April 22, 2018


The Palm Aire Women’s Club proudly announces the six recipients of the 2017 grants.

The Manatee County Commissioner’s Office proclaimed April 24th Palm Aire Women’s Club Day. This award recognizes the 60 years of service that the club has devoted to the advancement of the Manatee Community.

The Palm Aire Women’s Club, formerly known as the Desoto Lakes Women’s Club, was established in April 1958. The club began as a non-profit organization devoted to the support of local charities. Over the years, the PAWC evolved and used their fundraising skills to provide scholarships to local students without neglecting their charity work.

President Peg McKinley and the PAWC Board was presented with the award by the Honorable Vanessa Baugh, District 5 Commissioner, at the Manatee County Commissioner’s Office. The PAWC was thrilled and honored to receive this prestigious award and appreciated the distinction and recognition from the Manatee County Commissioner’s Office.

Due to the generosity of its members, this year the PAWC was able to award six grants. At the May 11th luncheon, the winners of the 2017 grants will be introduced. Chairwoman Patti Sue Peotter-Bettes and her committee selected small, independent charities that genuinely 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, The Literacy Council of Manatee County and Truly Valued, INC.

Brotherhood of Men Mentor Group offers support to young black males. They work to help these young men 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. The Literacy Council of Manatee County trains volunteer tutors and matches learners with tutors for one-on-one lessons. They provide services to adults learning English to obtain citizenship and jobs leading to better futures for their families. Truly Valued, Inc. provides services and mentoring to 60 girls, aged 11 to 17. The focus is on building self-esteem and character to increase confidence and build positive self-images. The aim of the program is to decrease the cycle of despair and poverty in which many of these young women grow up.

The PAWC recognizes the valuable work these organizations accomplish to assist 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.

Also, at this luncheon, the 2018/2019 PAWC board will be installed in a traditional candlelit ceremony. The officers for the 2018/2019 PAWC executive board are: President– Pattie Hernandez, Vice President- Susan Romine, Recording Secretary- Judy Bouchard, Corresponding Secretary- Kimberly Lege and Treasurer – Janice Scanlon. This impressive ceremony serves as a reminder of the sixty year history of the club and demonstrates that its ideals remain unchanged.

Mail your luncheon reservation checks for $25.00 to the PAWC, in care of Barbara Link, P O Box 21051, Bradenton FL 34204. Please contact Barbara to confirm your reservation.

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 11 AM (registration at 10:45) from October to May. Membership is open year-round and is not limited to Palm Aire Country Club members. For information, contact membership chair, Cecelia Massey. Dues are now $40 yearly.

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April 24th was proclaimed Palm Aire Women's Club Day.

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The Scholarship recipients receive their scholarships from Peg McKinley and Peg Beck.

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The 2018/2019 PAWC Board is introduced to the club: Treasurer – Janice Scanlon, Recording Secretary - Judy Bouchard, President – Pattie Hernandez, Vice President- Susan Romine, and Corresponding Secretary- Kimberly Lege.

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Melodie Dickerson leads the SCF Chamber Choir at the April luncheon.

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The SCF Choir performs for the PAWC.

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Peg McKinley thanks member Debbie Kimball for her donation of 1000 books for the March Book Sale.

Club Mailing Address
PO Box 21051
Bradenton, FL 34204