Chris Ronen served as President, aka “The Big P” and
was selected as Outstanding Clubwoman of
the Year. Scottie Hughes was our Rookie
of the Year.
Our 2-year CIC project selected Special Riders of Sumner,
therapeutic horseback riding program for youth and adults with disabilities.
Rotary’s Festival by the Lake was a
huge success raising $600 for Special Riders using Skills USA students from HHS
to paint faces, pumpkins color spray hair and take fall pictures. We also
handed out WHALE packets and Governor’s
Books from Birth pamphlets.
WOW program continues monthly reading to the children
at Community Child Care. Reading
was also done at Whitten Elementary as well as books donated to their library.
$830 was raised by holding a yard sale and items were donated to several
charities. A Monte Carol Affair was
once again held in November donating $10,000 each to both the Library
Building Fund and Samaritan Center Building Fund.
Our annual Christmas Bake Sale was held at Rock Castle
and coincided with the historic home tour.
We continued the Christmas party at
CCC for 120 children providing snacks, Santa, pictures, gifts and the
opportunity to work with the Optimist Club.
We partnered with many
organizations and individuals to provide gifts and a holiday party for
Veteran’s. Club members enjoyed a beautiful and memorable Holiday Social at the
home of Mike and Darlene Rawls.
$2400 was raised for Operation Smile.
A committee was formed of past Presidents to update
and revise our By-laws. It was a huge job that took many hours.
It was spring
once again and our fashion show, Derby
Days, was a great success. Beautiful derby hats were worn and over $17,000
raised for scholarships, C.A.P.S and HomeSafe Shelter.
represented our Club at a sit-down dinner to honor state President Ann Durall
and International President Jackie Pierce.
We held a special get together for the Special Riders
kids serving cookies and helping them to paint tiles to put together as a gift
to hang in Special Riders barn.
TFWC Spring Convention was in Nashville where our own president sang a
couple of tunes. We won several first place awards including Outstanding Large Club in the State, for
the fifth year in a row, Most Outstanding
Club for Music City District and TFWC
President’s Special Projects-Domestic Violence. It was a great surprise
winning the International Award Arts in
The end finally drew near with the Annual City Wide
Talent Gala, with its large attendance and talented students. Many arts
scholarships were given.
Torrential rainstorms and being sent home early didn't
put a damper on the spirits of our Relay for Life, Derby Diva’s, “Racing to Find a Cure” was our them raising over
$2200 for cancer research.
We continued our work and support of many existing
projects to numerous to mention. Penny Haag was made an honorary member after
20 years of active service. Boo Tidwell was placed in the TFWC Golden Tribute Book. Both women received proclamations from Hendersonville
Mayor Scott Foster.
What a year!