Get Social Fundraiser for the Carmel Valley Women’s Club 


 Get Social Fundraiser for the Carmel Valley Women’s Club  at Cibo Ristorante Italiano

Get Social and Make Some New Friends! Come join members of the Carmel Valley Women’s Club at a fun fundraiser dinner on Wednesday, October 24th at Cibo Ristorante Italiano located at 301 Alvarado in downtown Monterey with convenient parking in the adjacent City of Monterey garages. When you make your dinner reservation, mention the Carmel Valley Women’s Club. Order off the Cibo menu and 20% of your “Get Social Fundraiser for the Carmel Valley Women’s Club” dinner will be donated to this great organization. Dinner is available from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm and there will be some brief announcements at 6:30 pm. Live jazz will start at 7:00 pm by the Andrea’s Fault Trio. There is $3 Happy Hour from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the bar.


History of the Carmel Valley Women’s Club


In 1947, as more churches, garden clubs and other organizations were being formed, a small group of women formed the Carmel Valley Women’s Club (CVWC) as some local residents felt the need of a more social and civic organization.  Monterey Home Economist, Mrs. Anne Olson, visited groups of ladies each month, teaching them domestic tasks, such as how to wrap for freezing, how to clean sewing machines and other essential skills for the full-time housewife in the country.  


Six ladies met at the Zumwalt house for the first official meeting of the CVWC. Meetings were held at Mrs. Borcher’s home in Los Ranchitos and she became the first president of the organization.  As they worked on all of these home crafts, the women decided to also raise funds and donate to local groups that could use financial assistance.


The people that lived in Upper Carmel Valley at the time were really quite on their own.  The Club was primarily formed for having good fellowship, to be educational, and for civic interests.  The group did not want to have any part in issues of political tendencies.  Many of the women had been in other Women’s Clubs before coming to Carmel Valley.  This of course gave them a real boost.  They had a good foundation with common interests and a full-hearted desire to form a very fine Club. 


Since some of the ladies had school age children, it seemed proper to follow the school calendar.  They would begin with the first Wednesday in September and have meetings through the first Wednesday in June.  Then, like school, they recessed.  However, often times those who enjoyed similar hobbies would visit around with each other.  Also, during the summer, new ideas and stimuli would develop suggestions for club to help with the programs for the coming year.  some of the ladies would meet for cards or to learn about canning of vegetables, or would meet for a book report.  They were forever gathering material that could be used for fund raising events.  At the end of each Club year’s calendar, proceeds from benefit functions were then disbursed, with the exception of activities that had been so stipulated and decided specifically to be allocated for a certain purpose.  The Carmel Valley Women‘s Club has been able to give financial aid to many of today’s organizations and in turn to Carmel Valley.


Also, they would visit the very lovely and gracious Holman’s Guest Ranch.  Mrs. Clarence (Henrietta) Holman would be the hostess.  Luncheons were something very special.  Along with home-made foods, on the menu was hot home-made corn bread with butter they had churned.  It was not uncommon to have the family pet dog napping in his favorite sunny corner.  That is how it was then: we were treated as family, not as visiting public.  And so this family feeling within the club has remained. They shared in times of happiness, in times of achievement and in times when there is need of consoling and when it takes someone you know understands.”


The core of the Carmel Valley Women’s Club was not changed over 69 years.  It has grown in membership, and there have been many, many members throughout the years that have been greatly enriched in spirit for having been a part of this exceptional assembly of ladies.   


The Club meets the first Wednesday of each month (September through June) for luncheons at various venues to enjoy socializing, lunch and an inspiring program still following the school calendar. To become a member, complete the application and return it along with your $40.00 annual dues payment payable to: Carmel Valley Women’s Club, Post Office Box 407, Carmel Valley, California 93924. Members will receive a newsletter approximately ten days before each meeting informing you of the luncheon date, location, program, entree selection and the cut-off date. Call the Hospitality Director to make a reservation(s) and entrée selection, or, make reservations on our website.


Carmel Valley Women’s Club Foundation


As the Club grew, they needed to have the power to exercise tax exempt status for the benefit of our philanthropic endeavors and offer our donors the tax credit they richly deserve for their generous contributions.  While retaining the Club, the Carmel Valley Women’s Club Foundation was formed and is now our non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to charitable and educational purposes comprised of scholarships and grants to local nonprofit entities


The CVWC Foundation funds three programs:


•          COMMUNITY GRANTS in aid of the arts, women, children, the elderly and animals on the Monterey Peninsula as well as organizations that promote the safety and general and civic welfare of our community.  From the average 25 applications they receive, they select 10 to 15 organizations each year. 

•          SCHOLARSHIPS are awarded to young women entering college from the Carmel Valley area.  With the assistance of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, the Carmel Valley Women’s Club has embarked on a new program to challenge and support outstanding female graduates as they head to new challenges.  They award scholarships to approximately 10 to 15 young women each year.

•          EMERGENCY FUND RELIEF is given to major disasters affecting the Carmel Valley and its environs.


About Cibo Ristorante Italiano


Cibo Ristorante Italiano ( offers Italian cuisine, gourmet pizzas, cocktails, fine wines, cordials, and more. Cibo (pronounced chee-bo) means food in Italian, but it’s more of a feast for the senses. This beautiful, spacious and comfortable restaurant features an intimate yet vibrant atmosphere which is accentuated with expressive art in the form of photography, paintings, sculpture, hand-blown glass and live jazz. Fusing the best of old and new world Italian cuisine, Cibo offers an eclectic menu ranging from gourmet pizzas to multi-course dinners. Families are welcome and there is a special children’s menu. Cibo has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike since 1990.


Cibo is open every evening with dinner served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Cibo Bar is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and is a popular “pre-event” and “after-party” destination. The bar features a $3 Happy Hour with special appetizers daily from 4 p.m.  – 7 p.m. They offer an extensive high quality local and international wine and beer list, cordials, microbrews, rare and small batch Bourbons, Scotches, Ports, Grappa and liqueurs, as well as espresso, coffee drinks and a full menu of cocktails.


Cibo also presents live music 6 nights a week. On Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the cool sound of Jazz accompanies dinner from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. The restaurant features a lively and fun atmosphere with Reggae, R&B, Rock or Salsa dance music on Friday and Saturday nights from 9:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. with no cover charge.  Cibo is now “wired” with free Internet service and has a large comfortable heated outdoor patio for dining and cocktails.


With 150 seats, including intimate booths for dining and room for over 50 people in the attractive bar area, plus room in their outdoor heated patio, Cibo also accommodates large groups for business functions, wedding rehearsals and receptions, special group dining events, and customized private parties.   


Cibo Restaurant is the winner of numerous awards including California Writers Association Recommended Dining, Monterey Herald Readers' Choice Local Favorite, Best Place to Meet Singles in Their 30's and 40's, Gold Key Award for Interior Design, Best Place to Enjoy a Martini, Best Place for Live Jazz, Best Italian Restaurant, Best Place to Dance, Best Martini and one of the Top 10 Happy Hours in Monterey.


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