September 2017 Newsletter

Letter from the President

We have surely experienced some weather extremes over the last seasons. Autumn waits in the wings to shorten our days, blanket us with cool crisp air, and provide us with some much needed rain. I love this time of year and the changes it brings.

The one constant that hasn’t changed, is that our club-life resumes in September as we pick up the threads of our friendships, activities, education and charitable outreach to our community. I look forward to seeing you all at our first meeting on September 21.

New and existing board members and committees, have worked hard to make our 2017-18, season an interesting and fulfilling time for us all. Gratitude aplenty to our retired board members who have set excellent examples by their dedication to our club’s ongoing pursuit of social activities, and programs. Theirs are some BIG SHOES TO FILL as we newly elected board members step forward. If you are not currently a board or committee member, know that your ideas and input are encouraged and valued.

Now is the time for you all to renew your dues by October 19, 2017, without your ongoing support, and caring commitment there would be no “US”! Together, let’s strive to make this a memorable and meaningful 2017-18 season.


Sheryl Todd, Board of Directors Chair

General Meeting
Thursday, September 21st
Bainbridge Performing Arts
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Guest Speaker
Clarence Moriwaki

Our guest speaker is Clarence Moriwaki, President of the BI Japanese American Community and founder and past president of the BI Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association.

“History, Honor, Healing and Hope- The timeless- and timely – story of the devastating impact of fear, prejudice, intolerance and failure of political leadership during World War II, and the hopeful, healing power of redemption to let it not happen again.”

The Japanese American Internment is a large part of Bainbridge Island’s history. Join us to hear Clarence Moriwaki’s presentation and hear the personal stories, causes, and calls for healing and hope for the future. You will have an opportunity to ask questions. Friends and family are invited to attend.

For more than a decade Clarence worked to create and develop the Memorial and earn designation as a National Historic Site. For his efforts, in 2008, he was awarded the National Parks Conservation Association’s highest accolade, the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Award.

He is the principal of Forest Edge Communications and has served as the CEO of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington and as a senior aide and spokesperson for President Bill Clinton, Governor Mike Lowry, Congressman Jay Inslee, Lt. Governor John Cherberg, the Washington State Senate, Kitsap County, Sound Transit and the Portland Rose Festival Association.

Clarence was also a news reporter and program producer for three Seattle radio stations, a member of the Tukwila City Council, candidate for the Washington state senate and Kitsap County Commissioner. He has served on the board of directors for numerous state-wide, regional and local organizations and he is the state’s first and only 12 year-old Eagle Scout.

October Speakers

Andre ten Dam, Director of Volunteers and Guest Services at Bloedel Reserve. Topic: “History of the Bloedel Family and the Reserve”.

Bob Dickey, Managing Director and Technical Analysis, RBC Wealth Management. Topic “Women and Investing”.

Membership News

Welcome New Members:

Katherine Morgan
Cynthia Kennebeck
Elizabeth Djordjevich
Christine Archer
Pam Hillinger
Mary Miller
Susan Bray


It’s BIWC Renewal Time!

Renewal notices have been sent out to our membership and we are looking forward to your membership renewal. With renewed memberships, we keep in touch with fellow members through our meetings and activities. We open ourselves to make new acquaintances and potential new friends. Join us in making this a great 2017-2018 season by renewing your membership now.

To ensure all contact information is current for our membership roster, please submit with your membership renewal check the following information: Name, Address, Telephone, and Birthday (Month/Day). The Membership Roster on our website will only have your name and email address.

Membership dues are $50.00 per year

Make checks payable to BIWC, MAIL to:
PO Box 10855
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110


Renew with PAYPAL on our website:

Thank you to those members who have already renewed their membership.

Welcome back!
Judy Beason and Mickey Santina, Membership Co-Chairs

In Memoriam

We treasure the friends we make with our fellow Women’s Club members and mourn our collective loss when they exit this life.  Leaving us with memories are two members, Sharon McMillian and Linda Johnston, both of whom fought hard battles with ovarian cancer.  Both ladies were long standing members with a particular talent in common – sewing and the love of textiles.

These are my recollections:

Linda Johnson:

Linda made many of her garments with seams and, patterns that matched up perfectly. I recall one instance when she donated her skills to teach we members to make burrito pillowslips. With the utmost patience she helped me to correct my “inside-out wonky” version. Even when I nearly broke her sewing machine, she gave a barely audible sigh, and continued to assist me. Once Linda was diagnosed, her intermittent newsy emails conveyed her desire to complete a full life under new terms. She didn’t let the disease define her – she marched on!



Sharon McMillian:

Sharon donated many hours to help construct quilts for our club’s fund-raising endeavors. Even as she warded off the ravages of her disease, she contributed lovely fabric-lined baskets for our two silent auctions in 2016 and 2017. These were creations quickly bought in bids to support our charitable giving. I recall Sharon mentoring me with my first quilt project. She sat me down in her project room in front of her sewing machine, where I proceeded to break the machine’s needle. Well, that was strike two for me; but like Linda, Sharon demonstrated patience and forgiveness to this novice quilter!




So dear ladies, rest in peace; your talents, kindnesses will be remembered by all of us.

Sheryl Todd, and all of your BIWC Friends

Community Outreach

Each month our members bring items to our general meetings, or generously write checks, for Helpline House and YWCA Women’s Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence.


Beef and Chicken Broth
Refried Beans
Garbanzo Beans


Toilet Paper
Paper Towels
Tooth Brushes
Hair Brushes
Booster Seats

“ It is when you give of yourselves that you truly give.” – Kahlil Gibran

Thank you so much for all the wonderful donations our club members gave last year to Outreach. Each month our baskets were overflowing.

JoEst Buehner, Outreach Chair

Barb’s Beret Project

Due to the tremendous efforts of our BBP volunteers in past months there’s been a wonderful supply of berets created so it hasn’t been necessary for us to meet. But with fall upon us and cooler weather around the corner, it’s time to pick up our sewing needles and thread to embellish once again. Please join us for a cup of tea or a glass of wine as we chat and prepare another batch of berets for distribution. This month we will be meeting at my home –  on Monday, September 25 at 1:00. Please contact me with any questions. Thank you, Lenae Jenkins BBP Coordinator


Make new acquaintances and potential new friends be joining one of the many BIWC activities. Be sure to visit with our fantastic Activity Chair, Cathy Shattuck. We currently offer Asian Mah-jongg, Book Groups, Bridge, Bunco, Charity Sewing, Dinner Groups, Gardening, Golf, Hiking, Knitting, Rummikub, Opera, and Quilting. New activities are added at member’s request.

A Newcomer’s Group will launch this fall for members who are new to Bainbridge Island or to BIWC, or both! The idea is to have an informal get to know each other and information exchange, particularly for the recently arrived to the Island. We’ll meet at The Marketplace in Lynwood Center the second Thursday of the month at 10:00 for coffee and chat.

First meeting will be October 12.


Barbara Kirk, VP of BIWC, invites you to consider joining the committee to assist with events and fundraisers for the upcoming year. We have two events coming up this fall so need to get going! If you’re interested or would like more details, please email me.

There will also be a sign up sheet at our first BIWC meeting on September 21st.


BIWC members and guests enjoy going out to lunch after each general meeting. Restaurant Marche, 150 Madrone Lane North, has been selected for September.We board members are reviewing prior policies in an effort to better get to know new members. In the last few years, we have invited new members to be our guests for lunch following our monthly business meetings. Lunch vouchers were provided to those newcomers whose schedules prevented them from attending the business meeting and free lunch soon after becoming members. There are a number of outstanding vouchers that have not been used for various and sundry reasons. Unused vouchers from the spring may still be used following the September or October meetings.

We warmly invite all members, especially our new members, to our monthly lunches, scheduled at different restaurants in Winslow, following the meetings. It is a great opportunity to meet our neighbors and gain information about the fun we have throughout the year.

In an effort to be more inclusive, we board members have decided to extend an invitation to each new member to be a guest of the board and activity chairs to a get-acquainted event, to be scheduled at intervals throughout our 2017-18 season.

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