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President's Letter

Vicki DiPaolo       
President, 2020-2021

Summer, 2020

We are a dynamic organization that was founded in 2001 growing to over 350 members.

Our mission is

  • To provide members with opportunities for friendships and shared interests through group activities and social events.

·  Welcome new residents and provide helpful information about the Club and their community.

  • Promote awareness of the social and cultural offerings of the surrounding community through planned activities and outings.

·   Provide opportunities to improve the welfare of others through community service activities.

Our four General Meetings/Luncheons each have interesting programs and a “happy hour” to get to know each other before lunch.  An ever popular Fashion Show and luncheon is held in February at Michael’s on East in Sarasota.

There are 3 or 4 social events held each year including, to name just a few, trips to museums, theaters, art tours, trolley tours and polo matches. However, these are “on hold” until the COV19 virus has been contained and we can begin to gather in larger groups.

In December, we hold our major fundraiser for the year, the Diamond and Crystal Ball, held at the University Park Country Club. This annual event is fun and provides an opportunity to make money to support our primary charity, Just for Girls Elementary School.  This event is being re-scheduled for March 2021, again in hopes of the need for less social distancing.

There are many special interest groups (SIGs) to explore listed here on the website under the “SIG” tab. Participation is open to all members. Again, because of our current need to observe safe social distancing, some of these groups are showing great creativity in meeting via ZOOM or on a member’s lanai.

As mentioned before, the primary charity that we support is Just for Girls Elementary, which is a choice or alternative school under the auspices of Manatee Country.  The school has kindergarten through fifth grade, and most of the girls are from low-income families and need leadership and guidance in life, in addition to focused learning. There are opportunities to volunteer at the school and to work directly with the girls. Again, social distancing at this time doesn’t allow for hands-on volunteer activity.  Last year we raised over $15,000 for the school in addition to providing many volunteer hours. We also contribute to the local Food Bank and each year we review the many organizations in our area and decide how best to focus our Outreach efforts.

Vicki diPaolo
UPWC President

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