February 2016 News



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!


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.


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!


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!


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!


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):



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 …



… 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:


The hubbies volunteered too …


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


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












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.



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!



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


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.



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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