Bobbie Schorsten was President.
The year began with
heart and an eagerness to continue on-going projects and anticipation of new
endeavors. Our first internet survey was conducted to determine each member’s
thoughts about the direction of the club.
Fall began with
members prepared to support the Rotary sponsored Festival by the Lake. Partnering with Skills USA from HHS, our goal
was to increase awareness of Special Riders of Sumner. Money was raised through
donations, concessions and Skills USA members spray coloring hair and face and pumpkin
Next came preparation for the “Wild West Casino Night” on November 3.
Tickets at $50, food, entertainment, casino gaming, auctions, an original
painting and even, a mechanical bull helped raise funds for our Community
Improvement Project - Special Riders of Sumner. As a result we were able to
present Christi Carter with a check for $16,000! Our 2 year project netted 1176
hrs. $2,450 of “in-kind” donations and $23, 537!
The holidays brought the annual Christmas party for
Community Child Care Services. With the Optimist Club, gift bags for 120
children were part of Christmas that featured photos with Santa and
refreshments. December brought the Annual Bake Sale at Rock Castle.
That, plus February’s “Mystery Night in Black and White,” provided funds for
operating expenses. January meant reporting 214 projects, 16, 120 hours and
$73,119 for our community efforts.
Lynne Hollingsworth as our Outstanding Club Woman and Rookie of the
Year was Nita Baggott.
In March we hosted the Music City District meeting
at Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club. Our own Gigi Chase came to install Lisa Stubbs as district president and Rene Woodward
as secretary. The club won several 1st place and 2nd place awards.
The Citywide Talent Gala at HHS provided a venue for
24 acts to showcase their talent. Art scholarships will be provided with
proceeds from the event.
Members attended the TN State GFWC Convention held in Manchester, TN. Members
voted to include Penny Haag and Rene Woodward in the State Endowment Tribute
Fine tuning the By-laws is an on-going project. The club voted to begin
a 2 year presidential term beginning in 2010.
New projects included: Homeward Bound, member aprons and
planting at Cragfont. Excitement surrounded the 23rd annual fashion
show/luncheon and auction. “Fashion Rocks” was held under a tent on the Streets
of Indian Lake. Proceeds support scholarships and Faces of Hope.
for Life chose Bon Appetite as its theme. Contacting the Paula Deen’s
organization for permission to use “Let’s Find a Cure Y’all” slogan
netted an autographed cookbook.
Members built bonds and got to know each other at pool
parties, birthday lunches, kick-off parties, planning meetings, friendship ball
and by working together. Mentoring new members is an on-going endeavor.