From our President Stephanie Cantrell
Well, we certainly ‘Leaped’ right over February! March is the time of year here in the South where we try to plant for spring and pray there are no more frosty mornings. Even though we don’t know what the future holds, we ‘leap’ into action anyway. It is the same with our Club’s new, incoming Board. These ladies don’t know what the future holds but they have stepped up to embrace what is to come.
There are many positions to be filled for the GFWC Woman’s Club of Panama City for 2020 to 2022, and not just elected positions. You are all intelligent, capable ladies and I would love to see you all take the ‘leap’ into leadership. It will be a most rewarding experience and with the mentorship you get, you will wonder why you hadn’t done it before! If leadership isn’t for you, please support your club and its leaders at every opportunity. We can’t have a beautiful garden if some of the flowers are missing. Have a blessed day,
ARTS CSP- Meets 4th Thursday at 9:30 AM Contact: Lois Nuber
Plans came together for the annual District 2 Arts and Crafts Competition that our Club hosted on Saturday, Feb. 29th. The theme was “Mardi Gras”. Three Judges were chosen to judge all 1st place winners within District 2. First-place winners will then advance to State Competition. Many members from all CSP’s helped us decorate on Friday, the 28th. Thank you, everyone, for pitching in! / We had plans to meet with the children from Anchorage Children’s Home for another fun Arts Day in February. Unfortunately our project coordinator, Gloria Lovers, fell and broke her pelvis. She is at home recuperating nicely. Plans are on hold until Gloria gets back on her feet again. We’ll also let everyone know about a list of personal items badly needed for the Home. / The next meeting of the Arts CSP will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, March 26th, at the Clubhouse. We invited Noel West from “Happy Silk” to show us how to make silk scarves.
Meets 4th Tuesday,
at 12 Noon
Contact: Nancy Wyatt or
At our February meeting, we finalized our plans to host the March General Membership Luncheon. Sally Mathis will be our point of contact for reservations. We chose spring as our theme and hope the weather will cooperate. We were happy to report that we sold all of our Wells Fargo shopping bags. What a good way to help encourage reusable bag use and boost Wells Fargo’s image in our community at the same time! / Our turtle rehabili-tation sponsorship has been very educational. Since our first turtle was released back into the wild, we have adopted another one. / We agreed to change our meeting time to 10:00 AM on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting will be March 24th.
Meets 3rd Thursday at 11:30 AM
Read Across America Day, aka Dr. Seuss Day, is a yearly observance inaugurated by the NEA in 1997 to encourage children to read more books and to promote excitement about being readers. An estimated 45 million educators, parents and students across the US will participate in Read Across America events. Education CSP members will visit Mrs. Walsingham’s kindergarten classroom at Lynn Ha-ven Elementary on March 2, The students will enjoy two books chosen from a list of 36 recommended for this year’s RAA program and purchased by Education. They are Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth by Kate Gardner and The Book Tree by Paul Czajak. These will be donated to Mrs. Walsingham’s classroom library. Since this day is also recognizing a beloved children’s author, the students will receive treats from Education in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday! They will receive a Cat in the Hat goodie bag with a Dr. Seuss notepad, pencil, bookmark and a custom-made Dr. Seuss cookie, as well as a bag of one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. While they enjoy their treats, an Education member will read Dr. Seuss’ One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. This book will be donated as well to the classroom library. Education will meet at the Olive Garden, at 11:30 AM, on March 24th. Please mark your calendars!
Meets 4th Thursday at 9:30 AM
December meeting TBD
Contact: Dianne Hodges
We did not have a January meeting. Instead, we encouraged our members to attend the Arts CSP meeting for the Audubon Society briefing. At our February meeting, we focused on several options for charitable giving: Operation Smile, UNICEF, and the Heifer Project, the United Nations Foundations and Shot@Life. This month we will formalize our plans to host the April General Membership Luncheon. We are fortunate that Jane Groom has offered to help us plan and prepare for “Federation Celebration”, a special event in our Club year. Everyone is welcomed to lend a hand!
Meets 2nd Wednesday at 11:30 Catherine Thrasher
On Friday, February 7, we honored sixteen World War II and Korean War veterans and their guests at our annu-al Valentine’s Luncheon at the American Legion Hall downtown. We served a delicious fried chicken dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans. They espe-cially enjoyed the chocolate pie and red velvet cake for dessert! Our guests were greeted by Club President Stephanie Cantrell and entertained by Neysa Semmler. Our guest speaker was Alex Semmler, a retired Navy vet-eran. All in all, it was a great success. / To help pay for this and other projects, we will have a Bunco fundraiser on Tuesday, April 21. Tickets for dinner and the games are $15. We will sell tickets at the March and April Gen-eral Membership Luncheons. It is really one of the most fun fundraisers we do! / Our next meeting will be Wednesday, March 11th, at the Clubhouse.
YOUTH Meets Thursday March 12th
at at 6 PM
Contact: Kathy Mills or Jane Rigby
We did not have a February meeting since we hosted the General Membership Luncheon last month. So many thanks to our short-handed department. Sandy Wing did another outstanding job with our Roaring Twenties theme. Everything went well and we all looked cute in our faux-flapper wear! / We will meet in March on the 12th, a week earlier than usual, due to Spring Break and travel plans. Still 6pm at the Clubhouse. Kathy, Jane or Ann will let everyone know about dinner specifics. Our speaker will be Kay Daniels, a social worker for Bay District Schools. She will talk about homeless and misplaced children in Bay County.