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WOW is a civic and social organization whose members live and/or work
in Southwest Orange County, Florida



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WOW seeks to provide its 200+ members the opportunity to learn about their community, support local charitable and civic activities, and socialize in an atmosphere of friendliness and goodwill. Aside from the luncheon meetings held monthly from September through May, WOW members are active in 25 clubs and activities throughout each month. In addition, several annual activities are planned where members can contribute their time and expertise or enjoy social outings with other members. Examples of these are day trips, cruises, participation in the Festival of Trees, and fund raising activities.

Noel McGuigan........A Word from Our President 

Hello Ladies,
     Just stopping by to wish you all a Wonderful, Healthy  Christmas and a Happy New Year.  With the news of a vaccine this is a time to give thanks, and hopefully we seniors will be at the top of the list for distribution. Please  abide by the recommendations of the CDC and stay safe until then.
     If anyone needs help or is feeling lonely, do not hesitate to call one of your friends at WOW.  We are all available to offer help or just to lend an ear during this holiday season. It is not a good time to be alone and remember you have 200 friends in our club.
     The Festival of Trees was an enormous success, and our tree was the second tree sold at the show ($1000).  West Orange Women are always working hard to contribute where we can do the most good. The monies raised will go to the Museum to fund programs for Seniors and Children. Please remember our friends at Matthew's Hope at this difficult time who are trying to help all the newly  furloughed people in our area with food and lodging. See the last page of this newsletter for ways to help.
      I hope you all enjoy the holidays and we look forward to resuming our activities in the New Year.

Noel Anne McGuigan, President


WOW was featured in the attached article of the December 5 issue of Southwest Orlando Bulletin.  They made it their SPOTLIGHT!  Click on the link and see page 5 and 6. 

Searching for a member's name?

Name sound familiar but can't put a face to it? Check out our member photo album. So far 130+ members have been photographed at luncheons. Sorted by first name, you should be able to put a name with a face.
Member Photo Album

In light of the current health advisories and general concern, I have decided to suspend International Dining at this time. Kim C.

Mary  Borgan

204 MEMBERS!!!
 Hopefully, we will soon be enjoying WOW activities and luncheons.  We need to know if you have changed your email, phone number, address, etc.  Please email or call Mary Borgan, 407-929-3030 or
To access the Directory or Newsletter online you need a user name and password. If you forgot your user name or password, contact me, our webmistress Barbara.A.Aboushahba at or any Board member.



Our next luncheon is in 2021

Florida expects to be able to vaccinate all seniors by the end of January 2021.

We had our Raffle Drawing and the winner of $1000 is Sharon Douglas'19. Congratulations!



 Carol Bruner, long time member is hospitalized with Covid-19. You can send her note or a card using the address in the Directory.- Jan 7th

Founding member Jerry Buchanan, passed away peacefully in her sleep. Her daughter, member Lynn Aust, wrote, "Would you please let our friends at WOW know that my mom (Jerry Buchanan) passed away peacefully last night. We will be having a virtual memorial service at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and details are still being worked out. Mommy loved WOW, the help they provided to so many people and the wonderful members. I think she was president 5 times …obviously very committed! I’m so proud of her and what she did with her life and glad she is no longer suffering. " You can send Lynn and not or a card using her address in the directory. -Jan 7th




NOVEMBER 12-29, 2020
at the Orlando Museum of Art  

Our tree was the 2nd tree sold and raised $1000 for the Museum.


WOW Ladies who designed and decorated our tree this year.
Left side, front to back 
Suzie Denis, Joan Dullmeyer, Noel McGuigan
Right side, front to back Cynthia Johnson-Guarino, Darby Turnipseed,
Laura Maggart

Charity for 2020 -2021
Nominate Now!

It is time to send your nomination for the WOW 2020-21 Charity to Mary or Kellianne Greene,  Please include a few sentences describing the charity's mission and contact information. All charities must earmark funds to serve members of the [West Orange] community without regard to religion or political affiliation.  All nominations will be presented at a board meeting.  The board will decide a maximum of three (3) of the charities to be presented by a representative from each charity at a WOW luncheon.  The membership will then do a paper vote at the luncheon; those not at the luncheon may vote by email.  The WOW Charity for 2020-21 will be announced at the following luncheon.  


Book Club
Join us on ZOOM  

We are now meeting on Zoom so just contact leader for an invite to the Zoom session

10 a.m. - February 1st ...The House Girl: a novel  by Tara Conklin 


Check out our recipes page to see the newest favorites submitted by members: Gaspacho Soup.        



  webmistress-Barbara A.