Another season of NewBees Golf is drawing to a close. As with so many things this year, NewBees Golf faced some unique challenges due to COVID19. We originally had over 30 ladies signed up to participate in this wonderful program. But then lightning hit when the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” policy kicked in. Our initial start date of April 1 came and went as we navigated through the novel virus.

Finally in June, after groups of ten people were allowed to gather outdoors, we cautiously considered the situation. We polled our group of thirty interested ladies, and found a smaller group of twenty brave souls willing to move forward. All of our gatherings were outdoors, and we practiced the required social distancing. We also limited our sessions to a total of ten people outside. This resulted in having two sessions instead of one. In addition, we decided to limit our sessions to once a week rather than twice a week. Although our group was split, we were able to receive more personal attention from Duane, our fearless leader. We quickly became a closely knit group. The ladies from both groups always stayed after for drinks on the patio. Some of the ladies from the second group came early to join the ladies from the first group for drinks. Since the coordinators were often there for both sessions, we sometimes had to implore our husbands to pick us up afterwards!! Duane often joined us and regaled us with golf stories, daring adventures and tales from Hawaii. Although he has yet to entertain us with a hula dance as promised!

We learned about pars, bogies and double bogies (not so much about birdies and eagles). We covered FIST, hitting over the water and finding lost balls. We have grown to love, or maybe hate, those drivers, irons and putters. But most of all, we have come to enjoy this difficult, frustrating, exhilarating game of golf. It just takes a perfect weather day on the course or just one great hit to get you hooked all over again.

In 2020, in spite of the virus, we had our largest graduating class ever!! Congratulations to our esteemed graduates. Hit them long and hit them straight!!

Ginger Webster
Camille Miller
Elizabeth Morey
Kathy Sweeny
Holly Pembroke
Wanda Salmon
Cheri Cosgrove
Liz Brauer
Mary Kendrick
Andrea Mahoney
Donna Countryman
Betts Groff

Dixie Kirby
Jann Koch
Carol Noonan
Quinn Myers
Christine Frena
Colleen Hummel
Heidi McShea
Anita Frena
Nancy Whaley
Barb Withycombe

We don’t know the future holds, but we plan on starting up our next NewBees group this coming spring. Keep an eye on the newsletter for details on the next session.

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