“We have a whole new year ahead of us. And wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all be a little more gentle with each other, a little more loving, and have a little more empathy.” ― Judy Garland
Although many of you were extra busy with celebrations at home during the last couple of
months, it has not slowed down your club volunteer work. As a club, this past month, we have
collected and donated non-perishable food items for those who are less fortunate, we purchased
and placed wreaths on the graves of military veterans, we sang Christmas carols to those around
town, we supported girls in the girl scouts, children in Bay District school with gifts, books, clothing, shoes and snacks, we continued to recycle & reduce plastic use, donated to the Family Services, Grace Cares Food Pantry, Lynn Haven Animal Shelter, the USO, St Jude’s, Operation Smile, UNICEF, Heifer International and many more organizations. You are wonderful! This community is a better place because of you!
One of your membership perks is the fellowship and training that GFWC offers. Join me January 11th at 10:00 am at the club– house, when we will restart “Knitters, Hookers, Bookies & Techies.” Come and visit with each other while you knit and crochet. Bookies can gather to talk about their favorite book or the next book they are going to read. Those of you who tried to ignore the computer age and hoped that it would be a fad are welcome to attend the Techies portion of the gathering. Come learn how to set up an email account, create a document, use Zoom or send a photo using your cell phone, computer, or device. Come and socialize on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and learn more about knitting, crocheting, reading and technology. Someone in attendance (door prize) will go home with a new “tablet.” [Tablets can be used to browse the Internet, check email, download and read books, play games, watch videos, organize content, and much more]. Light refreshments will be available.
GFWC Florida is coming to Panama City this month on January 22. Laura Connely, GFWC Florida Communications and PR Chair– man is planning a one–day training class in seven cities across Florida and Panama City has been selected as one of the seven sites! She will provide hands-on training on these topics: Excel, PowerPoint, Fillable forms, Google Drive – for storing important club documents and an overview of Canva – a design tool. GFWC members from across the state may participate in this event held, in our area, at the Bay County Public Library on 11th Street 9:00 am – 2:00pm. Consider attending event, which includes lunch, to rein-force your computer skills. Seating is limited to 30 members. Click to reserve seat: Click, suggested donation $30.00. Call me to make your reservation if you are unable to click and register above.
GFWC Florida also offers online webinars using Zoom each month. This past year, these sessions were held on Saturday mornings. This month, it will be held Thursday, January 13, 2022, at 5:30 pm. Laura Connely will be the presenter and she will present on Canva and how to navigate the Member Center at GFWCFlorida.org. Canva is a graphic design platform, used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents, and other visual content. The app includes templates for users to use. The platform is free to use. To receive the Zoom link, you will need to register at GFWCFlorida.org for the free event. If you need assistance with registration, consider attending Knitters, Hookers, Bookies & Techies this month or give me a phone call.
If you are feeling like you are still in 1999 regarding today’s technology, don’t hesitate, jump in! Do not let this overwhelm you. You are not alone, and we are here to assist you. Won’t your grandchildren or great–grandchildren be surprised when you send them a text or when you add them on your new Snapchat account or when you tell them you “stream” your TV? You can do this; we can do this together. It’s a new year, let it be the year for a more tech savvy you.
“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.” ― Melody Beattie
Happy New Year,
The Welcome Home Project has received requests for two new families. Neither family have a confirmed place to live. However, our team will start fulfilling their needs lists as soon as possible so they will be ready when they get the approval to move. This will make a total of 5 families served. To fully meet the families’ needs, next month we will meet with the five agencies in a joint effort to better serve the families: Panama City Housing Authority (rental funding); Bay District Schools (social workers, utility deposit assistance donated furniture delivery); Family Social Services (small appliances, dishes & clothes); Habitat for Humanity (furniture delivery); and Salvation Army (utility assistance). Inhouse, Club member Verna Payne’s daughter donated two twin beds and mattresses, which were picked up by Bay District Schools personnel. If you have any gently used furniture that you would like to donate, please contact me for pick–up arrangements.
ARTS & CULTURE
Meeting on Thursday, January 13th at 9:30 am – at the Clubhouse Contact: Shelli Hampton or Anna Westbrook
The Arts and Culture CSP gathered for our Christmas Celebration on Wednesday, December 8th at Shelli Hampton’s home. We all the enjoyed the good food, fellowship, and especially the mimosas!
As a reminder, the Club-wide Arts & Crafts Competition is scheduled for Thursday, January 6th during the January luncheon. Entries should be dropped off on Wednesday, the 5th from 12pm – 4pm at the Clubhouse. Arts & Culture CSP members will be on hand to assist. Judging will take place that afternoon. First place winners will go on to the District 2 competition. Contact Anna or Shelli if you or your CSP members have any questions.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 13th at 9:30 at the Clubhouse. Jane Linn and Shirley Buddi are hostesses.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & OUTREACH, (CEO)
Meeting Wednesday, January 12th at 11:30 am at the Clubhouse
Contact: Darcie Brooks or Catherine Thrasher
Our members met at the club for a delicious, covered dish Christmas luncheon/monthly meeting. We enjoyed wonderful food and fellowship. We made plans for hosting the January luncheon (we will be cooking).
The WWII and Korean Veterans Valentine Day luncheon to be held February 11, 2022 and planned a Bunco party for March 8th.
In addition to our luncheon and meeting, Harry McNine accompanied Tami and hung Jane’s apron, picture, and plaque in the kitchen in her memory.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & OUTREACH, (CEO)
Meeting on Wednesday, May 12th at 11:30 AM at the Clubhouse Contact: Stephanie Cantrell or Darcie Brooks
CEO did not meet in April but we will meet in May. Please bring greeting cards so that we can write
thank you notes to veterans taking Honor Flights. The Honor Flight Network organizes flights and
site visits to US war memorials for veterans who served in WW II, Korea and Viet Nam as well as
veterans of any era who are terminally ill. Learn more about this wonderful program at https://www.honorflight.org/
EDUCATION & LIBRARIES,
Meeting Tuesday, January 25th at 11:30 am at Olive Garden Contact: Pamela Klinert or Cheryl Wisner
Our members met at Olive Garden for our December CSP meeting to discuss ideas for hosting the February General Luncheon. As catering has become a popular choice, we are considering doing the same.
The year is coming to a close, and we are still going strong in giving and doing. On Friday, December 17th, we will be delivering Christmas sweets to Margaret K. Lewis School, donated by our own Cheryl Wisner, and all the donated plastic bottles for the school’s recycling project. On Saturday, December 18th, we will be delivering the pizzas and beverage es for a pizza party to Girl Scout Troop 438, to thank them for their help in re-using the nearly 100 pounds of plastic caps and lids all the wonderful ladies of our Club collected. We truly appreciate the chance to keep the plastic out ofthe landfill!
Our CSP received a Thank You card from the LMC Visitation staff, for the donations our CSP collected to help the families they assist.
Our work with F.L.O.W (Free Library On Wheels) slowed down dramatically after the start of COVID, but our member Kay Hicks has volunteered her time to get it active again. The local children are thrilled.
Our December birthday is Kay Hicks. Kay is also our Star of the month nominee. She has worked for years with the FLOW Pro- gram, Girls Inc, and is an interpreter and advocate for the deaf. Kay has been to nearly every one of our deliveries and is always ready to listen to ideas and offer advice or suggestions. We can always count on Kay. Many times we didn’t have to ask, she was by our side and ready to help out. She is much appreciated.
Our next CSP meeting will be January 25th, at 11:30 am at Olive Garden.
Meeting on Tuesday, January 25th at 11:30 am at Grace Presbyterian Church
Contact: Almeda Huffaker or Cheryl Picken
We had a lovely time at our Christmas Luncheon at the Yacht Club on December 14th. We brought presents for the dogs and cats at the Lynn Haven Animal Shelter. This will help the animals pass the time while they are locked in their cages 12 hours at night. We also took 108 lbs. of newspapers to the shelter. Our recycling brought us $2.70.
Tuesday January 25th will be our first meeting of the New Year. We will make plans for the March General Lunch- eon. We will plant a tree at Grace Presbyterian Church. This will be for Florida Arbor Day and a thank you to Grace Church for giving the environment CSP a place to meet.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Contact: Verna Payne
Meeting on Wednesday, January 19th at 11:30 am at O’Charleys Contact: Verna Payne
Paula Bunch, Becky Cochran and Verna Payne delivered toys to Cherry Point Elementary. Thank you, Becky, for ordering and picking up the toys.
We met at the Yacht Club on Dec. 19th for our Christmas party and played Dirty Santa. It was fun. Our President Caroline Windham gifted everyone their lunch.
We will meet on Wednesday, January 19th at 11:30am at O’Charley’s. Happy New Year.
Meeting on Thursday, January 13th at 6pm at the Clubhouse Contact: Kathy Mills or Jane Rigby
Our Auction on November 18 was a great success. We made $878.00.
Thanks to Gayle and Jamie, our auctioneers, who did a great job and made the auction lots of fun. Thanks to Vickie Wenick and her assistant, Kathy Mills, for taking care of the financial part of the auction. And thanks to all of you whoattended and brought guests.
Our next meeting will be January 13th at 6pm at the Clubhouse. Our guest speaker will be Sherry Melton who will talk about Rooms with a Purpose.