GFWC Meeting Minutes 2020-2016

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2021

MINUTES OF MEETING

May 18, 2021

FWC President Sharon Price called the May 18, 2021 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club to order at the Gathering House at 1p.m. She welcomed all present. Ten Members and the speaker were present. Guests were Beth Horton, and Martha Lawson. At the beginning of the meeting the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the club Collect were recited. Karen Peterman provided a spiritual reading.

PROGRAM

Jasbir Chahal introduced this month’s speaker who was Capt. Wanessa Moore, a representative of the Northern Kentucky Salvation Army. She shared all the many ways that the Salvation Army helps people in the Northern KY area.

MAY BIRTHDAYS: none.

BUSINESS MEETING:

PRESIDENT REPORT:

Sharon Price recapped our paperback book donation to the Boone County Jail.

Sharon introduced the Memorial Shoebox parade initiative from the city of Florence where someone can decorate a showbox in the theme of “Honoring the Military” and send the box or a picture to Vanessa by 5/21.

There will be no Memorial Day parade but there will still be a veteran’s memorial service at the Government Center on Monday 5/31 at 11.

PROGRAM REPORT:

Sharon Price reported for Vice President Joyce Foley the rest of the speakers for the 2021 year. Next month will be Scott Beuerlin, manager of Botanical Garden Outreach of Cincinnati Zoo and botanical Garden regarding, “Plants too Good to be Rare”.

RECORDING SECRETARY REPORT:

Sharon Price will be taking over recording secretary duties until a replacement for Kelly can be found.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY REPORT:: none.

TREASURER FREPORT:

Sharon Price reported for Lynda Nezelek. There is currently 1069.25 in the checking account and 5578 in the Savings account. The money in the barn quilt account has been used for club expenses and must be paid back through fundraising. Mary Alice has agreed to be on the budget committee which will meet via Zoom. A meeting date will be set and hopefully the budget will be completed before the next meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:

It was proposed that we collect some dry food/pantry items during our December Christmas party to donate to GO Pantry. It was agreed upon that this would be a good project for the club.

We are unable to have the District Meeting at Triple Crown; they are booked for a wedding. Suggestions were made to have the district meeting at the Extension Office or perhaps at the Gathering House and have it catered. Sharon Price said that she would contact both places and report back at the June meeting.

UNFINSIHED BUSINESS:

Discussion was opened regarding the proposed ornament project and fundraiser. A motion was made to table the idea until after the annual Luncheon fundraiser to ensure we would have the funds for the upfront costs. Karen Peterman motioned; Lana Kay Brueggen seconded.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

PICNIC MEETING:

For next month’s picnic meeting the club will be having catered box lunches provided by the women at Brighton Center as part of their vocation training/recovery program. The cost is $10.00 per person and the money may be sent to Mary Alice Gruden NO LATER THAN JUNE 10TH. Her address is 804 Keeneland Green, Union KY 41091.

BASKET ASSEMBLY:

Assembly will be for the luncheon fundraiser will be happening at Marlene’s House, 10am, on Friday September 17th. Bring your auction items! We will be working on invitations for the luncheon on August 17 before the meeting. Please arrive at 11:30.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by,

Sharon Price, FWC President acting as Recording Secretary

2020

MINUTES OF MEETING

January 21, 2020

FWC President Sharon Price called the January 21, 2020. meeting of the GFWC-KY Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at noon. Eighteen members and one guest were present. A lunch of chili, deviled eggs, and dessert was provided by Joyce Foley and Anne Nolan.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited. Members were reminded to sign the attendance sheet.

SPIRITUAL MOMENT

Joyce McCord shared the following “awesome approach to aging and life”;

“I am old but I am forever young at heart. We are always the same age inside. Know that you are the perfect age. Each year is special and precious. You can only live it once. Do not regret growing older, it’s a privilege denied to many” - Richard Gere

“Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong, it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak, it sets you free” – Dave Willis

PROGRAM

Diane Mason from the Boon County Cooperative Extension Office spoke with us about “blue zones”. There are 5 known regions around the world known as blue zones and life expectancies of residents of these areas is much higher than average. Studies done of this region have shown that they share some common traits among those that live there.

1. The people move naturally- instead of exercising for the sake of exercising, they move for purposes such as walking to travel and gardening to bend and lift

2. They have a purpose in life

3. They are able to manage stress

4. The 80% rule- instead of eating until stuffed they only eat until they are 80% full

5. “Eat with a plant slant”, meaning they eat more fruits and vegetables than meats.

6. They enjoy a glass of wine a day. And they take their time to actually ENJOY it instead of rushing on to the next thing.

7. They belong as part of a faith based community. The type of belief was not important but just belonging to a faith was.

8. They focus on a family first lifestyle

9. The surround themselves with the “right tribe”, meaning they have close friends and a strong social network to support them.

Dan Buettner is an author who wrote about and studied blue zones. He is trying to create blue zones within certain cities in the US by trying to replicate the above concepts.

BIRTHDAYS: Kelly Plataniotis Jan 2, Joyce Foley Jan 13

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS

PRESIDENT (Sharon Price):

·We are signed up to have a table at the Serve and Socialize Fair at the Boone County Library (main branch) Feb 11 from 10am-12pm. Sharon will be attending the whole time and would like at least one member to join her at the table.

· Teresa Schmidt has sent a “save the date” for July 10-11 with a hint of “Xmas in July”- stay tuned for future updates on this event!

· The deadline for Outstanding Clubwoman and LEADS are due by 2/1.

· State Convention will be March 26-28 in Lexington. More details should be coming soon.

VICE PRESIDENT/PROGRAM CHAIRMAN (Judith McCool):

· February’s speaker will be Kathy Weichman, an author who writes historical fiction

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY (Helen Johnson):

· None to report

RECORDING SECRETARY (Kelly Plataniotis):

· A motion was made by Joan Ruskin to approve November 2019’s minutes, Pat Yannarella seconded. Motion passed.

TREASURER (Lynda Nezelek):

· Treasurer’s report was filed for audit.

CLUB DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Conservation

· Remember to save pop lids and pull tabs.

· Let’s continue to save mascara wands to send the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge.

Education:

· Kelly Plataniotis offered to scan any receipts brought for the Box Top Program.

Home Life:

· Cookie decorating class today after the meeting for those who signed up.

Public Issues:

· The books we collected at the Christmas party were delivered to the jail and they were very appreciative.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Cancer Benefit (Joyce Foley and Joan Ruskin)

· Our event will be April 21, 2020 at Triple Crown Country Club. Basket assembly for the silent auction will be April 17th 9:30am at Marlene Brown’s house. We will need to be asking local merchants for donations for baskets or raffle items and also be thinking of centerpiece ideas for the tables. Please talk to Joyce or Joan if you would like to volunteer for any needed tasks.

Reports (Joyce Foley)

· Joyce and Sharon will be filling out state reports January 27. Please make sure any volunteer hours or out-of-pocket costs have been reported to them before this date.

OLD BUSINESS:

· Cancer benefit donation- Jasbir shared information about the Hope Lodge in Lexington. Kelly Plataniotis made a motion, seconded by Judith McCool, to donate our remaining 2019 benefit funds to Hope Lodge and donate our future 2020 funds to the Dragonfly Foundation.

· Joyce Foley gave an update on several club members- Betsy is home and improving. Laverne Lawson is still struggling with cancer and has recently discovered a nodule on her kidney. She misses attending meeting but is too tired to venture out. Former member Thelma Martin, who was instrumental in the creation of NKU along with her husband, was recently honored by NKU by designating the Student Union Ballroom in their honor..

NEW BUSINESS

· Our club, in conjunction with the Better Carter Morgan Club, are responsible for hosting the 5/6 District Meeting in the Fall. The date is set for September 26, 2020. Barbara Crume will inquire if TCCC is available for that date as a location.

Announcements

· Our February meeting will be the 18th at the Gathering House.

There being no further business, Joyce McCord made the motion to adjourn the meeting, Jasbir Chahal seconded. Meeting was adjourned.

Minutes prepared and submitted by:

Kelly Plataniotis, FWC Recording Secretary

2019

MINUTES OF MEETING

October 15, 2019

FWC VP Judith McCool called the October 15, 2019 meeting of the GFWC-KY Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at noon. Thirteen members and two guests were present. Lunch was sandwiches, chips, cheesecakes, and cookies provided by Jane Smith and Helen Johnson.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited. Members were reminded to sign the attendance sheet.

SPIRITUAL MOMENT

Joyce McCord shared a newspaper excerpt she was sent about appreciating that what you see in each season isn’t the full picture of life, so don’t give up because of one bad “season” of life. Full article will be attached as a separate file.

PROGRAM

This month’s speaker was our very own Lana Kay Brueggen, along with Kentucky Senator John Schickle. They presented a video on Charles “Chalky” Fleek, a local man who served in the Vietnam war and was a Medal of Honor recipient. Medal of Honor is one of the nation’s highest honors presented to soldiers. He earned it jumping on a grenade to save his men during battle. There will be a memorial plaque in his honor put up November 12th at 11am at the Petersburg Cemetery if anyone is interested in attending.

BIRTHDAYS

Honorary member Jean Jones is turning 94 years old! Her address was read out for anyone interested in sending her a card.

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS

PRESIDENT (Sharon Price):

· In Sharon’s absence Judith McCool announced that the GFWC 5/6 district meeting was coming up October 19th in Versailles, KY.

VICE PRESIDENT/PROGRAM CHAIRMAN (Judith McCool):

· November’s speaker will be Dean Regas from the Cincinnati Observatory

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY (Helen Johnson):

· Nothing to report

RECORDING SECRETARY (Kelly Plataniotis):

· A motion was made by Joyce Foley to approve September 2019’s minutes, Chris Sturgil seconded. Motion passed.

TREASURER (Lynda Nezelek):

· We currently have 24 paying members on record.

· Treasurer’s report was filed for audit.

CLUB DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Conservation

· Remember to save pop lids and pull tabs.

· Joyce will be sending the mascara wands this month.

Education:

· Kelly Plataniotis offered to scan any receipts brought for the Box Top Program.

Arts:

· Marlene Brown asked if anyone had submissions for the Arts Contest.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt (Joyce Foley)Joyce gave a presentation about the barn quilts our club has installed over the last 13 years. They are large, painted wooden panels designed to look like popular quilt blocks. With the help of Owen Electric, Butch Foley, and others the club created and installed 92 barn quilts around the area. The remaining funds in the “barn quilt account” we see on the treasurer report will go towards updating the boards not yet included in our website and paying for our domain name.

OLD BUSINESS:

· Cancer benefit donation- as Jasbir is absent today we will table the donation discussion until she can be present.

NEW BUSINESS

· None

Announcements

· Joyce Foley- Bunco Bash is the weekend after the meeting. Bean Bash is Oct 5th. The last monthly cleanup day is Sept 28th

· Our next meeting will be October 15th at the Gathering House.

There being no further business, Lana Kay Brueggen made the motion to adjourn the meeting, Karen Peterman seconded. Meeting was adjourned.

Minutes prepared and submitted by:

Kelly Plataniotis, FWC Recording Secretary

September 17, 2019

FWC President Sharon Price called the September 17, 2019 meeting of the GFWC-KY Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at noon. Seventeen members and two guests were present. Joyce McCord and Janice Geise provided vegetable pizza for lunch.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited. Members were reminded to sign the attendance sheet.

SPIRITUAL MOMENT

Joyce McCord shared the following quote from Penny Price: “Hate has 4 letters, so does Love. Enemy has 5 letters, so does Truth. Negative has 8 letters, so does Positive. Under has 5 letters, so does Above. Cry has 3 letters, so does Joy. Anger has 5 letters, so does Wrong. Hurt has 4 letters, so does Heal. It means life is like a double edged sword. So transform every negative side into an aura of positivity. We should choose the better side of life. One thing I love about God is He’ll bring you out of situations that you got yourself into and won’t hold it against you!”

PROGRAM

Program Chairman and Vice President Judith McCool introduced this month’s speaker, Ratona Harr, owner of Full Body Fitness & Yoga. Ratona talked about different benefits of yoga, included increased flexibility, improved respiration, and stress management. She walked us through a sequence of seated breathing and stretching exercises and gave us an introduction to yoga. She said when thinking about yoga “Age is a question of mind over matter- if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter!” Her studio is located on Oakbrook Rd in Florence and she extended an offer to all club members to try out a session on her! Please contact her at 859-534-0997 or fullbodyyoganky@gmail.com to take advantage of her offer.

BIRTHDAYS

Happiest of birthdays to Pat Yannarella (Sept 2nd ) and Jasbir Chahal (Sept 20th )!

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS

PRESIDENT (Sharon Price):

· Announced the Fall district meeting is coming up. All are welcome to attend, the cost is $20 and it is in Versailles, KY.

· Dues need to be paid.

· Our Christmas luncheon has been secured at TCC Club for the 3rd Tuesday in Dec.

VICE PRESIDENT/PROGRAM CHAIRMAN (Judith McCool):

· In October Lana Kay Brueggen will be presenting a video on a local war hero

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY (Helen Johnson):

· We received thank yous from Chicks & Chucks and Girl Scouts for our donations.

· We received fundraiser requests from the Special Olympics and the Freestore Foodbank

RECORDING SECRETARY (Kelly Plataniotis):

· A motion was made by Judith McCool to approve August 2019’s minutes, Mary Alice Gruden seconded. Motion passed.

TREASURER (Lynda Nezelek):

· Treasurer’s report was filed for audit.

CLUB DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Conservation:

· Remember to save pop lids and pull tabs.

· Barbara Crume shared that November 2nd is a Household Waste Collection Event at the Florence Freedom Park. There is a registration form that must be presented that day- she passed out several copies to members in attendance. I will be attaching a scanned copy of that form with the Minutes email so you can print it at your convenience.

Education:

· Kelly Plataniotis offered to scan any receipts brought for the Box Top Program.

Arts:

· Marlene Brown asked if anyone had submissions for the Arts Contest.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt (Joyce Foley)

· Joyce will have a small presentation for us at the October meeting about the Barn Quilt project. We have been participating in it for 13 years.

OLD BUSINESS:

· Joyce reminded everyone to bring their old mascara wands to the October meeting for the Wildlife Refuge. She will be mailing them after that meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

· Jasbir Chahal asked to re-open the discussion about our cancer benefit donation. Since our last meeting she learned that the UK Ovarian Cancer center we decided on last month gets government funding and isn’t really in need of outside donations. She did have a contact at a smaller local organization that she thought would be a good substitute. The organization is going to be researched and we will vote at the October meeting.

Announcements

· Joyce Foley- Bunco Bash is the weekend after the meeting. Bean Bash is Oct 5th. The last monthly cleanup day is Sept 28th

· Our next meeting will be October 15th at the Gathering House.

There being no further business, Mary Alice Gruden made the motion to adjourn the meeting, Karen Peterman seconded. Meeting was adjourned.

Minutes prepared and submitted by:

Kelly Plataniotis, FWC Recording Secretary

August 20, 2019

FWC President Sharon Price called the August 20, 2019 meeting of the GFWC-KY Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at noon. Eighteen members and one guest were present. Jasbir Chahal and Wilma Day provided a lunch of assorted sub sandwiches, chips, and fruit salad.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited. Members were reminded to sign the attendance sheet.

SPIRITUAL MOMENT

Helen Johnson read an excerpt from Chicken Soup For Women called “Be A Queen”

PROGRAM

Program Chairman and Vice President Judith McCool introduced this month’s speaker, Lori Crigger of Crigger Farm. She showed a selection of honey products her farm produces and offered samples to the group. She also educated us on honey, what makes every batch different, and some of the health benefits a local honey can have, such as immunizing you from local pollens and being a great white sugar substitute. Their farm sits on 90 acres in Kentucky and their mission is “Inspiring healthier lifestyles by choosing natural alternatives, one spoonful of honey, one bee hive at a time”. One thing we can do to help “save the bees” is avoiding spraying chemicals and pesticides in your yard.

BIRTHDAYS

Happiest of birthdays to Jane Smith (Aug 9th ) and Wilma Day (Aug 28th)!

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS

PRESIDENT (Sharon Price):

  • Announced we need to vote on the new budget.

  • She is sending around a card for Betsy Conrad, she had cataract surgery on both eyes.

  • Laverne Lawson is having some tests done today, keep her in your thoughts.

VICE PRESIDENT/PROGRAM CHAIRMAN (Judith McCool):

  • Our September speaker will be a representative from Full Body Fitness and Yoga Studio.

  • In October Lana Kay Brueggen will be presenting a video on a local war hero

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY (Helen Johnson):

    • We received a thank you from Boone County Animal Shelter for our honorarium donation.

RECORDING SECRETARY (Kelly Plataniotis):

    • Updates will be made to the membership directory in the coming months. A page was sent around for members to verify their contact information.

    • A motion was made by Judith McCool to approve July 2019’s minutes, Chris Sturgil seconded. Motion passed.

TREASURER (Lynda Nezelek):

  • Announced we have one check outstanding, an honorarium from a previous speaker. Sharon Price will be looking into the matter.

  • Reminded everyone that dues are due ASAP (total of $40).

  • Current financial account balances (as of June 30, 2018):

o Checking account balance: $7131.56

o The Barn Quilt Trail balance: $1214.18

o Actual FWC balance was $5917.38

o Saving account balance: $5576.89 (as of June 18, 2019)

    • Lana Kay Brueggen made a motion to approve the June Treasurer’s Report, Chris Sturgil seconded the motion. Treasurer’s Report was approved.

CLUB DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Conservation:

  • Remember to save pop lids and pull tabs.

  • Joyce Foley told the club about a 501c3 organization called Appalachian Wildlife Refuge. They work on rescuing, rehabbing, and releasing animals back into the wild. We can contribute to their cause by saving mascara wands to donate. Wands should be washed with Dawn to remove the mascara. Joyce will handle collecting the wands at the September and October meetings and then mailing them to the organization in October.

Education:

  • Kelly Plataniotis announced “Box Tops for Education” program is going digital. She can help members set up digital access if they would like. Another option is for members to bring their shopping receipts to meetings and Kelly can scan them with her phone to submit them.

  • Joyce announced Linda Gritton has agreed to present our $1,000 scholarship to a Boone County senior this Spring.

Home Life

    • Joyce Foley announced that the trash company Best Way Disposal gives senior discounts! You have to be at least 65 years of age. Call 800-354-1830 to get your discount!

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Historian (Joyce Foley)

    • Joyce announced she will taking over the role of club historian. She asked that if anyone has photos of club members and activities they would like to contribute to please bring them to her.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • We continued the discussion from last month’s meeting about the American Cancer Society. As they are no longer active in NKY we needed to find a new organization to donate funds to.

o Suggestions made: Lucille Parker Markey Cancer Center at UK (Barb), Ovarian Cancer Screening Fund (Barb), Woods-Hutson Cancer Research Lab (Barb), Dragonfly Foundation (Sharon)

o Karen Peterman has benefited from the Ovarian Cancer Screening Fund, as has Lana Kay Brueggen’s friend.

o Karen Peterman stated that the money should stay in KY

o Jasbir Chahal made a motion to donate the $1250 to the Ovarian Cancer Screening Fund, Karen Peterman seconded, motion passed

NEW BUSINESS

  • Barbara Crume presented several ideas to replace the Freestore Foodbank, as it is no longer providing adequate services in the area. Ideas were: Hope Ministries in Florence, Boone County Neighborhood Center, Mary Rose Mission, Go Pantry/Master Provisions.

o After discussion of the above options Sharon Price suggested alternating our donation between Mary Rose Mission and Go Pantry. Judith McCool made a motion do that, Joyce Foley seconded, motion passed.

  • Sharon Price presented the idea of changing the club year. Our current club year (our officer terms July-June) is not synchronized with the State club year (Jan-Dec). Discussion included a concern it would disrupt financial aspects but it was determined it was not an issue as the suggested change only affected the officers terms.

o Karen Peterman made a motion to align the club year with the State club year. Mary Alice Gruden seconded the motion, motion passed.

Announcements

  • Karen Peterman showed us a GFWC cook book she got from Betsy Conrad. It will be passed around to any member who wants to look at it.

  • Our next meeting will be September 17th at the Gathering House.

There being no further business, Mary Alice Gruden made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Meeting was adjourned.

Minutes prepared and submitted by:

Kelly Plataniotis, FWC Recording Secretary

July 16, 2019

FWC President Sharon Price called the July 16, 2019 meeting of the GFWC-KY Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at noon. Nineteen members and two guests were present. Joyce Foley and Marlene Brown provided a lovely salad with chicken and strawberries for lunch with brownies for dessert.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited. Members were reminded to sign the attendance sheet.

SPIRITUAL MOMENT

Joyce McCord shared a work titled “Through The Week With God”. I have attached a scanned image of the work as it is quite long.

PROGRAM

Program Chairman and Vice President Judith McCool introduced this month’s speakers, Dan Bisig and Cathy Stavros. They are board members for the Boone County Education Foundation. Their organization provides grants to schools for improvement projects and is a 501c3 organization comprised completely of volunteers. In the 2018-2019 school year they were able to fund nearly $30,000 of projects! They also coordinated the creations of a county-wide alumni organization for Boone County graduates. Their big fundraiser has been Night at the Races at Turfway Park but that is still up in the air for the coming year until the fate of the park is determined by the new owners. They have an upcoming 5K Run/Walk on Saturday September 21. More information about them can be found at booncountyeducationfoundation.org.

BIRTHDAYS

Happiest of birthdays to Karen Peterman (July 5th), Janice Guise (July 13th), and Sharon Price (August 9th)!

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS

PRESIDENT (Sharon Price):

· Announced that there will be a budget meeting following today’s club meeting to prepare the budget for the upcoming year.

· We had a discussion about the Freestore Foodbank and our continued support of them. In the past we had donated funds to the organization but those who work with the library had noticed the truck not coming or being very sparsely stocked.

o A vote was taken and we will no longer support Freestore Foodbank with a donation and volunteer hours.

o Suggestions of Mary Rose Mission and Go Pantry were offered as alternative but similar organizations we could work with.

o During next month’s meeting we plan discuss and vote on the new organization the club will support.

· A reminder was made that dues will be $40 this year and are due in August. Payments can be made at today’s meeting.

VICE PRESIDENT/PROGRAM CHAIRMAN (Judith McCool):

· Our August speaker will be Lori Crigger of Crigger Bee Farm

· Our September speaker will be a representative from Full Body Fitness and Yoga Studio

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY (Helen Johnson):

RECORDING SECRETARY (Kelly Plataniotis):

· A thank you was issued to Pat Yanarella for her excellent work as recording secretary and to Chris Sturgill for her work on the website.

· A motion was made by Chris Sturgill to approve June 2019’s minutes, Pat Yanarella seconded. Motion passed.

TREASURER (Lynda Nezelek):

· A thank you was issued to Barbara Crume for her wonderful work as treasurer.

· The books were audited by Tom O’Hara and all was found to be in order.

· Current financial account balances (as of June 30, 2018):

o Checking account balance: $6999.64

o The Barn Quilt Trail balance: $1214.18

o Actual FWC balance was $5785.46.

o Saving account balance: $5576.89 (as of June 18, 2019)

· Kelly Plataniotis made a motion to approve the June Treasurer’s Report, Joyce McCord seconded the motion. Treasurer’s Report was approved.

CLUB DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Arts & Contests (Marlene Brown):

· Marlene is looking for a co-chair for this position so information can be passed along for when she eventually steps down.

· Reminder of the Arts Contest coming up in the fall. She will provide more information at our August meeting about categories and requirements.

Conservation:

· Remember to save pop lids and pull tabs.

Education:

· Save “Box Tops for Education.”

Home Life

· Joyce Foley informed us that Wild Birds Unlimited (one of our speakers from earlier this year) sells a “spicy bird seed” that birds like but will keep squirrels away from your feeders!

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORT

Literacy and Libraries:

· Pat Yannarella asked members to report on their participation in Mystery and Mayhem a club project done in conjunction with the Boone County Public Library.

OLD BUSINESS:

· Barbara Crume informed us that the American Cancer Society is not active in NKY. We had previously voted to donate to ACS using some of our funds from the spring luncheon.

NEW BUSINESS

· Barbara Crume and Joyce Foley will work to find a new organization for the ACS donation to go to, as we hoped to keep our donations as locally beneficial as possible.

· Barbara Crume also shared that her hairdresser supports cancer patients and is looking for sewers who can make head scarves and wraps.

· Judith McCool inquired about finding a new service project similar to the Linus Project blankets the club made last year.

Announcements

· Next meeting will be on August 20th at the Florence Nature Park Gathering House. Come at 12:30 p.m. for lunch and socializing. Meeting will begin at 1 p.m.

There being no further business, Joyce Foley made the motion to adjourn the meeting, Mary Alice Gruden seconded the motion. Meeting was adjourned.

Minutes prepared and submitted by:

Kelly Plataniotis, FWC Recording Secretary

June 18, 2019

FWC President Joyce Foley called the June 18, 2019 meeting and annual picnic of the GFWC-KY Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at noon. Nineteen members and four guests were present. Everyone enjoyed the meal prepared by the Tousey House.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited. Members were reminded to sign the attendance sheet.

SPIRITUAL MOMENT

Joyce McCord presented these inspirational thoughts. She read from a work titled: "Be an Angel of Mercy." It said: "One way to heal our own hearts is to help others cope with theirs. The angel in you is ready and waiting to assist you in your care giving. Sometimes the people closest to us are the ones most in need of a lift. Visit a lonely neighbor. Donate an hour of baby-sitting to a stressed-out new mother. Take the time to listen carefully to the cares and concerns of the people you see every day. Sometimes the people closest to us are the ones most in need of a lift. A friend is someone we turn to when our spirits need a lift. A friend is someone we treasure for our friendship is a gift. A friend is someone who fills our lives with Beauty, Joy, and Grace and makes the world we live in a Better and Happier Place."

PROGRAM

Program Chairman and Vice President Sharon Price, introduced the June 2019 speaker Susan Douglas, CEO for Girl Scouts Wilderness Road. Susan Douglas presented information on the Kentucky organization centered in Lexington and told plans for its Erlanger, Ky. facility. 5 Million dollars is needed to develop the area in Kenton County.

GUESTS

Anna Huff and DeDria Pajack with the Girl Scouts, accompanied the speaker Susan Douglas.

Teresa Schmidt, incoming President of GFWC-KY came to install our club's new officers. She stayed after the meeting to instruct the new board on GFWC-KY and how it can help our club.

June and July BIRTHDAYS

Best wishes to Joyce McCord whose birthday was on June 11 and to Helen Johnson whose birthday will be on July 1.

BUSINESS MEETING

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:

President Foley asked members to sign the sheet that they would prepare hostess meeting lunches for the coming year. She also noted that Janice Geise provided a story on Sarah Kahmann in the paper The Messenger. President Foley asked that FWC keep our ill members in your prayers..., LaVerne Lawson, Pat Yannarella and Rita Bitter. We are hoping for their speedy recoveries. All are encouraged to checkout our club's website at https://sites.google.com/site/florencewomansclub/home or type: http://www.florencewomansclub.com/

VICE PRESIDENT/PROGRAM CHAIRMAN’S REPORT: Sharon Price said our July 16 meeting will begin at 1 p.m. at the Florence Nature Park Gathering House. Socializing begins at 12:30 p.m. Member Lana Kay Brueggen will give a video tribute to Chalky.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: Helen Johnson read a thank you from the Salvation Army for a $25.00 contribution.

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Kelly Plataniotis made the motion to approve the May 21, 2019 minutes prepared by Pat Yannarella. Sharon Price seconded the motion. Motion passed.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $8380.04 as of June 18, 2019. The Barn Quilt Trail balance was $1214.18 and the actual FWC balance was $7165.86. Saving account balance of June 18, 2019 was $5576.89. The report was filed for audit. Treasurer Crume also issued the Final 2019 Cancer Report. Income from the Cancer Benefit was $8509.60. Profit was $5895.55. There was discussion on distribution of the profit from the Cancer fundraiser. A motion was made by Kelly Plataniotis and seconded by Wilma Day to give $1250 to Chicks and Chucks, $1000 for the High School Scholarship, $1000 to the Freestore Foodbank, and $1250 to the American Cancer Society, Florence office. Motion passed.

CLUB DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Conservation: Remember to save pop cans and pull tabs. The pull tabs go to the Ronald McDonald House. A list of manufacturers offering "Box Tops for Education" was distributed.

Education: Save “Box Tops for Education.” About $20 worth of Box Tops were delivered to Bridget and Kathy at Collins Elementary on May 24.

Home Life: Karen Peterman distributed two pamphlets on preparing for emergency situations to members. One pamphlet is Taking Emergency Action by Citizens Corps. It gives information on all types of emergencies from tornadoes to workplace violence. The other pamphlet by Homeland Security is titled: Preparing Makes Sense...Get Ready Now.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Literacy and Libraries: Pat Yannarella asked members to report on their participation in Mystery and Mayhem a club project done in conjunction with the Boone County Public Library.

OLD BUSINESS:

Gathering House: The cost of the monthly rental for the Gathering House is $26.50. A collection bag was passed to collect for the rental. In May Jasbir Chahal had made the suggestion to add to the cost of the Gathering House to the yearly dues. To cover this cost a motion was made by Joyce McCord at the June meeting to raise the club's annual dues to $40/year. This motion was seconded by Sherrie Lou Noel. Motion passed.

NEW BUSINESS

Installation of Officers: Teresa Schmidt led the ceremony to install the new FWC officers. These ladies are: President, Sharon Price; Vice President, Judith McCool; Secretary, Kelly Plataniotis; Treasurer, Lynda Nezelek, and Corresponding Secretary, Helen Johnson. (Note: Judith McCool was not able to attend the ceremony.)

Announcements

● Next meeting will be on July 16 at the Florence Nature Park Gathering House. Come at 12:30 p.m. to socialize. Meeting will begin at 1 p.m.

● Food preparers are needed for the coming year. Joyce Foley and Marlene Brown plan to provide the July, 2019 refreshments. In December, 2019, Jo Ann Knock, Sherri Lou Noel and Barbara Crume will plan the Holiday Luncheon at Triple Crown Country Club.

● The Bettie Carter Morgan Bunco Bash will be on July 27 at the Edgewood Senior Center. For more information you can contact Bev Pilgram at 859-802-1996.

● The Fall District Meeting is on October 19, 2019. It is hosted by Woodford County Woman's Club in Versailles, KY.

There being no further business, Alma Bonham made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

May 21, 2019

FWC President Joyce Foley called the May 21, 2019 meeting of the GFWC-KY Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 1:00 p.m. Twenty-three members, two speakers and two guests were present.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited. Members were reminded to sign the attendance sheet.

SPIRITUAL MOMENT

Joyce McCord read several inspirational thoughts. One was "When life gives you a thousand reasons to break down and cry, show life that you have a million reasons to smile and be thankful. Stay strong." Another thought was" "I pray that you'll keep thinking good thoughts. It doesn't cost anything to be an optimist, and it's a lot more fun than the alternative." A third message from Joyce was: "I'm praying that you'll find hope and happiness today...Lots of it. You and I both know it's out there, and I know you can find it."

PROGRAM

Program Chairman and Vice President Sharon Price, introduced the May 2019 speakers Terri Ralenkotter and Laurie Delaney. Terri Ralenkotter has been a therapy dog volunteer for over 20 years with her Basset Hounds. Four of her Bassets have been registered therapy dogs over the years. Her Bassets also compete in many AKC dog sports. Terri is a self-employed graphic designer.

Though Laurie Delaney has had 4 certified therapy dogs in her lifetime, she started volunteering on a regular basis in 2015 with her Russell Terrier, Pepper. Her other Russell Terrier, Ivy, was certified in 2018 and now they both do weekly therapy visits. When they aren’t working they enjoy hiking, swimming and training for various dog sports. Laurie works full time as a Veterinary technician assistant at the Boone County Animal Shelter.

Therapy dogs have to be certified. They can be physically touched by people with whom they interact.

The speakers' honorarium is to go to the Boone County Animal Shelter.

GUESTS

Linda Smith a member of the Kiwanis Club of Boone County was invited by Joyce Foley to visit our meeting.

Bev Pilgram, 5th/6th Districts Vice Governor and member of the Bettie Carter Morgan WC visited our meeting and reminded us that besides being members of the Florence Woman's Club were are also members of the GFWC International; Southeastern Region; GFWC Kentucky; and District 5/6. Dates to remember are : June 27-July 2, 2019 the GFWC International Annual Convention, Austin, TX; September 26-29, 2019 the Southeastern Region Conference, Richmond, VA.; October 19, 2019 District 5/6 Fall Conference hosted by the Woodford County WC; March 26-29, 2020, the GFWC Kentucky Annual Convention, Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington Green, Lexington, KY.

Bev Pilgram will take our aluminum cans pull tabs to the Ronald McDonald House. She also told about the Bunco Bash on July 22 at the Edgewood Senior Center, hosted by the Bettie Carter Morgan WC. For more information you can contact Bev Pilgram at 859-802-1996.

MARCH BIRTHDAYS

Best wishes to Marlene Brown whose birthday is on May 26.

BUSINESS MEETING

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:

Information on the April Fundraiser: Joyce Foley announced that the Spring Fundraiser on Tuesday, April 16 at Triple Crown Country Club in Union was a success. Speaker Cathy Halloran of the local cancer non-profit Chicks and Chucks sent a "thank you." Betsy Conrad presented thank-you's to FWC from American Cancer Society, Cincinnati Chapter.

Information on Honoring Sarah Blanken-Kahmann: 91-year-old Sarah Kahmann of Colonial Gardens received an Honorary Leadership Certificate from Thomas More College on April 26. Marlene Brown, Betsy Conrad, and Joyce Foley attended the ceremony prepared by Second Wind Dreams. (Sarah was a long time member of Florence Woman’s Club, holding most offices including president 1996-1998.)

Linus project: 16 blankets were given to the Boone County Sheriff's Office. Marlene Brown and daughter Kim Bushelman, Joyce Foley and Sharon Price represented FWC at the presentation. A photo of 15 members from the Sheriff's Office accepting the blankets, and these members was taken.

Surprise Ceremony: Pins for years of volunteer service in FWC were given to Barbara Crume for 52 years of service and to Janice Geise for 65 years of service.

Boone County Historic Preservation Review Board: FWC member Pat Yannarella was honored with this group's Preservation Volunteer Award.

Membership Directory: Our FWC membership directory will be updated by Betsy Conrad with photos of new members Kelly Plataniotis, Judith McCool, Joan Ruskin, Sharon Price, Lynda Nezelek, and Karen Fisk.

Information on the Memorial Day Parade: President Foley distributed instructions for being in the Memorial Day Parade at Boone County High School on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019. Members are needed to participate in the parade. If distributing candy, don't throw it. Instead walk to the curb and hand it out. Wear patriotic colors. Let President Foley know if you can take part in this event.

VICE PRESIDENT/PROGRAM CHAIRMAN’S REPORT:

Sharon Price said our June meeting which is the picnic lunch from the Tousey House will begin at noon on June 18, rather than 12:30 p.m. The picnic will be in the Florence Nature Park Gathering House. The speaker will be Susan Douglas with the Girl Scouts. Teresa Schmidt from General Federation of Woman’s Clubs - KY will be swearing in our 2019-2021 new officers at the June meeting.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT:

There were several thank-you's sent to FWC, including ones from Chicks and Chucks and the American Cancer Society, Cincinnati Chapter.

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT:

Judith McCool made the motion to approve the March 19, 2019 minutes. Joyce McCord seconded the motion. Motion passed.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $8987.04 as of May 21, 2019. The Barn Quilt Trail balance was $1214.18 and the actual FWC balance was $7773.86. Saving account balance of May 21, 2019 was $5576.84. The report was filed for audit. Treasurer Crume said that we need someone to audit the Treasurer's books. This audit will probably take place in July 2019 by Tom O'Hara.

Treasurer Crume also issued the Preliminary 2019 Cancer Report. Income from the Cancer Benefit was $8334.60. Net Profit was $5890.55.

CLUB DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Arts and Contests: Joyce Foley and Marlene Brown attended the GFWC - Kentucky convention on May 11, 2019 in Lexington, KY. They took part in the luncheon and some activities at the conference. They took the four First Place Winners from the 5/6 District meeting in September 2018 to the convention. These four entries were winning placements at the convention:

· Joyce Foley, Third Place - Quilt

· Karen Peterman, Third Place - Jewelry

· Karen Peterman, Third Place - Photo

· Marlene Brown, First Place - Watercolors

Conservation: Remember to save pop cans and pull tabs. The pull tabs go to the Ronald McDonald House.

Education: Save “Box Tops for Education.” The box tops are given to Collins Elementary. This year's FWC $1000 scholarship winner was Olivia Glore from Ryle High School. Linda Gritton presented her with the scholarship. Joyce McCord made the motion to continue giving $1000 scholarship to each of the four public high schools in Boone County for the next four years. The schools are Boone County, Conner, Cooper, and Ryle High School. Karen Peterman seconded it. Motion carried.

Literacy and Libraries: Pat Yannarella told the group about the Mystery and Mayhem event at the Boone County Public Library. FWC partners with the library in this event. In June she will ask who participated in it.

Home Life: Karen Peterman discussed Prime Wise through St. Elizabeth Hospital and urged people to register for it at stelizabeth.com/primewise or call 859-301-5999.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership: Diane Culbertson emailed our club and let us know that she is withdrawing from the club. President Foley thanked Mary Alice Gruden and Karen Peterman for their help with membership.

Nominating Committee: Janice Geise and Jo Ann Knock posted the slate, read by Janice Geise at the March 2019 meeting. The proposed slate is: President, Sharon Price, Vice President, Judith McCool, Secretary, Kelly Plataniotis, Treasurer, Lynda Nezelek (originally Karen Fisk offered to be in this position, but withdrew her name), and Corresponding Secretary, Helen Johnson. Voting takes place at today's May meeting. Joyce Foley asked for nominations from the floor. With none being given, she called for a vote on the proposed slate. Vote for all nominated was unanimous. The new officers will be sworn in at the June meeting.

Gathering House: The cost of the monthly rental for the Gathering House is $26.50. A collection bag was passed to collect for the rental. There was discussion about this cost. Jasbir Chahal made the suggestion to add to the cost of the Gathering House to the yearly dues. This matter will be discussed at the June meeting.

Announcements

· Next meeting is the Annual Picnic which begins at noon on June 18 at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park. Please pay $8.00 to Barbara Crume if attending.

· Food preparers are needed for the coming year. Joyce Foley and another member plan to provide the July, 2019 refreshments. In December, 2019, Jo Ann Knock, Sherri Lou Noel and Barbara Crume will plan the Holiday Luncheon at Triple Crown Country Club.

There being no further business, Kelly Plataniotis made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

February 19, 2019

FWC President Joyce Foley called the February 19, 2019 meeting of the GFWC- KY Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Florence Branch of the Boone County Public Library at 1:05 p.m. Fifteen members. four guests who were: Charlee Spencer, Kelly Plantaniontis, Pat Bogert, and Joan Ruskin, and the speaker Daniel Sweigard were present. The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited. Members were reminded to sign the attendance sheet.

SPIRITUAL MOMENT

Joyce McCord read two inspirational readings titled: "What Life Is All About"; and "Lord Your Ways Bring Forth a Multitude of Promised Blessings". The latter is from a book titled: Prayers and Blessings to Comfort the Soul.

PROGRAM

Program Chairman and Vice President Sharon Price introduced the February 2019 speaker Daniel Sweigard. He is the managing partner at Wild Birds Unlimited located at 4987 Houston Rd., in Florence, KY. He spoke on Hummingbirds in Northern Kentucky https://florence.wbu.com/ His honorarium is to go to the Salvation Army.

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

Best wishes to Sherri Lou Noel.

BUSINESS MEETING

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:

Joyce Foley filed the annual reports for FWC in January, 2019. Starting in August 2019 FWC hopes to return to the Florence Nature Park Gathering House. Joyce reserved the House from August through November from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The charge for renting the Gathering House on Tuesdays is $25.00. Betsy Conrad made the motion that FWC pass a third collection bag at each meeting to collect $1.00 per member to pay for the rental. Lana Kay Brueggen seconded it. Motion carried.

VICE PRESIDENT/PROGRAM CHAIRMAN’S REPORT:

Sharon Priceinformed us that the March 19, 2019 program will be given by Professor Tonya Krouse, Northern Kentucky University literature professor, whose specialty is Virginia Woolf. Members are asked to come at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19 to prepare the invitations for our April fundraiser. Sharon Price reported that several guests come to our meeting today, as they had been to the Serve and Socialize Fair at the Main Boone County Public Library on February 12.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARYS REPORT:

Helen Johnson, Corresponding Secretary, said FWC received a thank you from the American Cancer Society for the memorial in honor of Butch Foley. It was reported that Wilma Day's husband is very ill and being fed by a feeding tube at a hospice. A card will be sent to her. Also, LaVerne Lawson is not tolerating radiation. Her physicians are planning a different procedure for her.

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: There was one correction to the January 2019 minutes. Janice Geise did not have a birthday in January. Joyce McCord made the motion to approve the January 15, 2019 minutes pending the correction. Janice Geise seconded the motion. Motion passed.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $3337.93 as of February 19, 2019. The Barn Quilt Trail Project balance was $1,214.18 and the actual FWC balance was $2,123.75. Savings account balance as of February 19, 2019 was $5,576.70. The report was filed for audit.

CLUB DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Remember to save pop cans and pull tabs. The pull tabs go to the Ronald McDonald House. In early February 2019, Joyce Foley took our old Xmas Lights to Hamilton County Parks for their scrap value.

Education: Save “Box Tops for Education.”

Home Life: In the absence of Karen Peterman, who will be back from vacation in April!! Joyce Foley talked about the fact that we should exercise every day for better health. She included some tips to render it easier to make exercising a daily habit."

Public Issues: FWC Members completed 16 Project Linus blankets. A call has be placed to Deputy Tom Scheben to determine when to present these blankets to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. If enough members can participate, our club can meet at the Sheriff's Department at 10:30 a.m. on either Tuesday, February 26 or Wednesday, February 27 to got a picture of the members and the blankets they made. Deputies will carry the blankets in their cruisers to hand out to children in distress. Hopefully these photos will appear on the Sheriff’s Facebook site and we’ll try to get FWC publicity in the Boone County Recorder. President Foley will call members to remind them of the presentation.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership: Mary Cox has resigned from our club.

Nominating Committee: Joann Knock (859-284-7330) and Janice Geise (859- 384-2650) have volunteered to be on the nominating committee to find members who will run for office in 2019-2021. Please contact them if interested in running for office. They will post the slate in March 2019. In May 2019 voting and nominations from the floor will take place. In June 2019 there will be the induction ceremony.

Spring Benefit Luncheon: It’s almost time to gear up for our Spring Luncheon. President Foley has offered to be chair of the event. She will be assisted by Vice President Sharon Price. Members were reminded to be looking for baskets for our silent auction. Each member must provide a silent auction basket. Plan on bringing your basket or silent auction items to the March 2019 meeting. Basket assembly will also take place at Marlene Brown's house, 83 Allison, Florence, KY, on April 12 at 10 a.m. Her phone number is: 859-371-5894. Basket minimum is $20.00.

Speaker for the cancer benefit event is Cathy Halloran with Chicks and Chucks.

Joyce McCord will man the bling table. Also each member must buy a ticket for the event. Price of a ticket is $40. Sharon Price made the motion that a ticket be $40. Lana Kay Brueggen seconded it. Motion carried. There will not be a Split the Pot at the benefit. Betsy Conrad made the motion to eliminate Split the Pot. Janice Geise seconded it. Motion carried. Barbara Crume and Sherri Lou Noel will man the registration table and make the seating chart. Recipients of the money we raise at the benefit will be Chicks and Chucks Cancer Foundation and a $1000 scholarship for a Ryle High School senior.

Old Business:

The Freestore Food Bank event will be Saturday, February 23 at Florence Christian Church, 200 Main Street, Florence at 9 a.m. It is wonderful that Judith McCool's granddaughter wants to participate.

New Business: Mary Bruins could not be at today's meeting but asked that Milestones be considered for our FWC Sanctioned Non-Profit/Project List.Milestones is a certified therapeutic horseback riding facility that serves children with disabilities such as hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, etc. A motion was made byJudith McCool and seconded by Jasbir Chahal to make this an FWC Sanctioned Non-Profit/Project. Motion carried.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Karen Petermans mother passed. Corresponding Secretary will send a card to her home in Union, KY.

  • Northern Kentucky History Day is March 23 at the Erlanger Branch of the Kentucky County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Rd., Erlanger, KY. Event begins at 8 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m.

  • Arboretum Spring Tea is March 28th, 11-2 at the new Boone CountyEnrichment Center, Call 859-586-6101 for registration.

  • Boone Countian, Perry Garner Renaker, passed away.

There being no further business, motion was made by Joyce McCord and seconded by Jo Ann Knock to adjourn the meeting. Meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

January 15, 2019

FWC President Joyce Foley called the January 15, 2019 meeting of the GFWC-KY Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Florence Branch of the Boone County Public Library at 1:05 p.m. Fifteen members were present. The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited. Members were reminded to sign the attendance sheet.

SPIRITUAL MOMENT

Joyce McCord read an essay titled: "If you really care/reach out and touch." The work contained many inspirational lines, e.g. "Reach out and give your love to the loveless. Reach out and make a home for the homeless....Reach out and let the smile of God touch through you. Let this be a challenge for everyone here."

PROGRAM

Program Chairman and Vice President Sharon Price presented the January 2019 program. She related her experiences touring Historic Boston, and vicinity. She especially focused on the Boston Red Sox stadium Fenway Park, the origin of the book Make Way for Ducklings, the Witch's House in Salem, and the House of Seven Gables. Sharon Price requested that her $25.00 honorarium be given to the Ronald McDonald House.

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

Best wishes to Joyce Foley, Chris Sturgil and Janice Geise.

BUSINESS MEETING

PRESIDENT’S REPORT: Joyce Foley reported that LaVerne Lawson stopped by before our meeting but could not stay as her immunity is low. Pat Yannarella has returned to resume her role as secretary at meetings. She thanks everyone for the many cards, the flowers, and the best wishes she received while ill. Joyce McCord also returned from her absence due to breaking her wrist and is now providing inspirational readings to our club.

Joyce indicated that Rita Bitter’s FWC history scrapbooks are on display for all to peruse.

President Foley said the Christmas party on December 18, 2018 was lots of fun. Senator Schickel came from Frankfort to the event. Gary Greisser's Christmas program was wonderful. Lana Kay Brueggen won the door prize.

State reports are due to President Foley by January 25, 2019.

President Foley also has a call into Vanessa Lenear, the Florence Recreation and Events Coordinator. FWC hopes to make monthly reservations for the Florence Gathering House for our club meetings starting August 20, 2019.

VICE PRESIDENT/PROGRAM CHAIRMAN’S REPORT: Sharon Price informed us that the February 19, 2019 program will be given by Dan Sweigard, with Wild Birds Unlimited. He will speak on "Hummingbirds." The March 19, 2019 program will be given by Professor Krouse, Northern Kentucky University literature professor.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: FWC received a Christmas Card from Senator John Schickel. The club also received a card from Pat Lense our Santa Claus. Helen Johnson, Corresponding Secretary, said a "thank you" was received from Laverne Lawson and one was received from Collins Elementary School. It was reported that Wilma Day's husband is very ill and in hospice. A card will be sent to her.

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: During the absence of secretary Pat Yannarella, President Joyce Foley has prepared the minutes. Joyce McCord made the motion to approve the November 2018 minutes, Chris Sturgil seconded them. Motion passed.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $3648.93 as of January 15, 2019. The Barn Quilt Trail Project balance was $1,214.18 and the actual FWC balance was $2,434.75. Savings account balance as of January 1, 2019 was $5,576.65. The report was filed for audit.

CLUB DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Conservation: Recycling of broken/unwanted Christmas lights is being done by President Foley. She needs them by February 1, 2019 deadline. Hamilton County Parks has a company who will accept the broken lights and give the Parks the scrap value.

Remember to save pop cans and pull tabs. The pull tabs go to the Ronald McDonald House.

Education: Save “Box Tops for Education.”

Public Issues: Members completed 16 Project Linus blankets. A call has be placed to Deputy Tom Scheben to determine when to present these blankets to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies will carry the blankets in their cruisers to hand out to children in distress. There will be photos taken at the presentation. Hopefully these photos will appear on the Sheriff’s Facebook site and we’ll try to get FWC publicity in the Boone County Recorder.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Historian: Rita Bitter's scrapbooks were on display at the January, 2019 meeting. Since Rita has resigned from the club we need a historian and photographer. We thank Chris Sturgil for the pictures she took at the December, 2018 holiday luncheon.

Spring Benefit Luncheon: It’s almost time to gear up for our Spring Luncheon. Urgent: Volunteers for doing activities at the benefit are needed. Members were reminded to be looking for baskets for our silent auction. Each member must provide a silent auction basket. Also each member must buy a ticket for the event.

Old Business:

· Donating items to the non-profit Scrap It Up was tabled until later in the year.

· Towels, blankets, sheets, etc. brought to previous meetings for the Boone County Animal Shelter were delivered. The estimate is that we contributed over 200 pounds of textiles for two deliveries. The Shelter said, “Thank you!”

· Postpone Boone County Public Library 30-Second Interviews until later in the year.

New Business: There was no new business.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

· FWC welcomed new member: Judith McCool. Her contact information is: 836 Keeneland Green, Union, KY 41091, 315-283-4922, coachjudith51@gmail.com

· President's Inn in Burlington has closed.

· Does anyone remember visiting Vent House Museum on Ventriloquism with former member Peggy Lisnek? They are expanding their site

· The Arboretum Spring Tea is March 28, 2019 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Boone County Enrichment Center. Registration opens 2/11/2019. Call 859-586-6101 to make reservations.

· Journalist Nancy Daly has retired from the Community Press. President Foley invited her to join FWC. Maybe later she will.

· The Serve and Socialize Fair is at the Main Boone County Public Library on Rt.18, Tuesday, Feb. 12th, from 10-12. Call Sharon Price if you can help her man the FWC table.

There being no further business, meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

2018

MINUTES OF MEETING

November 20, 2018

FWC President Joyce Foley called the November 20, 2018 meeting of the GFWC-KY Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Florence Library. Fourteen members, two guests (Kimberly Bushelman and Judith McCool) and the speaker were present. After this month Judith McCool will no longer be a guest since she joined Florence Woman’s Club this month! Welcome! The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited. Members were reminded to sign the attendance sheet.

SPIRITUAL MOMENT

Jane Pfarner read an essay on volunteerism. We thanked Jane for her 23 years of service as she and Gerry prepare to move to South Carolina to be near family. She will be missed. Jane Pfarner, 109 Mission Way, Beaufort, S.C. 29906 jcpfarner@aol.com

PROGRAM

Program Chairman Sharon Price introduced Petersburg resident Pat Lense. Pat talked to us about his encounters with children and adults that he has met along the way in his journey as Santa Claus He explained how Santa was able to get to all the houses around the world to deliver gifts in just one night. As he finishes with one house, he sprinkles fairy dust and time resets to the previous house’s time.

The January program will be Vice President Sharon Price relating her experiences touring Historic Boston.

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

No November birthdays.

BUSINESS MEETING

PRESIDENT’S REPORT: Joyce Foley reported that LaVerne Lawson is starting chemotherapy again the first of December. Pat Yannarella is in the midst of 18 weeks of chemo therapy but IS back at work at the Main Library. Joyce McCord broke her wrist and is staying with her daughter for the time being.

Joyce thanked the Club for making a donation to the American Cancer Society in her husband Butch’s name. Most appreciated!

Joyce indicated where Rita Bitter’s FWC history scrapbooks were on display for all to peruse. They’ll be back for our January meeting. Rita did a fantastic job! Jean Jones is organizing the history scrapbooks from before Rita.

The State GFWC Education Chairman Shirley Uzzle asked us to take on a project with our Boone County Public Library. She suggested that we work with our library staff to set up a table at school or community events to encourage students and the public to sign up for a library card and to learn more about what our public libraries have to offer. The Main Library was called. They have no need for volunteers to encourage signing up for a library card. They would, however, like for us to volunteer to make a 30-second video telling what we like about the library or why we come to the library. Kathy would be our contact. We’ll get back to them after the first of the year.

The GFWC-Kentucky cookbook is being updated and there was a call for recipes by Dec. 1. Forms for recipe submission were passed out at the October meeting. Submissions were brought to the November 20 FWC meeting. Thanks to Karen Peterman and Joyce Foley for recipes.

VICE PRESIDENT/PROGRAM CHAIRMAN’S REPORT: Sharon Price informed us that the annual Christmas Party at Triple Crown Country Club will start at 11:30 am, December 18. Gary Greisser will be our entertainment. State Senator John Schickel will be in attendance. Barbara Crume is prepared to take anyone’s check at today’s meeting, $25.00. The reservation deadline is Friday, Dec. 14.

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: With the clarification that the free cancer screening program by the University of Kentucky in Lexington is for ovarian cancer ONLY, Jane Pfarner made a motion, seconded by Mary Alice Gruden, that the minutes be approved. Motion carried.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $3,639.72 as of November 20, 2018. The Barn Quilt Trail Project balance was $1,214.18 and the actual FWC balance was $2,425.54. Savings account balance as of November 20, 2018 was $5,576.55. The report was filed for audit.

CLUB DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Conservation: More towels, blankets, sheets, etc. brought to the October meeting for the Boone County Animal Shelter were delivered. The estimate is that we contributed over 200 pounds of textiles for both deliveries. The Shelter said, “Thank you!”

Members were asked to bring any broken or unwanted Christmas lights to the January meeting. Hamilton County Parks has a company who will accept them and give the Parks the scrap value.

Education: Save “Box Tops for Education.”

Home Life: Karen Peterman sent on to us the handout “Being Happy During the Holidays & Throughout the Year.” It reminds us to see that making laughter outweighs tears during the holidays. Try to eliminate stress.

Public Issues: Members brought in their finished Project Linus blankets that were partly completed at the October meeting. There are more to be completed. It was decided to wait until after the holidays to present these blankets to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies will carry the blankets in their cruisers to hand out to children in distress. We will have 16 to donate. There will be photos taken at the presentation (probably late January) to appear on the Sheriff’s Facebook site and we’ll try to get FWC publicity in the Boone County Recorder.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Trail: We are still getting requests for trail maps, B&B recommendations, help in setting up Barn Quilt Trails in other counties, etc. The first board hung in Boone County 11 years ago will be taken down from the Wilmhoff barn on Hathaway Road shortly. Gary Wilmhoff, owner, asks if we want it since the barn it’s on will be dismantled in the spring. Joyce will confer with Gary and will check to see if the board is still in good shape.

Conservation: Remember to save pop cans, pull tabs.

Spring Benefit Luncheon: It’s almost time to gear up for our Spring Luncheon. Volunteers will be requested at our January meeting. Members were reminded to be looking for baskets for our silent auction. Sometimes on Tuesdays Goodwill marks down baskets. Marlene Brown reminded us that she has several in her basement.

Old Business: Donating items to the non-profit Scrap It Up was tabled until after the first of the year.

There was no other old business.

New Business: There was no new business.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

    • Krohn Conservatory’s “A Crystal Holiday” Christmas Show is up and highly recommended. Adults $7, Youths (5-17) $4. Nov. 10 to Jan. 8.

    • Sadly, Danbarry Dollar Saver Cinemas on Turfway has closed.

  • New member: Judith McCool, 836 Keeneland Green, Union, KY 41091 315-283-4922 e-mail: thjudith51@gmail.com

There being no further business, meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by,

Joyce Foley in the absence of Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

October 16, 2018

FWC President Joyce Foley called the October 16, 2018 meeting of the GFWC-KY Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Florence Library. Fourteen members, three guests (Diana Britton, Kimberly Bushelman and Judith McCool) and the speaker were present. The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited. Joyce McCord’s devotion was from Restore by Bob Renson.

PROGRAM

This month’s program was our making blankets in conjunction with Project Linus. Their mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are traumatized, or otherwise in need. And yes, they are a 501(c)(3) charity. Much fun was had by all. Members took blankets home that were not finished and will return them at the November meeting for distribution through the Boone County Sheriff’s office.

The November speaker will be Pat Lense. He’ll put us in the mood for the holidays with his story about his encounters with children and adults that he has met along the way. We’ll continue to meet in the conference room at the Florence Library for the foreseeable future.

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

An interesting coincidence, our guests Judith McCool, Kimberly Bushelman and Diana Britton celebrated their birthdays this month. We wished them a happy birthday.

BUSINESS MEETING

PRESIDENT’S REPORT: Joyce Foley reported that Karen Peterman is doing well (she was at the meeting!), LaVerne Lawson needs to avoid crowds for now and Jane Smith is taking hand physical therapy but doing well. Jasbir Chahal reported that Pat Yannarella is having surgery the end of this month and isn’t ready for calls or visits yet.

Joyce said the state GFWC Education Chairman Shirley Uzzle is asking us to take on a project with our Boone County Public Library. She suggests that we work with our library staff to set up a table at school or community events to encourage students and the public to sign up for a library card and to learn more about what our public libraries have to offer.

The GFWC-Kentucky cookbook is being updated and there is a call for recipes by Dec. 1. Forms for recipe submission were passed around. Submissions should be brought to the November 20 FWC meeting.

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Chris Sturgil made a motion that the recording secretary’s minutes be approved as received by email and mail, seconded by Karen Peterman. Motion carried.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Corresponding Secretary Helen Johnson sent another get-well card to Pat Yannarella.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $3,886.72 as of October 16, 2018. The Barn Quilt Trail Project balance was $1,214.18 and the actual FWC balance was $2,672.54. Savings account balance as of October 16, 2018 was $5,576.50. The report was filed for audit.

Barbara reminded us that dues of $30 for the next year are payable now.

Checks for $5.00 each were given to Barbara Crume to cover the cost of fleece fabric for the Project Linus blankets. Motion was made by Barbara, seconded by Lana Brueggen, to pay Joyce Foley the usual $25 donation to a charity, to cover the overage on the fleece. Motion passed.

CLUB DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Arts and Contests: Marlene Brown reported on the results of the Arts, Crafts, Needlework and Photography Contests at the GFWC-KY 5th/6th District Meeting in Lexington, September 29. We had six entries. Karen Peterman won first place in photography/scenic and in jewelry/necklace. Joyce Foley won first place for her quilt. Marlene Brown won first place for her water color, and second place for her acrylic painting and her fall wreath. The first place winners will go to State for the State judging in April.

Janice Geise reported on the business part of the above meeting. Steve Ulrich was the featured speaker. He informed us about suicide prevention and gave the Resource Lifeline telephone number: 1-800-273-8255. The Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health can be reached at 1-502-564-4456.

Suicide prevention is the foremost project of GFWC-KY for the next two years.

Also we were advised that Club Department Heads should keep track of projects within their department and to write a yearly report to pass on to the President for the annual report to State. The President should not have to create the reports from hours/costs passed on to her.

Conservation: Barbara Crume reminded us that the pull tabs we collect go to Ronald McDonald House. Members who had not attended the September meeting brought towels, blankets, sheets, etc. to the October meeting. These will be delivered to the Boone County Animal Shelter.

Home Life: Karen Peterman informed us that the University of Kentucky in Lexington has a cancer screening program that is free and the main focus is early detection. Women over the age of 50 are eligible. No physician referral is needed.

Karen also reminded us to vote November 6.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Spring Benefit Luncheon: Joyce McCord brought old “bling” to the meeting for members to help themselves. These pieces have been in the bling collection for years and have had no takers. Karen Price will be asked if her Girl Scout troop is still interested in taking them.

Members were reminded to be looking for baskets for our Spring Luncheon silent auction. Sometimes on Tuesdays Goodwill marks baskets down.

Old Business: Members were reminded to bring their checks for $25.00 for our Christmas Luncheon December 18, Triple Crown Country Club, noon, to our November meeting if possible. We are encouraged to invite our friends. The more the merrier.

Gary Griesser and his beautiful baritone voice will present a 20-minute Christmas program.

There was no other old business.

New Business: A call went out for a volunteer to be Club photographer/historian. Please contact the President if you can do this. Rita Bitter’s scrapbooks covering the last six-seven years will be brought to the November meeting for our review and enjoyment.

There was no other new business.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Remember to save box tops, pop cans/pull tabs. There being no further business, meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by,

Joyce Foley in the absence of Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

September 18, 2018

FWC President Joyce Foley called the September 18, 2018 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Florence Library. Twelve members, one guest and the speaker were present. The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited. Joyce McCord’s spiritual reading was from Living Life on Purpose and Psalms 90:14.

PROGRAM

This month’s enthusiastic speaker was Susan Daniel, Director of T.H.A.N.K.S. (The Humane Association of NKY Shelters). She started this non-profit 20 years ago with the main goal of giving orphan kittens and cats a loving, forever home. Susan encouraged us to spay or neuter and vaccinate our animals. She wants us to consider adopting an adult cat since they are hardest to place. After placing over 300 kittens/cats, she stopped counting. As an added treat, she brought four tiny kittens along with her.

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Barbara Crume celebrated her birthday September 12. Jane Pfarner is celebrating hers on September 29. We wished them a happy birthday.

BUSINESS MEETING

PRESIDENT’S REPORT: President Joyce Foley passed out a “Schedule of Meetings 2018-2019” covering monthly speakers January 16, 2018 through April 16, 2019.

PROGRAM REPORT: Vice-President Sharon Price reported that the FWC October program will be FWC members making fleece blankets for Project Linus. There is no sewing involved, just cutting strips and tying knots. Members should BRING SCISSORS, and manicuring scissors (if you have some) to cut a tiny hole once you have cut the strips. Project Linus’ mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are traumatized, or otherwise in need.

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Due to illness, Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella was unable to attend the meeting. Minutes from the August meeting will be presented in October.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Corresponding Secretary Helen Johnson sent another get-well card to Pat Yannarella.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $4,018.55 as of September 18, 2018. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $1,214.18 and the actual FWC balance was $2,804.37. Savings account balance as of September 18, 2018 was $5,576.45. The report was filed for audit.

Copies of the Approved Budget 2018-2020 from last month were distributed. Thank you to the Budget Committee of Barbara Crume, Jane Pfarner and Joyce Foley.

Barbara reminded us that dues of $30 for the next year are payable now through September 30, 2018.

She continues to investigate at length the new state tax laws for non-profits with regard to “split the pot” and raffle proceeds

CLUB DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Arts and Contests: Marlene Brown reported that she has the information for the Arts, Crafts, Needlework and Photography Contests. Entries will be judged at the GFWC-KY 5th/6th District Meeting in Lexington September 29. Please contact Marlene with questions.

Conservation: Barbara Crume reminded us that the pull tabs we collect go to Ronald McDonald House.

Club members responded positively to bringing towels, blankets, sheets, etc. to the September meeting. We had many bags of fabric contributed to be delivered to the Boone County Animal Shelter. If you rounded up a bag of fabric but forgot to bring it to the September meeting, bring it to the October meeting and it will also be delivered to the Shelter located just down the road and right turn from the president.

Home Life: While Karen Peterman is recovering from surgery, Joyce Foley brought in the newspaper article telling us about St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s Cancer Building scheduled to open in 2020. The new hospital will expand efforts for preventing, genetic screening, precision medicine, clinical research and treatment options.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Trail: Committee Chair Joyce Foley presented a report covering August 22 to September 18, 2018. She said that, since the Extension Office withdrew their $1,000 donation to us to help pay for an update of our Barn Quilt Trail brochure, we contacted Steve Sturgil about updating our website instead. He was in touch, quote was accepted for the project, and the okay to start work on the project was given.

Spring Benefit: Joyce McCord said she now has the Bling jewelry we share with Bettie Carter Morgan Woman’s Club. Since she has been in charge of this project for several years, she reports that there is now a huge amount of “bling” and is aware of the jewelry that hasn’t sold for all those years. She will sort out this jewelry for donation where the collection will find a good home. Sharon Price is leader of a local Girl Scout troop and would love to have them be the recipient of the jewelry. Joyce is looking for a volunteer to help her with this sorting.

Old Business: There was no old business.

New Business: There was no new business.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

    • To our distress, Jasbir Chahal announced that Pat Yannarella has beast cancer.

    • Jasbir reported that Jane Smith is recovering very nicely. She is going to therapy three days a week to strengthen her arm.

    • Saturday, September 22 from noon to 5:00 p.m. Pawapalooza will be held at Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road. Money is raised to treat sick, injured and orphaned animals at the Boone County Animal Shelter.

    • Thelma Martin’s funeral hand-out was passed around.

    • LaVerne Lawson attended the Boone County Senior Picnic an saw past FWC member Peggy Lisnek who was up here visiting hesister. Peggy says hi to everybody. LaVerne says her wig is with the hairdresser who is styling it in the fashion that LaVerne usually wears.

There being no further business, meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by,

Joyce Foley in the absence of Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

July 17, 2018

FWC President Joyce Foley called the July 17, 2018 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Florence Branch of the Boone County Public Library at 1 p.m.. She welcomed all present. Twelve members and the speaker were present. Guest was Judy Klette. Starting at 11:30 a.m. Joyce Foley and several other officers gave an orientation on the club for new members. Several new members attended this special orientation. At the beginning of the regular monthly meeting, the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited. Helen Johnson provided a spiritual reading.

PROGRAM

Sharon Price introduced this month's speaker who was Eli Cochran, executive director of Camp Ernst YMCA. The speaker shared with the club the many activities of the organization. http://www.myycamp.org/

JUNE BIRTHDAYS

Karen Peterman's birthday is July 5.

Janice Geise's birthday is July 13.

BUSINESS MEETING

PROGRAM REPORT: Vice-President Sharon Price reported that the FWC August speaker will be a representative from the Boone County Farmers' Market Association. Sharon Price also recapped the GFWC-KY summer retreat..

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the June, 2018 FWC meeting minutes to all members present. Email copies of the June, 2018 minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Karen Peterman made the motion to approve the minutes; Mary Alice Gruden seconded them. Minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: Corresponding Secretary Helen Johnson read a thank you from Second Wind Dreams from Amy Safron for the special event for Mary Cox..Barbara Crume received a thank for the honorarium sent to Amy Safron.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $3854.01 as of July 17, 2018. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $1214.18 and the actual FWC balance was $2640.83 Savings account balance as of July 17, 2018 was $5576.08. Report was approved and filed for audit. Dues of $30 are payable now through September, 2018.

There will be a Budget Committee meeting before our next August meeting. Joyce Foley, Barbara Crume, and a third volunteer hope to attend.

CLUB DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Education and Scholarship: Joyce Foley reported that Education and Scholarship Chairperson Linda Gritton presented the 2018 scholarship of $1000 to the recipient from Cooper High School Allison Hyder. Linda Gritton and Joyce Foley made the $1000 scholarship presentation on May 17 They gave her a bouquet of flowers as well as the $1000 scholarship announcement. The scholarship check will be sent to the school the student will attend.

Home Life: Home Life Chairperson Karen Peterman supplied handouts to all members. The handout listed recipes for cooling summer beverages. Call 859-586-6101 to find out when the next VR Dementia class will take place

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Trail: Committee Chair Joyce Foley presented a report covering June 17 to July 16 2018. Some of the topics she addressed were: Elaine Kong from Channel 12 requested an interview on the Barn Quilt Trail. Joyce will do it when her husband feels better. Joyce will do a talk on the Barn Quilt Trail for the Cincinnati Woman's Club Art Department in 2019-2020. Joyce received an email from someone in Chicago wanting to find someone who would paint a quilt board for him. She felt that receiving the email was good...shows that people are looking at the website.

Membership Committee: Mary Alice Gruden reported at the July 2018 meeting on her investigation of different types of FWC name tags and lanyards. Joyce McCord made a motion, seconded by Pat Yannarella to make a decision on choosing club lanyards and tags at the August meeting.

Old Business:

    • The Budge5 Committee will present a proposed 2018-2019 budget at the August 2018 meeting.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

    • Plan on attending the Bunco Bash sponsored by GFWC Bettie Carter Morgan Woman's Club on Saturday July 28 at the Edgewood Senior Center. Jane Pfarner has tickets for this event. Cost is $15.00.

    • Greeting cards have been sent to Mary Cox and Betsy Conrad by Joyce McCord.

LaVerne Lawson and Betsy Conrad continue to have health problems.

    • Maureen Davern and her husband celebrated their 60th anniversary in July.

    • Mark your calendars for out Christmas party at Triple Crown on December 18 and also mark your calendars or the Spring Benefit Luncheon on April 17, 2019.

There being no further business, meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

June 19, 2018

FWC President Joyce Foley called the June 19, 2018 annual picnic meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at Elmcroft Senior Center of Florence. She welcomed all present. Sixteen members and the speaker were present. The location was chosen in order to honor Mary Cox who resides in Elmcroft. Twelve members of Mary Cox's family and Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore came as guests to honor Mary Cox. Judge Moore read a proclamation stating that June 19, 2018 was Mary Cox Day. The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited. Helen Johnson provided a spiritual reading.

PROGRAM

This month's speaker was Amy Safran, director of Community Relations, Second Wind Dreams. https://www.secondwind.org/ Amy told about the activities of this nonprofit organization founded in 1997 and she focused her presentation on Mary Cox's Second Wind Dreams.

JUNE BIRTHDAYS

None.

BUSINESS MEETING

PROGRAM REPORT: Vice-President Sharon Price reported that the FWC July speaker will be Elizabeth Cochran of the Camp Ernst YMCA.

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the May, 2018 FWC meeting minutes to all members present. Email copies of the May, 2018 minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: Corresponding Secretary Helen Johnson read three thank you notes. One thank you note was from honorary member Thelma Martin who lives in Atlanta, GA. Thelma enjoys receiving information on our club. Another was from last month's speaker, Cheryl Bradley, who works for the Brighton Center's RSVP program. A third note was from Alma Bonham who appreciated FWC's get well wishes. Members were saddened to receive aresignation note from Rita Bitter.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $4916.33 as of June 19, 2018. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $1214.18 and the actual FWC balance was $3702.15. Savings account balance as of June 19, 2018 was $5575.85 Report was approved and filed for audit. Dues of $30 are payable now through September,2018

There will be a Budget Committee meeting in July. Joyce Foley, Barbara Crume, and a third volunteer hope to attend.

Donations made to Florence Woman's Club: Treasurer Crume said members donated $2166. This donation was requested because there was no Spring Benefit Luncheon this year. Members were asked to donate the cost of the luncheon and the cost of a silent auction basket. The donations will help cover FWC expenses for the coming year.

CLUB DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Arts and Contests: No report.

Education and Scholarship: Joyce Foley reported that Education and Scholarship Chairperson Linda Gritton presented the 2018 scholarship of $1000 to the recipient from Cooper High School Allison Hyder. Linda Gritton and Joyce Foley made the $1000 scholarship presentation on May 17 They gave her a bouquet of flowers as well as the $1000 scholarship announcement. The scholarship check will be sent to the school the student will attend. (Note: Linda Gritton had surgery after the scholarship presentation.)

Home Life: FWC President Foley in the absence of Home Life Chairperson Karen Peterman supplied handouts prepared by Karen Peterman to all members. The handout listed many free or inexpensive summer activities in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Trail: Committee Chair Joyce Foley presented a report covering May 15 to June 19, 2018. Some of the topics she addressed were: The small barn board was placed on a truck and used in the Florence Memorial Day Parade. Joyce sent construction and paint instructions to people who want to do their own boards.

Joyce wrote Michelle Simon at the Boone County Extension Office requesting that information on the Barn Quilt Trail consisting of 90 boards be included in the 2018 Farm Tour brochure. The extension office did include the publicity in their brochure, website and in publicity releases. Publicity also appeared in the Boone County Recorder. Joyce regrets that in the publicity no mention was made that the Barn Quilt Trail was a project of the Florence Woman's Club.

Literacy and Library Committee: At the June meeting Committee Chair Pat Yannarella collected the members participation statistics for the month long library program: Mystery and Mayhem, These statistics included: Number of hours spent reading international mystery books, number of hours attending library programs on Mystery and Mayhem, and amount of money spent on buying international mysteries.

Membership Committee: Mary Alice Gruden will report at the July 2018 meeting on her investigation of different types of FWC name tags and lanyards.. A prospective new member Judy Klette hopes to attend our July meeting..

Old Business:

    • FWC took part in the Florence Memorial Day Parade on Monday May 28. Members were at Boone County High School at 9:00 a.m. to line up. Barbara Crume and friends and members of her family, Sherrie Lou Noel, Joyce Foley, Marlene Brown, Jane Pfarner and Karen Fiske participated in the parade. They decorated Sherrie Lou's convertible, the Crume family pickup and a golf cart. Everyone wore red, white and blue.

    • There will be an orientation meeting for new members before the July 17, 2018 regular meeting. Janice Geise will lead the discussion on our club's history; Jane Pfarner will present information on the General Federation of Women's Clubs, and Joyce Foley will cover current topics special to FWC. Veteran members are welcome to attend also.

New Business:

President Foley said that Mary Alice Gruden reminded us that the Boone County Farm Tour would take place on Saturday June 23.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

    • Plan on attending the Bunco Bash sponsored by GFWC Bettie Carter Morgan Woman's Club on Saturday July 28 at the Edgewood Senior Center. Jane Pfarner has tickets for this event. Cost is $15.00. .

    • Members were anxious to learn how Mary Bruins' grandson's health is improving.

There being no further business, meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

May 15, 2018

Joyce Foley called the May 15, 2018 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Florence Branch of the Boone County Public Library at 1:00 p.m. She welcomed all present. Fifteen members and the speaker signed the attendance sheet.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

Linda Gritton volunteered to give an inspirational reading. She chose an inspirational reading from her Grandmother, who was born in 1896. The work was titled: "Right." It stressed the concept to do what you think is right.

PROGRAM

This month's speaker was Cheryl Bradley who works for the Brighton Center's RSVP program, which is the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, that serves Boone, Kenton and Campbell Counties. She travels around these counties to talk with seniors about ways to give back to their community by volunteering. She works with volunteers age 55 and up. Here is the link to their website: https://www.brightoncenter.com/get_involved/volunteer The Brighton Center has a pantry on Shelby Street. Volunteers are needed for the pantry The speaker hopes that many of our FWC members will be able to volunteer through the Brighton Center's RSVP program.

MAY BIRTHDAYS

None.

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the April 2018 FWC meeting minutes to all members present. Email copies of the April 2018 minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Motion was made by Jane Pfarner and seconded by Karen Peterman to approve the minutes. Minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: No correspondence.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $4477.58 as of May 15, 2018. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $1214.18 and the actual FWC balance was $3262.40. Savings account balance as of May 15, 2018 was $5575.61. Report was approved and filed for audit.

Donations made to Florence Woman's Club: Treasurer Crume said members donated $1931. This donation was requested because there was no Spring Benefit Luncheon this year. Members were asked to donate the cost of the luncheon and the cost of a silent auction basket. Marlene Brown's name was drawn from the names of members who made donations. She won the Tousey House gift certificate.

CLUB DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Arts and Contests: Chairperson Marlene Brown reported that Karen Peterman's project is the only item to take to the 2018 Convention (123rd), May 17th – 19th to be held at the Marriott East in Louisville, KY. A representative from the Bettie Carter Morgan Woman's Club will take Karen's artwork to the Convention.

Conservation: Barbara Crume reminded everyone to save aluminum cans and the tabs from the cans.

Education and Scholarship: Chairperson Linda Gritton reported that the 2018 scholarship recipient from Cooper High School is Allison Hyder. Linda Gritton and Joyce Foley will make the $1000 scholarship presentation on May 17 They will give her a bouquet of flowers as well as the $1000 scholarship announcement. The check will be sent to the school she will attend.. (Linda Gritton's surgery was postponed so she is able to help with the presentation.)

Home Life: Chairperson Karen Peterman reminded everyone to vote at the Kentucky May 22 primary.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Trail: Committee Chair Joyce Foley presented a report covering March 21 to May 14. Some of the topics she addressed were: Joyce continues to send construction and paint instructions to people who want to do their own boards.

She located a crafter who took eight cans of leftover paint from the barn board project.

Joyce had a person at the Community Activities Fair tell her that she wants to do her own barn board. Joyce will provide her with instructions.

Joyce was approached by Nancy Daly with the Cincinnati Enquirer who told her she will be doing at article on the Barn Board Project in the future.

Joyce found a site on email called: "Barn Quilt Enthusiasts" where people share the barn boards that they have painted.

Literacy and Library Committee: At the June meeting Committee Chair Pat Yannarella will ask for the number of members who participated in the month long library program: Mystery and Mayhem.

Membership Committee: FWC participated in the Community Activities Fair at the Extension Office on May 12. Joyce Foley and a former FWC member, Anne Nolan, manned the FWC table. They were very grateful to Barbara Crume for loaning them a popup tent. They also thanked Mary Alice Gruden for arranging for Extension Office personnel to set up the tent. Six people attending the Community Activities Fair indicated an interest in joining FWC.

Election of Officers:: The nominating committee submitted a list of recommended officers for the 2018-2019 year. This list is:

· President: Joyce Foley

· Vice President: Sharon Price

· Recording Secretary: Pat Yannarella

· Corresponding Secretary: Helen Johnson

· Treasurer: Barbara Crume

There were no nominations from the floor. The stated officers were elected by acclamation.

The installation of officers was conducted by Parliamentary Advisor Jane Pfarner.

Old Business:

· FWC will take part in the Florence Memorial Day Parade on Monday May 28. Members need to be at Boone County High School at 9:00 a.m. to line up. Maps were provided at the May meeting. These showed were to park at Boone County High School and where to meet. Wear red, white, and blue, or a FWC tee shirt. Barbara Crume, Sherrie Lou Noel, LaVerne Lawson, ,Jane Pfarner, and Joyce Foley hope to participate in the parade.

· There will be an orientation meeting for new members after the July 17, 2018 regular meeting. Janice Geise will lead the discussion on our club's history; Jane Pfarner will present information on the General Federation of Women's Clubs, and Joyce Foley will cover current topics special to FWC. Veteran members are welcome to attend also.

New Business:

The Boone County Extension Office has been contacted to see if they would put our barn quilt trail information in their Farm Tour 2018 brochure.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

· The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, June 19, 2018. The meeting will be held at The Elmcroft Senior Living Center. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. This is our usual "picnic" with box lunches from Remke's. Cost is $9.00 payable at the May meeting. Luncheon choices are ham salad sandwich, chicken salad sandwich or vegan. Meal includes fruit cup, broccoli salad, chocolate chip cookie, and bottled water. We will be honoring Mary Cox and we will have a program given by Amy Safran telling us about her experiences with Second Wind Dreams. Thanks to Mary Bruins for informing us about Mary Cox.

· Plan on attending the Bunco Bash sponsored by GFWC Bettie Carter Morgan Woman's Club on Saturday July 28 at the Edgewood Senior Center. Jane Pfarner will have tickets for this event at a future meeting.

· It was reported that Joyce McCord's brother is ill.

There being no further business, Jane Pfarner made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Karen Peterman seconded it. Meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

April 17, 2018

In the absence of the club's vice-president, treasurer Barbara Crume called the April 17, 2018 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Florence Branch of the Boone County Public Library at 1:00 p.m. She welcomed all present. Member Joyce Foley had originally offered to lead the meeting, but she could not attend as her husband was scheduled for surgery. Fifteen members signed the attendance sheet.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

Joyce McCord gave an inspirational reading: "Make Your Day Bright by Thinking Right and Your Life will be Blessed If you Look for the Just" from a collection by Helen Steiner Rice.

PROGRAM

Ed McLaughlin, Reference Librarian at the Florence Branch of the Boone County Public Library, spoke on the Mobile Food Bank of the Freestore Food Bank. He contacts people who are eligible to receive food and coordinates volunteers to assist with the event. He repeatedly thanked the Florence Woman's Club for the club's monetary donations to the Food Bank and for the many hours of volunteer time FWC members contribute during the food distribution. He asked that his $25.00 honorarium be given to GoPantry.

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

None.

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the March 2018 FWC meeting minutes to all members present. Email copies of the March 2018 minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Minutes were approved as written.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: In the absence of Corresponding Secretary Wilma Day, member Linda Gritton shared a thank you letter from Collins Elementary School for box tops that Linda had given to the school. Going forward please give to Linda box tops that have not expired.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $3133.18 as of April 17, 2018. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $1214.18 and the actual FWC balance was $1919.00. Savings account balance as of April 17, 2018 was $5575.38. Report was approved and filed for audit.

CLUB DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Arts and Contests: Chairperson Marlene Brown reported that Karen Peterman's project is the only item to take to the 2018 Convention (123rd), May 17th – 19th to be held at the Marriott East in Louisville, KY.

Education and Scholarship: Chairperson Linda Gritton reported that she took the FWC scholarship application form to Cooper High School on April 17. The $1000 scholarship will be presented on May 17. As Linda will have surgery before the event, she is unsure if she can make the presentation. A second person is needed to help with the presentation.

Linda also reported that she took box tops to Collins Elementary School.

Home Life: Co-Chairperson Karen Peterman said that there are many volunteer opportunities in the Florence area. See website: https://www.volunteermatch.org/ She distributed a handout titled: "Every Volunteer Act Counts."

Co-Chairperson Barbara Crume distributed an environmental fact handout titled "Creating a Sustainable Future Though Education: Tips to Use Less Plastic."

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership Committee: Chairperson Mary Alice Gruden could not stay for full meeting so Karen Peterman reminded everyone to sign the attendance sheet. There was discussion about different styles of name badges that the club might want to adopt.

Nominating Committee: The nominating committee consisted of Faye Shehan and Sharon Price. When Faye Shehan resigned from the committee Joyce Foley offered to help Sharon Price. All members, excluding honorary members, were contacted and asked if they would run for President. Everyone declined. Sharon Price and Joyce Foley submitted a list of recommended officers for the 2018-2019 year which is:

  • President: Joyce Foley

  • Vice President: Sharon Price

  • Recording Secretary: Pat Yannarella

  • Corresponding Secretary: Helen Johnson

  • Treasurer: Barbara Crume

Note: In May 2016 FWC had voted that an officer may succeed herself in office.

At the May 2018 meeting we will be asking for nominations from the floor for the above positions. Qualifications include that you have to be a current member with dues paid up to date and also be present at the May meeting.

Sunshine Committee: Chairperson Joyce McCord reported that she sent get well cards to Jane Pfarner and LaVerne Lawson.

Bling Information: Joyce McCord brought Bling to the meeting. She said that she collected about $140 for the Bling from her fellow church members and from visitors to her home. Additional money was collected at the FWC meeting. Since FWC was not going to have a spring luncheon, the Bling would be taken to the Bettie Carter Morgan Woman's Club. The Bling collection is shared between the two clubs.

Old Business:

  • FWC will take part in the Florence Memorial Day Parade on Monday May 28. Members need to be at Boone County High School at 9:00 a.m. to line up. Expect more information on this event at the May meeting.

  • FWC will have a table at the Annual Community Activates Fair to be held May 12 in the Boone County Extension Office parking lot. Joyce Foley will be manning the table. Purpose of the event is to attract new members. Joyce would appreciate help at the event.

  • Don't Come" fundraiser: A motion was made by member Joyce McCord to rescind the decision to hold a Don't Come Fundraiser. Karen Peterman seconded it. Motion was unanimously approved.

  • Donation from FWC members: A motion was made by Lana Kay Brueggen that FWC members donate to FWC the cost of a meal and the cost of a silent basket. This donation would hopefully cover the cost of the FWC scholarship and any anticipated expenses for this year. Marlene Brown seconded it. Motion carried.

New Business:

There will be an orientation meeting for new members after the July 17, 2018 regular meeting. Janice Geise will lead the discussion on our club's history; Jane Pfarner will present information on the General Federation of Women's Clubs, and Joyce Foley will cover current topics special to FWC. Veteran members are welcome to attend also.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • An edible arrangement wishing Betsy Conrad a speedy recovery was taken to her.

  • The Spring 2018 GFWC Kentucky Clubwoman Newsletter featured Jane Pfarner's quilt.

  • Barbara Crume reported on what is happening with members: a. Member Jane Pfarner is recovering from surgery; b. LaVerne Lawson is having eye problems; c. Diane Culbertson is having surgery; d. Sherri Noel's husband is very ill after a fall that hurt his head; e. Linda Gritton will be having surgery in May; f. There is no word yet if Mary Cox has left the hospital and returned to Elmcroft.

  • On May 23 there will be a Virtual Dementia Tour, presented by Boone County Cooperative Extension Service. Participants experience what dementia may feel like through simulation, which can help caregivers better understand care needs associated with dementia. Space limited. Call 859-586-6101.

  • The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, May 15, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Florence Branch of the Boone County Public Library. Socializing is at 12:30 p.m. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. Speaker will be Cheryl Bradley with Brighton Rehabilitation Center. Bring a lunch is you wish.

There being no further business, meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

March 20, 2018

Because Betsy Conrad was hospitalized and is very ill, she resigned as FWC President. Neither Vice-president could attend this meeting. Vice President Faye Shehan is out of town, and Vice President LaVerne Lawson has a scheduling conflict. In the absence of the club president and the club's two co-vice-presidents, member Joyce Foley called the March 20, 2018 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Florence Branch of the Boone County Public Library at 1:00 p.m. Joyce Foley welcomed all present.

Fifteen members signed the registration sheet. This number included two new members: Karen Fisk and Sharon Price. A sixteenth member Diane Culbertson came briefly, then had to leave.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

Joyce McCord gave an inspirational reading: Be Generous with All You've Been Given by Ida Scott Taylor.

PROGRAM

None.

MARCH BIRTHDAYS

None.

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the February 2018 FWC meeting minutes to all members present. Email copies of the February 2018 minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Mary Alice Gruden made the motion to accept the February 2018 minutes, Jane Pfarner seconded it. Minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: In the absence of Corresponding Secretary Wilma Day, member Jane Smith shared three "thank you" notes. One letter was from the USO thanking FWC for $525 which was the club's donation of $500 to the organization and $25 for the honorarium of the USO speaker at the February 2018 meeting. Another letter was from GoPantry for FWC's $1000 donation to them. A third letter was from the FreeStore Foodbank for FWC's $1000 donation.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $2343.68 as of March 20, 2018. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $1214.18 and the actual FWC balance was $1129.50. Savings account balance as of March 20, 2018 was $5575.14. Report was approved.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Project: Joyce Foley’s Barn Quilt Trail Project report covered the period from February 20, 2018 to March 20, 2018. The following are some of the topics covered in her report:

· Joyce continues to send construction and paint instructions to people who want to do their own boards. That way the Quilt Trail project will continue awhile without FWC.

· Joyce had a booth at the National Quilters' Day Out held on Saturday March 17. The group ran a photo of the FWC parade board on Facebook. Joyce also made up a handout with 20 boards not in the original Barn Quilt Trail brochure. Joyce pushed membership in FWC to people who stopped at the booth. Two ladies Tracey Derringer and Joyce Gordon were interested in FWC.

· The Maurer board on East Bend Road was featured in the March 15 Boone County Recorder. The board description included, "The board is part of the Boone County Barn Quilt Trail sponsored by the Florence Woman's Club."

Membership Committee: Chairperson Mary Alice Gruden said she does not have the members' name tags. Inquiries are being made to find the tags. There were no other committee or department reports.

Items of Business:

· Emergency Meeting to discuss Spring Luncheon Fundraiser:

Because Betsy Conrad resigned as FWC President on Friday March 16, an emergency meeting was called and held on Monday March 19 to discuss the annual Spring Benefit. 14 members attended this meeting. Joyce Foley read a two-page summary of this emergency meeting to members present on March 20.

a. One item was that the group felt that FWC is unable to make the April 17 date for a luncheon fundraiser. Preparation for the spring luncheon cannot be done in one month. At the March 19 emergency meeting it was decided to bring to today's March 20 meeting a proposal to be considered. The proposal suggested by Jane Pfarner is having a "Don't Come" fundraiser this year.

b. Another item was a list of local charities to which FWC would give donations from the "Don't Come" fundraiser. These charities are: Free Store Foodbank through the Boone County Public Library, GoPantry, Woods Hudson Cancer Research, $1000 scholarship for a public school senior, Brighton Recovery Center, USO at CVG. It was pointed out that the recent money that we have given to the American Cancer Society is not spent locally. The American Cancer Society has moved their office to Lexington and our donations went into their pot.

c. A third item was that this "Don't Come" fundraiser option would be for this year, not for following years. The spring luncheon would return in 2019.

d. FWC members will be asked to donate the cost of a meal and the cost of a basket to FWC.

· Spring Luncheon Fundraiser decisions at March 20, FWC meeting.

Jane Pfarner made the motion to discuss the proposals made at the March 19 emergency meeting. After discussion, FWC voted unanimously to have the "Don't Come" fundraiser. Marlene Brown presented a draft of the "Don't Come" fundraiser invitation. Suggestions for modification were made. Marlene Brown and Joyce McCord volunteered to be part of the "Don't Come" invitation committee. Some members offered to find samples of "Don't Come" invitations. Barbara Crume offered to make a list of guests who have frequently attended FWC spring fundraisers.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

· More volunteers are needed to be on a Nominating Committee for next year's officers. Faye Shehan and new member Sharon Price had offered to be on the committee.

· FWC will take part in the Florence Memorial Day Parade on Monday May 28. Members need to be at Boone County High School at 9:00 a.m. to line up.

· An edible arrangement will be taken to Betsy Conrad wishing her a speedy recovery.

· Marlene Brown discovered that because of limited parking she cannot hold a yard sale at her home. Joyce McCord made the motion not to do a Yard Sale this year. Jasbir Chahal seconded it Motion carried.

· Barbara Crume said that FWC has been asked to work a concessions stand for Reds and Bengals. She will get more information on this.

· Jane Smith announced that there were still openings for a bus trip to the Derby Dinner Playhouse on May 16 offered by the Northern Kentucky Area Homemakers. Reservations are due by April 15.

· Jane Pfarner invited everyone to the Bettie Carter Morgan Woman's Club meeting at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library the evening of March 20 at 6 p.m.

· Joyce McCord will bring Bling to the April meeting.

· Member Jane Pfarner will be having surgery in early April.

· Member Mary Bruins has a very ill grandson. Joyce McCord will send her a card of support.

· The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Florence Branch of the Boone County Public Library. Socializing is at 12:30 p.m. The meeting begins at 1 p.m.

There being no further business, meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

February 20, 2018

President Betsy Conrad called the February 20, 2018 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Florence Branch of the Boone County Public Library at 1:00 p.m. She welcomed all present. Fourteen members signed the registration sheet. There were two prospective members present: Karen Fisk and Sharon Price. Both ladies were introduced to the Florence Woman's Club at the Serve and Socialize Fair on February 13 at the Main Boone County Public Library.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

Joyce McCord gave two inspirational readings: Hearts Set to Singing by Jill Briscoe and Overcoming Dreary Days by Barbara Johnson.

PROGRAM

LaVerne Lawson introduced the speaker Kathy Williams, Volunteer Coordinator Center Managers of the USO (United Service Organizations) of Central and Southern Ohio, Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). She told how the USO helps service members and their families adjust to unfamiliar surroundings. Her center relies on corporate and individual donations. Information on the USO at the Greater Cincinnati Airport can be viewed at this website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/USOCVGAirportLounges/about/?ref=page_internal Kathy Williams requested her honorarium of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) be given to the USO of Central and Southern Ohio, Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport.

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

Sherrie Lou Noel's and Linda Gritton's birthdays were honored.

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the November 2017 FWC meeting minutes to all members present. There were no minutes for December, 2017 as that had been the Christmas Holiday luncheon at Triple Crown Country Club. There were also no minutes for January 2018 as that meeting was cancelled due to the weather and the flooding in the basement of the Florence Government Center. Email copies of the November, 2017 minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Jane Pfarner made the motion to accept the November 2017 minutes, Rita Bitter seconded it. Minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT:

In the absence of Corresponding Secretary Wilma Day, Pat Yannarella shared a "thank you" note from the Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers thanking FWC for letting the group entertain FWC members at the Christmas Holiday luncheon and for FWC's fifty dollar ($50.00) donation.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $4931.98 as of February 20, 2018. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $1214.18 and the actual FWC balance was $3717.80. Savings account balance as of February 20, 2018 was $5574.93.

Chris Sturgil requested that her husband Steve be paid $50 for his work on maintaining the FWC website. A motion was made, seconded, and approved to add this amount into the budget and pay him.

Jane Pfarner made the motion to approve the November 21, 2017 Treasurer's Report. Rita Bitter seconded it. Report was approved.

FWC Contributions:

Barbara Crume requested that decisions be made and voted on for FWC contributions to deserving organizations. Treasurer Crume reported that our club still has $2500 to give away. Club members had been asked in 2017 to submit their opinions on which organizations should receive our club's donations. Based on the proposals, Barbara Crume proposed giving $1000 to GoPantry; $500 to the USO; and $1000 to the Freestore Foodbank. Lana Kay Brueggen made the motion to accept this. Chris Sturgil seconded it. Motion carried.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Project: Joyce Foley's Barn Quilt Trail Project report covered the period from November 22, 2018 to February 20, 2018. The following are some of the topics covered in her report:

    • Joyce Foley balanced the books on the Barn Quilt Trail project and still has a few unaccomplished board proposals that are labeled "maybe."

    • Brad Wainscott from The Tousey House asked that Joyce make a 4' by 4' board to place on a small white barn next to The Tousey House in Burlington. Decision on this request will be decided in the Spring, 2018.

    • Publicity on the Graves' barn board was sent to the Nancy Daly at the Recorder offices. After a long delay, the article was published in the Boone County Recorder and the Florence Recorder. Nancy Daley apologized for the delay saying she had pneumonia.

    • After the Graves article was published, several events happened: a. Nancy Daly will contact Joyce about a digital project involving the boards; b. The Boone County Chapter NSDAR featured the Graves photo and article on their Facebook Page: c. Cincinnati.com featured the photo and article; Daniel Carter, a TV producer with "Good Morning Cincinnati" wants to interview Joyce about the boards.

    • Joyce sent a news release to Nancy Daly about the third Maurer board on Northbend Rd.

    • Joyce is still waiting to see if research proves that there was a ferry going from the property where the Casper barn board hangs to across the Ohio River to Rising Sun, Indiana. The owners of the barn board having the "Sunbonnet Sue" pattern, does not want their board publicized until this ferry crossing is authenticated.

There were no other committee or department reports.

New Items of Business:

    • Club needs to discuss whether to stay in the Greater Federation of Women's Clubs.

    • There was discussion about participating in the US42 Yard Sale or having a yard sale at a FWC member's home. Marlene Brown suggested her home. The question was asked: Will hosting the yard sale at someone's home be covered by the club's liability insurance?

    • There was discussion about participating in the City of Florence Memorial Day Parade.

    • There was also discussion about participating in the Northern KY Picnic Table Project. https://www.nkypicnic.org/

Updates on our Members:

    • Rita Bitter is recovering from vocal cord surgery.

    • Alma Bonham is ill and her husband is ill.

    • Jasbir Chahal is in India.

    • Karen Peterman will return from Florida in April.

    • Faye Shehan and Sarah visited Kenya.

    • Mary Cox fell and is now in Elmcroft She would love visitors.

    • Wilma Day's husband suffered a stroke. Wilma works at H & R Block as well as the Boone County Public Library. Tax season is very busy for her.

    • Mary Alice Gruden has been in Georgia. She will return 3/2/2018.

    • Sarah-Blanken Kahmann has moved to Colonial Heights.

    • Connie Murray con no longer attend meetings because of her job.

    • Jean Jones is feeling much better.

    • Kathy Breitenbacher and Marty McDonald are doing well.

Spring Luncheon Fundraiser:

The spring fundraiser for Cancer will be at Triple Crown Country Club on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. To date the project has no chairperson. Members at the meeting reviewed the invitation mailing list to see if they knew any address changes. Joyce McCord offered to work the Bling table at the benefit. All members were reminded to prepare a silent auction basket for the benefit. Pending no other commitments, Jane Pfarner offered her home as the site to work on the silent auction items. Working on the silent auction will take place on April 12 from 10 a.m. until project completed. Donated jewelry for the Bling table can be brought that day too.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

    • Volunteers are needed to be on a Nominating Committee for next year's officers.

    • The Gathering House at Florence Nature Park is closed for extensive renovation. The City of Florence Government Center lower level holding the meeting rooms was flooded in January, 2018 so our club cannot meet there until repairs are completed. FWC will meet at the Florence Branch of the Boone County Public Library until either repairs at the Government Center or the Gathering House are finished. (Note: the April 17 meeting is the American Cancer Society benefit luncheon at Triple Crown Country Club. There is no business meeting that day.)

    • FWC members - please continue collecting books for resale, aluminum cans, pop-tops, education box-tops even if expiration dates have expired, and jewelry for the Bling Sale table shared by Florence Woman's Club and Bettie Carter Morgan Woman's Club.

    • Thanks were also given to LaVerne Lawson for taking items to Half-Price Books. Recent receipt from Half Price Books netted $2.80. Half Price Books requested that labels not be removed from magazines.

    • Local events of interest are: Boone County Arboretum Tea March 22; Northern Kentucky History Day, March 3; Behringer-Crawford Museum Quilting Exhibit running through May 13; Friends of Big Bone Program: Esther Drewry - Women of the American Revolution, February 22 at BCPL Scheben Branch.

    • The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, March 20, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Florence Branch of the Boone County Public Library. Socializing is at 12:30 p.m. The meeting begins at 1 p.m.

There being no further business, President Betsy Conrad adjourned the meeting.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

2017

MINUTES OF MEETING

November 21, 2017

President Betsy Conrad called the November 21, 2017 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 1:00 p.m. She welcomed all present. Thirteen members signed the registration sheet. There was a new member present: Diane Culbertson. Diane's contact information is: 1049 Belmont Park Drive, Union, KY 41091. Telephone: 859-384-0891. Email: beehive@fuse.net

Members enjoyed their brown bag lunches.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

Mary Cox gave the inspirational using the Footprints in the Sand poem: "One night a man had a dream...."

PROGRAM

LaVerne Lawson introduced the speaker Carrie Herrmann Director of the Boone County Public Library. Carrie told everyone about the new exhibit at the library's Scheben branch which will run from December 9, 2017 until March 4, 2018. It is called Science in Play2Go. https://www.bcpl.org/ She shared the plans for the library's new Hebron facility. Carrie Herrmann requested her honorarium of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) be given to the Boone County Public Library.

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

No one present had a November birthday.

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the October 2017 FWC meeting minutes to all members present. Email copies

of the October minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Diane Culbertson made the motion to accept the October 2017 minutes, Anna Trovato seconded it. Minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: In the absence of Corresponding Secretary Wilma Day, Pat Yannarella shared a "thank you" note from BAWAC thanking FWC for presenting three silent auction baskets to the annual Bean Bash event.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $5264.73 as of November 21, 2017. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $1214.18 and the actual FWC balance was $4050.55.19. Savings account balance as of November 21, 2017 was $5574.22.

Chris Sturgil made the motion to approve the November 21, 2017 Treasurer's Report. Lana Kaye Brueggen seconded it. Report was approved.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Project: Due to having surgery Joyce Foley was unable to be present at the meeting . She submitted via email her Barn Quilt Trail Project report to President Conrad covering October 18, 2017 to November 20, 2017. The following are some of the topics covered in her report:

    • Joyce had Good News. The Boone County Extension Office granted $1000.00 for an updated brochure. Along with the $1214 we already have, it is enough to update and print a good number of brochures.

    • Joyce Foley talked to Betsy Wiessman about getting publicity on their new "Little Lamb" board painted by Betsy's husband Jay Wiessman and Betsy's father Bob Maurer. They don't want any publicity except for a photo of the board and the location listed in the Boone County Recorder. Joyce had painted a second board for them after their first board "Bear's Paw" was demolished by a truck. People thought the picture on this board looked like a hound dog rather than a lamb, so the family made a new board. It is important to the family that the barn board image look like a lamb since they raise sheep.

    • Linda Kruetzkamp's quilt board publicity appeared in the Boone County Recorder and the Florence Recorder.

    • Publicity on the Graves' barn board has been sent to the Nancy Daly at the Recorder offices.

    • Joyce Foley received an email from Kristina Dillard asking Joyce to paint a barn board for her. Joyce emailed her that she no longer does this.

    • Joyce Foley was asked by the Lawrence County Quilters' Guild to speak to their group in 2018. They wanted Joyce to bring quilts and talk on how she organizes her sewing room. Joyce's only presentation is on barn boards, not on her sewing room, so Joyce apologized and backed out of this talk.

There were no other committee or department reports.

FWC Contributions:

FWC members are asked to make suggestions on which organizations FWC should give monetary contributions and how much to contribute to the organizations. The FWC Executive Committee will consider all the suggestions made by the members and make recommendations.

    • Karen Peterman made these suggestions: BAWAC Community Rehabilitation Center, $500; Salvation Army, $500; Women's Crisis Center, $500.

    • Barbara Crume suggested the Free Store Foodbank, the USO, and the Brighton Center.

    • Chris Sturgil suggested GoPantry. Each GoBox costs $55. Chris said that the Kiwanis Club of Boone County is having a Pancake Breakfast at President's Inn on Saturday December 2 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Kiwanis is donating funds raised that day to GoPantry.

Spring Luncheon:

The spring fundraiser will be a Triple Crown Country Club on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. It was suggested that painted scarves be made for the event.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

    • The GFWC-Kentucky headquarters Holiday Open House is on Wednesday form 2-5 p.m. on December 6. RSVPs are needed by December 3.

    • Volunteers are needed to be on a Nominating Committee for next year's officers.

    • This November 21 FWC meeting is the club's last meeting in the Gathering House for a few months. The Gathering House at Florence Nature Park will be closed for extensive renovation beginning January 1, 2018. The City of Florence granted permission to FWC to meet in Meeting Room B, Lower Level in the Florence Government Center, for the months, January, February, March, May, June, July, 2018. .

    • FWC members - please continue collecting books for resale, aluminum cans, pop-tops, education box-tops even if expiration dates have expired, and jewelry for the Bling Sale table shared by Florence Woman's Club and Bettie Carter Morgan Woman's Club. (Thanks were given to Rita Bitter for offering to help at the Bling Table. Thanks were also given to LaVerne Lawson for bringing books to take to Half-Price Books.)

    • President Conrad wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

    • The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, December 19. This is the annual FWC Christmas Luncheon which will be at Triple Crown County Club beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers will perform. Treasurer Crume collected the $25 cash/check for this luncheon.

There being no further business, President Betsy Conrad adjourned the meeting.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

MINUTES OF MEETING

October 17, 2017

President Betsy Conrad called the October 17, 2017 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 1:00 p.m. She welcomed all present. Eighteen members signed the registration sheet. There was one guest - Diane Culbertson. She was a guest of Karen Peterman.

Members enjoyed their brown bag lunches.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

PROGRAM

Faye Shehan introduced the speaker Todd Baeten of Baeten's Nursery and Greenhouse. He instructed the membership on the best times for pruning, planting and fertilizing plants.

The speaker requested his honorarium of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) be given to the cold shelter for the homeless in Covington, the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky.

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

President Conrad recognized the October birthdays of Mary Cox and Faye Shehan.

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the September 19, 2017 FWC meeting minutes to all members present. Email copies of the September minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Jane Pfarner made the motion to accept the September 2017 minutes, Karen Peterman seconded it. Minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: Corresponding Secretary Wilma Day read two thank you notes from BAWAC thanking FWC for the $25.00 they received as the honorarium for Brian Wigger who spoke on BAWAC at the FWC September meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $5722.37 as of October 17, 2017. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $1214.18 and the actual FWC balance was $4508.19. Savings account balance as of October 17, 2017 was $5573.98.

Faye Shehan made the motion to approve the October 17, 2017 Treasurer's Report. Mary Alice Gruden seconded it. Report was approved.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Project: Joyce Foley submitted her Barn Quilt Trail Project report covering September 20, 2017 to October 17, 2017. The following are some of the topics covered in her report:

· Karen Kay Buckley, a nationally known quilter, teacher, and speaker at the Stringtown Quilters had a tour of the Boone County barn quilt boards and shared the boards, especially the Vaske board in Belleview on her website. This is great publicity for the FWC boards.

· Joyce Foley keeps checking the Boone County Recorder to see if the paper runs the photo and news releases of the barn boards. When one release on a board runs, Joyce will submit the information on another board. She has three boards that need publicity - the Kruetzkamp, the Graves and the Weissmann boards..

· Earlier this year, Joyce Foley submitted a brochure grant proposal for $2500 to the Boone County Extension Office Board. There are 22 new boards that need to be added to the old brochure if a new one is produced. The Extension Board asked for a rendering of a new brochure. Joyce said cost for the rendering would be $800, so she declined having an artist make one. The Extension Board is still considering the grant proposal.

Home Life: Karen Peterman encouraged FWC members to get a flu shot. She said there is now an egg free option flu shot. If someone gets a flu shot at Walgreens, the company will give a free flu shot to a child in Africa.

Hospitality: At the November 21, 2017 meeting we will have a "bring your own brown bag" meal.

Membership: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet. More publicity is needed to encourage membership in FWC. There was discussion on how to get people living in senior centers to join FWC.

Spring Luncheon:

The spring fundraiser will be a Triple Crown Country Club on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Yearbooks: President Conrad thanked Sherrie Lou Noel for all the years that she has done the FWC yearbooks. Betsy made the 2017-2018 yearbooks which were distributed to members who had paid their dues and paid $4.00 for a small three ring binder. Betsy followed Jane Pfarner's suggestion to use three ring binders for the FWC Yearbook, so that updates could easily be inserted in them.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

· LaVerne Lawson and President Conrad made two baskets for the BAWAC Bean Bash fundraiser. President Conrad thanked LaVerne Lawson for her work on assembling the baskets. President Conrad also thanked LaVerne Lawson, Karen Peterman, Marlene Brown, Joyce Foley, Rita Bitter and Pat Yannarella for making donations for the baskets.

· The Fall 5th/6th District Meeting (5th/6th Districts are now combined) was on Saturday October 14 in Berea. There are now 18 clubs in this district. Members Betsy Conrad and Marlene Brown attended. The event was hosted by the GFWC Berea Woman's Club and was held at Berea College. President Conrad said Jimmy Lou Jackson, a shop owner in Berea demonstrated painting on silk scarves. (Making this type of scarf for our FWC luncheon is an idea FWC might try.) The Fall 2018 District Meeting will be hosted by the Williamstown Woman's Club. Karen Peterman won 1st place and Marlene Brown won 2nd place in the painting contests judged at the 2017 Fall District Meeting.

· The South East Regional (SER) Conference will be held at CVG Marriott in Hebron, KY, November 2-5, 2017. Our club members brought new children's and/or women's socks to our FWC October meeting, which was called our SOCKTOBER MEETING. These socks will be used for "rose centerpieces" for the Domestic Violence luncheon on Saturday, November 4, at the SER conference. The socks will then be divided between the seven SER States and donated to shelters in each state. Marlene Brown, Rita bitter, Barb Crume and Betsy Conrad are considering being volunteers at the SER Conference.

· LaVerne Lawson and Faye Shehan are working on finding speakers for our future FWC meetings.

· Events by other organizations were listed: 1. Jane Pfarner told about the Salvation Army Toy Shop Auxiliary Fundraiser and Doll Auction November 4 event. 2. Jane Pfarner is selling 2018 Book Lovers Calendars for $10.00 for Kenton County Public Library. 3. Betsy Conrad said that John Uri Lloyd will be at the Boone County Public Library on November 16 at 7 p.m. for the cosponsored Boone County Historical Society/Boone County Public Library program. 4. President Conrad said that the City of Florence will buy the property formerly owned by Florence Nursery. She also said the city will remove the gasoline tank and fuel from the piece of property with newly erected clock tower located at the corner of Main Street, Turfway, and U.S. 25. 5. Betsy Conrad told how she and her husband entertained children at the Ghost Walk at Big Bone Lick State Park.

· Volunteers are needed to be on a Nominating Committee for next year's officers.

· The Gathering House at Florence Nature Park will be closed for extensive renovation beginning January 1, 2018. The City of Florence granted permission to FWC to meet in Meeting Room B, Lower Level in the Florence Government Center, for the months, January, February, March, May, June, July, 2018. There are tables/chairs, use of kitchenette, and close-by parking at the Florence Government Center.

· The annual FWC Christmas Luncheon will be at Triple Crown County Club. Joanne Knock, Sherri Lou Noel, Barbara Crume and Faye Shehan are working on preparations for this event. Bring $25 cash/check for this FWC December luncheon to the November 21 meeting.

· FWC members - please continue collecting books for resale, aluminum cans, pop-tops, education box-tops even if expiration dates have expired, and jewelry for the Bling Sale table shared by Florence Woman's Club and Bettie Carter Morgan Woman's Cub. Bring the box-tops, pop-tops and cans to our next meeting.

· The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, November 21 at the Florence Nature Park. Meeting begins at 1 p.m. Remember to bring your lunch and a drink to the meeting.

There being no further business, President Betsy Conrad adjourned the meeting.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

MINUTES OF MEETING

September 19, 2017

President Betsy Conrad called the September 19, 2017 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 1:00 p.m. She welcomed all present. Fifteen members signed the registration sheet. Members enjoyed their brown bag lunches.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

Laverne Lawson gave an inspirational titled: "No Time to Pray" by Monsignor Lawrence Luciana. The first line began "I knelt to pray but not for long.

PROGRAM

Laverne Lawson introduced the speaker who was Brian Wigger with BAWAC, a 501(c)(3) corporation. He said that the mission of BAWAC is to develop and maximize the vocational potential and quality of life of adult persons with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the integration of counseling, vocational evaluation, life and work skills training, job placement, support services and employment in a therapeutic or community based remunerative work environment. http://www.bawac.org/

The speaker's honorarium of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) was given to BAWAC.

The annual Bean Bash Fundraiser for BAWAC is October 7. LaVerne Lawson and Betsy Conrad will prepare a silent auction basket for the event. Members are encouraged to donate items for the basket and take them to either LaVerne or Betsy's homes.

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

President Conrad recognized the September birthdays of Barbara Crume and Pat Yannarella.

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the August 15, 2017 FWC meeting minutes for all members present. Email copies of the August minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Mary Alice Gruden made the motion to accept the August 2017 minutes, Karen Peterman seconded it. Minutes were approved.

Because we did not have a quorum at the July meeting we had not named new honorary FWC members. Because there was a quorum at this September meeting, Faye Shehan made the motion to have Jean Jones and Thelma Martin become honorary FWC members. LaVerne Lawson seconded it. Motion was approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: In the absence of Corresponding Secretary Wilma Day, Jane Smith read a note from the Sisters of Notre Dame thanking FWC for the $25.00 they received as the honorarium for Jerry Auton who spoke at the FWC August meeting

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $5892.57 as of September 19, 2017. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $864.18 and the actual FWC balance was $5028.39. Savings account balance as of September 19, 2017 was $5573.75,

Mary Alice Gruden made the motion to approve the September 19 Treasurer's Report. LaVerne Lawson seconded it. Report was approved

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Project: Joyce Foley submitted her Barn Quilt Trail Project report covering August 15, 2017 to September 19, 2017. The following are some of the topics covered in her report:

· The Burcham board, called Friendship Star, on Graves Road was hung by Owen Electric on August 24. It belongs to Bill Graves, a Boone County native. His daughters Sally and Sue Burcham bought the board for him.

· Sally Burcham told Joyce about two new boards, one on Tanner Road and one on Route 20 that were done by barn owners. Joyce will follow up with the barn owners to see if they want to be on the Barn Quilt Trail.

· Joyce took photos of Linda Kruetzkamp's board "Sunbonnet Sue" on Rabbit Hash Road. Joyce sent a publicity release, approved by the board's owner, to the Community Press. Joyce is checking to see if the publicity piece about the board will appear in the paper.

· Earlier this year, Joyce Foley submitted a brochure grant proposal for $2500 to the Boone County Extension Office Board. There was still no word from Katie Smallwood at the Boone County Extension office on this FWC application.

Home Life: Karen Peterman encouraged FWC members to attend the free Senior Health Seminar at the Main Boone County Public Library in Burlington, KY on Friday September 22.

Hospitality: At the October 17, 2017 meeting we will have a "bring your own brown bag" meal.

Membership: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet.

Spring Luncheon:

Motion was made by Karen Peterman to hold the spring luncheon in April, 2018. This was seconded by Faye Shehan. Motion carried. Volunteers are needed to chair the event. We thank Chris Sturgil, Lana Kay Brueggen, and Maureen Davern for their work last April, 2017. Sherrie Lou Noel and Barbara Crume will take reservations and handle the sitting arrangements. Betsy Conrad will create the invitations and the table flyers. Suggested themes for the Spring 2018 event are the Kentucky Derby, baseball, and Elvis Presley. FWC members are asked to request donations from people from whom we buy things, e.g. hairdressers, grocers, insurance companies, etc.

There was discussion about what to sell at the event, e.g. jewelry, balloons, table centerpieces, keys for opening a locked box, etc..

Yearbooks: President Conrad thanked Sherrie Lou Noel for all the years that she has done the club yearbooks. Betsy is making this year's books. Betsy has followed Jane Pfarner's suggestion to use three ring binders for the Yearbook. Betsy found she can purchase inexpensive binders. Karen Peterman made the motion to pay $4.00 for the yearbook binders at the October meeting. Pat Yannarella seconded it. Motion carried.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

· The Fall District Meeting (5th/6th Districts are now combined) is on Saturday October 14 in Berea. Members Betsy Conrad, Marlene Brown, LaVerne Lawson, and Joyce Foley hope to attend. Deadline for registration is October 5. The event is hosted by the GFWC Berea Woman's Club and will be held at Berea College. Cost is $10 for lunch and $5 registration fee. FWC members please submit to Marlene Brown your art work, needlework, photographs, etc. She will take the items to enter them in the contests.

· The South East Regional (SER) Conference will be held at CVG Marriott in Hebron, KY, November 2-5, 2017. Our club is asked to help at this Conference. Please bring new children's or women's socks to our FWC October meeting The meeting is our SOCKTOBER MEETING. These socks will be used for centerpieces for the Domestic Violence luncheon on Saturday, November 4, at the SER conference. The socks will then be divided between the seven SER States and donated to shelters in each state. Conference Registration ($25) is October 6. Meal reservation ($130) is due October 21. All Kentucky members are requested to purchase ($10) a royal blue Pashmina to wear with a Julep Pin to identify you are a KFWC member.

· LaVerne Lawson and Faye Shehan are working on finding speakers for our future FWC meetings.

· Volunteers are needed to be on a Nominating Committee for next year's officers.

· The Gathering House at Florence Nature Park will be closed for extensive renovation beginning January 1, 2018. The City of Florence granted permission to FWC to meet in Meeting Room B, Lower Level in the Florence Government Center, for the months, January, February, March, May, June, July, 2018. There are clean restrooms, tables/chairs, use of kitchenette, and close by parking at the Florence Government Center.

· The annual FWC Christmas Luncheon will be at Triple Crown County Club. Joanne Knock, Sherri Lou Noel, Barbara Crume and Faye Shehan are working on preparations for this event.

· FWC members - please continue collecting books for resale, aluminum cans, pop-tops, education box-tops even if expiration dates have expired, and jewelry for the Bling Sale table shared by Florence Woman's Club and Bettie Carter Morgan Woman's Cub.

· The Boone County Historical Society has submitted an application for an historic marker for John Uri Lloyd and Florence area considered "Stringtown on the Pike" area. Pending approval of the marker, FWC members are invited to the dedication.

· FWC members are asked to consider having a table at the City of Florence's tree lighting ceremony which usually is held on the first Tuesday in December.

· The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, October 17 at the Florence Nature Park at 12:30 p.m.

There being no further business, President Betsy Conrad adjourned the meeting.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

MINUTES OF MEETING

August 15, 2017

President Betsy Conrad called the August 15, 2017 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 1:00 p.m. She welcomed all present. Nineteen members and two guests signed the registration sheet. Guests were Kimberly Bushelman, daughter of Marlene Brown, and Rashmi Ketkar, guest of Wilma Day.

Members enjoyed their brown bag lunches.

Because the speaker had to leave the meeting early, his program was first on the agenda.

PROGRAM

Speaker was Jerry Auton who coauthored a book with Tom Geimeier, titled the Second Fifty: Your Roadmap to Fitness and Healthy Aging. He gave instructions on how to live longer, healthier lives by learning how to maintain balance, be flexible, have endurance and maintain strength.

After the program, the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

Joyce McCord gave an inspirational from Helen Steiner Rice: "A Daily Prayer Dissolvers Your Cares." President Conrad recognized the August birthdays of Jane Smith and Wilma Day.

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the July 18, 2017 FWC meeting minutes for all members present. Email copies of the July minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Karen Peterman made the motion to accept the July 2017 minutes, Jane Pfarner seconded it. Minutes were approved.

Because there were not enough members at the July 2017 meeting to vote on the June 2017 minutes, the voting to approve the June minutes took place at the August meeting. Jane Pfarner made the motion to approve the June 2017 meeting minutes. Barbara Crume seconded it. June 2017 meeting minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: Corresponding Secretary Wilma Day read a note from Sherman Full Gospel thanking the FWC for the $25.00 they received as the honorarium from Peggy Draper with the Secret Garden Floral Shop who spoke at the FWC May meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $8215.55 as of August 15, 2017. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $878.71 and the actual FWC balance was $7336.84. Savings account balance as of August 15, 2017 was $5573.27.

Chris Sturgil made the motion to approve both the Treasurer's Report from July 18, 2017 and the Treasurer's Report from August 15, 2017. Wilma Day seconded it. Treasurer's Reports for the two months were approved.

Treasurer Crume presented the proposed Budget 2017-2018, based on 30 members and $7654 projected income. Some expenses had to be voted on separately. These follow:

a. Jasbir Chahal made the motion to approve $2000 for the American Cancer Society. This was seconded by Faye Shehan. Motion carried.

b. Chris Sturgil made the motion to approve $200.00 for the Dinsmore Homestead. This money must be specifically used to cover the cost of class visits to the homestead. Janice Geise seconded it. Motion carried.

c. Joyce McCord made the motion to approve $625 for the Freestore Foodbank. Rita Bitter seconded it. Motion carried.

Two changes were made in the third column of the proposed budget. One change was: Two additional speaker honorariums were added to the five speaker honorariums, thus raising the expense from $175.00 to $225.00. The second change was: The miscellaneous expense dropped from $1844.50 to $1794.50 because $50.00 was subtracted from it and added to the speaker honorariums expense. Wilma Day made the motion to approve the revised third column of the budget. Rita Bitter seconded it. Budget was approved.

Stamps for FWC Mailings: Treasurer Crume made the motion that the unused postage stamps left over from the 2017 Cancer Benefit be given to President Conrad for mailing newsletters to FWC members who do not have email. Chris Sturgil seconded the motion. Motion was approved.

Committee Created to Designate Charities to Receive Donations: President Conrad asked for a committee to consider charities that will receive donations in 2017-2018. Chris Sturgil and Barbara Crume volunteered to be on the committee. There was discussion of possible charities. Jasbir Chahal requested that the American Cancer Society continue to be supported. Chris Sturgil suggested GoPantry as new possibility. FWC members must let the committee know the charities that you want to support before the November 2017 FWC meeting.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Project: Joyce Foley submitted her Barn Quilt Trail Project report covering July 17, 2017 to August 15, 2017. The following are some of the topics covered in her report:

· Joyce completed the Burcham board, called Friendship Star. Her husband Butch created the trim and frame pieces for the board. Owen Electric will hang it. This board is clad in metal which takes more lumber and preparation.

· Big Bone Lick State Park would like more Barn Quilt Trail brochures if more are printed. The brochures are very popular with tourists.

· Joyce Foley submitted a brochure grant proposal for $2500 to the Boone County Extension Office Board. The board was unable to address the request in July but will consider it at their board meeting at the end of August.

· Karen Peterman sent information on two possible funding sources: The Montgomery County Tourist Commission and the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism,

Hospitality: At the September 19, 2017 meeting we will have a "bring your own brown bag" meal. Jane Pfarner proposed that FWC members "brown bag it' for the next six months. It was suggested that hostesses could bring a chest of ice and pop to future meetings.

Membership: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet.

Yearbooks: President Conrad thanked Sherrie Lou Noel for all the years that she has done the club yearbooks. Please send address changes, telephone number changes, and email changes to President Conrad who is creating this year's book. Please let President Conrad know nominees for Department Heads, and Nominating Committee members.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

· FWC will continue to participate in the US 42 Yard Sale. This year's Yard Sale netted $254.56. Karen Peterman and her husband, Betsy Conrad and her husband and Pat Yannarella worked the sale all day. Setup began about 6:15 a.m. and knockdown was finished by 3 p.m. Next year more members will be asked to help and will be assigned shifts. Mary Alice Gruden will again be asked to reserve a space FWC. Space given FWC this year was in a great location. FWC members should continue to collect items for the Yard Sale, but it was discovered the used clothing and used shoes did not sell well.

· Wilma Day and Joyce Foley reported that the Freestore Fookbank food distribution on July 26 was a success. Information sent out by the Boone County Public Library reported that 95 families including 65 Seniors 165 adults (18-59) and 121 kids received meat, canned goods and fresh vegetables and were thankful for all they received.

· Fall District Meeting (5th/6th Districts are now combined) is on Saturday October 14 in Berea. Members Betsy Conrad, Marlene Brown, Joyce Foley, Faye Shehan and Karen Peterman plan to attend.

· Jane Pfarner reported that the 2017 BuncoBash of the Bettie Carter Morgan Woman's Club was successful. She also invited FWC members to attend the club's meeting at the Erlanger Lion's Club at 6 p.m. on August 15, the same day as our FWC meeting.

· The Gathering House at Florence Nature Park will be closed for extensive renovation beginning January 1, 2018. The City of Florence granted permission to FWC to meet in Meeting Room B, Lower Level in the Florence Government Center, for the months, January, February, March, May, June, July, 2018. There are clean restrooms, tables/chairs, use of kitchenette, and close by parking at the Florence Government Center.

· Linda Gritton proposed that FWC consider giving a donation to the City of Florence for allowing the FWC to hold meetings in the Florence Government Center in 2018.

· The South East Regional Conference will be held at CVG Marriott in Hebron, KY, November 2-5, 2017. Our club is asked to help at this Conference.

· GFWC 2017 Annual Convention: FWC member Jane Pfarner reported on this convention that she attended in Palm Springs, California. She felt it was an uplifting experience and hopes to attend again. Jane Pfarner felt the best meeting for her was the Partnership Luncheon, when each partnership with GFWC spoke. She urges FWC members to try to attend. Next year's convention will be in St. Louis, MO from June 22-26, 2018.

· FWC members - please continue collecting books for resale, aluminum cans, pop-tops, education box-tops even if expiration dates have expired, and jewelry for Bling Sale table shared by Florence Woman's Club and Bettie Carter Morgan Woman's Cub. Linda Gritton will deliver boxtops to a local school.

· The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, September 19 at the Florence Nature Park at 12:30 p.m. Bring a brown bag lunch and drink for yourself.

There being no further business, President Betsy Conrad adjourned the meeting.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

MINUTES OF MEETING

July 18, 2017

President Betsy Conrad called the July 18, 2017 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 1:00 p.m. She welcomed all present. Thirteen members and one guest signed the registration sheet. Guest was Betty Reynolds, friend of LaVerne Lawson.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

Hostesses Connie Murray and Anna Trovato were thanked for the delicious meal they provided.

President Conrad recognized the July birthdays of Connie Murray and Karen Peterman.

PROGRAM

Speaker was Dave Koester, the Boone County Horticulture Agent at the Boone County Extension Office. He spoke about best practices for watering lawns and gardens, for mulching, for getting rid of moles and other pests, and for visiting the Farmer's Market on Kentucky 18.

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the June 20, 2017 FWC meeting minutes for all members present. Email copiesof the June minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Since there was not a quorum present, there could be no vote on approval of the minutes.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: Corresponding Secretary Wilma Day read a note from Thelma Martin. She also read the thank note from Boone County High School student Brianna Roberts the recipient of the 2017 FWC Scholarship. Brianna Roberts plans to be a neurosurgeon and attend Centre College.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $7919.54 as of July 18, 2017. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $916.61 and the actual FWC balance was $7002.93. Savings account balance as of July 18, 2017 was $5573.27. Since there was not a quorum present, there could be no vote on approval of the Treasurer's report.

Treasurer Crume also presented the proposed Budget 2017-2018, based on 30 members and $7654 projected income. Since there was not a quorum present, there could be no vote on approval of the proposed 2017-2018 Budget.

GFWC 2017 Annual Convention: FWC member Jane Pfarner reported on this convention that she attended in Palm Springs, California. She felt it was an uplifting experience and hopes to attend again. Next year's convention will be in St. Louis, MO from June 22-26, 2018.

CLUB DEPARTMENTS REPORTS

Conservation: Please continue collecting aluminum cans and the pop-tops. Please keep separate bags for different types of cans, e.g. keep cat food cans separate from soda cans.

Home Life: Karen Peterman distributed a handout on blueberries including recipes and the benefits of the berries.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Project: Joyce Foley submitted her Barn Quilt Trail Project report covering June 21 to July 17, 2017. The following are some of the topics covered in her report:

    • Joyce completed the Burcham board, called Friendship Star. Her husband Butch is creating the trim and frame for it.

    • Cabin Arts Quilt Shop newsletter for the week of July 16 featured the Barn Quilt Trail.

    • Joyce has discovered that not all owners of the quilt boards are maintaining them. Two on Route 20 needing scrubbing - mildew and bird droppings..

    • Joyce Foley is continuing to seek organizations who may finance Barn Quilt brochures. She contacted Katie Smallwood at the BC Extension Office who will request $2500 for brochures at the July 24 Homemakers Board meeting.

Hospitality: At the August 15, 2017 meeting we will have a "bring your own brown bag" meal.

Membership: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet.

Yearbooks: FWC thanks Sherrie Lou Noel for all the years that she has done the club yearbooks. Sherrie currently has computer issues so she cannot do the yearbook. President Conrad will create it for this year. Please send address changes, telephone number changes, and email changes to President Conrad.

If there is a quorum at the August, 2018 meeting, the club will vote on making Thelma Martin and Jean Jones honorary members of FWC.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

    • FWC will participate in the US 42 Yard Sale. FWC will have a table in St. Timothy's Parking Lot in Union, KY on August 5 from 6:30 am until 3 pm. Member Mary Alice Gruden took care of getting a table and two slots for FWC. Volunteers are needed to man the table and sell our items. Please bring donated items to Betsy's home.

    • The Freestore Fookbank food distribution is on July 26 beginning at 9 am at the Florence Branch of the Boone County Public Library, Email Ed McLaughlin at emclaughlin@bcpl.org if you can help or just show up to volunteer.

    • The Bettie Carter Morgan BuncoBash July 29 Tickets are available from Jane Pfarner. The event is a fundraiser for the Brighton Recovery Center for women and The Point Arc. The event takes place from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Edgewood Senior Center.

    • Fall District Meeting (5th/6th Districts are now combined) is on Saturday October 14 in Berea. GFWC Kentucky is seeking nominations for Governor and Vice-Governor for the Combined District for the term beginning May 2018. Please let President Conrad know if you have any nominees for the positions.

    • The Gathering House at Florence Nature Park will be closed for extensive renovation beginning January 1, 2018. Closure will last about a year. FWC does not qualify for Partnership designation with Boone County Public Library, so FWC cannot book a block of consecutive monthly meetings at BCPL. FWC needs a place with chairs, tables, clean restrooms, nearby parking, and possibly a kitchenette for the months of January through August, 2018, except for the Cancer benefit month. .

    • The South East Regional Conference will be held at CVG Marriott in Hebron, KY in November 2017.

    • President Conrad told FWC that the City of Florence and the Boone County Historical Society are jointly applying for an historic marker costing $2500 and honoring John Uri Lloyd and Stringtown on the Pike.

    • FWC members - please continue collecting books for resale, aluminum cans, pop-tops, education box-tops even if expiration dates have expired, and jewelry for Bling Sale table shared by Florence Woman's Club and Bettie Carter Morgan Woman's Cub.

    • The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, August 15 at the Florence Nature Park at 12:30 p.m. Bring a brown bag lunch and drink for yourself.

There being no further business, Betsy Conrad adjourned the meeting.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

MINUTES OF MEETING

June 20, 2017

In the absence of President Betsy Conrad and Vice Presidents Faye Shehan and LaVerne Lawson, Linda Gritton called the June 20, 2017 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 1:00 p.m. She welcomed all present. Fifteen members and one guest signed the registration sheet. Guest was Kimberly Bushelman, daughter of Marlene Brown.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

Joyce McCord gave an inspirational on this theme: "Be Patient," take time for everything and count your blessings Hostess Joyce McCord and co-hostess Janice Geise were thanked for the delicious refreshments they provided.

PROGRAM

There was no program. Today's event was the club's picnic luncheon.

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the May 16, 2017 FWC meeting minutes for all members present. Email copies of the May minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. There were two corrections to the Minutes - speaker's last name was Draper, not Deaper. Our FWC member Anna's last name is Trovato not Trovata. Motion was made by Jasbir Chahal to approve the minutes. Motion was seconded by Rita Bitter. Minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: Corresponding Secretary Wilma Day said she had no correspondence on which to report.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $7906.68 as of June 20, 2017. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $930.45 and the actual FWC balance was $6976.23. Savings account balance as of June 20, 2017 was $5573.04. Motion was made by Pat Yannarella to approve the Treasurer's report. It was seconded by Wilma Day. Treasurer's report was approved.

Treasurer Crume also prepared the 2017 Cancer Benefit Final Report. Total income was $10,433.00 and expenses were $4,132.09. Profit $6,300.91.

CLUB DEPARTMENTS REPORTS

Contests: Jane Pfarner brought our club's entries to the Annual State Convention held May 19 and 20. Joyce Foley reported the Karen Peterman won first place for her beautiful bluebird watercolor. Jane Pfarner won first place for a quilted wall hanging. (Jane is in FWC and in the Bettie Carter Morgan Woman's Club. Jane's entry was through the Bettie Carter Morgan Woman's Club.)

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Project: Joyce Foley submitted her Barn Quilt Trail Project report covering May 16 to June 20, 2017. The following are some of the topics covered in her report:

    • Joyce completed a Florence Memorial Day Parade barn quilt board. For the parade, Barb Crume and Betsy Conrad decorated Betsy's car trunk with it. The size of the quilt board is 33 & 1/2 inches square. If the quilt board is needed for any other functions, contact Joyce.

    • Joyce corresponded with a person in Iowa who wanted detailed information on the Barn Quilt Trail.

    • Joyce is working on the Graves/Burcham board. Cost of the marine board today has doubled since 2007.

    • Joyce Foley is continuing to seek organizations who may finance Barn Quilt brochures. Now she is considering Owen Electric and/or Katie Smallwood at the BC Extension Office who may find a grant.

    • Joyce thanks Treasurer Crume for compiling the Barn Quilt financial information on FWC's monthly Treasurer's reports.

  • Thank you to Joyce Foley: A special thank was given by FWC to Joyce Foley for making a small Barn Quilt board for the 2017 Memorial Day Parade.

Hospitality: Chair Janice Geise collected the names of hostesses and co-hostesses for FWC meetings. Now that the club will meet every month, she needs volunteers for twelve months. For July 2017, Connie Murray and Anna Trovato will be the hostesses. August, 2017 will be a "bring your own brown bag" meal. In 2018 our club may be hosting the District workshop.

Membership: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet.

Literacy and Library: Chair Pat Yannarella collected information on FWC member participation in the Boone County Public Library's Mystery and Mayhem book readings and program. This information will be included in the committee's annual report. FWC partner's with the library for Mystery and Mayhem.

GFWC-KY CONFERENCE MAY 18-21, 2017

Joyce Foley was FWC's representative to the Conference. Joyce reported to FWC on the following topics:

· Joyce Foley was honored to be the 5th District Queen Candidate. Although she did not win, she was given a small tiara and pin to wear. This Queen of the Convention fundraiser collected over $4,000 for a new A-C system for headquarters.

· Joyce McCord's money jar for the scholarship money FWC was beautifully rendered and held up well against other club's containers

· It was proposed and passed that our Fifth District and Sixth District will merge.

· FWC won Third Place in Education for the $1,000 scholarship to a school senior. FWC won Second Place in Home Life Community Service for our Cancer Benefit Luncheon. FWC won Second Place in International Outreach with our support of the charity Children International. FWC won Second Place in Public Issues for the work we did for Veterans including the Veterans Hospital visit, Memorial Day Parade, USO, Wounded Warrior Project, Vietnam Veterans, Easter Seals which helps disabled veterans, Quilts of Valor quilts made for veterans of all wars back to World War II, and the Veterans National Stamp and Coin Club.

· Jane Pfarner, as state Bylaws Chair, presented all the proposed Bylaws changes.

· All the clubs including FWC did 3,100 projects and donated $631,000 in 2016.

· There was a book exchange, silent auction, and a fundraiser selling gently used purses.

· Newborn sleepers for a local hospital were collected by the Juniorettes.

CITY OF FLORENCE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

Betsy Conrad, Marlene Brown, Barb Crume, Connie Murray, Jane Pfarner, Joyce Foley and LaVerne Lawson participated in the Parade on May 29. They rode in two cars and waved flags. They are thanked for their participation.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

    • FWC will participate in the US 42 Yard Sale. FWC will have a table in St. Timothy's Parking Lot in Union, KY on August 5 from 6 am until 3 pm. Member Mary Alice Gruden took care of getting a table and two slots for FWC. Volunteers are needed to man the table and sell our items.

    • The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, July 18 at the Florence Nature Park at 12:30 p.m. Connie Murray and Anna Trovato will be the hostesses for meeting.

There being no further business, Linda Gritton adjourned the meeting.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

MINUTES OF MEETING

May 16, 2017

President Betsy Conrad called the May 16, 2017 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 1:00 p.m. She welcomed all present. Eighteen members and one guest signed the registration sheet. Guest was Kimberly Bushelman, daughter of Marlene Brown.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

Mary Cox gave an inspirational on this theme: "The way you feel does not affect what you can do with your life", e.g. even though Beethoven was deaf he composed great music. Marlene Brown's birthday was recognized. Hostess Linda Gritton and co-hostesses Marlene Brown and her daughter Kim Bushelman were thanked for the delicious refreshments they provided. Marlene Brown and Kim Bushelman made a floral arrangement that was won by Rita Bitter at the conclusion of the meeting.

President Conrad thanked everyone for their hard work in making the April Cancer Benefit so successful.

PROGRAM

Joyce Foley introduced Peggy Deaper from the flower shop Roses and More which is connected to the Secret Garden. The Secret Garden shop is at 10018 Dixie Highway, Florence, KY 41042. Contact information is: Phone: (859) 371-3633 and (859)282-6644 | Fax: (859)371-5902 | Toll Free Phone: (800)733-3911. <http://www.secretgardenky.com/> . Peggy Deaper demonstrated the art of arranging a bouquet of flowers in a small pot or watering can. At the end of the meeting Lana Kay Brueggen won the arrangement made by the speaker.

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the March 21, 2017 FWC meeting minutes for all members present. Email copies of the March minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Motion was made by Joyce Foley to approve the minutes. Motion was seconded by Mary Alice Gruden. Minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: In the absence of Corresponding Secretary Wilma Day, member Jane Smith read a thank you from the Boone County Animal Shelter for the honorarium they received for our March speaker, Monica Braunwort of St. Elizabeth Primewise.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $9151.89 as of May 16, 2017. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $1022.45 and the actual FWC balance was $8129.44. Savings account balance as of March 21, 2017 was $5572.80. Motion was made by Mary Alice Gruden to approve the Treasurer's report. It was seconded by Lana Kay Brueggen. Treasurer's report was approved.

Treasurer Crume also prepared the 2017 Cancer Benefit Preliminary Report. Total income was $10,433.00 and expenses were $4,132.09. Profit $6,300.91.

CLUB DEPARTMENTS REPORTS

Contests: Chair Marlene Brown has collected the art work to take to the KFWC State Convention May 18-21, 2017. FWC member Jane Pfarner who is also with the Bettie Carter Morgan Club is taking the items to the Convention.

Education: Education Chairwoman Linda Gritton and President Conrad represented FWC at the Conner High School Senior Awards Night on Monday evening May 15 by presenting Brianna Roberts with a $1,000 scholarship. Brianna Roberts will attend Centre College and has chosen neuroscience as her field of study.

Home Life: Chair Karen Peterman provided a handout on vision and eyes for all members. The handout was titled: "May is Healthy Vision Month."

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORT

Barn Quilt Project: Joyce Foley submitted her Barn Quilt Trail Project report covering March 21 to May 15, 2017. The following are some of the topics covered in her report.

  • Joyce continues to deliver Barn Quilt Trail brochures.

  • Joyce continues to send out barn board construction instructions to people from other counties.

  • Linda Kruetzkamp on Rabbit Hash Road painted her own barn board. Joyce called it Little Dutch Girl.

  • Joyce Foley will do board #88 for Sally Burchum's father.

  • Joyce Foley is continuing to seek organizations who may finance Barn Quilt brochures.

  • Research is still continuing on determining if there ever was a ferry from the Casper farm to Rising Sun, Indiana. Per Mary Casper, until there is proof that there ever was a landing on the Casper farm, publicity for the Casper's barn board cannot be released.

  • Nancy Daly at the Recorder made sure the John Ryle's barn board publicity was in the April 6 edition of the Boone County Recorder and the Florence Recorder.

Hospitality: Chair Janice Geise gathers the names of hostesses and co-hostesses for FWC meetings. Now that the club will meet every month, she needs volunteers for twelve months.. For July 2017, Connie Murray and Anna Trovata will be the hostesses. August, 2017 will be a "bring your own brown bag" meal.

Membership: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet.

Literacy and Library: Chair Pat Yannarella will collect information on the member participation in the Boone County Public Library's Mystery and Mayhem book readings and program at the June meeting. FWC partner's with the library for Mystery and Mayhem.

Yearbook: Please add two new member names to the Club Yearbook. Anna Trovato, 1425 Cordero Ct., Union, KY 41091. 845/661-2095 Genanna@hotmail.com and Connie Murray, 27 Eagle Dr., Elsmere, KY 41018. 859/739-1642 cskmurray24@hotmail.com

Two guests are: Debbie Comstock, 1580 Jolee, Hebron, KY 41048 and Jill Wyman, 1638 Brandon Rd., Hebron, KY 41048.

ADDITIONAL REMINDERS

President Conrad reminded FWC members about the following:

· The dates for the GFWC-KY Spring Conference is Thursday through Sunday, May 18-21 at the Marriott East in Louisville, KY. Fine art winners from the Fall 2016 district meeting will be entered in the Spring Conference 2017 competition. Joyce Foley is 5th District Queen Candidate. Joyce McCord created the money jar for the scholarship money FWC will donate for GFWC-KY scholarships.

· Volunteers are needed for the GFWC South East Regional Conference that will take place at the CVG Marriott in Hebron, KY, November 2-5, 2017.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • President Conrad reported that the Gathering House at the Florence Nature Park will be closed for extensive renovations beginning in late 2017 and extending for almost a year. FWC will need to find a new place to meet during that period.

  • President Conrad and members Joyce Foley and Connie Murphy manned a table at the Serve and Socialize Fair held at the Main Boone County Public Library on May 9. Purpose of the fair was to attract new members to local organizations.

  • Joyce Foley announced that Betsy and Steve Conrad were honored at the Boone County Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony held in Rabbit Hash, KY on May 11.

  • President Conrad reminded everyone to collect things. Collect books for resale at Half Price Books. Save aluminum cans and tabs and box-tops for education. Save box-tops even if the date has expired. Collect items for the FWC yard sale table in August 2017. Save jewelry for the bling table at the 2018 Spring Luncheon Fundraiser shared by Florence Woman's Club and Bettie Carter Morgan Woman's Club.

  • FWC will participate in the US 42 Yard Sale. FWC will have a table in St. Timothy's Parking Lot in Union, KY on August 5 from 6 am until 3 pm. Member Mary Alice Gruden will take care of getting a table and two slots for FWC.Volunteers are needed to man the table and sell our items.

  • The City of Florence Memorial Day Parade is May 29. Members should meet at 9 am in front of Boone County High School. The parade begins at 10 am. The route from the school is KY 18 to Ewing Blvd, Florence Government Center. Program runs from 11 am until noon. Wear red, white, and blue.. Joyce Foley is making a small barn board for the event. Joann Knock brought flags and other items to President Conrad.

  • A Senior Health and Fitness Expo will take place at the YMCA at Highway 18 on May 31. Time is from 11:30 am until 2 pm.

  • Tea on the back porch at the Dinsmore Homestead 11 am to 2 pm will take place on June 10th. Cost is $25 per person. Reservations are required. Call 859-586-6117.

  • The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, June 20 at the Florence Nature Park at noon according to the Yearbook. Joyce McCord and Janice Geise will be the hostesses for the Annual Picnic meeting.

There being no further business, President Conrad adjourned the meeting.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

MINUTES OF MEETING

February 21, 2017

President Betsy Conrad called the February 21 2017 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 1:00 p.m. She welcomed all present. Seventeen members signed the registration sheet. Connie Murray is a new member. Her contact information is: 10050 Norbotton StB., Florence, KY 41042. 859-739-1642. cskmurray24@hotmail.com

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

Joyce McCord gave an inspirational titled "Cordless Phones and Don't let Anything Discourage You." Sherri Lou Noel's February birthday was recognized. President Conrad thanked hostesses Joyce Foley, Janice Geise, and Mary Bruins for their delicious refreshments.

PROGRAM:

Speaker canceled.

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the January 17, 2017 FWC meeting minutes for all members present. Email copies

of the January minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Motion was made by Joyce McCord to approve the minutes. Motion was seconded by Sherrie Lou Noel. Minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: In the absence of Corresponding Secretary Wilma Day, member Jane Smith read two thank you messages. One was from Melanie Sperling for the FWC support of the Boone County Public Library's Outreach Services. The other was from Jessie Bowen at The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Center for Ethics for the twenty-five dollar ($25.00) honorarium for speaker Sandra Guile at the January 2017 FWC meeting. Sandra Guile from BBB had presented a program on Scams Against Seniors.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $2921.88 as of February 21, 2017. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $1066.25 and the actual FWC balance was $1316.20 Savings account balance as of February 21, 2017 was $5572.12. Motion was made by Anna Trovato to approve the treasurer's report. It was seconded by Laverne Lawson. Treasurer's report was approved.

CLUB DEPARTMENTS REPORTS

None this month.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Project: Joyce Foley submitted her Barn Quilt Trail Project report covering January 17, 2017 through February 20, 2017. The following are some of the topics covered in her report.

    • Joyce continues to deliver Barn Quilt Trail brochures.

    • John Ryle has permitted his “Rising Star" board that was hung on December 8 to be publicized.

    • Joyce Foley has been contacted to repair a board on North Bend Road. She is waiting for more information on this.

    • Joyce Foley submitted the Barn Quilt Trail Project to "365 Things to Do in Cincinnati."

Membership: Everyone was reminded to sign the attendance sheet.

Yearbook and By-Laws: Joyce Foley provided insert pages for the FWC yearbook. She also provided copies of the FWC Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws for all members present. A correction sheet to sections of the By-Laws was also provided.

FWC MONTHLY MEETINGS

There was discussion about changing FWC vacation dates from July and August to January and February, or should the club meet every month with no break. Two motions were made. President Conrad made the motion to have the club meet every month of the year. Jane Pfarner seconded it. This motion received a unanimous vote. President Conrad made the second motion to not meet in January and February, but rather to meet in July and August. Joyce Foley seconded it. This motion did not pass.

The club will now meet twelve months per year. Hostesses are needed for July and August 2017.

President Conrad will see if the Gathering House can be booked for FWC July and August meetings.

SPRING FUNDRAISER

President Conrad reminded everyone that the date for the Spring Fundraise Cancer Benefit in 2017 has been moved from March 21 to April 18, 2017.

· Chris Sturgil and Lana Kay Brueggen are hosting the event. Maureen Davern is assisting them.

· Joyce McCord will be manning the bling table at the event. Please donate jewelry for the table. Mary Bruins will assist her.

· Sherri Lou Noel with help from Barbara Crume will provide the labels.

· Marlene Brown has many empty baskets to donate.

· FWC members should provide themed auction baskets. Consider Derby items.

· Channel 9 anchor Kathrine Nero will be speaker at the event.

· Balloons honoring cancer survivors will be sold again this year.

· Maureen Davern has found centerpieces for the tables. These will sell for $15.00 a piece.

· Goal is to have 20 tables of eight people at the event.

· Betsy Conrad booked the Gathering House for April 13, beginning at 9 a.m., to assemble the Silent Auction baskets. Chris Sturgil will bring refreshments for the basket assembling meeting. President Conrad will provide the coffee. All members must contribute to the silent auction items.

· The Cancer Benefit is up on the FWC website, maintained by Steve Sturgil. URL for the website is http://www.florencewomansclub.com/

GFWC KENTUCKY 5TH DISTRICT SPRING AND FALL CONFERENCE TOPICS: President Conrad reminded FWC members about the following:

· The dates for the GFWC-KY Spring Conference is Sunday May 18-21 at the Marriott East in Louisville, KY. Fine art winners from the Fall 2016 district meeting will be entered in the Spring Conference 2017 competition.

· Joyce Foley is 5th District Queen Candidate. Jane Pfarner made the motion to support our queen candidate. Joyce McCord seconded it. Our club will send $50.00 to support Joyce Foley.

· Betsy Conrad displayed the money jar that Joyce McCord created for the scholarship money FWC will donate for GFWC-KY scholarships. The money jar needs some shiny new pennies for decoration. Treasurer Crume will provide the check that covers the money donated monthly for FWC scholarships. The jar will be entered into a contest at the conference. FWC must donate a minimum of $3.65 per FWC member.

· Please think of ideas for a game at the St. Jude event in May.

· Volunteers are needed for the GFWC South East Regional Conference that will take place at the Marriott at Northern Kentucky Airport, November 2-5, 2017.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

    • President Conrad reminded everyone to collect books for resale at Half Price Books. Save aluminum cans and tabs and boxtops for education. Collect items for the FWC yard sale table in August 2017. (Mary Alice Gruden will book the table.). Save plastic tops for the Boone County Extension Office. (Tops will be made into park benches.) Save jewelry for the bling table at the Spring Cancer Fundraiser.

    • The Memorial Day Parade is May 29. Volunteers are needed. A pickup truck to pull a flatbed trailer is needed, and members should meet at 9 AM in front of Boone County High School. The parade begins at 10 AM. The route from the school is KY 18 to Ewing Blvd, Florence Government Center. Program runs from 11am until noon. Wear red, white, and blue.

    • There will be a Quilters Day Out on Saturday March 18 at the Boone County Extension Enrichment Center. This is sponsored by the Stringtown Quilters Guild.

  • The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, March 21 at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park with refreshments at 12:30 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 1 p.m.

There being no further business, President Conrad adjourned the meeting.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

MINUTES OF MEETING

January 17, 2017

President Betsy Conrad called the January 17, 2017 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 1:00 p.m. She welcomed all present. Nineteen signed the registration sheet. Fifteen were members, one was the speaker Sandra A. Guile, two were guests of Mary Bruins, and one was a guest of Marlene Brown. Mary Bruins’ guests were Debbi Comstock and Jill Wyman. Marlene Brown's guest was her daughter Kimberly Bushelman.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

Lavern Lawson gave an inspirational titled "Take Time."

President Conrad thanked hostesses Lana Kay Brueggen, Chris Sturgil, and Maureen Davern.

PROGRAM

· We received a thank you from Chicks & Chucks for the donation we made to them from the funds raised during our spring luncheon.

· We received a donation request from the Ronald McDonald House.

The speaker was Sandra Guile from the Better Business Bureau of Cincinnati who spoke on "Scams

Against Seniors." She offered many tips including get Nomorobo, shred mailing labels, don't carry

your Medicare card with you, pay inside at gas stations, and learn how to file complaints with the Better

Business Bureau (BBB). The website for BBB is http://www.bbb.org/cincinnati/

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT:

Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the November 15, 2016 FWC meeting minutes for all members present. Email copies of the November minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. An addition was made to the minutes. This addition is: FWC is giving the scholarship money

FWC members donate at each monthly meeting to GFWC Kentucky this year for GFWC-KY scholarships. A correction was also made that the Free Store Food Bank Mobile Pantry Distribution and K-count will be on January 25, not January 28, 2017. Motion was made by Chris Sturgil to approve the minutes. Motion was seconded by Rita Bitter. Minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: In the absence of Corresponding Secretary Wilma Day, member Pat Yannarella read one thank you message. It was from Rob's Kids for the

FWC donation that enabled Rob's Kids to deliver 150 fully loaded gift bags to the children in psychiatry at Children's Hospital.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $2921.88 as of January 17, 2017. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $1066.25 and the actual FWC balance was $1855.63 Savings account balance as of January 17, 2017 was $5571.88. Treasurer Crume noted that the $305 disbursement for the AHT Liability Insurance was $5.00 over the amount budgeted. Motion was made by Lana Kay Brueggen to approve the treasurer's report. It was seconded by Pat Yannarella. Treasurer's report was approved.

CLUB DEPARTMENTS REPORTS

Conservation:

Please give aluminum pop cans to Sherri Lou Noel or in her absence, to Barbara Crume. The pop can tabs are given to the Betty Carter Morgan Woman's Club who gives them to the Ronald McDonald House.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Project: Joyce Foley submitted her Barn Quilt Trail Project report covering November 16, 2016 through January 17, 2017. The following are some of the topics covered in her report.

    • Joyce continues to deliver Barn Quilt Trail brochures.

    • John Ryle's "Rising Star" board was hung on December 8.

    • Joyce Foley intends to contact St. Elizabeth Hospital to seek grant money for new brochures.

    • In the report for the Barn Quilt Project for 2016 to GFWC-KY, Joyce reported: 184 hours, $29.10 out-of-pocket expenses, and 327 miles driven.

Membership: In the absence of Mary Alice Gruden, Mary Bruins reminded everyone to sign the attendance sheet.

Education: In the absence of Linda Gritton, President Conrad said that a student from Conner High School will be the recipient of the FWC 2017 scholarship.

Reports: Must be submitted ASAP to Joyce Foley as they are due to GFWC-KY by January 31.

SPRING FUNDRAISER

President Conrad reminded everyone that the date for the Spring Fundraise Cancer Benefit in 2017 has been moved from March 21 to April 18, 2017. FWC has been having this cancer benefit since 1983.

· Chris Sturgil and Lana Kay Brueggen are hosting the event. Maureen Davern is assisting them.

· Joyce McCord will be manning the bling table at the event.

· Sherri Lou Noel will provide the labels.

· FWC members should provide themed auction baskets.

· Betsy Conrad will try to book the Gathering House for April 13, beginning at 9 a.m., to assemble the Silent Auction baskets. Chris Sturgil will bring refreshments for the basket assembling meeting.

· Marlene Brown offered her basement if Betsy Conrad is unable to get the Gathering House for the basket assembling meeting.

· Lana Kay Brueggen asked for suggestions for a woman speaker for the Cancer Benefit.

· The Cancer Benefit is up on the FWC website, maintained by Steve Sturgil. URL for the website is http://www.florencewomansclub.com/

(A motion was made by Joyce Foley to give a $50 gift card for the Tousey House to Steve Sturgil for his work on the FWC website. Maureen Davern seconded it. Motion carried.)

GFWC KENTUCKY 5TH DISTRICT FALL CONFERENCE TOPICS:

President Conrad reminded FWC members about the following.

· Joyce Foley is 5th District Queen Candidate.

· GFWC Kentucky Light bulb project will raise scholarship money. FWC must support it.

· Betsy Conrad will ask Joyce McCord if she can create or has ideas about a container for the scholarship money FWC will donate for GFWC-KY scholarships.

· FWC purchased a brick for the Spirit of GFWC Kentucky Walk. Wording on the brick is Florence Woman's Club federated 1954.

· Please think of ideas for a game at the St. Jude event in May.

· Think about changing FWC vacation dates from July and August to January and February. If FWC does this, when should the change take effect? Or should the club meet every month with no break?

· Volunteers are needed for the GFWC South Eastern Region Conference that will take place at the Marriott at Northern Kentucky Airport, November 2-5, 2017.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

    • President Conrad and Joyce Foley requested that all FWC individual member's reports are due now as the reports must be sent to GFWC-KY by January 31.

    • President Conrad reminded everyone to collect books for resale at Half Price Books. Save aluminum cans and tabs and boxtops for education. Collect items for the FWC yard sale August 2017. Save plastic tops for the Boone County Extension Office.

    • President Conrad wanted to again thank the Yard Sale 2016 volunteers. They were Lavern Lawson, Barbara Crume, Helen Johnson, Mary Cox, Mary Alice Gruden, Jane Pfarner, and Betsy Conrad.

    • The Free Store Food Bank Mobile Pantry Distribution and K-Count event will be on January 25. Items needed are: hygiene items, gently used coats, jeans, other clothing plus smiling faces and helping hands.

    • The Memorial Day Parade is May 29. Volunteers are needed. A truck is also needed.

    • The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, February 21 at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park with refreshments at 12:30 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 1 p.m.

There being no further business, President Conrad adjourned the meeting.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

2016

MINUTES OF MEETING

November 15, 2016

President Betsy Conrad called the November 15, 2016 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 1:00 p.m. She welcomed all present. Twenty signed the registration sheet. Nineteen were members and one was a guest. Anna Trovato was the guest of Karen Peterman.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

Joyce McCord gave an inspirational reading from "Be All That you are" by Susan Florence.

President Conrad thanked hostesses Rita Bitter, LaVerne Lawson and Karen Peterman for their delicious refreshments

PROGRAM

The speaker was Paul Simpson from Big Bone Lick State Park. He is the Bison Coordinator at the park. He is responsible for the bison herd. He urged FWC members to visit and hike in the park which now has over 540 acres and eventually will have over 800 acres. November is a good time for hiking in the park. The speaker asked that his honorarium go to Big Bone Lick State Park.

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT:

Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the October 18, 2016 FWC meeting minutes for all members present. Email copies of the October minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Motion was made by Joyce McCord to approve the minutes. Motion was seconded by Jane Pfarner. Minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT:

In the absence of Corresponding Secretary Wilma Day, member Jane Smith read one thank you message. It was from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for the $25.00 honorarium for October 2016 FWC speaker Anne Gray with Rumpke Recycling..

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $3106.29 as of November 15, 2016. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $993.67 and the actual FWC balance was $2112.62 Savings account balance as of November 15, 2016 was $5571.41. Motion was made by Lana Kay Brueggen to approve the treasurer's report. It was seconded by LaVerne Lawson. Treasurer's report was approve

CLUB DEPARTMENTS REPORTS

Home Life: Karen Peterman distributed copies of a document "Being Happy during the Holidays and Throughout the year

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Project: FWC members welcomed Joyce Foley back to club meetings. Joyce had spent 81 days in the hospital and in rehab. Joyce submitted her Barn Quilt Trail Project report covering June 21 through November 15 The following are some of the topics covered in her report.

  • The project has over 80 boards.

  • The Maurer board called Little Lamb has been replaced because a pickup crashed into the first one.

  • The Burchams on Graves Road have ordered a board

  • A 4 by 4 board called "Square in a Square" is being made for John Ryle.

  • Mary Scott Caspar's Sunbonnet Sue board may appear in a news article soon.

Boxtops for Education:

Linda Gritton reminded club members to save boxtops and give them to her. Some products no longer have the boxtops. We can submit ones with expired dates.

Membership: In the absence of Mary Alice Gruden, Karen Peterman asked everyone to sign the attendance sheet.

Reports: Please send the reports of your activities from January to June 2016 to Joyce Foley. Send the reports from July to December 2016 to President Conrad.

GFWC KENTUCKY 5TH DISTRICT FALL CONFERENCE TOPICS:

President Conrad reminded FWC members about the following.

1. Joyce Foley is 5th District Queen Candidate

2. GFWC Kentucky Light bulb project will raise scholarship money. FWC must support it.

3. GFWC Kentucky is also asking for $3.65 from each club for scholarships. This money is to be placed in a decorated container and brought to the GFWC Kentucky Convention in May 2017.

4. The GFWC Kentucky is producing a cookbook. Each club in Kentucky should submit 5 recipes in early December. FWC members please send recipes to President Conrad ASAP .

5. FWC will order the GFWC Kentucky cookbooks to sell.

6. Each club must buy a brick for the sidewalk outside of the Kentucky state headquarters. Cost is $100. Brick must be purchased before January 2017. Project is called the Spirit of GFWC Kentucky Walk.

7. Should the 5th and 6th district merge?

8. Think about changing FWC vacation dates from July and August to January and February. If FWC does this, when should the change take effect?

9. Volunteers are needed for the GFWC South Eastern Region Conference that will take place at the Marriott at Northern Kentucky Airport, November 2-5, 2017.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • President Conrad reminded everyone to collect books for resale at Half Price Books. Save aluminum cans and tabs and boxtops for education. Collect items for the FWC yard sale August 2017. Save plastic tops for the Boone County Extension Office.

  • Chris Sturgil collected monetary donations for the local 501c3 nonprofit organization Rob's Kids. http://robskids.org/ FWC members can donate in December also.

  • President Conrad reminded everyone that the date for the Cancer Benefit in 2017 has been moved from March 21 to April 18, 2017..

  • Pat Yannarella was told by Melanie Sperling at the Boone County Public Library that the next Mobile Foodbank would be on the day of the K-Count in Boone County, KY. That date is January 28, 2017.

  • The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, December 20 at Triple Crown Country Club at noon. This will be the FWC Christmas Luncheon. Gary Greisser will provide the music. Sherri Lou Noel, Barbara Crume and Jo Ann Knock are hosting it.

There being no further business, President Conrad adjourned the meeting.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Recording Secretary

MINUTES OF MEETING

October 18, 2016

President Betsy Conrad called the October 18, 2016 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 1:00 p.m. She welcomed all present. Twenty-one attendees signed the registration sheet. Eighteen were members and three were guests. Anna Trovato was the guest of Karen Peterman. Kim Bushelman is Marlene Brown's daughter and Kim came as her Mom's guest. Carol Walton was a guest of Faye Shehan.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

Joyce McCord gave an inspirational reading on "Everything Happens for a Reason."

President Conrad thanked hostesses Faye Shehan, Mary Cox, Janice Geise and Carol Walton, guest, for the delicious food. As this meeting Faye Shehan's, Mary Cox's, and deceased member Mary Marxen's October birthdays were remembered.

PROGRAM

Vice-President Faye Shehan introduced the speaker Anne Gray with Rumpke Recycling. The speaker told the "Do's and Don'ts of Recycling." To see a list of acceptable items visit Rumpke's website: http://www.rumpke.com/for-your-home/recycling/acceptable-items

Speaker asked that her honorarium go to the Salvation Army.

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the September 20, 2016 FWC meeting minutes for all members present. Email copies of the September minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Motion was made by Alva Bonham to approve the minutes. Motion was seconded by Chris Sturgil. Minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: In the absence of Corresponding Secretary Wilma Day, member Jane Smith read two thank you messages. One was from the BAWAC Community Rehabilitation Center for the basket made by LaVerne Lawson for their Bean Bash event. Another was from former member Thelma Martin for the materials Betsy Conrad sent to her.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $4074.29 as of October 18, 2016. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $1033.69 and the actual FWC balance was $3040.60. Savings account balance as of October 18, 2016 was $5571.17. Motion was made by Karen Peterman to approve the treasurer's report. It was seconded by Rita Bitter. Treasure's report was approved.

CLUB DEPARTMENTS

Arts: Marlene Brown reported that FWC members won five awards at the Fifth District Conference held on October 1 at Triple Crown Country Club. Marlene Brown won a Blue Ribbon for her painting, Karen Peterman received 1st Prize in Water Color, Marlene won another Blue Ribbon for her Wreath. Faye Shehan won First Place in Scrapbook category, and Karen Peterman won a Blue Ribbon for her Photograph in the Living Things category.

Conservation: If you have aluminum cans and tabs please give to Barbara Crume who is collecting them for Sherri Lou Noel.

Home Life: Karen Peterman distributed copies of a document "How to Declutter and Regain Your Space."

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Project: No report. Joyce Foley is resigning from the project. Is any member willing to take it over?

Membership: In the absence of Mary Alice Gruden, Karen Peterman asked everyone to sign the attendance sheet.

SPRING LUNCHEON FUNDRAISER

There was discussion above moving the date for the Cancer Benefit in 2017 from March 21 to April 18. Triple Crown County Club was able to make the date change. Barbara Crume made the motion to change the date for the event to April 18, 2107. Karen Peterman seconded it. Motion carried.

GFWC KENTUCKY 5TH DISTRICT FALL CONFERENCE TOPIC

1. 13 FWC members attended.

2. Mums to Joyce Foley - She is 5th District Queen Candidate.

3. GFWC Kentucky Light bulb project will raise scholarship money. FWC must support it.

4. GFWC Kentucky is also asking for $3.95 from each club for scholarships. This money is to be placed in a decorated container and brought to the GFWC Kentucky Convention in May 2017. Barbara Crume proposed that FWC will keep collecting scholarship funds at each meeting and will send money from our monthly scholarship collection to cover the GFWC Kentucky's two scholarship projects. (# 3 and #4). Any money left over FWC will retain. Jane Pfarner seconded this. Motion carried.

5. The GFWC Kentucky is producing a cookbook. Each club in Kentucky should submit 5 recipes. Send recipes to President Conrad. FWC will order cookbooks to sell.

6. Each club must buy a brick for the sidewalk outside of the Kentucky state headquarters. Cost is $100. Brick must be purchased before January 2017. Project is called the Spirit of GFWC Kentucky Walk.

7. The Southeast Regional Conference will be November 2-5, 2017 at the Marriott at the NKY Airport. Kentucky is hosting it.

8. FWC members are invited to join the GFWC Kentucky President on a tour of Washington DC and GFWC headquarters in April 2017.

9. Should the 5th and 6th district merge? If a merger is wanted, this change to the state bylaws must be submitted by November 1.

10. Discussion of changing the FWC vacation dates from July and August to January and February. If FWC does this, when should the change take effect?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • President Conrad asked that FWC members bring new toys or a monetary donation to the November/December meetings. Toys will be given to Rob's Kids, a local 501(c)3 organization. Chris Sturgil will deliver FWC donations to Rob's Kids.

  • Pat Yannarella was asked to contact Melanie Sperling at the Boone County Public Library regarding when the next Mobile Foodbank would be in Boone County. (Answer: planning to be on the day of the K-Count in Boone County, KY, on January 28, 2017.)

  • President Conrad discussed the Memorial Day Parade. The truck used in the parade displayed a barn quilt. Maureen Davern suggested that a board be made and saved for using in the parade. Jane Pfarner suggested making a fabric quilt. Colors suggested were red, white and blue.

  • If Joyce Foley is unable to host the January 2017 FWC meeting, Janice Geise will find a replacement for her.

  • Jane Pfarner said that the Betty Carter Morgan Woman's Club is honoring Rae Mitchell, a 70 year member of the club, at the club's meeting on October 18. The FWC membership sends their best wishes to Rae Mitchell.

  • It was requested that the FWC 2016 Scholarship winner be asked to speak at an upcoming meeting. The winner was Devin Gallagher.

  • The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 12:30 p.m. Speaker will Shana Wolff with Big Bone Lick State park.

There being no further business, President Conrad adjourned the meeting.

Submitted by Pat Yannarella,

FWC Recording Secretary

MINUTES OF MEETING

September 20, 2016

President Betsy Conrad called the September 20, 2016 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 1:00 p.m. She welcomed all present. Twenty-two attendees signed the registration sheet. Twenty-one were members and one was a guest. Evelyn Hance was the guest of Jasbir Chahal.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

President Conrad thanked hostesses Wilma Day, Jasbir Chahal, Jane Smith and Pat Yannarella. She also thanked guest Evelyn Hance who prepared the refreshments. As this meeting day was Jasbir Chahal's birthday, all members sang Happy Birthday to her.

PROGRAM

Vice-President Faye Shehan introduced the speaker Sergeant Begley from the SWAT team of the Boone County Sheriff's Office. He is in the department with Major Mike Hall. Sergeant Begley gave a presentation on Home Invasion Prevention. His program had many helpful ideas for stayiin your home and he outlined steps to follow if there is a burglary in your home. He asked that honorarium be given to the St. Jude Children's Hospital

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT:

Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the June 21, 2016 FWC meeting minutes for all members present. Email copies of the June minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Motion was made by Alva Bonham to approve the minutes. Motion was seconded by Joyce McCord. Minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT:

Corresponding Secretary Wilma Day read several thank you messages. One was from Devon Gallagher who received the $1000 FWC scholarship. Another was from Mary Rose Mission for $25.00. A third was from the American Cancer Society for the FWC $2000.00 contribution.

The annual Bean Bash will be held on October 8 at Turfway Park benefits BAWAC Community Rehabilitation Center. Wilma Day read a letter that BAWAC, Inc. requested donations for this benefit. Contact President Conrad if you wish to make a donation.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $4324.54 as of September 20, 2016. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $1366.82 and the actual FWC balance was $2957.72. Savings account balance as of September 20, 2016 was $5570.94. Treasure's report was approved. Treasurer Crume said she had to transfer $5.00 from the checking account to the savings account to avoid a service charge.

Treasurer Crume presented the GFWC FWC proposed Budget 2016-2017 based on 32 members. Some former expenses, e.g. the Cancer Survivor's bus trip were eliminated, and some new expenses will be added, e.g. buying a brick for GFWC-Kentucky headquarters. Mary Alice Gruden made the motion to approve the budget. It was seconded by Joyce McCord.

YEARBOOKS

President Conrad thanked Sherri Lou Noel for the club yearbooks, which cost $215.00. Barbara Crume said that several members' entries are missing in the books. An insert will soon be provided with the missing members' entries.

Bernice Utz, a very longtime member of FWC, is currently listed as an inactive FWC member in the yearbook.. She is now living in Louisville, KY. She had originally been a member of the Junior Woman's Club then became a member of FWC. Barbara Crume made the motion to have Bernice Utz be made an honorary member. Pat Yannarella seconded it. Motion carried. President Conrad will send her a certificate.

CLUB DEPARTMENTS

Conservation: If you have aluminum cans and tabs please give to Barbara Crume who is collecting them for Sherri Lou Noel.

Home Life: Karen Peterman distributed copies of a document "Growing Old Gracefully."

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Project: No report. Joyce Foley is recovering from hip replacement surgery. Cards may be sent to her home.

Boxtops of Education: Linda Gritton reminded everyone to save boxtops.

Literacy/Library News: Chairwoman Pat Yannarella asked members to take part in the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read in October, 2016. The title of the book to read is: A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines.

On October 19 at 6:30 p.m. there is a program presented in conjunction with the NEA Big Read at the Scheben Brach of the Boone County Public Library. The program is the Road to Innocence. Roger Dean Gillispie shares his experience serving 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

FWC members can earn volunteer hours for reading the book and attending the program.

Membership: Chairperson Mary Alice Gruden reminded all to sign the meeting attendance sheets. She will have name taps for all members at upcoming meetings

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • President Conrad said that FWC member June Rich passed away two week ago. Her funeral was handled by Alliance Funeral Home. FWC will send a memorial. http://www.alliancefuneralhome.net/obituaries/June-Helen-Rich?obId=1087500#/obituaryInfo

  • FWC member Maureen Davern could not attend today's FWC meeting as she was attending the funeral of Randy Browning whom FWC honored for his military service. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nky/obituary.aspx?pid=181446882

  • Former FWC member Marty McDonald is undergoing more surgery.

  • Marlene Brown said she would take FWC arts and crafts to the 2016 District Competition which will be take place at the 5th District Fall Conference, Saturday, October 1.

  • President Conrad reminded everyone that FWC will host the 5th District Fall Conference at Triple Crown Country Club on Saturday, October 1. Please let President Conrad know if you can help with this event- 10 people have signed up to date. There will be a bling table manned by LaVerne Lawson There will be a USO display. Event ends with a luncheon. Cost for the luncheon is $20.00 with checks sent to Treasurer Crume.

  • Members are invited to participate in the GFWC-SER Conference in West Virginia in early November. http://gfwcvirginia.org/meetings/2016/SER_Call_Nov_Final.pdf

  • FWC will again participate in the 2017 Longest Yard Sale with a table on St Timothy's grounds in Union, KY. At this past August 2016 event, club members were able to socialize and earn money for FWC. Club made $168.35.

  • President Conrad asked members to save plastic bottle caps. The Boone County Extension Homemakers are collecting the bottle caps to recycle and turn into park benches.

  • The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 12:30 p.m.

There being no further business, President Conrad adjourned the meeting.

Submitted by,Pat Yannarella,

FWC Record Secretary

MINUTES OF MEETING

June 21, 2016

President Betsy Conrad called the June 21 2016 meeting and picnic luncheon of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 12 p.m. She welcomed all present. Twenty-five attendees signed the registration sheet. Two of the attendees were Mrs. Beverly Pilgram, KFWC First Vice President and Mrs. Karen Moreland, Immediate Past Governor and 5th District president. Another guest was Kimberly Bushelman daughter of Marlene Brown.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

Alma Bonham 214 Langshire Court, Florence, KY (859-746-9939) was a guest of Barbara Crume and has joined the FWC. The June 2016 address for inactive member Bernice Utz is Franciscan Home, Farm Valley Rd., Louisville, KY 40219. President Conrad reported that former member Marty McDonald has had additional hip surgery.

President Conrad expressed apologies to Marlene Brown and LaVerne Lawson for neglecting to include them in the FWC newsletter that they also participated in the Memorial Day Parade

President Conrad was hostess for this picnic luncheon. She thanked the ladies who assisted her. She also thanked all the members who provided salads and desserts for the luncheon. La Verne Lawson gave the blessing before the meal.

PROGRAM

Following the delicious meal was the installation of the FWC Officers for 2016-2018. Fifth District President Mrs. Karen Moreland assisted by KFWC First Vice President Mrs. Beverly Pilgram installed the FWC Officers.

  • President: Betsy Conrad

  • Co-Vice Presidents: LaVerne Lawson and Faye Shehan

  • Treasurer: Barbara Crume

  • Recording Secretary: Pat Yannarella

  • Corresponding Secretary: Wilma Day

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT:

Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the May, 2016 FWC meeting minutes for all members present. Email copies of the May minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT:

In the absence of Corresponding Secretary Suzanne Green, Pat Yannarella read parts of the two thank you letters to FWC from the Alzheimer's Association. One was a thank you letter for $25.00 that was the honorarium of Beth Steel who gave a presentation to FWC. The other was for $25.00 donated in memory of Jerry Geise, husband of FWC member Janice Geise. Jerry Geise had passed away on May 11, 2016.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Treasurer Barbara Crume reported the checking account balance to be $6151.66 as of June 21, 2016. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $1096.31 and the actual FWC balance was $5055.37. Faye Shehan made the motion to approve the Treasurer's report. Mary Bruins seconded it. Treasure's report was approved.

The amount of FWC's contribution to Dinsmore was discussed. Rita Bitter made the motion to donate $500.00 to Dinsmore. LaVerne Lawson seconded it. Motion carried.

Treasurer Crume also said that the final profit for the FWC Spring Cancer Benefit Fundraiser is $4684.97. Jasbir Chahal made the motion to donate $2000.00 to the American Cancer Society. Motion was seconded and approved.

REQUEST FOR MEMBERS TO SIGN UP FOR DEPARTMENTS AND COMMITTEES:

President Conrad needs Chairwomen for Departs and for Events and Projects. She distributed to all a list of the Departments on Events and Projects and asked for volunteers for each.

Janice Geise volunteered to be the Hospitality Chairwoman. This position makes sure that there are hostesses providing refreshments for each of the upcoming meetings from September 2016 through June 2017. She asked members in attendance to volunteer to host the meetings. She would like four hostesses for each meeting. President Conrad will try to book the Gathering House at the Florence Nature Park for each of the meetings, except for the Christmas luncheon and for the Fundraiser benefit.

2016 GFWC KENTUCKY CONFERENCE: The conference was held May 19-22, 2016 at the Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington, KY. FWC had many winners in the arts competition.

FWC winners were:

  • Marlene Brown— Christmas Ornament 3rd place

  • Joyce McCord — Crochet 1st place

  • Mary Cox —Needlepoint 2nd place

  • Marlene Brown — Watercolor 1st place

  • Jane Pfarner (GFWC Bettie Carter Morgan Club) won 1st place in Wearable Art!

Fifth District Governor Karen Moreland later advised that FWC had also won 3rd place for Advocates for Children Partnership with St. Jude, and 1st place for GFWC Advocates for Children.

CLUB DEPARTMENTS

Conservation: Sherri Lou Noel reminded members to save aluminum cans and tabs.

Home Life: Karen Peterman distributed an entertaining sheet titled: "Kentucky Fun Facts and Trivia."

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Project: Joyce Foley submitted her report covering May 18, 2016 through June 21, 2016. Joyce's report covered many items some of which are: a). May's speaker Nancy Daly and member Barbara Crume gave Joyce Foley some tips on which agencies to contact for grants for making new Barn Quilt Trail brochures. b). Joyce and husband Butch have finished the Maurer quilt board. Hanging will be soon.

Literacy/Library News: Chairwoman Pat Yannarella asked members to report if they participated in the May 2016 Mystery and Mayhem book reading through the Boone County Public Library. FWC partners with the library on this event so members can count participation hours and book purchases.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

    • FWC needs to have a budget meeting this summer. Date anticipated is July 12. Location is yet to be announced. Officers are asked to participate. Please communicate with Betsy to let her know if you can attend.

    • President Conrad hopes to take part in the GFWC-KY Summer Workshop on July 15 and July, 16 in Louisville, KY. She asked for companions to accompany her to it.

    • Member Marlene Brown asked FWC members to enter their crafts for the September 2016 district competition which will be take place at the 5th District Fall Conference, Saturday, October 1.

    • President Conrad said the FWC will host the 5th District Fall Conference. Please let Betsy know if you can help with this event.

    • Member Sherri Lou Noel requested that members let her know any changes to their addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses before she sends the FWC Yearbook to the printer.

    • The Boone County Farm Tour will be on June 25. Volunteers are needed for this. Participating in Farm Tour is a sanctioned FWC project. Joyce Foley was happy to say that the brochure for the Farm Tour says FWC has over 80 barn boards, rather than last year's 60.

    • The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

    • President Conrad wished everyone a pleasant summer.

There being no further business, President Conrad adjourned the meeting.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Record Secretary

MINUTES OF MEETING

May 17, 2016

President Betsy Conrad called the May 17, 2016 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 1 p.m. She welcomed all present. Twenty-one members signed the registration sheet. In addition there was Alma Bonham a guest and Nancy Daly the program presenter.

President Conrad thanked hostesses Linda Gritton and Marlene Brown for the delicious refreshments. Mary Cox gave an inspirational reading ""Something to Think About - I Carried You." The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

President Conrad expressed sympathy to Janice Geise on the death of her husband. Former member, Marty McDonald is recovering from hip replacement surgery.

PROGRAM

Joyce Foley introduced speaker Nancy Daly who spoke on "What's Happening with Weekly Newspapers."

Nancy Daly is the Community Recorder editor. http://www.cincinnati.com/staff/11011/nancy-daly/ She oversees the Community Recorder in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. Joyce Foley thanked Daly for having done stories on all 83 Barn Quilt Boards, a project of the Florence Woman's Club.

Nancy Daly selected Mary Rose Mission for her honorarium.

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT:

Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the April 2016 FWC meeting minutes for all members present. Email copies

of the April minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Chris Sturgil made the motion to approve the Minutes. Joyce Foley seconded it. Minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT:

In the absence of Corresponding Secretary Suzanne Green, Joyce Foley read a "Thank You Note" from Joyce McCord. Joyce Foley had delivered flowers from FWC to her after Joyce fell and broke her shoulder.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Treasurer Barbara Crume had computer issues this month so she was unable to have a paper copy of the May 17, 2016 FWC Treasurer’s Report for the members. According to her records, she found the checking account balance to be $7452 as of April 19, 2016. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $1128.09 and the actual FWC balance was $6275.43.

Treasurer Crume also said that the preliminary profit for the FWC Spring Fundraiser is $4684.97.

AMENDMENT OF THE FWC BY-LAWS

At the April meeting, Jane Pfarner said that before a vote for new officers may take place the FWC By-Laws must be changed. Currently the By-Law Article II, Sec. 8, Officers/Board of Directors and Duties reads: An officer may not succeed herself in office. The proposed change shall read: An officer may succeed herself in office.

The FWC By-Laws may be amended by a simple majority of all members present at a general special called meeting provided that previous written notice of one month is given to all active members of the Florence Woman's Club, Inc. (Amendment to the By-Laws, Article VI).

The motion is change the FWC By-Laws was made by Sherri Lou Noel and seconded by Christ Sturgil The motion was unanimously approved.

OFFICER NOMINATING COMMITTEE:

Members of the nominating committee are Jane Pfarner, Chairman, Mary Bruins and Laverne Lawson. At the April meeting, Jane Pfarner reported that the slate of nominees for the 2016-1018 Administration is:

  • President - Betsy Conrad

  • Vice-President - Laverne Lawson and Faye Sheehan

  • Recording Secretary - Pat Yannarella

  • Corresponding Secretary - Wilma Day

  • Treasurer - Barbara Crume

There were no nominations from the floor

Joanne Knock made the motion to approve the proposed slate of officers. Lana Kay Brueggen seconded it. The motion was unanimously approved.

2016 GFWC KENTUCKY CONFERENCE:

The conference will be held May 19-22, 2016 at the Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington, KY. Marlene Brown, Mary Cox and Betsy Conrad will take the five FWC Arts and Crafts winners from the Fall District Conference to the KFWC State Conference before the Friday judging event.

CLUB DEPARTMENTS

  • Arts: No report.

  • Conservation: Sherri Lou Noel reminded members to save aluminum cans and tabs.

  • Education: Linda Gritton, Karen Peterman, and Suzanne Green prepared the scholarship application to take to Boone County High School. Linda Gritton said that Devin Gallagher at Boone County High School will receive the $1000 FWC scholarship at the school's Awards night on May 23. Devin Gallagher plans to attend Northern Kentucky University's Nursing Program. President Conrad thanked Linda Gritton and the committee for their work on this FWC Scholarship.

  • Linda Gritton reminded members to save Box tops for Education.

  • Home Life: Karen Peterman warned members about mosquitoes and the viruses they spread. Please use sun screen, insect repellent, and drink liquids. Check out this website: http://www.cdc.gov/

  • International Outreach: Chairperson needed.

  • Public Issues: Joanne Knock is coordinating the club's participation in the City of Florence Memorial Day parade on May 30. Members are asked to wear patriotic colors. Members need to meet at Boone County High School at 9:30 a.m. and have someone pick them up at the Florence Government Center after the parade. Members planning to participate are Joanne Knock, Sherri Lou Noel, Barbara Crume, Betsy Conrad, Marlene Brown, and Joyce Foley. All FWC members are invited, but please notify Joanne Knock of your intent.

As May 17 is the Kentucky Primary, Joanne Knock requested all members vote.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

    • Barn Quilt Project: Joyce Foley submitted her report covering April 19, 2016 through May 17, 2016. Joyce's report covered many items. One item is that Toyota will no longer be giving grants to nonprofits in the greater Cincinnati area, so the FWC plan to request a grant for Barn Quilt Trail brochures is off the table. Joyce has about 35 brochures left. Joyce has almost finished the Maurer quilt board.

    • Membership: Mary Alice Gruden said we need to invite our friends and neighbors to join FWC. More members are needed.

    • Literacy/Library News: FWC partners with the Boone County Public Library on Mystery and Mayhem. Pat Yannarella reminded FWC members to read culinary mysteries during May and attend library programs on that theme in order to earn volunteer hours, etc. for the club.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • President Conrad will provide the main course for the FWC picnic luncheon

  • Member Marlene Brown asked FWC members to enter their crafts for the September 2016 district competition.

  • Member Sherri Lou Noel requested that members let her know any changes to their addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses before she sends the FWC Yearbook to the printer.

  • Member Rita Bitter encouraged members to participate in programs at the Florence Senior Activities Center.The Boone County Farm Tour will be on June 25. Volunteers are needed for this. Participating in Farm Tour is a sanctioned FWC project.

  • Chris Sturgil is an officer in the Kiwanis of Boone County. She announced that the Ryle High School Key Club is having a fundraiser at Sonic on May 18. On Saturday, May 21, the First Annual Kiwanis of Boone County Pancake breakfast will be held at Presidents Inn, 5991 N. Jefferson St(Rt.18), Burlington, KY 41005, 8-10 a.m. Tickets are $8. The breakfast is a fundraiser for Kiwanis supported projects.

The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, June 21 beginning at 12 p.m.. It is the annual picnic luncheon and the installation of officers. President Conrad will provide the main course for the FWC picnic luncheon. There is no luncheon fee for this annual picnic. Members whose last names are between A and L are asked to bring a salad large enough for 6 people. Members with names M to Z are asked to bring a dessert that is large enough for 6 people. Please email Betsy if you are coming so she will get a count of the attendees.

There being no further business, President Conrad adjourned the meeting.

Submitted by, Pat Yannarella, FWC Record Secretary

MINUTES OF MEETING

April 19, 2016

President Betsy Conrad called the April 19, 2016 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 1 p.m. Eighteen members signed the registration sheet. There were two gentlemen guests - Butch Foley who came to assist with the laptop and projector to be used by the speaker and Gerry Auton who came to hear the speaker Beth Steel. Paulette Blackburn was a guest of Maureen Davern.

President Conrad thanked hostess Mary Alice Gruden for the delicious refreshments and she thanked Joyce Foley for assisting Mary Alice. Mary Cox gave an inspirational reading "My Cup Has Overflowed." The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

President Conrad said FWC member Joyce McCord fell and broke her shoulder. The club will send her flowers after the meeting. It was suggested that if you send her a card to St. Elizabeth Hospital, Room 7416, use Joyce McCord's address as the return address. That way her card will be sent to her home if she has left the hospital. It would be best to send get well wishes to Joyce McCord's home.

President Conrad welcomed June Rich back to the meetings. June had been ill.

FWC members were concerned about former member Marty McDonald who recently fell and was injured. She is recovering.

PROGRAM

Joyce Foley introduced speaker Beth Steel who spoke on "Ten Top Tips for Aging Well." These tips ranged from advice on a proper diet to learning how to maintain body strength by exercising. It was commented that some of the FWC members seem to be following the 10 tips that BethSteel outlined for the membership.Beth Steel's company is FirstLight Home Care. The company website is:

http://www.firstlighthomecare.com/home-healthcare-northern-kentucky/why-firstlight/

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT:

Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the February 2016 FWC meeting minutes for all members present. There were no minutes for March 2016 because that was the Cancer Benefit Luncheon fundraiser. Email copiesof the February minutes had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT:

In the absence of Corresponding Secretary Suzanne Green, Pat Yannarella read a thank you from Carol Ashcraft for her FWC membership and for a monetary gift given to her. Carol in turndonated money to the American Cancer Society. Pat Yannarella also read a thank you note from Thelma Martin who greatly enjoyed receiving the FWC newsletters sent by her by Betsy Conrad. Thelma, in her note, also expressed concern that club members, as of April 11, had not stepped forward to volunteer to run for club offices. President Conrad noted that writing the FWC newsletter is not a requirement of the President's office. Betsy has written the newsletter because she enjoys the task and will keep doing it even if she is not an officer if the administration requests it.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Treasurer Barbara Crume sent out e-mail copies of the April 19,, 2016 FWC Treasurer’s Report to all members with e-mail addresses and she made paper copies for members present at the meeting. The FWC Treasurer’s Report listed the checking account balance to be $7311.87 as of April 19, 2016. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $1128.09 and the actual FWC balance was $6183.78. Savings account balance was $5563.82.

Treasurer Crume also supplied FWC members with the Preliminary Report for the 2016 Cancer Benefit. Preliminary income for the event totaled $7094.84. Expenses totaled $2489.87. Preliminary profit was $4604.97.

OFFICER NOMINATING COMMITTEE:

Members of the nominating committee are Jane Pfarner, Chairman, Mary Bruins and Laverne Lawson. Jane Pfarner reported that the slate of nominees for the 2016-1018 Administration is:

President - Betsy Conrad

Vice-President - Laverne Lawson and Faye Sheehan

Recording Secretary - Pat Yannarella

Corresponding Secretary - Wilma Day

Treasurer - Barbara Crume

The slate of officers will be voted on at the May 2016 meeting. However Jane Pfarner said that before this vote may take place the FWC By-Laws must be changed. Currently the By-Law Article II, Sec. 8, Officers/Board of Directors and Duties reads: An officer may not succeed herself in office. The proposed change shall read: An officer may succeed herself in office.

The By-Laws may be amended by a simple majority of all members present at a general special called meeting provided that previous written notice of one month is given to all active members of the Florence Woman's Club, Inc. (Amendment to the By-Laws, Article VI). This change will be voted on at the May 2016 meeting.

ADDITIONS TO THE FLORENCE WOMAN'S CLUB SANCTIONED NON-PROFIT AND PROJECT LIST:

a. Mary Bruins requested that the organization Be Concerned be added to this list. The organization's purpose is to assist low-income people of Northern Kentucky in obtaining basic necessities for life. http://www.beconcerned.org/ Jane Pfarner made the motion to add it; Maureen Davern seconded it. Motion carried.

b. Rita Bitter volunteers at the Florence Senior Activity Center. http://www.florence-ky.gov/senior-center Rita requested that she get credit in FWC for volunteering there. Barbara Crume made the motion to have FWC accept volunteer hours at the Florence Senior Activity Center. Chris Sturgil seconded it. Motion carried.

c. Chris Sturgil told FWC about the local breast cancer organization called I Have Wings. https://ihavewings.org/ This is a charitable organization, dedicated to enriching lives during a breast cancer journey. Chris asked that FWC consider contributing to the group in the future. Lana Kay Brueggen said she is also familiar with this organization and spoke highly of it.

2016 GFWC KENTUCKY CONFERENCE:

The conference will be held May 19-22, 2016 at the Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington, KY. Marlene Brown and Betsy Conrad will take the five FWC Arts and Crafts winners from the Fall District Conference to the KFWC State Conference before the Friday judging event. The FWC website and FWC newsletter may be considered in the Conference's contests. Joyce Foley and Mary Cox plan to attend on Saturday, if possible.

CLUB DEPARTMENTS

Arts: No report.

Conservation: Sherri Lou Noel reminded members to save aluminum cans and tabs.

Education: Linda Gritton, Karen Peterman and Suzanne Green prepared the scholarship application to take to Boone County High School. Linda Gritton will deliver to the school the $1000 scholarship application. (Each year FWC will offer one $1000 scholarship to one high school. The schools will be in an alphabetical rotation beginning with Boone County High School.).

Home Life: No report

International Outreach: Chairperson needed.

Public Issues: Joanne Knock is coordinating the club's participation in the City of Florence Memorial Day parade on May 30. She needs to know how many members are walking and/or riding in cars so she can communicate that information to the City of Florence by May 26.

Members are asked to wear patriotic colors.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Project:

Joyce Foley submitted her report covering February 17, 2016 through April 18, 2016. Joyce's report covered many items. One item was: Joyce reported previously that she had been contacted by Tara Johnson from Skywardnky.org http://www.skywardnky.org/ requesting to include the Barn Quilt Trail in an inventory of publicly accessible art in the nine-county Northern Kentucky regions and would like to include the barn quilts individually and as a set. There has been no word from Tara Johnson as of April 18 if that offer is still on the table. Another item: The club has less than 50 Barn Quilt brochures. In the past, a Toyota grant provided the money for the Barn Quilt brochures. Kathy Breitenbecher's niece will be asked to see if Toyota is still awarding grants for community projects and will consider FWC for a grant for brochures.

Membership:

Mary Alice Gruden said that there has not been an increase in membership since the last meeting. She mentioned she has some membership brochures. The idea to have FWC have a table at the Summer Activities Fair in Burlington on May 7 was discussed then abandoned. Joyce Foley said she would send an article to the Boone County Recorder newspaper announcing the May FWC meeting. In the past these announcements have generated new members.

Literacy/Library News:

Pat Yannarella told about the theme for this year's Mystery and Mayhem month at the Boone County Public Library. FWC members are encouraged to read culinary mysteries during May and attend library programs on that theme in order to earn volunteer hours, etc. for the club. (FWC partners with the library on Mystery and Mayhem.)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • President Conrad praised Jean Clinkenbeard for volunteering 14000 volunteer hours over 44 years at a local hospital. FWC thanks her for her years of service. Members are encouraged to thank her too.

  • President Conrad thanks Steve Sturgil for the FWC website. He may be able to place the FWC By Laws on the website. The By Laws used to be in the FWC Yearbook, but they have not been for several years.

  • Be alert to scams.

  • The Boone County Farm Tour will be on June 25. Participating in this is a sanctioned FWC project.

  • The Boone County Clean-up is April 20 through April 23.

  • The Community Garage Sale is May 7, with a May 14 rain date.

  • Chris Sturgil is an officer in the Kiwanis of Boone County. The Kiwanis supports Go Pantry, a local organization that provides food for students in need at nine Boone County schools. On May 14 Go Pantry needs volunteers to pack food bags for the students. On Saturday, May 21, First Annual Kiwanis of Boone County Pancake breakfast will be held at Presidents Inn, 5991 N. Jefferson St(Rt.18), Burlington, KY 41005, 8-10 a.m. Tickets are $8. The breakfast is a fundraiser for Kiwanis supported projects.

  • Jane Pfarner will have tickets for the Bunko Bash which begins at 12:30 p.m. on July 30 at the Edgewood Senior Center. Tickets are $15. The event supports the USO and the Mary Rose Mission.

  • The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, May 17 beginning with refreshments at 12:30 p.m. and the business meeting at 1 p.m. at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park.

There being no further business, President Conrad adjourned the meeting.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Record Secretary

MINUTES OF MEETING

February 16, 2016

Vice-President Janice Geise called the February 16, 2016 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 1 p.m. Sixteen members signed the registration sheet.

Vice-President Geise thanked hostess Mary Bruins and Kathy Bailey for the delicious refreshments. Mary Cox gave an inspirational reading on the positive effects of laughter. The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

PROGRAM

Joyce Foley introduced speaker Marty Schadler from the Aviation Museum of Kentucky. He told the life of the nine women who were inducted into the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame. Marty Schadler requested that people visit the Aviation Museum of Kentucky https://www.aviationky.org/

The museum is located at Blue Grass Airport

4029 Airport Road

Lexington, Kentucky 40510

Phone number is (859) 231-1219

Hours: For the Months April 1st to December:

Tuesday to Saturday - 10am to 5pm

Sunday 1pm to 5pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT:

Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the January 19, 2016 FWC meeting minutes for all members present. Email copies had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT:

In the absence of Corresponding Secretary Suzanne Green, Betsy Conrad read a thank you from Rob's Kids for the FWC donation to that organization and also read a thank you from Marlene Brown for remembering her husband Robert Brown..

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Treasurer Barbara Crume sent out e-mail copies of the February 16, 2016 FWC Treasurer’s Report to all members with e-mail addresses and she made paper copies for members present at the meeting. The FWC Treasurer’s Report listed the checking account balance to be $3167.02 as of 2/16/2016. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $1128.09 and the actual FWC balance was $2038.93. Savings account balance was $5558.91.

Treasurer Crume was unsure if there will be a Cancer Survivor Bus trip to Frankfort this year.

Checks or cash for $35.00 for the Cancer Benefit Luncheon should be sent to Treasurer Barbara Crume. Checks should be made out to the Florence Woman's Club.

OLD BUSINESS--SPRING CANCER BENEFIT LUNCHEON:

Janice Geise led the itemization of everything needed for the luncheon. Topics covered included invitations, letters asking for product or gift certificates from local companies, tablecloths, helium pink balloons, table centerpieces, menu, and split the pot. The oral auction of Reds Memorabilia donated by Mrs. Castellini, will be conducted by Lana Edwards Brueggen. Lavern Lawson will man the bling table. The date and time for arranging baskets will be on 3/10/2016 at 9:30 a.m. at the Gathering House and the day and time for arranging auction items at Triple Crown Country Club will be on 3/14/2016 at 11a.m. Betsy Conrad showed Tom Gaither prints and posters that could be auctioned at the benefit. It was decided to auction prints this year and consider auctioning the posters next year..

NEW BUSINESS--OFFICER NOMINATION COMMITTEE:

There will be the election of officers at the April 2016 meeting. Jane Pfarner, Lavern Lawson and Mary Bruins volunteered to be on the nominating committee to find people willing to run for offices. Barbara Crume moved that the nominating committee be accepted. Pat Yannarella seconded. Motion carried.

DONATION TO REDS COMMUNITY FUND:

Mrs. Castellini told FWC about the Reds Community Fund which is dedicated to improving the lives of area youth through baseball. http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/community/rcf.jsp

Jane Pfarner made the motion that FWC donate $300 to the Red Community Fund. Betsy Conrad seconded it. Motion carried.

CLUB DEPARTMENTS

Arts: No report

Conservation: No report.

Education: No report.

Home Life: No report

International Outreach: Chairperson needed.

Public Issues: Chairperson needed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Project: Joyce Foley submitted her report covering January 19 through February 16, 2016. Joyce reported that she tried to put the Florence Woman's Club into Facebook. Joyce had also been contacted by Tara Johnson from Skywardnky.org http://www.skywardnky.org/ requesting to include the Barn Quilt Trail in an inventory of publicly accessible art in the nine-county Northern Kentucky regions and would like to include the barn quilts individually and as a set.

Membership: No report.

Literacy/Library News: At the April meeting, Pat Yannarella will tell FWC about Mystery and Mayhem at the Boone County Public Library. (FWC partners with the library on this.)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The "Shop and Share" event has been moved to Fall, 2016.

The next gathering of the FWC is Tuesday, March 15 at 11:30 a.m. at Triple Crown Country Club for the Cancer Benefit Luncheon.

There being no further business, Vice-President Geise adjourned the meeting.

Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Record Secretary

Note: There will be no business meeting at the March 15, 2016 Cancer Benefit Luncheon at Triple Crown. The next business meeting will be at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park on Tuesday April 19 with refreshments at 12:30 p.m. and meeting at 1 p.m.

MINUTES OF MEETING

January 19, 2016

Vice-President Janice Geise called the January 19, 2016 meeting of the GFWC Florence Woman’s Club (FWC) to order at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park at 1 p.m. Nineteen members and guests signed the register. Four ladies (JoAnn Abel, Ann Wood, Kitty Nagy and Joan Schoettelkotte) were the guests of Jane Pfarner.

Vice-President Geise thanked hostess Rita Bitter and her helpers, member Joyce Foley and former member Anne Nolan for the delicious lunch. Lavern Lawson gave an inspirational reading on the meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas. The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Club Collect were recited.

PROGRAM

Joyce Foley introduced speaker Mrs. Castellini, the wife of the Cincinnati Reds owner, Robert Castellini and her associate Melissa who is with Cincinnati Reds Community Relations. Sue Castellini presented a program "My Life and Being Part of the Reds." Mrs. Castellini told about her husband's and her life with baseball. She distributed a handout of Cincinnati Reds 2015 Player Trades. She also noted that she and her husband are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 2016. She said the Reds will donate a basket of four diamond seat tickets and some unique bobble heads for the FWC March benefit. Mrs. Castillini gave everyone present a Cincinnati Reds picture frame.

She asked FWC members to consider donating $150.00 for the Cincinnati Red Community Fund. http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/community/rcf.jsp

BUSINESS MEETING

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT: Recording Secretary Pat Yannarella distributed copies of the November 17, 2015 FWC meeting minutes and notes from the December 2015 luncheon to all members present. Email copies had also been sent to all members with email addresses. Joyce McCord made a motion to accept the November minutes. Jane Pfarner seconded it. Minutes were approved.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: In the absence of Corresponding Secretary Suzanne Green, Barbara Crume read a thank you to FWC from Melanie Sperling thanking the FWC for the donation to the Boone County Public Library's Freestore Foodbank Mobile Pantry distribution account. She also read a thank you from Rob's Kids for the FWC donation to the organization.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Barbara Crume sent out e-mail copies of the January 19, 2016 FWC Treasurer’s Report to all members with e-mail addresses and made paper copies for members present at the meeting. The FWC Treasurer’s Report listed the checking account balance to be $3371.05 as of 1/19/2016. The Barn Quilt Project balance was $1128.09 and the actual FWC balance was $2243.96. Savings account balance was $5546.44. Treasurer Crume said that this savings balance should have also been this same amount on the November 17, 2015 Treasurer's Report. The January 2016 report was approved by the members.

VICE-PRESIDENT'S REPORT: Janice Geise shared with the FWC members some of her history in women's clubs. She had first belonged to the Stringtown Woman's Club. In 1992 she and Jean Jones joined the Florence Woman's Club. Janice also reported on President Betsy Conrad's health and expressed get well wishes for her.

NEW VOLUNTEER PROJECT: Mary Bruins made a motion that "Be Concerned" be placed on the FWC Sanctioned Non-Profit and Project List. Be Concerned has operated one of the largest free food pantries in Northern Kentucky since 1987. It helps low-income residents of Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties each month. It is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit agency and all donations are tax deductible. http://www.beconcerned.org/ Jane Pfarner seconded it. The motion carried.

CLUB DEPARTMENTS

Arts: No repor

Conservation: No report.

Education: No report.

Home Life: No report

International Outreach: Chairperson needed.

Public Issues: Chairperson needed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Barn Quilt Project: Joyce Foley submitted her report covering October 21, 2015 through January 18, 2016. Her report covered many items regarding the project that has been ongoing for ten years. Joyce reported that there are only about 225 brochures on the Barn Quilts left. Nancy Daly of the Community Recorders posted one of the boards on Twitter. Joyce thanked the Sturgil's for posting the Barn Quilt Project on the FWC website. Joyce said that she wants to quit the project in 2016-2017..

Membership: No report.

Literacy/Library News: No report

Spring Benefit Luncheon (March 15): FWC members are working hard to make the event happen. (FWC Bylaws say that all members must bring an assembled silent auction basket and purchase a ticket for the event.)There was discussion about all tasks needing to be accomplished for the event. Some of these include:

      • Maureen Davern and Joyce McCord are working on the decorations.

      • Joyce Foley will be picking up the invitation envelopes and stamps from the American Cancer Society.

      • Lana Brueggen will introduce the representatives from the American Cancer Society at the luncheon.

      • Acquire balloons to sell at the event. Balloons will be in memory of someone with cancer.

      • Lavern Lawson will run the bling table. Bring bling donations to the February meeting.

      • Rita Bitter will send letters to merchants.

      • FWC members need to come early to the February meeting to stuff, seal and stamp the invitation envelopes.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FWC members were asked to come to the Boone County Historical Society program on Northern Kentucky music and musicians on January 21, 2016 at the Main Boone County Public Library at 7 p.m.Jasbir Chahal said that there will be a Foodbank distribution on January 27, 2016 at the Florence Branch of the Boone County Public Library. There will also be the K Count taking place that day. Donations of clothing, e.g., new socks and underwear, and gently used clothing are requested for the homeless. Volunteers are needed to assist. Jasbir Chahal that FWC will be featured in the publicity.The next meeting of the FWC is Tuesday, February 16 at 12:30 a.m. at the Gathering House in the Florence Nature Park. Members are asked to come early - possibly 11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - to stuff, seal, and stamp the invitations for the March Spring Luncheon.There being no further business, Vice-President Geise adjourned the meeting.Submitted by,

Pat Yannarella, FWC Record Secretary