May President’s Message

As the warmer weather approaches, so do the lazy days of Summer. We have only two more meetings before summer break and one is our End-of-the-Year Dinner. I cannot believe how fast this past year has gone.

A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you. —Joyce Meyer

This quote reflects what I see every time we get together as Club Sisters. Each of you shows every day a positive attitude as we continue to follow our mission by helping others within our community and more. It doesn’t matter the committee or the activity… it is your positivity and friendships that make us so unique.

Our membership count, or “Blue Sheet” as it is affectionally called, has been sent in with our membership total and our Club information for the 2023/24 Club year. I am so happy to announce that we went from 47 members last May 1st to 55 members reported for this May 1st. Also, we have another new member who came to Orientation and plans on joining. This will bring us to 56 members as we head into summer….can we make it to 60 members by May 1st, 2024?

The NJSFWC State Convention was held on May 1 to 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. We had several members attend with three attending for all three days and the rest of us attending on Wednesday, May 3rd. It was wonderful to recognize our Honor Roll members and spend time with so many incredible NJSFWC members who attend this fantastic Convention.

I hope all of you are thinking about what basket you want to put together and donate to our yearly basket raffle fundraiser. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and is where we get the most money to donate to our different projects and services. I am down to two ideas…as soon as I decide which one, I’ll let Denise H. know so that she can get our list updated. Last year we had 60 baskets…let’s do the same this year. Our baskets are always the best!!!!

We have a speaker coming to our May 9th meeting. A water colorist, Ann Dersh, will be coming to share how we can all create a special painting of our own. I am looking forward to learning more about this fun activity. Thank you to Ann C. for scheduling this speaker for us.

Near the end of this month’s Tidbits is a request from NJSFWC State GCI Director, Mary Kay Tokar. She is asking clubs for different items for the girls to use at GCI this year. If you would like to donate any items from the list, please bring the items to our May meeting.

Don’t give up on our 130 Challenge. I am still working hard on getting my miles in. I hope all of you had a chance to see the live stream Carol D. did on Tai Chi. Just another way to keep active and stay healthy.

Remember to bring your money to Peg S. if you plan to attend our June dinner meeting. This will be a short business meeting as we wind up this club year.

Take a moment to read my “Shout Out to Members” article. Our work never stops.

Please read all of Tidbits each month as our newsletter is our informational portal to all activities. Everything you need to know is in our monthly articles.

Finally, do not forget your Secret Pal gifts…it is a great way to brighten the day of a Club Sister.

Happy May to all!


It doesn’t take much time to remind ourselves of those who do so much and ask for so little in return. Our club sisters continue to show through actions how much you care about our projects and mission.

There are many we meet who are just passing through. And then there are a few who stay to pull us through. When we reflect on who is true, it is only fitting to say thank you…  —Samantha Fernando

Once again, I want to recognize our Second VP Cynthia HB. for all the work she has been doing organizing an incredible Orientation for our new and veteran members. She has also been working closely with our Garden DVP and Membership Chair who attended our Spring Orientation as well as with club members who took the time to explain our beginnings to the present. We also have a new member joining because of our incredible Orientation.

Recognition and congratulations go to all who attended the Garden District Spring Conference. The Woman’s Club of West Deptford won several awards both for the club and for the amazing Art Projects submitted. Recognition goes to Cynthia H-B., Joann Kf., Sharon H., Peg S. and Kim VZC. for winning awards for their entries.

Once again, a big thank you to Ann C. for organizing “Cards for the Nursing Home” afternoon. This Arts Creative Chair and Denise H. hosted a card making afternoon with 103 Spring Cards created for residents of ProMedica, formally ManorCare in West Deptford. What talented ladies we have!!!!

Another thank you goes to Linda M. who organized our April Speaker. We were honored to have Dr. Cherian Verghese of Keystone Clinical Studies. The information on ‘Senior Moments,’ Dementia, and Alzheimer’s was informative and enlightening. I heard from so many members that they were definitely interested in all of the information shared by Dr. Verghese.

As always, it is those of you who participate in so many of the activities that we do each month that make us so successful.