By MARCIA LANE
Roses. Mardi Gras beads. Basketball nets. Halloween skulls.
What do they have in common? All were used to decorate tables at the annual birthday luncheon of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Palatka.
Themed tables and past presidents are always a part of the luncheon and the tradition continued Jan. 19 when the club held their 67th birthday celebration at the clubhouse on South 13th Street.
In one change from the past, members got to vote their choices for table decorating.
Best traditional setting was for the May table designed by Jan Owens and Jackie Moles. Best informal setting was by Kay Register for March. Best creative setting was February by Karen Venables and Rosie Dolinski.
Two special awards were presented. District Director’s Choice went to September’s table by Corky Daniel and Nicole Grace. The award was given by GFWC Florida District Director 4 Pat Reno. President’s Choice went to the June decorated by the Juniorettes/Little Women of Palatka. GFWC Woman’s Club of Palatka President Kay Register presented the award.
Other tables and decorators were: January (Ramicah Johnson); April (April Iser); July (Marsha LaFontaine); August (Dorothy McAfee and Fran Gallant); October (LaNora Robinson); November (Maxine Cannon and Bridget Dennis); December (Edna Rivers and Bridget Dennis)
Past presidents on hand for the celebration included Eddie Petersen, Lynn Phinney, Janice Coyle, Dee Parker, Cynthia Adams, Pat Baughman, Betty Tyson, Linda Bremkamp and Dorothy McAfee.
The club also remembered members who have died in the past year including Kathleen Delzell, Dorothy Fawley and Hedy Frith.
DID YOU KNOW … GFWC Woman’s Club of Palatka was organized in May of 1897, federated January 1898 and incorporated in April 1910, making it one of the oldest in the state. Originally the group was known as the Woman’s Fortnightly Club and helped with civic improvement.