Title IX: Women in Senior Sports

by Donn King

I would like to offer a prediction: it is my belief that within 10 to 15 years, the Creakers population will be at least 50% female. Women are in ascendency in every field of endeavor, and thanks to Title IX, none more than in women’s athletics. Title IX prohibited sex-based restriction to educational programs or institutions which received federal money. It was more a you-can’t-do, as opposed to a what-you-have-to-do, kind of bill. Title IX was written by Senator Birch Bayh, an Indiana Democrat, in 1972 and passed into law in 1973.

Here is the entire text: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

The bill was not explicitly about women’s athletics, but suddenly, women’s sports in schools were required to receive the same funding emphasis as men’s. If your institution wanted to continue to receive federal money, you had to offer equal opportunity to women, and that included athletics. Of course, there was a lag time, and inconsistent enforcement, and it took a while to take hold in schools all over the country, but eventually it did, and it changed the athletic landscape in the US for women, for all time.

Most of the current Creaker population grew up way before Title IX. Most of us are children of an era when boys played sports and women cooked and kept house. Consequently, our current aging sports environment is dominated by men. By the way, God bless us. Men have made lots of mistakes, but we’ve tried our best, and we’ve had a good run. But what will happen when the post Title IX generation wives and mothers who are retiring, their children out of the house, remember how good it felt to hit the ball hard and catch a fly ball? When will they start looking around for a senior softball league?

Spoiler alert: Women don’t throw like girls anymore.

And even more softball specific: Today, there are virtually no male fast pitch, or slow pitch, softball programs in high schools or college athletics. My informants who have daughters and granddaughters assure me of this. Those programs are all female. Where do we think these women will want to go to stay active now that they have some discretionary time? There are also arguments that boys spend more time indoors these days, on video games screen time, and less time on the playing fields. That may amount to less demand coming from senior males in the future.

Currently there are already several women in the Creakers. I predict that in the near future there will be a steady stream of women coming into the Creaker Nation. If you think it seems that all the accountants and physicians, lawyers, judges, and politicians are all female these days, just look around and see who is playing next to you at shortstop and behind you in left center. Can she hit a line drive on the grass, or stretch a single into a double? I bet she can; can you?


Let’s Sing Will Start Performing Again


Let’s Sing stopped performing at assisted living places during the shutdown. Now after more than two years, the group will resuming performing to brighten the day of residents. Let’s Sing participants are enjoying practicing on the shady front patio of the Civic Park Community Center in September. The group meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month at 1 pm.

For more information email or just drop in. A free lyrics book is available.



Advisory Board Meeting, March 21, 2022

Walnut Creek Seniors Club
Advisory Board Meeting
August 15, 2022

Present:  Fred Rentschler, Jody Johnson, Jeanne Wolf, Rolando Salazar, Robin Wolf, Richard Sanders, Donn King, Wayne Slater, Bob Mohler. Art Oller PROS.  Jane West, guest.

Call to order on Zoom at 9:33 am by Fred Rentschler

Minutes – no corrections

Treasurer’s Report – Rich reports that unrestricted checking was $57,229 on 7-31-22, down $226 from June.  Creaker restricted checking is $15,255, up $100.  For the month of July WCSC has a net operating loss of $138 compared to net income of $1856 in June.  The largest revenue was another Google grant of $3912 which is a pass through to Special Summer Camp.  In August $4061.40 was collected for April-June fees collected by the City related to WCSC programs. Further information on this will be available in the next report.  Two CD’s are coming due in September and October.

Correspondence – none

Manager/Coordinator Update – Kat out of town

Presidents Report – see below

*Presentation to the Board by Jane West regarding the Perennials Garden Club.  Jane summarized what has been accomplished so far since this new club began.  It met on Zoom at first after it began in August 2020.  Jane was requesting $500 for program speakers.  She is able to get some at no charge but some require a fee.  Non-profits often ask for donations.  After discussion, the Board agreed to provide $500 for the 2023 programs.

Unfinished Business

Newsletter – Fred will take over the newsletter as Robin has developed carpel tunnel and can no longer do it.  She is available to help Fred out.  Many thanks to Robin!

2022 WCSC Audit – this will be moved to September

2023 Elections – we need candidates for the November newsletter.  Fred will pursue.

Changing Banks – Due to the lack of cooperation from our current bank, we need a new bank.  Wells Fargo was suggested. Wayne moved that we contact Wells Fargo about an account.  Jody seconded the motion and it carried 7-0.

New Business

Perennial Garden Club – * see above

AED Batteries – the Creakers have 4 AEDs that were donated by an ambulance company.  The batteries are at the end of their useful life and need to be replaced for a cost of about $800.  Donn has been looking into replacement batteries.  After discussion, the sense of the group was that new AED units should be purchased.  A motion was made by Wayne with a second by Rich.  WCSC should pay 100% of the cost for new AEDs.  5 yes, 1 abstention. Motion passed.

Jeanne leaves meeting.  Robin continues taking the minutes.

Creakers will ask the City for shade cover for the dugout.  Fred will talk to City officials.  Art said the City has a shade plan and Fred will ask for a new shade plan to include dugouts.

Dues for 2023 – Rich made a motion to increase dues to $20 for 2023. Second by Donn. Passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned 11:21 am.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeanne Wolf and Robin Wolf

Jeanne Wolf


News, Tips

Native Plant Growers – Swallowtail Butterflies Are Returning to Civic Park



Swallowtail Butterflies Are Returning to Civic Park

by Robin Wolf

The next time you come to the Civic Park Community Center, you might want to look for Swallowtail butterflies along the creek. These large yellow and black butterflies began returning to the creek bank after habitat restoration got under way. The WC Watershed Council has removed invasive ivy over a 200 foot stretch of the creek bank and replaced it with native fescue grass. As a result, Swallowtail butterflies are retuning to the creek area.

Swallowtail butterflies like to lay their eggs on the leaves of the valley oaks and coast live oaks that line the creek. Caterpillars hatch and eat those leaves. Then when full-grown, the caterpillars drop to the ground to make a chrysalis from which a butterfly will emerge. If the caterpillar drops into ivy, the chrysalis and emerging butterfly will probably be lost. The butterfly may emerge too deep in the ivy to be able to climb out without damaging her delicate wings. Butterflies only lay their eggs on native plants and ivy is not native. Thus, she will not be able to lay her eggs on ivy to create the next generation. However, when the native plant habitat is restored, the caterpillars drop into native grasses and can finish their life cycle.

If you take your grandchildren to Civic Park and happen to see a swallowtail, please ask them not to chase or touch the butterflies.


Advisory Board Meeting, March 21, 2022

Walnut Creek Seniors Club
Advisory Board Meeting
March 21, 2022

Present:  Fred Rentschler, Jody Johnson, Jeanne Wolf, Rolando Salazar, Kent Clancy, Wayne Slater, Bob Mohler, Robin Wolf, Richard Sanders, Donn King and Preston Jones and Kat Reisinger, staff.

Call to order on Zoom at 9:32 am by President Fred Rentschler.

Approval of Minutes of February 21, 2022 – approved.

Correspondence – there has been an indication from Carol Varian (sp?) of interest in leading the Bazaar Group but Fred has been unable to contact her. Her phone number doesn’t work.

Treasurer’s Report – Donn reports unrestricted checking is $55,069 as of 2/28/22 which is down from January. Creaker restricted checking increased $110 to $30,833 from January.  Looking at the comparative income statement, membership dues was the largest revenue at $1798 and field fees were the largest expense.  Twenty four checks were issued in February for a total of $1747. Money collected by the City (for drop in fees and dues) comes in quarterly so it will be received in April.  At the end of February there were 822 members.

**Managers Report – later. Waiting on Kat

President’s Report – will be covered elsewhere

Unfinished Business –

Newsletter – Robin continues to do an outstanding job.  The April newsletter is mostly ready.  Robin asked Bob to continue with his Trivia articles.  This newsletter will include a video.

Parking regulations – According to Fred’s discussion with Kat, they are not going to change. Still issued for 3 hour classes.  The Board members can get a pass.  More later from Kat.

In Person Classes – they attendance remains a bit low.  Possibly because of mask regulations among other things.  Wayne reported that the Investment Club has about 20 people including new members.  Mah Jong was down to 16, Bingo 24, Garden about 12 per Fred. Hoping as things open up the attendance will increase.

**Managers Report – Kat stated that the City no longer requires masks or proof of vaccine except for the bus travel.  She is getting ready for the spring programs. She is working on the presentation next month for the transportation grant which has been popular.  Regarding parking, she states that the permits are for between 10 am – 2 pm in the back lot where they are required, they can be in the front lot and library for longer than 3 hrs. To get a parking pass you must attend events at least twice a month.  Kat also stated that a membership card is not required to attend a class.  The drop in fee is $2 for members and $5 for non-members.  Robin reminded everyone that currently the membership card gets you two coffees for the price of one at the Library Café.

New Business

Creaker tractor -The Creakers have done their due diligence and found a tractor for $14,681.25.  Payment for the tractor will come from the Creakers restricted fund of $30,833.  The funds are mostly from donations to the Creakers.  They believe they need Board approval.  Bob made a motion to approve $14,681.25 for the purchase of the tractor.  Jody seconded the motion. The motion carried.

Zoom – Fred will be gone May and June.  Wayne will chair the Board meetings.

Not on agenda:

Kat – there have been staff changes and boxes need to be removed from the travel office.  Fred will deal with them.  Bob noted that the WCSC records must be kept for 5 years per the IRS.

Kat also noted that the Café is moving to the Assembly Hall and will need the cupboards there. Fred has worked on cleaning them out and the Board agreed to donate the items except for what is to be moved to WCSC storage closets.

Ambassador Reports – Rolando reported that the Walking Buddies have had about 20-25 people each Tuesday.  The Thursday hike is once a month.

Fred reported that the Tennis Club membership dues have been turned into the City.

Creakers – Donn reported that the season has started and will go through September. There are 220 participants.

Trivia – Bob reported that there seemed to have been a 3-4 person increase perhaps due to the article in the newsletter.

**Not on agenda

Wayne noted that a couple of CDs are coming due at the bank.  After discussion it was agreed that as rates seem to be going up the renewals should be for 6 months.

PROS – no meeting

Meeting was adjourned at 10:16 am.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeanne Wolf


Activities, News

Senior Services

City of Walnut Creek Senior Services,

Peer Counseling
Contra Costa Health Services provides trained volunteer peer counselors for residents of Contra Costa County who are age 55 and over. Counseling is FREE and occurs once a week for an hour, for a duration of 8-12 weeks. Counseling services usually take place at the Civic Park Community Center. There are in-person and Telehealth options.
When: First & third of every month, 10 am to 12 pm
To set up an appointment: 925-408-7080

CCC Senior Legal Services: Legal Consults and Simple Wills
Sponsored by Contra Costa Senior Legal Services. Pro bono attorneys at the Free Legal Consults Clinic can assist is small legal consults and simple wills for seniors of limited resources and income,
Legal Consults: 2nd Wednesday of each month, 9:30 – 11:30 am.
Simple Wills: 1st Monday of each month, 1-4 pm
To set up an appointment: 925-609-7900

HICAP Counseling
HICAP is sponsored by federal, state, and local governments and does not sell or endorse any products. HICAP can help seniors review Medicare plans for coverage, costs, and benefits.
When: Third Monday of every month, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Cost: Free
To set up an appointment: Call 925-655-1393 or use the Contact Us form at

Care Management
Sponsored by Meals on Wheels Diablo Region. A Care Manager can assess a senior’s needs and identify services to help meet those needs. As a skilled clinician, a care manager can facilitate family communication and work with adult children to design and implement a care plan for a parent.
To set up an appointment: 925-239-2486


New Photo Exhibit in Lobby



Next time you are in the lobby of the Civic Park Community Center take a look at the new photo exhibit. There are photos of Seniors Club drop-in groups, Cafe Costa, senior volunteers at Market Day, and Seniors Trips. The project was a joint effort by the Seniors Club and city staff at the Civic Park Community Center. Jody Johnson (3rd from right) designed the exhibit to look like a clothesline with photos held up by tiny clothes pins. Civic Park Community Center manager, Kat Reisinger (far right), made the space available. As volunteers were installing the exhibit, some people from the Bingo group were taking a break and joined in the effort. Others pointed out friends in the photos. Stop by and see the variety of activities that the Community Center and Seniors Club offer for seniors. Comments on the exhibit have been very positive. Thank you, Jody!


Please Send Your Photos

The Walnut Creek Seniors Club in cooperation with the Civic Park Community Center is creating a photo display of Seniors Club groups, as well as City activities where seniors volunteer, such as Cafe Costa and Market Day. In particular, we are short of photos of Senior Day Trips. Photos should be emailed at full size or large size. Please do not reduce them. We can edit photos for exposure and color saturation. The photo exhibit is for the Lobby Display Case and is being organized by Jody Johnson. Send photos to