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Thank You Parade to our district directors and State representatives

Brooker Creek Preserve is one of the organizations that our club supports.


 (Above, L to R). Club President Dee Isguzar and Club Treasurer Mary Egeland


GFWC/WCTS April Birthday Members received a BIG SURPRISE!!️

Today as we celebrated some of our members’ birthdays, we continued practicing our social distancing! 

I am sending a huge virtual hug and thank you to the outstanding members that were able to participate today! Linda, Barbara, Phyllis, Reggie, myself, two of my children (Dominque and Serzhan) and our friend Nikita from Holland. We drove around for 5 hours in our GFWC WCTS Birthday Party/Get Well Parade handing out cupcakes, cookies and big smiles!

We visited over 14 of our members today!

I am so grateful that we had the opportunity to do this and have the ability to see some of our members. We all had such a great time! 

Yours truly 


GFWC WCTS President 

Happy Members Responses: 

‘Dee, Son, Daughter, Barbara M., Linda E. Phyllis Reggie & Members of WCTS,

How Wonderful of you to take the time to give the April Birthday recipients a very special Birthday Parade. I just loved it and the few neighbors who witnessed it were probably saying “Lucky Lady”. (Most of my neighbors are new). And, I know one of the cookies was delicious – can’t wait to sample the rest. Thank you, thank you for making my day. You are all special and wonderful friends. I love you, 
Barbara Okvist ”

”Hello Dee I hope that maybe you can send this on to Woman’s Club. I had a lovely experience today with the birthday parade group. It was so uplifting and such fun! They came around and woke my neighborhood up, which was terrific as it made me giggle like crazy. I hope the ladies enjoyed it as much as me because you know today that we need a lot of happiness in our lives now. So again, I said everyone involved in this really made like a real great Sisterhood. Thank you,  thank you so much.

 I truly thank you for all you have done this year for our club.  Stay Well – Keep Safe”


So happy to hear from some of our members who had a great experience.

I very much appreciate the Birthday Parade!  Thank you to all the participants who joined in the parade.

What a pleasure to belong to such a kind and loving group of women.


Sharyn Disabato

Our club and our incoming President Reggie Gibson sponsored a class at Sunset Elementary School in Tarpon Springs
Sonia Linke, a member for the past 23 years, was awarded a Lifetime Honorary Membership at our December meeting.
Roslyn Linnen, a longtime friend, presented the Lifetime Honorary Membership award to Sonia Linke
Kalen Gebler (L), our Homelife chair, presented Ann Baker from Sleep n Heavenly Peace organization with a check. The monies they received will be able to provide four beds for children.
New member Kim Adams and President Dee Isguzar dress for the Holidays

The November meeting featured our annual Art Mart. The proceeds went to help fund the Mitzi Hunter Scholarship for a Tarpon Springs High School senior art student. Here below are pictures from the meeting.

Club President Dee Isguzar
State President Sharon Oliphant (Left) was our special guest. Shown with her here are Dolores Wilson and Dolly Vatikiotis
Our club presented a check for $550.00 to Sharon for her President’s Project, Operation Smile.
Mr. Gilcrest was our guest speaker, who gave us an update on the Honor Flights. Three of our members have been escorts for two of these flights.
State President Sharon Oliphant is speaking about her special project, Operation Smile.
Sharon Walling was the chair of the Art Mart. Here she is displaying her embroidered towels, aprons, etc.
Sherry Orr (behind table) with Gay Mitchell are displaying Sherry’s artwork
One of our vendors with her beautiful handmade wreaths
Barbara Wood with her embroidery, cross stitch, etc. She has tablecloths, runners, napkins, and has won many awards at our arts & crafts shows.
Asako Hartfield is enjoying the show
Five WCTS members attended the Annual District Meeting in Bradenton on Saturday, November 2. From LtoR: Past District Director Trish Gregory , Club President Dee Isguzar, Linda Eisner, Mary Egeland and Dolly Vatikiotis.

Dee, Dolly and Linda are helping tear tickets for a drawing at the District meeting.

Mary is working hard tearing the tickets apart, Dee is looking on.
Trish is doing parliamentary duty for the district board
We have a booth at First Friday events. Manning the booth are (LtoR) Phyllis Connolly, Caroline Stento, Doris Lauer, Mary Egeland, Linda Eisner and Karen Mulhahey
Susan Foy and Barbara Micheln are having fun at our Blingo fundraiser in October.
Blingo fun
On Saturday, October 26, Brooker Creek held an Owl O Ween festival. As part of the festivities, members of the WCTS read owl stories to the children. Above, LtoR are: club President Dee Isguzar, Michaeleen Collins, Roslyn Linnen, MaryAnn Brandl, Kathy Beurlen, Karen Kennedy.
Dolly Vatikiotis and Mary Egeland are reading to the children at Brooker Creek.
(LtoR), WCTS club members Jayne Jorgensen and Mary Egeland will be escorting warriors on the Honor Flight, which will be coming to St. Petersburg/Clearwater airports on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Members of WCTS will be there to greet them when they arrive home.

Veterans coming back from the Honor Flight.

Our first official meeting of the year was held on October 16. Our guest speaker was Dr. Abbot, cardiologist from AdventHealth North Pinellas. He gave good, interesting information on “How to Live to be 100”. Additional speakers were City Commissioner Rea Seiber, who gave a presentation of her trip to sister cities in Greece; Betty Purchase, who began a program of making caps for premature babies in South America and now has begun to promote knitting/crocheting caps for non-premie babies. She has taken over 2,000 tiny caps to South American countries that have been made by our members. Clint Elbow, President of United Nations Assoc. talked about a refugee program called “Picture My Life”, which was well received. Below are some pictures from the meeting:

Dr. Abbot, Cardiologist at AdventHealth North Pinellas is giving us good advice on “How to Live to Be 100”.
Doris Lauer (L) awarded one year membership pins to (LtoR, next to Doris): Evelyn Molina, Reggie Gibson, Lori LaBrecque, JoAnn Horvath and Laurie Summers

Saturday, October 12 was the date of our WCTS new member orientation. There were 17 new members added to our club and the orientation taught them all about the different facets of this international organization, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Below are pictures of the new members. The top picture is all new members together. Below are smaller groups with names.

LtoR, back row: Bernadette Kloth, Anna Crowley, Jean Dinoff, Amanda Griffin, Erika Bacchia. Seated; Patty Crowley, Rhoda Child

Our First Friday booth has brought in several new members. (LtoR) Mary Egeland, Sharon Walling and Linda Eisner talked to many people at the event on Friday, October 4.

On Wednesday, September 18, the GFWC Woman’s Club of Tarpon Springs held our annual Membership Tea. This was a very successful and fun event, adding 10 new members to our club. President Dee Isguzar honored ladies who were 90 years of age and older, and (past GFWC Florida President) Carole Weaver, as club founder Soledad Bonillas de Safford, gave a history of our club. There were 150 members and guests in attendance at the Tea, which was held in the Tarpon Springs Yacht Club. Below are some pictures from the Tea. In the first picture, Sherri Patterson and MaryAnn Cozzens painted the Eagle, which is the symbol of the Everglades, which we support. The Eagle was auctioned off at the state convention in Orlando. In the right hand photo, second row, Sherri Patterson presented our Women on the Way (WOW) students, Barbara Socha and Lisa Hunt, with a check for $500 each for their scholarship. Another $500 will be presented to them in April.

Our club had the honor or being chosen the Non-Profit organization of the year 2019 by the Chamber of Commerce. Shown with the award are (LtoR) Dolly Vatikiotis, Barbara Micheln and club President Dee Isguzar.

Past club Presidents: LtoR, Diana Burns; Teddy Stephen; Barbara Wood; Sherry Orr; Ann-Todd Eisner; Betty Purchase; Trish Gregory; Dolores Wilson

Linda Eisner and Mary Egeland are taking care of our booth at the Tarpon Springs downtown First Friday event. Stop by next month and say hello to them. They have all the information about our club.

This is a quilt made by member Diana Burns to commemorate some of the past Presidents of our club. It is hanging in our club’s history display at the Heritage Museum in Tarpon Springs.

Art Scholarship winner, 2019. Julianne Meconnahey with Mitzi Hunter, left, and her art teacher from Tarpon Springs High School, right.

Club members attending convention in Orlando: Front, LtoR – Priscilla Kowasic; Teddy Stephen; Susan Foy; Back – Carol Coulson; Dee Isguzar; Karen Morris; Sherry Orr; Carole Weaver

Our club is participating in the Book Hero’s program, which is a state project.

Dolores Wilson received the Judy Lutz Outstanding Service Award at the District meeting in February, 2019.

Fashion Show 2019 models MaryAnn Cozzens and Dee Isguzar

Dee Isguzar has been installed as the 2019-2020 President of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Tarpon Springs.

Our past Florida State President Carole Weaver is installing our new board members.

New Board members are (L to R): Reggie Gibson, President-Elect; Doris Lauer, 2nd VP; Barbara Micheln, 1st VP; Phyllis Connolly, Recording Secretary; Mary Egland, Treasurer; Linda Eisner, Corresponding Secretary; Dolly Vatikiotis, Director; Teddy Stephen, Director. Missing are President Dee Isguzar (in another picture) and Joan Jennings, Director. Joan is the photographer.

The table centerpiece for our 2019 annual Fashion Show and Luncheon

Margo Knighton and Gay Mitchell are arranging a centerpiece idea for our 2018 Fashion Show, which was held at the Heritage Springs Country Club in Trinity.

This was our chosen centerpiece idea for our Fashion Show in 2018

Margo Knighton, Trish Gregory, Dolores Wilson, GFWC Florida President, 2014-16 Carole Weaver, and Sheila Hayter took part in the state Federation Day project of helping at the Canine Companions headquarters in Orlando the day before the fall convention.

Kathy Kornfeld, Mitzi Hunter and Carole Weaver are having fun with their game at our FunDay fundraiser.

Shari Sattinger is showing Sherri Patterson her butterfly tower project for FunDay.

Ashley Rodriguez was the 2017 recipient of our annual Mitzi Hunter Art Scholarship that goes to an outstanding art student at Tarpon Springs High School

Mary Ann Saravanos, Gail Siddiqi and Judy Cassano are enjoying our February Hat Day. This is always a fun meeting, with prizes for the most popular hat creations.

Dolly Vatikiotis, Dee Isguzar and Sherri Patterson are busy making decorations for our upcoming September Tea.

Clever Floating Tea Cups and Saucers will decorate the tables for the September Membership Tea.

dr. seuss groupClub members will be reading Dr. Seuss books to children at the Tarpon Springs Elementary School

trish, cat in hatjpgTrish Gregory is the “Cat in the Hat” reading to children at Tarpon Springs Elementary School

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