Annual Committee Reports


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The GBAWC met each month for the general meetings, October through May, as did the Executive Board.  At each general meeting, business was conducted, a luncheon was served, and programs were enjoyed.  Business was shortened for the December and May meetings.  All of the general meetings were held at Ruby Swiss Restaurant, except the December luncheon, which was held at Garden of the Groves.

This year, being the Club’s 50th Anniversary, a dinner dance was held on March 9, at Taino By the Sea Restaurant.  77 members and guests attended. A social was held in late January at the Yacht Club off Midshipman with 22 attendees.  The 13th annual Golf Classic was held February 20, with 80 players participating, and the club cleared in excess of $26,000.  Once again, the programs were outstanding.

I also served on the Philanthropic Committee, and was in charge of the golf, players, and volunteers of the yearly Golf Classic.

I would like to thank the elected officers for their support and advise.  Also, thank you to all of the Appointed Officers, Standing Committee Chairpersons, and Section Chairpersons for their active involvement in the club.  Thank you to the members who have faithfully attended and participated in the monthly meetings and events.

It has been an interesting and learning adventure being the president for the past two years.  I have made new friends, and realize what a presence this club has on the island.  WANDS makes a huge impact, and is so necessary.  The scholarships and the additional awards are so important to the welfare of the children of this island.  Thank you again.

See you in October.


Philanthropic Committee Report – March 14, 2016

The Philanthropic Committee met on February 23 and March 2, 2016 to review forty-three (43) scholarship applications and make scholarship and community award recommendations. The recommendations are as follows:

16 scholarships @ $1302 each (11 renewals & 5 new)$20,832.00

8 community awards @ $1,000 each   8,000.00

Rand Nature Centre Camp

Salvation Army Camp

YMCA Summer Program

Sir Charles Hayward Children’s Library Summer Program

Humane Society of Grand Bahama Summer Camp

Grand Bahama District of Girl Guides

Grand Bahama Sailing Club Summer Camp

Regency Theatre Summer Camp

The Paradise Cove Reef Ball Project         250.00

US Too Prostate Cancer Awareness         300.00

GFWC/HOBY Leadership Seminar (2-10th grade students)       1,500.00

Total Disbursements   $30,882.00

These committee recommendations will be funded as follows:

13th Annual Golf Tournament Net Profit   $26,202.05

Transfer from Reserves       4,679.95

Total Revenue   $30,882.00

All recommendations were presented and approved at the March 14, 2016 general meeting. Presentations to scholarship and community organizations will be given at the May 2, 2016 dinner meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

2015-2016 Philanthropic Committee:

Joyce Harrison, Chairman

Jaye Andrews

Ann Bain

Martha Cartwright

Christine Gardner

Bonnie Kruse

Jo Morasco


I want to thank everyone for a very successful Golf Tournament on Feb. 20th, 2016.  You did it again. We raised the most ever for the children of The Bahamas: $27,000. WOW!

I couldn’t have done this all by myself.  Thank you to my wonderful committee and anyone who bought a Raffle Ticket, Sponsored the event, Sponsored a Cart, or Volunteered in any capacity.

You made it happen. This is what makes our club great.


Jo Morasco – Ran Tournament – Reef Course

Joy Larsen – Major Sponsors & Publicity

Bev Hall – Small Business Liaison & Much More

Poppy Chitwood – Golf Carts

Paula Fingland –  Dinner at Ocean Blue Restaurant, Ocean Reef

Jaina Johnson, Martha Cartwright – Raffle

Karen Matlack – Photos

Christine Gardner – Handling Money

Paula Farrington – Posters, Sponsor Letters, Sign/Printing Design

Follow up Phone calls

Rose Marie Powell

Roz Majer


I am pleased that we were able to continue the tradition of benefiting the youth of The Bahamas.  — Norma Liedel, 2nd VP


As Recording Secretary, I confirm that I was present and took Minutes for monthly General and Executive Minutes for the year 2015/2016 except for the following Meetings:

General Meetings:     January 18, 2016:

Minutes taken by:   Bonnie Kruse

October 19, 2015:  Minutes taken by:   Jaina Johnson

Board Meeting:    October 15, 2015  Minutes taken by:   Jo Morasco

March 21, 2016:  Minutes taken by:   Katybel Taylor

A copy of all Minutes for all Meetings for the year 2015/2016 are available and compiled for storage at RAM.  — Paula Fingland, Recording Secretary, 2015/2016



Mail was picked up from the Post Office Box and written correspondence was handled or forwarded as needed, with thank you letters or notices received passed along to be read to the club at meetings. — (for Lori Slenker)


Interesting and varied speakers held the attention of our membership as we celebrated 50 years of Service to the Youth of Grand Bahama Island.

OCT.  Traditionally the President reports on her attendance at the GFWC Convention, but this year Jo did not attend. However, GBAWC was well represented by — Norma Liedel, Christine Gardner and Joy Larsen. Christine prepared an excellent visual of our experience and Joyce Harrison & Ishbel MacDonald displayed a banner with our 50 year logo.

NOV.  Local lady entrepreneurs presented a tasty program. Rebecca Tibbits, Sommelier at Flying Fish Restaurant shared her knowledge of American-made wines and food pairings, while Amanda Ormerod, co-owner of Bootleg Chocolates, talked to us about fine handmade premium confections with flavors and ingredients inspired by the islands.

DEC. Our Holiday Lunch was held at the Café of the Garden of the Groves. This year we were accompanied on the keyboard for the singing of our seasonal songs.  Our annual jewelry exchange was enthusiastically received.

JAN.  Pat Keay, Director of Community Engagement for Heifer International traveled from Boston to share stories of their work in 30 countries during the past 70 years.

FEB.  For our traditional “Founder’s Day” we were joined by 6 members of the Nassau American Women’s Club and a celebrity from the past — Jane Cunningham Crawly founded GFWC 125 years ago and Kay Hardy enacted her story in full Victorian costume!

MAR.  The plans & progress of the Museum of Grand Bahama were explained and illustrated by Janet Albury-Simpson, administrator and working committee member of this very exciting  project.

APR.  Cheri Woods, Educational Outreach Officer for the Bahamas National Trust told us about their youth programs and educational school visits, both in the classroom and to the National Parks of Grand Bahama.


Approaching the 2016/2017 club year we have 79 Members.

Of those, 27 are Associates and 10 are Honorary members.

This year we welcomed 4 new members:

Jaye Andrews

Beth Kirby

Susan Strack

Jeannette Koch

I would again like to thank Christine Gardner for all her help this year!

Respectfully submitted,  Sylvia Clift


In 2016, hearing and sight testing was performed in nineteen schools on Grand Bahama. 1,444 students were tested. There were 150 problems reported for eyesight and 90 problems reported for hearing.

21 People volunteered to perform the tests – some worked at as many as 15 schools, some attended only one school.

Training should be offered again either next fall or early in January as there are many who would like to volunteer.

Respectfully Submitted,  Bev Hall and Karen Matlack


It has been a pleasure to serve in this capacity this year. I met many new faces as I handed out the name tags at the meetings I was able to attend. For the 50th anniversary meeting, I made new name tags and secured lanyards for them. Before I depart for the summer, I will make new name tags with just the GBAWC logo as we will no longer be in the 50th anniversary year. Wishing all a safe summer. — Karen Strauss


We had another great year with Great Book Classics. We added two new members. Some of the members will meet to watch movies of books read during the summer.

Anyone wanting to join can email me at We meet 2nd Tues of the month.  — Norma Liedel

It was a windy night on the evening of March 9th, 2016,  but that did not slow any of the festivities beachside at the Taino by the Sea Restaurant at Taino Resort.  79 members and guests of GBAWC enjoyed a wonderful buffet dinner provided by Natalie Koll and her staff.  Attending as special guests representing the GFWC (Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs) were International Affiliate Chairman, Elaine Koe Talman, and her Assistant Chair, Mary Kay Ernst.

Speeches were kept to a minimum and after dinner we all danced the night away to the music of The Apple Elliot Band.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success! — Katybel Taylor


Meeting Notices were sent out by email starting with a plan-ahead list of Save the Date upcoming meetings, as well as monthly meeting announcements and rsvp reminders.

Monthly Newsletters recapping meeting notices, minutes, financial reports, special section or committee news, photos, and Golf Tournament and fundraising updates were sent out by email to all members monthly (except March), and were also posted to the website.  New graphic headers were designed to brighten and streamline online news mailings and website postings.

Banners were produced by Freeport Advertising & Printing to help the club celebrate it’s 50th Anniversary and showcase 50th logo commemorative items researched and lovingly produced by Joy Larsen, and assisted by Norma Liedel and Christine Gardner.

A printed 44 page digest-sized Membership Directory booklet was designed and produced for all members in November.

Special notices were sent to members for the Canadian Women’s Club January luncheon honoring our 50th Anniversary, for member notices regarding memorial services, for Socials, and for e-invitations to the 50th Anniversary dinner.

The website was updated with current event information as needed (Golf tournament registration forms, etc).

E-mails and online messages. which make up the bulk of the club’s correspondence today, were answered or directed to appropriate committee or board members.

Special thanks to everyone who helped with photography or sending in pictures to be included with the news … Karen Matlack (wonderful golf tournament photos!) … Bev Hall (more great golf photos!) … Martha Cartwright (October lunch pictures & Golf Raffle/Hole in One sponsor photos!) … Katybel Taylor (2015 scholarship recipients & 50th dinner pictures) … Joy Larsen (programs and convention/50th photos) … Syl Clift (Christmas luncheon pictures) … and here are a couple of the holiday luncheon photos that didn’t make it into the very full January newsletter issue:



… and here are a few photos from last year’s Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs conference attended by our members during the summer of 2015  in Memphis, Tennessee. (Thank you, Christine Gardner, for sending these lovely photos of you and Joy Larsen and Norma Liedel representing us in such beautiful style at this international convention!)

2 Arrive 3 Uniforms 4 50states 12 4 countries

Newsletters were also sent to General Federation of Women’s Clubs organization and our Club’s 50 years of good works in the community was featured in an article in their News & Notes publication in March 2016.

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Issues of the news each month, plus additional photos of the annual philanthropic Golf Classic Tournament and its sponsors, are archived as part of the website.

The annual website fee of $99 has been paid and renewed for the year ahead.


I was happy to be on hand at most meetings and board meetings this year to answer questions that needed clarification regarding protocol as established by Robert’s Rules of Order, and/or policies and procedure as listed in the club’s bylaws.  — Ann Bain


Joy Dart kindly stepped in to handle luncheon reservations for the majority of this club year and acted as liaison with the restaurant and meeting venues to give them a head count for meal preparation based on the number of rsvp’s. Doreen Plummer kindly agreed to handle reservations for the May philanthropic dinner.  Thank you, Ladies!


A Social was arranged for Thursday evening, January 28th, 2016 at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club on Midshipman Road. A few hearty souls nibbled homemade hors d’oeuvres under umbrellas in the heavy rains that appeared that afternoon, and  the event was rescheduled for a clear and dry evening the following night, January 29th, at the poolside Yacht Club bar with 22 in attendance.


Thanks to Paula Fingland for taking on the Raffle work for our meetings which helps raise funds for the club.  If anyone has any prizes that can be donated to the raffles next year, or wants to purchase and donate prizes you may find during the summer, please contact Paula or President-elect, Christine Gardner, or bring them to the next meeting.  Many thanks to Kelly’s Freeport Ltd True Value Hardware for their ongoing support of the raffle with lovely home decor, housewares, and gift prizes they provide monthly.


••••••••••••••• 2015 – 2016 REPORTS  •••••••••••••••••







Recording Secretary: Jo Morasco

Minutes were taken at each General Meeting and Executive Board Meeting from September 2013 – April 2014.  Copies of this years minutes and By Law changes will be filed on at disc at RAM.

W.A.N.D.S 2013-2014 Year-end Report

The W.A.N.D.S Program has ended another successful year, having provided vision and hearing screenings to students in grades 2 and 9 in twenty-one (21) government and private schools on Grand Bahama Island. The results of the testing are as follows:

Number Screened – Grade 2: 720 students Grade 9: 879 students Other Grades:  49 students

Total Number Screened: 1648 students

Number Absent: 123 students

Vision Problems: 172 referrals

Hearing Problems:  55 referrals

Special kudos to the twenty-seven (27) dedicated volunteers, who served throughout this school year. We look forward to their return and have already secured the services of three (3) additional volunteers for the 2014-2015 school year.

The annual request for continuation of the program will be delivered to Mrs. Sandra Edgecombe, Deputy Director of Education, Grand Bahama District Education Office of the Ministry of Education in June, 2014.

Hazel Hallatt, GBAWC Board Liaison
Joyce Harrison, School Scheduler/Data Entry
Ingrid Nicholson, Team Scheduler/Maintenance of Equipment and Supplies

W.A.N.D.S. Coordinators
April 14, 2014 


Parliamentarian, Martha Cartwright

I served as Parliamentarian answering questions on Club Bylaws and Robert’s Rules of Order as requested by the Chair or the members.   As moved by the Executive Board on February 25th, I formed a Revisions and Policy Committee.  I served as Committee Chair and Committee members were Joan Darville, Christine Gardner, Bev Hall, Joyce Harrison, Joan Hill-Cuffy, Bonnie Kruse, Jo Morasco, and Doreen Plummer.  Notice of intention to revise the Bylaws was given at the General Meeting on March 10, 2014.  Copy of the Notice was given to the Recording Secretary for the minutes.  The Notice of Changes was emailed to all members, two were handed to members not using email, and one was mailed to a member –all sent more than two weeks prior to the vote.  The Club voted on the proposed changes on April 14, 2014, and the changes are effective June 1, 2014.

The updated Bylaws have been emailed to the Recording Secretary, Jo Morasco, and a print copy was handed to Jo at the Board Meeting on April 28, 2014.  At that time the Club copy of a version of Robert’s Rules of Order was handed over to Jo Morasco.

It has been a privilege to serve as Club Parliamentarian under President Bev Hall as she has made every effort to honor the Club Bylaws and conduct meetings under the guidance of the time-honored rules that govern a deliberative body, Robert’s Rules of Order.

Membership Year End Report for 2013/2014 by Christine Gardner

The club added 7 new members this year and removed 7 members.

There are 27 Associate members and 15 honorary members. The club has a total of 80 members going into the 2014/2015 year.The new members are:

Lori Slenker

Jackie Gray

Louise Leonori

Mirelle Lods

Anne McConnell

Michele Micheli

Tina Mola

The members who were dropped are:

Barbara Sykes

Helen Porter

Charlene Kolar

Barbara Harrington

Jill Crithfield

Marilyn Chamberlin

Marlene Dolan

I really enjoyed serving as membership chair for the last 3 years and getting a chance to put a face to all the names of the members that I harassed to collect their dues. I especially enjoyed meeting the 27 new members that were added and am sad that some of them had to leave us.

1st Vice President Year End Report for 2013/2014

Applications were distributed to the 5 schools where the club usually gives scholarships to needy students. 27 new student applications qualified to be considered.  Other organizations within the community were considered most of which serve the needs of children. As chairman of the Philanthropic Committee I chose the following members:

Roz Majer, 2nd Vice President

Bev Hall, President

Katybel Taylor, Treasurer and former President

Joy Larsen, Club Member

Jackie Gray, Club Member

Doreen Plummer, Corresponding Secretary

The committee met two times in March 2014 to consider requests for donations from GBAWC funds that were raised at the very successful Golf Tournament. The committee had a little over $24,000 to work with.

Seven students from last year were returning and therefore took $9,114 of the available funds. The committee added another eight students for a scholarship for a total of fifteen using $19,530 of the funds available.

The students are as follows:

School               Student                                     Gr

BME                   Isis Candace Roberts         11

Sunland            Destiny Gardiner                  12

Tabernacle     Anfernae L. M. Hepburn   12

Tabernacle     Hannique Robertsm            12

GB Catholic HS Clevanche Lightbourne 12

GB Catholic HS  Dava Major                          12

GB Catholic HS   Chelsea Williams             10

BME                   Jagier Wilmott                           11

Sunland            Aaliyah K. T. Rigby                    12

BME                   Robert Cartwright                    12

Tabernacle      Trenae Bain                                 12

Sunland            Cynymon Colebrook               10

Sunland             Hydeia Knowles                        10

BME                    Nathan Powell Cooper          11

Sunland             Cardrin Fernander                   12

Many requests for donations came from other needy children’s causes within the community and a few other worthwhile organizations. The committee selected the following as recipients awarding each $800 in order to provide summer programs for children totaling $4,800. The YMCA, the Salvation Army, the Rand Nature Centre, the Sailing Club, Children’s Library and the Girl Guides. Two other awards were given, one to the Humane Society of Grand Bahama for $800 and $200 to the Hampton Academy to help with their wish list.

As 1st Vice President I was able to identify some of many club assets as follows:

Item                                                                  Location

American Flag                                            Ruby Swiss

Presidents Plaque                                    Ruby Swiss

American Flag Tablecloth                    Ruby Swiss

Gavel                                                                Ruby Swiss

Binding Machine                                        Martha’s

Long reach stapler                                    Christine’s

Cash Box                                                        Christine’s

Table Decorations                                    Ishbel’s

Mirrors for Centerpieces                     Ishbel’s

2 Hearing Testers-WANDS                Joyce Harrison’s

Membership Application Files          Christine’s

Members Name Tags                               Jo’s

2 Plastic Tag Boxes                                    Jo’s

Guest Sign-in Book                                    Jo’s

There are many other items stored at the RAM facility at no charge to the club and an inventory of those items is available.

Report respectfully submitted by Christine Gardner, 1st Vice President

Hostess/Hospitality, Jo Morasco

As Hostess, I greated members and guests at each luncheon meeting.  Kept track of the guests in the guest book, and introducted them during the meetings.  My only expense for the season, was the purchase of new name tags.

Jo Morasco

R A F F L E — Joan Hill Cuffy

I would like to profusely thank our members and their guests for their generous donations and, purchase of raffle tickets this year.  Proceeds for October 2013-April, 2014, was $1,095.  Remember, our students will be attending the May Meeting. Again, thank you..

Roz Majer, 2nd Vice President, Annual Report

The Grand Bahama American Women’s Club held one fundraiser this year, the Annual Golf Classic. This was held on Saturday 22 February 2014 and was a great success, thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who  contributed in many  ways.

The Golf Committee made up of Chair, Katybel Taylor, Jo Morasco, Roz Majer, Joy Larsen, Ingrid Nicholson, Christine Gardner and Bev Hall,  met from November 2013 onwards to organize. Dates were set, sponsors solicited, advertising organized and raffle tickets were created.  In January 2014, raffle tickets were handed out at the General Luncheon and the  committee kicked into high gear.

At the February Luncheon sign up sheets went round soliciting volunteers for the Tournament and  deserts and volunteers for the  Awards Party. All active members agreed to help in some capacity.

The Hawksebill Yacht Club graciously donated their club house, tables, Chairs and tablecloths and agreed to run the bar for the Awards Party.

The Tournament went off without a hitch and was well attended with a full complement of Golfers.  The Awards Party also was well attended  and well received.  Our Chef, Kaylynn provided a tasty spread and the deserts provided by members were outstanding.  Winning golfers received their prizes and posed with smiles for pictures, which were included in the March Newsletter.

The Tournament netted $21,856.94 of which the raffle brought in just under $2,000.  An outstanding amount given the economic climate in Grand Bahama at present.   Thanks go to everyone involved in a successful tournament.

Respectfully submitted, Roz Majer,  2nd Vice President

Newsletter Report 2014 — Paula Boyd Farrington, Newsletter Chair

Newsletter was re-designed, and an issue sent out to members via email each month, with separate save-the-date/rsvp meeting notices sent out as well, depending on the timing of the newsletter. A printed version of the newsletter (which contained many photos of the club’s annual philanthropic golf tournament in February) was produced and distributed at the March meeting.  Many thanks to everyone in the club who sent photos to be included, and a reminder to please email any fun photos of your summer adventures that we can include when the club starts back up in October!

Notices were sent out as reminders for various club social events, official notices, and fundraising event reminders as needed.

Recommendation for next year’s newsletters includes creating a website where information on upcoming meetings, events, an archive of reports, minutes, and the latest news will be available anytime online, as well as regular monthly e-mailings recapping the main monthly news with links to the website.  It’s been lovely creating the monthly newsletters this year, and I look forward to continuing in that role next year.

Section Annual Report, Game Night — Martha Cartwright

Game Night is a new section approved by the Board this year.  Eight Club members signed up for the section.  We met four times at four different homes and played Mexican Train Dominoes, Rummykube, Hearts, and Sequence.   This was a loose,informal and fun Section.  We met when someone offered their home and notified members by email.  We met after dinner so hostess responsibilities were easy, and each hostess picked the game for the evening.

Bev Hall will chair the section next year.

Great Books Section

This section met at various members’ home where books on the section’s reading list were discussed and enjoyed.

President’s Report, Bev Hall

In this last report of the club year I would like to thank everyone who took part in the club events and activities. It has been a busy year that included the addition of several new members, a new look to our Newsletter, the new Game Night Section, revised by-laws, and another very successful Golf Tournament. I give special thanks to those of you who filled in and worked diligently to keep the Club moving forward. Congratulations and Good Luck to the 2014-2015 Board. Have a good summer!

Corresponding Secretary 2014 — Doreen Plummer

All correspondence received was answered or forwarded to the appropriate officer or chairperson for reply.






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