GWC Annual Meeting, “GWC: The Place to Be!” at Greenwood Community Theatre, March 13, 2023

GWC members and guests gathered on Monday evening, March 13th, to celebrate our history and look forward to an exciting future. The weather turned out to be a bit colder than expected for an outdoor reception! The Arts Center of Greenwood stepped in and graciously offered their beautiful indoor space for our opening gathering. Our Social Committee once again impressed with an incredible array of savory and sweet treats, along with delicious punch (with champagne and sans champagne options!). The fun continued as our attendees moved across the courtyard to Greenwood Community Theatre. Our GWC colors were prominently displayed as members and guests took their seats in three sections marked by light green, white, and dark green balloons. What did that signify? The group was about to find out!

Mary Woodiwiss, Chair of the GWC Advisory Board, gave opening remarks and welcomed members and guests. Fifteen new members have already joined this year. New members were asked to stand. Guests were then welcomed and encouraged that they are always welcome: “We never run out of space or food!” Next, visiting board members of our parent organization, Greenwood County Community Foundation (GCCF) were introduced. Herman Fletcher (Board Chair) and Jeff Smith (Executive Director) stood with fellow board members and were recognized and thanked for their ongoing support.

In her opening remarks, Mary looked back over the past five years of generous granting, community building, educational programming, and the development of lasting friendships. She expressed both gratitude and excitement for what has been accomplished and for what our future holds. She gave us a fun analogy of GWC being the baby of GCCF. Over the last five years, we have gone from being a baby to an adolescent blossoming into young adulthood. Mary concluded, “I believe that GWC will persist as a mature, steady woman, resilient and strong and effective, contributing to the flourishing of this beloved community for years to come.”

Next, we heard inspirational stories from GWC members, recounting how GWC has impacted our community and how membership has encouraged and strengthened them personally.

Teresa Goodman and Caroline Dennis shared “A GWC Story of Collaboration”, the story of their initial introduction to one another in the fall of 2021 at the GWC Quarterly Meeting. Teresa had a vision for establishing a Toddler Learning Center to offer quality childcare as a stepping stone to bridge children to future academic and personal success. But at that time she could not find a suitable space to host this Center. What she did not know was that Caroline Dennis, Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, was sitting in the audience and also had a vision. Their church was large and had ample space for a children’s ministry, but now the classrooms and playgrounds were generally empty on weekdays. Caroline continued, “Since that night, Teresa and I have been introducing our organizations to one another and taking the long journey together from dream to reality. We look forward to the arrival of children and families soon into this beautiful Center that is at the intersection of need and provision.”

Summer Booker, Treasurer of the GWC Advisory Board, shared her testimonial of the impact GWC has had on her personally, “A GWC Story of Change”. Summer is a Charter Member of GWC, having joined shortly after moving to Greenwood. She shared that from the start she jumped in to work with “an amazing group of women who continued to pursue new ways of building up membership and to spread the message of GWC and the power of collective giving.” She reflected on the theme of change: how GWC changes lives, especially of the women involved, as we learn, give, and grow together. She concluded: “If you are already in GWC, stay with us. Try something new. Join a committee. Give of yourself. You are the most precious part of this organization. Be the change Greenwood needs. Receive the change for your blessed part in it.”

Laura Stowe, Co-Chair of the Communications Committee and Co-Secretary of the GWC Advisory Board, then took the podium to announce the exciting completion of a written history of GWC. Available on our website and in print, GREENWOOD WOMEN CARE: Five Years and Growing, is a history in words and pictures. She thanked GWC and the members of the Communications Committee for all their work and support in bringing this project to fruition. Laura then read the dedication of the volume and presented the first copy to Mary Woodiwiss.

As a fun way to reflect on our history, we played a game of GWC Jeopardy! Rachel Strayer was our host for a 16-question competition. We had three teams marked by those light and dark green and white balloons. The game was hard fought, and at the end we had a tie between the two green teams. The prizes were sweet (chocolate!) and fun was had by all.

Next, Alice Hodges, Executive Director of Meg’s House and GWC Charter Member, shared “A GWC Story of Community” which included her thoughts on community during Women’s History Month. She encouraged us, as we celebrate GWC’s own history and Women’s History Month, to “connect other women to this phenomenal group, forge connections, embrace community, and help make dreams come true.”

GWC member Lisa Smith then took to the stage to give us a bit of Shakespeare (well, sort of!). We were enraptured by the soliloquy, penned by Charlie Stowe: To Committee or Not to Committee (that is the question!). Committees anyone? Here they are, with their chairs: Communications (Laura Stowe and Catherine DiBenedetto), Grants Review & Awards (Jan Puzar and Debbie Coesens), Social Committee (Holley Coyle and Courtney Christensen), Governance & Finance Committee (Summer Booker), Programs & Education (Laura Bachinski) and Membership (Deb Maschoff and Betty Adams).

As the evening drew to a close, Debbie Coesens, Marilyn Murphy, and Sally Kauffmann gave a presentation that highlighted GWC’s granting mission. Thus far, GWC has conducted four granting cycles with a total of $256,800 given in 41 grants to 31 organizations! Debbie noted, “Through our collective granting, we can support and strengthen the worthy nonprofits that serve our community every day!” Sally reviewed how each grant cycle works, from publicizing our process, holding information meetings for applicants, and conducting a grant writing workshop, to the review and voting process, and finally to the best part: informing our grant recipients of their awards. Marilyn highlighted a special subcommittee (open to all GWC members) that has been formed to administer a Women’s Health Grant, established at GCCF through the generosity of Jim and Denise Medford, and dedicated to assisting Greenwood County agencies engaged in women’s health related issues. In 2020, GWC was honored to be entrusted with the role of granting these funds. The first grant, which is offered bi-annually, was awarded in 2021 to The Greater Greenwood United Healthcare Ministry. The 2023 grant recipient will be announced early in April! Sally concluded this presentation: “Granting is truly at the heart of GWC! Thanks to each and all our members and supporters for making this possible!”

Laura Bachinski, Vice Chair of the GWC Advisory Board and head of the Programs & Education Committee, gave closing remarks. She announced our new Advisory Board Executive Committee officers for the next two years, who were confirmed on the previous weeks ballot: Mary Woodiwiss — Chair, Rachel Strayer — Vice Chair, Laura Stowe and Catherine DiBenedetto — Co-Secretary, and Summer Booker — Treasurer. She encouraged us to continue our journey of learning, giving, and growing together as we join with friends and neighbors to make a difference in Greenwood!

A special thanks to Laura Bachinski for door prizes from Main & Maxwell and Mary Woodiwiss for door prizes from her kitchen, and to Rowan Pallis for helping distribute door prizes throughout our event. Donna Foster, Betsy O’Keefe, Rosemary Franks, Bobbie Fulton, Betsy Adams, and Rowan Pallis were the lucky names drawn over the course of the evening.

One final word: our next Quarterly Meeting, “Serving the Community through the Arts”, will be held on Tuesday, May 16th  at the Greenwood Soup Kitchen. More information to come. Hope to see you there!

GWC Quarterly Meeting, “Serving the Community Through Safety in Schools”, at Genesis Education Center, February 21, 2023

GWC members and guests enjoyed a very enlightening Quarterly Meeting on February 21, 2023 at the Genesis Education Center. Attendees were hospitably met and treated to a wide array of delicious appetizers and desserts provided by our Social Committee, capped off with a refreshing citus punch.

Mary Woodiwiss, Chair of GWC’s Advisory Board, welcomed everyone to the program portion of the meeting, Serving the Community through Safety in Schools. After giving a brief recap of GWC events and activities already held or underway in this new year, she introduced our host, Julian Gale, Greenwood School District 50 Director of Student Services. Mr. Gale spoke of the function of Genesis Education Center, an alternative school for grades 6 – 12. The building also hosts the district’s Departments of Instructional Services and Special Education.

Mamie Nicholson, Programs & Education Committee member, introduced the evening’s speakers: Ms. Natalie Talbert, who has 43 years of service in law enforcement in Greenwood County, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), and the Abbeville County Sheriff’s Department, and currently serves as District 50 Safety Manager and Lieutenant Will Stroup, School Resource Officer. Both of their remarks were simultaneously disturbing and reassuring. Attendees learned that Greenwood County ranks first in the state for opioid addiction and second in alcohol abuse. They shared information about special trainings and drills held to enhance school safety. Each brings a wealth of experience, training, and personal commitment to their roles in providing a safe environment for students, teachers, and school personnel. The topic of school safety concerns us all but the attendees left reassured that these officers, and others like them, are truly dedicated and prepared to keep students in Greenwood safe from harm.

Programs & Education Committee member, Maureen Kilburn, presented Natalie Talbert and Lieutenant Will Stroup with two books, A Seed Grows by Antoinette Portis and Outside, Inside by LeWyen Pham, each with a nameplate designed to honor them. These children’s books will be given to the Greenwood County Library in their honor.

Jan Puzar, Co-Chair of the Grants Review & Awards Committee, made a brief announcement inviting any members who would like to become involved in the granting process to contact her or any of the Grants Review & Awards Committee members.

Laura Bachinski, Vice-Chair of GWC’s Advisory Board, concluded the meeting with thanks to our host and speakers, along with recognition of the hard work of the Social Committee and the Programs & Education Committee. She also issued an invitation to our members and guests to reassemble on March 13th at the Greenwood Community Theatre for our Annual Meeting.

New Members Soup Supper, February 7, 2023

On February 7th, our Membership Committee hosted an informal soup supper in the home of Martha Ann Davis. GWC is delighted to welcome 13 new 2023 Members this early in the new year!

Our New Members Soup Supper provides an opportunity to welcome our new Members, give an overview of the activities of our GWC Committees, and convene a smaller gathering for women new to GWC to meet other members before our first Quarterly Meeting on February 21.

We shared an excellent arrray of homemade soups, rolls, salads, and desserts and spent time visiting with new and longtime friends. Representatives from our six standing committees each gave an introduction to their commitees’ activities within GWC. There was also plenty of time for congenial conversations.

It was a lovely evening to enjoy good food and each other’s good company!

Special thanks to Martha Ann Davis for hosting us in her welcoming home, Membership Committee members for providing delicious food and drink, and our newest memebrs for taking time to join in the fun!

GWC Social, “New Year, New Friends!”, at Synergy Counseling, January 23, 2023

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.

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GWC 2022 Highlights, December 2022

GWC Highlights 2022

January 18, 2022   BYOF Social, “Bring Your Own Friend”, held at The Greenwood Building, hosted by the Social Committee

February 10, 2022   New Members Soup Supper for new 2022 Members held at the home of Nina Trent to welcome our 13 (now 18!) new members, hosted by the Membership Committee

February 22, 2022   GWC Quarterly Meeting, “Going for the Gold! Academics-Arts-Athletics”, held at Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lakelands Starz 24 Teen Center and featuring a reception and presentations by Phoenix Academy of Arts, directed by Pacquitta Coleman; Jamar Crawford (Founder), Tyra Murray (Volunteer), and Titus Williams (Executive Director), Next Level Lifestyles; and Sabrina Miller (Executive Director), Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lakelands, hosted by the Programs & Education Committee and Social Committee

March 15, 2022   GWC Annual Meeting, “Celebrating All Things GWC!”, held at Greenwood Community Theatre and Federal Building courtyard and featuring a reception and fun and games, door prizes, member testimonials, and a video presentation of “A Year to Celebrate” produced by Lesley Lane of our Tech Team, hosted by the Advisory Board and Social Committee

March 25, 2022   GWC workshop session, “Learn, Give, Grow – Connecting with your Community Through Women’s Collective Giving”, at Women’s Leadership Upstate Conference by Edris Louise Robinson and Mary Woodiwiss, GWC Advisory Board Members

May 16, 2022   GWC Quarterly Meeting, “World Class Care at Home”, held at Self Regional Healthcare Cancer Center and featuring a reception and a presentation by Julie McDade (Director of Cancer Services), Self Regional Cancer Center, hosted by the Programs & Education Committee and Social Committee

July 12 and 14, 2022   Information sessions for prospective GWC Grant applicants held by the Grants Review & Awards Committee

July 26, 2022   Grant Writing 101 workshop presented by the Grants Review & Awards Committee for 20 participants from local nonprofits, held at West Side Baptist Church

August 23, 2022   GWC Quarterly Meeting, “Celebrating Collective Giving” held at Church of the
Resurrection and featuring a reception and our 2021 GWC Grant recipients, including the premiere of a video produced by our Tech Team highlighting our grantees’ funded programs and projects, hosted by the Grants Review & Awards Committee and Social Committee

August 1 – 31, 2022   GWC 2022 Grant Applications received

September 20, 2022   Fall Social, “A Potluck Party”, held at Cindy Leary’s farm, hosted by the Social Committee

October 17, 2022   “Kick Off the Vote!” informational social for Members held at Harley Family Center, hosted by the Grants Review & Awards Committee and Social Committee

October 17 – 19, 2022   Member voting on 2022 grant requests – ranked voting online

October 25, 2022 GWC   2022 Grants Announced! $56,800 awarded to 11 local nonprofit organizations

November 14, 2022   GWC Quarterly Meeting, “Help to Healing”, held at Destiny of Greenwood and featuring a reception and presentations by: Teresa Roy, (Director of Community Outreach), Cornerstone; and Kimberly Ready (Executive Director and Co-Founder), Oaks Recovery, hosted by the Programs & Education Committee and Social Committee

December 31, 2022   GWC 2023 renewal due date

GWC Quarterly Meeting, “Help to Healing”, at Destiny of Greenwood, November 14, 2022

Greenwood Women Care’s final Quarterly Meeting of 2022 was held at Destiny of Greenwood on Parkway.

As our members and guests fellowshipped with each other and marveled at the beautifully decorated large meeting room provided by the hosts, they sampled the delicious spread of fresh fruit, Mediterranean delights of kalamata olives, feta cheese, mini pita breads, and yummy hummus, as well as scrumptious desserts. And the beverages included a refreshing apple punch chilled with an ice ring of fruit, fruit infused water, and hot coffee, all provided by our Social Committee.

At approximately 6:00 pm, Mamie Nicholson opened our program and introduced the meeting venue’s hosts, Angela Christopher and Thelma Christopher. Angela thanked everyone for coming. She also shared with everyone the mission of Destiny of Greenwood that primarily feeds those who are struggling with food insecurity in Greenwood and the surrounding areas. Thelma shared an invitation to Destiny’s upcoming holiday fundraising event.

Carol Scales introduced the first speaker for the evening, Teresa Roy, Director of Community Outreach of Cornerstone. Cornerstone services Greenwood, Edgefield, McCormick, and Abbeville counties. This organization, founded in 1973, seeks to reduce the negative health, social, and economic consequences of substance use disorder. Teresa began her presentation by asking, “What does substance use disorder look like?”. The surprising answer was that at least 70% of those who have this disorder may appear “normal” and be successful in most areas of life. She highlighted the variety of prevention services, treatment services, and employee assistance programs that Cornerstone provides. She also stated that Cornerstone is a community distributor for NARCAN, a nasal spray to counteract opioid overdose.

Laura Padgett introduced our next speaker, Kimberly Ready of Oaks Recovery and Willow House. Kimberly and  and her husband, Brian Ready, founded Oaks Recovery for men in 2015 for men and in 2021, opened Willow House for women. She shared that she grew up in a home with a parent that struggled with addiction. Kimberly noted that her organization has multiple local and national affiliations and partners, and that programs at both locations include one-on-one recovery coaching, staff on duty 24/7, the twelve-step recovery program, connection through peer-driven models, and more. She encouraged us to follow them on Facebook and suggested multiple ways that interested supporters may get involved.

Lisa Smith presented each speaker with a book purchased locally at McCaslan’s Book Store and that will be donated to Greenwood County Library in their honor. To Kimberly Ready of Oaks Recovery and Willow House, she presented The Year We Learned to Fly by Jacqueline Woodson. To Teresa Roy of Cornerstone, she presented A Head Full of Birds by Alexandra Garibal and Sibylle Delacroix.

Laura Bachinski, Vice Chair of the Advisory Board, thanked the presenters and shared how honored we all felt to hear them speak about their incredible programs. She then spoke of ways our members can “Help Greenwood Women Care Grow!”. Laura encouraged us to not just think about GWC when it is time for another meeting, but to remember the value of what we just experienced and consider how each of us can best share the richness of GWC with someone new. She asked us to think of a woman friend, relative, colleague, community leader, or church member that they felt would enjoy being part of our community of collective giving. Laura noted that a few members have donated gift memberships to enable other women to participate, and some employers cover the membership contribution for their employee. But just as many gift memberships have been provided by nonmembers who support GWCs mission. Laura challenged those who can to enlarge our circle by providing a full or ½ gift membership in 2023.

Mary Woodiwiss, Chair of the Advisory Board, thanked our hosts for welcoming us to this venue and our presenters for their steady, critical work and for reminding us that there is hope for our loved ones and those is our community who struggle with substance abuse disorder. She expressed gratitude to the Programs and Education Committee for another informative evening and the Social Committee for their lovely refreshments and welcomed our guests. But before closing the meeting, she did a fun question and answer session (“GWC 101”) with members about their knowledge of who may become a member (any interested woman!) , the number of guests they could bring (unlimited!), how many times guests may come as guests (unlimited!), and other basics about participation in GWC. Mary wished us all a peaceful holiday season until we meet again in 2023.

GWC 2022 Grant Awards Announced!, October 24, 2022

Greenwood Women Care is pleased to announce our 2022 GWC Grant Awards! Our collective funds received through annual membership and other designated contributions enabled GWC to disburse $56,800 total in grant funding for eleven nonprofits serving residents of Greenwood County. In our four years of offering GWC Grants, we have made 41 grants of $1000 to $10,000, totaling nearly $260,00!

Grant recipients were determined by ranked voting by our Members from October 17-19. Our Grants Review & Awards Committee gathered information obtained from the platform used for our online ballots. Using raw scores, weighted averages, and percentile rankings based on the total amount available to grant, the Committee evaluated the data and determined the number of projects to be funded and the amount of each grant.

Special thanks to the Grants Review & Awards Committee for all your efforts to: create a grant writing workshop, publicize this granting opportunity to local nonprofits, process applications, present information on grant requests to Members to help us make informed voting decisions, explain our voting process, determine awards based on our votes, deliver our 2022 GWC Grants checks to the recipients, and manage all the other aspects of this core activity of GWC!

GWC 2022 Grants were awarded to:

Greenwood Pathway House   $10,000 for Pathway Village (cottages for homeless families)

 Food Bank of Greenwood County   $8,500 for Program teaching families about diet, nutrition, cooking techniques, and health

Healthy Learners   $8,000 for Staffing and transportation of low-income children to health providers

Greenwood Cancer Fund   $5,000 for Assistance for Greenwood County residents diagnosed with cancer

Next Level Lifestyles   $5,000 for Youth mentoring program building character through athletics, fitness, & nutrition education

Alston Wilkes Society   $4,300 for Reintegration program for offenders, former offenders, and homeless populations

Crossroads Pregnancy Center   $4,000 for Counseling and parenting education for coping with an unplanned pregnancy

Greenwood Performing Arts   $3,000 for Art therapy for nursing home residents, “Blues School” for youth, and Nutcracker Tea Party for children

The Period Project   $3000 for Menstrual supplies and medically accurate health information for students, low-income, or homeless women

Humane Society of Greenwood   $3,000 for Heartworm treatment for shelter dogs

Arts Council of Greenwood   $3,000 for Arts Exhibition and projects celebrating the culture and history of the Gullah Geechee people of SC

Congratulations to our 2022 GWC Grant recipients!

We are grateful for all your excellent efforts to improve the quality of our shared life in Greenwood County!

THANK YOU, GWC Members, for your support of our community!

“Kick Off the Vote!”, at Harley Family Center, October 17, 2022

Our “Kick Off the Vote!” event for our 2022 granting was indeed a celebration: a celebration of our vibrant organization and support of local nonprofits and a celebration of community spirit and giving. We gathered at the Harley Family Center to enjoy each other and a social time that gave us a chance to reconnect. Thank you, Social Committee for once again making everyone feel welcome and providing both delicious snacks and beverages.

Sally Kauffmann of the Grants Review and Awards Committee welcomed each of us in a very unique and joyful way. She serenaded us with lyrics she especially edited for GWC based on Curtis Mayfield’s 1965 release, People Get Ready, followed by a 1978 Sandy Patti song, In Heaven’s Eyes. Sally went on to note that we were all here, happy and enthused, as we share a common bond, the desire to help others in need, and reminded us that we are all in need in different ways. She ended with a modified line from a 1969  hit by The Hollies, “They ain’t heavy, they are our brothers and sisters.”

Mary Woodiwiss addressed “FAQs about Nonprofit Funding Sources” and emphasized nonprofits’ variations in scale, scope, and mission. We realized that although our local nonprofits differ, they all are important and in need of support to conduct their good work. This year, GWC is thrilled to celebrate our largest membership  to date (137 members), and we anticipate bringing our total awards in our first four years of granting to over $250,000 disbursed for the good of our community.

Then we turned to GWC’s voting process. Mary Dula capably led us through the logistics of our online voting and outlined numerous “best practices” when online voting. This year we are excited to consider a wide range of proposals for funding. We were encouraged to rank all applicants in our voting so that the Grants Review and Awards Committee can make funding determinations that clearly and accurately reflect the will of our Members. Debbie Coesens described “What Happens After We Vote?”. She outlined the next steps that the Grants Review and Awards Committee will take to assess the voting data that will direct how many grant awards will be made, and in what amounts.

We ended the evening with time for questions. Several members asked thoughtful questions of the Grants Review and Awards Committee. Mary Woodiwiss announced the formation of a subcommittee to direct the process for our second Women’s Health Grant in spring 2023 and encouraged any member interested in participating to contact Jan Puzar. This grant is made biennially to one organization and funding comes from an endowed fund held by Greenwood County Community Foundation for which GWC has been designated to make granting advisements. Mary closed the evening by thanking us all for our contributions to the GWC Granting Fund through our annual memberships and through additional gifts to this fund that make our substantial support of local nonprofit work possible.

GWC attempts to be good stewards in our giving and this time together inspired us to continue to give generously. We are very proud of the nonprofits, their leaders and staff and are grateful that we can have a part in supporting their daily efforts. We left as a band of sisters who do indeed care and give to express that care in our home community.

GWC Debuts Ms. Carey Givings, September 27, 2022

Ms. Carey Givings, our GWC scarecrow, LIVES! She is on display in Uptown Greenwood as part of this year’s Annual Scarecrow Contest.

Please pay Carey a visit! She is located on Main Street by Uptown Family Practice. And consider honoring her (and GWC) with your “favorite scarecrow” vote. Online voting will take place on the Uptown Greenwood Facebook page beginning at 10:00 am on October 3 and continuing through midnight on October 31. Cast your vote by “liking” the photo of our entry. If you take your photo with Carey, tag #uptownscarecrows and #GWC.

The GWC scarecrow is a GWC Communication Committee project initiated by Rachel Strayer. The decision to name our scarecrow Ms. Carey Givings was a nail biter. The Communications Committee vote resulted in a tie, so we took it to the Executive Committee and finally, our GWC scarecrow had a name.

Early in the process, Debra Coleman supplied her fetching outfit, complete with blue stiletto heels! Catherine DiBenedetto created her frame and offered her farm for the padding, dressing, and “strawing” of the lovely Ms. Givings. On Monday, September 26, Membership Committee members Sandy McCord, Rachel Strayer, and Laura Stowe joined Catherine for a lovely evening of scarecrow creation on Catherine’s farm, fueled by snacks and beverages provided by Laura. Sandy applied the last finishing touch, her expertly painted lips!

On Tuesday, September 27th, the quartet met again to install Carey in her assigned spot and Rachel completed the process by adding the GWC informational sign she designed and created to inform Greenwood about the mission of GWC.

We hope Ms. Carey Givings will be our Uptown ambassador, encouraging many other women to join us in GWC as we care for Greenwood and give for the benefit of our whole community!

GWC Social, “A Potluck Party”, at the Leary Farm, September 20, 2022

On Tuesday, September 20, Greenwood Women Care celebrated fall with a social gathering for Members and guests at the Leary Farm in Ninety Six. It was a refreshing occasion of fresh air, fellowship, food, and new and familiar friends. Members brought savory and sweet treats and our Social Committee provided marinated shrimp, meatballs in a barbecue-based sauce, and liquid refreshments. These contributions made for an overflowing array of culinary deliciousness!

On this beautiful evening, members enjoyed our host’s cabin, where food and drink were served, and farm which included an adorable chocolate colored potbelly pig (who greeted some attendees as they arrived), goats, roosters, chickens, and four well-behaved dogs, including Bear and Bandit.

Holley Coyle and Courtney Christensen, Social Committee Co-Chairs, welcomed everyone to the party. Our new GWC book donation drive was announced, inviting members to make a voluntary contribution of $20/book to purchase high-quality picture books for the Greenwood County Library Children’s Collection. These will be purchased locally and to be given in honor of our 2023-2024 program speakers.

A big thank you to Cindy Leary for sharing her farm and to all the members and guests who attended our Potluck Party!