December 2017 Issue
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Embracing the Change....In seasons and so many other things!
We hope everyone had a wonderful kick off to this holiday season! We look forward to being with our friends, families and neighbors in the coming weeks....and year ahead! We are so thankful for all that this group does for each other, for our charity and for our community.

We hope you can attend one or several of our upcoming events! We have so many offerings to choose from this month. 

Please contact Janet  or Lisa if you have any questions. 
programDecember 16th Program: Embracing Each Other
Gift and Cookie Swap: Dec. 15 at 10:30 am

Embrace each other on Friday December 15 at our annual gift and cookie exchange. Aurelie Barrial is hosting at 711 Burning Tree Dr.

Aurelie will demonstrate how we can minimize trash even when celebrating with a large group of people by using realplates, utensils, and napkins rather than disposables.

If you want to participate in the gift exchange bring a gift, $20 or less. Gifts can be seasonal or not. Decorations, fun serving dishes & trays, jewelry, and scarves are some of the items exchanged at past events.

If you plan to participate in the cookie exchange, bring three dozen of cookies to swap and a separate empty container to pack up the cookies you're taking home. Most importantly, bring your merry/happy selves!

If anyone needs baby sitting for this event, please email Belinda Vogel.

RSVP by December 13th!

2018 Programs - Save the Dates!
Jan. 19: Embracing Healthy Living... Beverly Dozier's
Feb. 9: Embracing the Moment... Cindy Formica's - Wine & Cheese Tasting
March 16: Embracing Wanderlust... Siobhan Cumming's - Travel & Exploration
April 20: Embracing Our Community... Location to be determined - Field trip and Lunch
May 11: Closing Luncheon... Location to be determined
Save the Date for These Wonderful Events!

CPWC offers myriad Interest Groups. Learn more about some of the upcoming events each group will be offering below, or visit the Interest Group web page.

Upcoming Interest Group Events Date
First Friday Dec 1
Yoga Dec 5
Garden Club
Dec 5
Bible Study Dec 7
Bridge Club
Dec 13
Embracing Each Other Program Lunch Dec 15
Daytime Book Club Dec 11
Hiking Club Dec 11
Holiday Yule Log Bonfire
Dec 17
Evening Group Dec 19

Holiday Yule Log Bonfire: Save the date! December 17th!
On Sunday, December 17, the CPCA will hold its annual Yule Log event at McFarlane Park from 4:00-5:30.  There will be games, prizes, hot cocoa, cookies, peppermint candy canes, and Santa Claus arriving in his red pickup truck.

It is a great photo op for you and your family.  There will be holiday singing, too, around the bonfire too.  It is a great family tradition to ring in the holidays at the McFarlane Park Yule Log Event. This event is co-hosted and supported by the Chattahoochee Plantation Women's Club.  To volunteer for a small job, please contact Janie Kissling or view the Sign Up Genius

Garden Club: Save the date! December 5th!
The Garden Club will visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens for the Holiday Light s on December 5th! The club will meet at 5:30pm at ACC parking lot. Don't forget to dress warm!

Bridge Club: Save the Date: December 13th!
The Bridge Club is having our holiday party on Wednesday, December 13, at 10:00 at Atlanta Country Club.

Evening Group and Savvy Women: Save the date: Dec 19th!
Let's Embrace Simple Fun and Relaxation this holiday season!! The holidays can be crazy, so prepare to learn some calming techniques with our very own yoga guru, Belinda Vogel. She will walk us through some simple breathing exercises to help us relax this season.  
  • We will also have a White Elephant gift exchange. Simply check through items you are planning to donate to a charity and select one that is in good condition. It can be elegant or humorous. You decide! Wrap it up and bring it with you. Don't stress about it! Keep it simple!  
  • Trish Chapman has graciously offered to open her beautiful home for this event.  Plan to meet at 7pm at 4371 Classic Links Court on December 19. Please RSVP to Beth Armstrong.
Daytime Book Club: Save the date: Dec 11th!
The Daytime Book Club will meet at 10 AM on Monday, Dec. 11th at Judy Winchell's home. Our discussion book is "Kindred" by Octavia Butler. We will have our traditional Holiday Party at that meeting. Everyone attending brings a salad, a light luncheon dish or a dessert to share.   Please contact Judy  ( 770-951-8801)  by Fri., Dec 8 if you'll be able to join us.

Bible Study: Save the date: Dec 7th!
Bible Study Group meets every Thursday at 10:00AM at the Atlanta country Club. We will be studying the "Good News" from the Epistles, teaching important truths to help us live victorious in this life. John 10:10. For more information, call or email  Lettie Nixon (770-953-2066).

Hiking Club: Save the date: Dec 11th!
Join us for a Holiday Hike at one of the beautiful trails at Sope Creek! We will meet at 8am on December 11th at the Sope Creek parking lot right off of Paper Mill Road. We should be finished around 10am. Please RSVP to Jean Dole or JoAnne Hammemaster

Yoga Interest Group: Save the dates: Dec 4, 11 and 18! 
Yoga will meet the first three Mondays in December at 11:30 am (Linda Pace's house: 4853 Rivercliffe Dr). It's a Karma class, which means there is no charge. Instead attendees are asked to actively support the charity efforts of the CPWC. Beginners are always welcome in the alignment-based class. Please enter the home via the garage & take the stairs down to the lower level. Email Belinda Vogel for more info or to be put on the mailing list.

First Friday: Save the date: Dec 1st!
The next First Friday will be tonight at the home of Pat and Andrea Ragin (4590 Chattahoochee Court). Don't forget to bring an appetizer and beverage of choice. RSVP!

First Friday / Wine and Cheese Tasting: Save the date: Jan 5th!
The January event will feature our Wine and Cheese tasting and will be held at the home of Shea Amin on January 5th (more details to come!).

Evening Book Club
The book club enjoyed dinner at the home of book club hostess, Janie Kissling with author Bill Venema and his wife Teresa. Everyone enjoyed Arroz Con Pollo, corn muffins, Kale salad, Spanish corn/black bean salad and chocolate caramel flan. Bill wrote "Death In Panama," which the book club ladies who attended, strongly recommend to the women's club. Bill graduated from West Point and received a degree from University of Virginia law school plus an MBA from Georgia State. His book deals with a JAG prosecutor with the military in Panama. The main character prosecutes a US military man, accused in the murder of a baby in a court martial case. The book represents, not only the death of a baby, but  the death of the character's innocence and his marriage. Bill explained that some of the book is biographical and he shared the process of writing and publishing it. 
Interest Groups

Bible Study       
Lettie Nixon
Book Club - Daytime

Book Club - Evening 
Bridge Club  
Melissa Nicol

Couples Social/Chef's Dinner
Missy Malmberg

Community Liaison

First Friday  
Liz Hall 

Hiking Club
Garden Club

Family Activities
Suzana Keller
Leslie Asiello

Girls Night Out 
Cynthia Dolezal

Globe Trekkers
Shea Amin

McFarlane Park Liaison
Tina Engberg

Regina Wood

Play Group

Jillian Miller

Savvy Women
Chris Cashman

Belinda Vogel

CondolencesCondolences to...

Janie Kissling on the death of her brother
Susan Still on the death of her father