January 2018 Newsletter

Greetings To All of My Fellow BIWC Members and Friends,

So it's a New Year, and everywhere there is mention of making resolutions for 2018. Personally, I could make so many, but top of my list is to remember names. I often joke about wearing a name tag and addressing myself in my morning mirror, as "Hello, my name is Sheryl." There is a name-associated memory exercise that goes like this: Donna Goedhart, how do I remember her name? Okay, she's wearing a big heart on her chest. I get that, as it is so true - she is a good heart with service to our organization! Yes, I have her name down pat for obvious reasons. But what about the rest of you 141 members?
I have in my memory bank names like Jean York, Esther Ritzenthaler, Charlotte Brown, Peggy Stephens, Teri Gustafson, and so many more who have been active members "since before god". But it is no joke that I cannot always match your faces with your names, usually because I have not been part of your selected activities or because I don't see you at our general meetings. I know, to some, "Meetings are a bore", but do consider that we have an impressive array of interesting programs slated for our coming year - many thanks to our Program Committee. Most of the programs are slated BEFORE the general meeting for a number of reasons:
  1. To allow the speaker to exit before we conduct our general meeting.
  2. That said, if you as a member must leave prior to the general meeting due to whatever your reason, no one will throw themselves across your path as you exit. I promise!
One of my goals as your new president is to conduct zippy-snappy meetings, cover relevant issues, and then get on to socializing, either at the post-meeting luncheons or later, within our interest groups.
I appeal to you all to make my one important New Year's Resolution come true. Happy New Year! My mirror tells me that I am "Sheryl Todd", and I am looking forward to seeing more of all of you during my tenure as your President.
"Hat stories" memories from our Holiday Tea Party
by Barbara Kirk
Our holiday luncheon was full of laughter and celebration for members adorned hats and shared their stories. Here are a few I'd like to share with you!
JoEst Buehner is wearing the "going away hat" that complemented her "going away suit" worn on her wedding day as she and her husband departed for their honeymoon.
Jody Prongay wore this stunning red feather cap on her second date with her now husband. Jody says he fell in love first with the hat and then with her.
Betsy Hettich's charming black hat with feathers was originally her mother-in-law's. Betsy pictures her dressed up with the hat when she and friends shopped and lunched in downtown Manhattan.
Esther Ritzenthaler has no idea where her hat came from. She was searching for one of her own hats from many years ago to wear to the Tea. They had disappeared but this one surfaced.

JoEst Buehner

Jody Prongay

Betsy Hettich & Esther Ritzenthaler

General Meeting

Thursday, January 18
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Guest Speakers:
Karen Conoley &
Rita Ellsberry
Island Volunteer Caregivers (IVC)
Our January 18, 2018 meeting will feature guest speaker Karen Conoley from Island Volunteer Caregivers (IVC). Karen is the vice-president of the Board. Rita Ellsberry, the executive director of IVC, will assist Karen and help to answer any questions we might have.
For 20 years, Island Volunteer Caregivers (formerly Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers) has assisted the elderly, persons with disabilities, and those who are temporarily in need, to maintain their dignity, independence and quality of life. All of their services are free regardless of income.
IVC serves as a link between the people in our community who need help and those who are able to help. The volunteers provide transportation, caregiver support and assistance to seniors and others. They help fill in the gap so that people can live as independently as possible. IVC has been making neighbor to neighbor connections since 1996.
In addition, IVC provides grief counseling, medical scribe services, music, theater and movie outings, as well as, a walking group. It also provides companionship visits and runs the summer program, "Flowers from the Heart."

February 15th, 2018
 Guest Speaker:
Dr. Thom H. Dunning, Jr.

Blue Waters and the Impact of Super-computing
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.
Guests are welcome, and you are encouraged to carpool.

Community Outreach

Helpline House
Canned Chili
Canned Beans
Hearty Soups
Pasta Sauce
Dry Pasta
Canned Fruit (Fruit Cocktail, Peaches, Pears)
YWCA Women's Shelter
Paper Towels
Hair Brushes
Make Up
"Help others without any reason and give without the expectation of receiving anything in return."
- Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Warm Regards,

JoEst Buehner, Outreach Chair

Website News 
New to our BIWC website, biwomensclub.org
is "The Bulletin Board" which can be accessed by members only.  Members can post the following -
Items for Sale, Free Items, Looking for Item(s), or a Type of Service.  If you have something to post, please contact Cece Grasso


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