participate.
Luncheons this year mixed it up with a Mexican Taco Bar, Hungarian, West African, South China, and Spanish foods. Also featured was an English High Tea and a 50’s style luncheon. And that’s not all… they had their annual appetizer/hors d’oeuvre and brown bag exchanges too. Thank you to Diane Levin for coordinating this group this past year. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 650 494-4991 to learn more.
Abi Fafchamps, Evi Byers, Diane Levin, Letitia Lai, Carol Kornfeld, Maxie Mark, Nancy Rubenstein savor a feast of fine food
Please let us know if you have a favorite memory from Cuisine Club to share. You can add a comment on this post or sent me a note and I’ll do it for you.
The Stanford University Women’s Club was founded in 1896 by Jessie Knight Jordan, wife of then Stanford President, David Starr Jordan. The real value of our club remains true to our founder’s goal. Mrs. Jordan’s goal was to create a club that would promote good friendships, welcome newcomers to the university, and enable women to share mutual interests.
Recently, our club lost long time member, Marianne Marx. At her service, a former student described her as “Facebook before Facebook.” Marianne was someone who enjoyed getting to know others and had a remarkable memory for relationships. For many years she coordinated the teaching associates (TAs) in the Electrical Engineering department and matched them with professors. Marianne made everyone feel welcomed and important.
My wish is that all of us make an effort to be part of our vibrant club. On-line social networks such as Facebook, Nextdoor, and Yahoo Groups do not replace the warmth of a smile, a friendly hello or a pleasant in-person introduction of a new acquaintance. We all need to feel important and wanted. As the 2014-15 academic year concludes, YOU are most warmly invited to attend the Open Board Meeting with Professor Paul Oyer on Wednesday, April 22nd, and our annual Spring Tea on Friday, May 15th. Please come “Relax, Connect and Enjoy.”
As well, please remember we have many small special interest groups, known as “sections,” that meet on a more regular basis. All the details are found in the “Preview” newsletter that comes out about once a month between October and May. It is never too late to check one out.
Marianne would have been delighted to know when someone met a friend through the Stanford University Women’s Club.
A record 147 SUWC members and their guests enjoyed lunch and chic fashions at the Menlo Circus Club on Thursday March 19th. Please stop by Chico’s for beautiful prints, artisan jackets, and the wrinkle-free Travelers collection. If you go to the boutique, at 388 University Avenue in Palo Alto, you might meet store manager Alaina Munoz or assistant Rebecca Smith. They will help you choose comfortable clothing that will make you look and feel wonderful.
Our Fashion Show models were: Cindi Kingsley, Sarah Bagwell, Edith Zitelli, Anna Ranieri, Marina Lewis, Fang Tian, Donna Silverberg, Dallas Manning and Beth Lyon.
The incomparable Art Barnes played the piano. Stunning original paintings by SUWC member and artist Florence de Bretagne brightened the venue.
A huge round of applause for Meredith Einaude for coordinating the fashion show. She promises to do it again next year! She is in the center of the picture below with the Chico’s store gals.
Tour of the new Stanford Hospital on Friday Feb. 20th 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Special Convenient Free Parking!
Please RSVP here or call Ronna at 650-857-9151.
EVENT: We’ve all seen the cranes and grid irons. Now is your chance for an up-close look at the plans and construction for the new 824,000 square- foot Stanford Hospital facility that will include 368 private patient rooms, a new Level 1 Trauma Center, five gardens and a new parking structure. The project overview presentation will last about 30 minutes. Following the presentation, construction managers will escort our group to the viewing platform.
LOCATION: 1190 Welch Road Palo Alto CA 94304, at the corner of Pasteur and Sand Hill. We will meet in the Shumway Conference Room.
PARKING: We have 30 free parking places for the tour. Please consider carpooling. We will share a list of people that have RSVP’d a few days before the event and you can look for friends or neighbors to share rides.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS & PARKING INSTRUCTIONS:
- Turn onto Pasteur Drive, turn left onto Welch Road, go past the flag men that are directing traffic. You will see an open gate labeled Gate 2, on your right (on your left are the 1100 apartments)
- The flag person will direct you into the designated garage. First start with parking in the parking structure Gate 2 – a flag person will be there to direct you to the designated parking spots.
- Walk over to the trailer complex. It is less than 5 minutes from parking structure, and use the 2ndentrance (you will see outdoor furniture along with bike racks to main entrance).
- Check in at the front desk with Jessica Epstein, who will escort you to the Shumway Conference Room .