The Northwest District of the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs met on Apalachicola on Saturday.
About 100 women gathered at the First United Methodist Church to share fellowship, share news on club activities and brainstorm on ways to build club membership and arts programs in particular.
The meeting began with a devotion led by Everline Brown of Chattahoochee. Brown prayed for understanding and guidance for her sister clubwomen.
Jackie Bell, president of the Philaco Women’s Club of Apalachicola, welcomed the women. Dianne Semmes, president of the Wewahitchka club offered a response on behalf of the visitors.
During “brag time,” representatives of each club told of the year’s activities. Semmes bragged on her club’s Coats for Kids program that provides warm clothing and blankets for needy youngsters. The Gulf Coast Women’s Club of Bay County shared news about their new cookbook and the Blountstown club told about their sausage and biscuit fundraiser held at the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement in period dress once a month.
Linda Basford of Chattahoochee, membership chair for the district, presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to Gulf Coast’s Ruth Cannady after sharing a lengthy list of her religious and secular volunteer work.
At the end of the business portion of the meeting, District Arts and Crafts Chairwoman Normandy Cooper announced the winners of the district arts and crafts competition.
Enamellist Kristin Andersen, painter Susan Richardson, both of Apalachicola, and costumer designer Caroline Hatchell of Eastpoint judged more than 80 entries in two dozen categories.
Best of show for crafts went to Eleanor Nicholson of the Marianna club for an ivy-bordered floral quilt.
Best of show for arts was won by Lannie Boyd of Chattahoochee for a colored pencil drawing of a shaft tailed finch.
Once again, Sally Crown of Apalachicola took first place for a pair of hand-knitted socks and Barb Padget, a perennial favorite, took a blue ribbon in the forgotten crafts category for a pine needle basket ornamented with shells.
Lunch was fried chicken catered by AJs Neighborhood Bar and Grill with side dishes and desserts provided by members of Philaco.
Clubs representing Panama City, Bay County, Wewahitchka, Marianna, Blountstown, Chipley and Chattahoochee attended to meeting.