Pacific Beach Woman’s Club celebrates 125 years

Liz Segre, club president Pam Egan, Jody Ross, Mary Lou Benzel
(Savanah Duffy)

The Pacific Beach Woman’s Club made lemons into lemonade during its 125th anniversary celebration Sunday, March 15, when both rain and coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns kept some would-be attendees at bay. (This event was held prior to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 19 stay-at-home order.)

Despite the odds, enough spirited individuals made appearances to declare it a party. The celebration was held in the club’s 100-year-old building, Hornblend Hall, and included a lemon-themed setting (in homage to the hall having been built in 1911 on the site of a lemon grove) with chocolate and vanilla cakes, lemonade and Champagne.

Mary Lou Benzel, a member since 1999, provided a history of Pacific Beach Woman’s Club — from its days in the suffrage movement to its work establishing the first public library in PB.

Honored guest State Assembly member Todd Gloria — who is running for Mayor of San Diego — told the crowd: “This community — this building — is a really interval part of Pacific Beach, and so I didn’t want to miss this chance to mark this occasion to thank the Woman’s Club for what they do. Four walls and a roof are important, but it’s really what goes on inside this building, and then is projected out into the community, that makes PB such a wonderful place.”

The club discussed its 2019 accomplishments, which included donations to:

• Door of Hope: $250 for efforts to combat domestic violence.

• Love 146: $200 to support the elimination of sex-trafficking overseas.

• Street of Dreams: $200 to assist homeless women and victims of violence in gaining independence and a college education.

• Coupons for Troops: Members clipped coupons to donate (food value, $8,545 and non-food value, $7,1012).

The PB Woman’s Club sits at 1721 Hornblend St. Members hold meetings and events throughout the year. Newcomers are welcome. For more details, call (858) 882-7729 or visit — Savanah Duffy