On April 6 our WADWCC members were finally able to meet in person, enjoy a wonderful meal, and visit with each other! Everyone in the room appeared to enjoy the camaraderie, catching up with old friends, and meeting many of the new members who joined WADWCC since our last in-person meeting in April of 2020! Thank you to all our members who helped to plan the meeting, and to Chef Joey Russo who prepared a wonderful salad bar full of creative and delicious offerings. During the meeting, our members voted to include the Outer Banks Dementia Friendly Coalition to our list of charities that are actively supported by WADWCC. This organization serves those with dementia and their caregivers through training caregivers and organizing a weekly Day Out. They also provide training for the owners and staff of local businesses who are then recognized as dementia-friendly by displaying the group’s purple seahorse in their windows. This coalition fills a very real need in our community, and WADWCC is ready to support their efforts through volunteering and providing monetary assistance. Watch for more information on our opportunities to help in the coming months!

I want to remind all the members of DWCC that the WADWCC cookbook, Tasty Treasures, is still available for purchase online at lulu.com. This cookbook was developed as a fund-raiser for our charities in lieu of monetary collections while we held meetings by Zoom. It remains a wonderful gift idea for family and friends. I sent it to a few brides for their showers and one is still raving about the Butternut Squash Soup!

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
In addition to the Installation of Officers, we will have a brief presentation from Lyn Jenkins, Director of The Community Care Clinic of Dare at our June meeting!

Hospitality – Kathy Sanborn & Dorothy Green
Our first in person WADWCC meeting in two years was a huge success! There were 90 ladies in attendance to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. Our staff guest was Sarah Seelow. An April birthday luncheon was held in the Bistro on April 5th. Thank you to Barbara Johnston and Susan Smith for arranging. We are now looking for one or two ladies who are willing to arrange a celebration for the May birthday women!

Membership – Michele Maslak
If you have not obtained your 2021-2022 WADWCC membership directory, it is available in the ladies’ locker room. If you see one there that you can deliver to a friend, please do so. New members are always welcome! If you have an interest in becoming a WADWCC member, contact me at (913) 226-2527 or michelemaslak@gmail.com.

Dementia Friendly Coalition – Jan Collins
At the WADCC April 6th meeting, Jan Collins gave a presentation about the Dementia Friendly Coalition. It started in 2014 and is now its own 501c3 & as an outcome of the Coalition we have over 30 Dementia Friendly Restaurants & Business. They held their First Love to Remember tennis tournament last Fall and raised over $40,000. The OBX Community realized the need to assist the CareGiver who is caring for the individual with Memory Loss. They have Support Groups and Educational Programs and now a Day Out Program that is FREE to all participants, held every Monday 9:30-1 at Dare Country Rec Center. After the presentation the WADWCC Membership voted unanimously to add the Dementia Friendly Coalition as an organization that they support. If Jan Collins can assist you with any information, please contact her at Collinsjanisl@gmail.com.

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
Food for Thought so appreciates WADWCC’s continuing monetary support. As always, if you have toiletries of any sort, samples or otherwise, just leave them in the Ladies Locker Room with my name on them. The high school counselors and their wonderful students in need will be thankful!

Walking Club – Rose Halloran & Pat Smith
Unfortunately Mother Nature has not been cooperating. We have only had 2 walks so far in April. Hoping that our luck turns around soon. Walks begin at 8 am and are listed on the WADWCC 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 paddle of the year! We are heading to Alligator River and launching from a new spot off of Milltail Road. Our June paddle will be on June 15th. Reach out to Carol Riggin at carol.riggin@gmail.com with any questions.

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse
Literary Ducks Book and Movie Club will meet on Mary 16th at 10:30 AM. We will be discussing A WALK ACROSS THE SUN by Cornan Addision. Our facilitator will be Robyn Deger. Members will get a reminder email. For more information, contact Ellen Kruse erileyk@aol.com

Birding Club – Chris Buchanan
The Birding Club met April 8th for a spring birding adventure on the Duck Boardwalk. We had 9 birders and saw 27 species of birds! We enjoyed coffee at Tree House Coffee following the event. It was a beautiful morning! We hope to have one more outing in May. Check the WADWCC Facebook page. Contract Chris Buchanan if you would like to be added to the club at ccbuchanan77@gmail.com.

Biking Club — Sally Hotchkiss
The Biking Club will reorganize in the Spring. If interested, contact SallyHotchkiss at sallyhotchkiss@yahoo.com.

Dog Walking Club – Diane Rohan
The Dog-Walking Club had such a great time at Elizabethan Gardens that we plan to go again, especially for those who missed it. Since April if butterfly release month, we thought it best not to bring our pups then! So we will revisit the Gardens in May. Sometime after June 16, we will try to coordinate with the farmer’s market at Dowdy Park with a KDH dog park visit, which was a nice suggestion from yesterday. That will be on a Thursday. Contact Diane Rohan at 917-375-1596 if you want to join the group.