GWC’s “Shake Off the Winter Blues”, January 8, 2019, at Wild Hare Productions

GWC members and guests gathered on Tuesday, January 8th to enjoy our “Shake Off the Winter Blues” winter social at Wild Hare Productions, located in Hampton Place Shopping Center. Numerous members contributed savory appetizers and/or sweets which resulted in overflowing tables of delicious treats and beverages.

Bess Park opened the entertainment portion of the evening with a quick introduction to her Wild Hare Productions which consists of both nonprofit dance and theatre. Scenes from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night were performed by six of Wild Hare’s Youth Shakespeare cast members, along with a quick synopsis by Bess between the scenes. Mary Woodiwiss then welcomed our members and guests, extending our GWC invitation for guests to attend all of our regular meetings and to consider joining GWC in 2019. Mary also emphasized our strong pool of 16 grant applicants for our first GWC Grant awards to be made in February. Nearly all of our 2018 members have renewed their memberships for 2019 and we have also welcomed 14 new members so far this year.

Thank you to all members and guests, especially to those who contributed our evening’s refreshments. Many thanks to Bess Park for opening up the theatre portion of her Wild Hare Production to us and providing us with the delightful scenes from Twelfth Night.  We look forward to seeing all members of GWC at our very important February 25th  Quarterly Meeting at The Museum.

GWC 4th Quarterly Meeting, November 13, 2018, at St. Mark UMC

The 4th Quarterly Meeting of Greenwood Women Care was held on Tuesday, November 13, at the Rivers Street extension of St. Mark Methodist Church. Fall desserts and beverages were arranged by the Social Committee. Lisa Smith, a member of the Programs & Education Committee, welcomed everyone and introduced our program, “Homelessness and Hunger in Our Hometown”, featuring Ken Kelly, Operations Officer and past Executive Director, and Anthony Price, Executive Director of Greenwood Pathway House, and Wendi Andrews, Executive Director of the Food Bank of Greenwood County.

Anne Craig, Alison Fletcher, and Angelle LaBorde presented reports for the Grants Review & Awards and Governance & Finance Committees. Boo Ramage spoke about the purpose of the GWC Endowment, a fund created with a portion of each membership contribution and signifying a commitment to the future of GWC.

Summer Booker of the Membership Committee reported that 28 of our 104 Charter Member have already renewed and 8 new members have joined GWC for 2019.

This gathering was attended by 50 members and 10 guests.

GWC Grant Writing Workshop, October 15, 2018, “Grant Writing 101”

GWC’s Grants Review & Awards Committee held a workshop entitled “Grant Writing 101” that was open to the community and welcomed 31 attendees. The workshop was developed by GWC Members Wendi Andrews, Sandra McMullen, and Kathy Emily, and included a panel of four local funders: Selynto Anderson (Self Regional Hospital Foundation), Marisel Losa, (United Way), Mamie Nicholson (Self Family Foundation) and Mary Woodiwiss (Greenwood County Community Foundation). Attendees learned about principles and practical steps for writing effective grant proposals to assist them in seeking funding through GWC grants or other sources.

GWC Fall Social, October 1, 2018, “A Farm Drop-In”

On Monday, October 1, GWC enjoyed a very special Fall Social, “A Farm Drop-In”. About 50 GWC Members and 15 guests gathered in the early autumn twilight at the farm of GWC Member, Catherine DiBenedetto. The evening was an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other in a relaxed and beautiful setting. Attendees enjoyed a delicious assortment of appetizers and desserts brought to the gathering by member participants. There was no agenda or program, just a couple of lovely hours of good food and drink, interesting conversation, and the company of new and longtime friends.

GWC 3rd Quarterly Meeting, August 28, 2018 at Church of the Resurrection

Greenwood Women Care conducted our 3rd Quarterly Meeting on Tuesday, August 28th, at the Church of the Resurrection.  Approximately 60 members and guests enjoyed a reception along with an inspirational and informative agenda.

Sara Kummer welcomed us to the Church of the Resurrection and Rhonda Merritt introduced our program speakers. (Sara and Rhonda serve on GWC’s Programs and Education Committee.) Stephen Gilbert, Executive Director of the Greenwood Community Theatre (GCT), shared with us the impetus for establishing The Penguin Project at GCT. The Penguin Project is a nationwide program that engages actors with special needs and peer mentors in a full-length theatre production.  GCT is the only site offering The Penguin Project in the state, and one of the first in this region. Stephen then introduced Lacy Gunter, the mother of last year’s youngest Penguin, who described the positive impact The Penguin Project has had on her daughter, their family, and the local special needs community.

We then turned our attention to the GWC Grants Review and Awards Committee.  Trish Hartung described the work of the Grants Committee over the past months, resulting in GWC grant guidelines, grant application form, and review and voting processes.  Laura Bachinski discussed our grant application and Nadine Gilchrist informed GWC members about materials that will assist us in our voting process in February. Mary Woodiwiss, convener of the Grants Committee, fielded questions from members.  Summer Booker, convener of the Membership Committee, concluded the program by thanking our speakers for their presentations and our members and guests for their attendance, reminding us that memberships for 2019 may be renewed between now and December 31st, and encouraging us to continue to spread the good news about GWC.

GWC 2nd Quarterly Meeting, May 15, 2018 at The Arts Center

Our second GWC community meeting was held on Tuesday, May 15, at The Arts Center. Following a social time, we moved to our program, “Offering Hope: Services for Women and Children in Crisis”, featuring Alice Hodges of Meg’s House and Cathy Miller of Beyond Abuse. Many of our members and numerous guests attended, numbering around 70.

GWC Charter Member Celebration, April 30, 2018 at Wesley Commons

Charter Members shared a special evening social event on Monday, April 30, hosted by Wesley Commons at their new outdoor pavilion. This was a wonderful way for GWC to celebrate the 104 women who have committed to support GWC in our first year of formation.

We enjoyed fine food and drink provided by Wesley Commons and were treated to several musical performances by Louise Robinson. (RESPECT!) Gay McHugh addressed the group about giving back to one’s home community. Jeff Smith offered comments about the Greenwood County Community Foundation’s support of this initiative, and and Mary Woodiwiss encouraged all to continue to spread the word and extend a warm welcome to others as we build community within GWC and Greenwood County.

We are grateful to Wesley Commons for hosting us for a landmark, memorable evening!

GWC Inaugural Quarterly Meeting, February 20, 2018 at The Museum

It was exciting to see so many women at our first Greenwood Women Care Quarterly Meeting on Tuesday, February 20, at The Museum! We enjoyed a lively reception and informative program. Teresa Goodman (Executive Director, Community Initiatives) spoke about nonprofit social services and motivations for community service and Anne Craig (Executive Director, Arts Council of Greenwood County) informed us about opportunities for involvement in arts and culture in Greenwood County. Megha Lal and Mary Woodiwiss (GWC Steering Committee members) addressed the gathering about the values, impetus, and structure of this initiative.

Approximately 90 women attended, numbered evenly among guests and members. Since this first GWC community meeting, many of our guests have joined GWC!