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10/2021 – October Newsletter

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


Letter from the President

Oct 2021

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

Galatians 6:9 (NLT) 

Greetings GLWA Gals,

This is why we do all that we do, the harvest of blessings that we are able to bestow on our communities.   September saw a bounty of success with funds received from our 2 largest fundraisers.  Our September meeting gave us a stunning report of an $8500 profit from Women’s Weekend 2021, and a committee formed to making Women’s Weekend 2022 bigger and better.  Little black dresses were everywhere for Ladies Day Luncheon.  A sellout crowd of 200 women enjoyed Leslie Goddard’s history of our favorite apparel, as well as jewelry bag raffles, 50/50, pearl raffle and the launching of our online silent auction.  Great job to our committee and members for doing an amazing job facing some new challenges.   I do not wish to miss any committee members as there were many.  However, a huge thank you to Maureen Berkowitz who chaired this event from afar, Penny Hallet who had the non-enviable task of managing the silent auction, Missy Sell, Georgia Ichen, Treasure Sperry and Kathy Bartelli who navigated our way through the creation of the online bidding process.  Growing pains are never easy.  I am looking forward to hearing just how well we did.

Thanks to Missy Sell for hosting our September meeting and our hostesses for all the goodies.  For those of you who have volunteered to be a hostess, your efforts and time commitment are so appreciated.  We love it when all members take a turn.

I am looking forward to seeing many of our former Presidents at our October Blue Jean Ball. With many newer members to GLWA, you’ll be amazed at hearing stories from these women who have made this organization what it is today.  Talk about hard work, little if any profit, and just seeing where technology has taken us, it is pretty mind-boggling.  Like that old tagline, “We’ve come a long way Baby.”

We will try and keep our October business meeting short and spend more time on fellowship.  Holiday Helping Hands is approaching, our Holiday party and opportunity to raise funds for our general account in December, and an update for Women’s Weekend 2022.  Can’t forget that right around the corner we will be looking for board candidates, committee chairs, Children’s Art Show committee and more opportunities to bless our communities.  As always, if you have an idea for an event or an organization that could use our assistance, please reach out.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.



GLWA General Meeting Calendar 2021

October 4 Monday “Blue Jean Ball,”   Hawk’s View Golf Course $35/per at door.

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

December 6 Monday “Holiday Party” TBD

NEXT GLWA MEETING:     Monday, Oct 4  Blue Jean Ball 

Social hours starts at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 6:30pm.   Members board meeting at 7:30pm.

Cost is $35/per person payable by check or cash the night of the event.

Please join us for our annual celebration honoring the past Presidents of the Geneva Lake Women’s Association.   Denim is recommended, but not required.  Get creative!  Prizes will be awarded

See donation requests for our furry feline friends below for LAKELAND ANIMAL SHELTER. 

WHERE:  Hawk’s View Clubhouse, 7377 Krueger Rd,  Lake Geneva  262-348-9900

FOOD:  If you haven’t already, please enter your entrée choice via Melissa’s Evite.  Your choices:

Cranberry Bar-B-Que Chicken, Gourmet Five Cheese Ravioli, or Roast Pork Loi

Also, please consider bringing a donation of dry cat food (non-red dye) for our furry friends at Lakeland Animal Shelter.  The shelter has 527 cats to feed!  Your thoughtful contributions are greatly appreciated.  

OCT MEETING COMMITTEE:  Melissa Kepler, Laurie Hallmark, Deb Otlewis, Kathy Papcke

How Did it Go?  Check GLWA.net for amazing pics!

September Meeting 2021

  SEPTEMBER MEETING:  COMMITTEE:  Colleen Dunford, Deb Otlewis

Held at Missy’s lake home in Whitewater.  As always, Missy & Kim were the ultimate hosts.  We had a tailgate-themed dinner with a beautiful view.  Kim assured us we would not burn down their home with our warmers & crockpots steaming away.  The meeting was lively as ‘motions’ and ‘seconds’ were made using yellow & red football penalty flags.  No one was hurt in the process. 

Our football raffle has a one member in the lead after Game 3:  Kathy Papcke’s Broncos with 3 W’s!!!   Packer’s players are a close 2nd with 2 W’s.  (see enclosed)

“LDL,” GLWA LADIES DAY LUNCHEON:  Just Wow! Leslie Goddard & The Little Black Dress captivated us all. From the buzz and animated conversations during the complimentary wine reception, to the lively & competitive silent & bag raffles, to the beautifully decorated luncheon room, Geneva National was the perfect spot. Kudos to the LDL Chair, Maureen; and Co-chairs, Penny & Missy, for putting together a wonderful day of great food, camaraderie and laughs;  and to Missy & Treasure for choosing and installing the online bidding system—which had our phones vibrating with each ‘out-bid’ and whipping us into a frenzy to win our favorite item.  THAT WAS FUN!  And to Kathy Bartelli for her unbelievable organizational & staging skills for the silent auction items.  Nicely done!  And to Jenell for procuring amazing jewelry (thanks Lynn for her knowledge & input)—more brooches please!!  And to ChinaWest, Lake Geneva, for creating and donating the beautiful black pearl bracelet & earring set for raffle; and to Georgia, our security guard and financier; and to the committees who worked tirelessly for months prior to and during the luncheon.  Many, many thanks to our guests, either local or those who traveled across borders, for their participation in creating an atmosphere of sheer fun!   

Ladies Day Luncheon 2021, Geneva National

From Penny Hallett, Co-chairman, Ladies Day Luncheon

Ladies Day Luncheon is in the books for 2021.  It was a major success considering the challenges Covid brought into the picture. 

This could not have happened if it were not for all of our members, especially our new members, jumping in to do their part.  Many of you have never been to an LDL or even to the venue at Geneva National.  You stepped up and offered your help where ever you were needed.

Thank you!  It was a pleasure meeting and working with all of you.

From Missy Sell, Co-chairman, Ladies Day Luncheon

We would like to invite anyone who was involved in the Colorful History of the Little Black Dress to join us Thursday, October 14, at 10am at The Ridge.  If you are interested in learning more about LDL, and would like to be more involved, please come!  Thank you, Missy.

GLWA Events on the Horizon & Standing Committees:

Holiday Helping Hands    Committee:  Kathy Papcke, Chair; Georgia Ichen, Elizabeth Krause, Denise Schnurr.  Purpose:  GLWA adopts 2 families to provide Christmas gifts & food through Walworth Co Social Services.   Items will be delivered 2 weeks prior to Christmas.  Let’s to shopping!

Lakeland Animal Shelter    Committee:  Joanne Cotter, Chair;  Deb Otlewis

Aside from an urgent need for cat food (dry, no red-dye) for the overwhelming 527 kittens & cats being housed, they are also in need of peanut butter (no xylitol) for their puppies & dogs.  You can bring donations to our Monday meeting on Oct 4 “Blue Jean Ball,”  or stop by the shelter (Hours: M-F 12pm to 5pm, Sat 11am to 4pm), or ship to:  3615 Hwy 67, Delavan, WI  53115

Parade of Trees at Geneva National Museum    Committee:  Colleen Dunford

Ideas are needed for GLWA’s Christmas tree at the museum.  We need volunteers to help set up on either Tue Nov 16, or Wed Nov 17.   Please consider volunteering for this festive holiday showing at the museum.

Twin Oaks Shelter, Darien    Committee:  Julia Hillman

Current needs:  Cleaning supplies, toiletries.  Purpose:  12 room, 24/7 homeless shelter for families and individuals.  Program helps people move toward economic independence.  A new shelter is in the works.

Walworth Co Food Pantry & Diaper Bank    Committee:  Penny Hallett

Current needs:  Staple items for Dry & Can Bags (see below) & volunteers for 1-2 hour shifts.                                

Women’s Weekend 2022 –  May 12 – 14  Committee:  Missy Sell, Chair; Elizabeth Krause, Co-chair (changed from Member version of newsletter);  Diane Nopenz, Treasure Sperry, Mary Blohm, Anne Guye-Kordus, Elizabeth Krause, Deb Norris, Deb Otlewis, Kathy Papcke, Marie William

We’re under way planning for an exciting 2022 Women’s Weekend with many new activities scheduled as well as past favorites…plus Friday night at the Riviera is back!  Do not hesitate to jump on board and relay ideas, join one of the many sub-committees, and or show your support as a volunteer.  Stay tuned for updates, and reach out to any member(s) for information. 

Upcoming Social Events in our Community

Oct 2 Victory Over Violence Benefit in the Barn, New Beginnings   Walworth Co Fairgrounds,

Elkorn 6pm   Rustic dinner, live music & dancing, silent auction, stick pony derby.

Early bird tickets $60 (by Sep 13); general admission $70 after Sep 13.

Tickets online:  newbeginningswalworth.com or call 262-723-4653


Oct 9-10 Oktoberfest in Lake Geneva  Flat Iron Park,  Noon – 7pm each night

Biergarten tent, stein hoisting, kids activities, mini-carnival, German dancing, Dachshund races, pumpkin giveaway, crafts, and food.

BRING ON THE DOXIES!!!  The Dachshund Dash:  Sat @ 4pm,  Sun @ 4pm

It’s not too late to sign up your pup!  Sponsored by Streets of Lake Geneva.

Live Music:  Sat, Ed Wagner’s Lustige Blaskapelle & Steve Meisner Band

                      Sun, Badger HS Jazz Band, the Phenix Band, Die Musikmeisters Band

Bidevents.wixsite.com/lgoktoberfest   VOLUNTEERS Needed!


Oct 16 Elkhorn Oktoberfest 16th Annual  Veterans Pk, 100 W Walworth St, Elkhorn 9am-5pm   Local & German cuisine, live music starts at noon, 5k run

Oct 16 Walk The Lake for Kira Faith   Reid Pk Pavilion, Fontana.  8am Full lake walk,

12:30pm 10-miler bus departs from Reid Pk to Lake Geneva, 3pm 3-mile fun walk start, 4-6pm Chuck’s for hotdogs & snacks, 6-8pm Dinner at Chuck’s Lakeshore Inn.  Benefits the William Guy Forbeck Research Fndn.  www.walkthelake.com

Oct 17 Trunk or Treat Halloween Party   Lake Como Clubhouse in Lake Geneva

Featuring Mickie & Minnie with special guest Vampirina

www.princessmyparty.com/tickets to sign up

Oct 23 Oktoberfest Delavan Community Park  1220 S Shore Dr Delavan  12-6pm

Nov 12 Alive to Thrive 2021 Benefit & Silent Auction, Inspiration Ministries   

Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan

5:30 Start   Keynote speaker:   John Nugent, Pres of Joni & Friends

Learn about what is on the horizon for Inspiration Ministries and Inspired.

Nov 27 Kris Kringle Outdoor Market  Adcock Farm  215 S Lake Ave, Twin Lakes   9am

From our Vice Pres, Website Aficianado & 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.

We support other organizations and promote community happenings via social media, website, and the newsletter. Please reach out to us with our emails, in person, on social media or email socialmedia@glwa.net

We have great news!  The Geneva Lake Women’s Association has been approved for Google’s Non-Profit programs, one of which will allow us to run internet ads to our website free of charge.

To remain in the program, we must keep the website up to date, secure, and updated with new content. We’ve been updating it, so please go to GLWA.net to check it out and keep sending us community activities that you’re aware of.

Keep in mind, if you have any ideas or needs for merchandise, please reach out

Treasure Sperry

Fundraiser standings will be reported at the Monday, Oct 4th, meeting.

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 gichen121@gmail.com

We are still accepting Membership Dues for the 2021-22 year.  You may bring your check ($50.00) made payable to GLWA to PO Box 671, Lake Geneva, WI  53147 or bring it to the general membership meeting.


Want to get out post-Covid and meet locals?  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. 

It is a great way to try out new places.  Just    ‘Like” her Facebook page and you will receive updates.  Member have reached triple-digits over 900!!!  As a frequent patron myself, Cathy typically gets a crowd of 50-75 so it’s cozy & easy to meet a neighbor.  Next get together:  Wed, 10/13 @ 5pm at Papa Blue Spruce, W4086 Lakeshore Dr, Lake Como  262-729-4126   Best burger on the lake!


Congrats Lake Geneva! 

Conde’ Nast Traveler! rated Lake Geneva as one of the “Top 26 Most Beautiful Towns in America.”

https://bit.ly/3mkHTqv or visit www.VisitWalworthCounty.com