The 2016—2017 Club Officers

PRESIDENT, CHRISTINE GARDNER

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Christine Gardner, is an American, and a permanent resident of the Bahamas. She and her husband built their home in Freeport 13 years ago. They also have a residence in Florida but they spend most of their time here in Freeport. Her husband runs the local Men’s Golf Association. He is also an avid boater and scuba diver.

She was a past vice president of the Grand Bahama American Women’s Club and also Membership Chair. She is the 2015/16 Treasurer. She is a member of the Freeport Garden Club and serves as their hospitality chair and she is a member of the Canadian Women’s Club. She was on the Board of Directors of the Princess Isle Homeowners Association and served as their treasurer for 8 years. She has done extensive fund raising to benefit the children at the Columbus House for boys and girls. She recently was successful after 3 years of trying to establish a non-profit Bahamian Corporation in order to help these children. It is called “Friends of Columbus House” and she is one of the corporation’s 4 directors. She is on the YMCA Board of Directors. After failing to get community support to build the Women’s circuit room at the “Y”, she took it upon herself to direct the completion of this project that opened in November of 2014 for the women of Grand Bahama.

She is a retired executive from a international computer software company that specialized in automating companies in the direct marketing industry. She and her husband are private pilots and have their own airplane that makes it very convenient to help bring needed supplies to many charities here on Grand Bahama, including Columbus House, the Humane Society, the Hampton Academy, and the YMCA. She enjoys time with her friends, trying to play golf, going to the book club meetings, being challenged by her garden and learning new things on the computer. She especially enjoys visits from her family, including the seven grandchildren.

1st VICE PRESIDENT, SUSAN “POPPY” CHITWOOD

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Poppy Chitwood, a native of South West Virginia and one-time farm girl, is a long-time resident of New York. She moved to Grand Bahama in 2014 with her two cats and husband Henry Smyth, an asset manager.

Poppy is the owner of Maypop Design, which creates and produces evening and wedding accessories. She also consults on event design.

A former reporter, editor and freelance writer, Poppy has also lived in Mexico, England, France and Peru, where she worked for CARE. While a Rotary Exchange student in Rio de Janeiro, she met her husband, then a private banker. She is an avid dancer, currently studying ballet and tap with Lois Seiler in Freeport (and misses ice skating rinks and listening to New York’s all-news radio stations and National Public Radio in the car!)

2nd VICE PRESIDENT, NORMA LIEDEL

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I was born in New Jersey. I Iived there for 35 years until my husband was transferred to Ohio. I have 4 adult children, 9 grandchildren. I currently live in Easley SC, and winter in Grand Bahama. I sold cars for 19 years, and then retired from Avis. I was the first woman President of a local international service club, Sertoma (service to mankind), and the first woman governor of the Ohio south central district of Sertoma. I’ve been coming to the Bahamas for 29 years!

(Norma served as 2nd Vice President in 2015-2016 and oversaw our annual major fundraiser, the Golf Classic tournament.)

RECORDING SECRETARY, PAULA FINGLAND

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Born in Nassau, Paula attended primary school there, leaving in 1967 to finish in Canada and the US. After working in business administration for many years, she moved to Freeport in 1986. When she couldn’t find a “health-food restaurant”, she decided to open one—Kristi’s Sandwich Shop— naming it after her daughter. It became one of the first island restaurants to offer healthy menu items (salads, quiche, homemade soups, daily specials), making Paula a local pioneer in offerings with a healthy alternative.

Paula opened a second deli/sandwich shop when Kristi graduated from college, and together they offered an improved diet to Freeporters. After selling Sweet Peas Restaurant, Paula had more time to travel with her husband, David, and they enjoy many cycling vacations regularly, as well as being part of amateur theatre productions. Paula also works part-time in the Fingland’s jewellery store, and their tourist-related franchise, Cariloha/Del-Sol (specializing in sustainable bamboo products) at the Freeport Harbour.

In addition her daughter Kristi, she has a step-daughter, Amy,  and two sons, Scott, and Thomas. Her three children have provided 5 grandchildren for Paula to spoil.

No novice to volunteering, Paula has served on many charity Boards, including BASRA, Project Read for adults, and the Freeport Players’ Guild—where the 50-year-old foyer of the Regent Theatre was renovated under her Presidency.

(Paula returns to her post as Recording Secretary, the office she filled in 2015-2016.)

TREASURER, JACQUELINE “JACKIE” GRAY

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Mrs. Jacqueline L. Gray is married to Mr. William A. Gray together they are the parents of five adult children, fifteen grandchildren and one great grandson.

Mrs. Gray is an accountant by profession, now retired, was previously employed with The Royal Bank of Canada, Princess Casino and the College of the Bahamas.

An Anglican, Mrs. Gray worships at the Church of the Ascension, Freeport, Grand Bahama where she served for many years on the Vestry and was President of the Anglican Women Branch for two years.

She has been very active in the community serving many leadership positions and is presently President of the Retired Persons Association in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

Her hobbies include bowling, reading and travelling.

(Jackie served as Assistant Treasurer in 2015-2016.)

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY, JOY LARSEN

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Joy was born in Scotland and is an American by choice. In 1996 she and her late husband Kurt became “winter residents” of GBI. She first joined the CWC and then learned that the GBAWC was a Service Club and so in 2000 she joined that also. In 2003/2004, in her capacity as 2nd VP, she launched our annual fundraiser, The GBAWC GOLF CLASSIC and the rest is history.

 

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Congratulations to the 2015-2016 slate of Officers elected at the April meeting (and installed at the May meeting) who will be on hand to guide the club through next year:

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President: Jo Morasco

I joined GBAWC in 2003.  Since that time, I have held the office of Assistant Treasurer, Secretary, and Hospitality hostess.

I have been in charge of the golf players and setting up the tournament for the Annual GBAWC Golf Classic for the past four years.

I went to GFWC Convention in 2013, and have been President of GBAWC this past season.

My husband and I spend approximately eight months a year in Freeport, and otherwise reside in Lawrence, Kansas.

On the island, I am active in the Garden Club, the Grand Bahama Artist’s Association, Christ the King Anglican Church, and occasionally play golf (badly).

I am a fiber artist.

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1st Vice President:  Joyce Harrison

Joyce Harrison became a member of GBAWC in 1997 and has served on various fundraising committees, chaired the golf tournament, served on the nominating and philanthropic committees, served as parliamentarian,  served as a W.A.N.D.S. volunteer and is presently co-coordinator of the program. She has served as recording secretary and president of GBAWC from 2004-2006. From 2006-2008 Joyce Harrison served on the GFWC board as Co-chair of the GFWC International Affiliates Committee.

When she returns to Philadelphia PA, she devotes much of her time serving as chair of the board of Communities in Schools, Inc., a multi-million dollar non-profit meeting the needs of underserved youth.

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2nd Vice President:  Norma Liedel

I was born in New Jersey. I Iived there for 35 years until my husband was transferred to Ohio. I have 4 adult children, 9 grandchildren.

I currently live in Easley SC, and winter in Grand Bahama.

I sold cars for 19 years, and then retired from Avis. I was the first woman President of a local international service club, Sertoma (service to mankind), and the first woman governor of the Ohio south central district of Sertoma.

I’ve been coming to the Bahamas for 29 years!

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Recording Secretary: Paula Fingland

Born in Nassau, Paula attended primary school there, leaving in 1967 to finish in Canada and the US. After working in business administration for many years, she moved to Freeport in 1986. When she couldn’t find a “health-food restaurant”, she decided to open one—Kristi’s Sandwich Shop— naming it after her daughter. It became one of the first island restaurants to offer healthy menu items (salads, quiche, homemade soups, daily specials), making Paula a local pioneer in offerings with a healthy alternative.

Paula opened a second deli/sandwich shop when Kristi graduated from college, and together they offered an improved diet

to Freeporters. After selling Sweet Peas Restaurant, Paula had more time to travel with her husband, David, and they enjoy many cycling vacations regularly, as well as being part of amateur theatre productions. Paula also works part-time in the Fingland’s jewellery store, and their tourist-related franchise, Cariloha/Del-Sol (specializing in sustainable bamboo products) at the Freeport Harbour.

In addition her daughter Kristi, she has a step-daughter, Amy,  and two sons, Scott, and Thomas. Her three children have provided 5 grandchildren for Paula to spoil.

No novice to volunteering, Paula has served on many charity Boards, including BASRA, Project Read for adults, and the Freeport Players’ Guild—where the 50-year-old foyer of the Regent Theatre was renovated under her Presidency. She looks forward to returning to a post most-familiar to her as Recording Secretary, if elected.

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Corresponding Secretary:  Lori Slenker

My name is Lori Slenker. I am 50 years old from York, Pennsylvania. I moved to Grand Bahama on Christmas Day 2013. My husband Dane and I have 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 1 angel grandchild.  Dane will be commuting until he retires.

About two years ago we bought a small apartment at Viceroy House on Royal Palm Way. We have been vacationing in Freeport for over 20 years and had decided this is where we wanted to spend our retirement years. Since then, a series of events and opportunities have literally unfolded for me personally and professionally.  I don’t know if it is destiny or just really excellent luck but I am embarking on an adventure that I never could have imagined possible.

I am a Registered Nurse in Pennsylvania and The Bahamas, board certified in cardiovascular nursing. I am a member of the American College of Cardiovascular Nurses and the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. I am currently enrolled in an online Masters Program through Excelsior College.  My original plan for my Masters degree was to facilitate online classes from the Bahamas when my husband retires in about 3 years. Those plans have been drastically altered. I am working with a group of American Cardiologists at Okyanos Heart Institute, a cardiac stem cell therapy clinic in Freeport.

It has been a fascinating adventure. From considering the

opportunity to watching the political process develop and play out as Parliament drafted and enacted legislation that will oversee all stem cell therapy and research within the country.

My hobbies are reading, cooking, biking, travel, and spoiling my grandchildren.

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Treasurer:  Christine Gardner

An American and a permanent resident of the Bahamas. She served as GBAWC Treasurer 2011/12 and 2012/13. Also served as GBAWC 1st Vice President 2013/14.

Christine is a member of the Freeport Garden Club, the Canadian Women’s Club, and the Library Book Club. She is a Board Member of the Bahamian Isle Homeowners Association and a lifetime Member of the Bahamas National Trust.  Christine is actively involved in helping children, especially the abandoned & abused teenagers at the Columbus House for Boys & Girls.

Retired Vice President of Ecometry Corporation, a large international computer software provider for the direct market industry. She enjoys flying and is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

She also enjoys gardening, boating and reading and spending time with grandchildren.

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Congratulations to the 2014-2015 slate of Officers elected at the April 2014 meeting that will be guiding the club through next year:

President: Jo Morasco

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Born: Connersville, Indiana 1947

Graduated: University of Kansas 1969, BFA Design

Married: Jeff Morasco 1972

Children: Peter 40, Benjamin 38

Jobs: 1973-77, Managed design studio,

Birmingham, MI

1982-2007 Manager of Chariton Laboratory,

A consulting pathology laboratory

1998-2004 Elected to Kirksville, Missouri, City Council Chamber of Commerce’s Lakes, Parks and Rec. Board, Affordable Housing Board, Tax Increment Finance Fund Committee

Activities U.S.: Trinity Episcopal Church: (Senior and Junior Warden: two years each; Treasurer: six years), Kirksville; Art Assoc. Board, Country Club, Planned Parenthood Board

Freeport:  GBAWC (Recording Secretary, Assistant Treasurer, Hostess), Canadian Women’s Club, Art Assoc., Garden Club, Anglican Church Women

Interests:Weaving and Fiber Art, Reading, Golf, Exercise

Location: Moved to Lawrence, KS 2013

Built home on Grand Bahama 2000, spend seven months a year

 

1st Vice President:  Joyce Harrison

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Joyce Harrison became a member of GBAWC in 1997 and has served on various fundraising committees, chaired the golf tournament, served on the nominating and philanthropic committees, served as parliamentarian,  served as a W.A.N.D.S. volunteer and is presently co-coordinator of the program. She has served as recording secretary and president of GBAWC from 2004-2006. From 2006-2008 Joyce Harrison served on the GFWC board as Co-chair of the GFWC International Affiliates Committee.

When she returns to Philadelphia PA, she devotes much of her time serving as chair of the board of Communities in Schools, Inc., a multi-million dollar non-profit meeting the needs of underserved youth.

 

2nd Vice President:  Roz Majer

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Born in the United Kingdom but became an American Citizen after marriage. Worked for Trans World Airlines as an Air Hostess for 7 years, before retiring to raise a family. Moved to Grand Bahama in 1986 and lived here full time becoming very active in GBAWC when it was a very big club.  Served as Treasurer and then 2nd Vice President  when the main fundraising was organizing the workers and volunteers  running the Garden of the Groves. Returned to the UK when children left to go to Boarding School and returned to work.  Joined the UK Civil Service and worked in a small unit assisting in training for the African National Congress in South Africa as they prepared to go into Government.

Retired for the second time coming back to Grand  Bahama as a winter resident. I have 2 sons, both married with 4 children between them. One family lives in Manly, Australia where I visit as often as I can, while the other family lives near my summer home in UK.

 

Recording Secretary: Joan Darville

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As of March 10, 2014, I have been a member of the GBAWC for the past thirty years. I have served several times as Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, 1st VP, Program and Social Chairman, and as Parliamentarian. I have worked with Wands for the past twenty nine years.

I am a member of the Freeport Garden Club for twenty three years, consecutively. I have served that club as President, 1st VP, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and Flower Show Chairman, and Assistant Show Chairman numerous times.  I am presently serving as the Newsletter Chairman.  I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and a true friend and nurturer to many.

I was born in Cairo, Georgia, reared in Rockville Centre, LI, NY, and have resided in Freeport with my husband Harry for the past thirty three years. I am a retired Nurse. I am committed to the task as Recording Secretary of the GBAWC 2014-2015.

 

Corresponding Secretary:  Lori Slenker

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My name is Lori Slenker. I am 50 years old from York, Pennsylvania. I moved to Grand Bahama on Christmas Day 2013. My husband Dane and I have 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 1 angel grandchild.  Dane will be commuting until he retires.

About two years ago we bought a small apartment at Viceroy House on Royal Palm Way. We have been vacationing in Freeport for over 20 years and had decided this is where we wanted to spend our retirement years. Since then, a series of events and opportunities have literally unfolded for me personally and professionally.  I don’t know if it is destiny or just really excellent luck but I am embarking on an adventure that I never could have imagined possible.

I am a Registered Nurse in Pennsylvania and The Bahamas, board certified in cardiovascular nursing. I am a member of the American College of Cardiovascular Nurses and the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. I am currently enrolled in an online Masters Program through Excelsior College.  My original plan for my Masters degree was to facilitate online classes from the Bahamas when my husband retires in about 3 years. Those plans have been drastically altered. I will be working with a group of American Cardiologists at Okyanos Heart Institute, a cardiac stem cell therapy clinic opening in Freeport in July of 2014.

It has been a fascinating adventure. From considering the opportunity to watching the political process develop and play out as Parliament drafted and enacted legislation that will oversee all stem cell therapy and research within the country.

My hobbies are reading, cooking, biking, travel, and spoiling my grandchildren.

 

Treasurer:  Christine Gardner

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An American and a permanent resident of the Bahamas. She served as GBAWC Treasurer 2011/12 and 2012/13. Also served as GBAWC 1st Vice President 2013/14.

Christine is a member of the Freeport Garden Club, the Canadian Women’s Club and  the Library Book Club. She is a Board Member of the Bahamian Isle Homeowners

Association and a lifetime Member of the Bahamas National Trust.  Christine is actively involved in helping children, especially the abandoned & abused teenagers at the Columbus House for Boys & Girls.

Retired Vice President of Ecometry Corporation, a large international computer software provider for the direct market industry. She enjoys flying and is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

She also enjoys gardening, boating and reading and spending time with grandchildren.

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