It appears that the theme for this year is going to be Flexibility First!” After planning for a welcome back celebration as our first in-person meeting in 18 months, we regretfully decided to cancel that luncheon and plan virtual meetings for the rest of this calendar year. While that was disappointing, the Board decided to err on the side of caution as we deal with the uptick of COVID cases on the Outer Banks. Our program committee, led by JoAnn Small and Ginger Webster, went into high gear and rearranged programs, talked with presenters about virtual visits, and came up with a wonderfully creative program for Oct. 6th. Via our old friend Zoom, we will visit the KDH Cooperative Gallery and enjoy the wide variety of artists’ talents on display. The Travel Fashions program, previously planned for this October, has been saved for next year when we can enjoy it in person. Discussions are underway about fundraising opportunities to take the place of our table decoration raffles and the Holiday Bazaar that normally support our budget. Watch your email for details! Thank you to all the members who participated in our first Survey Monkey vote of the year and approved our 2021-22 Budget, along with the minutes of the June 2 general meeting. Please stay safe, wear your masks, and enjoy a few good books as we move ever-so-slowly towards the end of the COVID crisis!

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
Annual membership dues ($20) were billed to members’ DWCC accounts in September. Membership directories will be printed in October. 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.

Welcome Wagon – Jann Koch
We are happy to report we welcomed three new social members, twenty-three (23!) new golf members, and two new racquet sports members in August. In addition, we have welcomed four new golf members and two new social members in September.

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
WADWCC Food for Thought volunteers had their first pack date on September 29 in a masked, small group. We have volunteers for all four of our dates between now and Thanksgiving adhering to current COVID restrictions. At that time, Food For Thought will review procedures according to the COVID restrictions and reassess our packing procedures as needed.

Marathon Bridge Club – Judy Copeman
Marathon Bridge begins October 1, 2021 and runs through August 31, 2022. There is still time to find a partner and join in the competition. All bridge levels welcome. Contact Judy Copeman at jcopeman@verizon.net.

Kayaking Club – Carol Riggin
October is a great month for kayaking! We are planning two trips: Oct 4th 10:00 AM at Alligator River and Oct 21st at Pine Island for a sunset paddle. Mark your calendars! More info to come. If you have questions or would like to get on the kayaking email list, reach out to Carol Riggin at carol.riggin@gmail.com or call at 908-797-2492.

Bike Club — Sally Hotchkiss
If you are interested in bicycle riding in and about Southern Shores, please let me know. We are planning to ride (3-5 miles) on 2 Friday Mornings each month beginning in October. We can meet at a starting point OR collect riders along the way as we ride by member’s houses. Happy Pedaling! Sally Hotchkiss, sallyhotchkiss@yahoo.com, 703-300-0650.

Dog Walking Club – Diane Rohan along with Augie & Pippa
We had guest dogs, granddogs, new members and returning members on September 10th! We missed those who couldn’t make it, but Sandy Buchanan, Remy Williams, Quinnie Head, Franklin Hummel, Finn Montgomery and Pippa and Augie Rohan all enjoyed the beautiful day at Kitty Hawk Dog Park. Contact Diane Rohan at dianerohan3@gmail.com if you would like to join the group.

Program – JoAnn Small & Ginger Webster
October 6 – IT’S ECLECTIC! KDH Cooperative Gallery sells art created by over 50 local artists. Owner Julie Moye will give us a virtual tour of this artist-operated gallery. With works of art in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, photography, ceramics, jewelry, fibers, wood, glass, metal and more, there is truly something of interest for everyone. We may even have a few eclectic artists drop by for you to meet!

Love to Remember – Jan Collins
The Love to Remember Tennis Tournament will be held October 21-24 at Duck Woods & West Side will benefit the OBX Dementia Friendly Coalition in Dare County and promote tennis in Northeast North Carolina. The money raised this weekend will go to Respite Care that helps support dementia caregivers and provides educational programs that gives advice on caring for their loved ones through the different paths and stages of dementia. Everyone knows someone who has been affected with Memory Loss. We are trying to become the first Dementia Friendly Community in North Carolina. We have the First Dementia Friendly Hospital and over 20 Dementia Friendly trained Restaurants (our club is Dementia Friendly trained). Look for our proudly displayed Purple Seahorse. Please join us in supporting this endeavor. There is a Donation Box in the Ladies Locker Room. We are having a “Memory Wall” for those currently dealing with this disease and for those whom we remember, friend or loved one. All donations are gratefully welcome. The OBX Dementia Friendly Coalition is grateful for your generous support. Please come out and join us on Thursday, Oct 21 at 5 PM at the FIRE PIT where Ronnie Sloan, President of the Outer Banks Hospital will speak. Finger foods will be served. The cost is $20 by check made out to the OBX Dementia Friendly Coalition and Please make a reservation at the main office.

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse
Literary Ducks will meet on Monday October 18, 10:30 AM. We plan to meet in the banquet room. Our book will be THE OTHER MRS SAMSON  BY Ralph Webster. Mr Webster will be our guest speaker. Lunch will be available following the meeting. Members will receive an email the week before this meeting. Looking ahead, our November 18th title is WEST WITH GIRAFFES BY Lynda Rutledge. If you wish to join our group, please contact Ellen Kruse erileyk@aol.com or 301-633-4760.

Birding Club – Sally Hotchkiss
October is an exciting time for birders! We have a variety of birds starting their winter migration passing through the Outer Banks on their way to their final winter destination. Learn about various species of birds in their natural habitats. Outings will be posted on the WADWCC Facebook page and emailed to Birding Club members. Our guided outings usually last about 11/2 hours. If you want to be added to the email list please contact Chris Buchanan at ccbuchanan77@gmail.com or 703-477-0315.

Food Pantry – Betty Bradley
Reminder – The Holiday Chef’s Challenge will be held on Saturday, November 13th at the Pavilion at Pirate’s Cove. A First-Look VIP Reception will begin at 5:30 when the chefs are actually cooking. This will be for VIP Ticket Holders. General Admission will begin at 6:30. Please plan to support this event. The Food Pantry will begin accepting Thanksgiving Bag products on October 18th. I will keep you posted if we will have a drop off date at the club this year. The list will be posted on the WADWCC Facebook page. All donations are greatly appreciated, whether it be a single item, entire bag or a gift card.

Walking Club – Rose Halloran & Pat Smith
The Walking Club has sent out our September schedule to all previous members via email. Pat has updated the WADWCC calendar with the scheduled walks, which started on the 14th of September. We will walk on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 AM. A reminder email will be sent out by Sunday of each week. Contact Rose Halloran rahalloran55@gmail.com or Pat Smith prsmith54@verizon.net to join this fun group!

Birthday Luncheons — Dorothy Green
The September birthday lunch was organized by Judi Flakowicz and was held on the Bistro porch on September 14. The October/November joint birthday lunch will be organized by Diane Rohan. You will be hearing from Diane with more details and again, if you haven’t heard from her, please contact Diane at dianerohan3@gmail.com or 917-375-1596.