Let’s Stir Things Up on Tuesday Jan. 26

Yum.  Yum.  What’s a better way to start off the New Year than with friends and delicious meal?     “Chop Chop” is a section for everyone that likes food.
Join Chop Chop for our annual recipe sharing event.  We laugh and learn together.  After we cook we will enjoy eating what we made. Stephannie is making enchiladas and I’m going to cook Fred steaks.
If you would like to attend and/or demonstrate a recipe (drink, starter, main, or dessert) please email Stephannie Lobell swlobell@gmail.com.   Supplies will be reimbursed.
When: Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Where: Bechtel International Center Kitchen
Time: 6-9pm  (no problem if you arrive late or need to leave early)
Cost: $15 a person (free for demo chefs)
 Send cash or check to Stephannie Lobell, 1076 Cathcart Way, Stanford CA 94305.

Last year I  made stuffed acorn squash.    Audrey

New Year! New Events

Happy New Year!   Please find your calendar and save these dates for these special programs.

Wed., Jan. 20 at 4:00 pm Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Then and Now & Photography Exhibit
Prof. Bertil Glader, MD will discuss the history of LPCH and
Barry Fleisher, MD will show his photos of the hospital’s expansion

Please meet at the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital entrance, 725 Welch Rd., Palo Alto. You will be met, receive Visitor’s Badges, and directed to the room where the talk will take place.

Complementary Valet Parking at the entrance of the hospital with assistance if needed. Complementary Self Parking in the hospital garage or Self Parking in the lot of 700 Welch Rd. across the street from the hospital

RSVP Requested. Please call Lou Ann Glader 650-858-1335 or email louannglader@yahoo.com.  If you cannot RSVP, please come anyway.Phone

Tuesday, February 23, 4:00 pm,  Election 2016   at the Humanities Center
Stanford Political Science Prof. Rob Reich will discuss the upcoming election

Tuesday, March 15, 11:30 am   Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Menlo Circus Club 
Fashions by J Jill

Wednesday, April 20, 4:00 pm Open Board Meeting at the Bechtel International Center
Stanford Life Flight will discuss their 30 years of Saving Lives

Great Decisions

Interested in World Affairs? Organized by SUWC member, Meredith Einaudi, Great Decisions is an opportunity to learn about critical foreign policy issues impacting our country today. Listen and discuss these issues in an informal setting where all views are welcome.

Meredith first heard about Great Decisions 15 years ago when she worked for the Mid-Peninsula YWCA and noticed a foreign affairs discussion group meeting under the title “Great Decisions”. Probably it was sponsored by AAUW or the League of Women Voters since both groups organize these discussion groups throughout the country.  In 2013 Meredith joined the Palo Alto AAUW primarily to participate in their Great Decisions  group. She found their meetings so stimulating in helping her understand the issues behind the headlines, that she wondered why we did not have a group of this kind at Stanford.

The Stanford University Women’s Club inaugurated our own GD group 2104. Our eight meeting topics follow the eight chapters in the text which is designed and edited by the Foreign Policy Association. Each year a new text is released giving backround information on those geographic areas or international concerns which the FPA thinks will most effect our nation’s interactions abroad in the coming year. Recognized authorities write each chapter and a separate FPA produced DVD expands upon each chapter with interviews and film footage. Buying the book is recommended but optional. Members may want to share the book purchase with another group member. What makes the SUWC Great Decisions meetings unique is that Meredith is fortunate to find Stanford professors who are authorities on the discussion subjects and willing to come and share their knowledge and perspectives with us.

Members of both SUWC and SCRA are eligible to join any or all meetings.  Spouses and partners are also welcome.

Great Decisions 2016 begins Monday evening, January 25.  The first topic will be “Middle East Alliances”. Those who plan to attend the majority of our meetings are urged to buy the text prepared by the Foreign Policy. To place your order for the text (cost $25) phone the Foreign Policy Association directly at (800) 477-5836 or (212) 481-8100. Be sure to order the text for 2016 and not 2015. The book will be mailed after 12/25/15.

Meeting Dates & Topics:

Jan. 25:   Middle East Alliances

Feb. 8: The Rise of ISIS

Feb. 22: The Future of Kurdistan

March 7: Migration

March 21: The United Nations;

April 11: The Koreas

April 25: Climate Change

May 9: Cuba and the U.S

Location: Community Room at SCRA (Stanford Campus Recreation Association) at the corner of Bowdoin Street and Stanford Avenue with convenient free parking. Meetings are 7:30 – 9:00 pm.

For more information contact Meredith Einaudi (327-2786) meinaudi@sbcglobal.net

New Member New Ensemble

SUWC members are a diverse and fascinating group of women.  It is my goal in the coming year is to learn more about some of the amazing people  in our club and share a few with you.  – Audrey

SUWC welcomes new member Joo-Mee Lee.   Her family (husband, a son age 6 and a daughter 4) moved here from Boston in July last year.  They were going to different open houses on campus, and met a realtor that told her about our club.  Joo-Mee commented  “SUWC provides a sense of community for newbies like myself. It is great to meet women in different age groups.”

Joo-Mee graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London, England and from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University.  She is a lecturer in Violin, and director of the Stanford New Ensemble.

Joo-Mee’s New Ensemble will be performing a free public concert this  Friday  Nov. 6 at 12:30 pm in the Oak Lounge West, second floor of the Tressider Union building at Stanford. It is going to be a casual and intimate classical concert of music written after 1900’s.  You are welcome to bring a lunch and eat during the performance.



Note:  SUWC has a group that meets monthly to enjoy an afternoon concert by local musicians. The musicians who play are often Stanford affiliated.  They meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 1:00.  There is a music program (45 minutes) long followed by refreshments and socializing with the musicians and with each other. Concerts are an opportunity to listen to a lovely program in an intimate setting. To get on the email list, to offer to perform, to offer your home, or to bring refreshments, please contact Trudy Roughgarden.

Hoover House Brunch 2015

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.

Hoover House Brunch 2015

¡Hola Compañeras!

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 annpianetta@yahoo.com 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!

Section Debut: Meditation on Wednesdays

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.

MEDITATION:  Most Wednesdays at 2:00pm at a home on campus
These free classes begin on October 14 at 2 pm and are taught by SUWC member Grace Schireson.  Learn about and practice silent meditation. Use a meditation cushion or sit on a chair. Each class will teach basic Buddhist principles for stress reduction and allow time for a group meditation. Beginners and experienced meditators welcome.   Mediation will not meet if there is a Music Group event scheduled — usually the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

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)  grace@schireson.com for more information including the address of the meetings.

Visual Arts Draws You In

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.

Coloring Book Workshop

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:

  1.  Steve McDonald talks about his Adult coloring book: Fantastic Cities.


2. A video example of colored pages


Spring Tea 2015

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.



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