November 1, 2019 – SHORTS reminders…
ALERT: Fall Festival Saturday (9-3) and Sunday (10-2), Madera Clubhouse. Stop by TWOQC’s table and purchase raffle tickets for:
- Hot, Hot, Hot! (Military Baby Shower basket with Desert Cookbook)
- Desert Sunshine (YOTO basket with Desert Cookbook)
- Chocolate, Chocolate! (Scholarship basket with Desert Cookbook)
All proceeds split between the three charitable committees… GOOD LUCK!
October 25, 2019 – President’s Message
- Membership Luncheon: Mon., October 28
- TWOQC’s Expressions from the Heart: YOTO
- Register Today For Ladies Night Out on November 11
- Cheers & Thanks from the Scholarships Committee
- A Shout of Thanks from the VA Clothing Drive Committee
- Members Corner: Dues are Due; Classifieds Section; Member Spotlight on Barbara Fiallos
- Lecture Series Coming November 18
- Military Baby Shower
- Community Connections: Food Bank Collection, Homeless & Hospitalized Veterans Needs
- Upcoming Programs & Events – Save These Dates
Membership Luncheon: Monday, October 28
The theme is Amber Autumn and RED is the color of the day to celebrate TWOQC’s 15th Anniversary.
Don’t forget your checkbook/cash for multiple shopping opportunities and fun. As with all of our charitable and fun activities, participation is optional.
- Renew or join and receive two additional months of fun for $25
- Centerpiece raffle for charming fall décor ($5 for 6, $10 for 14, $20 for 30…address labels to save time) TRUCK Picture
- Lecture tickets for “Safely Back from the Death Zone”, Scholarship Lecture Series, $5
- Pre-Orders of TWOQC items with quail logo…new items are fleece vests ($25) and jackets ($30) sizes extra small (XS) to 4X, samples to try on a variety of colors. Checks or cash, receipts for November delivery
- Scholarship merchandise: flashlights, thermal bags, wine totes, magnifying glasses, pint glasses with quail logo
- Semi-Annual Food Bank Collection Green Valley Food Bank (scroll down to Community Connections for more information)
> 10:30 Open Bar – Specialty Drink: Tequila Sunrise
> 11:00 Doors Open
> 11:10 Short and very important business meeting. Please help us begin on time.
> 11:30-11:45 Lunch Served and Entertainment: Amber Norgaard and Sabra Faulk
YOTO Committee will distribute Holiday cards to members wishing to provide gifts at the December 9 Holiday Luncheon for YOTO students.
TWOQC Expressions from the Heart: YOTO
The kick-off for this year’s annual Holiday Blanket and Gift Bag Drive is Monday at the Membership Brunch. Holiday cards, created by the YOTO Committee, will be offered to members. All cards contain instructions for purchasing items. Green cards are for middle schoolers and red for high school students. You are encouraged to write a special holiday greeting before returning the card with your gift. Can’t make the luncheon and want to participate, contact Sue Ann Obremski (email@example.com).
It is our wish to make the holidays as special as possible by showing the YOTO students that TWOQC care. Thank you for your support.
Want more information about Youth On Their Own? A great place to start is their website.
Here’s what is unusual about TWOQC’s relationship with YOTO? In partnership with Foundation leaders, the YOTO Committee identified ways TWOQC could reach out, offer hope and comfort to youth in the most fragile of circumstances. This was the impetus for the blanket drive, now in its fourth year. Additional activities evolved such as coordinating a drive to support their Mini Mall with shelf-ready food items. The Committee created a cookbook using only items from the Mall, and they embellished the recipes with spice packets assembled by the Committee. Through the leadership of the YOTO Committee, TWOQC share empathy, hope and make a difference in the lives of youth without a place to call home.
UPCOMING EVENT: Ladies Night Out
Monday, November 11 Ladies Night Out: Travel Extravaganza will kick off at 6:30 PM. This event is open to members only, and there is no charge; however, reservations must be made prior to the night of the event. Contact Bobbi Gordon, Activities Coordinator at (520) 625-9353 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not hesitate to call Bobbi for assistance.
Ladies Night Out will host 12 vendors providing great travel ideas including cruising options, active, exotic and expedition travel. There will be raffles and prizes and two fashion shows. REI will bring casual/expedition clothing and options for travel. Ruby Jane, a Tubac designer, will provide options for cruising styles.
Jeri Collins will demonstrate how to pack well and travel lightly. Kathe Alves will present seminars on traveling safely and staying healthy. The Border Community Alliance will present information about day trips into Mexico. There will be information on solo travel, travel for women and Diane Quinn will provide tips for creating great travel memories. Healthy Skin Dermatology will present basic skincare during travel. If you love to travel or have an itch to travel and would like to see just what options are out there, this is a not-to-be-missed event.
A cash bar for wine and beer will be available.
Cheers & Thanks from the Scholarship Committee
Another big THANK YOU to our friends, neighbors, and the incredibly talented QC residents who contributed to making Javelina Hoedown a success. The Scholarship fundraising period ends on October 31. If you have not shopped for fun and colorful holiday stocking stuffers or totes, visit their table at the Membership Brunch. Javelina Hoedown photos by Eileen Sykora, TWOQC photographer.
A Shout of THANKS from the VA Clothing Drive Committee
A special letter from the Committee Chair:
“MANY, MANY THANKS to all the wonderful 124 community and member volunteers that helped make this year’s Homeless Veterans Clothing and Household Goods Drive one of the best ever with a record number of volunteers and items collected. Committee members, TWOQC members, community members (men and women) and JROTC members all came together to make this wonderful event. It was such a fulfilling and fun time for all. The items were all trucked up to the VA Complex in Tucson and delivered to many appreciative employees who were waiting to unload all the items. We filled a huge storage unit. I am truly humbled by the generosity of our members with their time and talents. Thanks again, Tessie Hagerich.” Clothing Drive photos by Eileen Sykora, TWOQC photographer.
REMEMBER – You can renew your TWOQC membership at the October 28, November 11 and December 9 events. Or drop your renewal at Becky Ashin’s house at 543 N. Hale Dr. in TWOQC box inside the screen door. Checks for $25 should be made out to TWOQC. We look forward to having you join us for another fun-filled year! If you need the New Member Form you may download it from the website under the Membership tab.
A THOUSAND CHEERS IN HONOR OF SANDI BEACH!
After thirteen plus years of providing TWOQC amazing decorations for our many functions, Sandi has decided to retire following the Fashion Show for Cancer event in February. We are urgently searching for ladies who would like to carry on her tradition of creating exciting settings for our gatherings. Yes, it might be a team. Now is a great time to volunteer as Sandi will provide training on the job as she plans for the Holiday and Fashion show luncheons. Thank you, Sandi, for years of beautiful work.
We continue to search for a lady who will be “Editor-In-Chief” and will coordinate the writing of “Cub Reporters”. Each charitable committee has a communications person responsible for working with the Publicity Chair. In addition, other members have offered to help write. Please know that you do not need to be a journalist or have advanced degrees to assist in this capacity.
WEBMASTER SUPPORT TEAM– Marianne continues to search for teammates… have an interest in learning how the Friday Morning Message is created? Useful, helpful skill-set (but not required): familiarity with an internet Webhosting platform, basic web design, and internet search savvy. If interested with no website skills, please inquire – web tasks are teachable! Email email@example.com for more information.
Member Spotlight: Barbara Fiallos
Barbara was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduation, she attended a three-year program at a small Catholic hospital and became a Registered Nurse. It was there that Barbara met, Denis, her future husband, a physician from Honduras who was doing some training. Denis has family in Honduras whom the couple enjoys visiting. They have two adult sons. The older son lives in the Phoenix area, and the younger son, and his wife, live in the outskirts of Denver.
Denis did his residency at Tucson Medical Center in the late 70s. Then the couple moved to Phoenix where Denis was in private practice until 1995. However, Phoenix was getting too big and busy!
Barbara and Denis moved to Quail Creek in June 2016 when Denis retired. Barbara had “retired” years before to become a caregiver for her mother. They felt that moving here was almost like coming home. They live in Unit 21 and like spending time with friends and joining in group activities. They work at staying healthy and fit, attending the gym three days a week, and walking their soft-coated Wheaton Terrier, Logan. The couple takes Sundays off from these activities.
Barbara and Denis enjoy traveling. They recently returned from an almost 170-mile walk on the Portuguese Coastal Route of the Camino de Santiago, trekking from Porto in Portugal to Santiago in Spain.
Barbara enjoys reading, counted cross stitch, and gardening. She became a member of TWOQC two years ago and enjoys working with the wonderful group of ladies on the Military baby shower. PREVIOUS MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS
Kino Lecture Series on November 18
The 2019/2020 Kino Lecture Series kicks off with “Safely Back from the Death Zone” as Dr. John Klein relates the experiences of his second trip to Mount Everest. The lecture is open to all residents, and everyone is welcome.
- Sharing his Mount Everest experiences, Dr. Klein will focus on climbing safety. He will also recount his experiences of summiting the highest peaks on six of the seven continents.
- Monday, November 18 at 7:00 PM in the Madera Clubhouse Ballroom
- Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Membership Brunch, at the Concierge Desk (check only, made out to TWOQC Charity Account) and at the door (cash or check)
All proceeds benefit TWOQC Scholarship Fund.
Military Baby Shower
The Military Baby Shower Committee welcomes new and returning members to the first formal meeting on Monday, November 4th at 10 AM in the Mesquite Room in the Kino Conference Center. Bring your enthusiasm, fresh ideas, and energy to this passionate and exciting committee. Contact Karen Baker, committee chairperson, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecting With Our Community
FOOD BANK COLLECTION
TWOQC’s semi-annual collection for the Green Valley Food Bank will take place at the membership luncheon on October 28. Always on their needs list are peanut butter, canned meats, and fish, cereal, rice, and pasta. If you don’t like to shop for groceries, please consider a monetary donation, cash or checks payable to Southern AZ Community Food Bank with Green Valley in the memo line. You may also donate by credit card. All monetary donations are eligible for Dollar-for-Dollar AZ tax credits up to $400 for single filers and $800 for couples. A true win-win opportunity. Donations may be placed in the totes in the hallway. With the strike at the mine, the Food Bank is experiencing a bigger demand for food than usual, so please be generous.
HOMELESS & HOSPITALIZED VETERANS NEEDS
If you didn’t make it to the clothing drive and have any 2020 calendars, note and greeting cards that you can’t use, please bring them to the program on Monday and place them on the VA table at the back of the ballroom. Please also bring unopened travel-sized toiletries that you may have accumulated during summer travels. Paper plates, cups, napkins, and plastic utensils are always in demand.
SAVE THESE DATES!
(♦) public event
- 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 – 12:30pm (doors open: 11:30)→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: Kathe Alves (programs), Becky Ashin (membership), Karen Baker (baby shower), Marilyn Beim (scholarships), Tessie Hagerich (clothing drive), Yasmin John-Thorpe (member spotlight), Peggy McGee (community relations), Sue Obremski (YOTO), Julie Woodard (lecture series). PUBLISHING TEAM: President, 1st Vice President, and Webmaster.