It was an honor to serve as your president this year. Despite the challenging circumstances with the pandemic, we had a year filled with new friendships and fun activities, while also supporting our charities. I cannot thank the WADWCC Board and their committees enough for their enthusiasm, creativity and hard work!

THE YEAR IN REVIEW

The new clubs were a blast! The walking, riding, kayaking, birding and dog-walking clubs were formed to help keep us all connected in a safe outdoor environment. Hopefully these clubs will continue for years to come! The book and movie club continued their lively discussions via Zoom.

  • We collected carloads of food for the Beach Food Pantry and made generous donations to our charities through our November Preholiday Event and our February Share the Love event. WADWCC volunteers continued to support Food For Thought and will be supporting the Blood Drive.
  • We had amazing Zoom monthly programs ranging from presentations on water quality, plants and butterflies, to actors/singer performances (Ryan Clemens, Tshombe Selby, and Marcy Brenner), to historical talks (Whalehead Club and Lost Colony) to decorating tips (Carl Curnutte). We just finished a delightful field trip to the Elizabethan Gardens, complete with a butterfly release!
  • We learned new recipes, health tips, and skills through the many classes we had in the fall and spring.
  • We sold over 400 Tasty Treasures cookbooks, with all net proceeds going to the Beach Food Pantry and Food for Thought.
  • We greeted new Duck Woods members with gift bags and personally reached out to the new women members to welcome them to join WADWCC.
  • In addition to our Hospitality emails, we established a WADWCC Facebook Group and an online calendar of activities to enhance member communications. We used Survey Monkey for voting and gathering input.
  • Through our Christmas Families program, we provided gifts and very generous donations to bring some cheer to those in need.
  • Our artistic members decorated the club for Christmas and made beautiful holiday centerpieces as a fundraiser.
  • We raised extra monies to provide additional gifts to the club including a new bench for the front porch, centerpieces for the banquet room, and some needed kitchenware.
  • Our Scholarship committee continued to search for applicants and track recipients.

It is with great pleasure that I present the slate of new WADWCC officers for the 2021-2022 year. You will be in great hands with this very talented group of leaders: Mary Ahearn (President), Robin Hearne (Vice-President), Toni Joyner (Treasurer), Mary Lou Hoffert (Recording Secretary) and Jeanette Grimes (Corresponding Secretary).

President, Carol Riggin

Membership – Michele Maslak
New members are always welcome! Please reach out to me with questions or interest. (michelemaslak@gmail.com)

Corresponding Secretary – Jeannette Grimes
If you know of any member who would appreciate a note of sympathy, support or recovery, please contact Jeannette Grimes at jgrimes1@centurylink.net

Programs – Bobbie Perry
At our May meeting, Jill Landon, curator and site manager of Corolla’s Whalehead Club, presented a fascinating history of the magnificent hunt club as well as the people who owned and inhabited it over the years. A special treat was learning that one of our members, Joyce Rabat, lived and worked there as a student just a few summers ago! She also showed many amazing photos of the Currituck Outer Banks from back in the day.

To follow up on Carl Curnutte’s April Butterfly Program, twenty-nine of our members met at the Elizabethan Gardens for a butterfly release on May 10. We each received two envelopes encasing Monarch butterflies that we opened to release the beautiful creatures to their new environment. A few decided to hang around their liberators for a while before fluttering off! Our excellent guide, Dan, also treated to a very informative tour of the Gardens. What a fun way to spend a morning in May!

One of our past scholarship recipients, Kate Sutherland, will tell us at our June meeting how she used our scholarship proceeds to further her education. We will all be proud and happy to hear how this young woman has achieved her dreams and goals and what she is doing now.

Blood Drive – Patty Nelson
WADWCC and Holy Redeemer Catholic Church will be co-sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on August 10th & 11th. More details will be available in June, on our Facebook page and the DWCC newsletter. Any questions regarding the upcoming Blood Drive, please email me at patty8523@gmail.com or call me at 252-715-1120.

Food Pantry – Judy Copeman
There are many opportunities to volunteer over the summer. These include: packing food for the Summer Food for Kids program, sort and stock the shelves and get the Pantry ready for clients, or assist clients with their shopping. If you are interested please call the Pantry at (252) 261-2756.

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
If you interested in helping next year, please contact me at jflakowicz@gmail.com.

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse & Marilyn Connaughton
We will meet on June 28 at 10:30 AM. This meeting will be to nominate books for our next season. Details on the nominating process will be sent to the members in advance. Additionally, we hope to have this meeting outside at Duck Woods, and info concerning the location will be sent as well. Please note this is the LAST Monday in June. Questions? Please contact Ellen at erileyk@aol.com.

Welcome Wagon – Patty Nelson
We are excited to welcome 5 new Golf members for April! We reached out to Cori Davies & Andrew Ottavio; Sherin & W Allen Ferguson; Allison & Matthew Broughton; Sue & Ray Rhew and Jennifer & Andrew Zasada.

I hope you all have been enjoying this beautiful weather! May is a great time to be out biking, walking, kayaking and planting your gardens!

At our April program we had a fascinating talk by Carl Curnutte, Executive Director of the Elizabethan Gardens. As a follow-up, we have arranged for a guided tour of the Gardens on May 10th, with an overview of its horticultural collection and a discussion of its rich history. A highlight will be an extended stop at the John White Butterfly House to gain insight to butterfly friendly plantings. We will then help in building the Monarch butterfly population by releasing a butterfly into the house. More info to come on how to register for this event.

Mark your calendar for our May 5th program. Jill Landon, curator of the Whalehead Club in Corolla, will present the fascinating history of the Club! Hope to see you out and about!

President, Carol Riggin

Corresponding Secretary – Jeannette Grimes
If you know of any member who would appreciate a note of sympathy, support or recovery, please contact Jeannette Grimes at jgrimes1@centurylink.net

Programs – Bobbie Perry
Carl Curnutte, Executive Director of the Elizabethan Gardens and one of our favorite guests, returned to our March meeting with his very interesting and informative butterfly program. Not only did he educate us about the life cycle of butterflies, but we also learned how to attract them by growing certain plants in our home gardens. The Elizabethan Gardens has its own butterfly house where butterflies are released several times in April, and, as Carol says above in her President’s report, we are planning a trip to the Gardens for a release… so be sure to look out for details to come!

Our May program features Jill Landon, curator of Corolla’s historic Whalehead Club, as she regales us with the rich history of this beautiful Art Nouveau mansion. She will tell us why the wealthy Edward Knight built the lavish hunt club for his French wife, Marie Louise in 1925 and why he chose this spot to do so. In addition to showing us pictures of its interior, Ms. Landon will also present historic photos of the way the Currituck Outer Banks looked back before modern day development came to this maritime strip of land. She will be happy to entertain questions from the audience after her presentation.

Blood Drive – Patty Nelson
WADWCC and Holy Redeemer Catholic Church will be co-sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on August 10th & 11th. More details will be available in June, on our Facebook page and the DWCC newsletter. Any questions regarding the upcoming Blood Drive, please email me at patty8523@gmail.com or call me at 252-715-1120.

Food Pantry – Judy Copeman
The Pantry is looking for some computer savvy people to help with an upcoming project to create an online shopping site for clients. If interested in this or other volunteer opportunities, please contact us at 261-2756.

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
We have our schedule for the remainder of the school year and all slots are filled.

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse & Marilyn Connaughton
Literary Ducks Movie and Book Group will meet on May 17, at 10:30 AM via ZOOM (if this changes members will be notified). Our book will be DEACON KING KONG, and the discussion will be led by Andrea Schollaert. Members will be sent a link ahead of the meeting. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Ellen Kruse at erileyk@aol.com.

Welcome Wagon – Patty Nelson
The end of March we had the pleasure of welcoming the following new members: Linda Hefferman-Stroud & Zach Stroud, Ann Taylor and Matt Lusk. In April, we also had the pleasure of welcoming Rebecca (Becky) Harrell to the club.

Membership – Michele Maslak
New members are always welcome! Please reach out to me with questions or interest. (michelemaslak@gmail.com)

There is excitement in the air! The ospreys are back! With many of us getting vaccines, some of the weight of the past year is beginning to lift, helped along by longer and warmer days!

WADWCC clubs will be up and running in full force during the spring. Kayaking trips and bike rides, which have been on a hiatus during the winter, will be starting back up. Spring is also a great time to join in with the walking, bird watching or dog walking clubs. Contact a club leader if you need any information.

Mark your calendar for our April 7th program. Carl Curnutte, Executive Director of the Elizabethan Gardens, will go in-depth on butterflies and explain how to attract them to our gardens.

Looking forward to seeing you all this Spring!

President, Carol Riggin

Corresponding Secretary – Jeannette Grimes
If you know of any member who would appreciate a note of sympathy, support or recovery, please contact Jeannette Grimes at jgrimes1@centurylink.net

Membership – Michele Maslak
New members are always welcome! Please reach out to me with questions or interest. (michelemaslak@gmail.com)

Programs – Bobbie Perry
Since our March meeting, many of us are rethinking a piece of history as we learned it in school. Scott Dawson, a native of Buxton, presented a compelling argument that the Lost Colonists were never lost but migrated to Hatteras Island and assimilated with the Croatoan Indians there. He displayed several archaeological artifacts unearthed in that area that prove the existence of English residents in the 16th century. More intriguing details of Mr. Dawson’s research are documented in his book “The Lost Colony and Hatteras Island.”

We are so happy to welcome back our friend Carl Curnutte to our April meeting to share his expertise about butterflies! As Executive Director of the Elizabethan Gardens, Carl will tell us about the Butterfly House there and about its scheduled releases of these gorgeous creatures. He will also give us valuable tips on attracting butterflies to the beautiful gardens that we are all creating from ideas given by our January and February program presenters!

Food Pantry – Judy Copeman
The Pantry is looking for some computer savvy people to help with an upcoming project to create an online shopping site for clients. If interested in this or other volunteer opportunities, please contact us at 261-2756.

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
Food for Thought was able to buy 38 Food Lion gift cards with the $715 we raised at our Spread the Love event.

Dare County students will return to school on March 1 which means we no longer need to provide volunteers for food bag distribution. We will continue to pack following Covid guidelines on Wednesdays. We have enough packing volunteers for the month of March, and I will ask for volunteers for April – June as soon as I get the schedule. If you would like to be on the FFT email list, please let me know at jflakowicz@gmail.com

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse & Marilyn Connaughton
Literary Ducks Book and movie Club will meet on Monday April 19, at 10:30 AM. Our April selection is WHISKEY IN A TEACUP by Reese Witherspoon. Our discussion facilitator will be Mary Lou Hoffert. The meeting will be via ZOOM and a link will be sent to members shortly before the meeting date. Any questions contact Ellen Kruse.

Welcome Wagon – Patty Nelson
We are really excited to “welcome” Lisa Schulz and Robert Gonsa to the club!

Communications/Cookbook – Dee Lewis
The Tasty Treasures cookbook has generated an additional 14 sales with a net profit to WADWCC of $75.52. Total profit from LULU sales to date is $284.90. The book is available at LULU bookstore.

The “Spread the LOVE” event in February was a great success! We had a steady stream of cars dropping off food and donations! We collected 78 bags of food (707 pounds) for the Food Pantry. In addition, we collected $690 for Food For Thought, $545 for the Beach Food Pantry, and $1,220 for our December performer, Tshombe Selby, to help with his education/living expenses. Thank you for your generosity!

Come join us on March 3rd, as we hear Scott Dawson, author of The Lost Colony and Hatteras Island, speak on his intriguing theory of the Lost Colony relocation.

President, Carol Riggin

Vice President/Classes – Janie Serbousek
The WADWCC Winter 2021 classes had 156 enrollments in 12 classes, a 50% increase over the Fall 2020 enrollments. All of the classes had favorable reviews! Class offerings included cooking, crafts, floral arranging, healthy eating and living, The Artist’s Way, iPhone instruction and photography. There will be a Stepping Stones class in April. We had some of the best chefs and instructors on the Beach! All net proceeds will go towards WADWCC’s operating expenses.

Corresponding Secretary – Jeannette Grimes
If you know of any member who would appreciate a note of sympathy, support or recovery, please contact Jeannette Grimes at jgrimes1@centurylink.net

Membership – Michele Maslak
New members are always welcome! Please reach out to me with questions or interest. (michelemaslak@gmail.com)

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse & Marilyn Connaughton
Literary Ducks Book and Movie club will meet on Monday, March 15 at 10:30 AM. Our selection will be THE DUTCH HOUSE, facilitated by Ginger Webster and Ellen Kruse. Our meeting will be via ZOOM and the link for the meeting will be sent to members prior to the 15th. Questions?? Ellen at erileyk@aol.com

Programs – Bobbie Perry
For our February program, Rachel Veal, horticulturalist at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, presented us with many helpful and creative ideas for our home gardens. She provided a list of native plants that thrive in our coastal environment and attract beautiful birds and butterflies. When we follow up on these valuable tips, we will undoubtedly have many candidates for Garden of the Month!

The mystery of the Lost Colony has intrigued imaginations for years. Where did they go and how did they survive when they left Roanoke Island? Many theories have been discussed, but Hatteras resident Scott Dawson will present his archeological findings that he says are proof of the colonists’ migration to Hatteras. At our March meeting, he will discuss his recent book “The Lost Colony and Hatteras Island” which offers tantalizing clues to support his theory.

Food Pantry – Judy Copeman
Thank you to All who made the February 10, “Spread the Love” event successful! We collected 78 bags filled with 707 pounds of food and many check donations. You have helped to make so many clients have a beautiful start to their day with all the breakfast items donated!

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
We are scheduling packers and also distributors for February and March since we now know that school will be virtual at least until the end of March. WADWCC packs two Wednesdays a month, and distribution is on Fridays.

In addition to WADWCC’s current assigned distribution point of Manteo Elementary School, Food for Thought is also seeking volunteers to help with distribution of bags at two new locations, TJ’s in Colington and Belk’s.

If anyone would like to help out, email Judi at jflakowicz@gmail.com

Duck Woods Country Club news

“Spread the LOVE” Event!! WADWCC will be sponsoring a food drive for the Beach Food Pantry on February 10th from 1:00-3:00 pm. Drop food off at the DWCC banquet entrance. We will also be collecting extra donations for the Beach Food Pantry and Food For Thought. Receive a beautiful handmade heart bookmark with any donation! Thank you, Jo Hurd! Your donations will be greatly appreciated. The winter months are traditionally difficult for some, and especially so with COVID.

We will also have a tip jar for Tshombe Selby, our December program performer. Some members have asked how we can help him with his school expenses. Checks should be made out to “WADWCC”. We will send him donations along with any notes of good wishes.

Come join us on February 3rd, as we continue with our nature series. Rachel Veal, horticulturalist with the North Carolina Aquarium, will present a plant workshop to tell us the best native plants and shrubs for our coastal environment and how to care for them.

While the virus continues to spread, we will continue to hold our meetings via Zoom and concentrate on outside activities. There is hope, though, as vaccinations are making their way through the priority list! In the meantime, please be safe and keep an eye out for those in need.

President, Carol Riggin

Vice President/Classes – Janie Serbousek
WADWCC class offerings this winter include cooking, photography, creativity, card making, making stepping-stones, iPhone Productivity, Healthy Choices and Floral Arranging. Check your email for the registration form that was sent from Hospitality. Classes are on a “First Come, First Served” basis, so don’t delay! Descriptions of classes can also be found on the WADWCC group Facebook page. Go to Announcements and click on the calendar link. There will be a $10 fee for Zoom classes and a $15 fee for in-person classes, plus any materials or professional fees. All net proceeds will be applied to the WADWCC operating budget.

Corresponding Secretary – Jeannette Grimes
If you know of any member who would appreciate a note of sympathy, support or recovery, please contact Jeannette Grimes at jgrimes1@centurylink.net

Membership – Michele Maslak
New members are always welcome! Please reach out to me with questions or interest. (michelemaslak@gmail.com)

Welcome Wagon – Patty Nelson
We are so excited to “Welcome” Sumit Gupta, Susan & Clark Childers, Samantha & Bill Gorham, Manfred Tiedemann & Kathorine Daniels, and Mike & Becky Voslow to the club.

Programs – Bobbie Perry
At our January meeting we were educated by Sara Hallas, Coastal Education Coordinator for the North Carolina Coastal Federation on Roanoke Island, about what we can do to help keep our coastal waters clean by directing storm water to slow down, spread out and soak into the soil. Sara shared some techniques that we can utilize to help, such as creating rain gardens and using rain barrels to catch the runoff. These simple do-it-yourself solutions can make a big difference for our environment.

To follow up what we learned from Sara, our February program will feature Rachel Veal, horticulturalist with the N.C. Aquarium, who will give us more details on creating rain gardens and the specific native flowers, shrubs and trees to plant in them. She will also give us valuable tips about caring for and maintaining them. After hearing these two enlightening speakers, our members should win awards for creating the most beautiful gardens on the Outer Banks!

Christmas Decorations – Holly Pembroke
The Christmas decorations are all nestled and snug in their storage bins ready for next year. The take down crew finished their work for the year on Monday, January 4. In spite of what could have been a bleak season, the clubhouse was beautiful and festive and full of cheer. Many thanks to the WADWCC decorators and the take down crew. A special thank you goes out to Jan, Kip, his crew, and many members of the staff. Until next year, I am signing off.

Food Pantry – Judy Copeman
On Wednesday, February 10 from 1-3pm, we will be holding a food drive at DWCC. We will be collecting breakfast items: oatmeal, grits, granola, breakfast bars, cereal, pancake mix (complete or add water only), spreads (jams, jellies, peanut butter, Nutella), coffee, tea, hot chocolate or something of your choosing. We want to help someone start their day in a lovely way. After you drop off your food at the banquet entrance, come down to the fire pit and visit with friends.

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
We are only scheduling through January since we do not know if schools will remain virtual. WADWCC volunteers continue to help with the packing and distribution of food bags.

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse & Marilyn Connaughton
Literary Ducks Book and Movie club will meet on Monday, February 15, at 10:30 AM via ZOOM. Our book for February will be PEOPLE OF THE BOOK by Geraldine Brooks. Our facilitator is Carole Kimmel. Members will receive ZOOM link info prior to meeting. If interested in joining in, please contact Marilyn Connaughton at mconnaughton65@gmail.com

Duck Woods Country Club news

One of our goals this past year was to keep our membership ties strong, despite the challenges of the pandemic. We have been so successful! The new clubs have been very instrumental in promoting close friendships among our members, old and new alike! We have received much positive feedback concerning the new clubs and expect them to be a permanent addition to our WADWCC offerings. The classes have been another opportunity for members to gather safely (virtually) with one another while having fun learning something new. We will be offering another round of classes during the winter and I encourage you all to sign up for a few! Our monthly Zoom meetings have given us all a chance to greet each other and they have been a great way to tie a name to a face, especially for our new members!

Come join us on January 6th for our next General Membership Meeting. Sara Hallas, from the N.C. Coastal Federation will give a presentation covering rain gardens and steps that homeowners can take to help protect our precious water quality.

Wishing you all a healthy and blessed 2021!
President, Carol Riggin

Vice President/Classes – Janie Serbousek
The WADWCC classes for 2021 are being scheduled so watch for announcements. The registration form will be available in mid-January. Offerings will include photography, cooking, gardening, creativity, iPhone instruction, making stepping stones, card making and more! If you have suggestions for classes or know someone who will teach, please email khvector@gmail.com

Jeannette Grimes – Corresponding Secretary
If you know of any member who would appreciate a note of sympathy, support or recovery, please contact Jeannette Grimes at jgrimes1@centurylink.net

Michele Maslak – Membership
New members are always welcome! Please reach out to me with questions or interest. (michelemaslak@gmail.com)

Programs – Bobbie Perry
Our fabulous December program left all who watched with warm fuzzy feelings and high holiday spirits galore! Tshombe Selby, Dare County’s gift to the world of opera, presented a beautiful performance of Christmas carols, arias and “Bring Him Home” from Les Mis that had us all reaching for the tissues. His interaction with our special guest, David Vincent, was heartwarming and touching. This was all done via Zoom from his New York apartment and was just amazing.

Clean water is the foundation for our coastal environment and economy, and our January program will feature Sara Hallas, Education Coordinator for the N.C. Coastal Federation, to tell us how we can learn some nature-based strategies to help keep storm water from polluting our shellfish and swimming waters. She will offer tips on creating water gardens and rain barrels as some do-it-yourself solutions to combat this problem.

Food Pantry – Judy Copeman
With the proceeds from the WADWCC Cookbook Tasty Treasures Feeding Family & Friends & the Outer Banks Community and additional contributions from our members the Beach Food Pantry was pre- sented with a check for $2,249.07 on December 11. Elisabeth Silverthorne, Director of the BFP was grateful to all who contributed their time, talent and recipes to the cookbook. She thanked all of WADWCC for their generosity, especially over the last few months with the Thanksgiving Meal Bag Program and the cookbook.

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
WADWCC volunteers have been supporting Food for Thought by packing food bags every other week. When learning is being conducted virtually, we are also helping out with distribution of the bags every week by going to designated schools and helping to hand them out as families drive up to receive them in their vehicles.

The school system is providing breakfasts and lunches daily to all children under 18 which families receive before they proceed to the Food for Thought bag distribution.

Food for Thought was able to give $2,235 in school supplies to Dare County Schools thanks to donations by our supporters. Food for Thought truly appreciates everyone’s flexibility as we go with the flow of Covid uncertainty! The Board has asked me to express to all of you how much your continued support is appreciated.

Welcome Wagon – Patty Nelson
Late November we were happy to welcome Jill & Carl Slagle and Beverly & Barry Goldsmith to the club! And we have also welcomed Kaya Julliard and Kevin Johnson, Daniel Hardy Jr., and Otto and Beverly Wegman. If anyone would like to join the Welcome Wagon committee, please give me a call at 252-715-1120 or email me at patty8523@gmail.com

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse & Marilyn Connaughton
Literary Ducks Book and Movie club will meet on Monday January 18th at 10:30 AM. Our topic will be IN THE VALLEY by Ron Rash, an American poet, short story writer, and novelist. Our facilitator will be Loismary Hoehne. The meeting will be via ZOOM. A link will be sent to members prior to the meeting date.

The November 11th Pre-holiday Event was a huge success! Many thanks to everyone for your generosity and participation! I cannot thank the committee members enough that worked so hard to make it a truly special day. We collected $400 in cash/checks, $450 in gift certificates and 804 pounds of food for The Beach Food pantry!! All of the cook- books were sold, netting over $2,000 each for The Beach Food Pantry and Food For Thought. As of this writing, Christmas Families reports nearly every item requested by 20 different children has been assigned along with $2,135 in additional funds collected. The beautiful centerpieces, a fundraiser for our operating budget, were in high demand throughout the day with many of them being sold. Thank you!!

Next up! We have an amazing December program featuring Tshombe Selby. A former Manteo resident, Tshombe has performed as an operatic tenor for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. We are so fortunate to have this opportunity to start off the season listening to his beautiful rendition of holiday music.

I wish you all a wonderful and safe Christmas and holiday season.
President, Carol Riggin

Vice President/Classes – Janie Serbousek
The WADWCC Fall 2020 classes had 104 enrollments in 12 classes with favorable reviews! Class offerings included cooking, crafts, watercolor painting, Medicare advice, and iPhone security. All net proceeds will go toward WADWCC’s operating expenses. Classes for 2021 are being scheduled so watch for announcements. If you have suggestions for classes or know someone who will teach, please email khvector@gmail.com

Jeannette Grimes – Corresponding Secretary
If you know of any member who would appreciate a note of sympathy, support or recovery, please contact Jeannette Grimes at jgrimes1@centurylink.net

Michele Maslak – Membership
An electronic version of the new 2020-2021 membership directory was emailed to all members in October.
 New members are always welcome! Please reach out to me with questions or interest. (michelemaslak@gmail.com)

Programs – Bobbie Perry
What a treat for our November program as Carl Curnutte, host extraordinaire and Executive Director of the Elizabethan Gardens, conducted a virtual tour of his beautifully decorated Manteo home! With 17 themed Christmas trees, 150 lit candles, dozens of floral creations and innumerable holiday ornaments and works of art, Carl and his band of talented friends amazed us and offered tips on flower design, baking, wine and gift giving as we visited each room in his house. Check out the video on our Facebook page as well as the websites for the vendors represented on the tour. You will definitely get inspired for the holidays!

The festive treats continue at our December meeting with our exclusive holiday concert performed by Dare County’s gift to the world of opera, Tshombe Selby. This mega talented tenor began singing in his Manteo church choir at age 5 and has since per- formed all over the United States and in Africa. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2015 and sang last year in Porgie and Bess with the New York Metropolitan Opera Company. Since COVID shut down the Met, Mr. Selby is pursuing a Master’s degree in opera in New York. We are indeed fortunate to experience the Tshombe Selby’s gift of holiday music to us from his New York home. Don’t miss it!

Cookbook – Dee Lewis

The cookbook project ended with fantastic results.
through the Lulu Bookstore website. Search for Tasty Treasures and place your order. Profits from Lulu purchases will still go to the Food Pantry and Food for Thought.

Food Pantry – Judy Copeman
A huge Thank you to all who contributed to the Thanksgiving Meal Bag Program. The food items and gift cards helped to ensure that our clients had a special holiday celebration. Thank you for your generosity!

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
WADWCC volunteers continue to pack for Food for Thought in bubbles of 6-7 folks. Since FFT could not have their fundraiser in September due to Covid, look for a fundraising letter that will go out by Thanksgiving. Your continued support is much needed and greatly appreciated! If you would like to be added to our email list, contact Judi Flakowicz, jflakowicz@gmail.com

Welcome Wagon – Patty Nelson
We would like to give a warm welcome to Mark & June Ackermann, Michael & Barbara Johnston, Mark & Ann Sellers, Timothy & Pamela Chase! If anyone would like to join the Welcome Wagon committee, please give me a call at 252-715-1120 or email me at patty8523@gmail.com

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse & Marilyn Connaughton
There will be NO December meeting. A movie choice may be considered at a later date. As in past years club will be donating books to each child in WADWCC’s Christmas Families campaign. We will meet January 18th at 10:30 via ZOOM. Our book will be IN THE VALLEY by Ron Rash. Our facilitator will be Loismary Hoehne.

Clubs – Tisa Head
WADWCC Clubs: The walking, biking, dog walking and birding clubs are continuing into the Fall and Winter, weather permitting! The kayaking club is done for the winter. Stay tune for spring outings! If you’d like to join one or more of the groups, please contact the leads to receive updates on club outings. Also, check the Facebook WADWCC calendar for dates and places for outings! WADWCC Facebook also has some fun pictures of club outings, so check it out!

BIKING

Lead: Sally Hotchkiss sallyhotchkiss@yahoo.com 703-300-0650
Lead: Deb Peery debpeery31@gmail.com 804-426-2244
Lead: Elisa Colkitt elisacolkitt@comcast.net 610-724-7762

BIRD WATCHING

Lead: Tisa Head tisahead@gmail.com 703-919-0307

DOG WALKING
Lead: Diane Rohan dianerohan3@gmail.com 917-375-1596

KAYAKING/BOATING

Lead: Carol Riggin carol.riggin@gmail.com 908-797-2492

WALKING


Lead: Rose Halloran rahalloran55@gmail.com 908-510-3204
Lead: Pat Smith prsmith54@verizon.net 703-517-7024