Women's Club of Grand Island

President Cheryl Marcel - 773-3292 - cherylmarcel@verizon.net
1st Vice President - Charge of Luncheons - Rosemary Fiolkowski - 298-8707
Secretary Val Funk - 773-3184
Membership Chairperson - Raeann Piracci - 773-5054

Women's Club of Grand Island Luncheon Picnic - July 2011

Picnic at Banchetti's Grove on June 8, 2011
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   The Women's Club of Grand Island meets every second Wednesday at a pre-determined restaurant for lunch and a chosen activity or infomational speaker. During the year there are on-going fundraisers including basket raffles hosted by Marge Campbell, Joan Murray and Betty Klein. The donated baskets and solicited donations are given to charities. This year they were donated to Buffalo Niagara Medical Complex Visitor Call Alerts, Niagara Child and Family Services and the City Mission.

Women's Club Lunch & Basket Raffle Fundraiser - November 2009

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Women's Club officers (left) Raeann Piracci, Pat Haag, Val Funk, Betty Klein, Marge Campbell and Cheryl Marcel

   Members of the Women's Club of Grand Island met at the Sonoma Grill in Buffalo for their lunch and basket raffle fundraiser on November 11, 2009. Funds raised will be donated to a worthy cause. For more information about the Women's Club of Grand Island, contact President Cheryl Marcel at 773-3292 or email her at cherylmarcel@verizon.net

Women's Club Lunch & Christmas Store Visit - October 2009

   The Women's Club of Grand Island will be meeting at noon on Wednesday, October 14th at the Creekside Banquet facility, 2669 Union Road, Cheektowaga followed by a stop at Dave's Christmas Store. Carpooling will be available at 11:15 a.m. at Burger King. Members and guests are welcome. To rsvp call Carol at 773-2204 by Wednesday, October 7th. For membership information call Pat at 773-2891.

Women's Club Installs Officers - June 2009

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Women's Club officers (left) Pat Haag, Judy Buzby, Carol Blair, Raeann Picacci, Sandy Gworek, Nina Tortorice, Rosanne Cascio and Loren Pasler (former Club board member)

   Members of the Women's Club of Grand Island met on June 10th at Sandy Beach Yacht Club for their annual picnic. The new officers were sworn in and the former officers were thanked for their hard work for the past two years. Seventy-five of the ninety three members were in attendance and enjoyed a sunny, beautiful day on the water and the wonderful food prepared by Pat Haag and her helpers. Pat sends out a great big thank-you to all who helped put the picnic together.
   The Women's Club will visit the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum in N. Tonawanda on September 9th followed by lunch at Panes Restaurant and the total cost ins $20. Call Rosemary Fiolkowski, for reservations. Hope to see you all in September.

Women's Club Picnic - 2007

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Women's Club members (left photo) Dolly Kudla, Vicki Ochtyun, Carolyn Bongi, Pat Haag, and Linda Brozek
(center photo) Outgoing officers Joan Murray, Lyn Laman, Cheryl Marcel, Lura Wilson, Ann Scanio, Dawn Bonora, Sandy Gworek and missing is Linda DeCarolis
(right photo) new Officers: Coreinne Wilting, Lyn Laman, Judy Buzby, Nina Tortorice, Joanne Piccione, Terry Long, Pat Haag, Raeanne Piracci, and Sandy Gworek

   Members of the Women's Club of Grand Island celebrated their end of the year picnic at Sandy Beach Yacht Club in June. The officers for 2007-2008 were introduced and the Old Officers were thanked for their years of service. The Club has announced that there will be a wonderful fall season of lunches and programs. On September 12th the Women's Club will visit Asa Ransom House for High Tea and on Oct. 10th the group travels to a cooking demonstration at Niagara County Community College, put on by the Culinary Arts Department headed by Grand Island resident, Mark Mistriner. All women from Grand Island and surrounding areas are invited to join. The purpose of the Women's Club is as follows:
This is a non-political, social organization for all women in the western NY area. We introduce new residents and women from western NY to the Grand Island community. We are regionally orientated and provide members with a support network, perform community service projects, and raise money for local charities. Anyone interested may call the Membership Chairperson Rosanne Cascio at 773-5040 for additional information. Come and join the fun!

Women's Club Fashion Show Wednesday, April 13, 2005

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Women's Club members (left) Lura Wilson, Judy Buzby and Sheila Richards will be modeling fashions by Dress Barn.

   Members of the Grand Island Women's Club are taking care of last minute details for their Fashion Fling fashion show featuring a luncheon and basket raffle. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at the Holiday Inn on Grand Island. Reservations are a must and may be made by calling Liz Wilbert at 773-2445. Scroll down for previous pictures.

Women's Club Finalizes Fashion Show Plans - 2005

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Pictured left are Sandy Gworek (publicity), Rosann Casio (table decorations and favors) and President Loretta Shirtz (basket raffle chairman).

   Members from the Women's Club of Grand Island are finalizing plans for their Fashion Fling fashion show on Wednesday, April 13, 2005. They have collected many donations from local businesses to make exquisite baskets to raffle. The proceeds will be donated to the Jericho Road Medical Clinic for uninsured patients in Buffalo. Raffle tickets may be purchased independently of fashion show tickets. The fashion show will be at the Holiday Inn Grand Island at 11 a.m. Admittance is by advance ticket sales only. Call 773-2445 for information.

Women's Club Announces Fashion Show - 2005

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Pictured from left are Women's Club members Lura Wilson, Judy Buzby and Sheila Richards who will be modeling fashions by Dress Barn.

   The Grand Island Women's Club is sponsoring a Fashion Fling fashion show at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at the Holiday Inn on Grand Island. The show will include fashions by the Dress Barn, a luncheon and a basket auction. Tickets are $20 and proceeds from raffles at the luncheon will be donated to the Jericho Road Medical Clinic in Buffalo for uninsured patients. Admission is by reservation only -Liz Wilbert, 773-2445.

Women's Club Of Grand Island Plans Fashion Show & Luncheon - 2005

President Loretta Shirtz

The Women's Club Of Grand Island, a group of 80 women, meets for lunch and a speaker the second Wednesday of every month. The Women's Club's big fund raiser for 2005 is a fashion show to be held on April 13, 2005 at the Holiday Inn. The show will include fashions by the Dress Barn, a luncheon and a basket auction. All proceeds from the show and auction will go to charity. For further information on the club or the fashion show, call Women's club President Loretta Shirtz at 773-9033.

Charities To Benefit From Recent Women's Club Fashion Show - 2003

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Grand Island Women's Club models from left are Judy Buzby, Lura Williams, Sara Kratz, Lyn Laman, Dawn Bonora and Sheila Richards.

   The Grand Island Women's Club staged its 'every other year' Fashion Show at the Holiday Inn on Wednesday, April 9, 2003. Complete with a buffet luncheon, the festivities included a silent auction of a raft of baskets and a stylish show of clothing from The Dress Barn. The room was full of shoppers and diners and all had a good time. Under the leadership of Liz Wilbert, the fashion show and festivities were handled by the Board members, especially, Loretta Shirtz who handled the basket raffle. Charities chosen to receive the proceeds of the fund raiser are Mercy Flight, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Gerard Place. Sponsors for the event included more than 50 local merchants and individuals. The Club wishes to extend its appreciation to all who supported the event.

Women's Club Fashion Show Committee - 2003

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The Grand Island Women's Club Board includes: (seated) Treasurer Jean Caprio, 1st Vice President Loretta Shirtz, and Secretary Joan Murray; (standing) 2nd Vice President Dawn Cyman, and Co-Presidents Cheryl Marcel and Sheila Richards.

   The Grand Island Women's Club is busily planning its upcoming Fashion Show, Luncheon, and basket raffle scheduled for Wednesday, April 9, 2003 at the Holiday Inn Grand Island Resort and Conference Center. Fashions will be provided by Fashion Barn and all admissions will be pre-paid. Tickets are available from members of the Board, who are assisting the show chairman, Liz Wilbert, who was out of town at photo time.

Women's Club To Present Fashion Show - April 2003

Show Chairman Liz Wilbert and Co-chair Lyn Laman with some of the items to be raffled.
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   Members of the Women's Club of Grand Island have set a Wednesday, April 9, 2003 date for their 5th annual Fashion Show being held in the Holiday Inn. The Women's Club show, featuring fashions of the Dress Barn, will begin at 11:00 a.m. Tickets at $20 are available from Board Members of the group and include a buffet luncheon. Club members will serve as models to show clothing for all sizes and ages. There will be a Chinese auction of specially displayed baskets of donated items.
   It is expected that all tickets will be sold before the date, therefore tickets will not be available at door. For more information contact Chairman Liz Wilbert (773-2445).

Women's Club News - January 2003

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Island resident John Bonora spoke to the Grand Island Women's Club when the group met for lunch on January 8, 2003 at Harry's Harbour Place. He described how his antiques background was influenced by his uncle who was a very active dealer. John, now better known as financial wizard, brought a very old Sears Roebuck catalogue to show the clubmembers how it could be used as a barometer of pricing antiques, or to find out if an antique might be in your own home (furniture, that is). John is shown going over a flyer for an upcoming area antique show and sale with members Wendy Gaydica, Vicki Ochtuyn, Dawn Cyman and Dawn Bonora.

Women's Club Elects Officers 2002-2003

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At a 'bring-a-dish' luncheon at Kudla's cottage on East River Road, members of the Grand Island Women's Club concluded its year's travels and activities with election of officers for the coming year. The group meets monthly with a traveling luncheon and program. The Club is open to all women and information is available from continuing President, Cheryl Marcel, 773-3292.

Women's Club Officers 2001-2002

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Grand Island Women's Club officers for 2001-2002 are (left) Second Vice President and Membership Chair Vicki Ochtyun, First Vice President Sheila Richards, Barbara McMichael (newsletter), President Cheryl Marcel, Secretary Dawn Bonora, Historian Lori Sobieski. Not shown is Treasurer Carol Rogers.

The Women's Club is a group of local women who meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at a restaurant for a speaker or presentation, or attend local tours and enjoy a luncheon afterwards. The group began with only Grand Island women but has grown to nearly 40 women and the geographical area includes many from "off the island."
The time is always from 11:30 a.m. with return to the Island by 2:30 p.m. Many women have children who will be home from school then, and the role of taxi driver begins. Ages range from 20's to 70's. The monthly lunch, event, or tour is described in the PennySaver and Dispatch every month. If any one is intereted in joining us for a lunch, please call Sheila Richards, 775-0305 at least four days prior to the event. Prepayment is expected. The luncheons range in price from $11-$14 all inclusive.
We have a very small raffle every month, and a fashion show this year, to raise money for charity. All members receive a newsletter which explains the next event as well as news.

GI Women's Club Loses a Member

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   At the annual picnic of the Grand Island Women's Club, one of the long-time members was recognized for her club activities over the years and given a farewell send-off. Barbara Rondueu will be relocating out of state and her presence will be greatly missed locally. Barbara McMichael (left), representing the club, presented Mrs. Rondeau with a framed photo of the Grand Island Bridges as a reminder of the area from which she came.

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