Saturday, January 16, 2021

Santa Rosa Woman’s Club assists ARC on Int’l. Day of Service

GFWC Santa Rosa Woman’s Club partnered with Granny Nannies and presented Arc Santa Rosa South participants with a basketball goal, basketballs and lunch from Dickey’s Barbecue. Pictured (from left) are Wendy Brandon, Lynda Hyland, Karen Pehek, Martha Brenenstahl, Dorothy Myers, Linda Bozorgnia, Diane Skelton and Cathy Sharp.

GFWC Santa Rosa Woman’s Club partnered with Granny Nannies and presented Arc Santa Rosa South participants with a basketball goal, basketballs and lunch from Dickey’s Barbecue. Pictured (from left) are Wendy Brandon, Lynda Hyland, Karen Pehek, Martha Brenenstahl, Dorothy Myers, Linda Bozorgnia, Diane Skelton and Cathy Sharp.

Santa Rosa Woman’s Club participated in General Federation of Women’s Club’s Florida President Dianne Foerster’s International Day of Service on Friday, Dec. 4, in a joint effort with business partner Granny Nannies. Santa Rosa Woman’s Club and Granny Nannies fulfilled some Christmas wishes by presenting Arc Gateway (South Santa Rosa) with a basketball goal, five basketballs and a Cricut Air cutting machine. The items will assist program participants with hand/eye coordination skills.

The day also included providing lunch from Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Gulf Breeze for participants. The gifts were delivered, but due to COVID 19, little interaction between the groups was permitted. Masks were required.

A total of 8,400 Florida residents are members of 193 women’s clubs, which belong to an international federation. All clubs and members were encouraged to participate and sponsor projects for the International Day of Service. The clubs are part of the world’s largest international group of women volunteers, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Marion Ginn (left), Co-President Wendy Brandon (right) and General Federation of Women’s Clubs Santa Rosa Woman’s Club welcome the newest member, Lillian Garelli.

Marion Ginn (left), Co-President Wendy Brandon (right) and General Federation of Women’s Clubs Santa Rosa Woman’s Club welcome the newest member, Lillian Garelli.

In other news, the club’s Civic Engagement and Outreach Community Service Committee, which organized The Arc Gateway Project, made a bold statement with its fundraising auction basket for the Dec. 1 meeting at Community Life Church. In a basket challenge, the Community Service committees were asked to define their mission in a basket to auction. Civic Engagement tackled the issue of community distress due to the Skanska bridge-barge incident. They created a Barge- In for Businesses auction basket filled with purchased gift cards and items from the affected businesses as a show of community support and to encourage shopping at the businesses. The basket was decorated with political cartoons and signs about the “barge blunder.” The five baskets raised over $1,100 in the scaled down version of the annual fundraiser.

June Stevens announced a fundraiser for the Arts and Culture Committee, a donation-raffle for a 16×24 sunset photo formatted on canvas.

 At the meeting, the club installed new member Lillian Garelli and welcomed guests Lynn Stone and Melissa Simmons.

Participants brought stocking stuffers for Children in Crisis residents and toiletry items for homeless men. The club is donating $100 to Southeast Guide Dogs in honor of District Officer Charlene Cox’s late husband. The club is organizing a Jan. 15 blood drive at The Beacons. The estate of late member Carolyn Pfeiffer bestowed the club with $500 which will be deposited into the scholarship fund named in Carolyn’s honor. The Jan. 4 meeting will be a program on Alzheimer’s disease presented by member Becky McCaa, director of sales at The Beacon.

To attend the meeting, contact Vice President of Membership Martha Brenenstahl at mbrenestahl@yahoo.com.For more information visit the Facebook page GFWC-Santa Rosa Woman’s Club.

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