June 1, 2017
THE PAWC CANDLELIT CEREMONY WAS A GLOWING SUCCESS.
Another record breaking year! More than $20,000 was raised for charity.
The May luncheon was illuminated with a return to tradition and elegance. The new Palm Aire Women's Club board members were installed during an impressive candlelit ceremony conducted by Doris McCowen. Peg McKinley led off, lighting a red candle to symbolize her office as President and leader of the Palm Aire Women’s Club. Board members, Pattie Meades, Sherry Coles, Lydia McIntire and Susan Romine followed, each lighting a different color candle symbolizing their offices and responsibilities. This impressive ceremony served as a reminder of the long history of the club and demonstrated that its ideals remain unchanged.
The PAWC’s hard work enabled the club to offer grants to local charities in need of funding. This year the PAWC awarded SEVEN grants, two more than last year, due to the generosity of its members. The Charity committee selected small, independent charities that truly make a difference in our community. Patti Sue Peotter-Bettes, the charity chair, introduced representatives from the chosen organizations: Dee Webber (Brothers & Sisters Doing the Right Thing), Charles Sortridge (Brotherhood of Men Mentor Group), Victoria Brown (Dollar Dynasty), Mary Ann Legler and Marquel Sommers (Healthy Teen Coalition), Vonda Leonard (Joy Sarasota), Linda Litke (Last Chance Animal Sanctuary) and Elaine Steinfurth (Mothers Helping Mothers). Each representative passionately described how their charity impacts and makes a difference in the community.
Victoria Brown, in particular, truly impressed the audience. She detailed how her charity filled food baskets, arranged summer programs for at risk children and ensured that no one in need was turned away, all the while lacking the money to repair her own building. She has dedicated herself to helping those in need. She epitomizes the charities the PAWC was established to support. Remember, all the money raised by the PAWC goes back into the community in the form of scholarships or grants to local charities.
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.