May 2016 NEWS and Annual Reports

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Grand Bahama American Women’s Club


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




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 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 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!:-)


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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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.


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


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.


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


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


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



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)


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.


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


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


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


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 We meet 2nd Tues of the month.  — Norma Liedel

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


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:



… 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.


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


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!


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.


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 or call 374-4422 before Friday, April 28th.








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