Highlights and Accomplishments of 2009-2010
Tidwell served as
President. The summer of 2009 started off quite busy with the Annual City-Wide
Talent Gala. The top 25 acts participated in the gala, and $1,500 in cash
prizes as well as art scholarships were awarded to the winners.
Cinco de Mayo, “Say Adieus to Cancer”
was our theme for Relay for Life. A monetary donation of $863 was made to the American
The Community Improvement Project(CIP) was Faces of Hope. In 2009-2010 a yard sale was one of
the many projects organized to support the cause. We also assisted Faces of
Hope in their Summer Celebration by providing food for 50 people as well as
water toys and games for the children. Bluegrass Country Club assisted us with
weekly summer swim days for the children to enjoy the pool.
Arts Tennessee sponsored the “Big Read” in October. A reception was held at the
library for all participants involved. For the seventh year in a row, we
participated in the Rotary Festival by the Lake.
We provided pumpkins for painting and paint for hair painting. The Skills USA
students from Hendersonville
High School helped again
this year by color spraying hair. Our members also handed out Whale packets,
and we promoted our club for potential new members. $327 was raised for Faces
and Birdies,” the fall fundraiser, was held in October. A joint event sponsored
by Bluegrass Country Club and GFWC. It was a casino-themed party and golf
tournament. The event raised $8,143. Faces of Hope, Muscular Dystrophy
Association and ClubCorp’s Employee Partners Care Foundation benefited from the
continued to support the Community Child Care center by assisting Lowes with a
work day, which included painting and other minor tasks. We also held the
annual Community Child Care Christmas party, which is always one of our
favorite events. $5,593 was raised and 110 children received a Christmas bag
filled with goodies while enjoying cookies and visiting with Santa.
several donations were made. $1,000 was donated to the Haiti Relief Fund. The
Public Affairs Committee clipped coupons for soldiers; we sent more than $7,500 in coupons to military families in Germany.
the cold weather, this was our first year to participate in the annual
Christmas parade. While styling in our pink pullovers and wearing our pearls,
we were proud of our 6’ plus massive BEE mascot adorned with pearls and enjoyed
handing out candy to the viewers.
The annual Bake Sale was held in December at Bluegrass
Country Club, and $1,200 was raised for operating expenses.
celebrated our 25 annual fashion show, “A Sterling Affair.” It was
an elegant event at Bluegrass Country Club that honored all past presidents,
current presidents, and deceased presidents. It was a sell-out event with 310
guests! Although an elegant event, we were quite entertained by Chris Ronen and
her clogging as the crowd cheered her on as she raised money for live auction
items. All proceeds benefited educational scholarships, Home Safe (shelters for
domestic violence) and the YMCA’s “We Build People” programs. Approximately
$13,000 was raised.
spring we ventured to Knoxville
for convention. Scottie Hughes was Outstanding Club Woman of the year and Rene
Woodward won the Tribute of Honor Award. We won several 1st place
awards and tied with Brandywine for 1st Place
Large Outstanding Club of Tennessee.
Our CIP project won at the state level and went on to win 4th at the national
level. We were so excited to win this award. The hard work paid off!
by our 25th annual fashion show and our upcoming 40th birthday, we have submitted recipes for a GFWC cookbook that should be
available in 2010-2011.
The Nashville area had
devastating floods in May. Scottie Hughes helped organize a flood relief fund. A rental truck full of cleaning supplies was collected and distributed to local
Education has always been important to GFWC. This year we
were able to give an additional $2,000 Volunteer State Community College scholarship
to a very deserving woman.
The year ended with a “Mystery Trip.” The location was a
surprise. It was a fun relaxing weekend at Bobbie Schorsten’s lake house on Center Hill
Lake. It was a great way
to end the busy year.