ARTS CSP- Meets 4th Thursday at 9:30 AM Contact: Lois Nuber

 We celebrated the holidays with an amazing brunch hosted by Shelli Hampton and Anna Westbrook. We signed a card for Beverly Long to let her know how much we miss her. Donations were collected in Bev’s honor to be given to the Arts CSP. / We will host the Jan. 9th General Membership Luncheon and have a delicious menu planned. Lois Dick will be the contact for CSP lunch reservations./ Shelli Hampton has organized an Arts CSP event at Board & Brush on Harrison Avenue on Wednesday, Jan. 29th. It’ll be a fun time to create something of your own and paint it on a large board. Full instructions and materials are included in the $68 per person fee. 20% of the proceeds will be donated to our Club’s General Fund. RSVP to Shelli by Jan. 21. / We will meet on Thursday, Jan. 23rd, at the Clubhouse this month. We have lots of planning for the New Year, including working with the children at the Anchorage Children’s Home and with seniors at the Council on Aging’s Respite program. We also have several fundraising projects ear-marked for our Club’s General Fund.

 

CONSERVATION CSP
Meets Thursday,
at 12 Noon

Contact: Nancy Wyatt or
Peggy McLane

Our December luncheon was a fun social at the Yacht Club. We were so pleased when Barney, our adopted sea turtle, was released back into the Gulf. Our other sea turtle, Dome, is still in recovery at Gulf World. / Our CSP and Club agreed to help support our local Audubon Society by selling tickets to a special film to be shown on Feb. 27 at the FSU Holley Center. Emmy Award-winning nature cinema-tographer Bob Poole will present his two-year filming odyssey of the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique on Africa’s east coast. Civil war nearly decimated that park’s habitat and animal population. This film shows nature’s resilience with human intervention. There are correlations to the destruction of natural habi-tats here post-Hurricane Michael. To learn more, go to www.bobpoolefilms.com /
We received permission from the Board to sell tickets for a 50/50 Raffle at the January luncheon. Half of the pro-ceeds will go to the lucky ticket holder, the other half will be given to the Club. / Our next meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 16th, at the Yacht Club.

 

EDUCATION CSP
Meets 4th Tuesday at 11:30 AM
Allison Mizell

Meets Tuesday, Dec. 11th at 12 Noon this month Contact: Allison Mizell
Thank you to all the wonderful ladies who helped with the November lunch-eon and the following week with decorating for the ESOL student luncheon. It always comes together with great teamwork and smiling faces. / Sesame Street has helped kids in 150 countries and in 70 languages grow smarter, stronger and kinder. To celebrate Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary, we will collect and donate Sesame Street board books for Gulf Coast Hospital’s pediatric unit. These books will be given to the new babies’ families as an incentive to always read and enrich the lives of their new baby and other children with language. / DATE CHANGE: On Dec. 10th, our Education CSP luncheon meeting will be held at the Olive Garden at 11:30AM. Please do not forget to bring Sesame Street board books to this meeting. Feel free to bring as many books as you want, and bring a friend as well

INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH
December meeting TBD
Contact: Dianne Hodges

Our International Students party on Nov. 14th was a big success, thanks in large part to all of our Club members who helped. We owe so much to everyone who donated food, helped us set up and clean up, and make it a memorable event for these students from so many countries. A special thanks are due to members of the Education, Arts, and Youth CSPs for their help and support. Neysa Semmler, thank you for emceeing again for us. Those students had fun and ate to their hearts‘ content! / We also thank all of you who brought canned goods and non-perishable foods to the Luncheon last month. We collected about $250 worth of food for local food banks. / We also attended the Naturalization Ceremony on Nov. 8. Beautifully encased flags were presented to the youngest and the “wisest” new citizens. Over 60 new citizens were sworn in. Thank you, Vickie Ortiz, for providing the flags that were flown by Tyndall personnel for this event. / We will have a December gathering but the date is not yet determined. Merry Christmas! Felix Navidad! Joyeux Noel!

HOME LIFE CSP Meets 4th Wednesday at 10:00 AM at the Clubhouse
Contact: Deborah Black or Verna Payne
We had fun at our social gathering in December./ Our next meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 10:00 AM. We will be making plans for the rest of the year. Our focus will remain on supporting domestic violence prevention programs here in Bay County.

PUBLIC ISSUES
Meets 2nd Wednesday at 11:30 Catherine Thrasher

Public Issues did not have a meeting in December since we hosted the general luncheon. It was a huge success. Jane and her team cooked a wonderful meal for us as always. The table decorations by Darcie, Stephanie and Caroline were over the top! But many of our members were busy. Jane Groom and Darcie Brooks went shopping for Project 25. Baskets of goodies were delivered to BCSO for community children in need. / Several members of our Club helped us serve dozens of cookies and over 400 cups of hot chocolate at the Lynn Haven Community Holiday event just before Christmas. Thank you to all of you who helped! / We will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 8th to discuss our WWII & Korean War Veterans’ Valentines lunch which will be held Friday, Feb. 7th, at the American Legion Hall downtown. It means so much to these war heroes…and to us.

YOUTH Meets 3rd Thursday at 6 PM
Contact: Kathy Mills or Jane Rigby

Our famous November dinner and annual fundraising auction at Victoria’s Last Bite was so much fun. Several other CSP mem-bers joined us for a full house. Tables were laden with delec-table edibles, collectibles and accessories. Gayle Paynter and Jamie Shepard were lively auctioneers. It was profitable event too, yielding a lot of pre-holiday cheer and about $1000 which we will donate to the Club’s recovery efforts. / We agreed to take a meeting break in December but will resume meeting on our regular date. We will meet at the Clubhouse on Thursday, Jan. 16th, for dinner (details to follow) to finalize our menu plans and decorations for the February Luncheon which we will host.