District 13 Welcomes GFWC Florida President Teddy Hulse and President-Elect Pat Zazzarino on October 2
|2010 Fall Tour|
On Friday, September 3, 2010 the long-awaited groundbreaking for the FLWC Clubhouse renovation took place. Along with contractor Louis Friendly, architect Susan McClellan and FLWC President JoAnn Smith, Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler and Commissioner Romney Rodgers wielded the city's special ceremonial gold shovels to officially initiate the project which has been in the planning stages for many years. It is hoped that it will be completed by the Club's 100th birthday on January 11, 2011.
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“Women for Alex,” an event that may be more meaningful after the outcome of the November elections, was held on August 18 at the FLWC Clubhouse.
Democratic candidate for governor Alex Sink rented the FLWC Clubhouse for a rally prior to the August primary elections. She was joined by US Representative Debbie Wasserman Shultz, State Senator Nan Rich and Broward County Commissioner Kristen Jacobs as well as approximately 100 supporters in a Democratic love fest for the gubernatorial hopeful.
Club Architect Susan McClellan used the opportunity to share her renderings of the renovated Clubhouse with the women, hoping they will remember FLWC when the vote for grants comes up again.
Membership Chairman Jeannie Burke almost brought the rally to a halt when she crashed to the floor while trying to get a good photo of the candidate.Other FLWC members attending the event were Sue Long, Caroline Seabright, Mae Silver, Jean Deering, Kathy Schauer, Gretchen Thompson and Bev Hoppe.
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|2010 Alex Sink Event|
|2010 District 13 Workshop|
Alice Sakhnovsky and Bev Hoppe attended the District 13 Workshop on Saturday, May 22 at Volunteer Park in Plantation. Caroline Seabright was on her way but had a close encounter with her garage door and didn't make it. Donna Richardson was hoping to come, but ended up having a flight. Too bad they - and the rest of you - missed it. Both Alice and Bev agreed - it was a hoot!
The new GFWC Florida President Teddy Hulse who was the visiting officer is a lot of fun - her talk was informative but humorous! Her President's Project is "Change or Die!" It has to do with the fact that the state lost a total of 927 members last year and emphasized that we must devise ways to not only increase our membership, but even more importantly, be able to retain the members we have. She announced several new ideas which are being incorporated as state policy. One way the state will save $10,000 is that The Florida Clubwoman - the state newsletter which you all should have been receiving 3 times a year - will be sent out by e-mail only and will be reformatted into 8 x 11 for printing. Because almost all communication will be done by e-mail, she suggested having e-mail buddies for members without e-mail.
District 13 Director Darlene Vlazny is going to be a terrific District Director. She already has the calendar laid out for the next 2 years - guess who's hosting the District Art Show next February!! FLWC!
AND - in 2013, the GFWC Convention is to be held either here or in WPB - but not Miami.
Best of all - there was a wonderful brunch done by the Plantation Acres WC! There were 2 kinds of eggs, sausage, bacon, 2 kinds of French toast, 2 kinds of muffins, fruit and small Danish pastries. We even had mimosas with strawberries! All for $4.00! Yum!
There were 8 raffle baskets - one from each club represented - ours was a spa basket.
We learned that our own Genia Ellis is the new District Secretary. Alice filled in for JoAnn Smith to do the president's report.
And that's the way it was on Saturday, May 22, 2010! The next district meeting will be in October hosted by the Parkland WC.
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|2010 District Art Show|
|2010 99th Birthday Luncheon|
|2009 Fish Fry|
|Fort Lauderdale Woman's Club |
98th Birthday Tea - Friday, January 16, 2009
Event Chairman Valerie Taylor
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Installation Luncheon - Friday, May 16, 2008
Event Chairman Emily Farrell
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97th Birthday Tea - Friday, January 18, 2008
Event Chairman Emily Farrell
Cardinal Gibbons Says "Thanks!"
From Susan McClellan
Cardinal Gibbons High School Drama Department put on the production Honk at the Broward County Main Library Auditorium November 8 - November 11, 2007. The FLWC loaned them our clubhouse for a few hours (noon till 6pm) for their judges to do some deliberation away from the participants and their parents/families so that it could be done without undue pressure. They really had a hard time finding space for this to happen and the FLWC came in for the rescue!!! Once again our clubhouse makes history!!! Anyway they left this in the clubhouse and Gary brought it home and I wanted to share it with everyone.
Nola Marries Mark Farber!
On June 24, in the sun-dappled courtyard of the Barton G. Restaurant in Miami Beach, FLWC past-president Nola Marie Richardson became the bride of Mark Farber. Serving as matron-of-honor was immediate past-president Gloria Hood(below, left). Susie Flynn (below, right) was the “honorary” mother of the bride. The 2 most unusual members of the wedding party were Nola’s dogs, Whisky and Brandy, who behaved perfectly throughout the entire event.
In Memory of Ann Hayes
by Helen Von Salzen
Susie Flynn brought Ann Hayes into the FLWC a few years ago and Ann immediately won the Mad Hatter contest at our March meeting that year. (She's pictured here in yellow with Kathy Shurte). Ann was a long time friend of mine and of my family. She and I were on the Board of Episcopal Church Women at All Saints Episcopal Church here in Fort Lauderdale. I had asked Ann to serve on the Board of The Fort Lauderdale Woman's Club, as well, but she and Susie Flynn both ended up in Holy Cross Hospital and I had to resign the FLWC presidency because of some serious health issues of my own. Ann was an accountant and long served as treasurer of various organizations to which she belonged and she was always one to volunteer to help with taking tickets or selling raffle tickets at ECW and at FLWC events and she supported our many activities in every way that she could. Ann had suffered several strokes and had endured cancer and diabetes but she didn't let those afflictions interfere with her active involvement in the life of her family and her community. Despite her various physical challenges and recent hospitalizations, her death on July 2 was unexpected and the immediate cause is unknown. Her daughter Patricia told me that she just thinks that her mother's great heart gave out. Ann was a valiant woman and we shall miss her very much. Her memorial service at All Saints was held on July 10 and the FLWC was represented by Susie Flynn, Gloria Hood, Liannette Marquez, Judy Dixon, Susan McClellan, June Cox and me.
.....and of Jean Karch (5/24/1905 - 6/23/2007)Jean Piber Karch, 102, of Naples, passed away June 23, 2007. Born on May 24, 1905 in Vienna, Austria to Franz and Anna Piber, she moved to the United States with her parents in 1908. Jean was raised in Possumtown, NJ; lived in Bronx, NY and North Plainfield, NJ; and retired to Ft. Lauderdale in 1956. She was a longtime member of the Ft. Lauderdale Woman's Club and was Woman of the Year in 1998. In 2000, Club celebrated her 95th birthday with a luncheon at Ireland's Inn. She was an active member of FLWC- rarely missing a meeting - until she moved to Naples in 2001 to be near her son and his family. She is survived by her son, Richard (Rosemarie) Karch Jr. of Naples; her daughter, Jean (John) Sagarese of Mendham, NJ; 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Richard, her husband of 60 years. Services were on July 2nd in Naples.
VonSalzen Resigns; Sakhnovsky Assumes Presidency!
Helen's Resignation Letter
May 23, 2007
Dear Club Officers and Board Members:
After careful and agonizing reflection in this week of being so ill with fever and flu and bronchial asthma, I have come to realize that I simply cannot serve as the 2007-2008 president of The Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club.
Ever since I joined the club, in 2000, I have donated countless hours and personal financial resources to the FLWC. For the past year, my work on behalf of the club has been a full time job and I am exhausted by it.
As many of you know, I have a number of chronic health issues and some of them, like the heart disease and high blood pressure from which I suffer, are life threatening. Many of my ailments – such as the blood pressure, the migraines and the Fibromyalgia Syndrome - are exacerbated by stress. I have consulted with my physicians, recently, and am about to begin a couple of long term medical protocols that will sap my energy and take much of my time. I begin these regimens as soon as I return to Florida in July and that is the same time that the FLWC Board is to begin its work for 2007-2008.
Once I have recovered from my current bout of flu and bronchitis, my husband and I are going to our North Carolina condo for several weeks. We had planned the trip during the month of June when the FLWC is not supposed to be in session. However, before we have even been able to prepare for our journey, a number of pressing FLWC issues have come up and I have not been well enough to cope with them. We expect to be gone from May 29-July 9.
Therefore, before we go any further into an administration meant to be mine, I wish to resign from office and from the Board and to leave the club in your capable hands. I have neither the health nor the stamina to continue in office and I deeply regret any inconvenience that my resignation causes you.
My very best wishes to all of you for a successful 2007-2008 club year.
In Federation and In Fellowship,
Helen O. Von Salzen
Alice's Letter to Members
Thursday, 31 May 2007
Dear Fellow Members of the Fort Lauderdale Woman's Club:
It is with regret that we accept the resignation of Helen Von Salzen as president of the Fort Lauderdale Woman's Club. Helen has been active in the club and Fort Lauderdale civic activities for many years, including many with historical emphasis. Her contributions to the club have been many and we look forward to her return to club activities in the near future. In the meantime we wish her good health and a restful summer.
In accordance with the FLWC bylaws, the first vice-president automatically assumes the office of president for the remainder of the presidential term. One of the duties of the president is to fill any other vacancies that occur in any elected office. The office of first vice-president is filled from among the current elected officers and as such, I appoint Lianette Marquez to the office of first vice- president. Her appointment leaves a vacancy in the position of second vice-president, and I appoint Susan Molnar to that position. These appointments are subject to approval by the board of directors.Assuming the office of president is an awesome responsibility, and I am honored to serve an organization with such a prestigious history. I look forward to the club's continued prosperity, the footprints in history that we leave today, and to the successful beginnings of the club house restoration.
I know my name is hard to pronounce and spell (what was I thinking?), but anything which starts with "Sak..." (and of course just plain Alice) will do. If you like to email, please put firstname.lastname@example.org in to your address book so you won't have to type it more than once. Also, you can always reach me by phone at 954-467-5467 (954- go-skins). I am here to serve you, and will always strive to do what I can for the club and its members.
With a positive look to the rest of '07 and '08, thank you very much for your support and all your efforts in what will be a great year. And let's have fun, too!
Always yours in Federation,
AliceAlice Sakhnovsky, President Fort Lauderdale Woman's Club
Annual Installation Luncheon Held May 18
The FLWC Installation Luncheon was held at the Tower Club on Friday, May 18. Outgoing president Gloria Hood served as the installing officer for the 2007-2008 officers. Using household items as the theme, she presented each new officer with items in keeping with their duties - for example, in describing the president's duties as being an ex-officio member of all committees, she presented incoming president Helen Von Salzen with a jug of "All" laundry detergent. Besides Helen, the other officers who were installed are: 1st Vice-President, Alice Sakhnovsky; 2nd Vice-President, Liannette Marquez; Recording Secretary Alexandra Danburg; Corresponding Secretary, Emily Farrell; Membership Secretary, Helena Hejazi; and Treasurer June Cox.
Kaamalya Powell is Scholarship Recipient
Education Chairman Edith Toogood presented the FLWC annual scholarship to Fort Lauderdale High School graduating senior Kaamalya Powell who will be attending FSU in the fall. Kaamalya, who works 30 hours a week, has a 4.06 GPA hopes to become an attorney. She is a member of National Honor Society, was a member of the varsity soccer team and served in Student Government as well as several other organizations. She represented FLHS in the Broward County Asociation of Student Councils and served an internship in the Judicial Courthouse. She was accompanied to the luncheon by her BRACE advisor Susy O'Day.
Eight Longtime Members Honored
Honored guests of the day were eight longtime FLWC members, some of whom have been in Club for as long as 50 years. As Membership Chairman Liannette Marquez introduced each honoree, they were presented with a GFWC pin and a ceramic memento box. Above, from left to right, they are Mary Sheridan, June Brisick, Peg Docen, Lorraine Vreeland, Edna Salg, Dorothy Duda, Ann Silver, and Regina Coons.
Susan McClellan, Woman of the Year!
As her final duty as president, Gloria Hood presented the Woman of the Year award to Susan McClellan. Susan, a professional architect who has her own business, Susan M. McClellan, PA Architects, has been instrumental in helping the club go forward with the restoration project! According to Gloria, "She's right there whenever she's needed, rolls up her sleeves and jumps in! She's also a good truck driver; recently Club was given some wonderful items from Ireland's Inn and Susan herself drove over to pick them up. I was extremely honored to be able to present her with the Woman of the Year award." Other nominees for the honor were June Cox, Judy Dixon, Genia Ellis, Susie Flynn, Cindi Hutchinson, Marilyn Romano, Edna Salg and Helen VonSalzen.
Patricia McDougle Conducts Parliamentary Workshop!
On Saturday, May 19 thirteen Board members attended a workshop entitled "Shorter, Effective And Democratic Meetings" at All-Saints Episcopal Church led by Patricia McDougle. Besides being the FLWC parliamentarian, she is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian from the National Association of Parliamentarians, and is also a member of the Florida Association and the Plantation Unit of Parliamentarians. Each member in attendance was given a 32-page booklet based on Robert's Rules of Order and compiled by Patricia especially for this seminar. Among the things the participants learned:
...If the By-Laws do not say you can, you CAN'T!
...The word "Chairman" does not denote masculinity.
...The presiding officer should say, "The chair recognizes Henrietta," when calling upon a member to speak.
...If a chairman has an important report, it should be written and attached to the minutes.
...Members have MORE rights than the president! Among those rights are the right to attend meetings; the right to bring up and debate any business they choose; make and second motions; and the right to vote on issues.
...Anything that takes away a member's rights requires a 2/3 vote of those present and voting!
After spending over two hours learning the Rules, attendees were divided into groups and given mock issues to role-play for the group. Besides learning a lot about the proper way to conduct a meeting, those who attended had the opportunity to get better acquainted with each other. Thanks to Helen Von Salzen and her husband Eric for arranging the workshop.
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