HAPPY SPRING  TO ALL CLUB MEMBERS        The weather lately has been warm and sunny and all the spring flowers and plants are in bloom.  Spring is a very special time of year so please enjoy it.
The month of April was one of the busiest ones our club has had in a long time.  On April 1st. we voted in our new officers for the 2008/2009 club year.  Our new president is Pat Pytka, vice president is Nancy Napolitano, recording secretary is Cindy Legg, corresponding secretary is Lois Pecka, treasurer is Cyndy Bissonnette and assistant treasurer is Kathy Newvine. Congratulations ladies and all our officers will be installed at our banquet on May 6th at Mona Lisa Restaurant.  The installing officer will be Carole Ann Mueller and JoAnn Birkenberger is chairlady of the banquet. Committee chairladies are:  Busy Bees: Lucille Garrigus and Carole Ann Mueller, Cancer Society Daffodil Day: Pat Noble, Communications: Carole Ann Mueller, Conservation:  Sylvia Russell, Education:  Tammi Treen and Shirley Dancer, Finance:  Joyce Manca, Home Life:  Lucille Garrigus and Carole Ann Mueller, Hospitality: Evelyn Herren, Dolores Bartoletti and Mary Ellen Dessureault, International Affairs:  Joan Dolan and Joan Lawrence, Membership: Lois Pecka, Public Affairs:  Fran Culver, Social:  JoAnn Birkenberger and Rosalie Moffo,  State Reports:  Rosemary West, Telephone:  Mary Taylor, Veterans:  Sharon Frigon, Website: Rosemary West.  Thank you ladies for stepping up and taking on these jobs and GOOD LUCK.
DUES ARE DUE and according to our bylaws, May 15th is the last day you can pay your dues.  By May 31st. you are officially not a member any more.  Please get your $20.00 to Sharon Frigon, 26 Colman Drive, Wolcott or bring your check to our installation banquet on May 6th.
April 4th was the first annual fund raiser for "Help Keep Your Neighbors Warm".  A fund has been set up to help our neighbors with a fuel heating emergency next winter.  Our spring fund raiser, An Art Auction, was held on April 5th and it was a huge success.  Many thanks go to Kathy Newvine and Nancy Renner and their committee for the great job they did.  On April 8th several of us went to Waterbury Club's 119th birthday party  Imagine 119 years that club has been doing volunteer work in the Waterbury area.  We had our second annual Volunteer Recognition Day on April 12th.  We had many more people there this year than last year and Mary Kelly did a good job.  The fire department, ambulance corp, and CERT agency were honored.  We had a wonderful 30th birthday/anniversary party at the Wolcott Senior Center on April 16th.  CT. state president and several original members were there and at least 40 of our club's present members were there to celebrate with us.  Eleven members went to Nuchies Rest. for District Day on April 23rd.  We brought our blue ribbon winners and they won more blue ribbons.  Pat Noble  and Rosemary West won at our club and Pat Noble won two blue ribbons for her photographs at District Day and now can go on to the State competition in May.  April 24th was Federation Day and we raised our Federation Flag at Town Hall with Mayor Dunn's help.  The flag will stay flying for a month, stop by and see it.
May 6th is our installation banquet, May 26th is Memorial Day Parade and May 31st is Special Games.  Looking into June, our annual picnic at Fran Culver's lake front home will be June 25.
Some of our newer members are asking about our purple shirts.  Mr. Pape at Tops and Tees told me they will cost $15.00 and it will take 7 days to print them.  If you want a shirt, please call me at 879-4204 so the order will go in at one time.
Fran Thornberg has said that the Memorial Day Parade is Monday, May 26th so please meet behind St. Pius X Church at 5:30 pm.  Parade starts at 6:00 pm and ends at Woodtick Rec. area.  Please wear purple club shirts if you have one or wear red, white and blue. 
At District Day we won seven awards.  These awards are given out by our state committee chairs and they get the information from the hours, activities and dollars you write on your reports to Rosemary West.  Rosemary does a wonderful job of listing and linking all your info. into the proper departments and writing up her reports.  We can be very proud of everything we do personally and as a club.  Keep up the good work.
We certainly owe Fran Culver a BIG HAND for all her work and dedication during her 2 years as our President.  THANK YOU, FRAN.
Fran's message to us is:
Dear Members:
This administration of the Farmingbury Woman's Club will end with the May banquet.  I thank you all for the support you have given me, your officers and chairwomen.  It has truly been an honor to serve as your President and I hope you will be as supportive to Pat and the new administration.
In closing, a simple philosophy I have tried to follow:
    Do all the good you can
    By all the means you can
    In all the ways you can
    In all the places you can
    To all the people you can
    As long as ever you can