July 2017 Update
After our bitterly cold winter and cool rainy spring, summer has finally arrived with record-breaking heat no less. What a year it has been for weather. I hope everyone is finding time to enjoy our beautiful outdoors.
Our July luncheon program promises to be another fun and educational event. The guest speaker is one of our Semiahmoo residents, Dr. Arthur Watanabe, who is a physician at Mt. Baker Pain Clinic. Among other informative topics, he will be discussing the use of regenerative medicine techniques to improve the quality of life by reducing pain. Our featured SWC member artist is the gifted Elizabeth Wonnacott. Last month Sarah Ulis won the drawing for a free lunch, and we will be drawing for a free lunch in August. We also have planned other prize drawings, but you’ll have to attend the luncheon to find out what they are J. Please note: Per Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club policy, we can only accept luncheon payment by cash or charge to your golf/social club membership. Also, because we have to provide a head count to the staff 3 days prior to the event, it is imperative that you sign up via eVite and/or cancel no later than 5:00 pm the Monday prior to the event.
One of the activities we were able to offer this past year was quarterly field trips, led by Julie Fleetwood-Binns. Unfortunately for us, Julie and her husband are moving and she will no longer be able to participate. The activity involves organizing and leading a group of SWC members in a local outing once a quarter. Julie’s specialty was the Arts, so among other places, we went to Whatcom Museum and the outdoor sculpture exhibit at Western Washington University, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. But the destination could be anywhere fun and interesting. I believe Julie enjoyed doing it. If you think you might be interested in leading this activity, please contact me.
See you all at the luncheon on July 13th, and bring a new friend!
Semiahmoo Women’s Club President
New members are always welcome!
Current Members - Payment of your annual SWC membership ($40) was due January 1, 2017. While you can still renew your membership, he deadline for inclusion in the 2017 Roster was January 31st. The new Membership Rosters are available for pickup at the monthly luncheon.
Membership in SWC is open to all women. New and renewing member dues for the year are $40. After July 1st, new member dues are $20. The Membership Roster will be held for your pickup at the monthly luncheon, if you wish to have it mailed, please include an additional $2 with your dues. The membership form can be found on the tab below. If you are unable to print from the website, please contact Jan Atchity at email@example.com to have it emailed to you as an attachement. Checks and membership forms can be submitted at the monthly luncheon or mailed directly to Jan Atchity, 9169 Great Blue Heron Lane, Blaine, WA 98230
Please contact Jan 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.
Contact For July and August:
Jan Atchity firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie Wallace email@example.com
5411 Quail Run, Blaine, WA 98230
Linda Huberman firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to our Newest Members!
Happy Birthday To You!
Be sure and wish these SWC members a very
Happy July Birthday!
5th Susan Sellie
8th Billie Bernard
8th Dorothy Amundson
10th Pat James
21st Beth MacConnell
23rd Pat Mitchell
27th Shara Nixon
30th Madelene Geuther
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, July 27nd, 12:00 at the Blue Heron Gril for our annual "LUNCH MEETING" to select books for the coming year. We will begin with a short social time before lunch followed with each attendee presenting a book or two that they would like to see on our reading list in the coming year. If you have the book, bring it! Otherwise a printout of the description from Amazon or another book website with a short synopsis would be great. We will vote on paper for the top ten books. Also, we will need to decide if we would like to include a classic, biography, mystery or just stick primarily to contemporary fiction. Please contact Lora Crawford at LL2crawford@aol.com by Monday, July 24th to RSVP for lunch and the book selection.
Our book for June was The Japaneese Lover: A Novel by Isabell Allende. Described by Publishers Weekly as “a magical and sweeping” love story and multigenerational epic that stretches from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during World War II. Everyone felt it was an easy read but perhaps too much history of the 20th century was crammed into the story without a lot of depth - topics included were the Warsaw Getto, Auschwitz, Japanese internment camps, sex slavery, child poronography, back-alley abortions, assisted suicide and the early AIDS crisis. This book is in the genre of magical realism but many of us felt like it did not enhance the story.
On a five point scale the Book Group attendees rated it 3.2 on a 5 point scale. Only those who attended the meeting and read the entire book voted. The scale: 5 - Loved It 4-Liked It, 3-OK, 2-Did Not Like, 1-Hated It
Reminders for the monthly meeting are emailed a few days prior to Book Group. New members are always welcome, no need to rsvp for regular monthly meetings, just come! If you have questions about 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nora Young email@example.com
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 9 am - noon 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.
If you have a community event that would be of interest to our SWC members, please email LL2Crawford@aol.com with the information.
Drayton Harbor Music Festival
(Formerly Blaine Jazz Camp)
Join in on this Blaine tradition. Downtown contcerts will take place at at G & H Street Plazas in Blaine Monday - Friday at noon and Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm. There are daily evening events, highlighted by The Calidore Quartet and the Estonian Girls Choir on Sunday and the Big Band Benefit on Thursday. All except the Big Band Concert are by donation. We hope to see you all at some of these events performed by our students and world famous faculty. For more information, visit our website www.draytonharbormusic.org.
Big Band Benefit - Thursday, July 13th, 7:30
Get your tickets now for this swingin' event. There will be live music, dinner and dancing! Purchase tickets in person at Blaine Visitor Center or Pacific Building Center. Or MAIL a check to: Pacific Arts Association, P.O. Box 434, Blaine, WA 98231