February 2023

Environment Committee Meeting
February 13th (1pm) - Clubhouse
  Board of Directors Meeting
February 23rd (11am) - Clubhouse

Coconut Grove Art Festival
WCCG Booth
February 17, 18, 19, & 20th - So. Bayshore Dr.
To volunteer, please email Vicki or Alice

Arts & Culture Committee Meeting
February 21st (11am)
Home of Emily Boland
2645 S. Bayshore Drive #301, Coconut Grove

February 23rd - Clubhouse
To volunteer, please email Greg

Save the Dates
March 2023

Arts & Culture Book Club Meeting
March 1 - Clubhouse (11am)
"Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama"
February meeting date to be announced
Contact Lara at 561-331-1676 for more information

Monthly Member Meeting & Networking
March 2 - Clubhouse (10:30am)
Amy Galpin, PhD, Chief Curator, Frost Art Museum, FIU

Environment Committee Field Trip
Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach
March 10th (6am to 11am) - meet at Clubhouse to carpool
Space limited - RSVP to Alice Hector

Young Artists' Gallery
March 11th & 12th - Clubhouse
Awards Ceremony - March 11th (11am)

Arts & Culture Committee Meeting
March 21st (11am)
Home of Emily Boland
2645 S. Bayshore Drive #301, Coconut Grove

WCCG Honors Joyce Nelson
Joyce has dedicated her life to our community and her work truly fulfills our mission of community enrichment through the promotion of public welfare education and civic improvement.

Thank you Joyce for being YOU!
It was a special day on February 2nd as we honored Joyce Elizabeth (Soler) Nelson for her 28 years of leadership and membership with the Woman's Club of Coconut Grove.

A surprise presentation was made to Joyce in recognition of her unconditional commitment to our Club and community. Joyce has been a pillar of support to our club serving as Public Affair Chair (1996 - 1998); WCCG Art Festival Chair (2008 - 2010); House & Ground Co-Chair (2010 - 2012 & 2014- 2018)

Check out the full presentation honoring Joyce.

Welcome New Member!

Woman's Club of Coconut Grove is proud to announce new member, Dr. Marie Dasborough.

Dr. Marie Dasborough (Marie) is currently a full professor at the University of Miami Business School (since 2000) where she teaches classes in leadership and researches individuals' emotions. She is an elected board member of the Southern Management Association and volunteers as co-president of the Network & Leadership Scholars.

We look forward to Marie's engagement with the Environment and Human Trafficking committees and having her support while volunteering at WCCG events. Marie's WCCG membership was sponsored by Carol White and Billie Baldwin. We are honored to have Marie as part of the WCCG community.

GFWC FL 2022
Volunteer Nomination

Congratulation to Irene Munroe, for her nomination as the Volunteer of the Year for GFWC FL 2022! Irene (on left with Diana Ramos) has gone above and beyond in organizing events through her leadership in the Arts and Culture Committee. Your great work has not gone unnoticed. We thank you for all that you do to make the WCCG an exceptional club!

Coconut Grove Art Festival
WCCG Booth

February 18, 19, & 20 - So. Bayshore Dr. (next to Mutiny)

We need you to help wo(man) our Coconut Grove Art Festival booth, pass out promo materials and just come by to support us! This is a great opportunity to get the good works of WCCG out to thousands of people and even recruit new members.
Now that is high impact volunteerism!

To volunteer
please email Vicki or Alice

Note: Coconut Grove Art Festival will use Club as VIP Oasis on Feb. 13th to 20th - office will be available but no parking.

Young Artists’ Gallery
March 11th and 12th, 2023
Join us as a Sponsor

Our sponsors have made it possible for the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove to award more than $120,000 in scholarships through the YAG program since its inception in 2001.

To continue our support of young artists looking to pursue their dreams at a college level without the fear of acquiring an insurmountable debt we ask for your support. Please consider making a donation today!

Sponsorship Levels

  • Please consider a minimum of $100 for the Teachers Honorariums for instructors of winning participants.

  • Every contributor of $100 or more will have their name mentioned in our program notes.

  • Full scholarships can be made in your name exclusively, with contributions of $2,500 (unless you wish to remain anonymous).

  • A co-sponsored scholarship can be made for $1,000 to $1,500. Your name will appear prominently on event materials (unless you wish to remain anonymous).

If you need more information or would like to volunteer?
Contact Lisa Remeny at
305.854.9485 or by email Lisa

Click this link to go directly to YAG
information /donation page
BINGO Fun in February

Under the leadership of Greg Breidenbach, BINGO continues to be a big draw for families in the community every other month. We raise $1,500 on average from this fundraiser. Now that is awesome!

February BINGO night is coming up on February 23rd (doors open at 6:30pm)!

We are in need of prizes, gift cards and pizza donations. Sign up to make a donation and/or volunteer, your involvement makes this evening extra fun! Email Greg to learn how you can help.

Black History Month

February is Black History Month and the WCCG was honored with guest speaker, Judith Davis, who provided a historical prospective of the Bahamian West Coconut Grove. Judith spoke about the rich history of the West Grove (Little Bahamas) and its unique culture heritage. She explained how the people and churches built the foundation of this community with landmark streets, Charles Street and Evangelist Street, being used to pave the way to early settlement.

Davis also spoke about the Goombay Festival, which originally had over 100,000 participants, the first black church of Miami, St. John's Baptist Church, and the Mariah House, a historic home currently undergoing historic preservation and so much more. Davis, emphasized the importance of preserving and celebrating the history of Little Bahamas (documented on poster boards) for many generations to come.

Thank you Kathy Kesler for making delicious cookies for this meeting, it was well attended with over 80 participants!
Celebrating 99 years!

WCCG member Joan Mueller's birthday was honored at our February luncheon along with all of our February birthdays. This birthday was especially significant as Joan turned 99.

Many are unaware that Joan is not only a member of WCCG but she is a WWII veteran, having joined the Women’s Navy Reserves (WAVES) in 1944 as one of the first women to join the Navy serving as a parachute rigger. Read article about our Joan here. Joan you are a great inspiration to woman everywhere!

Environment Committee's Field Trip

Join biologist, author, photographer (and WCCG member) Kirsten Hines on a half-day excursion that includes an easy walk along a three-quarter mile boardwalk of one of South Florida's wildlife wonders, Wakodahatchee Wetlands, a nesting rookery that is one of the state's premiere wildlife-watching destinations.
Participants meet at WCCG Clubhouse on
Friday, March 10th
6 AM then will return around 11 AM
(we will carpool to Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach)

There are restrooms and drinking fountains at the start of the boardwalk. Bring water on the walk and wear sun protection.

Space is limited to 15 people so...
RSVP to Alice Hector at or


February 21st at 6pm
Temple Judea, Coral Gables
Speaker: Kathryn Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade State Attorney and more info to come

Human Trafficking And Awareness Program (HTAP)– headed by Carol White
Mark Your Calendar!

Our next Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 2nd, with a presentation by speaker, Amy Galpin, PhD, Chief Curator of the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University. Dr. Galpin.

We have changed the meeting format so plan to arrive at 10:30am to network until 11am when the WCCG business meeting will begin. The speaker will present at 11:30am with lunch served at 12noon. Club business will continue after lunch with the meeting concluding at 1pm.

Please consider bringing a guest, this is a great opportunity to introduce a friend to our amazing club. Prospective members are welcome to volunteer and participate in club activities while checking out our club.
Don't Miss a Tour of
Pinecrest’s Most Heavenly Gardens

Tour five private gardens in Pinecrest. Garden lovers will have the opportunity for a special view into private gardens featuring lush landscaping, water features, unique plantings, sculptures, and more. Members of The Villagers will provide insider details about the flora, fauna, and what makes each garden special.

The Villagers' Garden Tour
Saturday, March 4th
10:00am to 3:00pm

Guests are also invited to tour Pinecrest Gardens with its newly renovated Upper Garden.

Tickets: $50 in advance or $55 day of tour (begin and pay at one of two starting points). Purchase in advance from Villagers’ members or via Eventbrite:

Tour Starting Points:
  • Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave, 33156
  • 6201 SW 96th Street, 33156

February 16-19, 2023
Ice Palace Studios
1400 North Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida

Superfine Art Fair is inviting the Woman's Club of
Coconut Grove to their largest South Florida fair to date.

100+ artists will be exhibiting for the four day weekend show which sees programs like a special vernissage, a Cafecitos y Cubanos event, and an Arts in Conversation panel.

Get 50% off any of your tickets using the code WC50 here.

Congratulations to Jessica deVreeze
who is participating in the Superfine Art Fair.

WCCG's New Website is Live!
Check it Out

Members received a letter with their
new "Members Only" password. Contact Kathleen if you did not receive your password or need assistance.

Unsheltered Individuals

House & Grounds has spoken to unsheltered individuals, and the organizations who help them, about gentle and effective ways to end their use of club property.
If you are uncomfortable with anyone you see on WCCG property, please call 305-579-6111. This will connect you to dedicated Miami Police Officers trained to treat people and their possessions with respect. They find/offer a sheltered bed for the night.

Many of these individuals are on waiting lists for housing and are understandably frustrated by their circumstance. Thank you for exercising good judgement.
Women's Center in Mkonoo 

In honor of our memory of Lynn Bretsnyder, we have established a relationship with one of her benefactors from Tanzania, Africa. Lynn has put funds into a Women's Center in Mkonoo to support women and children through education and farming. We were fortunate to have Dr. Tanya Pergola as a guest at our February luncheon and look forward to collaborating with her on Women's Center projects. We are planning a fundraiser happy hour in May to support the cause.
Attention Ukulele Strummers

Break out your ukuleles and plan to join up with your fellow ukulele enthusiasts. If you want to learn how to play or just be a part of a play along group contact Phoebe to get playing!
Your Volunteerism Counts!

We are so grateful to have such amazing members that can really get things done!

Don't let your efforts go overlooked, report your hours today! Everyone in the Club has hours to report. Did you know that just attending the monthly meeting counts as volunteer hours?
Other than volunteer hours we need project narratives, dollars donated, estimated value of in-kind donations and WCCG dollars spent monthly. This all help us report our good works to the district annually.

Send your volunteer information to Freda McMillan or Sparkie Folkers

If you would like to volunteer, here are some vacancies that need YOU:

Theatre Production
Social Media

to learn more about volunteering.