Our sincerest condolences go out to Surfside resident Diane Madsen and family for the recent passing of her sister, Dorothy Phyllis Spetz. Born Dec. 1, 1938, inRiverhurst, Saskatchewan, Dorothy passed away comfortably at home on Feb. 27, following a courageous battle with colon cancer.
Welcome back to Flamingo resident David Spell, who was away for two months working in theCaribbean as a dive master. He and 15 others will soon be heading to Nicaragua for a missions trip to help kids who live in and around the Managua dump and other smaller communities.
The original Great Ideas Women’s Group, which started more than five years ago, as turned into a friendship-based gathering of ladies who make the effort to connect on a monthly basis. They continue to meet for lunch at different restaurants despite the changes in the economy and friends passing away or leaving the area. Those who remain are tight, which says volumes about their friendship.
Last month’s Mardi Gras celebrations raised a whopping $11,000 for local community needs. The team of decision makers, along with “Queen Marie,” will hold a meeting to determine how the donations will be earmarked, focusing on children-related needs and scholarship funds.
TheInternationalBaptistChurch in San José and Beach Community Church of Brasilito are among several churches participating in a women’s retreat April 23 to 25 at the Doubletree resort in Puntarenas, on the central Pacific coast. For more information, call Joanne Clifford at 2654-4446.