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Jacksonville Regional Branch November/December 2010 Newsletter

President’s Message –

Greetings! Our October program on caregiving was excelllent. Our presenter, Karen Woodrum, spoke from both the personal and the professional sides of the topic. She had some excellent lists and handouts. Thank you, Connie, for recommending her as a speaker. And thanks to Chris Almeida for hosting the meeting.

Our annual Silent Auction and holiday party are next week (Sunday, November 14th – see details below). Please bring items for the auction and an appetizer to share. Joanne Hill suggested having a Tastefully Simple consultant at the party. Ester Johnson will be on hand with a few samples of some of the newest products and to take your orders. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you to stock up on supplies for holiday entertaining or gifting.

As always, guests are welcome. Be sure to let them know that the proceeds from the silent auction will go toward the fund for our scholarship at Coastal Carolina Community College. As president of the Onslow County Council for Women (OCCW), Connie will be extending an invitation to their members as well.

Looking forward to seeing you! – JoAnn


Our next meeting/event: November 14 (Sunday), 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Education Building at Onslow Memorial Hospital. Please bring new or gently used items for the silent auction, an appetizer to share, and a guest or two! Proceeds from the silent auction benefit our CCCC scholarship fund.


Also at our holiday party: Ester Johnson of Tastefully Simple will be on hand to present some new items and take orders. Tastefully Simple creates products that make holiday entertaining a snap – tasteful and, what else? – simple. Need a great hostess gift idea that everyone appreciates? Ester will have it.



November 14 (Sunday), 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Holiday Party and Silent Auction, the Board Room in the Education Bldg., Onslow Memorial Hospital. Bring your new or gently used items for the auction; proceeds benefit our CCCC scholarship. Bidding can be fierce – start sharpening your bidding skills now! Please bring an appetizer to share. You will be able to order food items from Tastefully Simple consultant, Ester Johnson, as well.

December 9, 5:30 p.m. – You are cordially invited to attend the Onslow County Council for Women holiday party and ornament exchange. Location: The Colonel’s Lady Bed and Breakfast, 215 Mill Ave. (downtown Jacksonville). Please bring an ornament to exchange. Donations for Elder Cheer will also be collected that evening.

December – No regular meeting. Happy Holidays! See you in January 2011.


Connie Gamble Ochse, Editor

*Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.*