October 2015 News


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.



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.”




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


“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


“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
“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
“Joan was an institution in the Club.  Always always ready to volunteer, and always proud of her age.  I will miss her.”                          — Martha Cartwright
“Such a sweet lady..she will be missed.” — Margaret McNab
We love you, Joan Hill-Cuffy … thank you for the blessings your life bestowed … you will be missed … God’s speed!!


October 19, 2015 

November 9, 2015 

December 7, 2015

January 18, 2016

February 8, 2016

March 14, 2016

April 11, 2016

May 2, 2016


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



“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



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


TREASURER’S REPORT for October 2015

Balance Sheet Standard #3


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