OPINION: Woman’s Club issues are troubling

By Light staff

The landmark La Jolla Woman’s Club – another of those wonderful elements of our history that can be attributed to the generosity of Ellen Browning Scripps – has been a place for weddings and social gatherings for many years. Its reputation has been one of impeccable style and taste – until the past few years when its management seems to have taken a turn for the worse.

For the past few months several former members, with the aid of a local attorney, have been trying to find out what’s been going on with the board members and asking why only one catering company (with apparent direct ties to the manager who is now suspended) has been allowed to provide service there.

Some of San Diego’s top catering companies have said they were told they were no longer welcome there or that an added fee, paid directly to the manager and not the club, was required if they wanted to do a job there.

(The online “rules” state that a fee of $1,000 is required for a caterer other than the “preferred” Abbey Catering and Event Design). One well-known caterer who currently has disassociated himself with the facility told the Light that the plug was “pulled on the bride and groom” when an event ran a little long.

That’s no way to run a business and no way to polish a reputation. Sure, the economy is making it tough on special events venues and service providers, but that should be a time when they go out of their way to please clients. And without the referrals from caterers who enjoy working there, the number of events is sure to suffer.

We applaud those trying to get to the bottom of what appears to be a bit part truth, part “she said-she said.” But if only a portion of what’s being said proves to be the truth, the club’s bottom line and its reputation have been hurt.

Enough of the squabbling. The board and Womans Club members should demand a full accounting of the club’s finances and find the kind of leaders and a club manager who can renew faith in the organization.

Brides to be need to know their events will be the ones they dreamed of – not one that will end with their music shut down because a late fee isn’t being paid on the spot.

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Posted by Halie Johnson on Sep 23, 2010. Filed under News, Opinion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

3 Comments for “OPINION: Woman’s Club issues are troubling”

  1. A. Glass

    My Aunt and 3 of her friends are members and 2 were Board members.
    It is an ABSOLUTE shame on what the Woman's Club has come to be. Their reputation was destroyed by there own members- not managament or other companies. First of all the current Vice President- Mrs. Ward, was the one person, that in front of myself (I was a guest at the Children's Choir luncheon last year) and the entire CHILDRENS Choir, the caterer, and all the members and guests- stood up and said "You can take this Club and shove it up your a*#", after she was upset that her candidate did not win the presidency. And the current President, was the one sitting right beside her. I even had to apologize to the lady in charge of the choir along with my Aunt. It is unfortunate that this is the one Club, that chooses to act like a bunch of spoiled little girls, and is becoming a disgrace amongst all the other Woman's Clubs. It is a SHAME that these Woman have been allowed to do this. Thank God there are attornies working, and will prove, that these Woman should not be running this precious Club.

    • marie

      I was present at the same luncheon, as it was one of the last of the year. And unfortunately that outrage was taped since it was done IMMEDIATELY before the children came onto the stage. I would post a link, but I would never resort to that kind of behavior, as those women have. Atleast the children werent too affected as they did an amazing job entertaining all of us. And even through the debacle that occured that day- we were able to enjoy our afternoon- of course after those ladies stormed out acting a fool- so upsetting!

  2. guest of A

    And isnt the main objective of the Club to do good in the commuity and enhance relations between members and other non-profit organizations – as is the vision that Ellen Browning Scripps left—- not bickering, putting others down, disrespecting eachother. The Womans Club should be the forefront of charity and positive community relations in La Jolla. Instead- they are becoming the laughing stock. What a shame- it use to be a great Club that I was happy to be a part of.

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