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February, 2012

Volume XXIV

Number 6

THE GREETER Newsletter of the Florence Welcoming Club— 25th Anniversary Year Now in its 25th year, the Florence Welcoming Club introduces newcomers to one another and helps them become involved in the community. If you are new to Florence, we welcome you and hope to get to know you. At our next meeting Kara Adams of Hapi Balance will be speaking about her business and what it has to offer. (see business spotlight). It’s on Tuesday, February 7th at 7:00 PM at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 1900 Second Loop Rd. Florence A Message from the President: Hey There! Our speaker, Linda Driggers from the County Parks and Recreation was AWESOME in January! I had never heard of The Splash Pad or knew about the Senior Trips or how many parks we have, not to mention all the activities for our kids. She brought in several pictures and brochures for us to see. It was really nice seeing everyone again after the Holidays and we had a great turnout at last month’s meeting. Word of mouth is the best way to help spread the word about the Florence Welcoming Club! We are advertising in several avenues like: Kinard and Koffee 93.7 (a BIG THANKS TO Tom!) radio,, Golden Life, Flo, Flossip, Florence News Journal, Morning News, SC Visitor and Convention Center, florencewelcomingclub, Brochures and our newsletters. If you would like to help distribute our Brochures please let someone on the board know! We would really appreciate it! We would like for everyone to bring a guest to our February meeting! They won’t want to miss our next speaker! How does Hula Hoops sound for exercise?? I am so excited to learn how to exercise using the Hula Hoop! Kara Adams is the owner of Hapi Balance Yoga Studio. Kara has a class on Hooping and is our speaker for February 7th. Hapi Balance is a studio that not only focuses on yoga but massage, hoop classes, Zumba, and a non-profit kids program called Hapi Kids. She is a great Yoga instructor that worked previously with the McLeod Health and Fitness Center. She also has a class called Gentle yoga that is a basic yoga class with lots of props that assist with injuries or stiff joints. (This one is for me!) Like Hapi Balance on Facebook to see the other classes she is offering. She is giving away 2 Gift Certificates for 2 classes! Come and see how we are giving away these certificates! There are tons of things to do between meetings! Pick a club and bring a friend or you can create a new club! Want to see my Hooping skills? Try Yours? Can’t wait for our February meeting! Cindy

Introducing …

Ruth Nickel 1.Where did you move from and why? My husband, Ron, and I moved to Myrtle Beach from Midland Park, New Jersey to get away from the cold and be closer to our son, Scott, and his family. 2.How long have you lived in Myrtle Beach? We moved in June of 2011, so 6 months. 3.Tell us about your family. We have a son, Scott, and a daughter, Tracy. Tracy still lives in New Jersey with her husband, Eric, and their daughter, Meghan. Scott and his wife, Kathy, live in Florence with their two children, Chris and Dana. We also have a dog, Mandy, who we rescued while living in New Jersey. 4.What activities do you enjoy doing? I enjoy walking, reading, swimming, and spending time with my grandchildren. I can't wait until the pool in our complex is finished, so I can get back to swimming. 5.How did you learn about the Welcome Club? My daughter-in-law, Kathy, is involved in the club, and when I would come to town to visit (especially during December), I would attend different activities. 6.Tell us about your participation in the Welcome Club. Because I live in Myrtle Beach, I am not able to attend many meetings or events. I do make a point of attending the Christmas dinner. I love the ornament exchange! It took me a few years, but I think I finally understand how to play the game!

7. Do you have any advice to share with new members that may help with their transition? Since I too am still trying to transition, I haven't gotten involved in too many things. Joining a club with activities you are interested in, a health club, or a church will help you to meet people with similar interests. I wish there was a club in Myrtle Beach like the Florence Welcome Club!

Welcome Ruth!


February 2012

Newsletter of the Florence Welcoming Club

We have a new Facebook page! florencewelcomingclub Get all the latest details and post any suggestion or comments! Let’s see how many fans we can get!

Treasurer’s Report: Our treasury balance as of 1/31/12 is $ 2,208.74. Faith Senft, Treasurer Next Board Meeting The next Board Meeting will be an email meeting. The board will reconvene in March to plan for elections and the annual auction. Email Cindy if you have any business for the board to consider:

CAMP RAE Camp RAE was founded by Pee Dee residents who recognized a need for a summer program to provide therapy and educational interaction for non-mobile special needs children to replace the programs provided for them during the school months. Since no such programs of this type existed in the entire Pee Dee region, a group was formed in the Spring of 2009 to create Camp Rae. The camp includes daily sessions of physical, occupational and speech therapy. The kids are considered medically fragile so a nurse is on staff. In addition to the daily routine of therapy and classes, the campers benefit from on-site visits from music and massage therapists, puppeteers, a children’s chef and a fire truck. The campers enjoy Lynches River County Park nature trails and splash pad. Camp Director and founder Deana Strickland will briefly speak at the February general meeting about the camp. Pictured below are Bunco winners Linda Damiano (left) and Marian Wagner (right) counting their cash prizes. Also shown are Becky Fenimore and Marlene Pantos.

Executive Board - 2011-12 President….

Cindy Stafford 665-9017

Vice-President... LynnEllen Lang 679-7029


Denise Welch 407-4707


Faith Senft 413-1716

Committees - 2011-12 50/50…………... Grazyna Witkowski 676-0315 Greeters………. Jane Graffeo 664-9326 Hospitality……. Karen Bellos 679-9256 Faith Senft 413-1716 Membership….. Kathleen Snook 610-9826 Newsletter…….. Kathleen Snook 610-9826 Prize Patrol….... Roe McChesney 407-5662 Publicity……….. Cindy Stafford 665-9017 Web Master…… One Needed! Special Events.. Karen Herbert 673-0819 Tommie Everett 662-7976 Sunshine …….. Elizabeth Caldwell 669-2825


February, 2012

Euchre Club

Newsletter of the Florence Welcoming Club

Cindy Stafford 665-9017

Date: Call for Information Time: 6 pm Beginners practice 7:00 PM start time Place: Cindy Stafford ’s Euchre is a fun, easy card game. Money Prizes like Bunco! Bring an appetizer and $5. Hostess will provide Dessert.

See for tips on playing.

Tiny Turtles Date:

Stacy Noble 610-6287

Call for Information

A play group focusing on learning through play. For infants through preschool.

Chick Flicks Date: Time: Place:

Marian Wagner 676-0641

Tuesday, February 28th 7:00 PM and we will decide which movie to see. Swamp Fox Cinema, Radio Drive

Coffee Club Date: Time: Place:

Juliette Glassburner 679-9843

Friday, February 10th 10:00 AM Bean Groovy on 848 Woody Jones Blvd

Start your weekend by relaxing with new friends & coffee.

Couples / Singles Night Out

Nancy Mikolon 803-437-2325

Second City Laugh Out Loud Tour Place: FMU Performing Arts Center Date: February 10th @ 7:30 pm Cost: $25/$20/$15 Tickets now on sale

Girls’ Day/Night Out

Joan Turner 678-3158,

Date: Thursday, February 2nd Place: Talbot’s Time: 6:00 to 8:00pm RSVP Joan Turner by Jan 30th Shopping with 20-30% discount on purchases that night. Complimentary 3 piece cosmetic bag for all attendees.

Theater Trips

Kathleen Snook 610-9826

Date: March 4th, 2012 Jersey Boys - Belk Theater in Charlotte, NC. $96 Orchestra Payment Due by 2/01/12 Only a few tickets left!! Dinner after the show . Open to friends and spouses! Date: April 28th, 2012 Les Miserables—Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA $100 (est. show only) This would be a weekend trip more details to come. Members Only .

Lunch Bunch

Juliette Glassburner 679-9843

Date: Friday, February 17th Time: 11:45 AM Place: Mellow Mushroom, 120 Dunbarton Drive Catch up with old friends and make new ones over lunch.

Nimble Fingers

Joan Turner 678-3158

Date: Place: Date: Place: Time:

Tuesday, February 14th Bean Groovy Wednesday, February 29th Starbucks @ B&N. 9:00 — 11:00 AM (for both dates)

Meet at Alchemy before or after show for Tapas and drinks

Join us as we each work on our handcraft projects (knitting, crocheting, sewing, etc.) and talk.

Book Club

Operation Write Home

Kathleen Snook 610-9826

Book: Date: Time: Place:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Wednesday, February 15th 7:00 PM Grazyna Witkoski’s

We discuss the books in an informal atmosphere. Questions are provided at the meeting. March: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese


Julie West 669-4311

Date: Thursday, February 9th Time: 7:00 PM Place: Cindy Stafford’s

Karen Herbert 673-0819

Make homemade birthday, anniversary, etc. cards for our troops. The cards get sent to deployment areas and soldiers can select a card to send home to a loved one. Date: Alternate Sundays. Call the store to confirm dates. Time: 1:30 — 6:00 PM (drop in) Place: Scrapbook Concepts, 2554 West Palmetto

Recipe Club Date: Time: Place: Theme:

Joan Turner 678-3158

Wednesday, February 15th 12:00 PM Vivienne Johnson Quiche

Bring a dish and copies of the recipe. The hostess provides dessert.


February, 2012

Newsletter of the Florence Welcoming Club Business Spotlight

Refreshments February Volunteers: Joan Turner, Kitty Griffith, Jane Graffeo Please contact: Karen Bellows 679-9256 or Faith Senft 413-1716 to volunteer or sign up at a meeting.

Greeters Jane Graffeo, Lois MacIver A big thank you to Joan Turner and Cindy Stafford for being the January Greeters. They welcomed our 3 guests from Parks and Recreation. Additional greeters are needed for March through June. Greeters stand by the door and help newcomers feel at-home by giving them a newsletter and membership form and introduce them to others. (Remember how it felt when you were new?) Call Jane Graffeo at 664-9326 or email to volunteer.

Giving to our Community Our charity through June is Camp Rae. Bring your spare change and place it in the container at our meeting. You will receive an extra door prize ticket for donating. The 50/50 receipts will go toward Camp Rae as well.

Florence Welcoming Club P.O. Box 5391 Florence, SC 29502 Next Meeting Tuesday, February 7, 2012 7:00 PM Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word 1900 Second Loop Rd. E-Mail LIKE our PAGE on Facebook “Florence Welcoming Club”

Thank you First Reliance Bank for sponsoring our 2011-12 brochures. Special thanks to Joan Billheimer of First Reliance!

Hapi Balance 157 W. Evans Street, Florence Hapi Balance, the brainchild of owner Kara Adams and business partner Becky Phipps, is primarily a yoga studio but also offers massage, hula hoop, Zumba and karate, as well as a nonprofit program using the classes to help children fighting obesity. When Adams found out her business idea won the Meanwhile Downtown contest in May 2011, she said, she was excited because for 12 years she has wanted to do something like this. "I want it to be a place where people can find that Hapi Balance in their lives," Adams said. "Hopefully Florence is ready. If I don’t take this chance I’ll never know." That was 8 West Evans 7th to hear ings at Hapi

months ago and Hapi Balance is still on Street. Come to the meeting on February Kara bring us up to date on the happenBalance and maybe give us a demo.

February 2012 Sun



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Anniversary FWC!





General Meeting @ 7 pm

Bunco Cindy Stafford’s @ 7 pm

Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word







10 Coffee Club Bean Groovy @10 am


Girl’s Night Out Talbots 6 to 8 pm

Happy 25th






LOL Tour FMUPAC 7:30 pm 17


Recipe Club Vivienne Johnson’s 12 pm

Nimble Fingers Bean Groovy @ 9 am

Lunch Bunch Mellow Mushroom

Book Club Grace’s @ 7 pm 19








Chick Flicks Swamp Fox @ 7 pm

Nimble Fingers Barnes&Noble Starbucks Café @ 9 am

@ 11:45 am




For a listing of area events: www.

Congratulations to our January Prize Winners Marlene Pantos— 31 Photo Album donated by Susan Holladay. Kathleen Snook—31 Hot Pink Pencil Bag donated by Susan Holladay. 50/50—Linda Damiano $23.

February 8 15 16 17 18 19 19 21 22

Media Blankenship Mona Atkins Georgann O’Quinn Jane Man LynnEllen Lang Eunice Wagner Susan Holladay Norma Gassett Rita Balutis

NOMINATIONS FOR 2012-2013 BOARD We are seeking nominations for all positions to serve on the 2012-2013 Board. A nomination form is enclosed with this newsletter. The form can be returned either via email to or mail to PO Box 5391, Florence 29502 or bring it to any meeting or activity you attend in February.


Box Tops for Education

We would like to send cheer to any member who has a need for some “sunshine.” . Please submit all occasions to Elizabeth Caldwell at 669-2825 (

Bring labels to our meetings and Rita Balutis will donate them to Florence Public Schools.

Humane Society Old linens, buckets, newspapers and cleaning supplies Betty Theis is now settled in her new home in Ohio can be donated by bringing to a meeting or contacting with her family living close by. She can be reached at: Karen Bellos at 679-9256. Members on the Move

304 E. Front Street, Perrysburg, OH 43551


Laura Driggers enthusiastically tells members about what Florence County Parks & Recreation has to offer at the January 3rd General Meeting

It is not too early to be thinking about donations for the May Auction. Gently used items such as household items and décor, plants, jewelry or books usually sell well. The live auction has been the beneficiary of services such as mending, locksmithing, jewelry making and special occasion cake baking. The proceeds from this fund raiser allows us to make a donation to the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word who so graciously lets us use their meeting room each month for the General Meeting on the first Tuesday September to May.

Coffee Club on Jan 13th at Krispy Kreme. Pictured are: Audy, Loretta, Claudette, Anna, Jane, Carol, Evelyn, Juliette and Marlene

Florence Welcoming Club - Board Nominations President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer Life is never so busy that there is no time to serve. President: As chief executive officer the President presides over all monthly general meetings and board meetings of the club. She is an ex officio member of all standing committees and special committees. She oversees all other staff positions, activities, and publicity. She shall also keep the club brochure up to date and is responsible for its distribution to new Florence residents. Vice President: The Vice President shall preside in the absence of the President at all club functions and shall assume all duties of the President in her absence. She shall assist the President as needed and is responsible for arranging the club programming for the monthly general meetings. The Vice President is responsible for the club’s philanthropic efforts including facilitating the selection of the beneficiary and coordination of the donation activities. Secretary: The Secretary shall take the minutes at both the monthly board meetings and general meetings. She is responsible for duplicating all material requested by the board and for sending thank you notes to the speakers following each general meeting. She presides over all meetings in the absence of the President and Vice President. If, for any reason, the Secretary is unable to attend a meeting, it is her duty to find a replacement. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall collect all dues, activity fees, and raffle monies and disburse funds for approved expenditures from the treasury. Only the Treasurer and President may grant the approval of expenses. After approval of expenditures, the Treasurer must be supplied with a receipt of purchase in order to reimburse the expenditure. She is responsible for giving a Treasurer’s report at both the board and general meetings. If for any reason, the Treasurer cannot attend a meeting, she is responsible for finding a replacement to act on her behalf. Welcoming Club By-Laws 01/04

Submit form to: FWC, PO Box 5391, Florence SC 29502

or email to:

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