Following a short break to enjoy the holidays, the Friday Morning Message publishing team will return with an FMM on January 10, 2020.
December 20, 2019 President’s Message
- Holiday Luncheon & YOTO Wrap-Up
- January Program: The Zoo… Coming Up
- Fashion Show for Cancer: Get Your Tickets; Spray Paint Needed
- Scholarship Lecture: How We Survived Prohibition
- Exciting Highlights from the President
- Membership Drive; Thanks to Volunteers & Co-Chair; Spotlight on Laurie Brown
- Military Baby Shower: Meeting in January
- Community Connections: Holiday Luncheon for Homeless Veterans; VA Staff Thanks TWOQC
- Upcoming Programs & Events – Save These Dates
Holiday Luncheon & YOTO Wrap-Up
The YOTO Committee sends a BIG shout of “THANKS” to everyone who contributed to the Holiday Drive. The YOTO representatives at the luncheon were amazed by our generosity. High School students received 214 Blanket/gift cards and Middle School students, 216 Holiday Bags. This means every YOTO Middle School Student in PIMA County will receive a Holiday Bag, and 214 Blanket/gift cards will be contributed to the High School Students. There are over 1400 High School students in the YOTO program. Also, $700 in donations was received. The gifts filled the ballroom and added to the festivity. All gifts were transported to the YOTO headquarters using the QC catering Truck (thank you Daniel Pacheco) and three members’ SUVs. We were greeted at the YOTO facility by 24 volunteers to unload the vehicles and organize the gifts to be distributed to students the next day. THANK YOU for making Christmas special for YOTO students.
MARIACHI ATZLAN de PUEBLO HIGH SCHOOL
Amazing… Spectacular… The Best Ever… were the remarks made by members in response to the performance of the exceptionally talented troupe. The rhythm and spirited singing was so engaging that members had to join in and dance. It was the perfect program to end a lovely luncheon. PHOTOS & VIDEOS
During the business portion of the Holiday Luncheon, members approved the following:
President Elect-Becky Ashin
1st VP Publicity-Diane Gordon
*Barb Hunsinger, Co-Chair for Membership will assume the position for 2nd VP for Membership for 2020, filling Becky Ashin’s position. 2020 EXECUTIVE BOARD and 2020 COMMITTEE CHAIRS & PROJECT COORDINATORS
January’s Program: The Zoo… Coming Up
Mark your 2020 calendar for Monday, January 27 at 10 am in the Madera Ballroom! Animal handler and zookeeper, Jed Dodds, will present our program. Don’t miss it – he is a great speaker and who knows which animals he will bring along! This is a prequel to the March 30 zoo field trip
Fashion Show for Cancer
TICKETS, TICKETS… WHO HAS THE TICKETS?
Fashion show tickets are being sold at an incredibly fast rate. There are only a few left. If you wish to attend, purchase yours NOW! Contact Nancy Jacobs at (970) 946-3910 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Do Not Wait!
GOT EXTRA SPRAY PAINT?
The Fashion Show Committee needs a variety of spray paint colors for the beautiful decorations being created for the February Fashion Show. They are looking for all colors of the rainbow in glossy or matte finishes. Every little bit helps! Please contact Sandi Beach at Sandi.email@example.com or 625-0668 for drop off or pick up arrangements. Thank you.
Scholarship Lecture #2: “How We Survived Prohibition”
Join us on Monday, January 20, at 7 pm in the Madera Clubhouse Crystal Ballroom, as Lisa Schnebly Heidinger of AZ Humanities (Arizona’s affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities) talks about “How We Survived Prohibition, Arizona Style!” She will share funny and fascinating anecdotes of some of the colorful characters and places around the state that played a role during the decade when “drinking” was not allowed.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Concierge Desk (check only – made out to TWOQC Charity Account), or at the door (cash or check). Proceeds benefit TWOQC Scholarship Fund. READ MORE: SCHOLARSHIP LECTURES
Exciting Highlights from the President
During my term as president, you have provided many wonderful and exciting ideas for engaging women and moving the club forward. The sources have been varied and included a survey, coffees with members, newcomers’ gatherings, committee’s brainstorming and submissions from individuals. Please keep this going. It is important as we address our future. I am thrilled to share a few highly interesting “firsts” for TWOQC. You may be surprised.
QR CODE – Recently, the Scholarship Committee, with Jadine Hilt’s expertise, introduced the QR code to link scholarship applications with prospective applicants. This is a first for our club and maybe an idea that other committees can use. Many, who are at ease in a world of instant connectivity, will find this attractive. It will definitely help spread the word about TWOQC Scholarships. For more information about how it was introduced contact Jadine Hilt, Kay Martens, or Janice Pell. Take a moment, whip out your smartphone, and give it a try. Need help? Visit this LINK for the few and simple steps it takes to access the QR Code with your smartphone or tablet. Many thanks to Jadine for helping TWOQC advance in the world of technology.
FALL FESTIVAL RAFFLE BASKETS – There’s nothing new about raffling baskets as a fundraiser. But, this year Sue Ann Obremski suggested a new spin. She invited three charitable committees to create blockbuster baskets (Baby shower, Scholarships, and YOTO), and to split the pot. As a result, $624 went to each group. Also, there was a special gift for those who purchased 30 or more tickets. A digital copy of the 71-page cookbook, Desert Sunshine, was emailed to the ticket purchasers. How great is this! Committees are benefitting from mutual associations. I love it!
AZ 19 EMBLEM – Thanks to entrepreneurs Pam Hartwell James and Janice Swain, an emblem was created to promote awareness of TWOQC award for Most Influential Group of the AZ 19 corridor for 2019. It has multiple uses. Most recently, it appeared on stationary with our signature quail. Jeff Krueger provided valuable assistance creating a large poster of the emblem.
CLOUD SHARING – A very special partnership was created when the Scholarship Committee and the Computer Club met to solve a “paper” problem. With the Computer Club’s assistance, the Scholarship Committee can read scores of applications online, saving reams of paper. The training provided by Jim Burkstrand has been invaluable.
ONLINE RESERVATIONS – Thanks to the creative thinking of Marianne Cobarrubias, she helped solve an efficiency issue for the Activities Coordinator and created an opportunity for us. Many of TWOQC events requiring a reservation can now be made online.
“UNDER ONE UMBRELLA” – The 2019 Fashion Show for Cancer theme goes the extra mile. Truly innovative, it brings all types of cancer under the umbrella and helps explain the relationship between TWOQC and the Quail Creek Relay for Life team. Together we are supporting the American Cancer Society by funding research to find cures.
“AN AFTERNOON IN MONTE CARLO”– A first-ever 15-year anniversary celebration. Planned by an ad hoc committee we enjoyed the very special event. Many members hope we have another Casino Party.
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE ENDING 12-31-19
Add your Women of Quail Creek membership renewal to your Holiday List of gifts. Ring in the New Year with fun, education, and entertainment! Our membership drive ends December 31 and your membership is important to us. We would also like to welcome new members to join, so please invite your friends and neighbors. You can drop or mail your renewal dues at Becky Ashin’s house at 543 N. Hale Dr.
The Membership Committee has a wonderful group of volunteers who have dedicated many hours to assisting our members with enjoying the events. A big thank you to Jane Brust, Teresa Buttelmann, Elaine Culbertson, Joanne Nash, Deka Peters, Cher Rowland, Mary Smith, and Patty Zatkin. Additionally, others who have helped throughout the year include Kathy Kelley, Evie Lamb, Janice Messer, Peggy Mykins, Anne Smith, and Clarice Sullivan. It would be impossible to handle over 400 members without the help of these wonderful ladies.
CO-CHAIR THANK YOU
A big additional thank you to Barb Hunsinger, who as Co-Chair, has been an invaluable asset to the Membership Committee. She has taken great care of our new members, coordinated the New Member Welcomes and assisted with our events. She has consented to finish the Membership Chair’s term.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Laurie Brown
Laurie moved to Quail Creek with her husband, Howard (Howie) Brown in 2002. Seventeen years later, Laurie still cannot stop working. She joined The Women of Quail Creek while the club was still in its infancy.
Her engineering work took Laurie away from Quail Creek off and on for 14 years. Her latest venture has been the real estate business for the past three years. In addition to TWOQC, Laurie has enjoyed the Ceramics Club, 9’ers, early days of the Lady Putters, and the Ukulele Club.
As a former U.S. Marine, Laurie feels a special calling to support the Southern Arizona Honor Flight. She has been a Guardian on three fights, escorting two WWII veterans and a Korean War Veteran. To this day, she finds these to be the most rewarding events of her life. Laurie is very happy that TWOQC provides such wonderful support to this cause.
Outside of Quail Creek, Laurie gets to stretch her musical abilities with The Green Valley Concert Band, Sonoran Summer Winds, and occasionally small groups by playing just about any wind instrument that is needed. Look for her in the Bass Trombone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Flute or French Horn section at any time!
Military Baby Shower
The next meeting of the baby shower committee will take place on Wednesday, January 8, at 10 a.m. in the Saguaro Room. New members are always welcome to this fun, patriotic and energetic committee. Contact Karen Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Connecting With Our Community
HOLIDAY PARTY FOR HOMELESS VETERANS
Tessie Hagerich, Bobbi Gordon, Peggy McGee, and I got into the holiday spirit on December 4 by helping at the VA sponsored luncheon for homeless veterans. We served approximately 215 veterans, some with family members, a festive feast of roasted turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and green beans followed by a variety of pies for dessert. We were impressed with how many veterans thanked them for volunteering their time for the annual feast. PHOTOS
It was noted that some of the items that were donated at our clothing and household goods drive were used as prizes for the no cost to the veterans’ raffle.
HOSPITALIZED AND HOMELESS VETERANS
The staffs of Voluntary Services and the Homeless veteran’s programs at the VA Hospital send their heartfelt thanks for all the donations from TWOQC during 2019. They say our support makes their programs run more efficiently. They were especially delighted to receive so many gift bags and boxes plus wrapping paper to get the hospitalized veterans ready for the holidays.
SAVE THESE 2020 DATES!
(♦) public event
- (♦) Jan. 20 – 7pm→Lecture Series: How We Survived Prohibition (Lisa S. Heidinger, AZ Humanities)
- Jan. 27 – 10am→Reid Park Zoo: Animal Handler, Jed
- (♦) Feb. 13 – 7pm→Lecture Series: Crocodiles, Stingrays, and Bats, Oh My: Eocene Era Fossils by Kemmerer, WY (Jerome Montgomery, Geologist)
- (♦) Feb. 18 – 11:30am→Relay For Life – Fashion Show & Luncheon (10 am: doors open; silent auction & raffles available)
- (♦) 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 additional events, 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), Lisa Johnson (fashion show), Yasmin John-Thorpe (member spotlight), Peggy McGee (community relations), Sue Ann Obremski (YOTO), Julie Woodard (scholarship lecture). PUBLISHING TEAM: President, 1st Vice President, and Webmaster.