Tuesday, August 4, 2015

We're Back!

Summer is winding down....

The regular meetings will begin again soon.  Plan to join us on September 10 beginning at 9:30 at the Cocoa Beach Country Club.  We welcome all women who are interested making friends and in getting involved in our community.  Stay tuned as we enter into our 50th year.
                                                   Our 2015-2016 Board of Directors

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Adventures of the Conservation Committee

 We worked with others from the community helping the team from the Brevard Zoo create oyster mats for eventual placement in our local rivers, to help the oyster repopulation efforts.  Oysters can filter 50 gallons of water a day, and are sentinel species to the health of our rivers and lagoons.  More info can be found at:  http://brevardoystergardens.org/oyster-mats/

Earlier in the month, many of our members visited a local restaurant where they were able to try a new delicacy---lionfish.

Lionfish are an invasive species off the shores of the Space Coast.
More info at:  http://www.floridatoday.com/story/sports/outdoors/2015/02/14/lionfish-eat-beat/23423531/



Saturday, May 30, 2015

Celebrating 50 years

As the Cocoa Beach Woman's Club approaches it's 50th anniversary, we proudly recognize three members who have been a part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs for 50 years as well.  Congratulations to Marilyn Grigsby, Mary Mace, and Lucy Tolson for such wonderful commitment to volunteer service in our community.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Scenes from the May Luncheon

We had a great luncheon at which we celebrated the 11 scholarship winners, and installed our 2015-2016 Board. 
Although our next general meeting will be on September 10th, 2016 we will have various social activities throughout the summer.

From left to right:  Jean Christy, Media Secretary; Luisa Gregan, Corresponding Secretary; Cindy Albright,
 2nd Vice President; Anna Burghardt, 3rd Vice President; Midge Parris, Treasurer;  Lucy Tolson, Assist. Treasurer;
Lynne Lamy, Recording Secretary; Teressa Hardcastle, 1st Vice President; Marilyn Grigsby, President 



Friday, April 17, 2015


We all had a great time helping to keep our beaches clean!

A reminder that we will be participating in the Keep Brevard Beautiful Trash Bash on Saturday, April 18th.  We'll see you at Sheppard Park at 7:45 a.m.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Schlarships Available

Deadline approaching!

The CBWC will present scholarships totaling $11,500 to students graduating from CBHS in 2015. The deadline for application is April 10 and the completed forms must be returned to the CBHS Guidance Office by close of school that day.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Scenes from the March 14th Dinner/Dance

Thanks to all who attended our St. Patty's Day themed event.  Your participation helped us in our multiple charitable activities.

Steve Kirsner and Company provide the lively music

                                                        A Chef's Touch provided dinner.

Monday, March 2, 2015

General Meeting

Please join us on March 5th at our general meeting beginning at 9:30 with refreshments at the Cocoa Beach Country Club!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Live Band!

Steve Kirsner and Company
will be providing the music for our St Paddy's Day themed dinner and dance on March 14 at the Cocoa Beach Country Club.  Tickets are now on sale.  Contact us at cbwcjuliageorge@yahoo.com

Traditional Image of Dancers on St Patricks Day

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Conservation Committee of the Cocoa Beach Woman's Club is collecting much needed items for the Florida Wildlife Hospital in Melbourne.  If you want to support the hospital, you can bring items listed below to our general meeting on March 5th, or contact Julia at cbwcjuliageorge@yahoo.com 
Some past patients at the Wildlife hospital
Florida Wildlife Hospital wish List
Paper towels, unscented bleach, rubber gloves for dish washing, vinyl exam glove (med & large), bird seed (regular mixed seed variety), sunflower seed, distilled water, unflavored pedialyte, vegetable baby food (sweet potato, carrot, green beans, peas), fruit baby food (banana, apricot, peach, pear), meat baby food (chicken, turkey), Avery 8160 labels (or equivalent), white blue, green, or yellow 20lb copy paper, canned air (for cleaning equipment), Dell black & color ink cartridges (J5566 or J5567), HP black & color ink cartridges (56 or 57), heating pads w/o automatic shut-off, 13, 33, & 39 gallon trash bags, quart gallon, & 2 gallon Zip-lock bags, flannel receiving blankets, garden hoses & nozzles, Purina puppy chow, AstroTurf (daisy) door mats, Publix, Home Depot, Staples, Walmart gift cards, OFF Deep Woods Bug Repellant, bungee cords, Duct tape, Odor-Ban, Sevin Dust, Harbor Freight welding gloves

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

Philanthropy & altruism
As Valentine's Day, the day to celebrate love, arrives remember you don't have to have a "sweetheart" to enjoy the day.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend ... 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Heart Health Month

National Wear Red Day® FEB 7 2014
It's not just a man's disease.

Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women,
yet it's 80% preventable.
Go Red For Women (Photo: KREM.com)
National Wear Red Day® — the first Friday each February — is our special day to bring attention to this staggering fact. We encourage everyone to wear red, raise their voices, know their cardiovascular risk and take action to live longer, healthier lives.

Make a change on National Wear Red Day and all year long!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Join us at our General Meeting

Come visit us as we host Susan McGrath from the United Way,  She will share information with us about the Project Hunger, and other efforts sponsored by the United Way.  Meet and Greet is at 9:30, with business and program starting at 10:00.  Attendance is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Florida Corridor Wildlife Expedition

Do you know about the Florida Wildlife Corridor?  There is a group working to protect a functional ecological corridor for the health of people, wildlife and watersheds.  You can learn more about  the corridor and the current expedition at http://floridawildlifecorridor.org/about-expedition/ 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Lets go to the Races!

We have a great opportunity to work concessions at the Daytona 500 on February 22, 2015!  If you want to help (men and women over 18 are welcome), contact us for information.  There is a mandatory training, but don't worry, there is one close by in Titusville, on February 7th.  There probably are other training sessions if that doesn't work for you, but you may have to go to Daytona.  The Race Day will be a long one for those of us working, but it will potentially be a major fundraiser for us.  The more the merrier so check it out!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Excerps from the February 2015 newsletter

Greetings from the President
Hello Members….A fantastic job was done at the fashion show! Totals raised will be shared at our general meeting.  Thanks to all who worked so hard.     

We’re looking forward to receiving word about our assigned date for the Daytona Races.  This will be a big fundraiser for us.  Please let us know if you can help.   Another of our big events is the annual gala, the St Paddy’s Day dinner and dance, on March 14th from 6:30 to midnight.  Remember, all members are responsible for one ticket.    
Let’s focus on working together as we continue our efforts to help those in the community less fortunate than us.  As it says in our collect, “Teach us to put into action our better impulses, straightforward and unafraid.”      I hope to see you at our February meeting!             ………Sheryle

Guest Speaker
The Home Life CSP is sponsoring our February speaker, Susan McGrath from the United Way.  Susan McGrath is a 19-year fundraising professional who has served within the United Way system her entire professional career, helping communities in Florida raise more than $100 million for health and human care services.  After moving to Florida’s Space Coast in 1998, Susan became Vice President of Resource Development for United Way of Brevard County.  During her tenure, Brevard County’s Community Campaign has boasted the fifth highest percentage growth of United Way’s of its size across the nation, growing from $4.4 to $6.3 million.  She, her husband and their 16 year old daughter reside in Rockledge.  Bring a friend!

Membership News
Membership Appreciation Tea scheduled:  April 15  1:00 – 3:00   Come get to know some of our newer members, socialize with our long standing members, and learn more about our history and the General Federation.  All members are invited to attend this FREE event.  The location will determined at a later date.  Please RSVP by April 2 at any of the general meetings, or call Ann. It’s sure to be a fun time      ……..Ann Stone

From Our Community Service Programs
ARTS (Julia George):  The entries for the Arts & Crafts competition will be on display during our February general meeting.  You MUST pre-register with Julia if you are entering any items.  First place winners will move on to the District Arts & Crafts competition. 

CONSERVATION (Anna Burghardt):  The Conservation Ladies met at Anna’s (thanks for lunch!) and identified various projects for us to get involved with.  We will participate in the Trash Bash on April 18, and are arranging a date to help clean up one of the local spoil islands.  We also are collecting supplies for the Wildlife Hospital between now and May (see details in this newsletter.)  And keep your eyes open for details about sea turtle preservation and oyster mats  
EDUCATION (Deb Key):  Make sure to bring in your magazine and books for our literacy project, in which we leave these items at various laundromats, doctor’s offices, shelters, and other such places.  Also, please note that Cape View Elementary School is still in need of volunteers to help at the school.

HOME LIFE (Gale Kuznicki):  February is Heart Month.  Did you know 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year?  Did you know heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined?  Find out what you can do for your Heart Health at www.goredforwomen.org   And wear red the first Friday of February to increase awareness.  The GFWC is emphasizing heart health for the next two years, following the lead of GFWC President Babs Condon.        

The City of Cocoa Beach will be hosting a blood drive at City Hall on Tuesday, February 10th from 10 am to 3 pm.  For more information contact Megan Andrews at 321-385-7439, or visit www.OneBlood.org .

Thursday, January 29, 2015

"Hats Off to Fashion" Show and Luncheon

More scenes from the event.
Despite the weather, many
ladies joined us for a day with friends.  There were  fancy hats, great shopping with "Accessories and More", good food from The Green Turtle, and lots of fun for all. Thanks to everyone who came and supported our fundraising efforts!  A special thanks also to our advertisers. (see list below.)

Local businesses that supported us with their advertising in our program book (in alphabetical order):  Ace Hardware, Beckman-Williamson, Chickie's Beauty Salon, Envy Organics with Ann Stone, Euro CafĂ©, Fabulous 50s Diner, Hair Classics Salon, Island Lincoln, Juice N Java Cafe, Kabran Air Conditioning and Heating, Kelly's Kustom Kurtains and Interiors, Liz McGinley with Weichert Realtors, Madd Jack's Grilling Shack, Pioneer Printing and Graphics, Saigon Restaurant, Sunseed Food Co-op, Yen-Yen Restaurant  

Scenes from the "Hats Off to Fashion" show and luncheon

Our ladies working to assemble the "take aways".  Thanks to Pandora and Jean for their vision and coordination of the decorations.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Snowbirds ae welcome!

Visiting the great Cocoa Beach area for a few months and wanting to meet some people, or maybe get involved in a fun project?  We would be honored if you visited us at our Thursday general meetings (first Thursday of the month--9:30 a.m.)  Of course we welcome everyone to our other functions and events too.  Keep checking here for updates, or contact us for details.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Excerps From January Newsletter

     Happy New Year to each of you.  I hope your holiday celebrations were wonderful.  Quite a bit is happening over the next few months, but I first wanted to share some really great news.  As you probably know, *** Foundation donated $5,500 to our “I’ll Help” scholarship drive.  We are so thankful for their extra generous support again this year.        
     Preparations for the “Hats Off to Fashion” Show and Luncheon are moving right along, with dedicated committee members working hard.  Make sure to spread the word and get those tickets sold because it’s going to be lots of fun!     
     Report writing is well underway also.  Please make sure to give your 2014 information to our committee.  We have done much this past year!    
     As we reflect on our past year, and look forward to 2015, please keep in your prayers those who have lost loved ones, have family serving overseas, those who are fighting serious illness, those who are being pulled many ways with various difficulties.  I hope we strive “to put into action our better impulses” and remember that “in the big things in life we are at one”.                                               ………Sheryle 
Special "Thanks" to All Who Helped
      A big “thank you” goes to all the volunteers who helped make the 51st Space Coast Art Festival a great success! You all adjusted to the new location extremely well. The Gallery only handled 78 pieces of Art Work for final judging this year as the judges were apparently very selective in their choice of pieces to be considered for final judging. Needless to say, the selected pieces were fantastic!  I’m sure you’ll agree, that it’s nice to be able to view what the judges consider to be the   “best of the best” in one location. Those assisting as volunteers were, Anna Burghardt and her houseguest Barbara Crosta, Claudia Davis, Luisa Gregan, Barbara Holden, Rozan Jordan, Tom Jordan, Liz McGinley, Midge Parris, Sheryle Schaefer, Cindy Simmons, Pandora Springer, Betsey Cunneen, Andria Bastien, Mary Woolbert, Sally Clement and Deborah Key.  In addition, I.B Johansson was responsible for all other volunteers for the festival.  A Volunteer ThankYou Party is being planned for the latter part of January.      Again, Thank You, one and all!                             
     ...................Marilyn Grigsby, Gallery Chair

Thrift Sale results
     We survived another successful “HUGE Thrift Sale”.  Lots of hard work, but there was fun to be had as well.  We raised over $1000, with all the “leftover” items going to the Northwind Ministries.  A special thanks to all who worked setting up and selling, to Deb for gathering the goodies all year, and to all who contributed or bought “treasures”.  Another job well done!

Donations Delivered

     Teressa (on right), chairman of the Public Issues CSP, delivering items donated by our members and other from the community to the Homeless Woman’s Veterans Center.  Great work everyone!

Friday, January 16, 2015


We are updating our blog, so please stay tuned and check back often.

Friday, January 10, 2014

January 2013 Message from CBWC President

Hello Ladies and Happy New Year!
Quite a bit is happening this month but first wanted to share some really great news. On 12/18,at a special presentation at Heidi’s Restaurant, the Hyman and Ida Kirsner Family Foundation donated $3000 to our “I’ll Help” scholarship drive.  We are so thankful for their support again this year.
Deep gratitude also goes to Don Traver of “My Private Jeweler”who is donating a $10,000 necklace for the opportunity drawing for our Fashion Show.  Keep your eyes open for those tickets!
Preparations for both the Fashion Show and the Mad Hatter’s Ball are moving right along, with dedicated committee members working hard. Make sure to spread the word—both promise to be lots of fun!
As we reflect on our past year, and look forward to 2014, I am reminded of the many blessings we sometimes take for granted. Please keep in your prayers those of our own members who have loved ones serving overseas, those who are fighting serious illness, those who are being pulled many ways with various difficulties. I hope we strive “to put into action our better impulses” and remember that “in the big things in life we are at one”.        …..Sheryle

Monday, December 3, 2012

Aaron Collins December Keynote Speaker

Space Coast Symphony's award winning Aaron Collins will be the keynote speaker at the December 6 Cocoa Beach Woman's Club meeting.  Collins serves as Artistic Director and conductor of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra.  In addition, he is conductor of the Space Coast Oratorio Society, the Pegasus and Colbourn Brass, Artistic Director of the Melbourne Community Orchestra, Space Coast Brass Ensemble, Trombonanza, associate conductor of the Community Band of Brevard, and Artistic Advisor to other local ensembles. Collins also guest conducts and works with ensembles in and around Florida. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Vivace Society.  Collins will be traveling extensively in 2012/13 conducting orchestras throughout the United States. He is also being recognized for his giving and leadership, most recently being the youngest winner of the “4 under 40” award presented by LEAD Brevard and one of Space Coast Business’ Most Admired People.   Described as “the next big thing,” “a man on fire,” and “an absolute powerhouse.”  In addition to Aaron Collins, the Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School Orchestra will  provide  musical entertainment. 

December Letter from CBWC President

Another  election  and Veterans day has passed and we  are reminded that the USA is still the best place to live; the Land of the Brave and Home of the Free.  We can’t take for granted all we have.

I want to give a special note of “Thanks!” to Cindy Simmons for organizing the beach cleanup-we picked up lots of garbage!  Another “Great Job done!” to Ann Stone for the special “meet and greet” night meeting, and to the10 members who attended.  We met some very nice ladies who will hopefully become new members. Thanks to Julia for hosting it at her condo community room.  We are exploring another similar meeting in the New Year.
Thanks to Deborah for organizing the Thrift Sale. There was a “rain delay” but we will reschedule it soon.
The holidays are upon us and we will all be busy.  The club will participate in the Cocoa Beach Christmas parade on Dec 8. Thanks I.B. for getting us a convertible. Please join us as members walk along passing out candy to the children along the parade route. 
On Dec 10– 13 the Jingle bell shop at Roosevelt opens and is in need of “helper elves”.  Call me if you can help any of those days between 8-2:30. Wrappers 1:00-2:30.
Don’t forget to get your reservations to Jean Carey for our December lunch—the menu is later in this newsletter.  We have a great program to get us all in the Christmas spirit.
I hope you are getting excited about the New Year’s Eve Ball but please sell, sell, sell those tickets.  And make sure to read about the special opportunity drawing for a cruise!  The more the merrier!
This club has come a long way since 1965 , and has done so much.  The great new ideas you’ve come up with will help us keep growing.  I hope that where ever this holiday season finds you, you have a Merry Christmas & a safe, Happy New Year!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Year’s Eve Ball at Cocoa Beach Country Club - Free Cruise Opportunity!

The public is invited to “Cruise” into the New Year with an elegant Ball to include music, dancing, heavy hor d’ouerves, desserts, silent auction, balloon drop, cash bar and free midnight champagne toast at the CB Country Club hosted by the Cocoa Beach Woman’s Club.  “Boarding” begins at 8 P.M.  Live music provided by the incredible Charles P. and the Park Avenue Band.  Reserved tables accepted for parties of 8-10.  Tickets are on sale at Ace Hardware in Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral for $35. per person and $60. per couple.  Tickets can also be purchased by calling 321-783-8303 or 321-613-2399. 
There is also a chance to win a free 4 night Bahamas Cruise with an outside cabin for two Feb 4-8 on the Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas departing from Cape Canaveral. Find yourself on the beaches of the Bahamas with this fabulous cruise donated by Cruise Planners at Sea, your Land and Cruise Specialists (www.cruiseplannersatsea.com), proud sponsors of the Cocoa Beach Woman’s Club.   
 Proceeds will benefit local scholarship efforts and charitable endeavors. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

FREE Symphony Orchestra Performance

FREE Symphony Orchestra Performance for Cocoa Beach Woman's Club Members

Aaron Collins, conductor of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra and speaker for our December general meeting, has very generously invited us as his guests to attend the Space Coast Symphony's Christmas at the Movies on Friday, November 30th at 7PM. A sign-up sheet will be available at the November general meeting. You and one guest can go for free.  Make your plans now & mark your calendar for this very special event and a wonderful prelude to the holiday seasonFor information you can visit www.spacecoastsymphony.org