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In preparing this month’s History Corner, I “googled” other women’s clubs across the country and was reminded of our own illustrious history, as summarized on the informative, and easy-to-navigate website. Almost all clubs faced challenges as women sought professional careers outside their homes and areas of traditional interest and involvement: membership declined; some clubs lost their historic clubhouses; some folded altogether. Not so Palo Alto! As our Charles E. Hodges clubhouse approaches its centennial, it is interesting to note how the Club and the clubhouse have moved with the times and remained central to Palo Alto history and culture. Our leadership has revitalized programs, added activities, updated facilities, and anticipated meeting the needs of the 21st century. A glance at Yelp provides eloquent testimony to the clubhouse’s stature in the community. Renters give rave reviews of its “simple beauty and charm,” the combination of hardwood floors and antique chandeliers with a modern sound system and new chairs. Almost all of the bloggers awarded the clubhouse four or five stars as an “excellent, excellent, excellent” party venue. How appropriate as we plan for 2016!

—Peggy McKee

 

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