Minutes of Meetings

 

 

May16, 2018

GENERAL MEETING OF THE GFWC WOMAN’S CLUB OF TARPON SPRINGS

 

Trish Gregory, President, called the meeting of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Tarpon Springs to order at 11:30 a.m.

Chaplain Bonnie Laforme gave the Devotional followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Trish Gregory introduced the Board of Directors: Teddy Stephen, President-Elect; Priscilla Kowasic, 1stVice President and Membership Chair; Dee Isguzar, 2ndVice President, in charge of luncheons; Sheila Hayter, Recording Secretary, Barbara Micheln, Corresponding Secretary; Sherri Patterson, Treasurer.  Our Directors are Sharon Walling, Doris LaPointe, and MaryAnn CozzensSue McCubbinis the Parliamentarian.

Our club’s past District Directors who are present are, Barbara Wood, Diana Burns,and Trish Gregory.

Past club Presidents are, Dolores Wilson, Barbara Wood, Sherry Orr, and Diana Burns.

Priscilla Kowasic introduced new members.  Linda Geisking, Sandy Weber, and Barbara Geis.

A certificate of appreciation was presented to Sherry Orr.

Trish Gregory announced that the minutes of the April general meeting are on the club’s website

Our guest speaker is John Ulrich, from the Tarpon Springs Police Department.

Dolores Wilson presented the installation of the 2018-2019 Board of Directors:  Teddy Stephen, President, Dee Isguzar, President-Elect, Priscilla Kowasic, 1stVice President, Barbara Micheln, 2ndVice President, Sheila Hayter, Recording Secretary, Linda Eisner, Corresponding Secretary, Sharon Walling, Director, Dolly Vatikiotis, Director, Trish Gregory, Director.  Susan Foy, Parliamentarian.

Dolores Wilson introduced the guest speaker, John Ulrich of the Tarpon Springs Police Department who informed members about Identity theft and how to protect against it.

Sherri Patterson gave the Treasurer’s Report as follows:

Beginning Bank Balance for May 1, 2018                   $16,942

Total Receipts                                                             $37,396

Total Disbursements                                                   $34,597

Ending Bank Balance                                                  $19,741

WOW Balance                                                               $1,578

Sandy Grace Fund                                                        $2,414

Carrie V. Lee Scholarship                                           $14,014

Budgeted Philanthropies                                            $9,723

Trish reported that the financial audit had gone well, with Sherri doing an outstanding job.

Trish thanked members for their support of her Presidency over the past two years and wished Teddy Stephen good luck on her new position as president.

Trish Gregory lead the Collect and the meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m.

 

APRIL 18, 2018

GENERAL MEETING OF THE GFWC WOMAN’S CLUB OF TARPON SPRINGS

Trish Gregory, President, called the meeting of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Tarpon Springs to order at 11:30 pm.

Chaplain Bonnie Laformegave the Devotional followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Trish Gregory introduced the Board of Directors, Teddy Stephen, President-Elect; Priscilla Kowasic, 1stVice President and Membership Chair; Dee Isguzar, 2ndVice President, in charge of luncheons; Sheila Hayter, Recording Secretary – Sheila is also on the GFWC Elections Committee; Barbara Micheln, Corresponding Secretary; Sherri Patterson, Treasurer. Our Directors are Sharon Walling,Doris LaPointe, and MaryAnn CozzensSue McCubbinis the Parliamentarian.

Our club’s past District Directors who were present were Barbara Woodand Trish Gregory.

Past club Presidents present were Barbara Wood, Sherry Orrand Betty Purchase

We were honored to have our District 14 Director, Virginia Papadopouloswith us at this meeting.

Sherri Patterson announced that our guest speaker wasShirley Crumbley, from Women on the Way, St. Petersburg College. We also had Leylin Alvarez, who is our Women on the Way Scholarship student.  Rosa Edwards, the WOW coordinator at the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College also spoke to the club members.

Mitzi Hunterintroduced Theodore Ioannou, the Mitzi Hunter Art Scholarship winner, and his familyas well as Jessica Marmorale, Tarpon Springs High School art teacher; Assistant Principal Mrs. Lenox,and Nancy Itinson, retired TSHS art teacher.  The Mitzi Hunter Art Scholarship Award of $1,000 was presented to Theodore.

Priscilla Kowasic, Membership Chair introduced two new members, Barbara Geis and Sandy Weber.

 Since the President-Elect position is an automatic step to be President, we didn’t need a vote for Teddy Stephenas President.  That’s also true for Trish Gregoryas Director, as that is an automatic step.

The Committee has recommended DeeAnn Isguzarfor President-Elect.  DeeAnn Isguzarwas elected as President-Elect for our 2018-2019 term.

 Priscilla Kowasicwas recommended for the position of 1stVice President.  Priscilla Kowasicwas elected as 1stVice President.

Barbara Michelnwas recommended for the position of 2ndVice President.    Barbara Micheln was elected as 2ndVice President.

Linda Eisnerwas recommended for the position of Corresponding Secretary.  Linda Eisnerwas been elected as Corresponding Secretary.

Sheila Hayterwas recommended for the position of Recording Secretary.  Sheila Hayterwas been elected as Recording Secretary.

Sherri Pattersonwas recommended for the position of Treasurer.  Sherri Patterson was elected as Treasurer. Sherri Pattersonasked if anyone interested in the Treasurer’s position would like to train with her for a year.

Sharon Wallingand Dolly Vatikiotiswere recommended for the position of Director.  Sharon Wallingand Dolly Vatikiotiswere elected as Directors.

The board members will be installed at our next meeting.

 Barbara Woodwas presented with a 25 year Service pin and was thanked for all her years of service.

Sherri Pattersongave the Treasurer’s Report as follows:

Beginning Bank Balance for March 31                        $15,853.79

Total Receipts                                                             $12,565.10

Total Disbursements                                                   $8,090.58

Ending Bank Balance                                                  $20,328.31

WOW Balance                                                 $1,884.50

Sandy Grace Fund                                                      $2,514.00

Carrie V. Lee Scholarship                                           $14,013.50

Budgeted Philanthropies                                             $2,200.00

The Fashion Show bottom line amount was announced as $10,903.00

Trish Gregory announced that the minutes of the February general meeting are on the club’s website

Announcements were as follows:

May 2              Board Meeting

May 4-7           GFWC General Convention

May 16            General Meeting and Installation of Officers

May 19            District 14 Workshop

May 23            WCTS new Board meeting

Neila O’Neill, Sherri Patterson, Lynn Kopala, and Barbara Woodwon awards at the District 14 Arts & Crafts meeting in St. Petersburg.

Conservation Chair, MaryAnn Cozzenscollected 115 bras for Women on the Way.  The eyeglasses collected will go to the Lions Club. She also announced Earth Day on April 21.  Volunteers were needed to meet at Jessie’s Garden at 116 N. Ring Avenue, to help clean up the city.

Dolly Vatikiotis thanked the members who volunteered to help with the Fine Arts Festival this year, and said that volunteers will also be needed for the Fine Arts Festival next year.

Trish Gregory lead the reading of the Collect and the meeting was adjourned at 1:45 p.m.

 

 

MINUTES OF THE GFWC WOMAN’S CLUB OF TARPON SPRINGS

February 21, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 11:30 by President Trish Gregory. Betty Purchase gave the Devotional, which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Introductions were made for the Board of Directors, members who serve on GFWC Florida committees, past Presidents and past member District Directors, and then several visitors were introduced.

Priscilla Kowasic, Membership Chair, introduced three new members who were present and presented them with red long stemmed roses..

President Trish Gregory presented MaryAnn Cozzens as our club’s Volunteer of the Year. A gift was presented by Dolores Wilson.

Dolores Wilson presented Dee Ann Isguzar as the club’s Honoree of the Year, and gave her a gift.

Teddy Stephen organized a Parade of Hats. Awards were given to Sharon Walling for the “Most Beautiful” and to Doris LaPointe as the “Most Creative”.

Following lunch Doris LaPointe introduced our Speaker Pam Ora, from Habitat for Humanity. Pam gave a very informative talk about the origins and the focus of the program. The CSP that was represented was “Home Life”.

Sherri Patterson gave the Treasurer’s Report.

Our club bylaws state that members can only serve two terms, except by a vote of the Executive Committee and the membership. We have two members who would like to serve a third term: Sherri Patterson as Treasurer and Dee Ann Isguzar as 2nd Vice President. The Board voted at the February board meeting to allow this, and a vote was taken at the general meeting today. A Motion was made by Dolores Wilson and Seconded by Sherry Orr to allow a third term for Sherri Patterson and Dee Ann Isguzar. The Motion passed.

Dolly Vatikiotis made an announcement about needing volunteers for the upcoming Arts Fair in Craig Park.

The members stood and repeated the Collect, which is printed at the back of the program.

The meeting was adjourned

 

Minutes submitted by Trish Gregory, in the absence of the Secretary

 

MINUTES OF THE GFWC WOMAN’S CLUB OF TARPON SPRINGS

JANUARY 17, 2018 

The meeting was called to order at 11:35 by President Trish Gregory. Betty Purchase gave the Devotional, which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Introductions were made for the Board of Directors, members who serve on GFWC Florida committees, past Presidents and past member District Directors, and then several visitors were introduced.

Priscilla Kowasic, Membership Chair, introduced one new member who was present and presented her with a white long stemmed rose.

There was no Treasurer’s Report, so that will be given at the February meeting.

Sharon Walling presented member Dolores Wilson with a beautiful hand-embroidered apron that she had created. The occasion was to thank Dolores for her years of service as the founder and leader of the Shutterbug Club.

Lunch was provided by Delectables Catering.

Sherry Orr, Susan McCubbin and Sherri Patterson talked about their beginnings as artists and told something about their particular mediums. The three ladies had been giving demonstrations of their art prior to the meeting, and they explained their artwork. Susan had done a Plein Air watercolor of the meeting room, Sherry did an oil painting and Sherri painted with alcohol inks on a tile.

Following the program, Sherry Orr, our Arts & Crafts Chairman, presented the winners in the Arts & Crafts competition. The 1st place winners were:

Photography: Dolores Wilson, Portrait

Dolores Wilson, Natural History

Neila O’Neil, Scenic

Trish Gregory, Feature

Photography, Enhanced: Trish Gregory , Natural History, Feature

Crafts:          Jewelry-        Mitzi Hunter

Painting-       Sherri Patterson

Paper crafts- Mitzi Hunter

Natural Materials-Mitzi Hunter

Card-             Mitzi Hunter

Floral-           Mitzi Hunter

Knitting        Neila O’Neil (Wedding Shawl)

Knitting-       Neila O’Neil (Tree of Life)

Embroidery-            Barbara Wood

Tapestry        –           Sherry Patterson

Cross stitch-             Barbara Wood

Fabric art-                 Sherry Orr

Combination-           Sharon Walling

Art

Acrylic-                     Ellen Duquette

Pastel-                        Lynn Kopala

Water Color-             Mitzi Hunter

Drawing-                   Priscilla Kowasic

Mixed media-           Carol Coulson

Miniature-                 Carol Coulson

 

Best of Divison, Art    Lynn Kopala (Watercolor)

Best of Division, Crafts –  Mitzi Hunter (Dried Flower picture)

Best of Division, Photography – Trish Gregory (Enhanced, Feature)

Best of Show, Overall, was Lynn Kopala with her pastel scene.

Announcements were made following the presentation.

The members stood and repeated the Collect, which is printed at the back of the program.

The meeting was adjourned

 

Minutes submitted by Trish Gregory, in the absence of the Secretary

 

MINUTES OF THE GFWC WOMAN’S CLUB OF TARPON SPRINGS

DECEMBER 13, 2017

President Trish Gregory called the meeting to order at 11:30 a.m. Chaplain Bonnie Laforme gave the devotional and led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Our special guests for entertainment for this meeting were the Las Mariposas Folklorico Dance Troupe from the Dade City Farmworker’s Self-Help Group. Five young girls from the organization came in traditional costumes and sang a few songs and then did several Mexican dance numbers. They were charming, and well received by our members. Margarita Romo, the Director of the Farmworker’s Group, spoke briefly and received 2 checks from the club; one in the amount of $300, which is our annual contribution to their organization, and an additional $200 to go towards their music education.

The Board of Directors of the club were introduced, as well as members who serve as GFWC Florida committee members, past presidents of the club and past District Directors who are members of the club.

Since this was our special Holiday Lunch, we dispensed with the Treasurer’s Report and announced that the minutes of the November meeting could be found on our website.

Following lunch, we took a vote on allowing club members who did volunteer work for other organizations to be allowed a “blanket authorization” to report those hours in the annual report. The vote passed unanimously.

Members stood and repeated the collect, and the meeting was adjourned.

 

GFWC Woman’s Club of Tarpon Springs, Inc. General Meeting, November 15, 2017

President Trish Gregory called the meeting to order at 11:30 a.m. Chaplain Bonnie Laforme gave the Devotional and Pledge of Allegiance.

The Board of Directors Members introduced were President-Elect, Teddy Stephen; 1st Vice President and Membership Chair, Priscilla Kowasic; 2nd Vice President, in charge of luncheons, Dee Isguzar; Recording Secretary, Sheila Hayter (Sheila is also on the GFWC Elections Committee); Corresponding Secretary, Barbara Micheln; Treasurer, Sherri Patterson. Our Directors are Sharon Walling, Dolores LaPointe, and MaryAnn Cozzens. Sue McCubbin is our Parliamentarian.

Our GFWC Florida Past President, Carole Weaver attended. She is also the GFWC LEADS Chairman and Karen Morris is on the LEADS committee. Karen is also our past GFWC FL Member at Large.

Also present were past District Directors Carole Weaver, Barbara Wood, Diana Burns, and Trish Gregory. Past Club Presidents are Barbara Wood, Karen Morris, Dolores Wilson, Sherry Orr, and Anne-Todd Eisner.

New member Phyllis Connelly and various guests were introduced.

Dee Isguzar reminded members about the procedures for luncheon reservations. If members are late in sending their checks, it is better to contact Dee to make the reservation and then pay at the door. Dee needs an accurate count by December 5 for the December meeting to allow Cypress Run staff to order the correct amount of food for the luncheon.

Business

Art Mart is done each year to help raise money for our Mitzi Hunter Art Scholarship. An outstanding senior art student from Tarpon Springs High School is selected by the instructor and is awarded the scholarship in April.

Thanks were given to all who bought arts and crafts and donated to the scholarship fund. Mitzi Hunter, an award winning artist who sponsors this scholarship was thanked. Mitzi has done artwork for our fashion show and whatever else the club needs.

Sherri Patterson, our Education chair, told club members about our new scholarship student for Women on the Way, Lalan Alvarez. Sherri read a letter from the student about her experience in gaining an education in the United Sates.

Sherri Patterson then gave the Treasurer’s Report.

Disbursements                                                                                 $ 1,384.66

Bank Balance                                                                                   $16,941.65

WOW Balance                                                                                  $ 1,963.52

Sandy Grace Fund                                                                           $ 2,514.00

Carrie V. Lee Scholarship                                                                $ 14,013.50

Pamela Woody thanked the club for the donation to the Tampa Bay Advocates against Human Trafficking.

Trish Gregory informed club members that the minutes of the October general meeting were available on the club’s website.

Lunch

Guest Speaker:  Teddy Stephen introduced MaryAnn Cozzens, our Conservation Chair, to announce the Guest Speaker, Fara Ilana

MaryAnn announced that November 15 was National Recycling Day and introduced Ms. Ilana.

Ms. Ilana gave a very interesting talk about Coastal Conservation with respect to marine debris, feeding wildlife, and habitat alterations. She announced that November 15 is National Recycling Day

Announcements

MaryAnn Cozzens informed club members that we would be collecting hearing aids, gently used bras, and eyeglasses at the December meeting.

Barbara Micheln gave a report on the club members’ trip to Dade City to deliver goods to the Farm Workers Self-Help Group (one of our philanthropies).

January will be the annual Arts and Crafts Show. Sherry Orr handed out entry forms for the show.

Kathy Monahan called attention to Tarpon Arts and History.

Jean Hayes announced that she needed several more members to wrap children’s Christmas gifts for Cops and Kids. Club members may bring gifts to the December meeting for children ages 5-14. The Tarpon Springs Police will collect these items and the wrapping dates at the Cops and Kids building will be December 12 at 8:30 a.m. and December 15 at 8:30 a.m.

Sherry Patterson notified club members that the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting will be on

December 5. Tickets are $35

Collect: Members recited the Collect

Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 2:15 p.m.

 

GFWC Woman’s Club of Tarpon Springs, Inc.General Meeting, October 18, 2017

President Trish Gregory called the meeting to order at 11:30 a.m. Chaplain Bonnie Laforme gave the Devotional and Pledge of Allegiance.

New Board Members introduced were President-Elect, Teddy Stephen; 1st Vice President and Membership Chair, Priscilla Kowasic; 2nd Vice President, in charge of luncheons, Dee Isguzar; Recording Secretary, Sheila Hayter (Sheila is also on the GFWC Elections Committee); Corresponding Secretary, Barbara Micheln; Treasurer, Sherri Patterson. Our Directors are Sharon Walling, Dolores LaPointe, and MaryAnn Cozzens. Sue McCubbin is our Parliamentarian.

Our GFWC Florida Past President, Carole Weaver attended. She is also the GFWC LEADS Chairman and Karen Morris is on the LEADS committee. Karen is also our past GFWC FL Member at Large.

Also present were past District Directors Barbara Wood and Trish Gregory. Past Club Presidents are Barbara Wood, Betty Purchase, Dolores Wilson, Sherry Orr, and Anne-Todd Eisner.

Former member, Carole Mathes was back and rejoining the club.

Various guests were introduced.

Trish Gregory noted that members were wearing the color purple to create awareness of the problem of Domestic Violence.

It was also noted that October was World Food Month, with the donations from the day going to the Shepherd Center.

Bonnie LaForme was presented with her 50 year pin as a GFWC club member by Trish Gregory and Carole Weaver.

Business

The business had to do with the CAP (Citizens’ Alliance for Progress) Health Fair. For more than 10 years, our club has been supplying backpacks and school supplies to the children who come for their annual physicals. We always have some backpacks left over and these have typically been stored at the home of a member, who gave them to CAP as needed for the year. This member passed away this year and the backpacks are currently stored at the Friends of the Library building. Some board members felt that these backpacks should be donated to an organization such as the Farmworkers’ Self-Help Group in Dade City (one of our charities). Since the backpacks have been donated by the members of this club, approval was need by the membership in order to donate them to another organization. There was a motion made by Dee Isguzar to donate the leftover backpacks to a charitable organization. Carole Weaver seconded the motion. The motion was passed by the membership.

Lunch

Guest Speaker: Noelle Clark, JD, U.N. Representative gave an inspiring talk about Empowerment for Women.

Announcements: October 25, 2017 is the annual Fun Day when members and guests get together for many different games and crafts. The cost of the event is $20.00

Collect: Members recited the Collect

Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 2:15 p.m.

 

SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP TEA:

Our annual Membership Tea, traditionally held in September, was cancelled this year due to Hurricane Irma.