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Club Notes

Wake Forest Woman’s Club celebrates 50 years

The Wake Forest Woman’s Club celebrated its 50th anniversary at its annual banquet May 3.

The club honored its annual scholarship winner, Amanda Nieves, who was chosen from among applicants from Wake Forest-Rolesville High School. Amanda addressed the gathering and was given a basket full of items sure to be useful as she goes off to college at Winston-Salem State University.

Member achievements were also noted. Club awards and winners were: The Alline Johnson Wiggins Award, presented to Quinn Berardinelli in recognition of her club spirit; the Minnie Newton, to Mary Vaughan for her loyal gift of time and support to the club; the Pauline Hildebrand to Salina Gary for leadership of a specific project area; the Ursula Wilkinson, to Carolyn Furr for her support of her program area; the Lydia Lowie, to new member Deborah LaPierre for her service across a wide range of club activities; The Thelma Wright to Sharon Rasmussen as Outstanding New Club Member; the Helen Saintsing Johnson to Betty Phillips for work in the arts; and Clubwoman of the Year to Marilyn Bonnett – the only award bestowed not by the Executive Committee, but through a vote by the club membership

Nine members were recognized for their length of service, including charter member Betty Ann Wilkinson and Martha Loftin, who received her 25-year pin in the same year that the town honored her as its Citizen of the Year.

An induction ceremony brought in 17 new members, one more than had joined in the previous year, bringing the current membership to 57. Gorland McBride was installed as president.

Joe Hackney will address men’s club

Rep. Joe Hackney, minority leader and former speaker of the house, will address the Wake Democratic Men’s Club at 7 p.m. Monday, May 14, at the Clarion hotel. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30. Cost is $17 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Make checks payable to Wake Democratic Men’s Club. To RSVP for dinner, email wakedemmen@wakedems.org by 10 a.m. the day of the event.

Optimist Club meeting

The Optimist Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at The Forks Cafeteria, 339 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. The group conducts positive service projects to provide a helping hand to youth and empower young people For more information, call Dawn M. Nakash at 919-926-1452.

Senior Democrats program on water

Mike Schlegel, program director for Water Resources with the Triangle J Council of Governments, will speak about “Water Supply, Drought, and the Triangle Region” at the Senior Democrats of Wake County meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the Crabtree Marriott Hotel on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. A Dutch lunch will be served before the program begins.

Republican Women’s Club meeting

Wake County Republican Women’s Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at the N.C. State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation will speak. Lunch is $18 at the door or by mail, P.O. Box 30454, Raleigh, NC 27622, or online at www.wakerepublicanwomen.org. For more information or to make reservations, email 1wcrwc@gmail.com. The deadline for reservations is Monday, May 14.

AARP Raleigh meeting

David Sexton will speak during the May luncheon meeting of AARP Raleigh-Wake County Chapter 3689 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Abbotswood at Stonehenge, 7900 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. Sexton, an administrator with Abbotswood at Stonehenge Senior Living, will speak about senior housing options. Cost for lunch is $7. Members are welcome to attend and not eat. For more information, call 919-848-9122.

Substitute Teachers Association

The Substitute Teachers Association of Wake County will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at St. Timothy’s School, 4523 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. To RSVP, email stawakecounty@gmail.com.

FemCity connection lunch

FemCity Raleigh, the local chapter of Femfessionals, a nationwide network of women who are passionate about helping other women succeed in business and in their communities, will host its May Connection Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Coquette Brasserie, 4351 The Circle at North Hills in Raleigh.

The event aims to help women build personal and business connections and to increase brand exposure among local, professional women. Business owner, trainer and Dale Carnegie Business Consultant Connie Catalano will speak. To register, visit www.femfessionals.com/FemCities/Raleigh. For more information, visit www.femfessionals.com or email raleigh@femfessionals.com.

Diabetes conference and health fair

The Diabetes Support Group will attend the Diabetes Conference and Health Fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. Meet at the main entrance of the convention center at 8 a.m. to register. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Mary Clark at 919-803-3119, 919-604-3519 or msndukecns@aol.com.

IREM meeting

IREM Greater Raleigh-Durham Chapter 105 will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St., Durham. Cost is $30 for guests, payable in advance. Make checks to IREM Chapter 105 and mail to 4824 Wyatt Brook Way, Raleigh, NC 27609. To RSVP or register, contact Candi McDowell at 919-863-8057 or candimcdowell@yorkproperties.com.

Speed networking for professional women

Business and Professional Women of Raleigh will hold a Member Mingle beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Brier Creek Country Club, 9400 Club Hill Drive, Raleigh. Speed networking will begin at 5:30, and dinner will follow. Cost is $22 for members and $30 for nonmembers.

For more information or to register, visit www.bpwraleigh.org.

Jefferson-Jackson breakfast

Democratic Women of Wake County will host the 43rd annual Jefferson-Jackson Breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh. Registration begins at 8.

Rep. Maxine Waters of California and state Sen. Nina Turner of Ohio will speak. Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorship packages will be used to help fund Democratic candidates in 2012 and 2013 elections. For the ticket/sponsorship registration form, visit www.dwwc.net.

For more information, contact Carolyn Mayo at carolynemayo@yahoo.com or Judy Austin at 919-696-4287 or jcaustin@nc.rr.com.