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Join the W.O.W. Board

We are very lucky to have so many new Women of Woodside members this club year.  At this time of the year, the Nominations Committee begins the task of recruiting new board members for the 2022-23 fiscal year which runs from July through June of the subsequent year.  We have several openings for leadership positions on the Executive Board, General Board as well as various Committee Chairs.

You may think that because you are new to W.O.W., you may not be eligible for these open positions.  However, new members bring a wealth of knowledge from their careers and life experiences, which prove to be very beneficial to our organization.  In addition, it’s a great way to meet new people, while getting involved in both W.O.W. charitable and social activities.

We encourage you to consider volunteering to serve on the W.O.W. Board.  Job descriptions for board members and committee chairs can be viewed in the “Members Only” section of the website.  If you have questions or need additional information, you can contact Chris Jakubec, Past President, at or by phone at (847) 212-8252 or Kathleen Bennett, President, at or by phone at (803) 226-9877.

New Member Tea

Women of Woodside welcomed new members at a tea on February 28th at the Aiken Historical Museum.  The 40+ attendees were informed about W.O.W. volunteer opportunities and various upcoming social events.  As the ladies enjoyed home-baked pastries, they were able to meet other new residents and converse with board members about their interests.  Everyone appeared to enjoy making new friends in this lovely historical venue.


Garden Club Field Trip

The W.O.W. Garden Club had a wonderful field trip on March 4th.  Eight of us enjoyed a ‘ride in the country’ with beautiful weather, on our way to Piccadilly Farm Nursery & Gardens in Bishop, GA. The gardens were begun when Carleen and Sam Jones moved to the property in 1982 and continues to be improved and expanded today by their daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and Bill Hinesley.

Upon arrival, naturally we had to shop, finding some wonderful, unique plants for our gardens.  Shopping makes a person hungry, so we rested in the shade pavilion and enjoyed a delicious and healthy picnic lunch made for us by Joan Kiburz.  After lunch, Valerie (a Registered Landscape Architect) took us on a tour where the style of the gardens is natural and informal with winding trails linking various garden areas. Plants in the gardens include: many types of flowering bulbs and perennials; a large collection of camellias and Japanese maples; natives including ferns, wildflowers, shrubs, and trees; and hundreds of types of conifers.

The photo of gardeners attending were, left to right, Millie Judd; Marsha McDonald; Joan Kiburz; Jane Wells; Susan Potter; Sandy Crowl; Diane Hess and Elaine McGowan.


Granny’s Attic


Granny’s Attic has returned and can be found in the “Members Only” section of the W.O.W. website.    If you have durable medical equipment and/or children’s items that you are willing to share with W.O.W. members, contact Carlita Myers, Margaret Ellis, or Millie Judd,


Be a Bunny


W.O.W. supports seniors with the United Way’s Be A Bunny program.  United Way’s Be A Bunny program partners with Aiken Senior Life Services to coordinate the delivery of an Easter basket full of fun and useful household items to each of their homebound seniors in the Meals on Wheels program.  Click Be A Bunny for information on how you can help.


Fashion Show Models  

Interested in walking the catwalk?  Models are needed for the W.O.W. Fashion Show to be held May 20, 2022.  Contact: Susan Phillips, phone 919.593.4945,


Tra$h and Trea$ure

This event is scheduled for Saturday, March 26th at Odell Weeks Activity Center.  Your trash is somebody’s treasure!  W.O.W members rent tables and sell gently loved goods to Aiken residents.  This is one of the most sought after and well attended events on the Aiken Event Calendar!  New this year will be a W.O.W. table for those of us who don’t have enough treasures for our own individual table.  All proceeds from the W.O.W. table will be donated to the Cumbee Center.  To rent a table or volunteer, call, text or email Donna Roasa at 623-302-3297


Spelling Bee

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 27th 6:00pm to 9:00pm at The Reserve Club.  Join the FUN:  A silent auction, light appetizers, cash bar and other surprises await the audience. Tables seat eight – reserve your group’s table early and cheer on your favorite speller!  John Malloy will emcee this event of spellers who have committed to raise $1500.00 each for their charity.  This event will also include a night of donations and a silent auction. You will not want to miss this event – make your reservations today!  Click HERE for credit card payment or Click HERE for check remittance.

Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon

Scheduled for May 20th.  Details to follow.