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Third Thursdays Program & General Meeting

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
at Wing Point Golf & Country Club


Arms Around Bainbridge
Thursday, May 19th

This month we will be having a speaker 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.
Come and hear 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.
Coffee, tea, and refreshments will be served. Masks are your personal choice in our large airy meeting room with doors staying open to outdoors; dress appropriately.


Annual Summer Luncheon

   Thursday, June 16th from 11:30am to 2:00pm
Eleven Winery 7671 NE Day Road W

Please come join the festivities with a box lunch from Green Pod Deli (located in the Pavilion)
   Menu: Vermicelli Rice Noodle Salad Bowl with rice noodles, bean sprouts, lettuce,
pickled daikon, carrots, & cucumber.
Peanuts & cilantro & vinaigrette dressing (on the side).
You may top your salad with a choice of one of the following: tofu, chicken, pork or beef
If you have any dietary concerns, please contact Jan directly @
Lunch will be offered at $25 & includes a large salad, one
drink ticket (soft drink, water or wine)
& one lucky raffle ticket for a fabulous Eleven bottle of wine!

Due to limited seating, initial registration will be for members-only.  If we do not sell out, we will gladly welcome guests.  Please look for email updates....

Reservation Deadline for members is Tuesday, June 7th, 2022

3 Ways to Register & Pay

1 - BRING YOUR CHECK or CASH to the GENERAL MEETING, Thursday 5/19

2 - Register & Pay now with CREDIT CARD (Use link below & follow directions)

3 - Register now & mail in CHECK (Use link below & get mailing instructions)

If you have any further questions/concerns,

please email Jan directly @
We really look forward to seeing everyone there!!


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 the May 19th Program & General Meeting. 

Patti Mitchell
Nancy Abrams
Deborah Houseworth
Jonnie Schmidt
Nancy Maclise
Biz Dailey
Stephanie Williams




Helpline Needs this Spring

Thanks to everyone who attended the April 15th meeting and shared food or cash donations, totaling $441 and 55 pounds of food and personal care items.
The list below are the most needed items:
  • Basic Pantry Items: salt & pepper, cooking oil, sugar, flour & broth
  • Hearty soups & chili (pull-top preferred)
  • Canned proteins (tuna, salmon, chicken)
  • Cereals & oatmeal
  • Heat and serve, shelf stable meals and rice mixes
  • Cooking oil, salad dressings or condiments
  • Kid friendly snacks
  • Nut butters (not peanut butter)
  • Hygiene Products
Don’t forget to bring your food (or cash) donations to the next General Meeting.  Checks made out to HELPLINE also accepted.   Thank you all for your continued generosity!

Upcoming Events



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 me with questions/concerns on this policy.
Focus on the positives and practice gratitude.
Joanna Lyons, President

Recent Events

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

Holiday Luncheon

Sixty-five BIWC members and guests whistled in the holiday season at a spectacular luncheon under the festive open-air tent at Pleasant Beach Village, thanks to Vice President Jan Weber and her team. 

Raffle prizes galore! Handmade table runners! Creative chapeaus! Home-baked cupcake treats for all! Wise, witty, wonderful women in abundance!

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!









Third Thursday Program: Bainbridge Vineyards/Suyetsama Farms

Thursday, May 20, 3:00 PM
Let BIWC treat you to a glass of wine or nonalcoholic beverage at Bainbridge Vineyards, 8989 NE Day Road.
Plenty of parking. The expansive covered outdoor space to the left of the tasting room is reserved for us.
At 3:30 PM, hear a brief presentation on Bainbridge Vineyards and Suyetsama Farms.
Bainbridge Vineyards sells individually packaged snacks, or members can bring their own nibble.
Mark your calendar!

Campfire social at Fay Bainbridge On Wednesday, June 2

Join Gail Strid around the fire at
Fay Bainbridge camping grounds, site #16, anytime from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
She’ll have a fire going but asks you to bring:
A chair
Finger food
A beverage/glass
and warm clothes!

Coffee Social, Wednesday May 5 10:30-Noon

Join your BIWC sisters for coffee and conversation at:

The Marketplace at Pleasant Beach, 4738 Lynwood Center Road NE

Dress warmly for outdoor seating. Come and go as your schedule allows.

Patti Frank will lead a 1-hour walk along Pleasant Beach Drive. The group will stroll along flat, paved streets, finishing at the Marketplace for the coffee social.

Park in the lot just past the theatre, and gather by 9:30 AM in front of Treehouse Café. Email Patti so she looks for you:


Those attending either event can bring food or cash donations for Helpline House. Patti will be there and can bring donated items to the food bank.


April Get-together at BIMA

The sunshine was most welcome when BIWC members met up to stroll through the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, admire the spring collection, browse the gift shop and enjoy each other’s company,

It was so nice to run into familiar faces.  We then made our way to the Fletcher Bay Winery downtown Winslow location for some refreshment and conviviality. 

Thanks to all who attended, not only did we have fun, but members donated 22 pounds of food and $165 to Helpline House!

Kimberly Trowbridge: Into the Garden


Hope Glows Luminaria Event

BIWC has been invited to participate in an uplifting event hosted by Bainbridge Youth Services(Please see the letter below from Cezanne Allen, Executive Director of BYS.)  The event involves decorating luminaria bags that will be used to decorate downtown Winslow. On February 5th, BIWC will join the rest of Bainbridge Island to enjoy this community expression of hope. The BIWC Board is developing a plan for members to access the materials and perhaps a way to celebrate together. More information is coming soon, so stay tuned! 

The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a
sense of destination and the energy to get started.”
–Norman Cousins
Dear Bainbridge Women’s Club,
We welcome your full participation in the “Hope Glows” event. We also wish to benefit organizations that take part by featuring you on our social media and other media outlets.
Why: Bainbridge Youth Services, in collaboration with multiple local organizations and individuals, invite fellow residents of all ages to contribute to a community building event, called “Hope Glows” on Friday 2/5 from 5:30-7:30pm.
This event is designed to inspire hope, normalize struggle and foster community connection. In the midst of a dark, cold and rainy time of year with an expected surge of COVID-19, “Hope Glows" is meant to support community resilience and wellbeing.
What: During the month of December, white paper bags with instructions will be available for pick up at numerous locations around Bainbridge Island. We have many organizations that have said they are interested in participating. There will be instructions in the bag with ideas for decorating the bags with various hope-themed topics. Alternatively, participants can express themselves through any medium of their choice that still allows light to show through the paper bag.
Decorated bags can be dropped off at BYS until 2/1/2021.
Vision: White paper bags will be lit with LED tea lights and become luminaria that line the street of Winslow Way and the corner of Madison and Winslow on Friday, 2/5 from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Residents can drive by or walk the sidewalk with masks, staying 10 feet apart, inspired by the beauty our community collaboratively created.
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. Desmond Tutu.
Cezanne Allen, M.D.

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.

Recap of September’s Zoom Program

We were so fortunate to have April Avey Trabuco from Raising Resilience speak to us about the role of Raising Resilience on Bainbridge Island.  April also addressed available research/tips about coping with stress and developing our own resilience.   If you were not able to join us last Thursday, you are welcome to watch the recording below.  (Please note that there’s a brief audio pause near the beginning when a video April planned to show us was not able to stream – She then continues her presentation).

Video Link:   Password: BIWC20

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  • Golf activity group enjoying the sunny weather