Volume XXXIX No. 1
Welcome Back Ladies.
As September nears, I am excited to welcome back all IEWC members to another year of fabulous luncheons, entertaining programs, festive fundraisers and a spectrum of fun field trips. Our luncheon meetings are a way to connect with our friends and neighbors and to pursue common enthusiasms, share ideas and simply enjoy each other. I believe our club is unique. It has a unique warmth and friendliness that makes our events comfortable and enjoyable. We appreciate our members and we continue to welcome new members who bring fresh, new and welcomed ideas.
During the summer, your Board and Committee Chairs have worked diligently to plan and select old favorites and new beautiful venues with interesting programs. Many of them came from your ideas on the questionnaire you completed in April and we thank you for your suggestions. We announced in May that all club lunches will be $25.00 except for the October and March Fundraising lunches. The meetings are listed on our website at http://www.islandestateswomensclub.org, in your IEWC Yearbook and in your monthly newsletters. The popular yearbook will be distributed at the September and October meetings. Please mark the dates on your calendar so you won’t miss all the fun and camaraderie.
We hope you are ready for our popular October “Pink is Beautiful” Fundraiser for the Pinellas Mammography Voucher Program. This is always a well-attended, social gathering. Last year we raised $7,259! Bravo ladies!!! We are starting to plan for this celebrated event to be held on Tuesday, October 17th at the Island Way Grill. If you have items to donate or gift cards, please contact Debbie Christofferson at (719)393-3283.
Vital to the club’s success and enjoyment is our loyal membership and our active board and committee chairs that give their time and expertise to our club. I want to thank the board and committee chairs for all their hard work and hours they spend on behalf of our membership.
My thanks to you for your support, trust and confidence in electing me to be your president. My sincere thanks to you also for the thoughtful gift certificate you bestowed on me in May. I am honored by your support and will promise to continue to work hard to make this year, a great, fun-filled and interesting year for all.
Lynne McCaskill, IEWC President
Join us Tuesday, September 19, 2017 for our first luncheon of the 2017/2018 season. The lunch will be at Watercolour Grill House in the Marriott on Sand Key. Our guest speaker will be Debbie Christofferson from Already Gone Travel. Debbie will present expert travel tips and interesting places to visit. Also, don’t forget the fabulous cruise Debbie has put together for us! We already have a great group of girls going. If you need a roommate please talk to Debbie. This is a not to be missed event! Debbie will be out of the country from August 27 – September 4th in case anyone needs to reach her regarding cruise bookings. Do it early!
Send Luncheon Reservations to IEWC c/o Wendy Bouffard, 421 Palm Island SE, Clearwater, FL 33767. The deadline for reservations is 12 noon on Wednesday, September 13th. There will continue to be a drop off box at the Horizon House in the Lobby. There is also a drop mailbox at 421 Palm Island SE, Wendy Bouffard’s home. We cannot refund money for cancelled reservations after the deadline because of commitment to the facility providing our program.
Wendy Bouffard, Reservations
This Year’s Field Trips and Events from Karen Stevens
Hello ladies! I am so looking forward to our new season. First on the lineup of many wonderful events is the Threshers Baseball game. Please join us for some baseball from the tiki bar at Thresher’s field and afterwards for the most amazing fireworks display. What a great girls night out. We need 20 ladies to keep our price so if you’re neighbor or sister, etc. would like to join us please feel free to include them. Information on this event is available in this newsletter of call Karen Stevens at 642-4711. There will be many of these field trip events throughout the season including our new cocktail hours monthly. I look forward to participating in every one of these activities with all of the great ladies of our club. See you at the ballpark!
Karen Stevens, Program and Event Chair
Field Trip – Baseball Game – September 1, 2017
Event: Baseball Game – Threshers vs Blue Jays
Date: Friday, September 1, 2017
Time to meet: 5:30 PM Game Starts at: 6:15
Location: Spectrum Field, 601 Old Coachman Rd., Clearwater – Tiki Hut
Our first field trip is a baseball game on Friday, September 1st at Spectrum Field, 601 Old Coachman Rd, which is off of Drew. It will be the Clearwater Threshers vs. Dunedin Blue Jays. We will arrive at 5:30 and be located in the Tiki Hut Section. Our ticket price covers tickets, sandwiches, soft drinks/water and some kind of dessert. At 8:45 there will be fireworks. Don’t miss the fun. Come join us.
Field Trip Form is in September newsletter and will also be emailed separately. Deadline is: Monday, August 28. All sales are final. Sorry, we cannot return checks.
Field Trip Form
Event: Baseball Game – Threshers vs Blue Jays
Date: Friday, September 1, 2017
Time to Meet: 5:30 Game Starts at: 6:15
Location: Spectrum Field, 601 Old Coachman Rd., Clearwater
Name: ______________________________________________ Phone: ____________________________
Payment of $15.00 ______
Please make checks payable to: Island Estates Women’s Club
Send to: IEWC c/o Wendy Bouffard
Reservation Deadline is Monday, August 28
421 Palm Island SE, Clearwater, FL 33767
Or drop off at 31 Island Way, IEWC Drop Box before 6 p.m.
IEWC “Brilliance of the Sea” Cruise Field Trip departing Feb. 22, 2018
We will be hosting this cruise for the IEWC group. We have many optional events planned during our cruise. You may participate in some or all of them. These events are free! We will have 4 glorious nights to relax, play and enjoy this wonderful ship together. We wanted to give you a few teasers of some of the events planned. We will have a private exclusive group cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres provided by Royal Caribbean. This private party takes place on the second night of the cruise. A few of the Ship’s Staff and Officer’s will personally welcome us aboard at this event. We have also arranged for a private area on the ship for our group to play cards or games. You may want to play bridge, canasta, or any games that fit your fancy. This event will take place Feb. 23rd, 24th and 25th from 8AM to 2:30PM.
In our next newsletter, we will announce more exciting venues and theme nights for this cruise. We are going to have lots of fun! Our group cruise is a chartered private event. If you have any questions, please call Debbie Christofferson (719-393-3283). **Please note that Debbie will be out of the country from August 27th through September 4th**
Already Gone Travel - Karen Stevens and Debbie Christofferson
A Message from Debbie Christofferson, Fundraising Chair
I wanted to give you some wonderful updates about our upcoming “Pink Is Beautiful” Breast Cancer Fundraiser. Lynne and I have been working hard to rally for donations for our Breast Cancer Fundraiser on October 17th, 2017!
The event will be held again at Island Way Grill and we are proud to say this is one of our most successful events!
Prizes will include gift certificates from hotels, local restaurants and retail businesses. We also have designer handbags and travel gift baskets. We have just named a few of the donations so far. We are working on more. Last October’s 2016 breast cancer fundraiser, collected over $ 14,314.00 in prizes. We had 213 items for raffle, pick-a-prize, silent auction, and of course the “Pink is Beautiful” bazaar.
We are reaching out to our members, businesses and friends of friends to ask for help with our fundraiser for donations. You may have people that would like to help. If you can help us in any way to achieve our goals for a successful fundraiser we would be grateful! We are hoping this will be another banner year and there will be lots of prizes to be won and a successful amount of funds to be donated to the MVP. This program provides the needed breast cancer mammogram screenings for a community of ladies that cannot otherwise afford this service. If you can help us market for donations your help will be awesome and so appreciated.
This event is very close to all of our hearts. Someone we know or even ourselves has had to experience this tragedy. Early detection is a major focus and early screening makes it treatable in many cases.
Lynne, I and our board members are reaching out to any members for help with this fundraiser. We need ladies to help with follow-up calls, picking up gift certificates or prizes that have been donated. We will also need help prior to the event with packing and wrapping and also working the event the day of the luncheon.
To all of our new members that would like to get involved, this is a great way to meet new people and help at the same time. Please reach out to me or Lynne if you would like to get involved.
Sincerely and gratefully thanking you,
IEWC Board and Committee Chair Persons for 2018-2019
As we kick off a new club year it is an important time to remind all of you that most of your board and chairs will fulfill their term in office this year. Many have served two consecutive terms. Although each of us has enjoyed the experience, it is time for fresh ideas and “new blood”. Please think seriously about serving on the Executive Board or as a Committee Chairperson. Our board meetings, the first Tuesday of each month, are open to members and we encourage you to attend a board meeting and see if you might enjoy serving in one of the positions. We want the club to prosper and grow and hope each of you will think seriously about helping. If you have any questions, please contact your President, Lynne McCaskill (727-430-1911) or anyone on the nomination committee: Linda Dorn (727-808-2255) or Leeley Myers (727-223-5790).
IEWC President, 727-430-1911
11:00 Social Hour—Noon Lunch
Corn Chowder accompanied by rolls and butter
1) 6 oz. Sirloin
2) Pineapple-glazed Chicken Breast
3) Grilled Haddock
Coconut rice and fresh vegetable
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Iced tea, hot tea, or coffee
Bowling—our IEWC bowling league is about to begin our new year of bowling Monday, September 11, at Dunedin Lanes, 405 Patricia Avenue, Dunedin. This is a very friendly group, our bowling abilities range from beginner to accomplished, and all levels are appreciated! If you are looking for a cheerful group of ladies who like to start off the week, not too early (10am) and just enjoy camaraderie, come join us at Dunedin Lanes! If you cannot make it to bowling, we often go to lunch afterwards and that is another great way to get to know some of the coolest, most friendly ladies around!
Book Club—We will be meeting on the first Monday of the month in the Horizon House Activity Room (31 Island Way). Call Anne Church (466-0607) for more information. We will not begin meeting until November 6th. The books for the rest of 2017 are:
November 6th—All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
December 4th—The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins