APRIL 2017 Newsletter


Dear Members,
The merry month of May ushers in a multitude of occasions for family and friends to gather together to remember and celebrate the achievements, sacrifices, milestones, and bonds of those we hold dear. Our calendars are filled to the brim with outdoor picnics, Sunday brunches and commencement ceremonies.
With the hustle and bustle of everything this month please mark your calendars to attend our next general meeting on May 18. Please note that the business portion of the meeting will begin promptly at 9:45am rather than 10:00am.
This membership meeting at BPA is the last of our BIWC year and an important one as we will be voting on incoming Board of Director positions as well as a proposed increase to our annual BIWC membership dues. I encourage everyone to attend and I look forward to seeing you next week.
Warm regards, Lenae

General Monthly Meeting, Thursday, May 18

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM 

Bainbridge Performing Arts

9:30 - 9:45 am Coffee and Conversation

April Guest Speaker

Greg Robinson-Chief Curator, Bainbridge Art Museum

Greg Robinson is the Chief Curator of Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, previously serving as Executive Director and Curator.  Greg’s career in the arts started while director of facilities planning at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City in the 1980s – while there he curated one of the largest hospital art collections in the country.

Previously he has been executive director of the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner (five years), director of William Traver Gallery in Tacoma (three years), and executive director of Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle (seven years).

Greg has participated in numerous jury processes for exhibitions and awards, and has served on the Betty Bowen Award Committee of Seattle Art Museum for 16 years. He has curated dozens of exhibitions ranging from solo shows and retrospectives, group and theme shows, and media-based exhibits.  He has also been involved in publishing several books related to artists in the Puget Sound region.

He is originally from Seattle and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, and master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University.

After our meeting, tours of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) are being arranged for our members, as well as our "Newcomers' Lunch". Space is limited so contact Jan quickly

If you would like to tour BIMA and / or have lunch at the BIMA Bistro on May 18th, please contact Jan Frankina

Spring Luncheon June 15th, IslandWood 
Photo Credit: Sarah Lorse
More information will be available at our general meeting, including registration to attend.
Cost of the luncheon will be $35 per person.
Board Nominations for 2017-2018
At our next general membership meeting to be held on May 18th, all of those in attendance will be voting on the slate of incoming BIWC Board of Director member nominees. New Board members will be officially installed at our Spring Luncheon on June 15th.
Each BOD position will be a two year term -  July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019. The exception is the term for President and Vice President which will be for one year - July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
Listed below are the proposed changes to the BIWC Board of Directors for the upcoming year.


Outgoing - Lenae Jenkins
Incoming - Sheryl Todd
Outgoing - Sheryl Todd 
Incoming - Barbara Kirk
Remaining - Mickey Santina
Remaining - Judy Beason
SECRETARY:                   Outgoing - Rhonda King  
Incoming - Julie Williams
TREASURER:                 Remaining - Karen Faye
Outgoing - Jan Frankina
 & Kim McLaughlin Incoming - Kay Garvey & Loretta Cummins 
OUTREACH:                   Remaining - Sheryl Todd 

Remaining - Rhonda King
Remaining - Cathy Shattuck
Outgoing - Maurie Louis Incoming - Lenae Jenkins
Remaining - Ellen Boughn




Click here for the survey -
Last month a survey was sent out to all members. The objective was to determine the membership interest in our future fundraising events and member donations to our grant program.
I would like to thank the 36 members who took the time to answer the three survey questions. Unfortunately, those members comprise less than 25% of total membership which currently stands at 152. In order for this to be an effective tool as we prepare for our upcoming year, we need a much higher level of participation from you, our BIWC members.
I strongly encourage each one of you to take a minute to complete the questionnaire. BIWC is your organization and here is your opportunity to provide your feedback. For your convenience a link to the survey site is posted above.
The responses we receive will be instrumental in the decisions that need to be made regarding two fundamental aspects of BIWC - fundraising endeavors and continuation of the grant program. Please help us to guide BIWC's future in the direction you deem appropriate.
Thank you,
 Meet Kim McLaughlin 

When I asked Kim McLaughlin to share her story with fellow BI Women's Club Members, she demurred telling me she doesn't like to talk about herself. After some arm twisting and cajoling, she answered my questions. Her numerous adventures and accomplishments didn't include writing skills, but I think they should! Here, in portions, are Kim's answers to my grilling:
Question: Before Bainbridge where were you?
I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan 
Question: What was your career path?
I attended college in Michigan and Ohio where I studied Industrial Design with emphases in Product Design. Upon graduation, I was hired by Henry Dreyfuss Associates and moved to NYC for my career. I continued working in Industrial Design and moved to Stuttgart, Germany where I designed racing car seats for Recaro and Playmobile toys.
After Germany, I returned to NYC for work and eventually back to Michigan to work for General Motors on the GM Pavilion at E.P.C.O.T Center for Disney as a project manager within the design center located in Warren, Michigan. After completing the project with Disney, I moved to San Francisco to work on an educational pavilion to be built in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia for educating Saudi Arabian children about the production of oil and gas.
While in San Francisco I met my first husband and we moved to Mill Valley, CA for 15 years. I worked in San Francisco as a designer, had my first two children Peter and Grace (16 months apart), and embarked on what became a 3 ½ year project renovating an 1893 home. We eventually sold our home and moved to Jackson Hole. Because my husband wanted to return to his roots in the Pacific Northwest, we moved to Seattle where he had attended business school at UW. We lived in the Broadmoor neighborhood, where I served on the Board of the Bush School and as their Auction Chair and had my third child, Hunter. Full circle, three more moves, to Michigan, Palo Alto for a period of two years where I was the Business Development Manager for a Design firm IDEO with offices internationally, and then back to Michigan where I opened a gallery and sold real estate. I began painting in 1989, and had two solo shows in Seattle at the Kimzey Miller Gallery - now the Patricia RovzarGallery. I have owned two galleries, and have shown in eight additional galleries. I first published my work in 2002 with limited editions. I love art and hope to continue to paint following in my mother's footsteps, who is still actively painting at 84.
Question: After all those moves, what brought you to Bainbridge? 

I moved to Bainbridge in 2005, where I live with my second husband Jack-who many of you know has been our "techy" during presentations! Bainbridge Island is now our home and we enjoy it very much, and have many friends here. I have been working in Real Estate for the past 20 years as a Broker, a Manager for Coldwell Banker Bain's Corporate Relocation, and I currently enjoy a small office on the island.

Question: Why did you join BI Women's Club?
Peggy Stephens, Cherry Cunningham and Betty Hoffman had asked me to join. I originally met them as clients, and now they are all dear friends. I so enjoyed them and I thought it would be fun to have another opportunity to spend time with women outside of work. Once I joined, I was asked if I would serve on the Board to help facilitate programs. President, Maurie Louis helped to explain the position and bring me on board. Since I'm a full time broker in real estate, this outlet gives me something I very much look forward to.
Question: Describe you position as Programs" Chair.
As program chair, I try to bring interesting speakers to present at our monthly meetings. The process of finding speakers is both enjoyable and somewhat mind bending. Finding someone to speak that is not only interesting but has relevant information to our group is the key. It's rewarding and forces you to engage with people you might not otherwise meet.
Question: What do you do for fun - your joys, hobbies?
I'm a runner, enjoy yoga and have taken up bridge, and love it. I began painting in 1989, and have shown in eight galleries and owned two galleries. I hope to continue painting - it's a nice balance with real estate. I'm the mother of seven children, three of my own and four step children ages 21-28, and I have a wonderful husband who puts up with me. We are currently under a complete home renovation which feels like climbing Mr. Everest. I love to cook and enjoy trying new recipes.
Question: Share some little known facts about you.
I love to laugh and enjoy people with a sense of humor. I'm not crazy about driving in traffic and after commuting across the Golden Gate Bridge for years, enjoy the simple commute on Bainbridge- five minutes to the office!
Kim, your efforts as Program Chair have brought we club members so many enlightening speakers! We are going to miss you as Program Chair as your term winds down this June. Thank you for sharing your interesting story, and your devotion to BI Women's Club!
Sheryl Robinson Todd
Barb's Beret Project
This month the BBP members will be creating summer style berets. The date and location of the sewing circle will be determined shortly and all volunteers will be notified. Please contact me with any questions you might have Thank you, Lenae Jenkins BBP Coordinator
Asian Mah-jongg
(thru Bainbridge Parks & Recreation)
Asian Mah-jongg is a fast paced tile game. Some describe it as similar to the game Gin-rummy. The group would love to teach new players. They say to teach the basics only takes three open hands! Group meets Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Waterfront Park Community Center, 370 Brien Ave SE, Bainbridge Island.
Bridge Tables 
This activity is open to all Bridge Players. This group has a great time playing bridge, chatting and having lunch. 2nd Thursday of every month at Wing Point Country Club, 811 Cherry Ave NE, Bainbridge Island. Reserve your place one week in advance
Bunco is a social dice game involving 100% luck and no skill. Wing Point Country Club, 811 Cherry Ave NE, Bainbridge Island. New meeting day and time to be determined.
Chicks with Sticks - Knitting Group
The knitting group consists of individuals with years of knitting experience, as well as, individuals just starting out on their knitting adventure. Everyone is welcome! Many individuals work on their own projects while others also explore ways to reach out and support their community through charity knitting. This group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month, 2:00 to 4:00 PM.
Dinner Groups
  • Dining Out - This group is open to singles and couples.
  • Ladies of the Evening - Dining out for women only.
  • Rotating In-Home Dining - This group is open to singles and couples.
The golf group is a casual group. The 9-hole ladies group emphasis is to have fun, "a hit and a giggle" on a beautiful course! New players are always welcome.
Metropolitan Opera Series & Ovation  
This group attends the Opera Series and Ovation,
Soil Sisters - Gardening Group
Whether your garden is a pot on your front step or an acre in your backyard, we would love to have you join our group of gardening gals. No green thumb required! Please contact

Current Activities
Soil Sisters tiptoeing through the Trilliums in Woodinville!
Community Outreach
Dear Fellow Members,Please be so kind as to open your hearts,
Please be so kind as to open your hearts, pantries and wallets for our neighbors in need.  Here is this month's requests for Helpline House and the YWCA's Battered Women's Shelter.
  • Paper towels
  • Lysol spray
  • Black sharpies
  • Black pens
  • Hair brushes
  • Booster seats with seat belt for toddlers
Helpline House:
  • Toiletries of travel or regular size: Shampoo, Body Wash, Deodorant, Toothpaste
  • Tomato paste
  • Canned fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges, pineapple, etc.
A thought to remember is....  
"Giving is not just about making a donation.  It is about making a difference."
-Kathy Calvin
 I pass on to all of you the gratitude of the recipients of your generosity.
Sheryl Todd, Outreach Chair
BIWC Care and Concern
If you are aware of a fellow member who is ill or experiencing a difficulty in her life, please contact JoEst Buehner.

Dear Fellow Members,

As Outreach Chair, I am asking that all of you extend a hand to our neighbors in need with a contribution of goods or money.  For those of you who wish to write a check to Helpline House or the YWCA's battered women's shelter, you will receive a tax deductible receipt.  I look forward to seeing you at the April 20, BIWC General Meeting with gifts in hand.

Here is an inspirational quote for you to consider:

"That's what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you feel as if it costs you nothing."- Simone de Beauvoir 


Toiletries of all kinds including: Toothpaste and brushes, Razors, Feminine hygiene products, Shampoos and conditioners

YWCA ALIVE PROGRAM: Toilet paper, Paper towels, Garbage bags, Black ink pens, Hair brushes

Thank you all for your continued support for these two organization that do so much to lift up lives.


Sheryl Todd, Outreach Chair


 JoEst Buehner is now our BIWC Care and Concern Secretary. If you are aware of a fellow member who is ill or experiencing a difficulty in her life, please contact JoEst




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