From the President’s Desk – Caroline Windham
“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in
rest. Use both and overlook neither.” — Alan Cohen
This month completes my two-year term as your club president. Thank you to all of you who served the club on the board of directors and in your CSP this term. It has been one of the most satisfying times of my life. I have made new friends and memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for being a part of this journey.
May is National Stroke Awareness month. Each year during the month of May, awareness to the warning signs is mentioned. “Time is Brain” is the saying to remind you to call 9-1-1 when you see the F-A-S-T signs. A quick arrival at a medical facility to receive treatment is critical to a full recovery. The quicker one arrives, the better the chance of recovery. Since high blood pressure is one of the indicators that one is susceptible to strokes, May is also #CheckYourPressure month. Make sure to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Know the warning signs and act quickly.
I would like to congratulate the new incoming board of directors. They will serve a two-year term running from June 1, 2022 through May 31, 2024. At the upcoming General Meeting, we will install these newly elected ladies. In May, both the current board and the incoming board will meet at the May board meeting to assist with the transition. Everyone plays a part in the transition from one term to another. All CSP members should have turned in their hours, receipts and donations from January 1, 2022 through May 1, 2022. This will assist the new CSP committee members with their reports that will be due at the end of the calendar year. Let’s communicate and work together to ensure this transition.
During the year our Ways and Means committee raises funds towards the budget and community service projects and donations. Donating your used clothing and accessories to Cindy’s Consignment store is a year-round fund raiser for our club. During the summer months, keep an eye out the next turn-in date. When you turn-in your items, make sure to tell them it’s for the “Cove Woman’s Club” and the funds raised will be passed along to the club. When purchasing from Amazon, go to Smile.Amazon.com instead and they will donate, at no additional cost to you, if you select your donation organization as: “Gfwc Womans Club of Panama City Fla Inc.” This year is a local election year. When our club members volunteer to work the polls, funds are donated to the club. Thank you to all of you who assist with raising funds for the club and the community.
Later this month, GFWC Florida Annual Convention will be held in Orlando. The clubs will celebrate, honor and recognize clubs and volunteers from around the state who excelled. Workshops will be held to introduce CSP focus and programs for the next reporting year. Those from our club who attend will return with a lot of new information to pass along to our members.
Except for the month of July, the board will continue to meet each month and manage the business of the club. Take this time to rest and recharge. We will meet again as a group at the September “Welcome Back” luncheon. Mark your calendar and plan to attend on September 1st.
Once again, thank you for making my term as your president a wonderful experience. I could never h
ARTS & CULTURE
Our rescheduled March meeting was held on Thursday, March 24 at Sakura Japanese restaurant in Lynn Haven. Shelli Hampton gave a presentation on Japanese language and culture based on her time living in Okinawa. The group all had a lot of fun learning about Japanese customs and even learned a few words in Japanese. We welcomed new member Judi Lawrence to her first CSP meeting. / Our April Potluck meeting was held at the Clubhouse on Thursday, April 14th. We were joined by prospective member Marie Griffin. We voted to donate $100 to Sherry Melton’s Rooms with a Purpose organization. We discussed potential projects for the remainder of term and for the next term. / Linda Hornsby and Normandy Cooper have graciously agreed to become our CSP Co-Coordinators for the next term. / Our final meeting of the year is scheduled for Thursday, May 26 at 10:30 AM at the St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & OUTREACH, (CEO)
Community Engagement & Outreach CSP – meeting Tuesday, May 10 at 11:30 AM at the Clubhouse
Our CSP met at the Club for a brown bag lunch and our regular monthly meeting where we made plans for our upcoming BUNCO party and discussed an opportunity drawing at the May luncheon. Darcie Brooks will donate a Brahmin
handbag and matching wallet if there are no other auctions or drawings occurring that month.
approximately 150 Pinwheels for Prevention in the clubhouse yard on Friday, April l, bringing attention to Child Abuse Prevention for the month of April. / We are pleased with the new CSP leadership: Brenda Ruthven will be our new CSP Coordinator, Trina Klein will be the Secretary & Reservations, Catherine Thrasher will be Treasurer, Neysa Semmler will do Devotions, Linda Teilmann will do the Scrapbook, Darcie Brooks will do Sunshine & Correspondence, new member Karen Willis-Mathis has taken on Ways & Means, and Stephanie Cantrell will be our House & Property Manager. / Our
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next meeting will be Tuesday, May 10 at the Clubhouse at 11:30 AM.
EDUCATION & LIBRARIES (E&L)
NO MAY MEETING
The month of Apr il was a busy one for the Education and Libraries CSP. We met on April 12 to fill Easter eggs for the students at Margaret K. Lewis School. The following day, Pamela Klinert and Kay Hicks delivered the filled Easter eggs, over 20 books, clothes and new shoes, and plastic bottles for the recycling
program at MKL School. There was extra candy after filling all the eggs, so we donated it to Girls Inc to brighten their Easter. / Due to the wonderful generosity of the CSP members, and our Women’s Club members, Pamela Klinert has made multiple deliveries to the Girl Scout homeless food pantry in
downtown Panama City. More deliveries will need to be made because of how much food was donated. Because other individuals have shown interest in donating, information for the requirements and the location of the food pantry has been listed on our Women’s Club Facebook page. / The last CSP meeting for this year was April 26 at 11:30 AM at Olive Garden
restaurant. / There will be one final delivery for MKL School on May 9 at 10:00 AM. If anyone wishes to make any last donations for the school, please bring them to the May General Meeting and Luncheon, and Pamela will be glad to deliver them.
Meeting Tuesday, May 24 at 11:00 AM at Bobbie Andrews’ home
Our bird walk with Noah Stryker was rained out about 8:00 AM. But with the short time we had, our group listed 41 different birds they saw that morning. / On April 12, we helped 24 four-year-old children from Grace Preschool plant a flower. The children were delighted to plant their flower to take home and care for. It was a lot of fun. / Earth Day was technically Friday, April 22, but the local Earth Day Festival was held on Saturday, April 23, at Oaks By the Bay Park in St. Andrews. / We also donated 100 pounds of newspaper to the Lynn Haven Animal Shelter. / Our last meeting of the year will be Tuesday, May 24. We will have a Salad Lunch at the home of Bobbie Andrews at 11:00 AM. Bring your favorite salad and join us.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Contact: Verna Payne
Meeting Wednesday, May 11 at 11:30 at Olive Garden
We met at TGI Fridays on Wednesday, April 20 for lunch, before going to Publix and Dollar Tree to shop for goodie bags for residents at the Brookdale Senior Living Facility. We are so grateful to the store managers at Publix and the Dollar Tree for gift cards to help with our purchases. On Monday, April 25, we delivered 36 bags of puzzles, coloring books, markers, crossword books, crackers, chocolate candy bars, and had a lovely visit with some happy residents. / On May 11, we will meet for lunch at the Olive Garden at 11:30 AM. We will be painting three classrooms at the PPEC Day Care for special needs children in May to wrap up the Club year. / We are pleased that Paula Bunch will be our CSP Coordinator and handle the Scrapbook. Patsy Higdon will be Secretary and Sherry Melton will be Treasurer. New to our CSP this next year, past president Caroline Windham, will handle Communications, Publicity and Ways & Means. Imogene Vickers will do Devotions & Sunshine and Verna Payne will take House & Property for 2022-2024.
Having discussed the change in schedule for hosting the May luncheon at our March meeting, we did not meet in April. It was suggested that we offer what Gayle Paynter has collected for the now-postponed May luncheon to the District 2 meeting committee. We “reaffirmed and shuffled CSP leadership for the 2 years, but are happy to add new CSP member Karen Willis-Mathis as our Ways & Means representative. Several of our members attended Lois Lawrence’s 90th Birthday Celebration at the Clubhouse on Saturday, April 15. Her family and friends made it a festive occasion. Plans are in the works for a dinner meeting in May to close out the year.