On April 6 our WADWCC members were finally able to meet in person, enjoy a wonderful meal, and visit with each other! Everyone in the room appeared to enjoy the camaraderie, catching up with old friends, and meeting many of the new members who joined WADWCC since our last in-person meeting in April of 2020! Thank you to all our members who helped to plan the meeting, and to Chef Joey Russo who prepared a wonderful salad bar full of creative and delicious offerings. During the meeting, our members voted to include the Outer Banks Dementia Friendly Coalition to our list of charities that are actively supported by WADWCC. This organization serves those with dementia and their caregivers through training caregivers and organizing a weekly Day Out. They also provide training for the owners and staff of local businesses who are then recognized as dementia-friendly by displaying the group’s purple seahorse in their windows. This coalition fills a very real need in our community, and WADWCC is ready to support their efforts through volunteering and providing monetary assistance. Watch for more information on our opportunities to help in the coming months!

I want to remind all the members of DWCC that the WADWCC cookbook, Tasty Treasures, is still available for purchase online at lulu.com. This cookbook was developed as a fund-raiser for our charities in lieu of monetary collections while we held meetings by Zoom. It remains a wonderful gift idea for family and friends. I sent it to a few brides for their showers and one is still raving about the Butternut Squash Soup!

President, Mary Ahearn

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

Program – JoAnn Small & Ginger Webster
In addition to the Installation of Officers, we will have a brief presentation from Lyn Jenkins, Director of The Community Care Clinic of Dare at our June meeting!

Hospitality – Kathy Sanborn & Dorothy Green
Our first in person WADWCC meeting in two years was a huge success! There were 90 ladies in attendance to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. Our staff guest was Sarah Seelow. An April birthday luncheon was held in the Bistro on April 5th. Thank you to Barbara Johnston and Susan Smith for arranging. We are now looking for one or two ladies who are willing to arrange a celebration for the May birthday women!

Membership – Michele Maslak
If you have not obtained your 2021-2022 WADWCC membership directory, it is available in the ladies’ locker room. If you see one there that you can deliver to a friend, please do so. New members are always welcome! If you have an interest in becoming a WADWCC member, contact me at (913) 226-2527 or michelemaslak@gmail.com.

Dementia Friendly Coalition – Jan Collins
At the WADCC April 6th meeting, Jan Collins gave a presentation about the Dementia Friendly Coalition. It started in 2014 and is now its own 501c3 & as an outcome of the Coalition we have over 30 Dementia Friendly Restaurants & Business. They held their First Love to Remember tennis tournament last Fall and raised over $40,000. The OBX Community realized the need to assist the CareGiver who is caring for the individual with Memory Loss. They have Support Groups and Educational Programs and now a Day Out Program that is FREE to all participants, held every Monday 9:30-1 at Dare Country Rec Center. After the presentation the WADWCC Membership voted unanimously to add the Dementia Friendly Coalition as an organization that they support. If Jan Collins can assist you with any information, please contact her at Collinsjanisl@gmail.com.

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
Food for Thought so appreciates WADWCC’s continuing monetary support. As always, if you have toiletries of any sort, samples or otherwise, just leave them in the Ladies Locker Room with my name on them. The high school counselors and their wonderful students in need will be thankful!

Walking Club – Rose Halloran & Pat Smith
Unfortunately Mother Nature has not been cooperating. We have only had 2 walks so far in April. Hoping that our luck turns around soon. Walks begin at 8 am and are listed on the WADWCC Facebook calendar every month. Contact Rose Halloran or Pat Smith if interested.

Kayaking Club – Carol Riggin
Save the Date: May 18th, 10:00 AM for our first paddle of the year! We are heading to Alligator River and launching from a new spot off of Milltail Road. Our June paddle will be on June 15th. Reach out to Carol Riggin at carol.riggin@gmail.com with any questions.

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse
Literary Ducks Book and Movie Club will meet on Mary 16th at 10:30 AM. We will be discussing A WALK ACROSS THE SUN by Cornan Addision. Our facilitator will be Robyn Deger. Members will get a reminder email. For more information, contact Ellen Kruse erileyk@aol.com

Birding Club – Chris Buchanan
The Birding Club met April 8th for a spring birding adventure on the Duck Boardwalk. We had 9 birders and saw 27 species of birds! We enjoyed coffee at Tree House Coffee following the event. It was a beautiful morning! We hope to have one more outing in May. Check the WADWCC Facebook page. Contract Chris Buchanan if you would like to be added to the club at ccbuchanan77@gmail.com.

Biking Club — Sally Hotchkiss
The Biking Club will reorganize in the Spring. If interested, contact SallyHotchkiss at sallyhotchkiss@yahoo.com.

Dog Walking Club – Diane Rohan
The Dog-Walking Club had such a great time at Elizabethan Gardens that we plan to go again, especially for those who missed it. Since April if butterfly release month, we thought it best not to bring our pups then! So we will revisit the Gardens in May. Sometime after June 16, we will try to coordinate with the farmer’s market at Dowdy Park with a KDH dog park visit, which was a nice suggestion from yesterday. That will be on a Thursday. Contact Diane Rohan at 917-375-1596 if you want to join the group.

By the time our members are reading this, we will be within days of our celebration of WADWCC’s 50th birthday. It seems fitting to honor those who founded our organization in 1972 with the purpose of providing service to the community while promoting fellowship among the ladies of the then-named Outer Banks Recreation Association Women’s Auxiliary. During those 50 years, WADWCC has helped supply Christmas gifts for children, donated both time and money to feed families in need, provided weekend lunches for school-aged children, and awarded college scholarships. During these and many other activities, our members developed treasured friendships, welcomed newcomers to the Outer Banks, and supported each other during the Covid pandemic.

Thank you to all the women who made WADWCC the organization that it is today! Whether you held an office, served on the board, worked for one of our charities, visited members who were sick, or made comforting phone calls, you have added so much to this community. I hope you can enjoy finally coming together for lunch on April 6 and reminiscing about our wonderful club. We are all so lucky to have each other as friends and confidantes! Happy Birthday, WADWCC!

President, Mary Ahearn

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

Program – JoAnn Small & Ginger Webster
A BLAST FROM THE PAST!
WADWCC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration includes the recognition of past Presidents. Join us for a festive look back in person on April 6, 2022 at lunch at the Duck Woods Country Club.

Last month’s program featured Portsmouth Island. Established in 1753 by an act of the North Carolina Assembly, by 1770 Portsmouth was the largest settlement on the Outer Banks. For nearly a century, the town remained a major shipping center through Ocracoke Inlet. When a hurricane in 1846 shoaled the inlet, Portsmouth’s days as a center of commerce ended and the population of this fishing hamlet steadily declined. In 1971, Portsmouth’s last two residents reluctantly moved to the mainland. In 1976, the 250-acre historic district of Portsmouth was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and became part of Cape Lookout National Seashore. You may walk the lanes and trails today to see living history of Portsmouth’s lost lifestyle. A summer boat trip to Portsmouth Island will be planned for interested WADWCC members. If you would like to know more about Portsmouth Island, visit friendsofportsmouthisland.org.

Membership – Michele Maslak
New membership directories are still available for pickup in the DWCC office. Please pick up your copy if you have not done so already. If you have an interest in becoming a member of WADWCC, contact me by phone (913-226-2527) or by email michelemaslak@gmail.com. New members are always welcome!

Ways and Means – Judy Copeman
Mark your calendars for the May 4th Spring Basket Raffle and Luncheon. This is always a fun event. We have Travel, Blue Point, Norwex, British, Wine, and Bridge baskets plus more to bid on. We are still looking for a few more basket donations. If you need more information, ideas or would like to donate, please contact Judy or Janet at jcolegrove@mac.com or jcopeman@verizon.net.

Welcome Wagon – Jann Koch
We have been updating the information we send out to new members. If anyone has updated contact information for club groups, please send it to JannKoch@protonmail.com. We were glad to welcome seven new members to the club in February.

Avery Harrison and our very own Diane Rohan are co-chairs for this event. Diane spoke at the March WADWCC Zoom meeting explaining her ideas for fundraising through this event, since we haven’t been able to raise funds with our monthly raffles. Her goal is to raise enough money to become a bronze sponsor at $1,000.

Food Pantry – Betty Bradley
Mark your calendars to “Save the Date” for two exciting events to benefit the Outer Banks Food Pantry:

Saturday, November 19, 2022 for the 2022 Holiday Chef’s Challenge (yes, it’s back!). More details to follow.

Saturday, June 11, 2022 for the 1st Annual Outer Banks Rum Festival at the Pavilion at Pirate’s Cove in Manteo.

Most importantly, a bronze sponsor provides 3,000 meals to hungry individuals and families. It will also give WADWCC recognition on the event sponsorship display and website, Facebook, and the event tasting guide. If our goal is met, a raffle drawing would be set up for 4 VIP tickets which include early admission to the event, commemorative SWAG for each guest, admission to a designated VIP Lounge, and drink tickets. One raffle ticket would be entered for each $20 donated. Make checks payable to WADWCC with the Beach Food Pantry in the memo. Checks may be left in the envelope in the Ladies Locker Room (the one on the bulletin board for charities) or brought to the next WADWCC meeting on Wednesday, April 6. Checks may also be mailed to Toni Joyner, our treasurer. For more information or questions, get in touch with Diane (dianerohan3@gmail.com) or myself (bgbradley5@gmail.com). Also, tickets and more info about the event will be available on the food pantry website (BeachFoodPantry.org).

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
If anyone is interested in helping out in the Food for Thought warehouse in Manteo stocking shelves and taking inventory on Monday mornings starting next September, please let Judi Flakowicz know at Jflakowicz@gmail.com.

Walking Club – Rose Halloran & Pat Smith
Slowly but surely we are dusting off our sneakers and getting back out there for exercise and camaraderie. Our walks in March begin at 8:30 and will change to 8:00 in April. Walks are listed on the WWADWC Facebook calendar every month. Contact Rose Halloran or Pat Smith if interested.

Kayaking Club – Carol Riggin
Save the Date: May 18th, 10:00 AM for our first trip of the year!

Looking forward to another great season of kayaking! Our first paddle will be at a site that we have not been to before. It will be at Alligator River but off of Milltail Road. This will be a good time to see the blue flag iris plants. More details to follow once the sign-ups are available.

Our June paddle will be on June 15th. If you have questions, contact Carol Riggin@gmail.com.

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse
Literary Ducks Book and Movie Club will meet on Monday April 18 at 10:30. We will meet in the back part of the Banquet room. Our book will be A WALK ACROSS THE SUN by Cornan Addison. Our facilitator is Robyn Deger. Optional lunch to follow. Members will get a reminder by email. Please contact Ellen Kruse at erileyk@aol.com for more info.

Birding Club – Chris Buchanan
The Birding Club will resume in April. If weather permits we may try to schedule a last minute birding event. Contact Chris Buchanan for more information. ccbuchanan77@gmail.com

Biking Club — Sally Hotchkiss
The Biking Club will reorganize in the Spring. If interested, contact SallyHotchkiss (sallyhotchkiss@yahoo.com).

Birthday Luncheons – Kathy Sanborn
Susan Smith and Barbara Johnson have agreed to organize the luncheon for the April birthday ladies! They will send out an email when the plans are firm.

Dog Walking Club – Diane Rohan
The WADWCC Dog Walking Club was all set to resume in early March, but the weather would not cooperate. The group of humans and their fur-babies gathered at the Elizabethan Gardens on Wednesday, March 16 for this season’s first walk!

After what seems like a rather long winter, March is finally here. On the Outer Banks, that usually means the weather starts warming up and spring is on the way! This spring WADWCC will celebrate its 50th anniversary as an organization. We started as the Outer Banks Recreation Association (OBRA) Women’s Auxiliary with 28 very enthusiastic members. We have grown quite a bit since then. The club’s name has changed, many more women are playing golf and tennis, and Duck Woods has become a social center for its members. All of what the Club is now is the result of these forward-thinking women! As I was preparing the slide show for our 50th birthday party scheduled for April 6, 2022, I had the privilege of going through all the old scrapbooks and seeing the story of the organization. Women planting the original flower beds, decorating the clubhouse, sponsoring art exhibits, and bringing Santa in for the little ones are just a few of the many activities that began so many years ago.

Please plan to attend our first in-person luncheon after a hiatus of two years on April 6, and celebrate 50 years of friendships, community service and fun! The first invitation to this celebration luncheon will go out shortly after our March Zoom meeting. Don’t forget to RSVP to the hospitality committee – it’s been quite a while since we’ve had to do that! I am so excited about seeing all of you in person while we honor the ladies of the OBRA Auxiliary and celebrate our modern WADWCC!

President, Mary Ahearn

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

Program – JoAnn Small & Ginger Webster
Our March 2nd program will be the HISTORY OF PORTSMOUTH ISLAND. Author Jim White is descended from early Portsmouth Islanders. Just south of Ocracoke, Portsmouth is now uninhabited and part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. He will take us on “A Walk in the Past” and explain the importance of keeping this story alive. This virtual program will be presented from Cape Lookout National Seashore. Please invite your spouse/guest to join you. A summer boat trip to Portsmouth Island will be planned as a follow up to this program.

SEMPER PARATUS – Always Ready. The February 2nd program was a virtual presentation from Station Oregon Inlet by Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class, Hailey Johnson, and Machinery Technician 2nd class, Taryn Michalicka. They shared stories and videos of their work in surf and rescue operations, as well as the history of females in the USCG dating back almost 200 years. These strong young women work closely with the rescue divers and swimmers from the Elizabeth City Coast Guard Base. (For further interest: Air Station Elizabeth City was the setting (and used as a double for Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska) in the 2006 film The Guardian, starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher.) Recently our presenters, BM3 Johnson and MK3 Michalicka assisted with the grounded vessel that many of us saw on our beach in Southern Shores. These Coast Guard members are dedicated to their brave mission of rendering aid to persons in distress in our waters.

Membership – Michele Maslak
In the absence of monthly luncheon meetings, 2021-2022 membership directories are available for pick up in the DWCC office. Please stop by to obtain your copy, if you have not done so already. If you have an interest in becoming a member of WADWCC, contact me by phone (913-226-2527) or by email michelemaslak@gmail.com. New members are always welcome!

Ways and Means – Judy Copeman
We are gearing up for the Spring Basket Raffle which will take place in May. The proceeds from this event will fund our WADWCC Scholarship. We are currently looking for members who would like to donate a basket. In years past, members have enjoyed bidding on beach, bridge, food, golf, tennis, and spa baskets to name a few.  

If you would like to donate or would like some additional ideas please contact Janet: jcolegrove@mac.com or Judy: jcopeman@verizon.net.

Welcome Wagon – Jann Koch
We have been updating the information we send out to new members. If anyone has updated contact information for club groups, please send it to JannKoch@protonmail.com. We were glad to welcome seven new members to the club in February.

Food Pantry – Betty Bradley
Please feel free to contact me at bgbradley5@gmail.com if you have any questions about the Food Pantry!

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
If you have any toiletry or personal hygiene items/samples, which are ALWAYS much appreciated by older students, please let me know and I will arrange to get them from you. They will be stored and distributed at the school by the clinic or counselor.

2022 WADWCC Memorial Scholarship – Rose Halloran
The 2022 WADWCC Memorial Scholarship is in full swing! Every year WADWCC offers a scholarship to an individual that has had to interrupt, or delay, their secondary education. An introductory letter, question and answer document, applicant requirements, and application have been sent to various contacts that have been established over the years since the scholarship’s inception in 2002. In addition, various media sources have been contacted as well. For anyone looking to obtain an application, et al; a link has been set up on the General Page of the DWCC website. It can be accessed through the tab: About – Scholarships – WADWCC – https://duckwoodscc.com/scholarships

Applications can be found in the main Ladies Room, the Women’s Locker or by contacting Rose Halloran, Scholarship Chair, rahalloran55@gmail.com

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse
Literary Ducks Book and Movie club will meet on Monday, March 21st. We will meet at 10:30 AM in the banquet room. Our book will be THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict. Our facilitator will be Jeanette Grimes. For more info about our group please contact Ellen Kruse at erileyk@aol.com.

Walking Club – Rose Halloran & Pat Smith
The first two walks of the Walking Club were canceled in February due to unforeseen circumstances. They resumed the second week of February and will continue, weather permitting. Walks will start at 9 am in hopes of it being brighter, a little warmer and only occur if it is 45 degrees with minimal wind on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Rose Halloran or Pat Smith if interested.

Birding Club – Chris Buchanan
The Birding Club will take a break until spring. If weather permits, we may try to schedule a last minute birding event. Contact Chris Buchanan for more information.

Kayaking Club – Carol Riggin
The Kayaking Club is planned to resume in the spring. If you have questions or would like to get on the kayaking email list, reach out to Carol Riggin at carol.riggin@gmail.com.

Biking Club — Sally Hotchkiss
The Biking Club will reorganize in the spring. Please let Sally Hotchkiss (sallyhotchkiss@yahoo.com) know if you wish to receive the biking emails.

Marathon Bridge Club – Judy Copeman
Marathon Bridge is underway and will run through August. Contact Judy Copeman at jcopeman@verizon.net for any questions.

Dog Walking Club – Diane Rohan
The Dog Walking club will resume in March weather permitting. Our first walk is scheduled at the Elizabethan Gardens. Contact Diane Rohan for more information.

I am writing this when the temperature here on our beach is 36 degrees and the winds have topped out at 42mph! I hope that it has warmed up a bit by the time you are reading this in February! If not, bundle up, light a fire, get a good book, and enjoy!

Due to the increase in Covid cases in the Outer Banks, the WADWCC board has decided to continue our Zoom meetings for at least one more month. As a result, our meeting on February 3rd will again be virtual. We will have women members from the USCG Station Oregon Inlet share stories about the rescue service and its work to keep on those on the water safe. We encourage you to invite your spouses and friends to attend this very timely presentation with you. I will also send out the recording of the meeting so those of you who are away during the winter month can enjoy the meeting at your leisure. I hope to see all of you around the club or on a warmer day, around the fire pit!

President, Mary Ahearn

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
In the absence of monthly luncheon meetings, 2021-2022 membership directories are available for pick up in the DWCC office. Please stop by to obtain your copy this month, if you have not done so already! If you have an interest in becoming a member of WADWCC, contact me by phone (913-226-2527) or by email michelemaslak@gmail.com. New members are always welcome!

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
If you have any toiletries you would like to donate, please leave them in a bag in the lady’s locker room with my name on them. Any size will be appreciated! If you are interested in learning more about Food for Thought, please contact Judi for information.

Marathon Bridge Club – Judy Copeman
Marathon Bridge is underway and will run through August. Contact Judy Copeman at jcopeman@verizon.net for any questions.

Kayaking Club – Carol Riggin
The Kayaking Club is planned to resume in the spring. However, if it looks like we will have a stretch of warm weather in February, we may try to sneak in a paddle. If you have questions or would like to get on the kayaking email list, reach out to Carol Riggin at carol.riggin@gmail.com.

Bike Club — Sally Hotchkiss
The Biking Club will reorganize in the spring. Please contact Sally Hotchkiss, sallyhotchkiss@yahoo.com if you would like to receive club emails.

Program – JoAnn Small & Ginger Webster
In January, Meg Puckett, Herd Manager for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, presented an interesting and informative program about the unique Banker horses of Corolla. We learned about results from DNA testing, some of the challenges the Herd currently faces, and work underway by this organization to responsibly manage the Herd and promote the continued preservation of their habitat on the northern Outer Banks. We also learned about ways that we can support these efforts. For more information, visit www.corollawildhorses.com or email meg@corollawildhorses.com.

Semper Paratus
Always Ready – The US Coast Guard is recognized worldwide as a leader in the field of Search and Rescue (SAR). Minimizing the loss of life, injury, or property damage by rendering aid to persons in distress is one of the Coast Guard’s oldest missions. Members of the USCG Station Oregon Inlet will share their stories and videos of rescue service. The February program will be open to spouses and guests!

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse
Our February meeting will be on Monday, February 21. We begin at 10:30 with optional lunch to follow. We will discuss GRANDMA GATEWAY’S WALK by Ben Montgomery. Our facilitator will be Mary Lou Hoffert. An email will be sent to all members. If you’d like to join us, please contact Ellen Kruse erileyk@aol.com or 301-633-4760.

Birthday Luncheons — Dorothy Green & Kathy Sanborn
The January birthday luncheon will be held at Duck Woods Country Club on January 25th at noon. The luncheon is being coordinated by Kathy Dils and Sarah Dils.

Birding Club – Chris Buchanan
The Birding Club will take a break until spring. Contact Chris Buchanan at ccbuchanan77@gmail.com if you would like to receive club emails.

Walking Club – Rose Halloran & Pat Smith
The Walking Club will resume in February. Weather permitting, we will start back up on the 1st or 8th of February. Contact Pat Smith prsmith54@verizon.net to be added to the email list.

Paparazzi – Barbara Anne Williams
If you have any pictures from WADWCC events, please send them to me. Also remember to take pictures at any event and send them to me!

Dog Walking Club – Diane Rohan
The Dog Walking Club is in a winter hiatus until the weather behaves itself. We may meet in February if we have some nice weather. If would like to be added to the email list, contact Diane Rohan at dianerohan3@gmail.com.

Happy New Year, Everyone! Now that the excitement of the holidays, family visits, and twinkling lights is passing, I know that I am looking forward to some winter quiet time here on the Outer Banks. As you know, the WADWCC Board made the decision to host our January meeting via Zoom for the protection of our members and their families. I am crossing my fingers that by the time you read this, we will have scheduled our February meeting as a luncheon at the club. Whichever way it goes, I will still feel so grateful to have all of you with me as we work our way through this rather strange time in our community. Last year was not easy as we all tried to keep up with our families and friends while also keeping them safe from Covid. My new year’s resolution is to try to accept with grace and enthusiasm whatever this year brings. My wish for each of you is that you are blessed with good health, good friends, good humor, and peace in 2022!

President, Mary Ahearn

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 by phone (913-226-2527) or by email michelemaslak@gmail.com with any questions regarding membership. If you still need your Membership Directory, please stop by the office to pick it up.

Welcome Wagon – Jann Koch
Please let me know if you’d like to join the Welcome Wagon at Duck Woods Country Club. jannkoch@protonmail.com.

WADWCC Christmas Decorations — Holly Pembroke
These Wonderful, WADWCC Women worked their magic once again to make the clubhouse a Winter Wonderland. We all hope you enjoy it and wish you Happy Holidays!

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
The Food for Thought schedule for 2022 is out and all the slots have been filled. If you have any toiletry or personal hygiene items/samples, which are much appreciated by older students, please let me know and I will arrange to get them from you. They will be stored and distributed at the school by the clinic or counselor. Because of your support and generosity, WADWCC pre-sented a check to Margaret Lawler at Food for Thought for $1680 as a part of our giving event.

Marathon Bridge Club – Judy Copeman
Marathon Bridge is underway and will run through August. Contact Judy Copeman at jcopeman@verizon.net for any questions.

Ways and Means – Judy Copeman
Congratulations to our raffle winner, Diane R. Thank you to all who bought tickets. It was a successful event!

Kayaking Club – Carol Riggin
The Kayaking Club is planned to resume in the spring. However, if it looks like we will have a stretch of warm weather in January or February, we may try to sneak in a paddle. If you have questions or would like to get on the kayaking email list, reach out to Carol Riggin at carol.riggin@gmail.com.

Bike Club — Sally Hotchkiss
The Biking Club will reorganize in the spring. Please let Sally Hotchkiss (sallyhotchkiss@yahoo.com) know if you wish to receive the biking emails.

Dog Walking Club – Diane Rohan along with Augie & Pippa
The Dog Walking Club met at Kitty Hawk Dog Park. Tisa brought Quinnie, Maureen brought Finn and Holly, and I brought Augie (in the birthday hat) and Pippa. The dogs all got along but did not really play with each other. They were too excited to sniff, wander, and mark! But the humans had a fun time. Contact Diane Rohan at dianerohan3@gmail.com to join with your pup.

Program – JoAnn Small & Ginger Webster
We kicked off December with a zoom program featuring Holiday music per-formed by Bill Rea on strings and harmonica, his wife Becki on piano, and his daughter Ann Lee on bass. In their Manteo home filled with holiday décor, their harmonizing songs were just beautiful. Bill Rea is an 8 YEAR pancreatic cancer survivor. He has shared his journey with me and has given me permission to share this with you. Our January 5th program will highlight THE BANKER HORSES OF COROLLA. The Banker Horses of Corolla have lived on the Outer Banks for more than 500 years, originally brought here by Spanish explorers. They are recognized as a critically endangered breed, and a celebrated cultural and historical resource, Meg Puckett, Herd Manager for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund (CWHF), will give an overview of the history of the horses, talk about the challenges the herd currently faces and discuss the work CWHF is doing to protect and preserve this endangered breed and their fragile habitat.

Christmas Families – Catherine McGrogan
The Outer Banks Woman’s Club has worked tirelessly every year to provide holiday gifts for families here on the Outer Banks. Members of WADWCC were pleased to support this effort with gifts for 20 families and $2,200 to use for larger items such as bicycles. The check was presented to the Outer Banks Woman’s Club to Jean Pratt and Joan Stevens of the OBWC. Through the continued generosity of our members, WADWCC was able to increase the support for Currituck Social Services for their Christmas Families to $1000. Samantha Hurd, the Director of Currituck Social Services, accepted the check at a presentation early in December. This year’s donations for the two organizations were the most generous of any ever given!

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse
In December, we gathered on the 13th to watch NEWS OF THE WORLD. Our January meeting will be on Monday, January 17th. We begin at 10:30 with an optional lunch to follow. We will discuss SUSAN, LINDA, NINA, and COKIE by Lisa Napoli. Our facilitator will be Loismary Hoehne. An email will be sent to all members. If you’d like to join us, please contact Ellen Kruse erileyk@aol.com or 301-633-4760.

Food Pantry – Betty Bradley
On Friday, December 10th, WADWCC had a photo opportunity and check presentation to all the charities to which we contribute. It was held at the fire pit with light refreshments. I was proud and honored to present a check to the Executive Director of the Outer Banks Food Pantry in the amount of $2,410. Again, I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to all the ladies of our WADWCC organization for their continuous support and generosity to the Outer Banks Beach Food Pantry. Contact me at bgbradley5@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Birthday Luncheons — Dorothy Green & Kathy Sanborn
The December birthday gathering was enjoyed by 7 members and was organized and hosted by Robin Deger. Sarah Johns and Kathy Dils are organizing the January birthday luncheon. Those celebrating a January birthday will be invited by email with all the details.

Birding Club – Sally Hotchkiss
The Birding Club held its last walk on December 15th at Pea Island. The birds were still migrating with a number of species to see! The Bird Club will take a break until spring. Outings will be post-ed on the WADWCC Facebook page and emailed to Birding Club members. Contact Chris Buchanan at ccbuchanan77@gmail.com if you are interested in joining us in the spring!

Walking Club – Rose Halloran & Pat Smith
The Walking Club scheduled 5 walks during the month of December, ending on December 16th. We will take the rest of December and the month of January off. Weather permitting, we will start back on the 1st or 8th of February! Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Once again, the generosity of our WADWCC members was on display at our November 5th Pre-Holiday Event held at the clubhouse.

  • Members donated 980 pounds of food and holiday decorations for the Beach Food Pantry clients.
  • Food gift cards, checks, and cash totaling $2865 were donated to the Beach Food Pantry.
  • Checks and cash for the Food for Thought program that supplies weekend meals for school children and their families came to over $1210.
  • Nearly all raffle tickets benefiting our general fund were sold.
  • Many members also signed up to buy gifts for families in need and the entire Christmas Families list was completed in one day! Those gifts will be collected on Friday, December 3rd from 8:00-10:00am in the Club dining room. Please use the FRONT DOOR OF THE CLUB so that we do not disturb another function that will be taking place in the banquet room.

I want to thank all our members who helped make this season of giving so truly successful for WADWCC. Your donations of time, energy, and treasure make the Outer Banks a better place for those who live and work here year-round. In return, it is my hope that you have time this season to enjoy your family and friends with great food, happy conversations, and most of all, HUGS. Happy Holidays, everyone!

President, Mary Ahearn

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
If you were unable to pick up your membership directory at the Pre-Holiday event, it is available for you in the DWCC office. New Members are always welcome. Please reach out to me by phone (913-226-2527) or by email michelemaslak@gmail.com with any questions regarding membership.

Welcome Wagon – Jann Koch
We are happy to report we welcomed two new social members, eight new golf members, and one new racquet sports member to DWCC in October. If any WADWCC member would like to join the Welcome Wagon Committee, please send your name and email address to jannkoch@protonmail.com. I hope your holidays are safe and happy!

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
In addition to weekend food bags and personal hygiene/toiletry items, Food for Thought is now providing coats, hats, gloves, and shoes. All Food for Thought volunteers should have received the pack schedule for the remainder of the year. We will continue to pack in small groups on Wednesdays. Let Judi know the dates you would like to volunteer to pack. Your support is always welcome and appreciated!

Marathon Bridge Club – Judy Copeman
Marathon Bridge has begun and will run through August. There is still time to add a team, so find a partner and join the fun! All skill levels welcome. Contact Judy Copeman at jcopeman@verizon.net.

Ways and Means – Judy Copeman
Thank you to everyone who attended the November 5th event or sent gifts for our WADWCC charities and charitable partners. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. If you are interested in purchasing the WADWCC Cookbook published last fall, you may do so by going to Lulu.com and search “Tasty Treasures”. All proceeds from this cookbook go to Beach Pantry and Food for Thought.

Dog Walking Club – Diane Rohan along with Augie & Pippa
Contact Diane Rohan at dianerohan3@gmail.com if you would like to join the group.

Kayaking Club – Carol Riggin
Our last paddle of the season has been completed. If you have questions or would like to get on the kayaking email list, reach out to Carol Riggin at carol.riggin@gmail.com or call at 908-797-2492.

Program – JoAnn Small & Ginger Webster
On December 1st, be ready to be entertained! Bill Rea is a multi-talented actor, songwriter, singer, musician, and teacher, who along with his family will have us “jingling” at this virtual show! Our November meeting focused on the NC Coastline as a living shoreline and sanctuary of oyster farming. Erin Fleckenstein, manager of the NC Coastal Federation office in Wanchese, presented a very informative program highlighting the growing and harvesting of oysters and clams in our beautiful waters. These are small businesses, family owned. Because of the way oysters are farmed, you can eat these delicious oysters YEAR-ROUND. The “North Carolina Oyster Trail is a route along our coast with over 50 oyster farms and restaurants featured. There is even a working oyster farm in the waters at the NC Coastal Federation office in Harbor Road in Wanchese. Your recycled oyster shells are used to build reefs along our NC coast. Look for WADWCC field trip information in the future. For more information, visit nccoast.org.

Christmas Families – Catherine McGrogan
At the November 5th Pre-Holiday Event, Christmas Families collected more than $2000 for families in Dare and Currituck Counties. We also filled all of our present needs for 20 Dare County children. Our scheduled day for present drop offs is Friday, December 3rd from 8:00 to 10:00am at the club dining room. PLEASE USE THE FRONT ENTRANCE to drop off your gifts!

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse
Our three fall meetings have been well attended. In November, we discussed WEST WITH GIRAFFES, by Lynda Rutledge, led by Linda Etheridge. On Monday, December 13, we will meet to view “News of the World” a 2020 film starring Tom Hanks, based on a very successful novel. Meeting time will be confirmed by email. In January, we have our first non-fiction book of the season, SUSAN, LINDA, NINA & COKIE by Lisa Napoli. We will be led by LoisMary Hoehne. If you are interested in joining our group, contact Ellen Kruse erileyk@aol.com.

Food Pantry – Betty Bradley
The WADWCC Pre-Holiday Event was a huge success. It was not only a success for the Beach Food Pantry, but for all the charities as well. We collected 980 lbs. of food and Christmas decorations. The Food Lion gift cards for turkey and ham totaled $905.00. We also collected another $2,010.00 in checks and cash! Thank you all for your generosity to help needy families this time of year. Kudos to all of our volunteers who were dressed in holiday attire with their ugly Christmas sweaters, reindeer antlers, and Santa hats. A special thank you goes to Elisabeth Silverthorn, director of the Beach Food Pantry, for the use of the pantry van, her help, and staying the 2 hours until it was loaded.

Birthday Luncheons — Dorothy Green & Kathy Sanborn
Thirteen women celebrated their October and November birthdays in style! Joey’s Italian Delights were enjoyed by everyone. The December birthday gathering will be held at NC Coast on December 7, 2021 at 12Noon, hosted by Robyn Deger. Those invited will be sent an email with all the details.

Birding Club – Sally Hotchkiss
The October birding event was postponed. Stay tuned for future outings that will be posted on the WADWCC Facebook page and emailed to Birding Club members. Contact Chris Buchanan at ccbuchanan77@gmail.com or 703 477-0315 to be added to group.

Walking Club – Rose Halloran & Pat Smith
We have done a total of 13 out of 15 walks during September and November. These walks totaled 31.2 miles with an average of 2.4 miles. We are averaging 8 walkers per walk. We are now walking at 8:30am since Daylight Saving time has ended. Walks will stop on 12/16/21 until 2/1 or 2/8/22, weather dependent. Contact Rose Halloran at rahalloran55@gmail.com or Pat Smith at prsmith54@verizon.net.

Bike Club — Sally Hotchkiss
Biking has been challenged with weather issues recently! We will try again soon. Maybe Fridays aren’t the answer? Please let Sally Hotchkiss (sallyhotchkiss@yahoo.com) know if you wish to receive the biking emails.

Fall has finally come to the Outer Banks! With cooler weather and a few less visitors, we can all enjoy these beach towns that we call home! Our first General Membership Meeting was held on October 6th via Zoom. We enjoyed a tour of the KDH Cooperative Gallery and Studios with Julie Moye, who opened the Co-op in 2001. The variety of art pieces for sale in the gallery is amazing! We also recognized our three new Honorary Members for this year. Many thanks to Sue Butler, Kathy Horne, and Martha Furioni who have given so much time and talent to WADWCC and our surrounding community. At our next general meeting, the Coastal Federation will present “Oyster Shellabration”, sharing the role of oysters in North Carolina’s coastal ecology and economy. Please set aside time at 11:00 on Wednesday, November 3rd to “Shellabrate” with us! We are busy planning our Preholiday Event for November 5th at the Banquet Room entrance to the Club from 1:00-3:00 pm. Members will have an opportunity to pick up their copy of the WADWCC Member Directory that has returned to the printed booklet form for 2021-22. At the same time, members can drop off their Thanksgiving Food Bags for the Beach Food Pantry, sign up to supply gifts for a local family or child through our Christmas Families program, and donate to our charities. Come out on November 5th to help our community during the holiday season and to visit with friends!

President, Mary Ahearn

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
The Membership Directories will be distributed at the WADWCC Pre-Holiday Event on November 5th between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the banquet room entrance of DWCC. If you cannot attend, please arrange for another member to pick up yours for you. New members are always welcome! Please reach out to me by phone (913-226-2527) or by email michelemaslak@gmail.com with any questions regarding membership.

Welcome Wagon – Jann Koch
In September we welcomed eight new members: Bob and Deeley Middleton, Catherine and Adam Baldwin, Katie and Josh Foster, and Joseph and Shauna Schatz. Also, if you have noticed more members around the club, it may be because the club welcomed back 38 members over the summer! If you see someone you don’t know, please introduce yourself and say, “Welcome.”

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
Instead of an in person fundraiser this fall, we have sent out a mailing asking for donations for Food for Thought. Please be on the lookout for it. WADWCC is always a strong supporter of this important organization, both monetarily and by volunteering your time, and we thank you so much!

Marathon Bridge Club – Judy Copeman
Marathon Bridge has begun and will run through August. There is still time to add a team, so find a partner and join the fun! All skill levels welcome. Contact Judy Copeman at jcopeman@verizon.net.

Ways and Means – Judy Copeman
For those members who would like to support WADWCC Charities while we are meeting virtually, Ways and Means Committee has placed an envelope on the bulletin board in the ladies locker room. If you would like to leave a gift for Christmas Families or Scholarship please write check to WADWCC and note on the memo line which charity it is for. Checks may be made out directly to Beach Food Pantry or Food For Thought. Throughout the month of November, WADWCC will be holding a raffle. One lucky winner will receive $100 cash. Chances are $1/per ticket. Winner will be announced at our December 1st meeting.

Dog Walking Club – Diane Rohan along with Augie & Pippa
The dog walking club was small, but mighty on Friday October 8. The Club’s lead, Diane Rohan, and dogs Pippa and Augie, met Barbara Williams with dog Remy at the East Dogwood Beach access. The dogs loved romping in the sunshine. They met a Westie named Eden and a mixed breed named Bennett, and all got along well. Lots of running, wrestling, spinning, and an occasional dip in the water rounded out the day. Contact Diane Rohan at dianerohan3@gmail.com if you would like to join the group.

Program – JoAnn Small & Ginger Webster
At our October meeting, we enjoyed a virtual tour of the KDH Cooperative Gallery led by multi-media artist Julie Moye, who opened the gallery in 2001. Members were treated to a dazzling visual display of oils, watercolors, jewelry, fabric art, ironworks and more and had the added pleasure of chatting with Julie after the tour. Upcoming November 3rd program: Oyster “Shellebration”

Whether you enjoy eating oysters or not, they play an important role in NC’s coastal ecology and economy. Erin Fleckenstein, manager of the NC Coastal Federation’s Wanchese office, will be joining us by zoom to provide information on initiatives to make NC the Napa Valley of Oysters. She will discuss efforts that are underway to grow oyster farming to a $100 million industry while ensuring a continued balanced use of our coastal sounds and habitats. You’ll also learn how you can visit an oyster farm.

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse
Literary Ducks Book and Movie group is off to a great start with two interesting discussions under our belts. Our next meeting will be Monday November 15 at 10:30. We will discus WEST WITH GIRAFFES by Lynda Rutledge. Our facilitator will be Linda Etheridge. Lunch to follow. Members will get a reminder email in early November. Questions or want to join our group? Contact Ellen Kruse erileyk@aol.com or 301-633-4760.

Food Pantry – Betty Bradley
Unfortunately, The 2021 Holiday Chef’s Challenge that was scheduled for Saturday, November 13th, has been cancelled. With a community-wide survey, it was clear that attendance would be an issue due to the concerns around COVID. Hopefully, it will be rescheduled in November 2022. The Food Pantry Thanksgiving Bags and gift cards may be dropped off at the WADWCC PRE HOLIDAY EVENT on Wednesday, November 5 2021 1-3 PM. A list of all items will be emailed and also available in the ladies locker room. The list will also be on the WADWCC Facebook page. Volunteers are needed to help collect the bags and help load them to be delivered. Contact me at bgbradley5@gmail.com if you are interested. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Birthday Luncheons — Dorothy Green
The October/November birthday gathering will at the club Thursday, November 11th from 4 to 6. It is being organized and hosted by Judi Smith, Donna Countryman, and Deanna McDole. Those invited will be sent an email with all the details.

Kayaking Club – Carol Riggin
We are looking to have one more paddle in November before it gets too chilly. More information to come. If you have questions or would like to get on the kayaking email list, reach out to Carol Riggin at carol.riggin@gmail.com or call at 908-797-2492.

Bike Club — Sally Hotchkiss
The first bike outing was Friday, October 15. Several members bike together 1-2 Friday mornings each month. We bike 5-7 miles around Southern Shores, meeting at Sea Oats Park at 9 am OR adding riders as we bike past their houses. Please let Sally Hotchkiss (sallyhotchkiss@yahoo.com or 1-703-300-0650) know if you wish to receive the biking emails.

Birding Club – Sally Hotchkiss
Our birders met at Duck Woods CC for the first bird outing and with the help of Jonathan, our guide, we spotted a variety of birds. Our next outing is scheduled on October 28th at the Duck boardwalk at sunset. Stayed tuned for our November outing. Outings will be posted on the WADWCC Facebook page and emailed to Birding Club members. Contact Chris Buchanan at
ccbuchanan77@gmail.com or 703-477-0315 to be added to the email list.

Walking Club – Rose Halloran & Pat Smith
We walk on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 AM.  A reminder email will be sent out by Sunday of each week. The Walking Club started our first outing with 15 walkers! This included 2 new ladies! We owned Guinguite Trail that day. The WADWCC calendar has been updated with the scheduled walks. Contact Rose Halloran rahalloran55@gmail.com.

WADWCC Pre-Holiday Event
Friday, November 5th
Come to the side entrance of DWCC from 1:00 pm — 3:00 pm to…

• Pick Up Your WADWCC Directory
• Drop Off Food Pantry Thanksgiving Food Bags, Gift Cards, Gently Used Holiday Ornaments and Lights
• Sign Up for Annual Christmas Families
• Donate to Our Charities
• Participate in Our Cash Raffle for Our Operating Budget $1 per ticket / $100 prize

*Please write all checks directly to Beach Food Pantry or Food for Thought.
*Checks for Christmas Families can be written to WADWCCC with “Christmas Families” in the memo line.

It appears that the theme for this year is going to be Flexibility First!” After planning for a welcome back celebration as our first in-person meeting in 18 months, we regretfully decided to cancel that luncheon and plan virtual meetings for the rest of this calendar year. While that was disappointing, the Board decided to err on the side of caution as we deal with the uptick of COVID cases on the Outer Banks. Our program committee, led by JoAnn Small and Ginger Webster, went into high gear and rearranged programs, talked with presenters about virtual visits, and came up with a wonderfully creative program for Oct. 6th. Via our old friend Zoom, we will visit the KDH Cooperative Gallery and enjoy the wide variety of artists’ talents on display. The Travel Fashions program, previously planned for this October, has been saved for next year when we can enjoy it in person. Discussions are underway about fundraising opportunities to take the place of our table decoration raffles and the Holiday Bazaar that normally support our budget. Watch your email for details! Thank you to all the members who participated in our first Survey Monkey vote of the year and approved our 2021-22 Budget, along with the minutes of the June 2 general meeting. Please stay safe, wear your masks, and enjoy a few good books as we move ever-so-slowly towards the end of the COVID crisis!

President, Mary Ahearn

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
Annual membership dues ($20) were billed to members’ DWCC accounts in September. Membership directories will be printed in October. New members are always welcome. Please reach out to me by phone (913-226-2527) or by email michelemaslak@gmail.com with any questions regarding membership.

Welcome Wagon – Jann Koch
We are happy to report we welcomed three new social members, twenty-three (23!) new golf members, and two new racquet sports members in August. In addition, we have welcomed four new golf members and two new social members in September.

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
WADWCC Food for Thought volunteers had their first pack date on September 29 in a masked, small group. We have volunteers for all four of our dates between now and Thanksgiving adhering to current COVID restrictions. At that time, Food For Thought will review procedures according to the COVID restrictions and reassess our packing procedures as needed.

Marathon Bridge Club – Judy Copeman
Marathon Bridge begins October 1, 2021 and runs through August 31, 2022. There is still time to find a partner and join in the competition. All bridge levels welcome. Contact Judy Copeman at jcopeman@verizon.net.

Kayaking Club – Carol Riggin
October is a great month for kayaking! We are planning two trips: Oct 4th 10:00 AM at Alligator River and Oct 21st at Pine Island for a sunset paddle. Mark your calendars! More info to come. If you have questions or would like to get on the kayaking email list, reach out to Carol Riggin at carol.riggin@gmail.com or call at 908-797-2492.

Bike Club — Sally Hotchkiss
If you are interested in bicycle riding in and about Southern Shores, please let me know. We are planning to ride (3-5 miles) on 2 Friday Mornings each month beginning in October. We can meet at a starting point OR collect riders along the way as we ride by member’s houses. Happy Pedaling! Sally Hotchkiss, sallyhotchkiss@yahoo.com, 703-300-0650.

Dog Walking Club – Diane Rohan along with Augie & Pippa
We had guest dogs, granddogs, new members and returning members on September 10th! We missed those who couldn’t make it, but Sandy Buchanan, Remy Williams, Quinnie Head, Franklin Hummel, Finn Montgomery and Pippa and Augie Rohan all enjoyed the beautiful day at Kitty Hawk Dog Park. Contact Diane Rohan at dianerohan3@gmail.com if you would like to join the group.

Program – JoAnn Small & Ginger Webster
October 6 – IT’S ECLECTIC! KDH Cooperative Gallery sells art created by over 50 local artists. Owner Julie Moye will give us a virtual tour of this artist-operated gallery. With works of art in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, photography, ceramics, jewelry, fibers, wood, glass, metal and more, there is truly something of interest for everyone. We may even have a few eclectic artists drop by for you to meet!

Love to Remember – Jan Collins
The Love to Remember Tennis Tournament will be held October 21-24 at Duck Woods & West Side will benefit the OBX Dementia Friendly Coalition in Dare County and promote tennis in Northeast North Carolina. The money raised this weekend will go to Respite Care that helps support dementia caregivers and provides educational programs that gives advice on caring for their loved ones through the different paths and stages of dementia. Everyone knows someone who has been affected with Memory Loss. We are trying to become the first Dementia Friendly Community in North Carolina. We have the First Dementia Friendly Hospital and over 20 Dementia Friendly trained Restaurants (our club is Dementia Friendly trained). Look for our proudly displayed Purple Seahorse. Please join us in supporting this endeavor. There is a Donation Box in the Ladies Locker Room. We are having a “Memory Wall” for those currently dealing with this disease and for those whom we remember, friend or loved one. All donations are gratefully welcome. The OBX Dementia Friendly Coalition is grateful for your generous support. Please come out and join us on Thursday, Oct 21 at 5 PM at the FIRE PIT where Ronnie Sloan, President of the Outer Banks Hospital will speak. Finger foods will be served. The cost is $20 by check made out to the OBX Dementia Friendly Coalition and Please make a reservation at the main office.

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse
Literary Ducks will meet on Monday October 18, 10:30 AM. We plan to meet in the banquet room. Our book will be THE OTHER MRS SAMSON  BY Ralph Webster. Mr Webster will be our guest speaker. Lunch will be available following the meeting. Members will receive an email the week before this meeting. Looking ahead, our November 18th title is WEST WITH GIRAFFES BY Lynda Rutledge. If you wish to join our group, please contact Ellen Kruse erileyk@aol.com or 301-633-4760.

Birding Club – Sally Hotchkiss
October is an exciting time for birders! We have a variety of birds starting their winter migration passing through the Outer Banks on their way to their final winter destination. Learn about various species of birds in their natural habitats. Outings will be posted on the WADWCC Facebook page and emailed to Birding Club members. Our guided outings usually last about 11/2 hours. If you want to be added to the email list please contact Chris Buchanan at ccbuchanan77@gmail.com or 703-477-0315.

Food Pantry – Betty Bradley
Reminder – The Holiday Chef’s Challenge will be held on Saturday, November 13th at the Pavilion at Pirate’s Cove. A First-Look VIP Reception will begin at 5:30 when the chefs are actually cooking. This will be for VIP Ticket Holders. General Admission will begin at 6:30. Please plan to support this event. The Food Pantry will begin accepting Thanksgiving Bag products on October 18th. I will keep you posted if we will have a drop off date at the club this year. The list will be posted on the WADWCC Facebook page. All donations are greatly appreciated, whether it be a single item, entire bag or a gift card.

Walking Club – Rose Halloran & Pat Smith
The Walking Club has sent out our September schedule to all previous members via email. Pat has updated the WADWCC calendar with the scheduled walks, which started on the 14th of September. We will walk on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 AM. A reminder email will be sent out by Sunday of each week. Contact Rose Halloran rahalloran55@gmail.com or Pat Smith prsmith54@verizon.net to join this fun group!

Birthday Luncheons — Dorothy Green
The September birthday lunch was organized by Judi Flakowicz and was held on the Bistro porch on September 14. The October/November joint birthday lunch will be organized by Diane Rohan. You will be hearing from Diane with more details and again, if you haven’t heard from her, please contact Diane at dianerohan3@gmail.com or 917-375-1596.

Can summer be ending so soon? I hope everyone has enjoyed seeing family and friends, taking a couple of trips, and, of course, playing on the beach! While we were enjoying all the warm weather, JoAnn Small, Ginger Webster, and their committee have been hard at work planning a year of exciting WADWCC programs for our monthly luncheons. After our Welcome Back Meeting on September 1, we will enjoy planning our travel wardrobes with some of our local boutique owners in October. We can look forward to seeing fashions from Bloom, Mangos, and Zen & Zip!

Have you noticed the planters full of seasonal blooms on the front porch of the club? Sally Lowe, one of our very loyal and talented WADWCC members, has used her gardening skills year after year to make our club entrance so welcoming; however, it is now time for her to take a rest from choosing flowers, coordinating the watering sessions, and keeping an eye on the blooms. If you are a gardener who loves to have her hands in dirt, please consider taking on this project! This opportunity seems perfect for a team of friends who love spending time outside together. Feel free to contact Sally at SallyLowe@embarqmail.com or (252) 202-9370, or Mary Ahearn at ahearnmary9@gmail.com or (757)876-0801 for details.

President, Mary Ahearn

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
NOW is the time to contact me with any changes or updates to your current directory information. New copies of the member directory will be distributed at the November luncheon. If you are celebrating your 80th birthday before December 31, 2021, and you have been a member of WADWCC for 10 consecutive years or for 15 non-consecutive years we would like to recognize you as an Honorary Member this year. Please let me know if you qualify!  Dues for all WADWCC members, excluding complimentary and honorary members, will be charged to their Duck Woods accounts in September. The charge will appear on the statement that you receive in October. If you anticipate a change in your WADWCC membership status, please notify me prior to September 1st. michelemaslak@gmail.com or 913-226-2527.

Welcome Wagon – Jann Koch
We are excited to report we welcomed ten new golf members, four social members, and two racquet sports member in June and July. In addition, we have already welcomed twenty-two new golf members and one social member in August, and have two more to welcome. Thank you for all you have done to get new members into our wonderful club!

Dog Walking Club – Diane Rohan along with Augie & Pippa
Stay tuned for upcoming doggie events in September!

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
We will be collecting food for the Thanksgiving/Holiday Meal bags again this year from October 18th through November 15th. We will keep you posted on the exact date. Food for Thought was very pleased to receive gift cards from Food Lion for families in need! We are gearing up for school to start in September and for the packing of weekend food bags to begin. If you have been on the mailing list in the past, your name will remain for this coming year. If you would like to be added, email me at jflakowicz@gmail.com.

Program – JoAnn Small & Ginger Webster
WELCOME CELEBRATION! Please join us on September 1st as we re-connect in person. Let’s meet, mingle, and have fun! You will also see a sneak peak of programs to come! October’s meeting will showcase Travel Fashions from Bloom, Mangos, and Zen & Zip.

Blood Drive – Jan Collins
The August 10 & 11 Blood Drive at Holy Redeemer Church produced 94 Units on August 10th and 99 Units on August 11th for a total of 193 Units. The goal was 184 units. The Red Cross asked everyone to wear a mask as we are still dealing with the COVID 19 Variant and living in a Red Zone for infection. Beth Flynn, who has been a long-time volunteer with the Blood Drive, was invaluable in assisting our volunteers with the computer registration. A Big Thank-you to Beth and Patty Nelson who used this drive as training for Jan Collins/Pat Price who will take over chairing the Blood Drive and to Mary Ahern who came in on short notice to fill in. WADWCCC Volunteers included:

Sign-in Desk: Kathy Sanborn, Ann Laughner, Pat Toolan, Ellen Kruse, Jan Collins.
Monitors for the Donors: Nancy Whaley, Lynn Blackburn, Nancy Klahre, Mary Ahern and Patty Nelson.

A special thank you from The Red Cross, Mike Koponski with Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and Patty Nelson and Jan to all who volunteered. Without your support this Blood Drive would not have been such a success.

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse
Literary Ducks Book and Movie Club will meet on Monday September 20, at 10:30. We are planning to meet in the banquet room. Our book is THE NIGHT WATCHMAN, by Louise Erdritch. Our facilitator will be Ann Rust. Lunch to follow will be available. Members will get a reminder email prior to the date.

Birding Club – Chris Buchanan
We are hoping to get things going in September. Stay tuned for updates!

Food Pantry – Betty Bradley
Save The Date: The Holiday Chef’s Challenge will be held on Saturday, November 13th at the Pavilion at Pirate’s Cove. It will be the second time in that space for this event. Please support this event.

Marathon Bridge Club – Judy Copeman
Marathon Bridge will begin again this October for WAWDCC members. We will be having an informational meeting on Thursday, September 2 at 4 p.m. in the Bistro. Find a partner and join us!  All levels are welcome. No worries if you travel – this event will run through August. If interested, contact Janet Colgrove or Judy Copeman.

Walking Club – Rose Halloran & Pat Smith
The Walking Club will start on Tuesday September 14th for our second year! Walks will be determined by mid-August and the calendar will be updated. Walks will start at 8:00 for the fall months.

Kayaking Club – Carol Riggin
Save these dates! Our next paddle will be the evening of August 23rd at Peter Mashoes Creek. Our September paddle will be the morning of September 20th. Location to be determined. More information about signups is coming!

Bike Club — Sally Hotchkiss
If anyone in addition to Elisa and me are willing to help coordinate Friday rides, please let us know!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer here on the Outer Banks!  There is a lot going on now that COVID restrictions have been eased and everyone is out and about more. As the summer goes on, your officers, committee chairs, and friends are working to prepare an exciting year for WADWCC. This includes planning for face-to-face meetings and luncheons held at the Club!

Please add these dates to your calendar:
August 25, WADWCC Board Meeting, 3:00PM at the Club.
Committee reports are due to Mary Lou Hoffert, Robin Hearne and me by Monday, Aug. 23.

September 1, WADWCC Business Meeting and Luncheon, 11:00AM at the Club.
Our September Meeting will be a social event, designed to give us an opportunity to visit with each other, meet our new members, and simply enjoy each other’s company after being apart for so long. I’m looking forward to seeing all of our WADWCC members there!

President, Mary Ahearn

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
Updated membership directories will be provided to members in November. Please contact me if you have any changes to your current directory information. If you are celebrating your 80th birthday during 2021, and are eligible for honorary membership in WADWCC, please let me know. Dues for 2021-2022 will be billed to members’ DWCC accounts in September. New members are always welcome! Contact Michele Maslak at 913-226- 2527 or michelemaslak@gmail.com

Blood Drive – Patty Nelson
The Blood Drive at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church is scheduled for Tuesday, August 10th from 10am-4pm and Wednesday, August 11th from Noon-6pm. We have enough volunteers for both days, but please, if you are able to give blood please come GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE! If you have any questions, please email me at patty8523@gmail.com or call me at 252-715-1120.

September Programs – JoAnn Small & Ginger Webster
WELCOME CELEBRATION! Please join us as we re-connect in person! Let’s meet, mingle, and have fun! You will also see a sneak peak of programs to come!

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse
Literary Ducks is not meeting in August and is currently selecting our new season of titles. We will meet again‪ on Monday, September 20. Book to be announced soon!

Birding Club – Chris Buchanan
The Birding Club is taking a break for the summer. We will resume birding in the fall.

Walking Club – Rose Halloran & Pat Smith
The Walking Club will resume updates next month.

Dog Walking Club – Diane Rohan along with Augie & Pippa
The Dog Walking Club is still on hiatus through the dog days of summer!

Kayaking Club – Carol Riggin
The Kayaking Club has attempted some trips this summer, but weather has interfered with our plans! We are hoping to schedule another trip soon. Information will be sent once the plans are set.

Bike Club — Sally Hotchkiss
The WADWCC Bike Club met on Fridays, September-May. We were faced with wet road surfaces, rain, wind and the logistics of a “fair” starting point. However, we still managed to ride about a dozen times with group size ranging from 3 to 8 riders.  

There is interest from riders to continue this coming year. If anyone in addition to Elisa and me are willing to help coordinate Friday rides, please let us know. We figured out a starting point and schedule for collecting other riders as we rode the first mile. All rides were in Southern Shores but always interested in other ideas.

Happy Pedaling…

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
Packing will begin mid to late September once school is reopened. If you would like to be on our email list to volunteer to pack, contact me at jflakowicz@gmail.com.

As we move into the summer season, we are all looking forward to seeing family and friends, some for the first time in over a year! Covid restrictions are loosening, thanks to all the folks on the Outer Banks who followed the CDC guidelines and got their vaccinations! We have a new Executive Board ready to celebrate Being Together Again. I am honored to serve as WADWCC President, with Robin Hearne as Vice President. Toni Joyner will take over as our Treasurer, and Mary Lou Hoffert and Jeanette Grimes will continue in their roles as Recording and Corresponding Secretaries. Thanks to all the Board members who guided us through this past year with grace and ingenuity! We particularly want to thank Carol Riggin, Past President, and Janie Serbousek, Past Vice President, for their creativity and patience. WADWCC had a year full of activities, some via Zoom, some in members’ yards, out in the community, and around the fire pit. We are planning to restart our luncheon meetings in September, so dust off your “going to lunch” outfits, find your real shoes, and plan to join us as we start Being Together Again!

President, Mary Ahearn

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

Welcome Wagon – Patty Nelson
We are very excited to welcome 3 new golf members during the month of May. Our 2021 Membership Open House during the Memorial Day Weekend was a huge success. The Welcome Wagon committee is busy greeting 12 new Social and Golf members.

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse & Marilyn Connaughton
Literary Ducks Book and Movie Club will meet on Monday July 19 at 10; 30 AM, location TBD. After nominating books on June 28, and voting by email, we hope to have a new season of books to announce. Our July Discussion will be AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins… the facilitators will be Marilyn Connaughton and Martha Furioni. Members will get a reminder email. There will be no August meeting.

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

Blood Drive – Patty Nelson
The Blood Drive at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church is scheduled for Tuesday, August 10th from 10am-4pm and Wednesday, August 11th from Noon-6pm. At this time we have enough volunteers for Tuesday, August 10th. I will be looking for a couple more volunteers for Wednesday, August 11th. Thank you to all the ladies who have signed up to support the August Blood Drive. If you would like to help out, 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.

Programs – Bobbie Perry
Our last program before our summer break featured Kate Sutherland, one of our past scholarship recipients, who told us how we helped her achieve her goal to become a marine biologist. She graduated with honors from UNC-Wilmington in 2016 and is currently working on her Master’s degree. In addition, she works for a sea-birding tour company out of Hatteras that has the enigmatic Black-capped Petrel as their signature species. She related many fascinating facts about this bird and others that her tour groups see on their trips. Needless to say, we are very proud of our contribution to the success of this delightful young woman. Stay tuned for a new season of interesting, informative and innovative programs under the leadership of JoAnn Small and Ginger Webster. This dynamic duo are sure to come up with a year of stimulating ideas of great appeal to all.

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.