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July, 2019

We closed out the club’s fiscal year in great shape thanks to the superb work of our Treasurer, Janette Gatesy, and I want to report to the Membership that the club is financially healthy and ready to start our next year. Over the summer many of the new Board members will be busy working on the activities for the fall and winter season; Barbara Hyde has scheduled the next luncheon for the Grove Restaurant on Oct. 16th and our holiday luncheon will be on December 12th at the Lakewood Ranch Country Club; and Ronni Sachs and her team are busy planning for the Diamond and Crystal Ball at UPCC on December 7th. Jayne Kotey and Carol Osten have many wonderful ideas for social events during the year including another day at the Sarasota Polo Club. Over the summer many of the Special Interest Groups will continue to meet so please check the website.

If you have not already done so, please renew your club membership before July 1st. If you wait too long you may not be included in the club’s Directory and we don’t want that to happen. As you know we have been transitioning to online payments which make it significantly easier to manage the club. I continue to hear that some of you are reluctant to pay for anything online, but please know that we are using a trusted payment site. If you are still unwilling or unable to pay online, you can renew your membership by printing out the Membership Renewal form, writing a check to University Park Women’s Club and delivering it to Kathy Bondur. 

Many of you are either Snowbirds or taking summer holidays and we won’t see much of each other during the summer months but you can keep up to date with club activities on the website so that you don’t miss out on any of the fun when you return. This year I am privileged to return as your club President and will continue the theme of “FUN”. After all we are a social club and that is why we all joined, to have fun and meet other neighbors and residents. Our Neighborhood Liaisons are tasked with introducing the club to our newest women residents, but when or if you meet a new resident please take a moment to tell them about the club - there are never too many introductions! This summer my husband Gary and I are taking a long-awaited Viking Baltic cruise and are very much looking forward this trip. My family is Danish and Gary’s is German/Russian so we are visiting our homelands. I am trying to coordinate a luncheon with my cousins in Copenhagen. You’d think I was trying to coordinate a NATO meeting - the factions and schedules are quite something! If it happens, I’ll consider it a major summer success and the rest of the trip will be a breeze. Because of this trip I am not going to write a President’s message in August but I am sure than many of you are doing some interesting things and it might be fun to share them with the other members. If you send me a short paragraph before the end of July, I will compile our version of “What I did/or will do on my summer vacation” revisited!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful summer, stay safe and healthy, and I look forward to another wonderful year for University Park Women’s Club.

Beth Bertsch
UPWC President, 2018-2020

On May 20, 2019, Kris Higgerson, Outreach Chair, and Donna Katos, Outreach Committee member, delivered a $1,000.00 donation to the Food Bank of Manatee which is being matched 100% as part of the Summer Hunger Bags program. Each bag contains 6 meals and 3 snacks for $5. Their goal is to provide 20,000 bags. Our donation and match will provide 400 bags to local children in Manatee County. 

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