Volume XXXIX No. 5
Happy New Year!
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season enjoying family, friendships, parties and traveling. Now it is January and we are all ready to kick off the New Year with gusto! I hope you all agree that 2017 was a very successful year with wonderful luncheons, interesting programs, entertaining field trips, fun cocktail hours and many new members for a total of 176! Plus I am proud that we continue to fulfill the needs of many in our local community by providing scholarships, free mammograms, diagnostic exams and school wardrobes for those less fortunate. Once again, you showed your generosity and donated clothing, shoes and money to Clothes To Kids. It is all very appreciated and needed. I don’t have the final number but will update you when I receive it. Awesome! Thank you all.
I am excited for the many great things we have in store for 2018. We have excellent programs, including our January presenter, international and renowned author, speaker and community activist for foster care Ashley Rhodes-Courter. We also have our very first ever IEWC Cruise, an evening at the Capitol Theatre, a fun-filled field trip to Tampa Bay Downs and our very celebrated “Spring Fever” Fashion Show Scholarship Fundraiser on March 21st at the Belleair Country Club.
We need you. Please think of what board or committee positions you might be interested in and what activities you would like us to promote. We want to hear from you! It is your club and it’s up to all of us to continue to make it great!
I wish the best to you in this New Year. May 2018 bring you great health and much happiness for you and your loved ones. See you January 16th at The Marina Cantina.
Lynne McCaskill, IEWC President
Our speaker for January is Ashley-Rhodes-Courter, International Bestselling Author. She is the quintessential American success story. Born in 1985 by the age of 3 she was in Florida’s foster care system where she spent almost ten years being shuttled between 14 homes ALL IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA—some quite abusive—before being adopted from Tampa’s Children’s Home at the age of twelve.
CHILD CARE ADVOCATE: After spending nearly a decade of her life being bounced around and abused in foster care, Ashley wen on to earn her Master’s Degree in Social Work and become a foster and adoptive parent.
PUBLIC SPEAKER: Ashley has delivered speeches around the globe including speeches on Capitol Hill and given keynote addresses at conferences about adoption and foster care. She has appeared on the Today Show, and has been interviewed by Diane Sawyer and Rosie O’Donnell.
MOTHER: After fostering more than 20 children, Ashley has a unique perspective on parenting, life and the power of love. She currently has one son adopted from foster care and two biological sons.
DREAMER: Ashley saw huge service gaps and unmet needs in her community in the Tampa Bay area. Ashley founded the Foundation for Sustainable Families, a non-profit dedicated to servicing children, women, teens and families in Pinellas County.
AUTHOR & PHILANTHROPIST: New York Times and International Best Selling Author of THREE LITTLE WORDS and THREE MORE WORDS. Ashley has raised millions of dollars for child-welfare related causes. Ashley will present her story and highlight her new organization that benefits families in Pinellas County. She is a delightful young lady and you will be enthralled at her presentation.
Following her presentation, she will be available to sell her books and sign them.
Join us on a field trip to the beautiful Florida Botanical Gardens December 20th at 6PM for Holiday Lights! Delight in the shimmering lights, holiday entertainment, beautiful flora, and the warmth of the season. Food and drinks will be available for purchase in the Gardens, along with live entertainment. There may even be a Santa sighting. Let's join together for an evening of getting in the holiday spirit! The trolley will be our sleigh ride to the gardens. It will pick us up at 6PM in the Publix parking lot. Entrance into the gardens is a four-dollar donation and we will split the cost for the rental of the trolley. Information on this will follow. Please sign up as soon as possible as we need a count for the trolley¦ See you there! Sorry this fieldtrip is sold out!
January Luncheon—Marina Cantina
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
11:00 Social Hour—Noon Lunch
House Salad with honey lime dressing
1) Garlic Lime Chicken
2) Braised Short Ribs
3) Jumbo Shrimp with chipotle wine butter sauce
4) Hot Grilled Cauliflower
Tres Leche Cake
Coffee or Iced Tea
January Cocktails - will be at 5 PM January 19th at Crabby’s Dockside. See you there!
Karen Stevens, Program and Event Chair
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, January 10th. There will continue to be a drop off box at the Horizon House in the Lobby. We cannot refund money for cancelled reservations after the deadline because of commitment to the facility providing our program.
Yearbook Additions and Corrections
Antico, Sharyn (Dan) 400 Larboard Way, # 108 973-699-7315
Block, Sandy (Jim) 736 Island Way, # 1006 754-2494
LeBlond, Betsy (Jeff Cole) 610 Island Way, # 402 515-223-3555
Mangine, Sandy (John) 744 Harbor Island 542-3780
Phillips, Barbara (Gary Zumbaugh) 234 Dolphin Point, # 5 692-6156
Rowe, Wendy (Bobby) 812 Narcissus Ave 742-4285
Sponsor: Joan Landreth Clearwater, FL 33767
Thompson, Dori 610 Island Way, # 106 330-6424
Tocco, Zsa Zsa (Thomas) 31 Island Way, # 904 365-3287
IEWC Board and Chairpersons for 2018/2019 Year
As we enter into the New Year, it is time to plan for the 2018/2019 year. As mentioned in previous newsletters and at luncheons we need members to please step up and become Board & Committee Chairs for next year which begins in September. The positions are very rewarding and not difficult; you will get to know your fellow members better and meet new people, and you will enjoy the people as well as the activities you are planning. Although experience is not required, if you have previously been a treasurer, secretary or chaired a fundraiser, you might enjoy joining the team and sharing your skills. Some of the positions do require basic computer skills. If you have never been on a Board, we will help train you and many of the existing Board and Committee Chairs are willing to work with you throughout the year to make your job even easier. If you want, serve and/or “job-share” with a friend that can work as well. The success of the club is dependent on getting existing and new members to help run the Club. We welcome and invite anyone interested to come to our Board meetings scheduled for the 1st Tuesday of each month from 9 am to 11 am at 431 Midway Island.
We want the club to prosper and grow, and hope each of you will think seriously about helping. If you have questions or want to know more about a position, please contact your President Lynne McCaskill (727-430-1911), anyone on the nominations committee: Linda Dorn (727-808-2255) or Leeley Myers (727-223-5790), or anyone who currently serves on the Board or as a Committee Chair.
Bowling - The Island Estates Bowling League is getting ready to celebrate the holidays with a luncheon on December 18th, right after bowling. There will be no bowling on Monday, December 25th (Christmas) and no bowling on January 1st ( New Year’s).
We have been missing some of our bowlers; some who have health issues and we wish them a speedy and complete recovery.
Some of our ladies will be visiting family and friends the next few weeks and we wish them safe travels. We will resume bowling on Monday, January 8, 2018. Happy holidays everyone!
Book Club - We will be meeting on the first Friday of the month in the Horizon House Activity Room (31 Island Way). Call Anne Church Simpson (303-3102) for more information. We will not begin meeting until November 6th. The books 2018 are:
January 5th—The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa
February 2nd—The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede
March 2nd—MARCH by Geraldine Brooks
April 6th—A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
May 4th—The Color of Water by James McBride
November 2nd—Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
December 7th—Leonardo by Walter Isaacson