by Mui Ho
The Anniversary committees are working frantically to get their events ready for this year. Invitations for the Gala Party will go out in February. Meanwhile, save the date: March 8th.
For people who are interested in working on the September Symposium , send an e-mail to to Mui Ho. You will be contacted regarding the committee meeting schedule.
Tuesday 11 Feb.: OWA Program - Wall Finishes. Speaker Tricia Felber. At Tricia's studio 46 Idaho St., Point Richmond. 6:30 pm
Saturday 8 Mar: 30th Anniversary Gala Party with Friends at Casa de la Vista, Treasure Island. Dinner, music and dance. 5:30pm to 11pm
Tuesday 22 Apr: OWA program - Visit to Clift Hotel. Sunset. San Francisco 6:30pm
Sunday 25 May: 30th Anniversary Run - Bay to Breakers
Wed 18 Jun: OWA Program - Co-Housing Project: Swan's Market - guided by Joani Blank. 930 Clay Street, Oakland. 6:30pm
19 Jun to 1 Jul: 30th Anniversary Trip to Ecuador Led by G.Puente-Peter and M.Strothers
Tuesday 19 Aug: OWA Program - Berkeley Library Tour. Cynthia Ripley, Architect 2090 Kittredge at Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. 6:30pm
Saturday 13 Sep: 30th Anniversary Symposium. Wurster Hall Auditorium, University of California, Berkeley. 10am to 5pm
19 Sep-21 Sep: 30th Anniversary Retreat Westerbeke Range, Sonoma, California
Tuesday 21 Oct: OWA Program - Annual Business Meeting. Location to be announced, 6:30pm
Tuesday 16 Dec: OWA Program - Holiday Benefit Party. Location to be announced, 6:30pm
2003 Anniversary OWA Retreat
The retreat in September 2002 was a great success with more attendees than ever and a most enjoyable program and weekend. Also we had some enthusiastic new comers. It appears that the finances worked out, with special thanks to Heather for keeping the books and Lisa Kleissner for covering of the musicians' costs. Many thanks to all of you.
Plans are underway for the Anniversary Retreat, to be held on September 19th-21st, 2003. As some members have chosen to do in the past, the option to stay an extra night (Thursday the 18th) is offered and encouraged.
Accommodations:The lodge at Westerbeke will accommodate 51 people on a first come first serve basis. Camping space is available, both indoors in our meeting room, in the round room, or outdoors in tents. Furthermore, rooms at three local small and fairly inexpensive hotels may be reserved if we exceed Westerbeke's capacity.
Art Project:Each year, we have traditionally collaborated on a group art project. In discussions for next year's project, the idea of a (fairly) permanent labyrinth on the Westerbeke grounds had a lot of appeal and support. It would be a contribution to Westerbeke that could have OWA's mark on it somewhere: names, hand or foot prints or otherwise.
Exercise:Yoga instruction will be available.
Other Activities:There was a request for people to show slides of their work. One idea would be a carousel or PowerPoint show of slides running separately from the round circle introductions. Please e-mail me and the rest of the committee with any ideas you might have.
Scholarships:OWA will pay for one retreat for each Steering Committee member per two year term. The Retreat Committee may provide other partial or full scholarships, funded by donations collected from members.
Please feel free to bring any suggestions or requests for special activities to the attention of the Retreat Planning Committee:
GeneralAdmin & Coordination: Janet Crane
Retreat Program: Janet Crane, Lisa Kleissner
Art Project: Leslie Allen, Barbara Dittrich, Debra Amerson, Sarka Volejnikova.
Finance: Heather Sprague
Food & Drink for Friday afternoon: Caroline Soohoo
Carpooling/ Transportation: Spring Friedlander
Notes From Barcelona
Wanted: Long-Lost OWA Members
by Inge Horton
For the 30th anniversary celebration I am putting together an address list of former or lapsed OWA members. So far, I have gathered over 100 names, but few corresponding street addresses. Anyone in contact with former OWA members, please have them contact me or write to 2363-44th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116, so I may update their information. Thanks for your help!
As part of the search I had some interesting conversations with old friends. One e-mail exchange I had with Pat Henry from Mexico (formerly Pat Nolan) follows:
I'm delighted to hear from you. I live in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, so it's not likely that I could attend any events. But please keep me posted just in case. Mail to Mexico is slow and impossible even at times. I receive my snail mail at the address below in Santa Cruz, but that is only forwarded to me once a month or less. If you can just email me the information, that would be best.
Congratulations to all of you for your accomplishments with OWA. I have wonderful memories from those early days. How heady it was to sit in a room with 30 or 40 other women architects, planners, and landscape architects after being one of ten women in a department with 800 architecture students. The only female other than the secretaries was the librarian. I thought at times I might be the first woman to get a license!!! How isolated we all were then.
I would also like to bring your attention to Pat's book "By the Grace of the Sea: A Woman's Solo Odyssey Around the World," a best-selling travel memoir (McGraw Hill/ International Marine/ Sept 02) For more information, visit Pat's website.