November 2015 News





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.


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.


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!)



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.


MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS before Friday, November 6th by emailing Joy Dart at 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!



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 Orientation will be scheduled, as needed.

Thank you,

Joyce Harrison
Bev Hall
Karen Matlack


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.


(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



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 ( 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!


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.


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!

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 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
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
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!
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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