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December, 2019

We are about to begin one of the busiest months of the year, and possibly the most fun and most stressful. Everyone has either too much to do or possibly wishing they had the holidays they fondly remember from past years.  I am a combination of both, I would love for my kids and grand kids to be around and I miss the friends that we usually spent the holidays with; I loved the big fireplace and the chance of a little snow,  BUT I know I will see everyone just at another time and best of all I can walk on the beach and enjoy Paradise. The DARK side of the holidays are the calories, it is just not fair, why can't Santa or the Holiday Fairy just ignore those calories for a couple of weeks, I promise to be good in January!  

UPWC is in full swing and we have some wonderful things going on in December so please go to the web site to make sure that you sign up and don't miss out.   Our Diamond and Crystal Ball is going to be fabulous this year, the theme is the Secret Garden and the decorations are going to knock your socks off!  We want to encourage everyone to attend, you don't have to have a table or find a group of friends as there will be "Club" tables where you can be seated with other UPWC members and meet and make new friends.  This year we are also allowing you to bring your friends who are not UPWC members, the more the merrier, guests are very welcome.   Black tie and formal attire is truly optional, if you want to glam it up you have a great opportunity to do so, but if you do not want to be that formal you will have plenty of company!  As I  hope you know, this is the club's major fund raiser that we hold for "Just For Girls", these young girls need so much and we are able to help supplement the school in providing additional educational activities, supplies, tutoring, and mentoring.  We are so excited that we shall be able to continue to hold the "Miss Manners" classes which have been so successful for these girls, we now have a member who has stepped up to continue this worthy program.  This year I am promised that we have some terrific raffle prizes, so please purchase them as the proceeds go to JFG.  We shall be selling raffle tickets at the Ball as well as at the club on Wednesday and Friday TGIF's before the Ball which will be on December 7th.  

The other December event for the club is our Holiday Luncheon at the Lakewood Ranch Country Club on December 12th. This year our speaker will tell us all about Pearls, and what woman doesn't love them?  All attendees will receive a pearl gift and have the opportunity to shop for some holiday gifts. We shall have lovely music and a chance to socialize before many of you take off for the holidays.  At the luncheon we shall continue to have comment cards on the tables, we are hoping to ascertain what you like about the luncheons and what we can do to make them better. Did you like the venue, the speaker, was the food good, did you have fun, where else would you like to have a luncheon?  We really want to continuously improve (the six sigma in me says "continuous improvement and zero defects").  We look forward to a wonderful time and if you have any questions please do no hesitate to call me.

I am truly pleased to let you know that Alba (our incredible SIG Chair)  has been able to find a new Chair for the SIG formerly called OWL (Out with the Ladies). It is now  called  "Ladies Night Out". This is for everyone who just wants a fun evening out and about with her women club friends. So please check out the SIG page on the web site and sign up!

Gary and I would like to wish each of you a very wonderful Holiday, whether it's  Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or simply the New Year and may this coming year be good to you and your families. I hope that you have safe travels, a healthy and happy time and that your New Years Wishes come true.

Beth Bertsch

President 2018-2020

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