I often read Anita Brenner’s Around Town column in the Valley Sun on Thursdays and was surprised at the coincidence this morning that she was talking about the wonderful Marines’ Memorial Club in San Francisco where I had just been. Sorry we ALFies shocked her, but we had arranged a group dinner in the Leatherneck Steakhouse as a special outing for the 23 of us who represented our Flintridge chapter at the national Assistance League conference last week.
Far from playing second fiddle, the Marines’ Memorial Club was a much-anticipated highlight of our trip. The displays in the lobby about famous Marines and campaigns as well as exhibits in the upstairs library (which they kept open late especially for us) were fascinating. The staff was friendly, the views were gorgeous, and the food was outstanding.
Just to set the record straight, as you might imagine, the efficient members of the Assistance League made their reservations well in advance and stayed at the Hilton. By the way, as a special project this year, the 960 conference attendees contributed more than 1,200 books to the San Francisco Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, gratefully received by the director of their facility in the Tenderloin district, just a few blocks away.