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May Newsletter 2024

Island Estates Women’s Club

Volume XLV No. 9                                                                                                                       May  2024

President’s Message:

Dearest Ladies,

Thanks to all of you that joined us at Bon Appetit for the Scholarship Presentation Luncheon. The young ladies were delightful and very smart and worthy of our support. I would also like to thank all of you for the ovation I received regarding my two years as IEWC President. It has been my pleasure and I hope you will give the same support to Lisa Oliver and her Board and Committee members. I will still be a part of the Board. Trust me, I’m not going anywhere. I would like to thank Patti Jucha for her role as Fundraising Chair for the last two years. She has done an exemplary job and will be a hard act to follow.

Our Club year is quickly drawing to a close. Please join us this month at the Daily News for our last luncheon of this Club year.

As we all begin our summer activities, I wish you much enjoyment with your loved ones and friends. Travel safely and be well. For those of us remaining in Florida over the summer, “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere” will continue.

Your Board and Committee Chairs will be working hard over the summer preparing for the 2024-2025 Club year. I hope that you have enjoyed our choices of venues and activities this year. We will try to make next year even better.

Attached to this Newsletter you will find the Membership Renewal form for 2024-2025 You can also renew online on our website:

With much love and respect,

Joan Landreth, IEWC President


May Luncheon—Our May Luncheon will begin with a wonderful meal from Daily News and our featured speaker, Melissa Dohme Hill. She will be speaking to us about her non-profit work with Hands Across the Bay. Melissa was one of our Scholarship winners in 2010.

Please note that at Daily News, it is a cash only bar, no credit cards.

From Your Reservation Chair, Karin Stewart

Please send your May Luncheon Reservations and your check to IEWC c/o Mrs. Karin Stewart, 225 Windward Island, Clearwater, FL 33767. The deadline for reservations is noon on Wednesday, May 10th. There is a white locked mailbox at my home, 225 Windward Island, so you can easily drop off your reservation and check. All checks must be received prior to the luncheon deadline with your lunch order attached.


Paying by Credit Card. If you prefer to pay by credit card here is the link:

When paying by credit card, please put your Full Name and after checking your menu selection, you MUST click the “+” and add 1.  Breast of Chicken -Member $31.50 + -

Ladies, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at 727-452-5167. We cannot refund money for canceled reservations after the deadline because of our commitment to the facility providing our program. Cancelled Credit card orders will be charged a processing fee, even if they are canceled before the deadline.


Treasurer’s Report ending April 30th.

As of April 30th, we have $14,777.67 in the Operating Account.


2024 Scholarship Winners

For those of you who were unable to join us at the April Scholarship Luncheon, the following are our Scholarship winners.

Rita O’Neal Scholarship—Samiyah Hadi will be attending the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg Campus majoring in Biology with a Medical Focus intends to become a doctor.

Marie Wadsworth Scholarship—Sarah Holt will be attending the University of Florida majoring in Architecture.

MDA Scholarships—1) Brooke Haywald will be attending the University of South Florida majoring in Corporate Finance and intends to

become an Actuary.

2) Carolina Ballon-Palomino will be attending Florida International University majoring in Architecture.

3) Nicole Blythe Ignacio will be attending the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg Campus majoring in

Biological Health Science and intends to become a Radiologist specializing in Women’s Health.

IEWC Scholarships—1) Kylie Chalmers will be attending the University of South Florida majoring in Public Health and intends to

become a Dental Hygienist.

2) Maria Baxcajay will be attending the University of Florida majoring in Biology and intends to become a


3) Terri D’Aristotile will be attending the University of Florida with a double major in Environmental Science and


4) Olivia Jagodzinski will be attending the University of South Florida majoring in Criminology in the Crime Scene


A Message from Your Corresponding Secretary

Cards were sent this month to Mecia Bingham, Debbie Christofferson, Claudia Evans and Diana Woodrow.

A Message from Your Fundraising Co-Chair, Patti Jucha

We have raised over $37,000 in support of our 3 charities for the 2023-2024 Club year. What an accomplishment! We couldn’t have done it without all of you. Thanks again for your generosity and support.

From Your Membership Chair, Patti Jucha

We are now 217members strong! Welcome to all the new members! Membership is now on an annual basis. This means that dues are payable every 12 months from the date you last paid them. You will receive an email a few weeks before your due date so you know they are due again. Please keep a record of your payment so that you do not pay twice. Any duplicate payment will be applied to the following year. If you are not sure if your membership is due, please email me ( and I will let you know. Membership Dues are still just $26 a year for all members; $27 if paid online. You can renew online

Or use the attached form and send it or drop it off: Patti Jucha, 763 Harbor Island, Clearwater FL 33767. The attached form is also available to print online:

If you are renewing, and none of your information has changed, you do not need to complete the form. Questions? Contact Patti at or 661 477-1741.


Please note that as of June 1, 2024, Joan Landreth will be taking over the Membership role. Her email is and cell phone is 815-914-1043. She does not live on Island Estates, so all mailed correspondence should go to: 2998 Fieldbrook Place, Clearwater, FL 33761.


May & Summer Activities - "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere & Field Trips - from Lisa Oliver & Lynne McCaskill

“It’s 5 O’clock at CoCo's Crush Bar and Grill on Thursday, May 9th. The address is: 2405 Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785. As always, come to have fun and socialize. Reservations are required.

Summer 5 O'clock's Somewheres. We have had many requests to continue our gatherings throughout the summer. We are happy to share our scheduled gatherings with you. Of course, emails will be sent prior to the event. Field Trips will start up again in the fall.

Mark your calendars for: June 6th - Gerstle's, July 11th - Sea Sea Riders, August 15th Water Oak Grill and September 12th at Island Way Grill. The calendar is on the website at:

Questions: Please call Lynne McCaskill, at 727-430-1911 or Diane McKibben at 727-432-4723.


Yearbook Additions and Corrections

Blackburn, Peggy (Greg) 220 N. Glenwood Ave, Clearwater, FL 33755 727-804-3795

Brown, Marlene (Michael) 225 Country Club Drive, # D242, Largo, FL 33771 727-678-5644

Machbitz, Kelly (Tom Tocco) 31 Island Way, # 904, Clearwater, FL 33767 727-515-6654

Laura Ragans has a new address: 644 Island Way, # 707, Clearwater, FL 33767


From Your Tech Team

Your IEWC website has a wealth of information. It includes your Calendar of Events, Luncheon Reservations, Links to Events and Reservations, Membership Renewal, Club Cruise, Monthly Newsletter and our Community Fundraisers including our awesome Scholarship Program and Scholarship Awards.


Quick Links: Home Page: 

Calendar of Events: 

 Membership (New or Renewal): 


A Note from our Personal Cruise Director—Debbie Christofferson

7-Night Cruise aboard the Celebrity Apex—February 1-8, 2025

2025 IEWC Annual Cruise

Our next cruise will be February 1—8, 2025 on the beautiful Celebrity Apex.

We will all be in Aqua Class. Cruise rate is $2,073.89 per person. The Classic Drink package and Basic Wi-Fi is included. Aqua class cabins provide you with Spa privileges. We also have our own specialty restaurant, Blu, to dine together.


Day 1—Feb 1 Fort Lauderdale, departing at 3:30 pm

Day 2—Feb 2 Key West, Florida

Day 3—Feb 3 Bimini, Bahamas

Day 4—Feb 4 At Sea

Day 5—Feb 5 Labadee, Celebrity’s Private Island

Day 6—Feb 6 Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Day 7—Feb 7 At Sea

Day 8—Feb 8 Fort Lauderdale, arriving at 7:00 am


Please let Debbie know if you are interested, as space is very limited. We chose this cruise by popular demand from last year’s cruisers. Cruise is refundable until final payment. Please call Debbie soon, 719-393-3286 or Email: Please call for more details.


We have a few ladies who are looking for roommates. We have very few cabins left. Please let Debbie know ASAP!


Deborah Christofferson


Fla Sellers of Travel Ref # ST41398

Island Estates Women’s Club

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