February Update 2018
Good Morning and Happy February!
I trust that you are all warm and dry after all of the January rains - snuggling under a fuzzy blanket with a cup of hot chocolate (or other favorite beverage), a great book/movie/hobby, and some colorful woolly socks always chase away the chill and damp of the Pacific Northwest winter.
January’s social luncheon drew a crowd of about 35 smiling faces and the draws for free lunch and jewelry were rather amusing. New member, Siobhan Clegg, was invited to draw the name for the free lunch but did not have her reading glasses to decipher the winner’s name - which was none other than Siobhan herself! When we drew for a piece of jewelry, everyone delighted with Patricia Lulu as she gleefully accepted her prize(never a lack of enthusiasm from Patricia!).
Mary Lou Steward gave us an overview of what to expect for programs in 2018 as well as a bit of news on what is happening in the City of Blaine. Mary Lou and her co-chair, Sandy Bonnickson, welcome your suggestions for future luncheon speakers, and if one of those potential speakers could be YOU, we would love to hear what you have to share (we have so many amazing women in our club!)
Patricia Lulu has some wonderful ideas for fundraising this year and will be periodically looking for helping hands to make this a financially successful year for Philanthropy.
The push is on for all membership dues to be in by Feb. 8th; Julie Ward and Marie Wallace will be available at to take your information and payment at the Feb. 8th luncheon. All those paid up by that date will be listed in the club roster, which will be distributed at the March 8th luncheon. Please tell all of your friends that our club is open to women from all communities and invite them to join us at our luncheons. Remember: There’s no such thing as a stranger, just a friend we haven’t met yet.
I’m off to see the world this month so Immediate Past President, Carole Gaasch, will be hosting the February luncheon. Until I return, please keep my seat warm and distribute lots of hugs to your favorite Valentines.
Semiahmoo Women’s Club President
New Members Always Welcome
Time to Renew Your Membership!
Current Members - It time to renew your SWC membership for 2018! Please print out and bring to the February luncheon your completed Membership Form (blue tab below) along with a $40 check for your dues made out to SWC. If you want the Membership Roster to be mailed to you, please include an additional $2. Not attending an upcoming lunch? You can mail your form and check to Marie Wallace at the address below. Deadline is February 8th.
Membership in the SWC is open to all women. The 2018 Membership Roster will be held for your pickup at the March, April and May luncheons. If you are unable to print the membership form from the website, contact Marie to have it emailed to you as an attachment. She should also be contacted for any other membership questions as well as to provide any update or corrections to your directory listing.
Marie Wallace c/o Julie Ward
8605 Semiahmoo Drive, Blaine, WA 98230
Welcome to our Newest Members!
Be sure and wish these SWC members a very
Happy February Birthday!
3rd Caroline Hodgins
8th Susan Pitt
16th Ann Stubenrauch
16th Joan Wagner
18th Amy Beauregard
21st Joy Bucanan
23rd Mary Kay Robinson
23rd Susie Tyrrell
27th Claudette Garner
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!
The next book group meeting will be on Thursday, February 22nd at 3:30 in the Blue Heron Grill. Pattie will be leading our discussion on the Whatcom Reads selection Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa. Amazon calls it a rocket ship of a book, filled with heroics, violence and the propulsive action of a heart. Over the course of a day, Yapa spools a narrative of the World Trade Organization protests that took place on the streets of Seattle in 1990. The book introduces a kaleidoscope of characters, and each is raw, real, and driven by their own obligation and role in the protests - from the Chief of Police whose city it is to protect, to an ardent non-violent activist, to a delegate making his way to an important meeting in the hopes of transforming his country. This epic day unravels from every vantage point, and the result is a story empowered with exacting empathy.
The Whatcom Reads month culminates with a visit by Sunil Yapa to our area. The schedule:
Reading ahead? Our book for March is The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.
At the January meeting we discussed the classic Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. Steinbeck presents a tough portrait of Monterey, California. Many of those portrayed are on the margins of society, dependent on one another for both physical and emotional survival yet have an acceptance of life as it is: both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Those who attended the meeting rated this book a 3.8 on a scale where: 5 - Fantasic; 4 - Liked It; 3 - OK; 2 - Did Not Like It; 1 - Horrible.
Reminders for the monthly meeting are emailed a few days prior to Book Group for those regularly attending our meetings. The list of books we are currently reading as well as past selection can be found by clicking below on the green tabs. New members are always welcome to join us, there is no need to rsvp for regular monthly meetings, just come! If you have questions about joining the group, want to be on the regular readers email list or no longer wish to be on the email list, contact Lora Crawford at LL2crawford@aol.com or Pattie Lulu at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Donna Leach is our weekly hostess for an informal coffee gathering at the big round table in the Blue Heron Grill at 10:00 a.m. each Wednesday morning. This is a drop in social time with no need to RSVP. New and potential club members are welcome! Contact Donna at (360) 371-3864 for more information.
Do you know of someone who is ill? having surgery? lost a loved one or friend? just needs
We will send a note of caring and also see if there are other things we can help with. Please contact our Hospitality Chairs.
Ann Stubenrauch email@example.com
Nora Young firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Services Needs
The Blaine Clothing Bank, located at 500 C Street, is always in need of clean, good quality clothing and linens. Items may be dropped off during the open hours or left in the drop box in the parking lot. Contact them at (360) 232-4457 for more information. Open Tuesday and Friday mornings 10 am to 1 pm and Wednesday evenings 5-7 pm. Volunteers are also needed to cover shifts during the open hours as well as at other time to help with sorting, cleaning and other behind-the-scenes chores. For more information about donations and volunteering: blainecap.org
Blaine Food Bank: Same hours as Clothing Bank. Needs: personal hygiene items, and baby food are in critical need. Anything else always helps!
Blaine Boys and Girls Club: The kids at the Club could really use some help with school supplies. In addition, BB&G Club can always use fresh produce for snacks, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, colored pencils, lined paper, index cards, construction paper, copy paper, ping pong balls, fabric scraps and any other craft materials. If you are shopping, picking up a few extras would be greatly appreciated by the kids in our community.
Community Events & Announcements
If you have a community event that would be of interest to our SWC members, please email email@example.com with the information.