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09/2021 – September Newsletter

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



Letter from the President

Sep 2021

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

—Vince Lombardi (1913-1970)

Greetings GLWA Girls,

May I add to Vince’s quote, “an organization work.” 

You ladies are simply amazing in all that you do, giving of your time, talents, and treasures.  Thank you for donning dirndls, hoisting steins, greeting guests at Das Fest, selling local landmark prints at Venetian Fest, gathering donations and selling tickets for Ladies Day Luncheon, providing funds to help kids gather school supplies at the food pantry, all the while trying to live your own life and enjoy the last of summer.  You rock!

Our August meeting at Kathy Papcke’s brought three new members into our group.  A warm GLWA welcome to Kathy Bartelli, Julie Anne Grover and Anne Guye-Kordus.

Looking ahead to the fall months we’ve got a lot going on.  The biggest and best news to start off with, Ladies Day Luncheon 2021 has officially SOLD OUT!  This is no small feat, so congrats to all.  With 200 guests, online bidding, auction and raffle set up and table decorating, I will ask once again for your help.  It is going to be a fun and exciting event for all of us. I know that many are tired, having already put in hours of work. If you have never found yourself in a place where you truly see all efforts come to fruition, you will understand why we do what we do.  Thank you.

There’s more on the horizon, and we will share those opportunities at the September meeting.  Hopefully each and every member will find a project that tugs on your heart and pulls you in.  GLWA is a service organization and not everything we do has to be a big ticket, gigantic fundraiser.  Always feel free to express ideas that you may have, and share opportunities for us to partner with those organizations that we support.  We are in fact here to Raise Hopes ……… Raise Funds ……..Raise Spirits.

I look forward to seeing you all soon.



“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”

-Phil Jackson (born 1945)

GLWA General Meeting Calendar 2021

September 8 Wednesday MS’s Lake House, Whitwater:   “Fall Football Tailgate” 

October 4 Monday “Harvest Dinner” TBD

November 1 Monday OrganiCuts, 511 Broad St #1419, Lake Geneva

December 6 Monday “Holiday Party” TBD

>> NEXT GLWA MEMBERS MEETING <<    Wednesday, 9/8, 5:00pm Social Hour.  Meeting starts promptly at 6pm.  (Note:  Due to holiday weekend, meeting was moved to Wed from Mon)

WHERE:  MS’s lake house, Whitewater.  “Fall Football Tailgate”   

FOOD:  Veggie pizza, taco dip, brats, tamales (pepper & beef), chili, fruit salad & dessert

WHAT TO BRING:  Feel free to don your favorite football team jersey/shirt, and bring $5 if you would like to partake in some football fun.  “Who will win the Super Bowl?”

SEP MEETING COMMITTEE:  Colleen Dunford, Georgia Ichen & Deb Otlewis

Members are always welcome to bring their dues payments to a meeting.

We have much to cover at the September meeting…LDL on Mon, 9/13 is “Sold Out!!!”  with an attendance of 200 persons; Harvest Dinner venue; Lake Geneva’s Octoberfest possible involvement with a booth and or sponsorship (see below); member-drive ideas for discussion (a wine tasting or game night has been suggested); how to capitalize on GLWA “Spirit Wear;” how get onto Great NonProfits and listing on Linkedin; uses for SignUpGenius, i.e. meeting hosts; final tally for Women’s Weekend is in and we will be looking for a committee for next year (very fun!). Plus the Riviera has been reserved for WW 2022 should we proceed, amongst other items for a lively discussion.  Bring your thoughts & ideas & appetite!

Note:  Oktoberfest in Lake Geneva is 10/9 & 10/10 in Flat Iron Park.  Lake Geneva’s BID, Business Improvement District, is selectively inviting sponsors with limited space in each catagory.  Marketing starts in September.  The BID’s primary goal is to increase tourism, visitors and activity within downtown Lake Geneva.  GLWA received a Sponsorship invitation as we have participated with a booth in the past.  We will be discussing a possible sponsorship at the Bronze level at our meeting on Wed (see below) as well as any involvement with a booth.

(sponsorship letter in member version only)

VENETIAN FEST:  Treasure updated GLWA’s rack card / brochure in time for Venetian Fest, and they looked great!  This will be instrumental in getting our message out for soliciting new members or for information purposes.  Despite Saturday’s weather prediction and a Covid resurgence, which limited the vendors and crowds by a good amount, we still sold t-shirts, note cards, Neal Aspinall prints, cook books and received contributions to the Walworth Co Food Pantry for student school supplies.  Many members, family, Flash, (Cathy’s St. Bernard), and Ocean (Treasure’s pup) jumped in and helped with set-up, hanging around greeting passers-by and having fun honing their sales pitches. 

Thank you Neal!


DAS FEST:  Laurie Hallmark’s Social Committee was in full mode hoisting steins, tossing beach balls, welcoming patrons and hitting the dance floor in authentic dirndls while singing along with Alex Meixner.  Our friends at Topsy Turvy let us hang out in their tent to rest our beer-lifting arms. We had great attendance from members, friends & relatives.  Sounds like Walworth Co Fair Grounds has a contract for future German DAS Fests.  Fest volunteer numbers are not in yet so we’re not sure whether GLWA will share in any profits this year, but we have been given the 1st option to retain the “Street Team” title going forward.  We’re in! 

Walworth Country Food and Diaper Bank (WCFDB) for Back to School Marketplace supplies.  Georgia is proud to say that supplies were provided for 215 students adding a 2nd Saturday due to demand.  Great work for the community!

Walworth County Fair:  Can’t wait to hear from Kathy Papcke about the Fair, specifically the Barnyard Adventure Agricultural Educ Prog.  Heard lots of praise from fair-goers, from dairy to music to a 4yr old barrel racer, Jaisley Adams from Delavan!