Our Club has had a busy year! As always, there were challenges to overcome, but we pushed on and met these challenges with great ideas and firm resolve. We are resilient! As our new Executive Board took office in June, we were faced with a drop in membership resulting in a reclassification to an Intermediate Club. Through hard work this year, we gained membership and will begin the new year as a Large Club. Our Membership Chairman worked hard to make sure our “valued members” were recognized and shown our appreciation for their presence and support of our Club, while recruiting and welcoming new members. Happily, 5 of those new members were under age 50!!
In August, our Annual Bingo Bash was the first successful fundraiser of the year. This is always a well-attended event and a fun time for members (and friends) to reconnect after our summer hiatus.
On a lovely Sunday afternoon in September, we held a major fundraising event called “Tea at Tara”. This very successful event featured a wonderful tea with all the trimmings and a display of many vintage and more recent wedding gowns worn by our club members at their weddings. Even some of our husbands participated by refilling our silver teapots and delivering them to the tables. It was a really elegant and profitable event with door prizes, raffles, and a silent auction.
In January we held our Prayer Breakfast which featured a hymn sing and wonderful fellowship. We were very honored to have several of our city dignitaries in attendance, as well as some members of our sister clubs in the San Bernardino District. We were especially honored to have our CFWC First-Vice President Toby Kahan share the morning with us.
February brought our annual Bunco Party and Dessert fundraiser. We had a good turnout despite our competition with the Super Bowl that day. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed wonderful desserts donated by our members.
In March we had our annual Rummage Sale. We had lots of items for sale and lots of help, but attendance was down. We made some money and donated what we did not sell to our local Second Chance Thrift Store which supports our local animal shelter. They were grateful for the donations and we were thankful they were able to squeeze it all into their van!! The Rummage Sale is always a lot of hard work, but fun just the same. We will be looking for a new chairperson for this event this coming year, since our current chairperson will be leaving us to move closer to her family.
In April, we had a very special and successful event called “A Taste of Wine and Jazz II”. We had 64 people in attendance and tasted wines from Italy, France and Spain while enjoying culinary delights from each of those countries, as well as wonderful live jazz music. Elegant centerpieces were raffled off, as well as opportunity tickets, door prizes and a silent auction. The profits from this event were dedicated to our nursing scholarship fund.
We did come to some resolution with the Fire Department of our ongoing kitchen problems. We have decided to find an alternative to our aging stove and warming oven which will be more economically prudent for the club. Hopefully we will be able to sell our old equipment and install some additional electrical outlets, counters, and self -contained warming carts beginning in July. It has been a long process, but we are at peace with our decisions! We continue to rent the Clubhouse on a regular basis, which provides us with some additional income.
In June we will be hosting a members-only Game Day and Potluck to celebrate the successful year we have had. Members attending will be sharing dishes representative of the state or country in which they were born. We should have a wide variety of tasty dishes! This will be a time of fun and fellowship (but not fundraising)!
Throughout the year were have enjoyed wonderful luncheons and teas with a wide variety of entertainment and informational speakers and have had excellent attendance at our district conferences and the annual convention. Our Home and Garden and Mexican Trains groups have been very active and successful this year. We also added a Craft Group which meets once a month.
My signature project this year has been Operation Smile, and I am happy to report we have funded one surgery so far and donated 15 blankets and a wide variety of “smile dolls” for these special children. We look forward to the coming year and all of the possibilities it presents.
Here’s to a wonderful 2016-2017 year in Federation,
Beverly Foreman, President
Upland Woman’s Club