W.O.W.’s Honor Mission collected just under 1000 cards from W.O.W. members and their friends and family, plus we had more than 400 cards from local school children. As a result we were able to give each veteran a nice bundle of cards in honor of their service and sacrifice for our great country. Our veterans were overwhelmed that strangers would take time to personally write out a brief thank you. One hospice patient received his cards and tearfully thanked the social worker who delivered them, saying that he now knows he will never be forgotten. This man lives alone, has no family and the cards he received were likely the last he will ever receive. He kept repeating “they remembered me, they remembered me”.
A huge and heartfelt thank you to all our fabulous card and letter writers who supported our Veteran’s Day Operation Mail Call. Watch for upcoming emails to find out how you can help write Christmas cards for our veterans.
On November 9th, Golden Harvest Food Bank recognized and awarded Women of Woodside for raising over $19,000 during the Spooky to be Hungry fundraising event. Our sincerest gratitude to Woodside Plantation’s many residents, guests, vendors and club employees for their generous contributions in making the event a huge success. Photo: Amy Breitmann Golden Harvest Food Bank volunteer, W.O.W.’s Lark Snouffer and Kathleen Bennett, Sara Mitchell CEO Golden Harvest Food Bank
The October 29th W.O.W Fall Luncheon was a splendid success. More than 100 W.O.W. members attended the lunch at The Reserve Club. Lauren Virgo, Executive Director of the Aiken County Historical Museum was the speaker and captivated the audience sharing her knowledge of Aiken's beginnings to the current time. A very special note of appreciation goes out to W.O.W.'s 2nd VP, Joyce Bowers, for the magnificent job of organizing the event.
Our green thumb co-chairs, Elaine McGowan and Joan Kiburz have developed an amazing program! Please take a moment and read about this exciting group of like-minded gardeners by clicking here: Garden Group.
Angel Tag Project
Angel Tags have been distributed and will support the following charitable organizations: Child Advocacy Center of Aiken, Children’s Place North Aiken Elementary School, Aiken Senior Life Services.
For more information, click here: Angel Tag Project
Granny’s Attic is now in the “Members Only” section of the W.O.W. website. If you have medical and children’s items that you are willing to share with W.O.W. members, contact Carlita Myers firstname.lastname@example.org, Margaret Ellis email@example.com, or Millie Judd, firstname.lastname@example.org
North Aiken Elementary Projects
W.O.W. has adopted North Aiken Elementary School and has developed two programs to help students.
W.O.W. is collecting books so each student can receive one for on his/her birthday. Cash donations are also excepted! For more information, click here. School Reading Program W.O.W. is creating Personal Hygiene Bags containing items to be distributed by the school nurse, as needed. Items needed are: Body Wash, Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant, Body Wipes, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Hand Sanitizer and Lotion
We Are One
This support group for caregivers of dementia patients is now back in full swing and will meet every third Thursday of the month.
For more information, click here: We Are One
Two new W.O.W. wine groups have been formed
Swirling Sisters will meet on the second Thursday of the month at 6pm.
Wine & More will meet on the second Friday of the month at 3pm.
Wine Cellars will continue to meet on the second Sunday of the month at 4pm.
For more information, click here: W.O.W. Wine Groups
The Carolina Cruisin' Bus Trip to South Park Mall and Charlotte, NC is scheduled for Monday, November 8. A few spots are still available.
For more information, click here: Carolina Cruisin’
W.O.W. Christmas Carolers will be visiting Benton House on December 6 at 12 Noon. Other caroling venues are being explored.
For more information, contact: Tracey Spaeth - email@example.com
The Out to Lunch Bunch is planning a Holiday Luncheon on December 10 at Casa Bella. Details to follow.
For more information about this monthly group, click here: Out To Lunch Bunch
Christmas at Hopelands Gardens
W.O.W. is looking for volunteer more volunteers for the Christmas lights display at Hopelands Gardens on December 14 & 15 from 5:30 to 9:30pm.
For more information, click here: Christmas at Hopelands Gardens
The W.O.W. Winter Luncheon will be held on February 11. The keynote speaker is Jane Jenkins Herlong, an American humorist, author, speaker and the winner of the Miss South Carolina 1979 pageant.
Details to follow.
The W.O.W. Spelling Bee Fundraiser will be held on March 9, 2022 at the Reserve.
John Malloy will emcee this event of eight spellers who have committed to raise $1500 for lifelines. This event will also include a night of donations, and a silent auction.
For more information, click here: Spelling Bee
Trash and Treasure is scheduled for Saturday, March 26, 2022 at Odell Weeks. New, this year, will be a W.O.W. table for those of us who don’t have enough treasures for our own table.
All proceeds from the W.O.W. tables will be donated to the Cumbee Center.
For more information, click here: Trash and Treasures
The W.O.W. Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held on May 20.
Details to follow.