2017-2018 President

Diana Fairbanks

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

I’ve been truly inspired and energized by our luncheon in November featuring PACE Center for Girls  Associate Executive Director Alex Stark, and Sage, a student.  To hear Sage tell her story of a dark spiral going down and being lifted up by coming to PACE, was so interesting.  Sage is such a bright and articulate young woman, and to see her life turned around and the leadership roles she has assumed in her short time at PACE, reminded all of us why the mission to serve young women is so important.

For our November Cannon Circle, we had an opportunity to tour PACE’s Wilton Manors campus and see where the magic happens, from the daily counseling sessions to classrooms to the really fantastic Chic Boutique, the most fabulous closet any female person could ever wish for.  Big shout out to Deb McLaughlin and her committee for organizing it and providing some delicious eats – and also to Mary Sanchez for hosting us. 

This coming February we hope to do an evening social and fundraiser for PACE – volunteers needed!  The plan is to partner with the Chamber of Commerce Women’s Council and Allied Kitchen & Bath, both PACE supporters, to make for a fun evening at Allied.  All money raised from ticket sales will go directly to PACE.

Wishing you and yours all the blessings of the season!  

Until the next glass of wine,


WEC 2017-2018 Officers


Diana Fairbanks


Past President:

Chadia Ghanem


President Elect:

Nathalie Sloane 

VP Membership:

Michelle Anderson


VP Finance:

Deborah Dempsey 


VP Internal Involvement:

Cheryl Freniere


VP Corporate Records:

Carolyn Zaumeyer


VP Communications:

Karen Dudden-Blake


VP Community Involvement:

Kathleen Ryan

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Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century—As one of the best and funniest writers alive, he is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero. In his case, he ran around his house and neighborhood with an old football jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck that served as his cape, leaping tall buildings in a single bound and vanquishing awful evildoers (and morons)—in his head—as "The Thunderbolt Kid." 

Using this persona as a springboard, Bill Bryson re-creates the life of his family and his native city in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality—a life at once completely familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy. It was, he reminds us, a happy time, when automobiles and televisions and appliances (not to mention nuclear weapons) grew larger and more numerous with each passing year, and DDT, cigarettes, and the fallout from atmospheric testing were considered harmless or even good for you. He brings us into the life of his loving but eccentric family, including affectionate portraits of his father, a gifted sportswriter for the local paper and dedicated practitioner of isometric exercises, and OF his mother, whose job as the home furnishing editor for the same paper left her little time for practicing the domestic arts at home. The many readers of Bill Bryson’s earlier classic, A Walk in the Woods, will greet the reappearance in these pages of the immortal Stephen Katz, seen hijacking literally boxcar loads of beer. He is joined in the Bryson gallery of immortal characters by the demonically clever Willoughby brothers, who apply their scientific skills and can-do attitude to gleefully destructive ends. 

Monday December 11th, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Eileen O'Connors Home

2308 NE 20th St

Ft. Laud. FL 33305 

Appetizers or Dessert are welcome.

December Holiday Cannon Circle

Join Hostess Vivien Godfrey for a "Traditional White Christmas".

December 22nd from 6:00-8:30 p.m. 

805 Cordova Rd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

No matter how you celebrate the holidays, 
Come join your WEC frien
ds while showing 

off your favorite Red & White ensemble.

Don’t forget to bring your favorite bottle of 
Red or White to share as well!

January Luncheon

 The Honorable Judge Towbin Singer

Judge Michele Towbin Singer was born and raised in South Florida. She graduated cum laude from Brandeis University and received her juris doctorate from Boston University School of Law. She passed the bar exams in Florida, Massachusetts and Ohio.

She was elected as a circuit court judge in 2006 where she presided over drug court, mental health court and in felony criminal court. The Drug Court of Broward County has been changing the lives of thousands upon thousands of criminal offenders for the better. The drug court of Broward opened in the summer of 1991 and remains a treatment court. That is, it focuses on addressing the client’s drug addiction and its underlying causes as an alternative to prison.

In addition to her work in court, Judge Towbin Singer is very active in the community. She is on the board of directors of Harmony Development Center, a nonprofit organization that provides services to troubled and at risk youth and families in Broward County. She is also a member of the Kiwanis, Lauderhill Chapter, as well as several bar associations and other civic organizations.

Tuesday January 16th




It is better to Regift Than Receive.
Shelley Pumphrey and Christine Economos H
ost the Post-holiday Re-Gifting Gifting Party

Wednesday, January 10

270 Miramar Ave, Lauderale by the Sea

Regifting Rules...

No re-gifting of Christmas luncheon gifts!  Remove name tags, tape and old wrapping paper! Rewrap gift- (even gag gift) without your name on it! Be ready for laughter, good food and of course wine!


November 2017
Monday 6th
6:30pm November Book Club
Wednesday 15th
11:30am November WEC Luncheon
Thursday 30th
December 2017
Friday 8th
11:30am December Holiday Luncheon
Monday 11th
Friday 22nd
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PACE  is a nationally recognized prevention program providing girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. www.pacecenter.org/broward


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