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08/2021 – August Newsletter

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

Letter from the President – Cathy S

Aug 2021

Greetings all,

As I start to write this letter I literally just say, “I am so blessed to have you all”.  It was in response to an email, but again, I really am blessed to be President of such an amazing group of women.  I have been involved with GLWA for over 20 years, and I will never stop saying this one thing, “We are an incredible group of women with a scope and span that no other group can ever touch”.  In the course of one week, I was contacted by 3 groups looking for partners for upcoming events.  Ever stop to think about how far we reach?  Seriously?  The museum, the food pantry and the animal shelter are looking for volunteers for upcoming events and they come to us, GLWA, because we support and champion what and who they are.    That’s what we do, and how awesome is that?  Way more than we like to think it’s just about being there for them, and not necessarily dollars in their coffers.  Raising Hopes is a big thing, Raising Funds definitely matters, and Raising Spirits is what we might be known for best of all.  GLWA is a formidable force in our community.  We Matter and We Make a Difference in so many ways.  

No pressure there for our newest members:  Judi, Nancy, Val and Deb. We welcome you to GLWA and look forward to a great partnership with you as we move into this year.  Hey guess what?  LOTS going on ……….. LOTS LOTS LOTS.  Ready set and GO ……. Das Fest ……… Venetian Fest ………. Ladies Day Luncheon …. Harvest Dinner ……Parade of Trees…. Holiday Helping Hands …………. Welcome to 2022 ………. Who is running for the Board …………. Happy New Year ….. Who is running for the Board ………… Happy Valentine’s Day …………? Here is our slate of candidates ………… Boom!!

The July bash was amazing!  Thank you Laura and Jeff for your beautiful lakefront home, Social Committee for great food and fun, and to all our members and guests in their natty nautical gear fighting fiercely for that prized boat cruise.  We raised just shy of $300, and our winner is graciously sharing her voyage with us.

There is always business to conduct.  At the August meeting we will be asking for approval for several donations and sharing some fantastic updates from a recent fundraiser event.  The need continues in our community and if you have ideas about ways that GLWA can help an organization or generate funds, please do not be shy.  We can be pretty darn creative when we get together and best-case scenario is a win/win for all involved with a dose of fun thrown in for good measure.

As always, a huge thank you to my fellow board members who continue to find ways to move GLWA forward with technology that I may never understand.  Your talents are truly appreciated.  We see daily social media posts, a vibrant engaging website and activity calendar, new ways to process payments and event registrations, secure document storage and so much more.  Your dedication and hard work never cease to amaze.

I look forward to seeing you at the August 09 meeting.

GLWA General Meeting Calendar 2021

August 9 Monday (Members) home,  5:30 Social Hour, 6:00 Meeting Begins
September 8 Wednesday (Members) home
October 4 Monday “Harvest Dinner”  TBA
November 1 Monday TBA
December 6 Monday “Holiday Party” TBD

>> NEXT GLWA MEMBERS MEETING:    Monday, Aug 9, 5:30pm Social Hour.  Meeting starts promptly at 6pm.

WHERE:  (members) home.  “Taco Bar”  

WHAT TO BRING:  Please bring your favorite libation, a chair or two if you can, and cash for backpacks.

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

We’re sending positive vibes to (several GLWA members) during this time.  

Treasure is updating GLWA’s rack card / brochure.  This will be instrumental in getting our message out for soliciting new members or for information purposes.  She hopes to have it available for Venetian Fest.  

Laurie’s Social Committee met with the director of DAS Fest, on Wed, 8/4, and should have an update.

Penny has a size lge ‘Anchors Aweigh’ sweatshirt available—wrong size.  Please let her know if you have interest.

Member meetings will involve 3 persons to share in providing snacks, drinks & décor so it doesn’t fall solely to the host.

ONLINE BIDDING UPDATE:  We have narrowed down two online auction services to use at different fundraising events.  We will be presenting those at the meeting for your review and possible vote.  Thank you Missy & Treasure

Financial Requests:  1) Board recommendation of $250 to Walworth Country Food and Diaper Bank (WCFDB) for their Back to School Marketplace.  They are not accepting actual items, just monetary donations to provide registered students with all their necessary school supplies.  In August, children will be invited to come to the WCFDB for the School Days Market where they will be able to select their own school supplies for the new school year.

2) Board recommendation of $300 to Barnyard Adventure Agricultural Education Program as a financial request.  GLWA’s name and logo would be listed on the Walworth County Fair’s website, social media, and onsite signage.  The Walworth County Fair is Sep 1-6.

3) The board approved a golf hole sponsorship for the Geneva Lake Museum golf outing on Sept 19th.  

What can you bring to the meeting:

  1. “Stuff the backpack” $$$ to help fund school supplies at the pantry
  2. Dues that need to be paid 
  3. LDL donation items
  4. Chair to sit on
  5. Beverage to share
  6. Great attitude, your smile and ideas

Thanks, Cathy

GLWA Anchors Aweigh” Merch is Available Online

Like our swag?  Designed by our very talented member, Treasure.  You can order “Anchors Aweigh” merchandise at: 

Tank Top $15.28 https://amz.run/4fvN

Tote Bag $15.55 https://amz.run/4fv

Premium T-Shirt $15.06 https://amz.run/4fvU

Long Sleeve T-Shirt $17.70 https://amz.run/4fvX

Sweatshirt $25.16 https://amz.run/4fva

Pullover hoodie $25.06 https://amz.run/4fvb

Current GLWA Fundraisers / Drives

Ended 7/26 WELL DONE!   2nd Annual GLWA GIVES Tampon & Pad Online Drive.  Benefits the Walworth County Food Pantry & Diaper Bank.  

A note from our member & GLWA VP, Treasure Sperry, who spearheaded the 2nd Annual drive to include GLWA:  “Thank you to everyone who gave to my mini-drive, aptly named GLWA GIVES since we will be giving them to the Walworth County Food Pantry & Diaper Bank as the fantastic group that we are.  And thank you to Georgia for offering up her home to receive the packages.  Last year I had nowhere to put those, so she kindly offered up her space.

I will be going to Georgia’s on Thu, 8/5, to unbox everything and take a photo.

Excluding any potential new or late surprise donations, we have over 260 donations!  That is 200.763% more than when I was doing it on my own last year.  Imagine our potential for next year with more sharing of this drive with our friends.  FYI, that adds up to almost 10k products that will go to women & young ladies in Walworth County. ☺

Upcoming Social Events in our Community


Aug 5-12 Concerts in the Park, Flat Iron Park, 201 Wrigley Dr, Lake Geneva – Every Thursday, 6pm – 8pm


Aug 6 “Nautical Night Benefit” Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol, Gage Marine Boat Showroom, Pier 290

6:30pm   New Location!  “Hybrid” event this year, both in-person and virtual options.  Food stations, live & silent auctions, guest speakers, live music & dancing.  Parking and boat shuttle available.


Aug 7 50th Annual  Pig & Corn Roast, Town of Linn Fire & EMS,  N1457 Hillside Rd, Lake Geneva  12pm-5pm


Aug 13-15 GLWA EVENT!  DAS Fest USA, Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E Court St, Elkhorn   

Fri 3pm – 11:30pm, Sat 11:30am – 11:30pm, Sun  11:30am – 7pm  www.dasfestusa.com

SignUpGenius for volunteers is up and running

DAS Fest is a German celebration to raise funds for many non-profit organizations.  Be a part of the GLWA support “Street Team” for DAS Fest by signing up to work an event(s).  You can sign up family & friends to assist you at your chosen event(s).  With enough volunteer support and a financially successful festival, GLWA would be eligible for a donation from DAS Fest!  “Best polka band of all time, Alex Meixner.”  Laurie H.   



Aug 13-15 Lions Corn & Brat Festival, Edgewater Park, Williams Bay   Fri 5pm – 12am, Sat 10am-12am, 

Sun 10am – 3pm with fireworks at dusk.

Aug 14-15 41st Annual Art in the Park, Flat Iron Park, Lake Geneva   Sat, 10am – 5pm; Sun 10am – 4pm


Aug 17 Walworth Co Adult Special Olympics Pig Roast, Champs Sports Bar, 747 W Main St

                             Lake Geneva   4:30pm – 8:30pm   Tickets $10  Cash bar & raffle


Aug 18 – 22 GLWA Event! 

59th Annual Jaycees Venetian Fest & Craft Fair, Lake Geneva   

Located in Flat Iron Park, Library & Seminary Park.  Crafts, carnival, water ski show, brat & beer tents

Arts & Craft Fair (GLWA booth), Library Park   Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 4pm

*GLWA will have a booth at the craft fair selling Neal Aspinall prints & shirts.  To view Neal’s work, please visit, https://www.nealaspinall.com/

Inspiration Ministries Coffee will have coffee available at the tent.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.  You can sign up via signupgenius.com (members should have received this link)

Evening boat parade on Sunday followed by fireworks.  www.venetianfest.com


Aug 20-21 1st Annual Lake Geneva Blues Festival, Lake Geneva House of Music  5pm – 10pm, 2 stages

Tickets before 8/19, $25 Fri, $45 Sat; or $60 for both days.  Day of show, $40 Fri, Sat $60; or $85  For both.



Aug 21 Pearce’s 7th Annual Classic Car & Tractor Show, W5740 N Walworth Rd, 11:30AM – 3:30PM


Aug 23 Lakeland Animal Shelter Golf Scramble, Hawk’s View GC   Registration: 10:30am,  Lunch:  11am, 

Shotgun Start Noon, Social Hour:  5pm    Dinner, auction, raffle and awards.  Reg fee $125/per golfer, foursome $500.  Dinner only, $35.  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED


Aug 28 “A String of Pearls”  Riviera Grand Re-Opening Gala 2021, 812 Wrigley Dr, Lake Geneva  5pm-10pm

Featuring famous Glen Miller Orchestra, Black Tie & Pearls admired but not required.  Benefits the Lake

Geneva Fire & Police First Responder’s Fund.  https://www.eventbrite.com/o/33498770363


Aug 31 94th Annual Williams Bay Women’s Banquet, The Abbey Resort Pavillion, 269 Fontana Blvd.  5pm – 8pm 


Sep 1 – 6 172nd Walworth County Fair, “Barnyard Adventure Agricultural Educ Prog”  WC Fairgrounds, Elkhorn.  Exhibits, agriculture, entertainment, commercial vendors and delicious food.


Sep 10-12 1st Annual Lake Geneva Taco Fest 2021, Lake Geneva House of Music, Fri 5pm – Sun 3pm


Sep 11 25th Annual Fat Tire Ride in Lake Geneva, Champs Sports Bar, 747 W Main, Lake Geneva  10am Charity.   21.5 mi bike ride around Geneva Lake.

Sep 13 GLWA Event!  Ladies Day Luncheon “Little Black Dress”   11:00am – 3pm 1221 Geneva National Ave, South Lake Geneva

Tickets are available on EventBrite.  Tickets are limited:   www.glwa.net/ladies-day-luncheon/

Please join us for a wine reception, luncheon, silent auction, raffle and the story of the ‘Little Black Dress’ by Leslie Goddard.     Leslie is a historian and author.

If you have a ‘little black dress’ just waiting to be taken out, we encourage you to wear it!

$60 per person (until 8/1/21), $75 thereafter.

**Raffle tickets ($10 ea) are available for a beautiful Black Pearl Bracelet & Earring set ($650 value).  Winner will be announced on Sep 13 at the Luncheon.  Tickets will be available at the GLWA Booth at Venetian Fest on Aug 21 & 22, at any GLWA meeting, at the Ladies Day Luncheon or by contacting the names below; Penny or Maureen.

For Black Pearl Raffle tickets & donation questions, please contact:

Penny or Maureen

** 50/50 Raffle

**Online Auction starts 9/7 (day after Labor Day)   

Note:  Fellow GLWA members:  There are about 25 auction items pledged or delivered to date.  If you have an item for the committee, please contact us AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to deliver or have a pick-up of the item along with the name of the donor, the value and a description/term such as usage dates if applicable.  We should have the items in hand by the Aug 9th meeting to stay on schedule.  *Please consider timing if you order online due to quickly approaching deadlines for publicity and working with a new online auction platform.  

Looking for Silent Auction Items:  Thank you to all that have been providing Silent Auction items.  Please make sure you let Kathy B. or Treasure S. know if a business is donating the item or if it came directly from you.  If you have a bottle of wine or a bottle of liquor to donate, please bring to our next meeting, Aug 9, and we will add it to our Wine or Liquor Basket.  Kathy, Treasure & the team are busy collecting inventory, taking pictures and writing descriptions for all the Silent Auction items. 

Thanks again for supporting this event and in turn supporting our causes.

For item pick-up or delivery, contact:

Kathy B or Penny

 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  {signup genius link}

Businesses are generally quick to match your donation—something to think about.

A volunteer sign-up will be posted to SignUpGenius for the day of the event.

Volunteers are much needed prior to the event so please do not hesitate to get involved if you would like to participate.

Please help us make this auction successful as the profit from LDL helps support our many charities.  It could be an item, or service, or a gift card.

Sep 12 Night at the Museum by Walworth County Food Pantry & Diaper Bank   255 Mill Street, Lake Geneva  5pm – 8pm

Dinner, drinks, live music, raffle and treasure hunt!  Tix $60 (until 8/4), then $75.

*All funds received (100%) will be used to purchase food for local families in need.  


Sept 18 Fontana Triathlon on Geneva Lake, Fontana Beach, S Lake Shore Dr,  7:30am – 12:30pm


Sep 19 Geneva Lakes Museum’s 5th Annual Golf Outing, Luncheon & Silent Auction, Hawk’s View GC

GLWA is sponsoring a golf hole.


Sep 26 Discover Lake Geneva Bridal Showcase!  Lake Geneva Cruise Line, 812 Wrigley Dr

10am – 1pm    Event by Pier 290 & Lake Geneva
Step aboard yachts decorated by top wedding professionals, vendors, caterers, florists, Salon services and more…


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.


From our Vice President & Website Aficianado – Treasure

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, including a local company that donated a significant raffle prize for our Women’s Weekend.

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 that could help us serve even more individuals… The Geneva Lake Women’s Association has been approved for Google’s Non-Profit programs, one of which will allow us to utilize many of their program free of charge.

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


From our Treasurer – Georgia

(This information is available to members only)


Want to get out post-Covid and meet locals?  GLWA member, Cathy GP, 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 800!!!  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 8/25, 5pm – 8pm, “Descend on the West End”  An exciting night in Walworth partnering with The 46 Tavern, Siemers Cruise-In and 10 Pin Pub.

That’s all for now, and on that note…

Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”   Dr. Mae C Jemison