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Seasiders MAY Newsletter

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May 2021 Newsletter
MESSAGE FROM YOUR PRESIDENT, CHRIS MIELKE: I have been honored to serve as your President these past two years. Of course, I wish that Covid had not gotten in our way of being able to do more things on our list. However, with the help of a strong Board we were able to move forward with some of our normal activities, even if limited. We were able to have all of our lunches, except for one and continue to offer our Book Club & Community Service meetings.
We were able to have our Holiday Market in December and made our highest profit to date even with Covid. Our February Valentine’s Flower Sale was a huge success. I am proud that our “Seasiders Share by the Seashore” Fund Campaign raised almost $9000.00. With all this combined, despite the fact we could not have a Bazaar this year, we are in the process of distributing almost $15,000.00 to our local charities.
You are all part of making this happen and we thank you for your support. Hopefully, next year with our new officers and maybe less restrictions we will be able to get back to more fun things to do.
This month’s lunch and Annual Meeting will be at the Community Center UPSTAIRS. Nice padded chairs & air conditioning! We will be socially distanced and will have a no touch box lunch. This menu will be a choice of either a cheese, sausage & pepperoni Stromboli or a cheese & spinach Calzone warm with a side of marinara sauce from Camilla’s Pizza. We will have those delicious Nothing Bundt Cakes minis for dessert. Coffee, tea & water.
Please read Nancy Cogger’s Reservation information for how to reserve. Sorry no walk ins due to seating & food limitations. 
Check in time starts at 11am with the business meeting starting at 11:30am, then lunch at noon. We have four new members to be installed and then the new Executive Board will be installed. Please read the Program Committee’s Report on our speaker for this month. It will be very interesting. Please support our wine, raffle & card sales at the luncheon. We will also have Seasider patches & mask mates for sale. These funds go to support our Community Service charities.
Stay safe & healthy over the summer! 
REMINDER ABOUT MAY BOARD MEETING: Final Board meeting is Friday, May 7th at 9:30am at the Upper level of Community Center. This is a joint meeting for departing and new Board members. Final reports from each Committee and position are due to Chris preferably before the meeting in document form.

Note: Masks must be worn until we eat lunch.

WHEN: Thursday, May 6, starting at 11:00 with social time, Business meeting starts at 11:30, followed by  lunch.
WHERE: UPPER level of Community Center
COST:  $15
Reservations for the May 6th lunch can be made with Nancy Cogger via email at or phone 561 356 3841 on or before noon on Monday May 3rd. Remember, if you don’t get a confirmation email you are not on the list. 
This month Camilla’s Pizza will be our caterer. The choices are: 1) Cheese, pepperoni & sausage STROMBOLI or 2) Cheese & spinach CALZONE.  Dessert will be a mini bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes. Coffee, ice tea & water will be available.         Cost $15.
Please advise of your choice when you make your reservation.  

On April 1st Stephanie Quirantes, co-owner of Nothing Bundt Cakes, gave us an amazing insight into her professional & personal life, as well as delivering delicious Bundtinis. A total treat! 

On May 6, Genny Bernstein, local FL Board Certified attorney on Elder Law, is passionate about this topic. She’ll cover Wills, Trust, & more. Bring a guest and notepad & pen. If you have specific questions just email for submission to Q&A at end of lecture. 

At our May luncheon we will be installing four new members:
Elizabeth (Betty) Hutchins, Sponsor, Joan Reilly
Bobbi Fletcher, Sponsor, Connie Wilson
Sheila Hurley, Sponsor, Lori Kollmeyer
Ann Kennefick, Sponsor, Carol McKenna

Georgette Kauhane is stepping down from her position as coordinator of caterers for our luncheons, effective in May. We are looking for someone to take on this role for next year, someone who is enthusiastic, organized and loves to eat! Please contact Lori Kollmeyer at 860-490-6934 or if you would be willing to take on this responsibility starting with the October 2021 luncheon.

Calling all receipts for reimbursement!  If you have any approved Seasiders expenses, please get them to me right away.  Our books close on May 31st.  As always, please bring a check for your May Luncheon and small change for any wine, cards, raffle tickets, etc. It has been my pleasure to serve as your Treasurer for the last two years. 

Craft Workshop will meet on April 29th for the last time this season from 9:30-11:30 under the community Center. We thank all members who have been able to come and help us through this most challenging year!  It was great to be able to meet in small groups, outside, even if we had to be masked and sanitized to do it. Next year, we will be working on some string card bookmarks. Also, please send us any of your ideas of items that you think would be good to make for the Holiday Market so that we can plan for next year.  I still have a lot of wood to make decorative signs, so send your ideas of what sayings to paint on them. 

Sandwiches will be made for St. Ann’s one more time on Friday May 14th. Please call or email Cindy at  if you can help. Thank you to the many volunteers who stepped up this year to help with the sandwiches. On April 16,th we delivered 220 sandwiches and probably close to 200 pieces of fruit to St. Ann’s!  It was great to be able to meet together and make the sandwiches in one place this month. 

We were not able to read to the children at Lincoln Elementary this year or serve a hot lunch once a month at St. George’s, because of the pandemic. We will look into how and when and if we can get involved in these projects again next year. 

Please continue to clean out or check thrift shops for unique items to sell at our bazaar. We will take any children’s nearly new books or toy animals, as we make gift bags with them. These have to be in especially good shape, as we will offer them for sale in our Nearly New Boutique at the Holiday Market. Animals for the gift bags that we are looking for are: cat, dogs, tiger, squirrel, horse, owl, mouse, walrus, sharks, whale, hippo, turtle, and a white bear. 

Have a wonderful summer and please consider joining our committee next year, if you are not already a part of it. You don’t have to make a big-time commitment to be a part of our group. I will be passing the Community Service Chairmanship baton to Chris Mielke, but will be actively partnering with her to organize our outreach projects. If you can help us or have any questions about anything that Community Service does, email Chris Mielke at .

The last meeting of the Book Club will be April 28 upstairs at the Community Center at 9:30. We will be reviewing a fiction book by Elizabeth Strout titled My Name Is Lucy Barton. Next meeting is in October. Happy Summer. Dot Erickson and Caroll Oliver.

For your summer reading pleasure, here are our book picks for next year’s Book Club:  Date                                   Book                   (genre)            Author                     Discussion Leader
October 13, 2021            Bound                     (NF)           Sally Gunning                Dot  Erickson           
November 10, 2021        From Scratch          (NF Bio)      Tembi Locke                  Chris Mielke
December 8, 2021          Pope Joan               (NF)            Donna Cross                 Elaine Susany
January 12, 2022            Invention of Wings   (F)            Sue Monk Kidd             Carol  McKenna
February 2, 2022**          Finding Dorothy        (F)             Elizabeth Letts             Cindy Stevens
March 9, 2022                 The Island of the Sea Woman  (F)   Lisa See                Kris Beaudette
March 30, 2022               Book Selection meeting
April 13, 2022                  The Year of Living Danishly   (NF)  Helen Russell        Caroll Oliver
April 27, 2022**               Mike Nichols  “A Life”  (NF Bio)   Mark Harris                 Myra Koutzen
Additional Reads:
The Splendid and the Vile  (NF)   Erik Larson                                       Mary Stanton
The Burglary    (NF)   Betty Medsger                                                     Myra Koutzen
Confession of a Sociopath  (NF)    M.E. Thomas                                  Kathy Ramsey
Full Dark House       (NF)     Christopher Fowler                                   Mary Stanton
American Dirt  (F)     Jeanine Cummins                                                 Dot Erickson
Caste          (NF)        Isabel Wilkerson                                                 Lori Kollmeyer

SOCIAL GROUP: There will be a sign up sheet available at the May Meeting for a May 18 Social. Stay safe and well!   Pat & Anne   

It has been a year like no other in our life time.  Our President and Executive Board have done a fabulous job in guiding our Seasider organization through the maze and we are coming out on the other side of Covid-19 as strong and vibrant as ever. It is time to say Thank you for being creative. I’m sure our fellow Seasiders have been creative in their own dealings with Covid-19 and it would be fun to get pictures showing how we managed.   Just email to me and I will put them on the Web. Please let me know if you do not want your names on the pictures. Let’s stay in touch through the summer until we meet again in October! Cheers! Cathy Sommers:
: If any of your contact information (phone or email) or your address has changed please contact Nancy Cogger (  with the changes as soon as possible as the directory for next year goes to print this summer.

Our Seasider friend, Dale Mathews, lost her dear life partner, Vincent DelGatto, on April 20, 2021. Please send her notes and cards of condolence, but no phone calls for now. Memorial donations can be made at or sent to Trustbridge Hospice Foundation, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407.  We will forward any additional information as it becomes available.

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