From our President Stephanie Cantrell
The women of this club are AWESOME! You continue to persevere even under these trying times. You continue to support each other and this community.
At the last Board meeting, we decided that helping homeless students will be our Community Improvement Project (CIP). You will hear more information about this next month. Your Board also nominated Shelli Hampton, Anna Westbrook and Pamela Kleinert for the GFWC Florida LEADS program. Anna Westbrook was ultimately chosen to represent our Club. Congratulations Anna!
Our December STAR Club member was Kay Hicks, a member since 2016 and an active member of the Education & Libraries CSP. As a professional Certified Sign Language Interpreter, she was instrumental in organizing her CSP’s participation with Ms. Foster’s hearing-impaired students at Hiland Park Elementary School. Kay logs many hours of volunteering for and outside of the Club: tutoring for Girl’s Inc., volunteering at the voting polls, with VITA, with FLOW [for which our club was recognized by GFWC International], and more. Kay does not wait to be asked to help, she just jumps in and does it. Congratulations, Kay!
We cannot fail to mention that January is REPORTING MONTH! Please make sure your CSP Coordinators have your volunteer hours, the amount of money you have donated to the Club, and a value for those “invisible donations” you have made. In-kind donations count too! A door prize here, a bag of candy there, books, shoes, decorations, glue, cards, stamps, and more. Did you bring in some personal hygiene items for Girls Inc, a pair of socks for the homeless veterans, diapers for the Pregnancy Resource Center, a pillow for the Council on Aging? Add it all up and pass the information on to your CSP Coordinator.
Coordinators, you should have your appointment set up with our President-Elect, Donna Thompson. She will take all the information you give her and compile the report for the Club.
I think 2021 is the year that almost everyone has looked forward to like no other, even bigger than 2000, when we began a new century! Remember when many were fearful that computers would fail because they had only been programmed until 1999, that banks would “lose” our money, power plants would not be able to function, and that life as we knew it would be completely changed? We held our breath as the clock struck midnight. As it turned out, nothing happened. The flip of the calendar page and the change of the year is not miraculous, nor does it cause real change or new beginnings.
Be vigilant against the virus and remember the Serenity Prayer:
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.”
UPDATE: It is a new Club year for us and the Florida GFWC.
Almost all of our CSPs or Commutinued, and its members have joined other departments. To acquaint you with the new CSPs, you will see their mission as part of their report this month. Any member can be a part of more than one CSP. If you are interested, please reach out to the Coordinator/Contact person for that department.
ARTS & CULTURE formerly Arts CSP
Meeting on Thursday, January 28th at 9:30 AM at the Clubhouse
Contact: Shelli Hampton or Anna Westbrook
The Arts and Culture CSP met on Thursday, December 17th, at the St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club for our Christmas luncheon meeting. Although we missed our members who weren’t able to attend, a great time was had by all as we made plans for upcoming events and participated in the Christmas Left-Right Gift Exchange. We all agreed that Shirley Buddi got the best gifts – as you can see!
The proceeds from the seascape watercolor painted by Shelli Hampton totaled $100 from the Opportunity Drawing at the December General Member-ship Luncheon. Our $100 combined with the honorarium returned from one of our Arts & Crafts competition judges will be donated to Paul Brent’s Youth Art Contest in March. We are also making plans to help with the contest itself.
Our next meeting will be on Thursday, January 28th, at 9:30 AM at the Clubhouse. We will be getting everything ready for a little Amore’ at the upcoming February General Membership Lunch-eon that we will be hosting! Happy New Year wishes from all of us in the Arts & Culture CSP!
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & OUTREACH, (CEO)
Meeting on 2nd Wednesday, January 13th, at 11:30 AM – Location TBD
Contact: Stephanie Cantrell
We had a great Christmas meeting at the home of Stephanie Cantrell. We enjoyed a great “drag-a-dish” luncheon with desserts taking center stage! We made plans for our Club General Meeting/Luncheon to be held at our Clubhouse on January 7th. Make your calendars– Jane Groom is doing the cooking!! We are thrilled to be decorating and cooking again in our club home.
Neysa Semmler represented our CSP for Bay County’s Wreaths Across America event. If you missed the news coverage: https://www.wjhg.com/2020/12/20/wreaths-across-america-bay-county-holds-annual-ceremonies/
Additionally, we are still collecting clothing for several elementary schools’ clothes closets. Thank you, Brenda Ruthven, for collecting the lists from the schools with the most need. She had intended to deliver the clothing after the children return to school following Christmas break but the holidays and Covid delayed those plans. Now we are asking our generous Club members to do a little post-holiday shopping for leggings for girls, jeans, t-shirts and jackets for boys and girls in sizes 4-10, and SM-MED child’s underwear and socks for boys and girls. Please bring whatever you can to this month’s General Membership Luncheon or contact Brenda Ruthven.
Our next CSP meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 13th, 11:30 am; location TBD.
EDUCATION & LIBRARIES, Meeting on the 4th Monday, January 25th
at 11:00 AM at Olive Garden
Contact: Cheryl Wisner or Pamela Klinert
The Education and Libraries CSP finalize the details for the class Christmas parties at Lucille Moore and Hiland Park Elementary schools. Santa’s Helper Pamela Klinert delivered stockings stuffed with toys, candy and treats, with candy sleighs made by Cheryl Wisner, Ms. Mixon’s Autism class at Lucille Moore Elementary plus gift cards for the teacher and classroom staff. Next, she took a second round of stockings and goodies for Ms. Foster’s deaf class at Hiland Park Elementary School.
Thank you to all of our wonderful Club ladies! With your help, we collected and dropped off two full boxes of plastic lids and tops for the Girls Inc. “Bench Buddy” project. Every little bit helps!
Our Star of the Month is Lois Lawrence. A veritable fount of information, Lois has the experience and knowledge to answer any question about the Woman’s Club. Boundless energy sees her through nearly every meeting, as well as leading the Sunshine Singers. Lois is a long time poll worker, and volunteers for many Club projects. She doesn’t know the word No, and is always willing to lend a hand to anyone for anything. She is a true example of one who is “Living the Volunteer Spirit”.
Our next meeting will be at the Olive Garden on Monday, January 25th, at 11:00 AM.
ENVIRONMENTMeeting 4th Tuesday,
January 26th, at 10:00 AM at Grace Presbyterian Church
Contact: Almeda Huffaker or Cheryl Picken
At our December holiday meeting, we brought dog and cat toys as a special treat for those animals spending the holidays waiting on adoption at the Lynn Haven Animal Shelter. They were very well received!
We are happy to report that our turtle “Burt” has been rehabilitated and released into the Gulf of Mexico. To learn more about the great work being done by our local Gulf World Marine Institute, go to https://www.gwmi.info/turtle-rescue/
We received the Board’s permission to plant two Crepe Myrtle trees on our Clubhouse grounds in memory of two beloved Conservation CSP members, Pat Fenaes and Charmian Cretney. Join us on Florida Arbor Day, January 15th, at 12:00 noon, for this event.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 26th, at 10:00 AM at Grace Presbyterian Church in room 202. We will enjoy listen-ing to Charlie and Gings Ketcham talk about their experiences of volunteering in State Parks.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Meeting 4th Wednesday, January 27th at 10:00 AM
at the Clubhouse Contact: Verna Payne
Our CSP took the month of December off, but Verna Payne and Paula Bunch delivered the baby blankets we had collected for the Pregnancy Resource Center.
We also want to nominate Paula Bunch for January’s H&W STAR Club award. We all know that Paula led the Home Life CSP for several years and was instrumental in its involve-ment with the Salvation Army’s Domestic Violence response and prevention programs as well as supply drives for Bethel Village. Then she recruited Verna and Deborah to take over that CSPs leadership so that she could be our Board Corre-sponding Secretary.
Paula, we appreciate you!
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, January 27th, at 10:00 AM at the Clubhouse.
Verna also shared the news about the passing of Emma Helms. Emma was a longtime Club member in the Home Life CSP and sang with the Sunshine Singers. She will long be remembered with love.
Meeting 4th Thursday, January 28th at 6:00 PM at the Clubhouse
Contact: Kathy Mills or Jane Rigby
The Youth Department did not meet in December. However, Jane Rigby has been coordinating the “refresh” of our Clubhouse bathroom with a local painter. We plan on replacing the sinks, cabinets and countertop with hopes of saving the plumbing. Funds for this project come from our annual fundraising auction. Thank you, Jane, for taking charge!
We will kick off the New Year with a CSP dinner meeting at the Clubhouse on the 4th Thursday, January 28th, at 6:00pm.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: GFWC Florida District 2 Arts & Crafts District Meeting & Com-petition, Saturday, February 13th
This year’s event is hosted by the Wewahitchka Wom-an’s Club. It’s a great opportunity to meet Club members across the District and see how our Club’s first place Arts & Crafts winners fare against the other Clubs’ winners. $15 per person ticket includes light breakfast and lunch. Registration and breakfast open at 9AM; the Busi-ness Meeting starts at 10AM. The Judging and lunch follow. See Gerry Wilson or Stephanie Cantrell for registrations forms and information. Carpooling will be available.