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Make your reservations today to be at the January 9, 2017 Luncheon Meeting at Ruby Swiss Restaurant for a fascinating program of special note for pet lovers, by Dr. Mary Gardner:

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Invite your friends and make your reservations by calling Christine Gardner at 602-2023 or email: cg9505@bellsouth.net

11 am Social Hour. 12 Noon Meeting.  Ruby Swiss Restaurant.

Happy New Year All!!!

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December 2016

Dear Ladies –

Here are some photos of our joint CWCGB and GBAWC Christmas luncheon at Taino by the Sea on Wednesday Dec 7, 2016.  It was the first function at the restaurant after the hurricane and they worked hard to get it ready for us!   We had a total attendance of 67 ladies, and raised a grand total of $2721 through individual donations, the Lucky Draw/Raffle and the auction of two prints donated by artist Claudette Dean.  It will be donated to Rotary to go toward the purchase of much needed building materials to help repair homes devastated by the storm.  In addition, members of our two clubs donated two car loads of children’s gifts, which were delivered to OBS Marine, a collection point for Santa’s Little Helpers, started by Vicki Martell some 40 years ago and this year embraced by the Rotary as part of their hurricane relief effort.  Also attached is the summary by Barb Stollery, of the donations collected and distributed so far through our joint hurricane relief project.
We wish you all the very best for Christmas and the New Year!



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Grand Bahama American Women’s Club

GENERAL MEETING

18th April, 2016

Joan Darville opened the meeting with the reading of the Collect and the Pledge to the Flag was recited.  President, Jo Morasco, then introduced the Program Speaker, Sherry Woods, of the BNT Rand Nature Centre’s Children’s Programs.

Minutes of the General Meeting held 14th March, recently circulated by Newsletter, were proposed for approval by Gloria and seconded by Joan Darville. Carried. Barbara Harrington pointed out that that there was a correction to the minutes and that she was not the Chairman of the Nominating Committee; Joy Larsen was.

Philanthropic: Joyce – The Philanthropic dinner will be held at the May meeting on the 2nd and invites have been delivered to schools. Two former scholarship recipients – Dava Major, a graduate of College of the Bahamas Nursing School and Kyle Weech who attended University in Florida and is an engineer there – have both written to thank the Club for their support and encouragement and the paying of their school fees.

Treasurer – Christine’s report for the month was printed in the Newsletter. An additional cheque for $926 to Ruby Swiss for March lunch and $137.38 to Paula Fingland for additional wine at the Anniversary Party were issued.

Anne proposed the Treasurer’s report be adopted; Barbara Harrington seconded this. Carried.

Parliamentarian – Ann Bain – Tranika Rolle, a young Engineer, has agreed to speak at the May meeting.

Membership – Syl Clift – New member, Anita Koch from Ohio has been approved.

Luncheon – Joy Dart: 40 members present today. Next month’s luncheon reservations will be coordinated by Doreen Plummer in Joy’s absence. Jo thanked Karen for greeting members with new lanyards at each meeting.

Great Books – Norma Liedel: Next meeting will be second to last, to be held at Christine’s house.

In memory of Rachel Jacquart, $25 will be donated to the Children’s Home.

Committee Chairpersons were reminded to have their Annual Reports completed for the May meeting.

Program: After lunch, Sherry Woods powerpoint display explained the various children’s programs offered by the Rand Nature Centre and the interest and support of the Bahamas Defense Force and schools which hold Environmental Clubs. President Jo thanked Sherry, pledged $1000 towards the Children’s Programs, and presented her with the Club tote bag.

Other Business:

Angela Hackman announced the Thursday Club Salsa Night on the 21st as a fundraiser for the Sailing Club.

Rengin Johnson thanked the members for their transparency, productive activity over the years and said she was proud to be a member.

After the Raffle, which brought in $150, the meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted by Paula Fingland, Recording Secretary

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Please rsvp now for GBAWC’s annual Philanthropic Awards Dinner and Installation of Officers on Monday evening, May 2nd, 2016. Please email your reservations to Doreen Plummerbigdp@coralwave.com or 374-4422 before Friday, April 28th.

Members & Guests/May Meeting:  $22

Dinner will be at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant at 6:30 pm, and our Scholarship Award recipients will be joining us along with representatives from local organizations receiving community donations.  Ms. Trenicka Rolle will also be speaking to us about her work in education, engineering, and science summer camps in Nassau.

Officers for the 2016/2017 club year (click here to see the slate of officers) will also be installed in a brief ceremony.

This is a great meeting to invite guests and introduce them to the wonderful work the Grand Bahama American Women’s Club has been doing in the community for the past 50 years.

Be in touch with Doreen and reserve by Friday, April 28th!:-)

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Dues for the upcoming 2016/2017 Club year are due now.  Please bring a check or cash to the upcoming meeting and make sure your membership is up to date before the summer break … or, if you’re already off island, or live abroad now and just want to contribute to the club’s work in providing scholarships and funding for education organizations on the island, please post a check to: Grand Bahama American Women’s Club at P.O. Box F-40757, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas. Thank you!

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PRESIDENT, JO MORASCO

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.

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT, JOYCE HARRISON – Philanthropic

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

2nd VICE PRESIDENT, NORMA LIEDEL – Fundraising

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.

Committees:

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

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

RECORDING SECRETARY, PAULA FINGLAND

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

TREASURER, CHRISTINE GARDNER

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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)

PROGRAM CHAIR, JOY LARSEN

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.

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR, SYLVIA CLIFT

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

W.A.N.D.S., BEV HALL & KAREN MATLACK

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

HOSPITALITY CHAIR, KAREN STRAUSS

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

GREAT BOOKS SECTION, NORMA LIEDEL

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 normaliedel421@gmail.com. We meet 2nd Tues of the month.  — Norma Liedel
50th ANNIVERSARY DINNER COMMITTEE/Historian/PR,  KATYBEL TAYLOR

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

NEWSLETTER & WEBSITE, PAULA BOYD FARRINGTON

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:

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… 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!)

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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.

PARLIAMENTARIAN, ANN BAIN

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

LUNCHEON

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!

SOCIAL CHAIR, ANGELA HACKMAN

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.

RAFFLE

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.

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And here’s the information again to rsvp for our May 2nd Annual Philanthropic Awards dinner at 6:30 pm at Ruby Swiss Restaurant  (if you haven’t had a chance to reserve your place yet!) …

Please email your reservations to Doreen Plummerbigdp@coralwave.com or call 374-4422 before Friday, April 28th.

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Please rsvp now for GBAWC’s annual Philanthropic Awards Dinner and Installation of Officers on Monday evening, May 2nd, 2016. Please email your reservations to Doreen Plummerbigdp@coralwave.com or 374-4422 before Friday, April 28th.

Dinner will be at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant at 6:30 pm, and our Scholarship Award recipients will be joining us along with representatives from local organizations receiving community donations.  Ms. Trenicka Rolle will also be speaking to us briefly about her work sponsoring science summer camps in Nassau.

Officers for the 2016/2017 club year will also be installed.

This is a great meeting to invite guests and introduce them to the wonderful work the Grand Bahama American Women’s Club has been doing in the community for the past 50 years.

Be in touch with Doreen and reserve today! 🙂

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APRIL 2016 NEWSLETTER

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March/April Woven Thoughts:

It has been a hectic several weeks/months.  The Golf Classic was a smashing success.  Thank you so much for all of you who organized, helped, played, and donated.

The 50th Anniversary Celebration was also a smashing success.  77 members and guests attended.  We ate, we drank, we talked, we danced.  It was fun.  Elaine Ko-Talmadge, the GFWC International Affiliates Chair from New York, her partner, Tony Jarosz, and Mary Kaye, the Assistant to Int’l. Affiliates Chair and Don Ernst from Wisconsin attended .

The Philanthropic Committee gave their report, and what a super report.  This year we are able to donate in excess of $30,000 to scholarships, summer camps, reef ball, prostate awareness, and HOBY.

Next seasons officers have been elected.  Yes, we are moving right along.

I know that many of you will be leaving, but May is such an exciting and invigorating dinner with all of our scholarship recipients, families, and friends attending. Note on your calendars that the meeting is May 2 (the 1st Monday in May).

See all of you on the 11th.  Warm weather is here: sun screen and hats. — Jo Morasco

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GRAND BAHAMA AMERICAN WOMEN’S CLUB GENERAL MEETING

14th March, 2016

 

President, Jo, asked Jaina Johnson to open the meeting with the reading of the collect. The Pledge was then recited. Guests were introduced, including speaker, Janet Albury Simpson, and Abbey Smith and Natalie Willis from NAGB, Nassau.
Minutes of the General Meeting held 8th February, were read by Paula Fingland as they had not been circulated. Joyce corrected the date that the Freeport branch of the American Women’s Club started 1966. Anne Bain proposed that the corrected Minutes be approved. This was seconded by Bev. Carried.

Philanthropic: Joyce reported the results of the committee’s review of 43 applicants and presented recommendations that the Golf Tournament profits of $26,202.05 be combined with reserve funds of $4,679.95 to award scholarships, community donations, and to send two students to the GFWC/HOBY Leadership seminar in 2017. These recommendations, proposed for adoption by Joyce, were seconded by Barbara and the motion was carried unanimously.

16 Scholarships @ $1300 each (11 renewals & 5 new)                                    $20,832

8 Community Awards @ $1000 each                                                                  $  8,000

Rand Nature Centre Camp, Salvation Army Camp, YMCW Summer Program, Sir Charles Hayward Children’s Library Summer Program, Humane Society of Grand Bahama summer Camp, GB District of Girl Guides, GB Sailing Club Summer Camp, Regency Theatre Summer Camp

The Paradise cove Reef Ball Project                                                                       $    250

US Too Prostate Cancer Awareness                                                                       $     300

GFWC/HOBY Leadership Seminar (2-10th grade students)                           $  1,500

Total                                                                           $30,882
Joyce thanked the members of the committee for their efforts this yea,r and Jo congratulated Joyce on an excellent job.

Golf Tournament – Norma thanked her committee for selling more raffle tickets than last year, and making this fundraiser the best yet, with a net of almost $27,000.

Slate of Officers – Barbara Harrington, Chair of the Nomination committee, presented the following slate of officers for 2016/2017, which was proposed for adoption by Bonnie Kruse and seconded by Madge Vining:
President – Christine Gardner
1st Vice-Pres. – Poppy Chitwood
2nd Vice-Pres. – Norma Liedel
Treasurer – Jackie Gray
Recording Secretary – Paula Fingland
Correspondence Secretary -Joy Larsen

Treasurer – Christine gave the month’s financial report and submitted a copy for filing.
Ron Majer proposed the Treasurer’s report be accepted and this was seconded by Joan.

PR – Katybel mentioned that the 50th Anniversary Party was a success, and 77 persons enjoyed both the meal and dancing to the fabulous music of The Apple Elliott Band.

April Program – Joy Larsen absent; for next month’s program Cheri Woods will speak on the Children’s Programs of the Bahamas Nat’l Trust.

Wands – Bev: 1444 children were screened this year with 150 identified for vision correction and 90 referred for further hearing assessment.

Program: Janet Albury Simpson of the Grand Bahama Museum gave a very interesting and informative slide show on the construction of the new  Museum at the Shannon Golf Course, which has been designed by Peter Barrett.

Other Business:

Next Executive Board Meeting is Monday, March 21 at Anne Bain’s house at 11 am.

Geneva Rutherford sent an invitation to an exhibition of Max Taylor and Amos Ferguson art at the library for one month from 15th March.

A certificate has been received from Elaine Ko-Talmadge and Mary Kay Ernst of the GFWC who attended last week’s 50th Anniversary celebration, and enjoyed themselves while in Freeport. Elaine also left a book for club members to read if they choose. The book was written by her late husband concerning children who came to the states as exchange students.
Gloria announced a performance of Canadian Rock Artist, Alan Doyle, at the Regency Theatre on March 24 in aid of youth scholarships.

Jo bid farewell to members leaving this month for the summer and adjourned the meeting at 1.45 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Paula Fingland, Recording Secretary

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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

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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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CONDOLENCES ON THE PASSING OF RACHEL JACQUART

The Club extends deep condolences to the friends and family of beloved GBAWC member, Rachel Jacquart, who joined the club in 2008. Gone too soon, Rachel was an excellent cook, and loved helping the community in many ways—not the least of which was her ever-ready smile and cheerful attitude.  We will miss you, Rachel … Godspeed.

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Rachel, wife to Paul,  mother to Karen and Sally, and grandmother of Samuel. Born in Israel and served in the IDF. She met Paul in Israel and moved to Canada. She was the sweetest most caring person I knew. Never came to see me without bringing something she had cooked: cake, quiche, or her famous shakshuka, an Israeli dish. She always was offering to help, loved cooking, and socialising..She passed away in her sleep March 30th  from complications of ALS. Miss her already, she was loved by all who knew her.

                     — from her dear friend, Angela Hackman

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Rachel was indeed beautiful inside and out. I can’t believe she has passed away. Especially as I had no idea of her illness. Our thoughts are with all of her family and friends. — Hazel Hallatt

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WELCOME NEW MEMBER, JEANNETTE KOCH!

We have a new member who has been approved by the Board at the last meeting:

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Jeanette originates from Dublin OH.  Her husband’s name is Gerry and she is a full time resident here.

Email:   jkoch@columbus.rr.com

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PHOTOS FROM GBAWC’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER IN MARCH 2016

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Article about our Club that was featured in last month’s News & Notes newsletter of the Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs:

Congratulations to the Grand Bahama American Women’s Club!

Recently, GFWC International Affiliates Chairman Elaine Ko-Talmadge, along with International Affiliates Committee Member Mary Kaye Ernest, had the opportunity to visit the Bahamas, where they celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Grand Bahama American Women’s Club. Elaine shares this report from her trip:

On March 8, we flew from Atlanta to Freeport on the island of Grand Bahama. We were greeted by Jo Morasco, the club’s president, and Joy Larsen, Program Chairman. Later that day, we met the club’s Executive Board for beverages at Pelican Bay. The next day brought a delicious lunch and a beautiful tour of Garden of The Groves, a botanical garden complete with waterfalls, birds, flora, and a greenhouse.

Over 60 guests gathered on the evening of March 9 to celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary. We enjoyed a delicious buffet and dancing at Taino Beach. The highlight of the event was the presentation of a letter and proclamation from GFWC International President Babs J. Condon. Each member also received a gift, and the club recognized Virginia Mosvold, its founding member and first president.

The day after the celebration, we enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Old Bahama Bay, surrounded by colorful oceanfront houses. We were amazed at the huge container port, the oil rigs out in the sea, and cruise facilities, but were saddened at the devastation that hurricanes bring to the island.

We are so grateful that we had the opportunity to celebrate this momentous occasion with the Grand Bahama American Woman’s Club.

Dear Members,

 

            On behalf of the GFWC Middle Atlantic Region, it is my pleasure to congratulate you on the 50th anniversary of your club. 

 

            I have heard from Elaine Ko-Talmadge about your golf tournament and about WANDS.  I was most amazed to hear about the school for the deaf you started and about the eye and hearing testing you do at local schools. 

You have made a positive impact in your area and on the world with the work you have done.

 

            My congratulations and sincere appreciation goes out to each and every member on your wonderful achievements.  The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is so fortunate to have the Grand Bahama American Women’s Club as a member.

 
 

With all good wishes,

 

Deen Meloro, President

GFWC Middle Atlantic Region

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Ladies,
The next meeting is coming right up.  Here are the details and please email Joy Dart at freeportjoy@gmail.com or phone her at373-2660 by this Friday to make your reservation for Monday, April 11th, 2016.
April’s guest speaker will be Cheri Wood, Director of Children’s Summer Programmes at the Bahamas National Trust Rand Nature Centre.
April Meeting: Monday, April 11, 2016
11 am Social Hour; 12 noon Meeting
Ruby Swiss Restaurant
$22 Members
$24 Guests
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REMINDER TO ALL COMMITTEE CHAIRS:   Each committee must submit an annual report to be included in the May newsletter.  Please send your report to Newsletter Chair, Paula Boyd Farrington, at paulaboydfarrington(at)yahoo.com by April 15th … thank you!

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The next meeting of The Grand Bahama American Women’s Club will be on Monday, February 8, 2016 at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant.
A Founder’s Day program is planned with a special surprise guest to bring you smiles!  We are also looking forward to having members of the Nassau American Women’s Club with us at the meeting—sister members of sorts (our club’s first President, Virginia Mosvold, lived in Nassau before moving to Freeport, and the Nassau American Women’s Club suggested she start one here; that’s how it all got started!).
Make your reservations by emailing Joy Dart at freeportjoy@gmail.com or phoning 373-2660 before noon on Friday, February 5th.  Everyone needs a reservation and thanks to Joy for coordinating this and communicating our plans and reservation numbers to Ruby Swiss each month!
$22 for Members
$24 for Guests
(and it would be very helpful to our devoted and hardworking Treasurer, Christine Gardner, if you would please bring exact change (no big bills) or a B$ check to pay for lunch; thanks! 🙂

11 am Social Hour; 12 Noon Meeting Starts

Invite a guest!

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The club’s major annual fundraiser is coming right up!

If you haven’t already volunteered to help, please contact 2nd VP, Norma Liedel (602-1464), or Jo Morasco (352-5879), or Bev Hall (602-3556) to be part of this event that raises our philanthropic donations to local scholarships and community education programs each year.

GOLF CART SPONSORSHIPS

In addition to our larger corporate sponsorships, there are opportunities for small businesses and individuals to sponsor a Golf Cart at the tournament for only $100.  Contact Norma or Bev at the numbers above if you know of someone who’d like to sponsor a cart—sponsor names (and logos, if they have one) are prominently displayed on the cart and seen all through the day and in event photos.  An affordable way to get your name out there!

GOLF TOURNAMENT RAFFLE—WIN $$$

from Martha Cartwright:

The golf raffle tickets will be on sale from now until the tournament on February 20th.  We will do a cash split again this year; 50% to the Club and 50% to two winners.  60% of the winner’s half to first place, 40% of the winner’s half to second place.  Tickets are $20.00 each.  Please start canvasing your friends, family and business associates for their support so that you can pick up the number of tickets you need from me (Martha Cartwright) at the luncheon.  If you want tickets before the luncheon, call me at 373-3560.  Our goal is to sell 300 tickets, giving the Club a $3,000 profit.  With about 60 of us on the island, if we each sell five ticket’s, we’ll reach our goal.  Good luck!

GOLF TOURNAMENT DINNER

If you are a player in the tournament, your ticket for the awards ceremony and post-tournament dinner is included in your registration.  Additional tickets are $15 and non-golfers are encouraged to attend this wonderful meal and recap of the day’s fun at Ocean Blue Restaurant at Ocean Reef. Prizes, reverie, good food, cash bar, and general merriment make this dinner an extra great value.  You can sign up for dinner tickets at the upcoming February meeting!

HOLE IN ONE: WIN A CAR FROM FREEPORT JETWASH LTD.

If the tournament didn’t already have enough great reasons to participate, how about a chance to win a car??!!

Freeport Jetwash Ltd has generously donated a new car to anyone who makes a hole-in-one!

Ready. Steady. Swing!!!  You never know.  This could be a really lucky day for you or one of your golfing friends, so be sure to let everyone know about the tournament and get them signed up.  Golfers can register in-person on a volunteer-staffed clubhouse table on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, February 15-16-17-18, at the Reef Golf Course from 11 am to 3pm. Registration forms will be on hand, or, you can print out one (shown below) here, or find it on the club’s website (grandbahamawomen.com):

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I believe that the January General Meeting/Luncheon was much about sharing and caring.  Pat Keay gave a very inspirational and informative program about Heifer International.  It is a true case of “paying it forward”.  It would be hard to imagine giving away the second calf, goat, or chicken that came into being, from your own hard work and discipline.

At the luncheon, I saw members giving their raffle prizes to their friends who needed an item, or to Wesley, who was really wanting the wind chimes.  I saw new members volunteering to be on the nominating committee, and older (as in length of time in the club) members willing to jump in and help.  Ladies were signing up to bring appetizers to share at the social, desserts for the golf tournament, and agreeing to work at  pre, during, and post-golf tournament jobs.

Betty Jean Kolterman from Seward, Nebraska, quoted Mrs. William Hasebroock, International GFWC President as saying, “It is time to pat yourself on the back, but do not break your arm doing it.”  We have a lot of work to do in the next couple months, so let those back pats be light for just a bit longer.

And just remember, “Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.”

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Mark your calendar, get out your party dress and dust off your dancing shoes .

Our 50th Anniversary Dinner will be Wednesday, March 9th, 2016, at Taino By the Sea.

Cocktails at 6:30 pm (cash bar), Delicious Dinner Buffet at 7:15 pm,  and the Apple Elliot Band starts playing at 8pm!

Tickets are $45 which includes at least one glass of wine with dinner…..maybe more. There will be a cash bar open all evening.

Tickets will be on sale at the February Meeting.  There will be tables of 6 and 8 at dinner.  When purchasing the tickets, exact change would be appreciated—and don’t forget the surcharge on any U.S.$ check presented. Tickets may be purchased from Katybel Taylor at the meeting or call Katy at 373-1769.

Glimpses of the Club’s early days with collages from the celebration 10 years ago …

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… and photos of a Grand Bahama American Women’s Club prize-winning booth complete with an 18-foot “Statue of Liberty” at an International-themed Rotary Club expo which was held on the then-empty-lot site that is now Grand Lucayan hotel … February 25, 1995:

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The hubbies volunteered too …

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… Lee Roberts and Paula Boyd Farrington receiving the trophy for Best Booth …

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… and looking back at some vintage golf tournament smiles from the club’s 2012 Classic …

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MINUTES  of  GENERAL MEETING

JANUARY 18, 2016

President Jo Morasco called the meeting to order at 12:00 p.m. followed by the Club

Collect and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Joy Larsen introduced guests Pat Keay, Heifer International Director of  National Community Engagement and Catherine Madrigal of Boston, Massachusetts.

Minutes of the December meeting were approved and placed on file.

The report of First Vice-President Joyce Harrison was presented and placed on file.

The report of the 2nd Vice-President was given by Norma Liedel.  Golf Tournament documents and information including the golf raffle, posters for distribution, golf cart sponsorships, golf registration, and dessert sign-up sheets were presented.

The Treasurer’s Report was given by Christine Gardner.

Motion by Joy Larsen seconded by Constance Penning to  ”approve a check in the amount of $192  to the musician for the Christmas Luncheon and a check in the amount of $1,470 to the Garden of the Groves for the Luncheon“   was adopted.

Treasurer’s report was approved and filled for audit.

The Nominating Committee members are Susan Strack, Jaye Andrews, Roz Majer, Poppy Chitwood, and Joy Larsen.

Social Committee Chairman, Angela Hackman, reported that the January 28 social will be held 5pm-7pm at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club.

Great Books Chairman, Norma Liedel, reported that the February 9th meeting will be held at Solange.

Bev Hall presented the WANDS report and distributed sign-up sheets for the February schools.

Bev Hall reported that 50th Anniversary tote bags are for sale for $17.00 and members can order shirts for $30.00

Program Chairman, Joy Larsen, reported that Kay Hardy will be performing an impersonation of GFWC founder Jane Cunningham Croly for the GBAWC Founder’s Day luncheon.

Katybel Taylor reported that the GBAWC 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner Dance will be held March 9th at Tanio Beach.  Tickets are $45.00 per person.

The program was given by Pat Keay, Director National Community Engagement Heifer International.

The raffle drawing was held.

The meeting adjourned at 1:45 pm.

Submitted by Bonnie Kruse, Secretary Pro-tem.

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Be sure to bring extra $$ to February’s meeting for our monthly raffle with lovely prizes. If you have any nice items to contribute to the ongoing monthly raffles, please contact Paula Fingland, 373-8497, or bring them to the meeting!

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The Great Books section will be meeting on February 9th at Joy Larsen’s home:  1 pm.

SPECIAL NOTE: SOCIAL NOW SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016

Due to the heavy rains and weather this Thursday, the Social has been rescheduled for FRIDAY, JANUARY 29TH, at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Please bring an appetizer and enjoy a fun get together. Members, spouses, and guest all welcome.  Open cash bar.

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If you’ve been out of town and haven’t had a chance to pay your annual membership dues, please contact Membership Chair, Syl Clift, at 352-9106 or syl.clift@gmail.com, to bring your dues up to date. Thanks so much!

That’s all for this issue … Happy Warm-Winter Days to All!!

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The next meeting of The Grand Bahama American Women’s Club will be on Monday, February 8, 2016 at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant.
A Founder’s Day program is planned with a special surprise guest to bring you smiles!  We are also looking forward to having members of theNassau American Women’s Club with us at the meeting—sister members of sorts (our club’s first President, Virginia Mosvold, lived in Nassau before moving to Freeport, and the Nassau American Women’s Club suggested she start one here; that’s how it all got started!).
Make your reservations by emailing Joy Dart at freeportjoy@gmail.com or phoning 373-2660 before noon on Friday, February 5th.  Everyone needs a reservation and thanks to Joy for coordinating this and communicating our plans and reservation numbers to Ruby Swiss!
$22 for Members
$24 for Guests
(and it would be very helpful to our devoted Treasurer, Christine Gardner, if you would please bring exact change (no big bills) or a B$ check to pay for lunch; thanks!)

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INVITES YOU TO A SOCIAL
Thursday, January 28th, 2016
from 5 pm – 7 pm
 
Members & Guests Welcome
The Grand Bahama Yacht Club
(off Midshipman Road by Cooper’s Gas Station)
 
Open Bar
PLEASE BRING AN APPETIZER!

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JANUARY 18, 2016 MEETING · RSVP NOW

Program Chair, Joy Larsen, has arranged a special presentation for our January 2016 meeting featuring Pat Keay, Director of Community Engagement for Heifer International—an organization that has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income.  Pat will be sharing stories of Heifer International’s work in 30 countries (including the United States) during the past 70 years.

This video by Food Network Host & Chef, Alton Brown, explains more about Heifer International‘s mission:

TO RSVP for the meeting on January 18, 2016 at Ruby Swiss Restaurant, email Joy Dart at freeportjoy@gmail.com or call her at 373-2660 before this Friday, January 15th. Bring a guest if you can!

Meeting time is 12 noon with Social Hour starting at 11 am at Ruby Swiss.  Remember to bring some extra $$ for the raffle, and sign up to help organize and support the Club’s major fundraiser for local scholarships: The GBAWC Golf Classic on Saturday, February 20th, 2016 at the Grand Lucayan Reef Golf Course.

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Happy New Year. I hope many of you have returned to your island homes from your holiday travels. This is going to be a very busy spring season: the golf tournament is quickly approaching (Feb. 20), and we will need everyone’s assistance. Our 50th Anniversary Celebration (March 9) is being planned, so be ready for a lovely evening of dining, music, and dancing.

Joy Larsen has interesting programs planned, so I hope to see all of you at our monthly luncheon meetings and special events. I do believe that getting together monthly is the best way to remain viable and very present on the island. Don’t forget to purchase the New GBAWC 50th Anniversary Logo bags and shirts. W.A.N.D.S. (hearing and vision testing in local schools) volunteers are working hard, and the Philanthropic Committee has been formed under Joyce Harrison’s incredibly organized leadership. Also, the Nominating Committee will be looking for members to jump up, and offer their services for the coming year. Ladies, it is very rewarding and fun: BE AN OFFICER!

See everyone soon, and remember, “You’re never too old to learn something stupid.”

— Jo Morasco, President

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GRAND BAHAMA AMERICAN WOMEN’S CLUB
GENERAL MEETING
7 December 2015
Garden of the Groves
Connie Penning read the Collect
President, Jo Morasco, asked for a Motion that the business of the meeting be deferred.  This was moved by Ann Bain, seconded by Bev Hall.  Motion passed.
The Holiday Festivities continued with lunch, raffle, jewelry exchange, and singing with accompaniment.
President, Jo reminded the Board of the Executive Meeting on Monday, Dec. 21 at Katybel Taylor’s home.  Angela announced plans for a January Social, which will be confirmed at the Jan. Meeting.
The meeting ended at 2:30.
Paula Fingland
Recording Secretary
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The Grand Bahama American Women’s Club’s annual MAJOR fundraiser that allows up to continue our scholarship donations to Grand Bahama students and support of civic and educational projects on the island is coming up on Saturday, February 20th, 2016.
If you can volunteer your time to help with setting up, sponsor a golf cart, encourage golfers to join in the tournament, bake items for the dessert table, or help with any of the myriad tasks involved in coordinating this very popular event, please contact Norma Liedel at 602-1464 (normaliedel1421@gmail.com) or Jo Morasco at 352-5879 (jomorasco@yahoo.com).  Sign-up sheets and more information will be available at the meeting on Monday, January 18th at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant.  Here’s a peek at the Golfer’s Registration form … talk it up to golfers you may know—or invite golfing friends from afar to fly in for a great game and a lot of fun: it’s a good time for a great cause!
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A BIG RED-WHITE-AND-BLUE THANK YOU TO THE CANADIAN WOMEN’S CLUB FOR A FABULOUS LUNCHEON HONORING THE GRAND BAHAMA AMERICAN WOMEN’S CLUB’S 50 YEARS OF SERVICE at their monthly meeting held on January 6, 2016 at Taino By the Sea Restaurant.
It was a great turnout on a cozy rainy day that featured Texas-sized helpings of delicious American barbecue themed favorites, an American trivia quiz, a Big As America Cake, lots of door prizes, and very fun fellowship and laughter.  Here are a few photos from the meeting … thanks, Trixie Kuettel, Louise Koll, and everyone who snapped pictures and sent them in … and special thanks to everyone at the Canadian Women’s Club for such a beautiful, lighthearted, and memorable meeting celebrating our anniversary!
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Canadian Women’s Club President, Debra Edwards, welcomed everyone to “The Party Club’s” honoring of The Grand Bahama American Women’s Club’s 50 Years of Service.
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The Grand Bahama American Women’s Club’s First President, Virginia Mosvold, attended and gave eloquent and impromptu remarks about how the club was formed with much fun and great enthusiasm back in 1966—and she especially thanked and paid homage to all the members over the years, and to everyone who has hand in doing the club’s great work and keeping it going these past 50 years.  (Thanks, Virginia!)
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A delicious American-barbecue themed lunch was enjoyed … and a great big beautiful USA cake was presented for dessert!
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GBAWC First Vice President, Joyce Harrison, and President, Jo Morasco, accepting the cake on behalf of the club.
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Thanks again, Canadian Women’s Club for a wonderful luncheon!!
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Special Reminder About Annual Dues:  For those of you who have been away or haven’t had your checkbook with you at the meetings in 2015, please bring your dues to the January meeting or contact Membership Chair, Sylvia Clift, to get your dues caught up!  Our small annual dues fee helps make a big difference in the Grand Bahama community—and if you really want to get ahead on things for 2016, you can also pay your dues for the upcoming year too if you like!   If you’re not sure if you’d paid your dues or not, contact Syl Clift at 352-9106 or syl.clift@gmail.com.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!!!

Welcome, Ladies—so glad you’ve joined us!

Susan Strack
email NRSStrack@aol.com
Husband Robert
American; Part time resident
Phone 242-602-4487

Beth Kirby
email thebeach24@gmail.com
Canadian; Part time resident
Phone 373-1408

Jaye Andrews
email jayeandrews1@yahoo.com
Husband Dave
American; Full time resident
Phone 602-5937

 

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If you have any prizes to donate to the monthly Raffles, please bring them to the upcoming meeting—the raffles raises $$$ to help keep the club going and all to our support of community organizations. Every little bit helps, and donated items that you would want to win in a raffle are ever-appreciated!  — Paula Fingland

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NOTICE – LOOKING FOR A BICYCLE:

If anyone has a used ladies bicycle that they wish to sell, please could they contact Anne Coulton by email atannecoulton@hotmail.com or by cellphone 441-8884 after Thursday January 14. Thank you!

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Save the date of March 9th for GBAWC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner.

AND — if you haven’t rsvp’d yet for this month’s meeting on January 18, 2016, please call Joy Dart at 373-2660 or email her at freeportjoy@gmail.com to make your reservation — thank you!!

 

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Annual Holiday Luncheon

Monday, December 7, 2015

at The Garden of the Groves

11:30 Social Hour, 12:30 Luncheon

Luncheon Menu Choices:

Roast Beef or Mahi Mahi

Chocolate Cake or Pineapple Upside Down Cake

MAKE YOUR RESERVATION TODAY:

RSVP to:  Joy Dart, 373-2660 or freeportjoy@gmail.com  Reservations must be in by Thursday, December 3.

$42.00 per person includes:

• Choice of entree (meat or fish)

• Choice of dessert (chocolate cake or pineapple upside down cake)

• One glass of wine or cocktail or beer (not to include tropical drinks)

•  coffee or tea

•  VAT (included)

•  gratuity (included)

Jewelry Exchange (optional):

If you wish to participate, wrap a piece of jewelry for a gift exchange. It can be a new piece of nice costume jewelry (in the $25-ish range) or a mint-condition previously loved item from your own jewelry box!

Raffle

Bring extra $$ to the meeting for raffle tickets—there’s a tradition of wonderful prizes at the annual Holiday Luncheon (and members: if you have any lovely prizes or items to donate to the raffle for future meetings, please bring them!).

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Amanda and Rebecca, who presented the Nov. meeting, blending chocolates and wine were fabulous. We thank them so very much for a lot of information and samples.

December 7 Holiday Luncheon: Garden of the Groves; Should be a lot of fun with the jewelry exchange, good food, large raffle, and possibly some music.

Remember, the January meeting is the third (3rd) Monday of the month due to the national holiday: Majority Rule Day.

I wish you and yours a very happy and joyful holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you. Be Safe.

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Guest.Spkrs.Rebecca.Amanda.NovNovember 2015 Guest Speakers: Rebecca Tibbits, Certified Sommelier of Flying Fish Restaurant, and Rebecca Ormerod, co-owner of Bootleg Chocolates shop and coffee cafe at Port Lucaya Marketplace. Wine.Tasting.Rebecca.11.2015Club.Amer.Wine.Tasting.11.15Bootleg.Chocolate.Samples

GRAND BAHAMA AMERICAN WOMEN’S CLUB

GENERAL MEETING

NOVEMBER 9, 2015

Ruby Swiss Restaurant

President, Jo Morasco, called the meeting to order at 12.05. The Collect was read by Poppy Chitwood and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Guests were introduced.

The President then distributed to paying members the newly printed Membership Directory booklet, which Paula Farrington designed and printed, and thanked Paula  and Freeport Advertising & Printing for her wonderful contribution.

Jocelyn Mullis moved that the Minutes of the October General Meeting be accepted as published in the Newsletter. The Motion was seconded by Bev Hall and carried.

Treasurer, Christine Gardener, reviewed the Treasurer’s Report published in the Newsletter and explained the addition of two recent checks: Ruby Swiss for October’s Lunch $473.00 and $187.05 to the Uniform Store for golf tournament tote bags. Paula Fingland made a Motion that the Treasurer’s Report be accepted; this was seconded by Joy and carried. The report will be filed for audit.

1st President, Joyce Harrison – No report.

2nd Vice President, Norma Liedel, asked that those involved in the upcoming Golf Tournament fundraiser meet after lunch. She also asked for a volunteer to handle the $100/cart donation during the tournament.

Assistant Treasurer, Jackie Gray, gave the Audit Repost which was prepared by herself and Ely Decter. Martha Cartwright moved that the Audit be approved. This was seconded by Gloria McGlone and carried.

Parliamentarian, Ann Bain – No report.

Program: Joy Larsen announced the December luncheon and jewelry exchange is planned for December 7 at Garden of the Groves. Cost is $42 and includes tea or coffee, a glass of wine, gratuity and vat.

Luncheon, Membership and Hospitality Chairs – are all off island. President thanked Paula Conway for helping.

Great Books, Norma LiedelThe club is reading Bartleby, The Scrivener: A Story Of Wall Street by Herman Melville and will be meeting on Tuesday 17th. There are currently 10 members. Anyone wishing to join should contact Norma.

 

Social: Angela promised a nice event for January.

Raffle: President, Jo, asked for a Volunteer to Head the Raffle Committee and thanked Paula Fingland and Doreen Jamison for handling it today.

50th Anniversary Celebration: Historian/PR, Katybel, gave a brief history of W.A.N.D.S. (Women’s Auxiliary Nursing Division) which came about many years ago when the Club decided to make themselves available in case of major emergencies (plane crash, or other). The Ladies who formed the W.A.N.D.S. eventually started the School for the Deaf, and began the testing of sight and hearing at local schools.

Katybel then reported that the 50th year Celebration on March 9, 2016

will be a dinner at Taino by the Sea Restaurant and will include a Steel Band during cocktails and dance music afterwards.

Nomination Committee: Jo asked that a Nominating Committee be formed to prepare a slate of officers for the upcoming year October 2015 – April 2016. Volunteers included: Poppy Chitwood, Paula Conway, Joy Larsen and Bev Hall.

Joyce Harrison read a letter from Hazel Hallett who is leaving the island. Hazel “thanked the Club for the honor of serving in several different capacities” since 2006.

Program Speakers, Amanda Ormerod and Rebecca Tibbits gave an interesting talk on their respective fields: Bootleg Chocolates in Port Lucaya and information on American Wines (Flying Fish Restaurant). Samples of both were enjoyed by all.

The Meeting adjourned at 2:45.

The Executive Board Meeting will be held November 16, 11:00 am at Joyce Harrison’s home.

Respectfully submitted,

Paula Fingland, Recording Secretary

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Dec 3, 5, 6: How Da Grinch Teef Christmas, Regency Theatre

December 3: Grand Bahama Humane Society Trivia Night at Lucaya International School, 6:30 pm, donation of $5 at the door to help homeless animals; food and cash bar

Dec 4: Festival Noel, Rand Nature Center, 7-10pm

December 7: GBAWC Holiday Luncheon, Garden of the Groves

Dec  12:  Santa’s Bahamian Sleigh Parade for BASRA, UNEXSO (Underwater Explorers Society), 6pm … enjoy the lights and hot chocolate … tickets at UNEXSO … children 3 and under free.

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Annual Holiday Luncheon

Monday, December 7, 2015

at The Garden of the Groves

11:30 Social Hour, 12:30 Luncheon

Luncheon Menu Choices:

Roast Beef or Mahi Mahi

Chocolate Cake or Pineapple Upside Down Cake

MAKE YOUR RESERVATION TODAY:

RSVP to:  Joy Dart, 373-2660 or freeportjoy@gmail.com  Reservations must be in by Thursday, December 3.

$42.00 per person includes:

• Choice of entree (meat or fish)

• Choice of dessert (chocolate cake or pineapple upside down cake)

• One glass of wine or cocktail or beer (not to include tropical drinks)

•  coffee or tea

•  VAT (included)

•  gratuity (included)

Jewelry Exchange (optional):

If you wish to participate, wrap a piece of jewelry for a gift exchange. It can be a new piece of nice costume jewelry (in the $25-ish range) or a mint-condition previously loved item from your own jewelry box!

Raffle

Bring extra $$ to the meeting for raffle tickets—there’s a tradition of wonderful prizes at the annual Holiday Luncheon (and members: if you have any lovely prizes or items to donate to the raffle, please bring them!).

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NEWSLETTER · NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER · NEWS NEWS NEWS

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FROM PRESIDENT, JO MORASCO:

If you were unavailable for last months luncheon, you missed a splendid presentation by Christine Gardner, Joy Larsen and Norma Liedel (in absentia).  They described and showed in detail the events and happenings at the 125th GFWC Convention in Nashville.  They were very well received in their “GBAWC Uniforms”. Good job ladies.

Our holiday luncheon will be held at Garden of the Groves on December 7.  Please note,  this is the first Monday, so one week earlier than usual.  We will once again have a jewelry exchange.  Please bring a very wearable, pretty and/or unusual piece to pass on.

A large “thank you” to Jaina Johnson, Joy Dart, and Doreen Jamieson for filling in for off-island members.  Thank you, thank you for your assistance.

Our 2nd V.P. Norma Liedel is back. When she approaches you for help with the up coming golf tournament in Feb., please say YES.  Let’s make this tournament the best one yet.  Remember, this is our only fundraiser for our scholarship and philanthropic donations each year.

Do you have a thought as to what GBAWC should do or donate to commemorate our 50 years on the island?  If you do, please contact Barb Stollery with your ideas. Have questions: contact myself or Barb.

Next meeting, this Monday November 9.  Joy Larsen has put together a wonderful program featuring a new local enterprise with handmade Bahamian chocolates (Bootleg Chocolates), as well as stories behind some great American-made wines as told by Flying Fish Restaurant’s sommelier, Rebecca Tibbitts. Hope to see you there!

Thought: You might consider this phrase since the US is gearing up for hours of political debate: “Hot off the Press” As the paper goes through the rotary printing press, friction causes it to heat up. Therefore, if you grab the paper right off the press, it is hot. the expression means to get immediate information.

THE NEXT MEETING — THIS MONDAY NOVEMBER 9TH

There’s a delightful program planned for this Monday, November 9, 2015 featuring speakers who will tell us about Handmade Bahamian chocolates and American made wines.

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Amanda Ormerod, co-owner of  Bootleg Chocolates—a family owned company crafting fine handmade premium confections with flavors and ingredients inspired by the islands—will talk with us about the spirit of good taste, fond memories, and adventure that are at the heart and soul of Bootleg Chocolates. (click on the company name to see their website; they have also just opened a new coffee & chocolate shop at Port Lucaya Marketplace!)

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Rebecca Tibbitts, Sommelier at Flying Fish Restaurant, will also join us to share her knowledge about American-made wines and food pairings.  The Bahamas’ only female Certified Sommelier, Rebecca and her husband, Chef Tim Tibbitts, operate the first restaurant in Grand Bahama to be awarded the AAA 4-Diamond rating, and have also been named one of the Top 10 Restaurants in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor.

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MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS before Friday, November 6th by emailing Joy Dart at freeportjoy@gmail.com or call her at 373-2660.  This promises to be a fun meeting and is a great time to invite guests:  Luncheon is $22 for Members; $24 for Guests at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant in Freeport. Everyone needs a reservation. 

Social Hour starts at 11 am at Ruby Swiss, Nov. 9, 2015, with the meeting starting at noon.  Consider bringing along a little extra spending $$ as we hear there will be lovely raffle prizes as well!

Editor’s Note:  This promises to be a fun program. We’re slightly past the deadline for reservations as you’re reading this, so if you haven’t called or written to Joy Dart yet and want to be there or invite a guest, call Joy immediately to see if it’s possible for her to squeak in a reservation for you!

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W.A.N.D.S. UPDATE

As we begin in January 2016, a new season of pre-vision and hearing screenings for students in grades two and nine, we are in need of additional volunteers. Membership in the Grand Bahama American Women’s Club is not a requirement. If you know of someone interested in joining this worthwhile service project, please contact Joyce Harrison at 373.3694 or jharri9999@aol.com. Orientation will be scheduled, as needed.

Thank you,

Joyce Harrison
Bev Hall
Karen Matlack

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The meeting was called to order by President,  Jo Morasko. 
Gloria McGlone read the Collect; the Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Two guests were introduced.

The minutes of the April general meeting were accepted as published in the newsletter.

Joyce Harrison, 1st Vice President, gave a report regarding letters of thanks the GBAWC has received from various recipients of scholarships and grants during the past year. These included Mrs. Bennett of the Sunland School, the family of scholarship recipient Roger Russell and the Sea Safari Camp. Joyce will also be seeking members for the GBAWC philanthropic committee.

Jackie Gray, Assistant Treasurer, presented the proposed budget for the new year. It was accepted as presented.
 
Joy Larsen read a report prepared by 2nd Vice President Norma Liedel which summarized her attendance and participation at the Annual Convention of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), June 13-15 in Memphis, TN. She attended this conference with Joy Larsen and Christine Gardner.

President, Jo Morasco, made a variety of announcements regarding Committees, activities, membership dues being collected today, raffle tickets being sold, status reports on newsletter, great books and upcoming club social events.

The President introduced a slate of items for discussion and members voted as follows:
Monthly luncheons to continue at Ruby Swiss –  approved.
Christmas luncheon at Garden of the Groves –  approved.
Annual golf tournament, and date of February 20th –  approved.
50th year celebration of GBAWC, and date of March 9, 2015  –  approved.

Christine Gardner, Treasurer, gave a report and moved that the following payments be approved:

Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School:   $868.00, St. 
St. Paul’s Methodist College:   $868.00

Sunland Baptist Academy:   $1736.00, 
Tabernacle Academy:   $868.00

Bishop Michael Eldon School:   $2,604.00

Christine Gardner (petty cash replenishment)  $89.10

The Motion was passed and payments approved.

Bank balance:  $27,298.63.

A copy of the report was given to the Secretary to be filed for audit.

Joyce Harrison gave a Wands report:  1600 students were served (last year?), and the program has been active for 40 years. The Wands Volunteer sheet was circulated.

Joy Larsen presented the logo designed by her in collaboration with Paula Boyd Farrington to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the GBAWC, which incorporates the colors of the Bahamian flag. She recommended that this logo be used on the shirts, including WANDS volunteers when working in the schools, as well as on the golf tournament shirts.

Program speakers Christine Gardner and Joy Larsen gave a narrative of their activities and a slide show from their participation at the Annual Convention of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC). They tremendously enjoyed meeting and networking with members from all over the world, and referenced a number of programs they became familiar with that are sponsored by other GFWC members, and that our Club may consider in the future.

Jo Morasco reported that the next executive board meeting is October 26, 2015 at Joy Larsen’s home.

The raffle total today was $125.00.  20 members attended the luncheon and there were two guests present. The meeting adjourned at 2:15 pm.

Submitted by Jaina Johnson, standing in for Paula Fingland.

PHOTOS FROM THE OCTOBER MEETING

(with many thanks to Martha Cartwright for her photography of all the meeting fun!)

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Bring some extra $$ to the meeting to buy tickets to this month’s raffle, which will have some great prizes!  The Club is looking for a pair of people to volunteer to sell tickets at the meeting and to help gather prizes for future raffles.  Please contact Jo Morasco if you can help out:  352-5879 or jomorasco@yahoo.com

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Save the Date for our upcoming Golf Tournament and major fundraiser for the club year. The dollars raised from this support our ongoing scholarships to local students and philanthropic donations to educational and community-building organizations on the island.

2nd VP Norma Liedel (normaliedel421@gmail.com or 602-1464) will be chairing this event and will need everyone’s help to make it happen. A very short golf classic meeting will be held right after the luncheon on Monday, November 9th.  Please be in touch with Norma to ask about ways you can help make this another successful golf tournament that golfers look forward to all year!

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The 1st Great Books meeting for this club year will be at Norma Liedel’s place on Tuesday November 17th, 2015 at  noon, Atlantis Condominiums. Call for info or directions: 602-1464.

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BRING YOUR CHEQUE BOOK to this upcoming meeting as you may wish to order a beautiful professionally embroidered 50th Anniversary GBAWC golf shirt or special screen printed tote bag. Bev Hall will have samples of these lovely items on hand for you to see, and will be taking orders for these limited edition items that proudly celebrate our club’s 50 years of service to the Grand Bahama community!

GRAND BAHAMA AMERICAN WOMEN’S CLUB 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
A Letter from President, Jo Morasco:
This is our club’s 50th Anniversary Year. Over the past half century, our members have contributed their time and hard work to many of our great initiatives, and have made a significant contribution to our island home through ongoing service, scholarship donations, and community fundraising.
We are proud of our accomplishments and we will be having a celebration with friends and local organizations coming together to celebrate our 50 years of service to Grand Bahama. We have penciled in the date of March 9, 2016 (with plans to be officially approved at our upcoming meeting).
Over the next few weeks we will be gathering ideas on ways our club can continue to be a leader in education-oriented contributions and projects that benefit the youth of Grand Bahama into the next 50 years.
Please send your thoughts and ideas to barbstollery@hotmail.com between now and the end of November. She will bring our collective thoughts forward to share with the Board. As we prepare to mark the occasion of our club’s anniversary, it seems only fitting to explore new possibilities and new plans that would be a natural fit in expanding our longstanding support and commitment to student education on Grand Bahama Island.
Thank you!
— Jo Morasco
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NOVEMBER 2015
Monday, November 9
Grand Bahama American Women’s Club Luncheon
Ruby Swiss Restaurant · 11 am Social | Noon Meeting
Wednesday, November 11
Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce
Annual General Meeting
Pelican Bay Hotel · 12:30 pm
Thursday, November 12
Grand Bahama Artist’s Association
Thanksgiving Art Exhibit
BNT Rand Nature Centre · 7 pm
Saturday, November 14
“More Days Like This … The Art of Greg Farrington”
Exhibition Opening · The Grand Gallery · 6-8 pm
Saturday & Sunday, November 14 & 15
Freeport Rugby Club 50th Anniversary Weekend
Friday, November 20
The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society presents
The Resonance String Quartet:  “Bach to Hip Hop”
Saturday, November 21
Rotary Club of Lucaya’s
Moonlight Jazz at The Garden
Garden of The Groves · 7 – 11 pm
Thursday, November 26
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Saturday, November 28
The 4th annual Corks & Canapes for Columbus House
Pelican Bay, Delphin Room · 7 pm
Saturday, November 28
Christmas Carnival for the Children’s Home · 2-6 pm
Monday, December 7th
HOLIDAY MEETING Grand Bahama American Women’s Club
Garden of The Groves – SAVE THE DATE!
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Ladies, sorry this issue of the newsletter is arriving a few days later—best I can do this month—and hope you enjoy it!  If you have news, photos of your adventures over the summer, or information of general interest or committee reports for the next newsletter please send it by Wednesday, November 18th to Paula Farrington.
LOOK FOR A SPECIAL 50th Anniversary 2015-2016 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY in a handy digest size to keep near your phone or keyboard (with addresses and club contact information) that will  be available at this upcoming November 9th meeting. Printing courtesy Freeport Advertising & Printing.
That’s all the news for now!
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Our October 19th luncheon meeting at Ruby Swiss Restaurant will feature a presentation by Joy Larsen and Christine Gardner about their successful trip to the 125th Annual Conference of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs where they represented our club this summer.  If you haven’t already made your reservation, please call Joy Dart at 373-2660 or email her at: freeportjoy@gmail.com by the end of Friday, October 16th.  Lunch is $22 for members; $24 for guests with Social Hour at 11 and the meeting and lunch at 12 noon.  This is a great chance to catch up with everyone after the summer club break.

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JO’S WOVEN THOUGHTS

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GBAWC President for 2015-2016, Jo Morasco

Welcome:  to those of you who were here all summer, to those of you who have just returned, and to those of you who are yet to return.  This is going to be a busy, exciting year.  I know that some very interesting programs are being planned:  The holiday party is a good way to kick off the winter season, the golf tournament in February brings out the true volunteer spirit, and in March we will celebrate the Club’s 50th Anniversary.  HOORAY!

I am excited to be back.  Kansas was hot (normal) and very wet (not normal).  However, I always miss the beautiful seascape of the Bahamas when I am away. For those of you who are dog lovers, my two new puppies are already at home.

Our first meeting is October 19.  It will be a good time to greet old friends and get better acquainted with some of our newer members.  We need and value everyones assistance, ideas, and good wishes.

There are many ways to participate this year:  WANDS Section (who conduct vision and hearing testing in local schools) needs volunteers, Great Books Section needs readers, and the golf tournament (our major annual fundraiser) needs a full cast of players and helpers.  We need to actively recruit new members, so invite a friend to our luncheons.

  “The Universe wants two things from us: don’t do any intentional harm to yourself or anyone else, and get happy.  Humans make it more complicated that it needs to be.”

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A TRIBUTE TO JOAN HILL CUFFY

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Our dearly departed Joan Hill-Cuffy—a long-standing and very active member—gave exemplary service to both our club and the Grand Bahama community.  A business entrepreneur as well as a hard-working volunteer committed to her church (Anglican Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King), Joan gave to programs supporting the elderly, as well as to our many GBAWC service projects. She is fondly remembered here in reflections and tributes from members honoring her loving, caring spirit and ongoing dedication to so many:

“I met Joan Hill-Cuffy in 1984, when I joined GBAWC. I also joined the Freeport Toastmistress Club, where Joan was already a long standing member there as well.

Joan was an inspiration to me as a fairly new member of the “lecture circuit” of Grand Bahama. I was very shy at that time. Joan became a mentor to me. She was well versed in many areas, having been a fashion model, Court Clerk, a teacher of secretarial skills, and one of the few people in recent times still able to write fluently in shorthand.

Joan was well learned in parliamentary procedure, time management, grammar and public speaking. One of the reasons I have been able to serve in several leadership roles, is due to the guidance of Joan Hill-Cuffy. What a blessing she was to me.

There is so much I can say about Joan, who I feel did not receive the accolades she was deserving of. Joan was willing to serve in whatever capacity she was asked. The Grand Bahama American Women’s Club has lost a great member and friend.

I shall miss my friend and mentor. No more pop ins for tea, fish, fresh vegetables, or whatever was growing.

She’s resting now.” — Joan Darville

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“Joan Hill-Cuffy, an Honorary Member, joined the Grand Bahamas American Women’s Club in November 1976. Her membership, of almost forty years, was replete with continued service to the club. She served as Recording Secretary from 2004-2006. In succeeding years she served as Raffle Chairman, member of the Scholarship Committee and a W.A.N.D.S. volunteer. Her service continued until her untimely death, as she was very actively selling raffle tickets even as recently as the club’s May 2015 Philanthropic Giving Dinner. ”                     — Joyce Harrison

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“Friendly, witty, thoughtful, kind, capable, willing, spirit-filled, well-traveled, a devoted Christian, parent, grandparent and friend:  just a few words that describe the uniqueness of Joan Hill-Cuffy.

When my husband and I started our life as retirees in Freeport, twenty three years ago, Joan was the first friend that we made.  She opened her heart and network to us while remaining our friend and neighbor until her earthly departure.
Joan will be missed by the Larges but never forgotten. Thanks for the memories, Joan. ”  — Alice J. Large
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“Very sad to hear this news. I will treasure a little tea pot even more that I bought from Joan years ago! I will not be able to make the funeral, but you will all be in my thoughts. With deepest sympathy to Joan’s family…” — Dianne Dalgleish
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“Joan was an institution in the Club.  Always always ready to volunteer, and always proud of her age.  I will miss her.”                          — Martha Cartwright
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“Such a sweet lady..she will be missed.” — Margaret McNab
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We love you, Joan Hill-Cuffy … thank you for the blessings your life bestowed … you will be missed … God’s speed!!
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DATES TO NOTE FOR 2015–2016 CLUB YEAR

MONTHLY LUNCHEON GENERAL MEETINGS PROPOSED

October 19, 2015 

November 9, 2015 

December 7, 2015

January 18, 2016

February 8, 2016

March 14, 2016

April 11, 2016

May 2, 2016

… AND SAVE THE DATE

Tentative dates (which will be discussed and voted on at

our October/November meetings) have been suggested for these events:

Annual Philanthropic Golf Tournament on February 20, 2016

50th Anniversary Celebration on March 9, 2016

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

“BENEATH THE HAT” PHOTOGRAPHY &  ART EXHIBIT, Friday evening, October 16, 2015 at The Grand Gallery, Grand Lucayan Resort retail street, 6:30 pm. Performance art singers at 7 pm. Open to the public.

LUCAYAN PRESBYTERIAN KIRK FASHION SHOW to benefit CROSSREACH program:  October 31st beginning at 10 am. Call Kay Hardy for tickets ($5) and more info: 373-6908

OCTOBER 31: Happy Halloween

NOVEMBER 1: CLOCKS FALL BACK–Daylight Savings Time change: Sunday, 1 November 2015, 02:00:00 clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, 1 November 2015, 01:00:00 local standard time instead

NOVEMBER 9th:  Next GBAWC Monthly Meeting

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GRAND BAHAMA AMERICAN WOMEN’S CLUB 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

A Letter from President, Jo Morasco

This is our club’s 50th Anniversary Year. Over the past half century, our members have contributed their time and hard work to many of our great initiatives, and have made a significant contribution to our island home through ongoing service, scholarship donations, and community fundraising.

We are proud of our accomplishments and we will be having a celebration with friends and local organizations coming together to celebrate our 50 years of service to Grand Bahama. We have penciled in the date of March 9, 2016 (with plans to be officially approved at our upcoming meeting).

Over the next few weeks we will be gathering ideas on ways our club can continue to be a leader in education-oriented contributions and projects that benefit the youth of Grand Bahama into the next 50 years.

Please send your thoughts and ideas to barbstollery@hotmail.com between now and the end of November. She will bring our collective thoughts forward to share with the Board. As we prepare to mark the occasion of our club’s anniversary, it seems only fitting to explore new possibilities and new plans that would be a natural fit in expanding our longstanding support and commitment to student education on Grand Bahama Island.

Thank you!

— Jo Morasco

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TREASURER’S REPORT for October 2015

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Dear GBAWC Members,

This is just a short note to  let you know our club’s schedule for the 2015-2016 season.  Due to Bahamian holidays, and members leaving the island for holidays or going home for the summer, several of our dates have been changed from our usual second Monday of each month.  Our schedule is as follows:

GENERAL MEETINGS

October 19, 2015 

November 9, 2015 

December 7, 2015

January 18, 2016

February 8, 2016

March 14, 2016

April 11, 2016

May 2, 2016

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETINGS for 2015/2016

October 15, 2015 at Jo Morasco’s

October 26, 2015 at Joy Larsen’s

November 16, 2015 at Joyce Harrison’s

December 14, 2015 at Katybel Taylor’s

January 25, 2016 at Sylvia Clift’s

February 15, 2016 at Paula Fingland’s

March 21, 2016 at Ann Bain’s

April 18, 2016

May 9, 2016

Also note, a tentative date has been suggested for a 50th Anniversary Celebration on March 9, 2016.  This will be discussed at our October and November meetings.

Wishing you a good and safe summer,

Jo Morasco, President

 

——————————— MAY MEETING NOTICE

Our Annual Philanthropic Awards Dinner and Installation of Officers for 2015/2016 will be held on Monday evening, May 4, 2015 at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant. Meet the scholarship recipients and representatives from community organizations the club’s work helps to support.

6 pm Social Hour · 7 pm Dinner

MAKE YOUR RESERVATION by emailing Anne McConnell at anne3m@aol.com or call 373.8096 by April 30th. Invite guests. This is a great meeting to introduce friends and family to the wonderful community service work the club does, and to hear a very inspiring guest speaker.

Guest Speaker: Zhivargo Laing, Chief Executive Officer of LAING CONSULTING AND RESEARCH GROUP—a business consulting, market research, training, and public relations firm in The Bahamas.

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Mr. Laing was born on September 7, 1967 in the capital city of Nassau, the son of a straw vendor in The Bahamas, Naomi Seymour and a former hotel worker, the late Cedric Laing.

Zhivargo received his early education at the Lewis Yard Primary School on the island of Grand Bahama where he grew up. He subsequently attended Hawksbill High School where the early recognition of his leadership skills led to his being elected Headboy of the school by his teachers.

Zhivargo went on to complete studies leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.
He was elected to the House of Assembly in May 2007 as the Member of Parliament for the Marco City Constituency and appointed Minister of State for Finance. Today, Zhivargo Laing heads his own business firm, and is married to the former Zsa Zsa Monique LaRoda. They have three sons, Zhivargo II, Zhimaal and Zavier, and one daughter, Za’riah.

A man of faith, Laing believes that success in life is a matter of “Purpose, Prudence and Persistence“.

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NEXT MEETING, The Grand Bahama American Women’s Club:  Monday,  April 13, 2015

The Ruby Swiss Restaurant, 11 am Social Hour, 12 Noon Meeting

Speaker:

Known as an innovative cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Malan, serves as the Chief Cell Therapy Officer and General Surgeon at Okyanos Heart Institute, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. A pioneer of fat-derived stem cell therapies, he became the first physician in the US to utilize stem cells from fat for soft tissue reconstruction in October, 2009.

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INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TO HEAR DR. MALAN’S TALK.

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS before Friday, April 10, 2015 to Anne McConnell:  anne3m@aol.com or 373.8096

ps … Gentle Dues Reminder:  Membership dues for the coming year are due by May, so this is a great meeting to bring your dues for 2015/2016 and get that checked off your list!

Our March 9th, 2015 meeting for The Grand Bahama American Women’s Club will be held at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant and will feature the island’s premiere viewing of Every Child Counts—an inspiring documentary that will be presented by the film’s Director of Photography, Paul Mockler.

Every Child Counts, tells the inspiring and uplifting tale of a group of parents in a small island community who were faced with a bleak situation; other children bullied their learning-disabled children, and their teachers weren’t trained to deal with them. Most of the time, they were told their children should not come to school at all.
The film traces the humble origins of the school, named Every Child Counts, which began with just a handful of volunteers and concerned parents, to its present-day status as a beacon of hope to the nation and a shining example of what a school can be. The teachers, parents and students share their stories of struggles and success, and we see how the children have blossomed at the school, and how they have become ambassadors for changing attitudes in the community.

Cinematographer Paul Mockler
INVITE FRIENDS AND MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS before this Friday, March 6th: send an email toAnne McConnell at anne3m@aol.com or call 373-8096.
 
MARCH 9, 2015 MEETING
11 am Social Hour
12 noon Luncheon
Ruby Swiss Restaurant
$22 Members · $24 Guests
RSVP to Anne McConnell:  anne3m@aol.com or 373.8096
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February9.Meeting.GraphicThe next meeting is coming right up!  Make your reservations now for the Monday, February 9, 2015  Founder’s Day Luncheon at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant
Bonnie Kruse has organized a presentation to celebrate our Club and General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) on Founders Day. As GFWC celebrates 125 years of “Living In The Volunteer Spirit” we will reflect on the milestones of GFWC and the Grand Bahama American Women’s Club.
Make your reservation with Anne McConnell:  anne3m@aol.com or call 373.8096 before Friday!
Meeting Details:  11 am Social Hour. 12 noon Meeting.
Please note that lunch prices have increased slightly after many many years of Ruby Swiss giving us an all-inclusive lunch price, which has been the most reasonable price around. For this month be prepared with $21 for members and $24 for guests. We will discuss and formalize the lunch price at the meeting!
Also—there will be tickets available for sale at the meeting for the new 50/50 Raffle that is part of our annual Philanthropic Golf Tournament.  $20 per ticket and here’s how it works:
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Tickets for this special post-tournament drawing AND for our usual monthly raffle will be available at the meeting.  What fun!
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Hi Ladies,

Sometimes even the best-made plans need adjusting.  And so it is with our January meeting.  Our original meeting date falls on the same date as the Bahamas Majority Rule Holiday (The holiday is January 10th, but because it falls on a weekend, the official day off and celebration is on the 12th. Most businesses, schools, banks, etc. will be closed that day, and this info wasn’t on most calendars back when the meeting schedule was being put together last year).

So, the January meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, January 19th, 2015.  Still at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant. And our usual starting times of 11 am Social Hour, 12 Noon Luncheon.

Our program has changed as the speaker was not available for the new date (hopefully we will be able to reschedule that talk another month!).

The good news is that in January we will now get to hear a travelogue about Rich & Elly DeVries’ recent trip to China and Vietnam—looking forward to hearing more about this fascinating part of the world!

Please rsvp with a new reservation for January 19th by contacting Anne McConnell: anne3m@aol.com or call: 373.8096 before Friday, January 16th.  The cost of the luncheon is the same:  $18 for members; $20 for guests.  Even if you rsvp’d for the previous date, please make a new reservation for January 19th so we know you got the word about this calendar change.

Hope this finds you having a wonderful first day of 2015—here’s to much joy, peace, wonder—and gentle flexibility!—in the new year.

e-smiles and all best wishes for your most fabulous year ever!

Paula Farrington

Newsletter / Web Chair

••••••••••••• IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS JANUARY MEETING AND A NEW SPEAKER RESCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 19, 2015

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The January meeting of The Grand Bahama American Women’s Club will feature guest speaker, Dr. Todd K. Malan, MD & Chief Cell Therapy Officer / General Surgeon for the Okyanos Heart Institute here on Grand Bahama Island.
 
The meeting will be held on Monday, January 12th, 2015.  11 am Social Hour & 12 noon meeting. Ruby Swiss Restaurant. $18 for Members. $20 for guests. 
 
Invite guests and make your reservation with an email to Anne McConnellanne3m@aol.com or call: 373.8096 before Friday, January 9th.
 
Thank you, Joy Larsen, for putting this program together. Here are some bio notes on our speaker for January; sure to be a fascinating meeting with a cutting-edge topic, so make your reservations early!
 
Todd K. Malan, MD
Chief Cell Therapy Officer | General Surgeon
Todd Malan, MD, serves as the Chief Cell Therapy Officer and General Surgeon at Okyanos Heart Institute, overseeing the liposuction and stem cell isolation step of the Okyanos cardiac cell therapy process. Known as an innovative cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Malan’s practices combine the most progressive and minimally-traumatic liposuction technologies available. A pioneer of fat-derived stem cell therapies, he became the first physician in the US to utilize stem cells from fat for soft tissue reconstruction in October, 2009, combining water-assisted liposuction, fat transfer and adult stem cell technologies.
Dr. Malan received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and continued his studies at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where he graduated with honors. He completed his general surgery internship as well as an obstetrics and gynecology residency at Walter Reed Army and Bethesda Naval Medical Centers in Washington, DC. 
 
He has co-authored two medical textbooks on fat-derived stem cell therapies, served as principal investigator on two IRB-approved stem cell trials and developed the first adult stem cell training program approved by the AMA’s Continuing Medical Education program. Presently, Dr. Malan is a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, a founding member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Physicians as well as a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
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Dec2014.mtg.grphicFor more information on the annual Holiday Luncheon and details to rsvp, click here.

And here’s our December Newsletter:

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AT OUR NOVEMBER 10, 2014 MEETING:

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Learn about an exciting project—part of a worldwide effort to save our damaged coral reefs—happening now at Deadman’s Reef at Paradise Cove. Our speakers will be Barry Smith and Cheri Wood. An article published in Coastal Angler tells more about it:http://cam.coastalanglermagazine.org/media/emags/JULY_2014/bahamas/#p=52

— Joy Larsen, Programme Chair

MAKE RESERVATIONS

Meeting: November 10, 2014  ·  Ruby Swiss Restaurant

Grand Bahama Island

11 am Social Hour | 12 noon Meeting  ·  $18 Members | $20 Guests

Everyone needs a reservation. E-mail Anne McConnell: anne3m@aol.com or 373-8096 by Friday, November 7th, 2014 no later than noon for reservations.

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Next Meeting: Monday October 20th at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant. Reserve your space by Friday, October 17th, 2014 with Doreen Plummer: write to bigdp(at)coralwave.com. Don't miss this great program featuring fiber artist Ann Keister
Next Meeting: Monday October 20th at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant. Reserve your space by Friday, October 17th, 2014 with Doreen Plummer: write to bigdp(at)coralwave.com. Don’t miss this great program featuring fiber artist Ann Keister! $18/members $20/guests

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May 2014 meeting:

Photos here are from the May 2014 Annual Philanthropic Dinner with local scholarship award recipients and representatives of community organizations receiving donations for their educational and civic projects in Grand Bahama—as well as photos of the installation of the upcoming year’s officers!  Special thanks to Mrs. Geneva Rutherford, our guest speaker, for her very inspiring words and uplifting talk.

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