February 2018 Newsletter

President’s Message

Valentines Day is on February 14. A date traditionally designed to express our affections – it is when we peruse the gift card selections in search of the right message to express our loving sentiments.

We can find sentiments for our immediate loved ones; but how can we better express our love and caring to families, and community members who are in need? These thoughts came to me following the powerful presentation made by the folks from Island Volunteer Caregivers (IVC) at our January general meeting. Their message demonstrated the importance of caring through volunteerism and outreach.

So, how can we better express our love of families, friends and community members who could use our help?

While some celebrate good fortune, others wonder; “What happened to my dream?

How many have had their lives side-tracked by unexpected events; such as unemployment, family members with cognitive challenges, illnesses including addiction, and mental heath issues, or abuse, or the loss of loved ones?

How can we better express our love for those families, friends and community members whose lives have gone off the tracks?

You, as members of BI Women’s Club, continue to attempt to make a difference through your contributions to resources that serve our community members in need of a helping hand.

I think St. Valentine would be proud of all your efforts and intentions!

Thank you, and a big Valentine to you all,


General Meeting

Thursday, February 15, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Guest Speaker: Dr. Thom H. Dunning, Jr.

Blue Waters and the Impact of  Super-computing

Guests are welcome, and you are encouraged to carpool.

Dr. Thom H. Dunning, Jr., Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois; Research Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

Are you interested in the impact of earthquakes, the birth of tornadoes, the evolution of our universe and the underlying genetic causes of disease…just to name a few? Dr. Thom Dunning will explain how a new generation of supercomputers is providing scientists and engineers with the ability to simulate natural and engineered systems with remarkable clarity in order to connect information/events and make predictions. This presentation will introduce Blue Waters, the supercomputer system developed by Dr. Dunning and his team at the University of Illinois, and its application to a variety of relevant topics.

More information at – https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/

March 15th, 2018

Guest Speaker: Carrie Arndt

Footprints on the Moon: Transforming the Lives of Girls in Kenya

Muhuru Bay, nestled next to Lake Victoria in southwestern Kenya near the border with Tanzania, is a remote area where economic opportunity is limited and access to education almost nonexistent.

WISER opened a school in Muhuru Bay, Kenya, in 2010.  Today, the lives of over 350 girls have been transformed.  The first 150 girls to enter have passed their high school exit exam and over 90% have headed into tertiary education programs, many at the university level.

Carrie Arndt will share her experiences as a volunteer with the Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research (WISER), an organization focused on the empowerment of girls through education and health.

Joining Carrie will be a young leader who has worked extensively in Muhuru Bay over the past few summers, Savannah Johnson, who will share insights on the students efforts in expanding the community’s knowledge on sexual and reproductive health as well as a deep look at the impact of providing psycho-social support for the students.

The students currently at WISER now have role models, and although they say the sky’s the limit, there are footprints on the moon.

Community Outreach

“Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting”

Brian Tracy

Helpline House

  • Cereal
  • Boxed Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce

YWCA Women’s Shelter

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Deodorant
  • Hand Soap
  • Make Up

Thank you,

JoEst Buehner, 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

Welcome to our New Members!

  • Carrie Arndt
  • Karla Sammons
  • Lynda Snyder

We are determined to get Bunco going this spring. I will be contacting all members who signed up before but want also to extend an invitation to anyone else who is interested. Email me or sign up at our next general meeting.

Yours, Chief Bunkette Barbara Kirk


Save the Date! Annual BIWC Potluck on April 19

Coming soon! Annual BIWC Potluck – Thursday, April 19

Mark your calendar – location to be announced soon.



Barb’s Beret Project


Dear BBP Volunteers,

I am pleased to announce that our monthly sewing circles will now be held the third Thursday of the month at the Fiber Arts Studio of the BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network) located at 8890 Three Tree Lane NE. This move was made possible by the efforts of fellow members, Julie Williams and Jennifer Slack and Sybil Carrere of the BARN.

There is no usage fee charged to BBP as we contribute to BARN’s support of community service initiatives. The studio space will allow us to meet in a spacious workroom where we can layout and cut pattern pieces, construct the berets as sewing machines will be available for our use and there will be an abundance of comfortable chairs where we can sit and apply the finishing touches. The location will enable us to greatly increase the number of berets we can complete at each get together. It also will provide an opportunity for any members of the community interested in joining us to do so.

Our first sewing circle at the Fiber Arts Studio will be held on Thursday, February 15 from 1-4pm. Please join us for all or any part of the 3 hour session we have available to us. I will be bringing a supply of fleece and stick pins so that we may cut out the pattern pieces. I will bring a supply of thread for the sewing machines and the embellishments but ask that anyone interested in cutting out fleece bring their own shears. I’m very excited about our new sewing circle location and look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

Lenae Jenkins BBP Coordinator

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