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.