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
Summer is upon us. Some of our members are traveling to their summer homes. To those members, be safe in your travels and we look forward to seeing you in the fall.
This past year has been great. We had fun with our fundraising. Our membership increased 33%, how awesome is that!!! We are living our motto - 'Why stay we on earth, unless to grow‘. We have continued to make improvements at our wonderful club. We have only just begun.
I'm looking forward to the coming year with all of you by my side. New ideas and directions. I can't wait.
From the history of The Palmetto Club by Elaine Schmissrauter - the dedication page - To those forceful stalwart , caring "Women of Vision", who laid the strong foundation upon which was built our beloved Palmetto Club.
"We live in deeds, not years;
In thoughts not breath;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial,
We should count time by heart throbs.
He most lives who thinks most,
Feels the noblest,
Acts the best".
Let us continue... Love to all, Diane
OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE / HELP WANTED
President Diane has openings for 1) Assistant Club Photographer 2) Insurance 3) Nursing Home Social 4) Publicity and 5)Webmaster interface. Call Diane for job descriptions and get involved!
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL REMINDER
In accordance with Article II, Section 2, annual membership dues are payable on May 1st, and no later than June 30th, to remain a member and be included in the Yearbook.. Dues are $50 for regular members and $15 for Lifetime Members. Please make sure that you provide any and all updated information and send it promptly to:
Paulette Wolff, 107 Grey Widgeon Court, Daytona Beach, FL 32119.
Congratulations on providing 463 pounds of food, 50 pounds of clothing, 18 pounds of toiletries, plus $200 to Halifax Urban Ministries in our 2015 -16 year. All was greatly appreciated by HUM.
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).
Welcome New Members
Shirley Beach, Port Orange, FL and Jayden Hoffman, South Daytona, FL
FYI, The Palmetto Club had added 32 new members since the last yearbook publication
PRESENTING THE 2016 – 2017 Executive Board
Your 2016 – 2017 Executive Board was installed May 6th – Left to right; Jackie Kean, June Rhodes, Grace Niedhammer, President Diane Lessard, Karin Neuwirth, Vicki Teel, Paulette Wolff, and Bertie Hammer. Past President Andrea Pair performed the installation ceremony for our newly elected officers with a butterfly theme. The membership stood and made a vow to support this new Board of Directors.
2016 Palmetto Club Scholarships
Congratulations to our 2016 Scholarship Winners (l-r) Hannah Lefford, Seabreeze High, the Sara Dalton Scholarship funded by Sara’s daughter Kay Kernodle. (We had a nice note from Kay who told us her Mother moved to Daytona in 1948 and has been dead 25 years. What a friend we have in Kay who continues to honor her Mother!); Zaria Adams, Mainland High, the Palmetto Scholarship funded by Palmetto Club member Stevie Graham; and Brianna Wise, Atlantic High, the Vera Green McDonald Scholarship funded by the Vera Green McDonald estate and Palmetto Club member Victoria Teel. The money set aside for this scholarship was depleted with the awarding in 2016. The Palmetto Club has been awarding scholarships annually since May 18, 1955… this our 61st year.
Upon acceptance of their scholarship, the recipients spoke to their impressive aspirations.
Thanks to Victoria Teel, Scholarship Chair and committee, Barbara Cameron and Janet Vacchiano.
2016 Cancer Donation
President Janet Potter presented a check in the amount of $6,000 to The American Cancer Society Health Systems Manager Tammy Semelsberger. The cancer benefit chaired by Diane Lessard and Lori Gallagher netted more than $4,477. The remainder came from our Cancer Account. (A separate account where all donations that are given to the Club specifically for Cancer are placed.) We donate monies each year from this account to The American Cancer Society.
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|
Note From Janet
Hi You All! I would like to say one more 'bye to you all. Thank you all dear friends for being by my side these past two years, or, for joining us in Palmetto during my tenure. I have enjoyed making new friends, having those friendships continue/nourish since joining five years ago. More importantly , these two years have been such a wonderful experience growing with you and giving to the community with you. I know that what I have here in Palmetto doesn't "just happen". I do not plan on going anywhere and look forward to seeing you and having more good times together. My good friend Diane has a grand experience ahead for her. You will love her as I do. Get involved this summer (it's fun!) and come back in September for the year. You're going to love it. Thanks again every one of you. I love you all. Janet
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.
3 Madeline Nelson
6 Bernice Baker
7 Vivian Gardner
7 Helene Szulc
15 Jerry Horton
20 Eileen McDermott
27 Jodi Russell
28 Florence Glynn
30 Shirley Beach
July2 Ernie Dyer
1 Marilyn Cassamento
8 Marsha Wise
9 Pat Allard
14 Bertie Hammer
15 Edna Sullivan
16 Vicki Schultz
18 Ruth BonFleur
19 Jayden Hoffman
20 Nancy Long
20 Michele Maria 20Doris Ahern
21 Barbara Cameron
22 Suzette Cameron
23 Ginny Russell
26 Janet Potter
27 Jeannie McMillen
27 Karin Neuwirth
28 Stevie Graham
31 Jeneth Sammartano
A Celebration is set for August
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. .
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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.