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
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!