April 1, 2017


11-year-old Chase Hartman donated 1000 books to the PAWC Book Sale, ensuring its success.

This year the PAWC was able to award SEVEN grants, 2 more than last year, due to the generosity of its members. At the May 12th luncheon, these winners of the 2017 grants will be introduced. Chairwoman Patti Sue Peotter-Bettes and her committee have selected small, independent charities that truly make a difference in our community. This year’s grant recipients are: Brotherhood of Men Mentor Group, Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing, Dollar Dynasty, Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County, Joy Sarasota, Last Chance Animal Sanctuary and Mothers Helping Mothers.
Brotherhood of Men Mentor Group offers support to young black males. They work to break the cycle of crime and incarceration by helping them stay in school and achieve positive goals. Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing- works directly with students in local schools, offering tutoring, homework help, snack programs and summer programs for teens. Dollar Dynasty assists underprivileged adults and children with basic needs and counseling. Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County- offers peer education to help teens reduce risky behavior and make informed choices regarding their physical, mental and emotional well-being. Joining Our Youth, Inc. (JOY) Sarasota offers services for children aging out of foster care and other at-risk youth, helping them find jobs and transition into the adult community. Last Chance Animal Sanctuary provides homes and health care for unwanted, sick or abandoned felines. Mothers Helping Mothers furnishes basic needs as well as baby items to families.

The PAWC recognizes the valuable work these organizations accomplish in assisting the community. Nonprofit charities depend upon donations to continue their work in caring for the less fortunate. It is inspiring to support the critical work these organizations are doing on behalf of the needy.

Mail your luncheon reservation checks for $24.00 to the PAWC, in care of Barbara Link, P O Box 21051, Bradenton FL 34204. Please contact Barbara at blink22542@gmail.com to confirm your reservation.

Palm Aire was asked to ”just take all those old books off the shelf; and come and bring them in to help someone else.” Palm Aire resident Rose Marie Aichhorn’s grandson, Chase Hartman, took that request to heart and donated 1000 books.

As fifth graders, Chase and his friend Vance Tomasi, founded Read, Repeat to distribute gently used books to schools, hospitals, libraries, nursing homes, the Salvation Army and the PAWC Club Book Sale. Their goal is to make the world a better place one book at a time. They have distributed 20,000 books in the area, managing to share their love of reading as they help the community. For more information about their organization, see their website - www.readrepeat.org. Because of this donation and many others from Palm Aire, the Book, Bag and Scarf Sale was a resounding success and broke all previous records.

Palm Aire’s own author and artist Jeri Susi presented an outstanding 'strip show and tell' program, entitled 'Women and History: How Did We Ever Survive?' While onstage, Jeri changed into several period costumes that she had made and designed herself. She demonstrated and explained how women of the past managed to overcome the endless difficulties and problems of living without hot running water, washing machines, irons and even bathrooms. With only the modern concession of Velcro, she showed off both costumes and their foundations. Her audience was enthralled but felt lucky to live in this much less encumbered era.

Our 'Mix and Mingle' gatherings are growing more popular every month. Don’t miss the fun. Everyone is guaranteed a wonderful time. It’s also a great time for new and old members to get acquainted. Don’t miss the next one. Please check emails for dates and times.

Remember, the PAWC usually meets on the second Friday of the month at 11AM from October to May. Membership is open year round and is not limited to Palm Aire Country Club members. For information, contact chairperson, Cecelia Massey. Dues are now $40 yearly.

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11-year-old Chase Hartman donated 1000 books to the PAWC book sale.

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Shoppers searching for the perfect book.

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Jeri Susi showing off her chemise, the favored undergarment of past centuries.

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Jeri Susi in her colonial costume.

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Leslie Kudla looking at best sellers.

Club Mailing Address
PO Box 21051
Bradenton, FL 34204