Initially, the organization was titled “The Monday Morning Club,” and it met on Mondays at 7:30 a.m., until schedule conflicts make Wednesday mornings more appropriate. The framework was loose and informal, and the Club began to quickly construct liaisons with individuals essential to Riverside’s future. They made considerable headway during the infant years, in large part because of Krieger’s efforts as chairman of the group.
One of the first projects taken on by the group concerned the establishment of the March Air Force Base Regional Hospital. After designating a “March Task Group,” chaired by Fred Jennings, the task group began to meet with Air Force representatives, both in the Riverside area and Washington. In addition to the Air Force, members also met with Senator Thomas Kuechel and Congressman Harry Sheppard. As a result, the group was instrumental in developing what is now the 240-bed regional hospital, which serves March, George, Norton and Edwards’s Air Force bases. Their interest did not stop, however, and Clayton Record, president of the Monday Morning Group during 1988-90 noted that “March Air Force Base has always been one of our highest priorities.”
Late in the 1960’s the group aided the University of California at Riverside in land zoning problems. The university’s land holding rested partially in the city and partially in the county. By working with both governments, the group was able to ensure that all zoning details were worked out by the time the land was brought into the city.
Another project that concerned the initial members was aiding local economic development. The Air Force owned a large storage and warehouse area in Mira Loma. Nearly a dozen large warehouses were no longer being used by the Air Force, and after the Monday Morning Group negotiated with Air Force headquarters in Washington, the area was offered for sale. An organization from Minneapolis purchased it and converted it into the Mira Loma Space Center.