October 18, 2019 – Important Reminders…
Deadline for reservations for Membership Brunch mid-night, Sunday, October 20. RESERVATION FORM
A big THANK YOU to our friends, neighbors and the incredibly talented Quail Creek residents who contributed to making this event a success. Enjoy the 100+ fantastic pictures of the JAVELINA HOEDOWN event in the Photo Gallery. (Photos: Eileen Sykora, TWOQC Photographer). See website Sidebar for merchandise sales information.
VA CLOTHING & HOUSEHOLD GOODS DRIVE Saturday, October 19, 9-11, CATC Parking Lot. Gently used men’s clothing only plus household items.
October 11, 2019 – President’s Message
- An Exciting Week: Javelina Hoedown and the VA Clothing Drive
- Hat’s Off to TWOQC’s Team of Specialists
- Why We Care: Community-Wide Clothing Drive
- “Amber Autumn” Membership Brunch is a Comin’ Up
- Ladies Night Out: Travel Extravaganza Reservations
- Members Corner: Dues are Due; Fleece Jackets & Vests on Sale; Member Spotlight on Shirley Patterson
- Military Baby Shower’s First Formal Meeting: November 4
- Mrs. Claus… Where Are You?
- Community Connections: Honor Flight; Homeless Vets Security Deposit; Desert Recipes for Fall Festival
- Upcoming Programs & Events – Save These Dates
Fasten Your Seatbelts… for an exciting week!
The official start of fall fundraising begins Sunday, October 13, 5-8, Madera Ballroom… it’s Hoedown time for Scholarships…YeeHaw!
Attendees will enjoy a western buffet, music, dancing, raffle baskets valued at over $50, specialty drinks, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and more. Bring your checkbook and plan to have fun.
- Hoedown dinner tickets @ $35 are available for purchase until 2:00 p.m. today. If you just arrived back in town and miss today’s opportunity, contact Peggy McGee to get added to the list (firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-6188). No tickets will be available at the door.
Available to purchase on Sunday at the Hoedown:
- “Pints” with the Quail logo in green: $8 per glass or $10 for a glass including a beer fill that night.
- Raffle tickets are 30 for $20, 14 for $10, or 6 for $5… save time by using address labels to identify your tickets
- Raffle tickets and items are cash or check only payable to TWOQC Charity Account (no credit cards).
AND… the 10th annual VA Clothing and Household Goods Drive is Saturday, October 19, 9-11. Bring your gently used items to the Creative Arts and Technology Center parking lot. Witness the power of Quail Creek’s support for the VA. We hope to see you there either volunteering or dropping off your donations. Questions, contact email@example.com. See you there!
Hats Off to TWOQC’s Team of Specialists
How well do you know them? What do they have in common yet entitles them to be ‘unique’?
Sandi Beach… decorates
Marianne Cobarrubias… manages our universe (website)
Bobbi Gordon… coordinates
Cindy Mayron… communicates
Eileen Sykora… documents
Unique-ability: As a group, they are the foundation of our organization. Their work captures and defines the elements of our mission; “A forum for women to participate in cultural, educational and recreational programs…”
- Our mission requires a home, a showcase for our stories and a place to anchor our work. This place is our amazing website. We communicate, document, archive, and coordinate our activities here. This is where information for all programs is shared (Marianne).
- Cindy, our messenger of information, keeps all of us informed through articles in QC Crossing, What’s Happening, and other Green Valley media outlets.
- Bobbi, the coordinator at large procures spaces for programs and events. She sells tickets, secures rooms for meetings, helps with menu selection for luncheons, and completes “other duties” as needed.
- Of particular interest are the creative and colorful tablescapes designed by Sandi and crew.
- All photos are placed in the Photo Gallery within the week following the event. Lasting memories of events are archived (Eileen).
Oh yes, the Specialist Team has a combined total of 50-years of membership in TWOQC. This is the unique world of our specialists. CLICK HERE for a Fun Guessing Game of who’s who!
News Flash: Do you know when the first Friday Morning Message was launched? Learn that historical fun fact HERE! The website has grown over the years as the organization expanded. View the growth from the beginning to today HERE.
Why We Care
The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System was the featured topic of TWOQC’s September 30 program. Allison Davis, Danielle DeMailo, Danna Auriana, Angela Kamerer from the VA spoke about the broad spectrum of resources available to veterans. They thanked Quail Creek donors for over 9-years of support through contributions from the annual Clothing and House Goods Drive and monthly collections at our programs. Last year Quail Creek donated over $3,000 and 8,700 items.
The presentation focused on the walk-in clinic for homeless veterans and specific housing programs available. Often the first contact made with a homeless vet is at the clinic, Building 90 on the VA campus. Many goods and services are available with the assistance of a social worker (medical, food, laundry, showers and hygiene items). Building 90 includes a clothing room from which clean and processed QC donations are disbursed. Social Workers are available to encourage housing and to assist with this process.
The program was informative, thought-provoking and stimulating. It validated TWOQC’s purpose and goals. Join us at the community-wide drive with your gently used clothing and household items, October 19, 9-11. SEPT 30 PROGRAM PHOTOS
“Amber Autumn” Membership Brunch is a Comin’ Up
When: October 28 (10:30 Bar Service, 11:00 Doors Open)
Menu: Chicken salad filled croissant, fresh fruit, chocolate mousse pie, and coffee.
Entertainment: Amber Norgaard and Sabra Faulk
Cost: $10 members, $20 1st time guests
Raffle Centerpieces: Raffle tickets (30 for $20, 14 for $10, or 6 for $5) are available for very special centerpieces
Reservations: Check the website sidebar, October 28 for the online reservation form
Ladies Night Out: Travel Extravaganza
Back by popular demand is the LNO program, this year on November 11, 6:30 p.m. Your trip around the Madera Ballroom, visiting with a number of vendors and members, will inform and peak your interest about many different topics related to travel (packing, immunizations, border crossing, tours for women only, creating memories, fashions for travel, cruising, expedition travel).
*There is no charge for this fun members event but you must have an online reservation. Walk-ins will NOT be allowed to attend. Check the website sidebar under November 11 to complete your reservation form.
Membership renewal is here. We’ve already had 44 ladies renew their memberships. The membership team will be accepting renewals at the October, November and December events. Please bring your $25 check made out to TWOQC (checks preferred for tracking purposes but, we will accept cash). You do not need to complete any forms – we will review your information with you when you renew.
If you prefer you can drop your checks off at Becky Ashin’s house (543 N. Hale Drive). She has a Women of Quail Creek box inside the gate where you can place your renewal check.
Be sure to invite your new neighbors or women who have not joined TWOQC. We are 400 strong and have many exciting events and programs planned for the coming years! New members joining now can attend the rest of our events in 2019 and have their membership run through 2020! They need to complete the online New Member Form and send it in with their check.
Fleece Jackets and Vests
We have received more sample jackets and vests in a variety of sizes and colors. Jackets are $30, and vests are $25. If you wish to see the colors and decide on the best size, please contact Peggy McGee @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-6188 to check them out. The samples will also be available at the membership brunch on October 28. You must pay for them when you place your order, cash or checks payable to TWOQC.
Member Spotlight: Shirley Patterson
Shirley was born during the Depression and grew up on a farm in northern Ohio. With art and nature museums not far away in Cleveland, she had the best of both worlds. In her youth, Shirley was very active in 4-H, other youth groups, and the community orchestra.
Shirley met her husband, Jack, the week before graduating from Ohio State University, where she earned a degree in Home Economics Education. She headed to her first job in Ames, Iowa as a model, directing fashion shows and teaching modeling at a finishing school. However, when the owner left Ames, Shirley returned to OSU where Jack was in grad school. The couple got married, and Shirley taught at Columbus State School (an institution for troubled young adults). She opened her own school teaching all phases of clothing from construction to designing. Following several years of teaching sewing, Shirley inherited some family heirlooms including many old photos and documents which she found very interesting. So, she went back to grad school again to study preservation, which she then taught for many years.
After Jack graduated, he accepted a professorship in engineering at Iowa State University where the couple spent the next 29 years until his retirement. After her retirement, Shirley continued to work part-time at the university, and the couple enjoyed traveling. They have one son and two adult grandchildren.
During their travels Shirley and Jack discovered Quail Creek and as ‘they say never looked back.’ They have been happy here since 2006. The first thing Shirley did was join TWOQC. She has taught Heirloom Preservation classes for OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) and has been a tour guide at the Historic Canoa Ranch for several years. She enjoys family history; likes to hike; enjoys all animals and geology. Shirley is a 27-year survivor of breast cancer and still wondering what she’ll be when she grows up! PREVIOUS MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS
Military Baby Shower
The Military Baby Shower committee is looking to welcome new members to help plan and execute the 2020 baby shower for active military families.
Event Date: May 16, 2020
Location: Air National Guard base in Tucson
Planning: The first formal meeting will be Monday, November 4, at 10 am in the Mesquite Room
Items are being collected for the Fall Festival fundraising basket. The basket theme is Hot, Hot, Hot!!! All applicable donation items are welcome and appreciated. Contact Karen Baker at 269-7341 or email@example.com if you have questions or an interest in joining this fun, enthusiastic, and patriotic group.
Mrs. Claus… where are you?
TWOQC is looking for any member who would be interested in being Mrs. Claus for pictures at the Holiday Luncheon.
If interested, contact Kathe Alves at (360) 701-4782 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Connecting With Our Community
Please extend your heartfelt appreciation to a veteran by writing a note or letter for delivery during “Mail Call”. Visit TWOQC’s honor flight page for ideas.
- Please begin your notes “Dear Veteran”, “Dear Veteran Hero”
- Signed letters should be folded and placed in individual unsealed envelopes. Single letters will be copied and placed in envelopes.
- If writing more than one note, bundle envelopes with a rubber band/tie.
- Please drop letters in a collection box at the home of Julie Ratley, 727 N Hale Drive.
- Letters will be accepted until October 18.
#29 in October (26th-28th): Departs Tucson: 10/26 @ 7 am. Returns Tucson: 10/28 @ 7:16 pm.
It is always recommended to check the So. Arizona Honor Flight website for details and any last-minute changes that may occur.
SECURITY DEPOSIT FOR HOMELESS VETERANS
Those who attended the presentation by the VA on September 30 heard the disturbing news that some veterans were being evicted from housing because the landlords were requiring a $50 security deposit when the veterans renewed their leases. Many of the veterans are unemployed, so paying $50 is impossible for them. Some asked if anything could be done to keep these veterans from being put back on the streets. After some investigation, the VA has offered a solution where interested members may make donations in any amount that will be restricted to paying a security deposit when needed. Checks must be made payable to SAVAHCS. We are working with the VA to modify the existing donation form that can be used to earmark donations for security deposits. Check the website for updates that will be posted here as we have more information.
DESERT RECIPES REMINDER
Don’t forget to submit your favorite recipe(s) for the recipe book for the Craft Fair. See details in the website Sidebar.
SAVE THESE DATES!
(♦) public event
- Oct. 13 →Javelina Hoedown (Scholarship’s western-themed benefit) (♦)
- Oct. 19 →VA Clothing Drive (♦)
- Oct. 28 – 11am→Membership Gathering: Brunch – Music by Amber Norgaard RESERVE TICKETS NOW
- Oct. 26-28→Honor Flight #29 (♦)
- Nov. 11 – 6:30pm→Ladies Night Out: Travel Extravaganza RESERVATIONS
- Nov. 18 – 7pm→Lecture Series: Dr. John Kline “Safely Home from the Death Zone” (♦)
- Dec. 9 – 11:30am→Holiday Luncheon: Musical entertainment by Aztlán Mariachi
Coming in 2020:
- Jan. 20 – 7pm→Lecture Series: How We Survived Prohibition (Lisa S. Heidinger, AZ Humanities) (♦)
- Jan. 27 – 10am→Reid Park Zoo: Animal Handler, Zeb
- Feb. 13 – 7pm→Lecture Series: Crocodiles, Turtles and Fish, Oh My: Eocene Era Fossils by Kemmerer, WY (Jerome Montgomery, Geologist) (♦)
- Feb. 18 – (time: TBA)→Relay For Life – Fashion Show & Luncheon (♦)
- Mar. 16 – 7pm→Lecture Series: 500-Miles in 34-Days: One Woman’s Camino de Santiago Journey (♦)
- Mar. 30 – (time: TBA)→Field Trip: Reid Park Zoo
- Check the Online Calendar for general & committee meetings, events reservation dates, ticket selling dates, & other deadlines (as they become available)
- Programs & Events (topics, dates, & times) are subject to change. Topic details will be posted as the information becomes available.
- Questions? Contact: email@example.com
FMM CONTRIBUTORS: Becky Ashin (membership), Karen Baker (baby shower), Marilyn Beim (scholarships/Javeline Hoedown), Tessie Hagerich (clothing drive), Yasmin John-Thorpe (member spotlight) Peggy McGee (community relations/Hoedown/FMM Fun Facts), Sue Obremski (desert recipes), Julie Ratley (honor flight). PUBLISHING TEAM: President, 1st Vice President, and Webmaster.