December 2015 NEWS



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


RSVP to:  Joy Dart, 373-2660 or  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!


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!).


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.


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




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 Liedel: The 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





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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