January 2017 Update
Greetings and Happy Holidays!
Our December luncheon and fundraiser in the Semiahmoo Resort ballroom was a rousing success. Many of our local artists showcased their crafts, along with the Seattle-based Glassybaby organization, and though I don’t yet have the final numbers, it appeared to go quite well. Ten percent of all revenue will be donated to our Club, which will increase the amount we are able to donate to our local community in 2017. The Blaine High School Choir put on a fantastic show, and everyone seemed to have a great time. I’m hoping this can become an annual SWC tradition!
The luncheon was also our annual meeting, which included the election of the SWC 2017 Board. All of you should have received the slate, which was voted in unopposed (see the 2017 Board composition in this newsletter and on our website). Your Board looks forward to a new, fresh and exciting year in 2017, starting with the adoption of our new by-laws and name change to the Semiahmoo Women’s Club. If you have ideas for programs, please contact our Programs chairpersons, B.J. Windrum or Mary Lou Steward. And if you have ideas for fundraising, contact our new Philanthropy chairperson, Patti Lulu.
Our January luncheon will be a social, where you can catch up with old friends, make new friends, and be introduced to your new Board. We will also be discussing ideas for future luncheon programs. Judy Trefren won the drawing for a free lunch, and we will be drawing again from those members attending in January for a free lunch in February. New members to our club will be presented with a swag bag full of goodies. If you are a new member and haven’t yet received a bag, please let Judy Trefren, our new Hospitality Chair, know.
Finally, January is the month for our annual membership drive. Membership forms can be downloaded from the SWC website (semiahmooladiesclub.com) and mailed to our Membership chair, Marie Wallace, with your dues ($40 for renewing members, and $46 for new members – the $6 is a one-time charge to offset the cost of the nametag and roster cover). Marie will also be present at the January luncheon, where she will have a table with membership forms, and you can pay your dues at that time. In order to be included in our annual Membership Roster, you must renew or join by January 31st. As a reminder, because we are a registered charitable organization, your dues are tax-deductible!
See you all at the luncheon on January 12th, and bring a new friend!
Semiahmoo Women’s Club President
Monthly Luncheon News
The 2017 SWC Board
Elected at the December luncheon, this is your 2017 Semiahmoo Women's Club Board!
President: Carole Gaasch
1st Vice-President: B.J. Windrum,
(Programs) Mary Lou Steward (Co-Chairs)
2nd Vice-President : Marie Wallace,
(Membership) Linda Huberman (Co-Chairs)
Secretary: Linda Graves
Treasurer: Jan Atchity
Philanthropy Chairperson: Patricia Lulu
Reservations Chairperson: Debbie Fields,
Anna Thompson (Co-Chairs)
Hospitality Chairperson: Judy Trefren
Also, a big thanks for the contributions of those retiring from the 2016 SLC Board - Anya Abercrombie, Lora Crawford, Pat Gilson, JoAnn Howe, Victoria Wilhelminsen
New members are always welcome!
Reminder: Payment of your annual SWC membership ($40) is due January 1, 2017. The membership form can be found below. If you are unable to print, please contact Marie to have it emailed to you. Checks and membership forms can be submitted in person at the January luncheon or mailed directly to Marie at 5411 Quail Run, Blaine, WA 98230
Please contact Marie for any membership questions, to have a membership form emailed to you, to submit a new or renewal membership form, or to update your directory listing.
Thank you so much!
Marie Wallace email@example.com
5411 Quail Run, Blaine, WA 98230
Linda Huberman firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to our Newest Members!
Jen Hui Wu
Happy Birthday To You!
Be sure and wish these SWC members a very
Happy January Birthday!
1st Linda Johnston
8th Julie Fleetwood-Bins
8th Laura Sullivan
10th Ganga Engledow
12th Berniece Piwek
18th Hazel Chausse
18th Wally Greenough
19th Elizabeth Wilbrecht
19th Naomi Knowlton
21st Lois Franco
21st Deborah Woodruff
22nd Pat Kingshott
24th Linda Huberman
29th Alice Bessembinders
30th Brenda Hofherr
Results on the Vote:
Admend the By-Laws and Club Name Change
Many thanks to all of you who gave your time to considering, commenting and voting on the SLC Board's proposal to amend the Club's By-Laws, including a proposal to change the Club's name to Semiahmoo Women's Club. Per the current By-Laws, the amendment required approval by two-thirds of the members present at the meeting and all absentee ballots received. We received a total of 55 votes with a clear two-thirds majority for the amendments including the name change, so the proposed amendments and name change passed.
The new By-Laws and name change will take effect on January 1, 2017, pending approval by the State (required because of our 501 (c) (3) charitable organization status; however, because our purpose and activities haven't changed, we don't anticipate any issues in that regard). Until the new By-Laws are fully implemented we will continue to use both Semiahmoo Ladies Club and Semiahmoo Women's Club on our website and other club documents.
Due to your amazing generosity, the club was able to distribute $11,100 to local charitable organizations this year!
Way to go ladies!
The Philanthropy Committee met November 15th to distribute funds the SLC has raised over the previous year to organizations in the Blaine community. Their distributions were based on the advisory votes received from the membership.
A huge thank you to the Committee Chair, Joan Standrige and her committee: Pattie Lulu, JoAnn Howe, Kathy Korelin, Pat Kingshott, Pam Theisen, Lisa Viereck Breckenridge, Jeanne Roussellot, Elizabeth Tross-Deamer and Carole Gaasch.
The following are the recipients:
Blaine High School Scholarships $6,000
Blaine Boys & Girls Club $1,200
Blaine Food Bank $ 900
Community Assistance Program $1,200
CAP/Thanksgiving Dinner Project $ 500
Blaine School District Family Service Center $ 500
Stafholt Good Samaritan Society $ 400
Pacific Arts Association $ 100
Friends of the Blaine Library $ 200
Plover Historic Ferry $ 100
SWC Activity/Interest Group News
The club has several groups that are always open to new members. If you wish to participate, please contact the member in charge of that group for more information and to be added to their email distribution list. Becoming active in one or more groups is a wonderful way to share your personal interests with others while getting to know more ladies in the community.
SWC Book Group
All members are welcome to join us! Our next meeting will be Thursday, January 26th, 3:30 at the Blue Heron Grill. We will be discussing two books by Fredrik Backman - My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry and A Man Called Ove.
Reminders for the monthly meeting are emailed a few days prior to Book Group. New members are always welcome! If you are interested in joining the group or no longer wish to be on the email list, contact Lora Crawford at LL2crawford@aol.com or Pattie LuLu at email@example.com
Looking for a great read? Check out SWC Book Group selections from previous years' along with some great reads that were not selected for the coming year.
Wednesday Coffee Break
Donna Leach is our weekly hostess for an informal coffee gathering in the Blue Heron Grill at 10:00 each Wednesday morning. This is a drop in social time with no need to RSVP. Contact Donna at (360) 371-3864 for more information.
Botanical Goddesses Gardening Group
"A beautiful garden is sunshine on a cloudy day."
The Gardening Group is now in hiatus until February.