Let’s Engage in Our Communities ~ Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Monterey, Salinas


Luis Alejo, Monterey County Supervisor

“Meet Our Elected Officials”

The Women’s Council of Realtors Monterey Peninsula kicked off it’s first meeting of 2017 with an exciting panel of elected officials including a mayor, council members, and a Monterey County Supervisor.  The well attended meeting took place at the Corral de Tierra Country Club and was chaired by Carol Duncan, the WCR Monterey Peninsula 2017 President.  Scott Dick, the MCAR Government Affairs Chair led the panel discussion.

Council member, Dan Albert of Monterey speaking

The panel included left to right, Cynthia Garfield, Pacific Grove Council member; Mayor Steve Dallas of Carmel; Nick Smith, Pacific Grove Council member; Luis Alejo, Monterey County Supervisor; and Dan Albert, Monterey Council member (standing).  Each panelist gave a short talk on the concerns they were dealing with in their cities which was followed by a lively question and answer session. All panelists encouraged everyone to get involved in their communities and spoke how critical it was that realtors be engaged and involved in our cities.

Cynthia Garfield, Pacific Grove Council member

The Women’s Council of Realtors is a national organization with the following mission statement:

“We are a network of successful REALTORS®, advancing women
as professionals and leaders in business, the industry and the communities we serve.”

WCR was founded in 1938 and has grown to 12,500 members with 252 local networks all over the country.  It was my honor to be the Charter President of our Monterey Peninsula network which began in October 2001.  Since then we have had many great realtor leaders who have grown the organization into an amazing network that brings education, leadership skills and camaraderie to its members.

Camaraderie is big part of WCR Pictured from left to right Lori Jabukowski, Molly McGee, Michele Henderson, and Susan Clark. All but Michele are past presidents of WCR Monterey Peninsula

We also hold fundraisers and donate to local charities.  Many of our presidents have gone on to serve as presidents of the Monterey County Association of Realtors and hold state and national positions.  If you are a local realtor and are not currently a member,  I can only ask, “Why not”.

Havana Nights

SAVE THE DATE  WCR Monterey Peninsula will hold its annual fundraiser September 13, 2017.  It will be one of our famous fashion shows with the theme of Havana Nights and will be a luncheon at Inn at Spanish Bay.  There are opportunities to be a sponsor or to donate a Silent Auction Item. (Sorry this poster is a bit crinkled but I hope you can get the idea).  It is going to be a HOT fashion show so don’t miss out!

For more information about WCR or the fashion show give me a call or email me at sclark@apr.com.

Hope is a thing with feathers . . . Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul                       And sings the tune without the words                                                              And never stops at all.                                                                                                And sweetest in the gale is heard;                                                                              And sore must be the storm                                                                                      That could abash the little bird                                                                                   That kept so many warm.                                                                                           I’ve heard it in the chillest land                                                                                  And on the strangest sea.                                                                                              Yet never, in extremity,                                                                                                   It asked a crumb of me

~Emily Dickinson

My favorite bird by a long shot is the blue bird.  They visit me often in my yard pecking bugs from the garden or hopping into the bird bath for a quick rinse.  When my mother was alive, she loved the blue birds and at the end when she could barely speak she pointed at them from her bed which overlooked the garden to let me know that she knew they were there and saying hello.  Now whenever I see a blue bird I am convinced Mother sent them from heaven as a harbinger of hope and  to say a quick hello to her daughter.

One person’s theory on the meaning of the poem.  “Emily Dickinson describes hope as a bird with feathers that perches in the soul.  Where it sings without words or pause.  The song of hope sounds even in the Gale and in the coldest places.  She says that she hears the bird of hope “in the chillest land” and “on the strangest Sea” but it never leaves her alone and it never asks for a crumb of her, even in the worst conditions,”

So next time you see a little bird saying hello, think of it as a harbinger of hope reminding you of the constant singing in your soul.

Theater is alive and well in Carmel CA! Sister Act at Pac Rep

Not only do we have ballet in Carmel, but we have wonderful theater – New York has nothing on us!  Pacific Repertory theater – affectionally known as Pac Rep– has many fine offerings throughout the year.

Last Thursday my husband and I saw “Sister Act” and it was fabulous!  This  is musical based on the 1992 hit movie that starred Whoopi Goldberg.  It was adapted for theater and made into an amazing musical that played in London and Broadway and all over the country including Carmel.  The lead was an equity actress from New York with the rest of the cast filled by excellent local actors.  What great talent we have on the Monterey Peninsula!

Left Lavonne Rae Andrews, Mother Superior and Right Jalene Goodwin, the lead playing Deloris Van Cartier

It’s interesting to read their bios.  Many of them have other careers like Bri Slama, who teaches 5th graders at Spreckels Elementary School and Seaneen Scott Sullinger who played Sister Mary Patrick.  She’s a neonatal nurse at Community Hospital.  They all seem to find time to fulfill their passion though!

Left, Bri Slama, Sister Mary Robert Right, Laavonne Rae Andrews, Mother Superior

Unfortunately, last night was the last night for Sister Act, but there will be many more wonderful plays and musicals coming up including a wonderful holiday show.  So if you are planning a night out soon – don’t forget to check out what’s at Pac Rep.  It is located at the Golden Bough Theater on Monte Verde and 9th.

Thinking about moving to Carmel after the first of the year?  Give me a call and let’s chat!  Susan Clark, Alain Pinel Realtors.