Welcome. We are in our 119th year of providing service to the Daytona Beach / Volusia County community.
While members are working for the betterment of the community, they are also enjoying fellowship, having a lot of fun and getting to know some of the finest women and men in this area.
The jurisdiction area for the Palmetto club is twenty-three (23) miles along the Atlantic Coast which runs from Palm Coast to Edgewater. This includes Ormond Beach, South Daytona, Daytona Beach Shores, Holly Hill, Ponce Inlet and Port Orange.
The Palmetto Club is a charitable organization. Our mission is to support our local community.
The Palmetto Club meets two times a month (1st and 3rd Friday) at the clubhouse located at 1000 South Beach Street in Daytona Beach. The 1st Friday meeting is our General Membership Meeting where the business of the club is transacted. In addition to the business meeting, a lunch is provided followed by a program that is informative and entertaining. The 3rd Friday meeting is a social meeting and includes lunch and a program.
The Palmetto Club is a 501C3 organization.
The Palmetto Club works to improve our community and to help people in it through volunteer services.
The Club motto was chosen in 1895, “Why Stay We On Earth Unless To Grow”.
While members are working for the betterment of the community, they are also enjoying fellowship, having a lot of fun and getting to know some of the finest women in this area.
Our primary financial support goes to The American Cancer Society to be used in cancer research. Our major fundraising activity for this event is an annual fashion show held at The Palmetto club. In addition to the net from the price of the ticket, we have a boutique, play 50/50, and this year we had a lovely basket filled with “goodies” that we raffled. We also have an account that was bequeathed to The Palmetto Club to be used for cancer research that we pull money from if needed to meet our annual contribution goal of $6000. Our contribution in 2013 raised the total amount given to The American Cancer Society to $700,000.
We give three (3) $1000 education scholarships to 3 young ladies, one from Mainland, Atlantic, and Seabreeze High Schools. The money for these scholarships comes from personal donations from club members.
Our members on a monthly basis provide clothing and other items for Mid Florida Housing Partnership, Inc. aka The Palmetto House, a local rehabilitation center for the homeless who are getting back on their feet.
Our members also provide on a monthly basis food and linens for the Halifax Humane Society.
Our members provide on a monthly basis food for the needy by donating to the Halifax Urban Ministries. We also in 2012 donated the lights we replaced in our main ballroom to Halifax Urban Ministry to be sold in their resell store.
Annually at Christmas time, we entertain three (3) area nursing homes with refreshments, give them lap blankets made by our members, and provide entertainment from Turie T. Small Elementary School.
We provide the transportation of the students from Turie T. Small and feed them lunch for the annual Nursing Home Party. We have a special fund raiser to collect the money needed for this event. We also pay for educational materials for Turie T. Small students used in their classrooms.
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
3rd Vice President
Welcome to 2014 and welcome home if you were out of town for Thanksgiving. We had a great Christmas Party on the 5th for three local nursing homes and a good time on the 6th at our Winterfest.
Thanks to all who got our clubhouse “dressed up” for the Holidays.
I look forward to the new year with lots of activities planned which requires some pre-planning for all of our members. The Flea Market is February 1st. If you would like to rent a table and do a bit
of downsizing before you get your Christmas stash, see Diane Lessard. Also, February 21st is our Bingo Party. A big “Thank You” to Grace Neidhammer for stepping up to chair the event.
Terri Marusa chairs the Cancer Benefit and Fashion Show in March and tells me that tickets are now on sale. See Eileen Condarcure for tickets and to get the best seats in the house.
Please support all of our planned activities. The Chairs and their teams always work so hard to make the event they are responsible
for successful. Let’s make sure we do our part and attend.
If you missed decorating the clubhouse for the Holidays.. Do not fret! Mark your calendar for January 4th and join us at 9:30 as we
un-decorate our clubhouse and pack everything away for another year. The more helpers we have, the quicker it is completed! I
hope to see you there.
Andrea Pair, President
2013 – 2014 Yearbooks
If you did not pick up your 2013 – 2014 Yearbook at one of the September meetings, we will mail one to you in early October. Additional yearbooks are available for $6.00 each.
The Palmetto Club is a charitable organization now in its 120th year of providing support to the local community. The Palmetto Club also provides three educational scholarships each year to local high school seniors.
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Meet The Stars
Meet the stars… Our own Edna Sullivan and Margaret Russo star in “Ballroom Confidential”, a documentary filmed in Ormond Beach. It is an emotional caravan into the hearts and homes of a community barricaded by love and loss. Ballroom Confidential paints a comedic and emotional portrait of a vibrant community who refuses to
let aging and loss interfere with having a good time. Log on to ballroomconfidential.com for more information.
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Ladies Tea Chair Terri Marusa wishes to thank everyone who prepared food, served as hostess, decorated, and / or attended. It was fun, enjoyable, and profitable ($2,200).
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Dee Metzger and her Christmas Elves
Kudos…to Dee and to all who helped to once again make our Nursing Home Party a success with residents from The Terrace, Sandalwood, and Good Samaritan along with more than 100 students from Turie T. Small Elementary School who entertained. Membership provided sandwiches and cookies, GEI Catering provided punch. Dee had several events during the year raising more than $500 for transportation and the Music Department. She also coordinated getting lap blankets and bibs made that were given to the homes for distribution.
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Monthly Contributions of Clothing – The Palmetto House
This month we highlight The Palmetto House. With its forty-eight rooms, is the largest temporary housing facility in Volusia and Flagler Counties. Its purpose is to facilitate the movement of homeless families and individuals to permanent housing within a reasonable amount of time (usually 24 months). Temporary housing is primarily designed to serve homeless families with children and individuals in accordance with HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs or functions. Supportive services provided to clients are case management, goal setting, counseling, life skills, alcohol/drug abuse services, mental health service referrals, other related health services referrals, Embassy of Hope assistance, Adult Basic Education, GED, HUD Certified Credit Counseling, Money Management workshop, Small Business Development classes, and permanent housing assistance. Drug screening is mandatory prior to entry and random thereafter. Participantsmust comply with strict house rules and make progress in meeting their established goals.
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The Palmetto Club began awarding a scholarship to a de- serving high school senior girl in 1955. In keeping with that fifty-eight year old tradition, The Palmetto Club awarded three $1,000 scholarships to deserving young women from our community. Pictured from left to right: Courtney Caldwell, Atlantic High School; Marissa Scrafano, Mainland High School; Victoria Green, Seabreeze High School, and Andrea Pair, President.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY DONATION
At our May 3, 2013 General Meeting, Palmetto Club Pres- ident, Andrea Pair presented a donation for the American Cancer Society to representative, Leslie Castillo, in the amount of $6,000. We have now given $700,000.00 to American Cancer Society over the years . . .quite an accomplishment of which we are very proud.
2013-2015 PALMETTO CLUB OFFICERS
Terri Marusa, Past President and Installation Chair, through the use of books that reflected The Palmetto Club at the time of its incorporation, installed new officers for the 2013–2015 Club years at our meeting of May 3, 2013.
Angie Katzenstein, Treasurer; Joan Chase, Financial Secretary; Dianne Lessard, Recording Secretary; Andrea Pair, President; Janet Potter, 1st Vice President; Gerry Voynovich, 2nd Vice President; Grace Niedhammer, 3rd Vice President; Eileen Condarcure, Corresponding Secretary; and Terri Marusa, Parliamentarian, Past-President and Installation Chair.
PALMETTO CLUB RIBBON CUTTING
Evelyn Blais, Palmetto Club Rotary Liaison; Diane Lessard, Palmetto Club Recording Secretary; Gerry Voynovich, Palmetto Club 2nd Vice President; Chef Bob Spiering, Owner GEI Catering, Inc.; Andrea Pair, Palmetto Club President; Susan Perry, Rotary of Daytona Beach President; David Jenkins, Jenkins Bros. Construction; and Janet Potter, Palmetto Club 1st Vice President. (Palmetto Club Photographer Chris Taliaferro)
PALMETTO CLUB RIBBON CUTTING
The Palmetto Club along with GEI Catering, Inc. on Friday, October 5th celebrated the recent renovation completions at the Palmetto clubhouse. The renovations included updating the Entry Hall, all new ADA accessible bathrooms, replacement of overhead lights in the entry hall and ballroom, a new portable bar, and the replacement of the ballroom chairs accounting for $80,000 in improvements. Special guests included general contractor for the bathroom and entry hall renovation David Jenkins of Jenkins Bros. Construction and Susan Perry, President of the Rotary Club of Daytona Beach who was instrumental in advising and assisting in the renovation project. The Rotary Club meets at The Palmetto Club on Monday of each week and has supported The Palmetto Club monetarily in the recent renovations.
The Palmetto Club was organized in 1894 and is in its 118th year of providing community service to the greater Daytona Beach area. Twenty-six charter members organized the Palmetto Club in response to the Women’s Club Movement that was sweeping the country at that time. The club chose “Why Stay We On Earth Unless To Grow” as a motto with green and gold selected as the Club colors and the Palmetto leaf was chosen for the club emblem and they remain today. The Club is now open to both men and women.
The current clubhouse was built in 1972, 40 years ago after the clubhouse on Orange Avenue was destroyed by fire. Evelyn Wellman Blais, pictured above, along with Daytona Beach Fire Department was instrumental in retrieving seared historical documents from the ashes, drying and restoring what was able to be restored. Evelyn, with support from the Daytona Beach News-Journal made a successful plea to replace the Club’s extensive fan collection that was destroyed and which now included fans from the Civil War era. The fans are currently on display in the Club’s entry hall.
The Palmetto Club history includes in 1917, The Palmetto Club paid for the Public Recreation Director, the start of the present City Recreation Department. That same year, the Club also paid for the first City Planner and was instrumental in organizing the League of Women Voters in Florida. Community projects include over $688,000 being donated to the American Cancer Society since 1947 along with recent year assistance and fund-raising provided to the Halifax Humane Society, Halifax Urban Ministries, Turie T. Small Elementary School, The Palmetto House, area nursing homes, and the annual awarding of 3 scholarships to local high school seniors.
While members are working for the betterment of the community, they are also enjoying fellowship, having lots of fun and getting to know some of the finest women and men in the area. The Palmetto Club membership meets on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month for lunch and entertainment along with handling Club business. For membership information contact Membership Chair Vicki Teel 386-322-3602.
GEI Catering and Events is a full service catering company located within the beautiful Palmetto Club providing catering for over 30 years, offering excellent food at affordable prices. With a commitment to innovate and create, GEI Catering has turned catering into an art form and events into celebrations, always striving for excellence. For over 30 years GEI Catering has specialized in handling weddings, birthdays, reunions and other special events at reasonable prices for an exquisite dining and event experience. The Club also has a large dance floor for ballroom dancing.
The Palmetto Club is located at 1000 South Beach Street in Daytona Beach. The phone number for the club is 386-253-6163 for catering and events.
Please help us meet our goal by donating. All donations can be claimed on your income tax as a charitable deduction.
We offer 5 Donation Categories:
Bronze: up to $99;
Silver: $100 - $499;
Gold: $500 - $999;
Platinum: $1000 -$4999;
Patron: $5000 +.
To meet our goal, we need a commitment from all of our members and friends of The Palmetto Club. Please help us by donating to the Renovation Fund. All donations can be claimed on your income tax as a charitable deduction. Patron and Platinum donations will be recognized on a plaque in our Entry Hall.
Please send contributions to: Joan Chase, 229 Gull Drive So. Daytona Beach, FL 32119
Contributions To-date: $41,948.00
Please let Stevie Graham
know if you become aware of
a member who is ill or having
other problems and could use our support and good thoughts, please give a call to:
Stevie Graham, 386.767.5398
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