It’s hard to believe that our 90th anniversary year is rapidly coming to an end. Thanks to the hard work of our committee members and event planners, the year has been a great success.
Our membership has increased and now exceeds 200 women who come together each month to socialize with friends, both old and new, and enjoy knowledge gained from our excellent speakers. The generous support of our members has enabled us, this year, to significantly increase our donations to those who deserve our support.
We would like to thank you for your continued support.
Jane and Joann
South Coastal Library
Pick up a brochure at the library to learn of the events and classes offered this spring. Magical Strings, 4-28; Delawareans in the 20th century: Gov. Russell Peterson, who signed into law the Delaware Coastal Zone Act, 5-16; Chix with Stix, 5-19; Presidential Pets, 5-19; Fairy Gardens & Gnome Homes in a Pot, 5-23; and West African Kora Concert, 5-31, are a few offerings. Ongoing computer classes to help navigate the digital world are offered, too.
May 12, 2016 Spring Tea Party at Cripple Creek (sold out)
June 2, 2016 Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor, Milford
November 12, 2015 ~ The second Fall Fashion Show held at Cripple Creek was an elegant affair thanks to B.J. Hildebrand and her committee of volunteers. Chico’s presented fall and holiday fashions, modeled by our club members. The generous donations from members for the raffles netted $1,158. This event was a sell-out.
December 10, 2015 ~ The annual holiday luncheon was also held at Cripple Creek. The club was beautifully decorated for the season and put everyone in a holiday mood.
January 14, 2016 ~ Our guest speaker was local artist Lenora “Lennie” Gentry whose artwork was selected
to produce an ornament for the 2004 White House Christmas Tree. First Lady Laura Bush chose the theme
"A Season of Merriment and Melody." A symphony of musical instruments hand-painted by members of the Society of Decorative Painters adorned that year’s official Christmas tree. Ms. Gentry took us through the entire process on how ornaments were chosen for the White House Christmas Tree. Over 500 ornaments were submitted and voted upon by the Society of Decorative Painters. Only 300 were given the honor to have their artwork selected for display at The White House; the others were displayed at the Society’s headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, on their tree.
February 11, 2016 ~ The club met in the meeting room of the Bethany Beach Town Hall as the library had scheduled their annual book sale in our usual meeting room. Ronald Quillen, the scheduled speaker, was unable to attend our meeting due to a death in the family.
March 10, 2016 ~ Ronald Quillen, a local beekeeper in Sussex County, started beekeeping as a hobby 25 years ago and evolved into a business. He is a lifelong resident of Sussex County, continuing a 200-year family tradition. There are over 150 hives which are rented to local farmers in Dorchester County, one hive per acre. Bees are used to pollinate cantaloupes and watermelons. If anyone would like more information or a tour, contact Ronald Quillen, 907 Heritage Dr., Seaford DE 19973 (302.629.9430)
April 14, 2016 ~ The AARP Chorus was formed by director, Ann Jaeger, in 2000. They have performed in many places including Ocean City, Berlin, and Dover. Their songs included “Memories” from the Broadway play, Cats, “What a Wonderful World,” “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” ending with a Melody of Patriotic songs.
WCCBB Donations for 2016-2017 approved and to be distributed Fall 2016
Town of Bethany Beach $500 Operation Seas the Day $200
BB Volunteer Fire Co. $1,000 People’s Place $200
BB Ambulance Service $1,000 Sussex Co. Home for Wounded Warriors/
South Coastal Library $550 Habitat for Humanity $200
Millville Ambulance Service $1,000 Gardeners by the Sea $200
Womens Home of the Brave $ 500 Ocean View Historical Society $200
Cheer-Meals on Wheels $1,000 Honorarium for Non-Profit Speakers $100
Weekend Warriors $250
DE Seashore Preservation
Foundation/Tower Project $250
Club Updates A Bit of Sunshine ~ Doreen Linehan has replaced Lyla Larouche who has stepped down from “Sunshine.” Thank you, Lyla for your time and dedication, and to Doreen for continuing this service. If you know of someone who needs a card of cheer, please contact Doreen at 302.829.1046 or 267.918.2450.
Refreshments ~ Our sincere thanks to Doreen for organizing our coffee and goodies for 3 years. Three ladies have come forward to volunteer, Michelle Diddlemeyer, Kay Houston, and Linda Shanholtz. We thank them for taking on the refreshments so we can continue to enjoy our goodies at the meetings. Please help the committee by signing up occasionally to bake. Doreen thanked Colleen Sauvage and all the ladies who filled in when help was needed, and setting up chairs before the meeting.
Membership ~ Andrea Gowetski reported we now have 208 members. She reminds everyone to renew their membership by June 1st. You may renew at the May Tea, or send a check directly to her.
Troop Supplies ~ We thank Gigi Vanderman who has collected supplies for the troops. Sharon Pearce has offered to continue this project.
Bethany Beach ~ It appears unlikely that monies to repair the dunes and beach replenishment will be available this year. Bethany Beach calendars are available for sale at Town Hall; cost is $3.
Adopt-a-Road ~ Shirley Weisel would like to address the litter problem that has grown worse over the years. She has offered to organize a group of ladies who would like to get together for friendship and exercise and help pick up litter three times a year in the Bethany Beach area. If interested, contact Shirley at 908.310.6766.
Farmer’s Market ~ Margaret Young announced that the Farmers Market will be starting their 9th season. It will be open on Sundays, June 12 through September 4, from 8 am to 12 noon. The market is located in the PNC bank parking lot. Volunteers are needed for the 8 am to 10 am shift or the 10 am to 12 noon shift. Call Margaret for details at 539-9228.
Beach and Bay Cottage Tour ~ Andrea Gowetski and Judy Morris are seeking morning or afternoon volunteers to host a Bethany Beach home on Thursday, July 28. Contact Andrea, 541.4751 if you would like to help. Four-hour shifts are available in the morning or afternoon.
Member Notification ~ Everyone with an email address will receive club meeting reminders as well as event notices and club news. Contact Carolyn Corrigan at 537.4794 if you would like to add your email address.
Communications ~ The club newsletter is mailed in October and April. A bulletin board is set up at every meeting on a table by the windows with the minutes, treasurer reports and other pertinent information posted.
Financial Review ~ Thanks to Lynn Urbanski and B.J. Hildebrand who volunteered for this task.
Annual Club Tea ~ The tea was moved to May this year to accommodate the ladies who spend winter in warmer climes. It has created a venue issue; the library uses the meeting room for their annual book sale on our usual meeting date. The room is so booked up, that even changing to a different Thursday is impossible. There is no other local venue large enough for our group, so the club voted to move the tea back to February. B.J. Hildebrand offered to chair the Tea committee.