Some of our many activities...
Art work by our members is displayed at our Christmas Tea for all to enjoy. Dorothy McAfee is chairwoman and in charge of categorizing the art. Judging is by non woman’s club members. First place winners are eligible to enter the district contest and if winning first place at district are eligible to enter the state competition.
Auditor is Yvonne Parrish and is in charge of looking over and checking the treasurer’s books. This is done once a year.
Birthday Luncheon is a celebration of everyone’s birthday. Twelve tables are decorated for the appropriate month of the year by twelve members. The tables are judged for correct table setting and decorative creativity by nonmembers. Several prizes are awarded. Emma Lou Morris and Janice Coyle are in charge of this auspicious event. Our past presidents are honored at this event. Also candles are lit for members who have passed away during the past year.
Celebrate America is an evening when we show honor to our men and women in the military for keeping us free. The evening is open to the community. It is filled with pride, honor and music. This event is orchestrated by Pauline Leary our Public Affairs Chairwoman. Donations are passed on to a military relief effort such as the USO.
Clubhouse rentals are a big part of our fundraising. Our clubhouse is rented for weddings, meetings, social gatherings and dances. Linda Bremkamp is our very capable House Chairwoman and keeps the schedule for rentals and clubhouse activities.
Collections are made for our local food pantry in conjunction with World Food Day also collections of small toys and school supplies for Operation Christmas Child. Eyeglasses, cases, lens and frame parts are collected and donated to the Lions Club. Donations for international needs are collected and forwarded to the proper agency, ie Haitian Relief, Doctors Without Borders and Operation Smile. This is all accomplished under the direction of Lucille Estes our International Affairs chairwoman.
Conservation is encouraged by all our members. Our newsletters are sent via e-mail to those who can receive it. Kay Register our Conservation Chairwoman, is collecting bottle caps, as well as other recycle materials. Our secretary and treasurer uses recycled paper and recycled ink cartridges. Our members collect newspapers and donate them to the Humane Society. Members carpool whenever possible, especially to district and state meetings.
Corresponding is done by the loving hands of Ethelene Odom, our correspondence secretary. She sends birthday, get well, or a variety of cards or makes phone calls to keep in touch.
Devotionals are an important part of every meeting. Pauline Leary is in charge of selecting members to give an inspiring and uplifting devotional.
Dinner Theater is planned in autumn. This will be a play performed by local talent. A great meal is planned by our club chefs. This has the promise of fun for all.
Fashion Show will be held in the spring and promises to be a grand event. The fashions and the food will be exceptional. Club members will be models and chefs.
Financial Education is the topic for a series of educational classes that are scheduled this year. A variety of speakers and educators will teach us everything we need to know about finance. This will be under the supervision of Debbie Drake with the assistance of our club Treasurer, Lucille Estes. Classes will be held in the evenings and the community is invited.
Friends of the Library is a new project for our club with many new opportunities to help our library and the community. Linda Bremkamp and Betty Tyson are working on this project for us.
Gardening is under the supervision of our Master Gardeners, Robbie Correa and Elizabeth VanRensburg. A bluebird house was erected to attract bluebirds and a wooden butterfly to enhance our garden that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. In the spring for Earth Day our club will participate in the Hidden Garden Tour.
Greeters and Decorators are selected by our Hospitality / Decorating Chairwoman, Margaret Gregory. Greeters meet guests and members at the door to make everyone feel welcome. Decorators use their skills and creativity to decorate our tables and room with beauty and style.
Honor our law enforcement, rescue, fire department and city and county officials. Our club, under the supervision of Dorothy McAfee, is planning a breakfast for all the wonderful people that are dedicated to serving our community.
Home Life chairwoman, Marilyn Young has a big job. She is charge of helping the Lee Conley House, and projects working against domestic violence. She will also be very involved working for our community.
March of Dimes holds their Kick Off Luncheon at the club house with the assistance of woman’s club members. Our members also meet and hand out March of Dimes T-Shirts to groups and organizations that have made donations. At the march, our members man at least one Spirit Station and provide refreshments to participants. This is headed up by Ethelene Odom.
Minutes of all meeting are recorded as permanent documents by Elizabeth VanRensburg our recording secretary.
Music is a must for our club. We are blessed with two expert pianists, teacher and student. Rosemary Brunner and Delores Largacci, perform at our teas and special events for the enjoyment of our members and guests.
Newsletters are put together with a lot of creativity, dates and facts. This is our main source of club information and news. Phyl Shelton, Newsletter Editor puts together a prize winning newsletter. This letter is sent out every month except in the summer.
Personal Protection classes will be taught by the Palatka Police Department for our members and the community. They will be held in the evening. Elizabeth VanRensburg is our liaison with the police department and in charge of arrangements and dates.
Programs are presented by six departments at our luncheon meetings. Guest speakers are invited to speak on subjects of interest to our members. The six departments are Conservation, Education, Home Life, International Affairs, Public Affairs and Arts. Kay Register our Program Chairwoman is in charge of coordinating dates for the programs.
Public Relations covers writing articles, taking photos and publicity. Breanna Pierce is always ready with the camera and her pen. She is responsible for getting the word out about our fund raisers, special events, and about the wonderful things our members are doing.
Regular meetings are luncheon meetings. Several of these are catered by members: Linda Bremkamp, Pat Baughman, and Kay Register with the helping hands of Margaret Gregory and many others.
Roberts Rules of Order is adhered to at business meetings. This is seen to by our Parliamentarian, Emma Lou Morris.
Scholarship Program is headed by our Education Chairwoman, Mary Crawford. A committee reviews applications from graduating high school students and two students are then chosen to receive scholarships. The presentation is at their high school. They are then honored by our club.
Scrapbook every year a beautiful scrapbook is created for display and competition with other clubs. This work of art is put together by the talented Edna Rivers. This is a book of memories. It is filled with photos of all our activities and captures our members at their best.
Telephone Committee is headed by Jane Crouch who calls to remind board members of meetings or special activities.
Two teas are scheduled each year. The Membership Tea is one where guests and potential new members are invited to enjoy the lovely finger foods and meet the club members. The Christmas Tea is a celebration of the season and also where our art work is displayed. Margaret Gregory is in charge of coordinating our teas and assigning past presidents to serve tea or coffee at these elegant occasions.
Treasurer Lucille Estes keeps very accurate records. She collects our dues and donations and pays all our bills and give reports to the board monthly.
Visiting nursing home residents who do not have family or friends to visit them are visited by members of our club. This is under the supervision of the nursing home director and Ethelene Odom.
Yearbook is compiled and printed each year by Betty Tyson as a “go to reference and directory”. It is filled with information about our club and its members