Welcome. We are in our 120th 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
Hello My Friends! It is hard for me to believe that almost two years has passed since accepting the presidency of the Palmetto Club. BUT, even though time is on the short end of our club year, we have so many things on our calendars. Let's finish up our 2015 – 2016 year with the energy this club has possessed over the years. Our Cancer Benefit (March 18), Sock Hop (April 10), and Spring Fling (April 15), all just about here, to say nothing of the important elections taking place on April One (no fooling).
Our 2016 – 2017 planning meeting will be held in May(May 18). If you have ideas for the upcoming year, please speak up and let one of the new officers know your thoughts.
Our 3rd Vice President Bertie Hammer has some exciting summer time sessions you won't want to miss (we have five Open Houses this summer!). I would also like to ask you to continue coming early to play cards and games prior to our business meetings. It is a fun few hours and a chance to get to know each other better.
Be sure and come to our April meeting for the election of new officers and discussion regarding club assets….be an active part of this organization. Don't let time get away from us. This IS an exciting time of the year - let's do it together. Love, and God Bless, Jan
By Janet Potter, President
The Palmetto Club Welcomes New Members
At our March General Meeting, we welcomed new members (l-r) Nancy Robinson, Joyce Lacey, Debra Brown, Janice Keough, Michele Maria, and Jerry Horton. Please personally welcome these new members. We have increased our membership over 25% so far this year thanks to our current members who are spreading the word about our wonderful Palmetto Club.
PRESENTING THE 2016 – 2018 CANDIDATES
NEW OFFICERS TO BE ELECTED: 2016 is an even numbered year; therefore, the following officer positions are to be elected and the recommendation of the Nominating
Committee to fill those positions are: President, Diane Lessard; 1st Vice President, Karin Neuwirth; Recording Secretary, Victoria (Vicki) Teel; and Financial Secretary, Paulette Wolff. The election will be held at our April 1st General Club Meeting. Per our bylaws, additional nominations may be made from the floor, provided the consent of the nominee has been obtained. A special thank you for their diligent work to the Nominating Committee, Chair Vicki Teel, Theresa Dearduff, Janet Vacchiano, Paulette Wolff, and Mary Heery.
New officers will be installed at the May 6th General Meeting.
The Palmetto Club Yearbook
Is published in July of each year. To be included in the yearbook, one must pay their dues by the June 30th deadline and provide the needed information with your membership dues. A renewal form will be included in the April newsletter (The FROND).
We have added 23 new members since the last publication of the yearbook. As of 2/15/16 we have 4 additional applications ready to be presented to the Board of Directors.
2016 Palmetto Club Scholarships
Three(3) $1000 scholarships will be awarded to 2016 graduates. The Sara Dalton Scholarship for a graduate of Seabreeze High who will be majoring in nursing, medicine or science; the Vera Green McDonnell Scholarship for a 2016 graduate of Atlantic High, and the Palmetto Club Scholarship for a graduate of Mainland High. Scholarships are based on need, academic achievement, and involvement in their school and community. Applications are available at each high school guidance office and the application deadline is March 28. The scholarship funds were started in 1955 and are awarded each year. The money will be depleted for the Vera Green McDonald scholarship this year.
Victoria Teel is the Scholarship Chair.
Remember to bring a sack each time you come to the clubhouse for: Halifax Urban Ministries (food); Halifax Animal Shelter (cat food, dog food, old towels / linens) and/or The Palmetto House (men and women’s clothes).
Nursing Home Party – Sign up to assist with the party – Grace Niedhammer still needs sandwiches and help the day of the party. 386.756.9092
Victim Advocate Program – the toys we collect at (or before) the Winterfest Party will go to infants through teens in the Daytona Beach Victim Advocate Program. Diane Lessard 386.760.9169
2015 Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to (Left to right) Taylor Howland, Seabreeze High, awarded the Sara Dalton Scholarship and attending the University of Florida; Kristen Woody, Atlantic High, awarded the Vera Green McDonald Scholarship, attending the University of South Florida; and Genesis de Lourdes Vargas, Mainland High, awarded the Palmetto Club Scholarship and attending Embry Riddle Aeronautical University pictured with Victoria Teel, our Scholarship Chair. Thanks to Vicki and committee, Ashley Moore and Janet Vacchiano.
Upon acceptance of their scholarship, the recipients spoke to their impressive aspirations.
Vice President Diane Lessard
presented a check in the amount of $6,000 to The American Cancer Society Director Leslie Castillo.
The cancer benefit chaired by Liz Samaha netted more than $5600, the remainder came from our Cancer Account.
We offer 5 Donation Categories:
Bronze: up to $99;
Silver: $100 - $499;
Gold: $500 - $999;
Platinum: $1000 -$4999;
Patron: $5000 +.
Donate a gift to The Palmetto Club’s Renovation Fund. We have 120 members and if every member gave $100, we would reduce the debt by $12,000. WOW! That would be fantastic! Give what you can and you will receive a “Thank You” and a receipt for tax purposes from The Palmetto Club.
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: $75,735.00
Thank you to the Donors to the Renovation Fund
|cici & hyatt brown|
|daytona beach rotary|
|Raymond James & Assoc|
|dr michael blais|
|daytona emblem club|
|nancy b compton|
|new horizons club|
Please let our Corresponding Secretary Grace Niedhammer know if you become aware of a member who is ill or having other problems and could use our support and good thoughts, Grace’s Number is 386.756.9092.
PALMETTO CLUB MEMBERS
Donate a gift to The Palmetto Club’s Renovation Fund. We have 111 members and if every member gave $100, we would reduce the debt by $11,100. WOW! That would be fantastic! Give what you can and you will receive a “Thank You” and a receipt for tax purposes from The Palmetto Club.
8 Joyce Lacey
10 Tina Demelia
13 Shirley Shook
15 Jean Smith
17 Patsy Ragsdale
17 Grace Niedhammer
18 Joan Dunbar
19 Marilyn Petrie
27 Elizabeth Johnson
28 Janet Vacchiano
Kudos to Vicki Teel
The Vera Green McDonnell Scholarship fund has been almost depleted but thanks to Vicki Teel, we will be able to award this scholarship to an Atlantic 2016 graduate again in 2016. We send a huge Palmetto Club “thank you” to the family of Vera Green McDonnell for the many years we were able to offer the scholarship in Vera’s name. .
FROND (Hard Copy)
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Welcome New Members
Our Penny Jar would LOVE to have your loose Change… bring those pennies found in the kitchen drawer, sofa cushions, purse bottoms, etc. to The Palmetto Club for the Renovation Fund.
We are saddened to report the death of former member Lois Hooker. Also, our sincere sympathy to current member Liz Samaha in the recent death of her son, Mark Andrew Kmetz.