Over six years ago, when member Zanne Clark dreamed up the idea of organizing a members-only evening of good food and focused conversation, little did she know that the gathering would become a favorite annual affair that sells out in a matter of days.
The evening’s format is a winner. Members are assigned a table comprising both new and long-time members. Friendships are made and deepened over the evening’s feast designed by member and Suite D owner Sandra Bernstein. Before the dessert course, three designated women at each table move on to a neighboring one, assuring another chance for members to meet.
Once appetites are satisfied, Zanne and a community member she has invited, who is making a big and beneficial impact on Sonoma Valley, hop onto stools for “the interview”. Stories both personal and professional are shared, often with much laughter, and Zanne invites members to pose questions as well.
This year Zanne interviewed Karen Collins who was recently named the City of Sonoma’s 2019 Alcadessa, or Honorary Mayor. Karen has taken a leadership role in supporting the environment, outdoor recreation, and women’s healthcare.In 2018, she was recognized as a “Woman of the Year” in the third senate district by State Senator Dodd. To name only a few of the areas she has supported, Karen helped establish Sonoma’s Overlook Trail, chaired the Sonoma County Regional Parks and Recreation Commission, served on Sonoma’s Environmental Advisory Commission and the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission.
Every year members leave Suite D filled with inspiration as well as newly forged friendships, and full stomachs. Many thanks go to Zanne Clark, Sandra Bernstein, who also made a generous donation of $500 to Impact100, Member Engagement Chair Sandee Crist, and Co-President Gera Vaz.