Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Women's Club Celebrates Independence Day at Luncheon

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Women's Club Celebrates Independence Day at Luncheon

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Byline: Rhonda Reese

The River City Women's Club celebrated a belated Independence Day while gearing up for the Olympic Games during their July 17 luncheon held at the Mandarin Ramada Inn. Mandarin residents Rita Dower, the club's first vice president, and Chris Buckley, second vice president, oversaw a festive meal, a funny T-shirt contest and a series of laugh-provoking Olympic-style games. Emily Veleta entertained the crowd with patriotic songs.

"Emily is in the running to sing the national anthem at the Daytona 500," Dower noted. "She was wonderful."

Wonderful is how several club members described lunch and the extra activities. When the T-shirt judging was complete, Nancy Renn, Arlene Carlson, Marilyn Romano and Anne Orvas came out on top. All these winners walked away with Olympic-type medals as did the teams who excelled in the lifesaver pass race and the string-spoon tie-up competition.

"We thought this would help people get in the mood to enjoy the coming Olympic events," Dower explained with a laugh.

The River City Women's Club has several coming events of its own. A lunch bunch fashion show and fundraiser will take place Aug. 7 at 11:30 a.m. Friends will carpool to Drapers and Danons at Jacksonville Beach from the Mandarin Office Depot parking lot at 11 a.m. Call 707-1700 for more information.

Ladies will also attend an all-day women's health conference on Aug. 16. Call 549-2938 for more details.

Buckley, who founded the Teacher Supply Depot, is seeking volunteers to assist her with the Aug. 8 supply giveaway for teachers. Call 381-7480 or 268-8551 for more information about this annual event.

"The River City Women's Club is strictly a charity organization," Dower said. "All monies raised go to local charities like the Mandarin Food Bank, Jacksonville Humane Society and Safe Harbor Boys Home."

Dower said checks are presented to charities each April, and in May the club starts its fundraising all over again.


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