The Destin Woman's Club (DWC) is comprised of members who give of their time, personal contributions and volunteer for various fund raising events in order to support the needs of our local community. These activities benefit the various local charities the club supports such as, but not limited to, our long established
Mary Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, Inc., project on Eglin Air Force Base, and The Carol & Bob Winsett Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The Family Fund, formally known as the Mary Kirkpatrick Family Fund, serves to aid and assist the needy in our area. This fund seeks to fill the gap between public assistance and self-sufficiency and strives to help in such a way that those in need may further help themselves.
The DWC provides such help to needy families that includes grocery store/gas/ department store gift certificates and/or gift cards and full or partial payment of rent, utilities, medical expenses or child care. Typically requests come from DWC members, local community organizations such as Harvest House and from local church organizations.
The Family Fund can also help provide food during such Holidays as Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas to the needy in conjunction with other local charities. Donations from the Family Fund has also be used to help Fisher House and Shelter House.
Fisher House: In recognition of the special sacrifices of wounded or ill service members and their families, the Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes” so that families may face medical crisis together. Fisher House of the Emerald Coast is located on Eglin Air Force Base in Northwest Florida and provides a home away from home so that our military families can be together during treatment for serious illness or physical/occupation therapy. The House is within steps of the Eglin Air Force Base Hospital and Veteran’s Clinic.
The Carol & Bob Winsett Memorial Scholarship Fund: Since 1994, the DWC has provided a self-perpetuating scholarship fund at Florida State College. This enables single women to return to college, helping them provide a better future for themselves and their children.
As of 2014, the Scholarship Fund was renamed The Carol & Bob Winsett Memorial Scholarship Fund, in honor of Carol Winsett. Carol was a dedicated Chair of this fund for many years until her passing in 2013. Specific requirements, as stipulated by the Florida State College, and upon approval of the DWC Executive Board, must be met per year by the scholarship recipient. The Destin Woman’s Club awards approximately
$1,500 per year for each scholarship recipient.
The Destin Woman's Club was formed in 1976 by a small
group of women. It was known as the Lakeshore Woman's Club
then but soon went through a name change to better
identify with the community. Destin was a much smaller
town and these women saw there were needs that weren't
being met. If they could tap the private resources and
funnel them towards community projects everyone would
benefit. They also saw an opportunity to bring the people
together for social event. This is how it started; a few
good women came together with some good ideas and a desire
to help others.
Our luncheon meetings are what keep us connected. We meet
on the second Wednesday of the month, September through
May. This gives us a chance to keep up with each other as
well as the business of the club. We enjoy some of the
areas most interesting and entertaining speakers. Our
program committee does a wonderful job of presenting
informative people that keep us in touch with our
community. We have had the privilege of hosting
politicians, physicians, writers, artists, archaeologists,
scholars as well as fashion shows and local entertainers.
Destin Woman's Club Governing Board for (2017-2018) consists of all members of the Executive Board and the Chairmen of the following standing
|Executive Board for
- Kate Callicotte
- Helen Everett
Recording Secretary - Maggi Grogan
- Sherry Sheldon
- Denise Dobelek
- Patti Burcham
Ways & Means
- Carol Rementer, Linda Hodges
- Patti Burcham
Governing Board for
Programs - Debbie Wilson, Helen Everett
Chaplin - Cindy Posey
- Simona Ondrejkova
Family Fund -
Prescott, Glenda Jernigan
House - Sylvia Vasquez, Ann Petzold
Friend to Friend
- Kathleen Hall, Peggy Reis
Historian - Ann Petzold
Restaurants - Sue Whitten, Sally Maurer
- Cyndi Hyatt
Publicity/Website - Peggy Herbig
Facebook - Sylvia Vazquez
Parade - Sherry
Task Force - Patti Burcham, Sandra
Williams, JoDell Haverfield