After what seems like a rather long winter, March is finally here. On the Outer Banks, that usually means the weather starts warming up and spring is on the way! This spring WADWCC will celebrate its 50th anniversary as an organization. We started as the Outer Banks Recreation Association (OBRA) Women’s Auxiliary with 28 very enthusiastic members. We have grown quite a bit since then. The club’s name has changed, many more women are playing golf and tennis, and Duck Woods has become a social center for its members. All of what the Club is now is the result of these forward-thinking women! As I was preparing the slide show for our 50th birthday party scheduled for April 6, 2022, I had the privilege of going through all the old scrapbooks and seeing the story of the organization. Women planting the original flower beds, decorating the clubhouse, sponsoring art exhibits, and bringing Santa in for the little ones are just a few of the many activities that began so many years ago.

Please plan to attend our first in-person luncheon after a hiatus of two years on April 6, and celebrate 50 years of friendships, community service and fun! The first invitation to this celebration luncheon will go out shortly after our March Zoom meeting. Don’t forget to RSVP to the hospitality committee – it’s been quite a while since we’ve had to do that! I am so excited about seeing all of you in person while we honor the ladies of the OBRA Auxiliary and celebrate our modern 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
Our March 2nd program will be the HISTORY OF PORTSMOUTH ISLAND. Author Jim White is descended from early Portsmouth Islanders. Just south of Ocracoke, Portsmouth is now uninhabited and part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. He will take us on “A Walk in the Past” and explain the importance of keeping this story alive. This virtual program will be presented from Cape Lookout National Seashore. Please invite your spouse/guest to join you. A summer boat trip to Portsmouth Island will be planned as a follow up to this program.

SEMPER PARATUS – Always Ready. The February 2nd program was a virtual presentation from Station Oregon Inlet by Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class, Hailey Johnson, and Machinery Technician 2nd class, Taryn Michalicka. They shared stories and videos of their work in surf and rescue operations, as well as the history of females in the USCG dating back almost 200 years. These strong young women work closely with the rescue divers and swimmers from the Elizabeth City Coast Guard Base. (For further interest: Air Station Elizabeth City was the setting (and used as a double for Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska) in the 2006 film The Guardian, starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher.) Recently our presenters, BM3 Johnson and MK3 Michalicka assisted with the grounded vessel that many of us saw on our beach in Southern Shores. These Coast Guard members are dedicated to their brave mission of rendering aid to persons in distress in our waters.

Membership – Michele Maslak
In the absence of monthly luncheon meetings, 2021-2022 membership directories are available for pick up in the DWCC office. Please stop by to obtain 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
We are gearing up for the Spring Basket Raffle which will take place in May. The proceeds from this event will fund our WADWCC Scholarship. We are currently looking for members who would like to donate a basket. In years past, members have enjoyed bidding on beach, bridge, food, golf, tennis, and spa baskets to name a few.  

If you would like to donate or would like some additional ideas please contact Janet: jcolegrove@mac.com or Judy: 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.

Food Pantry – Betty Bradley
Please feel free to contact me at bgbradley5@gmail.com if you have any questions about the Food Pantry!

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
If you have any toiletry or personal hygiene items/samples, which are ALWAYS 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.

2022 WADWCC Memorial Scholarship – Rose Halloran
The 2022 WADWCC Memorial Scholarship is in full swing! Every year WADWCC offers a scholarship to an individual that has had to interrupt, or delay, their secondary education. An introductory letter, question and answer document, applicant requirements, and application have been sent to various contacts that have been established over the years since the scholarship’s inception in 2002. In addition, various media sources have been contacted as well. For anyone looking to obtain an application, et al; a link has been set up on the General Page of the DWCC website. It can be accessed through the tab: About – Scholarships – WADWCC – https://duckwoodscc.com/scholarships

Applications can be found in the main Ladies Room, the Women’s Locker or by contacting Rose Halloran, Scholarship Chair, rahalloran55@gmail.com

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse
Literary Ducks Book and Movie club will meet on Monday, March 21st. We will meet at 10:30 AM in the banquet room. Our book will be THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict. Our facilitator will be Jeanette Grimes. For more info about our group please contact Ellen Kruse at erileyk@aol.com.

Walking Club – Rose Halloran & Pat Smith
The first two walks of the Walking Club were canceled in February due to unforeseen circumstances. They resumed the second week of February and will continue, weather permitting. Walks will start at 9 am in hopes of it being brighter, a little warmer and only occur if it is 45 degrees with minimal wind on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Rose Halloran or Pat Smith if interested.

Birding Club – Chris Buchanan
The Birding Club will take a break until spring. If weather permits, we may try to schedule a last minute birding event. Contact Chris Buchanan for more information.

Kayaking Club – Carol Riggin
The Kayaking Club is planned to resume in the spring. If you have questions or would like to get on the kayaking email list, reach out to Carol Riggin at carol.riggin@gmail.com.

Biking 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.

Marathon Bridge Club – Judy Copeman
Marathon Bridge is underway and will run through August. Contact Judy Copeman at jcopeman@verizon.net for any questions.

Dog Walking Club – Diane Rohan
The Dog Walking club will resume in March weather permitting. Our first walk is scheduled at the Elizabethan Gardens. Contact Diane Rohan for more information.