Pine Castle Woman's Club

The Heart of The Community Since 1940 and Home of the Corner Rose Tea Room

September - November 2021

Mission Statement:

To bring individuals together to serve the philanthropic needs of the


Goals and Objectives:

     * To provide a forum in which members can develop their individual talents and leadership skills.

     * To collect and preserve the history of the greater Pine Castle area.

     * To maintain the clubhouse for use by future generations.

     * To provide a reasonable venue for community gatherings so that it continues to serve as “the heart of the community.”

     * To follow the tenets of the GFWC and GFWC FL, supporting them whenever possible.

Mission Support:

The Russell Home for Atypical Children, Servant’s Heart Ministry, The Foundation for Life Ministries and other local charities.


Meetings are held at the Pine Castle Woman’s Club on the2nd Wednesday, September through May. Visitors are welcome.

Board of Directors (2021-2022):

President – Sandy Chandler

Second Vice President (House) – Igdalia Zayas-Oliver

Third Vice President (Membership) – Arlene Gimondo

Recording Secretary – Lynne Marshall

Treasurer – Margaretta Douglas

Director – Veronica Bryant

Director – Ruthie Harrell

Director - Lee Ann Hill

A Message from the Pr​esident

What an honor it is to serve as President of the Pine Castle Woman’s Club, the heart of the Community, for a second term.

Members have been asked to focus on Chandler’s five C’s this year as we move the Club forward which includes:

  • Commitment
    John C. Maxwell said: “Ordinary people with commitment can make an extraordinary impact on their world.”

  • Continued Education
    Ronald E. Osborn said: “Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”

  • Communication
    In today’s world, everything revolves around not good, but GREAT communication. And, even the best communicators continually seek to improve their skills.

  • Creativity
    George Bernard Shaw said: “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

  • Connectivity
    Connectivity is everyone’s responsibility – yours and mine. It takes ALL of us working together to achieve that vital link in the Pine Castle community.

Corner Rose Tea Room

Now is the time to plan your holiday tea hosted by the wonderful volunteers of the CRTR.

To make reservations, call 407-494-9118.

Flossie's Garden

Flossie’s Garden is named in honor of Florence Bumby Fishback, who founded the Pine Castle Woman’s Club in 1940. “Flossie,” as she was known to her many friends, would be the first to say she was only a small part of a wonderful group of Pine Castle ladies who worked together to create a much needed gathering place for the community as well as a place where they could come together in service to Greater Pine Castle.

Helping to carry on the tradition of community service is Flossie’s daughter, Ann Fishback Bennett, who has served three different terms as President. 

What a special way to say “thank you” to that family member or loved one by placing a brick in Flossie’s

Garden in honor or memory of them.

2021 - 2022 Standing Committee Chairs

Black History - MonthMargaretta Douglas

Brick Sales – Joyce Broughman

Bylaws – Gail Padgett

Community Events – Veronica Bryant

Corner Rose Tea Room – Ruthie Harrell and Cathy Lindberg

Devotions/Pledge – Millie Evans

Fifth Grade Essay Contest – Laura Houston

Game Day – Cindy Lance and Minnette Mullings

GFWC Liaison – Lynne Marshall

Hospitality – Linda DiPietro

Neighborhood Fun and Games – Margaretta Douglas and Minnette Mullings

Newsletter/Publicity – VACANT

Pine Castle Historical Society – Veronica Bryant

Scrapbook/Photography – Lynne Marshall

If you have not already volunteered to serve on a committee, please contact Sandy Chandler. It’s going to be an exciting Club year and you will definitely want to be involved.

Welcome to our New Member

Linda was invited to our September meeting by Cindy Lance and joined the Club that day.


September 8th Meeting

Michael Clark, CFP, Raymond James, was our keynote speaker for our first meeting of the new Club year.

Michael’s presentation: Juggling: Why Everyone Should Learn to Juggle was certainly very well received by our members and guests.

Upcoming Events

October 13th Meeting

Guest Speaker: Richard Lee Cronin

Writer and Historian, Richard will present: 'Orlando Lakes: Homesteaders and Namesakes', and delving into how some of the more familiar lakes came to be known by the names we know them today.

Monthly Support: The Foundation for Life Ministries

November 8th Meeting

Guest Speaker: Maybelene the Fun Magician

Known in the Orlando area as “Maybelene the Fun Magician,” Maybelene (aka Ilene Miller) uses her ‘Minnie Purl’ act as a means to bring smiles and laughter to everyone. You don’t want to miss it!

Monthly Support: Servant’s Heart Ministry

GFWC FL Meetings

Fall Board of Directors Meeting

The GFWC FL Fall Board of Directors meeting was held September 24-26, 2021, at the Rosen Plaza.

Attending from PCWC were: Sandy Chandler, Club President, Veronica Bryant and Lee Ann Hill as Club Delegates.

“Love, Respect and Kindness for All” and “Kicks for Kids” were the highlights of the weekend. Business sessions were conducted as well as various leadership workshops.

Thank you.

District 7 Meeting

Members of the Orlando Junior Woman’s Club and the Pine Castle Woman’s Club are pleased to host the GFWC FL District 7 Meeting on Saturday, October 16th at our Club.

The theme of the meeting will be Soar into Fall. A special fundraiser to benefit the Everglades National Park will be held.

Guest speakers will be Linda O'Tolle, GFWC FL President-Elect, and Terry Reese, GFWC FL Second Vice President.

Several PCWC members will be attending. Lunch will be prepared by the CRTR volunteers.

Kitchen Renovations Update
by Ruthie Harrel

Brent Walters has submitted the plans and heard from the County regarding the Energy Calculations. He is in the process of getting the Calculations for the AC and will be submitting them to the County. I have been in contact with Jeff Jaskot, Aggressive Appliances, regarding the appliances and the specific ones we will need. I have been advised that it’s difficult getting appliances because of the pandemic, but he is working on this for us. Spoke to Bobby Lance who is looking for sinks for the kitchen.

We are getting closer!

Monthly Support Update
by Lynne Marshall


What a year we had in 2020/2021 with donations far exceeding our goal for each charity! Plus, we raised funds for the club and donated more than $500 in groceries and grocery cards in a joint venture with Belle Isle Police Department to support a local community. This year we will once again support The Russell Home for Atypical Children, Servant’s Heart Ministry and The Foundation for Life Ministries. This continues our commitment to support local charities and follows the GFWC Florida goal for each club to support those most in need in our own communities.

We are raising the bar a little this year and setting our goal for each charity at $500 rather than the $300 we aimed for and flew by last year! In addition, we will support those organizations with a one-time donation where we see a need. So far, we have donated $150 to the charity 100 Black Men of Orlando in honor of Belvin Perry, the guest speaker at our June Black History event, and $100 to the Surfside Disaster Relief Fund after the condominium collapse in South Florida.

Thank you to all our members for your generosity in supporting those less fortunate than ourselves. We truly are The Heart of the Community.


September Birthdays

Mary Alice Phelps

Shirley Cannon

Arlene Gimondo

October Birthdays

Marie Adevai

Sandy Chandler

Minnette Mullings

Bobby Lance


Jean Smith

November Birthdays

Cindy Lance

Charline Kennedy

Darlene Lyons

Ginni Christopher


Lee Ann Hill