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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



November 17th
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




Kiana Lodge

14976 Sandy Hook Rd NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370


Festivities begin at 11:30 AM with BIWC-hosted beverages, followed by luncheon at 12 noon.

Donations for Helpline House are accepted with gratitude!

Holiday Buffet Menu

Mixed Green Salad, Rolls & Butter, Rosemary Fingerling Potatoes or Pasta

Choice of Kiana Lodge Signature Salmon, Chicken Parmesan or Chef’s Choice Vegetarian

Assorted Desserts Coffee or Tea 


Don't let navigating a Buffet comfortably keep you from attending. We will have happy helpers ready to assist.


$40 per person includes tax/gratuity AND a glass of wine or nonalcoholic beverage. 

Guests welcome. 

Registration/Payment Deadline:
Tuesday, Nov. 22 NOW CLOSED

For more details, see your November Newsletter

Carpooling encouraged. Need a ride? Can you drive? Questions?

Carpool Questions? Party Questions? Click here to send an email

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. 

Kay La Plain
Cathy von Ibsch
Rose Gaubert
Nancy Wilkins
Philine Vaivods
Frances Atherton
Carolyn Goad
Bernie Mitchell
Alicia van Thiel
Carla Panescu-Reich
Roxanne Corff
Welcome Back Maryellen Wallner





Dear Ladies of the BI Women's club,

Thank you so much for your pantry donations to Helpline House. There was a total of 97 pounds of food!!

Keeping with the spirit of giving during the Holidays please consider contributions of

Pantry Items
Warm Outerwear
Hats & Gloves
Check donations made out to Helpline House

These items will be collected at our Holiday luncheon however raffle tickets benefiting Helpline House will not be sold at the luncheon.

Thank you again for your donations and for making the day a true success for the recipients of Helpline House.






Upcoming Events

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

Cost: $15/ person (cash only)    

Everyone please bring an appetizer and a wine glass.

Click here to RSVP for the Kick-Off Event or to get more information,





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

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

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

Read more here ……

  • Golf activity group enjoying the sunny weather