Many thanks to all who attended this important and meaningful event. As Liz Coughlin said "It’s wonderful how our RWC can help these students with their dreams. Multiply those 4 women by thousands and we get a sense of what NOVA Community College can and does do to enrich all of us." Congratulations to our Scholarship recipients: Battlefield HS: Mia Suarez, and Cindy Castaneda. NOVA Nursing: Jessica Hollandais-Loustau and Lindsay Beniakrou. Liz introduced Cindy Castaneda, our first recipient from Battlefield High School. Cindy is pursuing a career in literature and dreams of becoming an author. Next recipient, also from Battlefield High, was Mia Suarez. She is pursuing a career in psychology. She would like to help people with adversities turn them into goodness. Liz then introduced Jessica Hollandais-Loustau, our first recipient from NVCC’s nursing program. Jessica is a mother of five children who came to the US eight years ago from a small island near India. She is so thankful for the opportunities she has in this country. She is pursuing a degree to become a nurse practitioner. The second NVCC recipient was introduced. Lindsay Beniakrou knows what it is like to have a great need which stimulated her to become a pediatric nurse. Liz closed with a quote from Taylor Swift - "You and only you get to decide what you are remembered for."
Sue Reitzig presented our Thought for the Day. It was particularly apt for this luncheon and for the scholarship recipients: Set Yourself Free by Edmund O'Neill
"Set yourself free from anything that might hinder you in becoming the person you want to be.
Free yourself from the uncertainties about your abilities or the worth of your dreams, from the fears that you may not be able to achieve them or that they won't be what you wanted.
Set yourself free from the past. The good things from yesterday are still yours in memory; the things you want to forget you will, for tomorrow is only a sunrise away.
Free yourself from regret or guilt, and promise to live this day as fully as you can.
Set yourself free from the expectations of others, and never feel guilty or embarrassed if you do not live up to their standards. You are most important to yourself; live by what you feel is best and right for you. Others will come to respect your integrity and honesty.
Set yourself free to simply be yourself, and you will soar higher than you've ever dreamed."
We installed the Officers for the 2023-2024 RWC Executive Board: Nancy Converse, President; Carol Bowen, Executive VP; Ethel Muter, Treasurer; Joan Hughes, VP Community Service; Barbara O'Connor, VP Programs; Mary Jo Rigby, VP Fundraising; Sandi McNickle, Corresponding Secretary; Hattie Thurman and Elaine Hughes, Recording Secretaries
Congratulations to our Dodi Myers Scholarship Fund Raffle Winners: Barbara O'Connor, Bobbie Strigel, Elaine Hughes, Nancy Converse and Gerri Verachi! We couldn't do it without Flower Gallery's arrangements, Donna Maynard's gift basket, and Mary Ginty's jams and jellies! Big thanks to them! Your ticket purchases support The Dodi Myers Scholarship Fund
Photos: Gini Kell and Lee Lipscomb
May 4, 2023 Luncheon There was happy energy in the Clubhouse as our members and friends gathered for our May luncheon in anticipation of the Chico's fashion show! Members picked up Yearbooks, filled out surveys, and enjoyed the food and friendship. Barbara O'Connor gave the thought of the Day: "Life is like a camera, focus on the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don't work out, just smile and take another shot!" - Unknown 😊📷
We then recognized Gini Kelly for her years of work and support of the RWC. Knowing her love of gardening, we presented her with a beautiful David Austin rose called Golden Celebration! In case you didn't know, yellow roses signify friendship, and perfectly describes our friend, Gini.
Following a brief business meeting, we were treated to a show of wonderful Chico's fashions modeled by our very own RWC members: Maria Albano, Mary Howell, Sandi McNickle, Elaine Hughes, Sandra Matukaitis, Cindy Ware, Joyce Eliassen, and Barbara Barter.
Congratulations to our lucky raffle winners! Mary Moran, Mary Ellen Silsby, Sue Benjamin, Carmela Welte, Sue Reitzig, Marguerite Choate, Sherry Romyn, Edmee Gerstle, and Eileen Thomsen. We couldn't do it without Flower Gallery's arrangements, Donna Maynard's gift basket, Chico's items, and Mary Ginty's jams and jellies! Big thanks to them! Your ticket purchases support The Dodi Myers Scholarship Fund.
April 6, 2023 Luncheon Our luncheon was an homage to the wonders of the Spring Season as our members and friends gathered to meet, greet, and be entertained by our very own Regency Chorale! Before lunch, Elaine Hughes gave the Thought of the Day about birthdays (we all have them!) and the optimism each one brings. The Regency Chorale treated us to a rich assortment of songs including "Every Time I Feel the Spirit", and"Bridge Over Troubled Waters" "Happiness". They included us in a sing along including "Do A Deer", "My Favorite Things", "April Showers", and "Easter Bonnet". Kudos to the Witherells for their graceful and sweet stroll (and to Lou Seelig, a member of the Press). They closed with the song "Happiness" from "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown". The last line of the song was a for all of us: "For happiness is anyone and anything at all that's loved by you". Congratulations to our lucky raffle winners! Elaine Hughes, Darcee Trigger, Teresa Sien, Karen Nizialek, Kathis Hodum, Joyce Eliassen, and Louise Worley! We couldn't do it without Flower Gallery's arrangements, Donna Maynard's gift basket, and Mary Ginty's jams and jellies! Big thanks to them! Your ticket purchases support The Dodi Myers Scholarship Fund
We did it again! The Regency community-wide collection to benefit the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry (HRFP) collected over $21,000 dollars. Thanks to all the wonderful residents who helped make this possible by donating, picking up checks from mailboxes, placing baskets in the condos, and manning the clubhouse collection. This community effort was headed by Pat Valle and the RWC Community Service Committee. We are so privileged to be living in such a caring community. On Thursday, March 23, 2023, we delivered the donations to Eileen Smith, Director, Haymarket Regional Food Pantry. She was extremely grateful for our continued support of HRFP, and took us on a tour of the newly expanded facility. Your donations have a positive impact in easing food insecurity in Prince William County. We should be proud of our community and being a platinum Donor for HFP.
March 2, 2023 Luncheon
We gathered for lunch and an interesting program to celebrate the start of Women's History Month. Liz Coughlin gave a moving recitation of Maya Angelou's poem "Phenomenal Woman". Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. I say, It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. Men themselves have wondered What they see in me. They try so much But they can’t touch My inner mystery. When I try to show them, They say they still can’t see. I say, It’s in the arch of my back, The sun of my smile, The ride of my breasts, The grace of my style. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.
Our speaker was Katie Crooks, Director of the Lucy Burns Museum, located at the Workhouse Arts Center on the site of the former Lorton prison. She walked us through the over 100 year history of the prison and its reformation as the Workhouse Arts Center. She highlighted the the story of Suffragettes who were imprisoned there. If you have not visited the Workhouse Arts Center, you should plan to go. Here is a link to their site. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~` ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Congratulations to our lucky raffle winners! Mary Howell, Teresa Sien, and Camille Smith!
We couldn't do it without Flower Gallery's arrangements, Donna Maynard's gift basket, and Mary Ginty's jams and jellies! Big thanks to them! Your ticket purchases support The Dodi Myers Scholarship Fund
Photos: Gini Kelly and Lee Lipscomb
February 2, 2023 Luncheon
Groundhog Day was cold and windy, but the clubhouse was full of warm smiles and lots of ladies in red!
The thought for the day started with a quote by Maya Angelou: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
The luncheon was a delicious event as Regency’s Chef Jeff demonstrated how to make Bananas Foster. Chef Jeff worked his way through college working in area restaurants. It was then that he found his love of cooking. He has been with the Regency for four years. As a true chef, he does not have recipes. His Bananas Foster has a little bit of this and a little bit of that – ingredients such as nutmeg, walnuts, butter, brown sugar, rum and banana liqueur. During his demonstration, we enjoyed eating the Bananas Foster dessert.
Congratulations to our lucky raffle winners: Donna Maynard, Charlotte Keeley, and Pat Valle!
We couldn't do it without Flower Gallery's arrangements, Donna Maynard's Goody Basket, and Mary Ginty's jams and jellies! Big thanks to them!
Photography by Gini Kelly and Lee Lipscomb
January 5, 2023 Luncheon We started off the new year greeting old and new friends, and were treated to an inspiring program.
Pat Valle presented the Thought for the Day. She shared the word “Friendship” as it describes RWC and monthly luncheons. Words beginning with each letter were: Fun, Raucous, Intellectual, Endless Conversation, Next, Delicious, Supportive, Help, Inspiration, and Positive.
After lunch, Pat Valle introduced Shanna Hammerbacher, author of Resilient written under her pseudonym Katherine Turner. In this book, Shanna has written a personal account of her time spent as a foster child from the age of 8 through her 18th year. Shanna then related her personal experiences and gave her answer to the hard question “How can one reverse the effects of trauma?” The answer comes from the acts of people who recognize pain and react with KINDNESS, COMPASSION, and UNDERSTANDING without being judgmental. Her presentation received a standing ovation from the members in attendance.
Congratulations to our lucky raffle winners: Carol Bowen, Barbara O'Connor, Alida Woods, Mary Jo Rigby, Kathy Hodum, Sandy Sensibaugh, Cindy Ware, Patti Sommers, Carla Licata, and Priscilla Priestman! We couldn't do it without Flower Gallery's arrangements, Donna Maynard's Goody basket, and Mary Ginty's jams and jellies! Big thanks to them!
December 1, 2022 Luncheon 'Tis the season for wearing holiday sweaters and sparkly finery! Did you see Sandi McNickle's boots?! Our members and guests looked festive and eager to see our favorite florist, Doug Burroughs do his magic with all things floral. His witty remarks had us all laughing. His arrangements were lovely! It was interesting to hear how he started his business over 45 years ago. Sarah Rudy started the luncheon with her Thought for the Day inspired by her mother. At the business meeting, Pat Valle, VP Community Services Committee, thanked members for their support of the Holiday Gift Program. Diana Taplin announced upcoming Programs. Click here to see more about them. Liz Coughlin, Bylaws Chair, announced that nominations were open for the Nominating Committee who will create the slate of officers for election next year. Please contact her if you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee. Her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Howell, VP, Fundraising, reminded members of the Santa's Sweet Shoppe to be held at Joan Hughes' home on Sunday, December 18, 2022, from 1-4pm She also conducted the much anticipated raffle for Mary Ginty's Jams, and the four beautiful arrangements Doug created. Congratulations to the winners: Carol Bowen, Mary Ginty, Edmee Miguez-Gerstle, Nancy Downey, and Hattie Thurman!
Thanks to all of you who support our scholarship fund through purchase of the tickets each month! We couldn't do it without Flower Gallery's arrangements, Donna Maynard's Goody baskets, and Mary Ginty's jams and jellies! Big thanks to all of them!
November 3, 2022 Luncheon
We had our biggest turnout of the season!
Fran Betzner gave the Thought for the Day reminding us: “Watch your thoughts for they become words; Watch your words for they become action; Watch your actions for they become habits; Watch your habits for they become character; Watch your character for it becomes your destiny.”
Patricia Schneider introduced our speaker, Don Wilson who has been associated with Prince William Public Library System for over 43 years. The subject of his program was “Did You Know” and the presentation was filled with loads of information about Prince William County over the past 200+ years such the original county was comprised of the areas now known as Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, & Fauquier counties. Three of those areas pulled away leaving what is now known as Prince William County.
Pat Valle, Community Services Committee Chair, thanked all members who donated to the Coats for Children Drive. She reported 455 items were donated totaling $13,500 plus cash donations bringing the total up to $14,175. The October donations for the Haymarket Food Pantry were $881 plus 12 pounds of nonperishable food items. She thanked members for cookie donations for Pace West Harvest Festival.
Our next fundraiser is the Sweet Shoppe on Sunday, December 18, 2022, at Joan Hughes’ home. She would like volunteers to bake or buy holiday goodies for the event.
Thanks to all of you who support our scholarship fund through purchase of the tickets each month! And, congratulations to our raffle winners! The raffle winners were Sandy Matukaitis, Jane Brown, Florence Byrne, Faye Graul, Joyce Eliassen, Geri Varachi, and Mary Lynn Applegate!
We couldn't do it without Flower Gallery's wreaths and arrangements, Donna Maynard's Goody baskets, and Mary Ginty's jams and jellies! Big thanks to all of them!
October 6, 2022 Luncheon It was a lovely day for the luncheon!
It started with Donna Jones giving the Thought for the Day. Donna read a poem her mother used to read to them at family gatherings. It was titled “Brighten the Corner Where You Are” by Helen Steiner Rice. After lunch we were treated to a beautiful performance of voice, harp, and cello. Meghan Davis, vocalist and harpist, and her husband, on the cello, kept us spellbound as they delighted us with music and song.
Following the program, Fundraiser Committee Chair, Mary Howell, introduced Katina Wafford-Graves from Fostering Futures, one of our 2 charities. She presented facts and statistics about the teens in this program. She talked about how children enter foster care, what some of the triggers are, and what goals the program has set for these teens. Their main goals are career development, daily living needs, advocacy, and financial support. The teens also need transitional support once they leave the program. Mary then gave an update on the success of the Rocktoberfest held on October 1st. We took in $3500 which will go toward our two (2) charities.
Our next fundraiser is the Sweet Shoppe in December at Joan Hughes’ home. She would like volunteers to bake or buy holiday goodies for the event.
Thanks to all of you who support our scholarship fund through purchase of the tickets each month! And, congratulations to our raffle winners! Carol Bowen, Danette Plummer, Barbara Barter, and Nancy Converse We couldn't do it without Flower Gallery's wreaths and arrangements, Donna Maynard's Goody baskets, and Mary Ginty's jams and jellies! Big thanks to all of them!
September 1, 2022 RWC Luncheon
It was like the first day of a new school year as our members gathered for our first luncheon of the 2022-23 season!
Nancy Converse, our new President welcomed everyone to the first luncheon of the new season.
Leslie Mitchell’s Thought of the Day came from her own thoughts on having lived a very full life and emphasized her thankfulness for having lived in Regency.
Pat Schneider introduced our speaker, Mike Washvill. Mr. Washvill spoke to us about The Cold War Museum located at Vint Hill Farm. His presentation highlighted how the property was purchased during World War II to be utilized as a station to intercept enemy intelligence traffic being sent through the Japanese Embassy in Berlin. Once intercepted, the information was sent to the Signal Intelligence Service located at Arlington Hall Station for decoding. Interestingly, over 70% of personnel working in this sensitive arena were women. The information intercepted at this small farm located in Fauquier County thousands of miles away from the fighting front was instrumental in the success of the Battle of Normandy on D-Day in 1945.
Thanks to all of you who support our scholarship fund through purchase of the tickets each month. And, congratulations to our raffle winners! Karen Scott, Sharon Goodson, Kay Ferguson, Wanda Crouch, Carol Bowen, Joyce Eliassen, Maria Albano, and Jeanne Pencek! We couldn't do it without Flower Gallery's wreaths and arrangements, Donna Maynard's Goody baskets, and Mary Ginty's jams and jellies! Big thanks to all of them!
Thanks to Mary Ginty and the RWC Community Service Committee we were able to resume running Bingo at the Gainesville Rehab Center this year!
Photos by: Joanne Burger and Lee Lipscomb
Please mail correspondence to: Regency Women's Club, PO Box 145, Haymarket, VA 20168