After a busy summer and fall (both days of it), we enter the FL “high season” with many planned activities to keep us busy. We welcomed most of our winter residents back last month. Many asked why it was still in the high 80s when they arrived. Assured by certain groups that there is no such thing as global warming, we year-rounders had no good answer.
But … we did have answers to the annual question, “What do you have planned for us this year?” The hard working board members of our Turnberry Isle Women’s Club had the answer. In September, we met at Rhoda Schwartz’s home to reveal our plans. First up was an October trip to the Delray Playhouse to see a hilarious production of “The Sensuous Senator.” Though not written for the most recent election climate, it drew laughs for some amazing parallels. Thanks to Joyce Meltz for chairing the event, which was preceded by a lovely lunch at Henry’s.
Also in October, we had a demonstration of 3-D art at our monthly meeting. Its an intricate process, but some of our members hope to produce something special with their newfound knowledge.
November found us preparing for our annual philanthropic project — Christmas for Caridad. We have been supporting this clinic and its educational programs since 1998 and continue to adopt families for the holidays. Caridad’s outreach, which began as a medical clinic for the working poor, mainly farm workers, now encompasses the entire community of families which need help. Our own Sheila Van Wyk continues to run the educational program. Recently, she and other Turnberry volunteers have been pleased to see some of our former students who are enrolled in college or serving in the military.
December is on our calendars for the first Turnberry High Tea. Last year, Mary Wexler hosted a tea for PAP that was hailed as a huge success. Now, Mary has offered to be the hostess for another such tea for TIWC at her home on December 9. We will attend as proper English ladies with gaily adorned hats, which we decorated at our November meeting.
We have postponed our annual Progressive Luncheon until March, as the winter calendar got filled with a January tour of the Caridad Center, a white elephant night and an upcoming yoga demonstration.
Book Club is having another good year. Our last selection was Orphan Keeper by Cameron Wright. The book is based on the true story of a young boy kidnapped from his village in India and adopted by an American family. The November meeting was at the home of Anita Ostrow and facilitated by Mitzi Brown. Upcoming for December is our annual holiday party and a discussion of the biography of Abigail Adams by Lynn Withey, titled Dearest Friend.
We wish all our neighbors an active and happy year.