HAPPy NEW YEAR may 2009 be a happy, healthy and prosperous new year for us all.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, safe and happy and celebrated with family and friends.

On December 2nd we had our annual Christmas party. JoAnn Birkenberger and Rosalie Moffo planned a very successful party at Mona Lisa. The food was very good, the. service a little slow, but all in all it was great. Many Secret Pals were disclosed with small gifts and we had a large number participating in the ornament swap. We will be selecting new Secret Pals at our Jan. 6th meeting.

On Dec. 7 some very brave souls 10 of us, met at -the-new Lion's Den on Wolcott .Road to help with their annual Winter Wonderland. It was very Christmassy as snow started falling during the afternoon. At times it was snowing and blowing and the cookies, tables and Farmingbury Women were covered in snow. It was fun but quite cold and they had approximately 1350 visitors. Wagon rides, Santa Claus, face painting, cookies, hot cider, hot dogs and rolls, popcorn, hot chocolate and coffee were all given out for everyone to enjoy. Rosemary West took a couple of great pictures and put them on the internet.

The doors of residents' rooms at Wolcott View Manor were decorated by Marilyn Katilius, Lucille Garrigus and Carole Mueller. We had some new items this year to go along with our "oldies but goodies" and some of the residents thanked us for bringing decorations for them.

There were no Busy Bees buzzing in December, but we will meet again on Jan. 12th at 1:00 at Wolcott Library. Thanks to Rosemary West we have our "hive" saved for us for each month. As I write this, it is snowing very heavily on top of the 8 inches we got two days ago. So, we will have a Busy Bee meeting if it doesn't snow.

Seven members went to help bag Christmas gifts for Toys for Tots and Teens

on Monday night. I went up on Tuesaay night and most of the-things-were all ready bagged. I guess some women were there at 1 :00 in the afternoon so by 8:00 we were all finished and the bags were all lined up ready to deliver to the Lions Club to be distributed on Sat. Hopefully all the recipients had a merry Christmas helped by the generosity of people and businesses of Wolcott.

The reports on the volunteer hours we do are due to GFWC/CT on Jan 24th The state conference on the 24th is open to any and all members, see Rosemary West or Pres. Pat for details.

We are in the process of thinking up and getting fund raisers together. We have had a successful fund raiser - selling frozen dough -- with the help of Kathy Newvine and Nancy Renner. Pat Noble is chief in charge of our next fund raiser, a raffle with several prizes. We will be hearing more about it from Pat and hopefully all the members will support this. Don't forget we didn't have our major fund raiser, our annual Arts and Crafts fair this year, so we need several fund raisers to make up for lost revenue. But very happily we can say that Mary Kelly and Cathe Sherman will be co-chairs of our next Arts and Crafts fair in October, 2009. Thanks ladies for stepping up - Kathy, Nancy, Pat N., Mary and Cathe and with all our support we will have a very successful year.

We send condolences out to Lauretta Patterson on the recent death of her husband.

January doesn't seem to be too busy for FWC. Don't forget our Jan. 6th meeting. The bakers for January are Nancy Renner, Maryann Gardner and Mary Taylor and hopefully it won't snow too much so we all can attend our first meeting of the new year. Imagine it is 2009 already. I can remember all the worries people had about changing computers, etc from 1999 to 2000 and now it is 2009.