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.