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03/2022 – March Newsletter

Public Version – GLWA members, the full newsletter is available in the members-only area

Letter from the President   

Mar 2022

Greetings GLWA gals,

I always wonder as I write a monthly letter if any of it will be relevant 10 or 20 years from now. Unfortunately, late February 2022 will make history books. Russia invades Ukraine and the world watches in horror and helplessness. I admit my faith has been shaken, but then so quickly restored when I see the spirit and resolve of ordinary people standing up for who and what they believe in. Many have family, friends, and colleagues who are affected by this.  My thoughts and prayers are with you. We are universal in compassion, empathy, love of fellow man and a willingness to help when, where and how it’s needed. May God bless us all and bring us peace throughout the world.

The spirit of generosity in the Geneva Lake Women’s Association continues as we were able to bless Side by Side with $1500 donation in February. We welcomed five new members into our organization Colleen, Dawn, Jean, Karen and Wendy. Welcome, thank you and GLWA looks forward to seeing your smiles often. A huge “thank you” to our February hostesses, Joanne and Diane, for a great time at the Ridge.  We also welcomed a number of guests including a special young woman, Kam and her mom Dusti, who graciously posed for a photo while receiving the donation for Never Say Never Playground.

There’s always a bit of business to be conducted and GLWA has a lot going on. Women’s Weekend is ready to go live for registration, Scholarship applications will be reviewed in April, Safety Town is prepping for June and Ladies Day Luncheon will be fast approaching in September. Our candidates for the 2022/2023 Board were announced and voting will take place at the March meeting. Thank you to the lovely ladies ready to take on leadership roles:  President, Laurie Hallmark; Vice President, Treasure Sperry; Treasurer, Pat Herman; Secretary, Deb Otlewis and Internal Director Cathy Popick. Ballots will be sent to all eligible voters prior to the March meeting.

Being a member of the Geneva Lake Women’s Association has been a huge part of my life for over twenty years. I’ve made lifelong friends, been involved in countless fundraisers, fun times and have been given many more opportunities because of the relationships formed through GLWA. It is quite exciting to see so many new members–the talents that you bring, the enthusiasm and your ideas. I challenge all of you to always look inside your heart and remember why you want to be a part of this group.  Hopefully, it is because you have a heart for service to others, as we are in fact a service organization that really does require your time, talents, and presence.

I look forward to seeing you at the March 7th meeting.



GLWA General Meeting Calendar 2022

March 7 Monday GLWA General Meeting5:30pm Social Hour, 6:15 Meeting Starts

The Ridge Hotel, Crafted Italia (fireplace room)
W4240  WI-50 Lake Geneva  262-249-3800

Hosts:  Julie Anne Gage & Amy Kelly

Appetizers will be avail.  Please bring $5 to contribute towardsthe cost of the food.  Mixed drinks, wine, beer & soft drinksare avail for purchase bar side.  Don your green!


Monday, 3/7, meeting will focus on a few items:

Women’s Weekend 2022 May 13-15.  Registration, Bridal Fair Booth, At the Lake Magazine, Open Registration, SignUpGenius for Volunteering

Twin Oaks’ Top Needs: If you have any donations, you can bring those to the meeting (see below for a list).  Julia Hillman will arrange delivery.

Suggested financial requests: Discussion will ensue as we have to await a report from Treasury on available funds.  See more info below in the calendar section.

  • Kisses from Keegan ($500) Race Day 5/21 start at Mars.
  • Tree House Easter Baskets by Tree House, Discovery Toys
  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s ($500)  Sat, 9/17

10th Annual SUPERHERO SHUFFLE, Sat, May 21, 10am Mars Resort 

Easter Baskets for Walworth Co Kids’ Sponsorship Request by 4/1/22 for children supported by Tree House Child & Family Center, W4063 County Rd NN,  Elkhorn.  100% of money donated goes to each basket for an upcoming raffle worth approx. $35.  (Filled with quality learning based Discovery Toys, books and minimal amount of candy.)  Last year produced 56 baskets—they hope to reach 60-65 this Easter.  Baskets to be handed out by 4/11 as families visit the week leading up to Easter.   Or you can purchase items directly using a wishlist.  Tree House Child & Family Center is part of Utd Way of Walworth Co.

2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Walworth County.  Sat, Sep 17, Library Park, Lake Geneva


        *Agenda format change:  Installation of new members will be moved to the end of the agenda.  After attending 2 meetings, new members will be installed for membership at the 3rd meeting.  Laurie Hallmark will send orientation info prior to joining.

General Meeting Calendar Continued…

April 4 Monday Installation Dinner, Pier 290,  One Liechty Dr Williams Bay

Hosts:  Social Committee – Details to follow.

New Committee News…

A new committee is underway to discuss updating & revising GLWA’s Bylaws.  Chair:  Melissa Kepler,  Committee members:  Kathy Bartelli, Jenell Mroz, Deb Otlewis & Laura Shimkus 

From the Office of the Treasury

All is stable!  An invoice for annual dues for the 2022-23 fiscal year will be going out late March, but payment ($50) is not due until May 1st

As a reminder, a copy of the Financial Statements for GLWA is available for review at each general membership meeting.  A copy is also attached to the minutes/notes from each meeting.  If there are ever any questions regarding these reports, feel free to contact me at {see email address in members area}. 

***Donations to GLWA can be made directly through the website, www.glwa.net

Click the ‘Donation’ tab on the GLWA website.  The donor is taken directly to our PayPal account and can process a donation.  The payment is noted as a donation and the treasurer, Georgia, receives an email notification of the donation. 

Thank you

How Did It Go? 

Check GLWA.net for amazing pics, past & present!

Feb 7 General Meeting, The Ridge Resort

GLWA Donation Check Presented to Never Say Never Playland, Dusti Grenus & Kam

GLWA Installation of New Members

February Galentine’s Members Meeting (2/7/22) at the Ridge  

Hosts: Joanne Cotter & Diane K Nopenz

We had a Galentine’s explosion!  Hearts, outfits with red flair, fancy cupcakes and our mascot, Oshi (Catherine Rupp’s service pup in-training).  Joanne & Diane presented a lovely choice for pizza lovers and amazing desserts—which Diane whipped up herself. 

Women’s Weekend committee members donned roaring 20’s head pieces for a peek into their plans for the exciting Friday night party in May.

Our president, Cathy Stoodley, installed five new members; Wendy Pike, Jean Ward, Dawn Fairbanks, Karen Rappaport, and Colleen Walsh (via phone).  We were happy to  have guests from the Jan meeting.  Great to see you again!!

Things got serious as Kathy Papcke took the floor to present the slate of candidates for the board.  ‘Congress’ could take notes as to Kathy’s professionalism and courteous manner.  Hear ye, hear ye!

That’s a wrap!

GLWA Events on the Horizon & Standing Committees:

Ladies Day Luncheon, LDL  *GLWA Event*  Sept 19 Date/venue is set for Geneva National.   We are happy to report we have access to the venue for set-up on Sep 18. 

The keynote:  Leslie Goddard presents legendary chef, Julia Child.

We are looking for a person to Chair this committee with the help, of course, of Maureen, Penny & Missy.

Lakeland Animal Shelter – Co-chairs:  Deb Otlewis, Joanne Cotter.

GWLA added a ‘bonus’ to the Betty White Challenge of a match up to a total of $500 if our animal loving members and guests participated and gave donations of $500 or more towards an animal shelter of their choice, (Lakeland included).  We were happy to say we were able to write a donation check for a total of $645 to Lakeland.

Lakeland received $9k during the challenge not including our donation.  Thanks everyone!!!

Lakeland’s Director, Kristin, is holding “Betty White,” their mascot puppy.

Nominating CommitteeChair: Missy Sell.  Committee:  Kathy Papcke, Kathy Bartelli, Sue Connors, Cathy Popick.  The new board takes over on 5/1. 

Safety Town 2022 – Co-chairs:  Jenell Mroz, Denise Schnurr.  Things are underway as this team puts in many, many hours to make Safety Town fun & educational for kids and their parents.  The time frame will be 4 days and requires many volunteers. They can use additional committee members—whether it’s a few hours here and there, or more of a steady contribution, whatever time you can give is most welcome   Also, they are open to fundraiser ideas.

Scholarship Committee – Chair: Colleen Dunford.  Committee:  Amy Kelly

Twin Oaks Shelter for the Homeless – They are accepting donations.  If you have picked up any items from the below list and can bring those to the Mar 7th meeting, Julia will take care of getting everything to Twin Oaks.  If you are dropping something off yourself, please call ahead to the facility.


Women’s Weekend 2022  *GLWA Event*  May 13 – 15 

Chair:  Missy Sell 

Co-chairs: Treasure Sperry, Anne Kordus.  Committee:  Claudia Fecho, Deb Norris, Diane K Nopenz, Deb Otlewis, Kathy Papcke, Catherine Rupp.

Registration is open!  Early Bird entry fee to participate is $65 (ends 4/15).  

Volunteer opportunities will be sent out via SignUpGenius as soon as that become available.

Women’s Weekend ~ Coming back with a ROAR!

Did you see Diane and Missy at the Evergreen Bridal Show? They were getting everyone excited about Women’s Weekend!


We’re in Print!

Thank you to The Lake Magazine for your continued support of GLWA and Women’s Weekend!

Follow the link below to the current issue of The Lake Magazine and read the article that features Women’s Weekend!

ATL_FINAL_SP22_LR.pdf (atthelakemagazine.com)

Thank you Suburban Life Magazine! Celebrating their 23rd Anniversary Edition!

Follow below the link to view the ‘springtime fun’ edition and our ad message.


Raffle Items

WOMAN’S WEEKEND – Raffle Donations

Hello!  I am hoping everyone has had a chance to view the signup genius, (see link below), and is able to donate something for a basket.

Please bring your donation(s) to the March 7 GLWA meeting, as I am trying to package things as items come in. 

All donations should be given to me on or by the April 4th GLWA meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please contact me to make arrangements for me to get the items from you.  😊

Baskets (wire, woven or cloth) are still welcome to package everything, as well as plastic gift basket bags and rolls of clear cellophane, if anyone is interested.

Email/Phone for Claudia in members area newsletter, please contact info@glwa.net for more info.

As always, thank you so much for your help!  I can’t wait to make Woman’s Weekend a “Roaring” success.


SIGN UP GENIUS for the raffle basket donations:  https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0f4dafa82ea5f5c52-womans/120302006

What else do we need, you ask?

Do you have any white, gold, or silver beads? Champagne bottles (cleaned and labels removed) Feathers? Cylinder vases? Let Cathy Popick know and bring those to our next meeting.

Please keep an eye out for our craft day where we gather and put our centerpieces together for our Roaring 1920’s Kick-off party!

New Committee News…

A new committee is underway to discuss updating & revising GLWA’s Bylaws.  Chair:  Melissa; Committee members:  Kathy Bartelli, Jenell Mroz, Deb Otlewis & Laura Shimkus 

Flyer for the Easter Baskets for Walworth County Kids’ Sponsorship:



Upcoming Social Events in our Community

  For Live Music in the Area, go to:  https://www.lakegenevasnews.net/entertainment

  For Walworth County attractions, go to:

Burlington, Delavan, East Troy, Elkhorn, Fontana, Lake Geneva, Sharon, Whitewater & Williams Bay.


14 Reasons to Drive to Lake Geneva, the midwest’s frozen paradise.


Mar 6 Geneva Lake Bridal Showcase  The Ridge Hotel   11am – 2pm  W4240 WI-50, LG

Mar 12 WALCO Horse & Pony 4H Project – Activity Center at Walworth Co Fairgrounds 

9am-2pm   Tack/Vendor/Craft Sale

Mar 11-19 1st Annual Shamrock Shuffle  5k walk/run  *Virtual  Race* to support the Streets of Lake Geneva.  Register now, 199 spots left.  $32 Entrance fee includes t-shirt, official race entry, leaderboard score & Topsy giveaway. Start & finish race anytime between 3/11 & 3/19.  T-shirts can be picked up at Topsy Turvy staring 3/11.  Post race party at Topsy on 3/19 from 12-2pm.  https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=123793&eventId=570206

Apr 8 Tree House Child & Family Center – Annual Blue Ribbon Bingo Dinner, 5pm

Hawk’s View GC, 7377 Krueger Rd, Lake Geneva 

Apr 8 1st Annual JTM ‘Join the Movement to Stop Human Trafficking  5:30pm  Lake Lawn Resort  2400 Geneva Street, Delavan  $75/per  Incl hors d’oeuvres & desserts

Guest speaker:  Theresa Flores, LSW, MA   Best selling author, “Slave Across the Street”


Apr 9 EGG DROP 2022  3:30pm  Lake Lawn Airfield, 2400 Geneva St, Delavan

Sponsored by Lakeland Comm Church, Preschool & Elementary Ministry.  Largest egg hunt in Walworth Co!  All ages.  100,000 Easter eggs, food trucks, bounce houses & prizes.  www.eventbrite.com

Apr 30 2022 1st Annual Mr Lake Geneva Pageant contest to support Never Say Never Playground.

6 – 9pm  Badger HS Auditorium. All funds raised by contestants go to this cause.

Ten local business owners/active members within the community will participate in a talent show.  The amount each contestant raises also goes to his score.  An online giving portal will open 3/1.    View the line-up: http://www.neversayneverplayland.com/;http://www.lakesarealifeway.org/

May 13-15 GLWA Women’s Weekend   *GWLA Event*   Kick’s off Fri night at 7-10pm at The Riviera “Roaring 20’s” party.  (See above for details.)

May 13-15 3rd Annual Lake Geneva Jaycees Pub & Grub Crawl  3-9pm  Magpie’s Den & Pen

Net proceeds go to the Walworth Co Veterans Service Office to assist Walworth area Veterans.

May 13-15 Bacon Fest in Lake Geneva is back!  Flat Iron Park

May 21 10th Annual SUPERHERO SHUFFLE – Kisses from Keegan & Friends 5k/10k run/walk

Start:  10am from Mars Resort.  Wear your running gear or dress as your favorite Super hero!  Food, music, kids activities, raffles and a balloon ceremony to start he race.

Supports families affected by childhood cancer.  Proceeds benefit Kisses from Keegan &

Friends Pediatric Cancer Fndn.  Option avail to run remotely.  Walk-ups are welcome.

Pre-packet pickup Fri, 5/20, 6-8pm.  Race day packet pickup on Sat, 5/21, 8-10am.


Questions or volunteer opportunities: kissesfromkeegan.org


Aug 5 – 7 DAS Fest is back!  2nd Annual held at Walworth Co Fairgrounds!  Order your dirndls & lederhosen now.   GLWA has been invited to volunteer again, or just join the fun.  Prost!


Aug 31-Sept 5 2022 Walworth County Fair, 411 E Court St – Hwy 11, Elkhorn

Sep 17 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Walworth Co.  Library Park, 918 W Main, LG

Route length:  1mi or 3.2mi or ‘Walk from Home’ option to participate in your own neighborhood via a mobile app.



From our Vice Pres, Website Aficionado & Merchandiser

If you see any GLWA posts on Facebook or Instagram, please like, comment or share them. When you do this, the algorithm will put GLWA to the forefront for more people to find. We have already made a number of new contacts and members thanks to social media.Please remember to send me any events, happenings, or anything else interesting that could be shared on social media.  With all of the negativity in the world, I try to make our posts uplifting, encouraging, or humorous.  However, because I post every day, scheduling a week or two worth of postings can take many hours and with so little spare time, any assistance with something you see would be appreciated.  You can send to socialmedia@glwa.net or direct message me on GLWA’s Facebook or Instagram, or directly to me if we are social media friends.  Thanks!

Treasure Sperry

GLWA Members on the Move… LG Social Club

Want to get out and meet locals in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere?  GLWA member, Cathy Gelpi Popick, is the founding member of “Lake Geneva Social Club” which meets monthly (it’s always a surprise!) at local venues.  www.lakegenevasocialclub.com

It is a great way to try out new places.  Just    ‘Like” her Facebook page and you will receive updates.  Member have reached over 1,800!!!  As a frequent patron myself, Cathy typically gets a crowd of 50-75 so it’s cozy & easy to meet a neighbor.  Stay tuned for the next outing date/details…

We’re thinking about you Colton and sending you lots of prayers.  Can’t wait to hear you sing Johnny Cash covers again.  You got this little buddy!  Surgery was 1/31/22 @ 4:30am.   Latest updated:  3/1/22:
Colton had a heart catheterization to go in with a camera and check out his heart.  He had a rough weekend with blood pressure.  They were making sure no signs of rejection and other things.

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”

Vince Lombardi

*Keep in mind, if your schedule does not allow for a committee chair position, we are always in need of committee members.  Do not let your ideas & input go untapped!  Some committees meet more frequently than others.  If you miss one, it’s easy to catch up or attend when you find time.  It’s fun, you meet many great ladies, and learn much through networking.