Yes, Duck Woods officially has a new recreationally based association; the DW Pickleball Association (PBA) open to all pickleball players. We had our first meeting this month and elected the following officers: President Pat Baskette, Vice- President Lynda Burek, Treasurer Jim Horn and Secretary Jo Hurd. If you haven’t tried pickleball yet, you’re missing out on one the fastest growing sports in the country. Just in the past two years, players at DW have increased from four to the over 50 players who are now enjoying this sport. Not sure… come out and watch and you’ll see why everyone is having so much fun. Seven days a week (usually between 9 am and noon), either clinics are being conducted by our racquet sports pro, Kevin Cretella, or groups are playing. And even though we are currently using one of the tennis courts for play, the club is in the process of preliminary studies to identify options for building pickleball only courts on the grounds just north of the tennis courts. If you have any questions about the game, or even better, to join the PBA, feel free to ask Kevin or one of the officers.

For those already playing pickleball, remember, Dink’um well.

As 2020 wraps up I can’t help but reflect on the past year, particularly the past several Covid-driven months. During times like these the support and involvement of teammates are more important than ever. As my tenure as President of the Duck Woods Ladies Tennis Association (LTA) comes to an end I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge and appreciate the support of my teammates aka fellow officers.

Secretary Lynne Alterman and Treasurer Camille Miller are both finishing up two! consecutive terms, each having served a total of four years. Their guidance, work and dedication over the years have been invaluable in ensuring the continued success of our organization. Vice-President Jean Spencer has been a great partner who, among various and sundry tasks, led our 2020 scholarship selection process via Zoom committee meetings.

In accordance with our by-laws, Jean will slide into the LTA presidency in January and is fortunate to have three outstanding teammates: Vice-President Lee Vermeulen, Secretary Diane Rohan and Treasurer Toni Joyner. It’s a great team that will bring new energy and enthusiasm as we head into a new year.

Finally, I’d like to thank all LTA members for their ongoing sup- port of our association, the Duck Woods tennis program and the Club. Along with WADWCC and LGA, the women of the LTA continue to provide the Club with unmatched energy and unwavering support. As 2020 comes to an end I send hearty congratulations and deep-felt gratitude to all the women of Duck Woods for all that they’ve done and continue to do for our Club.

Wishing a wonderful and healthy holiday season to all,
Janet C.

The annual Pro’s Holiday party will be a little different this year due to COVID-19. Starting on Wednesday, December 2nd, is the first day of the Holiday Sale and will continue through the end of the calendar year. Specific merchandise has been ordered; a great opportunity to spend those credit book dollars. Complimentary gift wrapping will also be available for your shopping pleasure.

There are many avenues to purchase your equipment, clothing, accessories, and gifts for loved ones both here on the Outer Banks and online. At your Professional Shop, each vendor is carefully selected to provide products to our members and guests that your Professional Staff has endorsed. The Shop is displayed with unique décor that complements the visual appearances of the goods for sale and departmentalized to aid in providing the best shopping experience on the Sand Bar.

On your next trip to the club, stop by your Professional Shop and browse the displays and goods for sale; a few stories and laughs might transpire as well.

We hope to see you soon. Sincerely,
Aaron Palen, PGA Head Golf Professional

Saturday, December 5th

  • 10:00am Shotgun Start
  • Team scramble/Build your own team
  • Singles welcome
  • Entry fee is an unwrapped toy
  • Registration closes on Dec. 3rd at 5:00pm

As the 2020 season quickly comes to an end, we have enjoyed unseasonably warm weather in November which allowed for a lot of golf. We had a great turn out for the November Quarterly with 24 golfers and a few more for the meeting and the presentation of the 1st Annual Waggle Awards.

The 2020 Waggle Award winners are:

Beach DivaKathy SanbornCarol Blaha
GroundskeeperBetsy Irwin-McCaugheyCherri Wheeler
Golf Barbie (Fashionista)Betty BradleyDeb Peery & Jeanne Harris
All-Weather GolferTisa HeadGail Reynolds
Dead-Eye Pattie (Best Putter)Mary Ahearn / Lynne ChaseCarnell Boyle
Range RoverCheri CosgroveRobin Wyatt
Best Ball SkipperTony JoynerDiane Pokelwaldt
Best CheerleaderJudi FlakowiczKathleen Christiansen
WAC Golfer (left, right, left)Lolita McKennaKathy Curtis
19th Hole Heroine The Bunker BeesNiecey Moore

The 2021 board was elected at the November meeting who include, Cherri Wheeler as the President; Kathy Curtis, 18-hole chair; Tisa Head, 9-hole chair; Diane Pokelwaldt, Secretary, and Sandy Feyrer, Treasurer/Membership.

Sandy is collecting dues for the 2021 season. The dues will again be $20; checks may be made out to the DWCC-LGA and placed in the envelope on the bulletin board in the locker room. If you have changes to your contact information, please make changes on the forms located on the bulletin board. If you are paying with cash, please place the cash in the small envelopes provided and put your name on the envelope, place it in the large envelope. Sandy checks the dues envelope on regular intervals during the week. The deposit will not happen until the first of the year.

This year we will forego the Jingle Bell Luncheon and gift ex- change due to the current health concerns. Hopefully, this tradition will resume in 2021.

Thank you for a great year of golf. My hope for you and your families is a joyful holiday season!
Cherri Wheeler

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

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

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. (

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,

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

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!


Lead: Sally Hotchkiss 703-300-0650
Lead: Deb Peery 804-426-2244
Lead: Elisa Colkitt 610-724-7762


Lead: Tisa Head 703-919-0307

Lead: Diane Rohan 917-375-1596


Lead: Carol Riggin 908-797-2492


Lead: Rose Halloran 908-510-3204
Lead: Pat Smith 703-517-7024