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Third Thursdays Programs & General Meetings


First Baptist Church
8100 N. Madison Ave. NE
9:30 AM - Social
10:00 AM  - Program
11:00 AM-11:30 AM  - General Meeting
11:45 AM - optional post-meeting luncheon
Location TBD



January 19th Program

Langley Gace is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Innovasea systems, which designs the most technologically advanced aquatic solutions for aquaculture in the world. It is based in Boston but its predecessor company was NET Systems, founded on Bainbridge Island 27 years ago. Innovasea is part of a critical solution to meet the growing protein demand for an increasing global population and is very serious about global stewardship and making things better for our planet and its people.

Mr. Gace began his career as an ocean engineer, designing the equipment that eventually goes into the ocean. He has lived on Bainbridge for 27 years and raised his family here. He is looking forward to speaking to the Bainbridge Island Women's Club and sharing the story of modern aquaculture



BIWC Book Clubs

BIWC offers a variety of book clubs ranging from the traditional to a nontraditional/alternative.

If you are interested in a book club, please go to our ACTIVITIES page to find a group that has space available.

If there are no current openings, we encourage you to consider starting a new group. Our Activities Director is available to provide support and direction. We have many new members who may be interested, and it should not take long to get it up and running.

The nontraditional/alternative option is our very own No Book Book Club. No assigned reading is involved. Instead, come with a favorite book in mind to share with the rest of the group. This group meets from 3 to 5 PM on the last Monday of the month.

American Mah-Jongg

Are you interested in learning to play Mah-Jongg, American style?  A new member of the women's club comes to us with the knowledge and experience to instruct others in American Mah-Jongg and is interested in setting up this new activity group.

If you would like further information, please go to our ACTIVITIES page.

Please Note ..........
Your BIWC Board plans, pivots, and proceeds thoughtfully during pandemic periods, respecting the personal preferences of each member.  
Watch your email for any updates for upcoming events. 

Alicia van Thiel
Carla Panescu-Reich
Roxanne Corff
Roberta Nelson
Marg Schultz
Sue Anderson
Melody Maleitzke
Candy Barr
Chris Spencer
Ellen Boughn





Dear Ladies,

I think it’s safe to say that our luncheon was just delightful! And your donations for Helpline House matched your smiling faces and festive outfits. We collected a total of 89 pounds of food and a whopping $545.00!!!

A very special thank you to Patty Doherty, Corrie Sterbentz, and Tracie Waxman for making the deliveries to Helpline House. Let’s continue this gift of giving into 2023.

Helpline House needs shelf-stable foods. Baking items like flour, sugar, salt & pepper. Warm clothing items.

Check donations made out to Helpline House







Upcoming Events

Winter Social at Sisters' Cider House

Winter Social at Sisters' Cider House
Wednesday, January 25th - 3:30 PM
Warm up a bleak winter afternoon with your BIWC sisters at Sisters’ Cider House, 921 Hildebrand, on Wednesday, January 25 at 3:30 PM.
Let's support this local women-owned business! Easy, accessible parking by the main entrance of Home Street Bank.
Sip cider (with or without alcohol) and socialize. BIWC will provide snacks, Skee-Ball, surprises, and silliness.
No pressure to participate, but your sense of humor is mandatory.



The board unanimously approved the following Covid 19 policy on August 31, 2021.
  1. All BIWC General Meetings, program presentations, activity groups, and any other BIWC-affiliated event shall follow the mandates and recommendations of regulatory agencies as they pertain to Covid 19 current to the specific date of each event. This may result in cancellations, venue changes, social distancing, masks, and/or other safety measures.
  2. We respect the decisions of members to participate or not within their comfort zone.
  3. We ask that members or guests who have not been vaccinated or are feeling unwell not participate in in-person indoor or outdoor events.
Contact us with questions/concerns on this policy.
Focus on the positives and practice gratitude.

Recent Events

Wreath-making, December 6th


The BIWC Soil Sisters invite you to our Annual Wreath-Making

    BAINBRIDGE GARDENS Tuesday, December 6, 10am-noon

New Activity Group KICK OFF EVENT - December 4th

New Rotating

Wine Tasting Group

Couples and Singles are welcome. 

Sign up on the website or at our meetings. 

Tastings in 2023 will be held in small groups at different members’ homes on the second Sunday of each month. 

More details will be shared at our first tasting for all wine members.  

Kick Off Event -- Sunday, December 4th at 5:00 PM



November General Meeting, November 17th


Our November
Jumble Sale was a great success!


Over $2,000 raised and donated to Helpline House


Members arrived early with time to enjoy a spot of tea, some baked goods & friendly conversations.

Then the shopping began, making fun purchases; the proceeds of which were delivered to Helpline House on Thursday afternoon.

Items for sale included:

  • Baked Goods
  • Handmade Items– Glass Art, Wooden Ornaments & Knitwear
  • Gently used donated items– Women's Accessories, Scarves, Hats, Jewelry, Small Purses and Books.


Thanks to everyone who volunteered and participated in this event.

Special thanks to Sandy for coming up with the idea, and for all her hard work making this event a success

October General Meeting, October 20

Phedra Elliot, the Executive Director of Housing Resources Bainbridge was our speaker for October. Phedra moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2002 just in time to buy an affordable home just before housing prices began to rise. She believes communities should have a variety of housing options and that being able to live where you work should not be a matter of luck.

October Coffee Time

Thursday, October 6th at 10:00 AM

Join us at Cups Espresso
123 Bijune Dr SE #105

Bainbridge Island


Decorating Pumpkins at Bainbridge Gardens, September 30


Soil Sisters and Pop-Up Group had fun helping Donna Harui launch the Annual Bainbridge Gardens Pumpkin Walk by painting pumpkins.  This year's pumpkin walk benefits the BI Boys' and Girls' Club.

September General Meeting, September 15th

Merilee Mostav from Bainbridge Historical Society


September Coffee Time

Thursday, September 8th at 10:00 AM

Join us outside Town & Country Market
343 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island

If raining, we will meet inside - downstairs

Summer Soiree

What a wonderful way to end the summer.  About forty members and guests enjoyed our Summer Soiree at Patti Frank's House with friendly conversation, nibbles and a beautiful view of Eagle Harbor.  An array of appetizers and beverages left everyone smiling.  Thanks for hosting this event Patti.

August Coffee Time

Thursday, August 4th at 10:00 AM

Join us at COQUETTE in the outdoor Winslow Mall
278 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island

June Coffee Hour

Thursday, June 9th - 10:00-11:00am

in the outdoor Winslow Mall
278 Winslow Way E

May General Meeting, May 19th

This month's speakers, Jackie Fabbri and Ben Upsell, were from Arms Around Bainbridge, a wonderful organization that was started in 2007 by friends of Olivia Carey who came down with ovarian cancer.

 This organization provides emotional and monetary support for people on Bainbridge who are faced with medical difficulties. To date the organization has disbursed over $1 million to our neighbors who are caught in financial crisis as a result of serious illness.We heard how the group was formed and all the incredible things this organization does. Amazing how many services we are fortunate to have here on our Island.

Afterwards, many members enjoyed lunch at Wing Point.

Trip to Whitney Gardens May 17th

Soil Sisters day trip to Brinnon

Outing to Whitney Gardens was a success. Magnificent blooms, weather & company. Lovely meal with a view at Geoduck Restaurant.

May Coffee Hour

Friday, May 6th - 10:00-11:00am

Bay Hay & Feed
Carly's Cafe
10355 NE Valley Road

March General Meeting, March 17th

We were fortunate to have Becky Bryan, from the Kathleen Sutton Fund, as in-house speaker for our March meeting.  
 The organization reimburses transportation costs for women undergoing treatment for cancer, living in Kitsap, Clallam, Jefferson, and Mason Counties; providing aid to those going through a dramatic and often costly period in their lives.
EVERYONE was IRISH on St. Patrick's Day - wearing a bit of the green. 
Afterwards, many members  continued socializing while enjoying lunch at Wing Point.

February General Meeting & White Elephant Exchange | Feb 17th

What an enjoyable meeting we had in February.  Socializing, learning more about each other, games, candy & gifts ......


**Happy New Year Coffee Hour**

Please join the fun, catch up and savor an outrageously good cup of coffee…

Thursday, February 3 at 10:00 am

Pegasus Coffee House
131 Parfitt Way

We plan to meet on the covered patio, so dress warmly!

Jan Weber

November General Meeting

The November meeting included a fun presentation by this local boy and cool author.

Jonathan Evison is the New York Times Bestselling author of seven novels, including:

All About Lulu, West of Here, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving (also a movie), This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, Lawn Boy, Legends of the North Cascades, and Small World.

As a teen, Evison, was the founding member of the punk band March of Crimes, which included future members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. He lives on Bainbridge Island with his family.

November Coffee Circle
Monday, November 8th at 10:00 AM
This fun event will be held at Coquette Bakery in Winslow Mall.
Dress warmly as it is covered but not enclosed.
Feel free to bring a prospective member/friend.
Jan Weber

October General Meeting

On Thursday Oct. 21 we were joined by local author, Mary Lou Sanelli, will inspire strength and resilience in your human spirit!

“Mary Lou is an awesome speaker. She spoke to the General Federation of Women's Conferences, Western State Region meeting and you could hear a pin drop at one time and the laughter was contagious at another. She was a highlight of the four-day conference for many attendees. Her message was perfect for a group of women ranging in age from 40-90.”
Bonnie Walden, WSR President

Join Us for Paint Nite Happy Hour

Oct. 14th from 4 PM - 6 PM
at Heart and Soul Art Studio
Winslow Green, Bainbridge Island
We will be given step-by-step instructions on how to paint an awesome picture on canvas. The cost is $32.00 and all supplies will be provided.
  1. Email Sandy at:  for more info
  2. Very limited spaces as we will be social distancing inside the studio.
  3. Please RSVP to Sandy by Oct. 11 at noon.
  4. Vaccinated members only and a Face Mask is required.

Come and have some fun and leave with a masterpiece.

Coffee Social - PNW Style

Kick-off October in your finest attire
(toque, scarf, gloves)
Meet for a no-host cuppa outside the deli/bakery under the awning at Town and Country
Monday, October 4th, 10-11:00 AM 
Rain or Shine
Come/go as your schedule allows!

Lytle Beach Coffee & Cinnabons

We had a lovely time at the beach!


Wednesday Walkers

Patti's Porch Party

August 13
We Kept Calm, Partied On!
Despite a warm and smoky day, the Women In Need of Sisters carried on with an abundance of good cheer, fueled by chilled wine and delicious, homemade appetizers. The most amazing edible centerpiece, pictured above, was an explosion of fruit and chilled shrimp. Thanks to the more than 20 ladies who attended and to the event host, Patti Frank, for a great end-of-summer gathering.

Hostess with the Mostess

Fletcher Bay Winery - July 29th

Around 30 newer and long-time members celebrated summer socializing

June Luncheon and General Meeting

Fifty-two members and guests basked in the sunshine, sipped beverages, and socialized over lunch at Eleven Winery in June. Thank you!  What a joy to re-connect! We never expected to “sell out” the venue, and sadly could not accommodate inquiries after the deadline. Much appreciation to “Our Friendly BIWC Board Members” who volunteered and organized.

Outreach: Thanks to All
The wonderful turnout at our June luncheon also resulted in an impressive amount of donations for Helpline House: 42 pounds of food and a total of $95 in cash and checks. Thanks to everyone!









October’s Afternoon of Fun in the Park

Back by popular demand, October featured another round of Drive-in Games! Lots of laughter and honking horns were heard, as members were able to participate in The Price is Right and Name that Tune from the comfort of their cars. Some just couldn’t resist putting on their dancing shoes. Prizes awarded to our lucky winners included Gift Cards from Local Restaurants.

Recap of October's Zoom Program

If you did not have an opportunity to participate in our October Program, we have posted a link to the pre-recorded presentation by the Ascend Fund.  Click on the link below to learn about the challenges facing women who choose to run for office, the strategies for promoting gender parity and the other organizations working in coordination with the Ascend Fund.

Our Program Committee Chair, Karla Sammons, ( will be contacting the Ascend Fund with follow-up questions and comments from our members, and we invite you to contact Karla if you would like your feedback included.

Fun Times at September Drive-In Games

Kudos to Joanna Lyon for our wonderful Parking Lot Bingo and Trivia!  Some members opted to stay in their cars while others brought lawn chairs to sit outside.  Congratulations to the Bingo and Trivia winners!  We hope to hold one other parking lot activity while the weather permits. It’s such fun to actually be able to visit with each other, even if at a distance.

  • Golf activity group enjoying the sunny weather