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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,
   As you can read in the next column, we have lost an important person in our WOW group, Mary Greene who was a good friend to all of us.

During my different tenures as President she was always my right hand Woman.  She kept me on the straight and narrow and watched closely over our finances and by-laws.  She will be sorely missed.

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. 

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204members!!! The Directory is on the WOW website: To access the Directory you need a USER NAME and PASSWORD. Please contact Mary Borgan at 407-929- 3030 for USER NAME and PASSWORD or
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Longtime member, Mary Greene, passed away unexpectedly on January 24th.  Her daughter, member Kellianne, herself recovering from surgery was home with her at the time. 

Funeral services for Mary Greene will be held  Friday, February 26 at 10:00 am at  

St. Andrews Catholic Church 
801 N. Hastings Street 
Orlando FL 32808 

In many ways Mary was the heart and hands of the West Orange Women.  When we held an emergency Board meeting after she passed we realized how many hats she wore and how many responsibilities needed to be passed on to others.
Generosity Mary held many offices since joining in 2006 and was currently serving again as treasurer. She hosted the Board meetings and New Member Teas in her home as well as hosting the WOW Craft Club.  She spearheaded the creation of holiday goodie bags for the preschool at Matthew’s Hope and the children at Edgewood Children’s Ranch.  She ordered yarn by the box and crocheted thousands of hats for newborns, soldiers, and the homeless.
Charity She and her daughter chaired the Charity Committee for the last several years.  This involved running fund raisers like the recent raffles, printing and selling the tickets. Writing, printing, and mailing the annual charity letters then collecting the responses. She organized our food drives for Second Harvest food bank, collected, and delivered the donations herself. She signed us up for the Bus Bench program which raised money for our charities.  Mary kept her finger on the pulse of what was needed at Matthew's Hope through close contact with Scott Billue, the Pastor and organizer of the group. Scott recently wrote on the Matthew’s Hope Facebook page,   "We were sad to learn this week that our main contact person, Mary Greene, had passed away this past week. She was a force, a friend and an advocate for the least of these in our community."
Service to WOW. As if Mary didn’t have enough to do, each month she printed and mailed the hard copies of the newsletter to the 75 ladies who needed it.  She emailed the ecards with the message written by Noel, then collected the responses for the newsletter. She ordered all the supplies (stamps, paper etc.) at the end of each year. She sent the Get Well, and Thinking of you, and Sympathy cards.  Mary was always willing to help out with any project and loved WOW dearly.  When she joined and became Treasurer, Mary  got our financial records in compliance (with the help of member Jerry Buchanan)  since WOW was not doing the required State and Federal IRS forms. She also made sure we did our annual audit after the end of each fiscal year. She always reminded us - when new ideas were presented -what was legally required, OR what the mission of WOW is etc.   
......But to Mary, her most important role was being a loving and caring mother to her daughter Kellianne and being part of an extended close-knit family here in Orlando.  She will be dearly missed by so many friends and family.
....Please share your prayers and condolences with her daughter, member Kellianne Greene and her cousin, member Therese Brennan.

Kellianne Greene
5520 Meadow Pine Court
Orlando, FL 32819







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Shirley Lorraine Wakefield  

November 20, 1934 – January 31, 2021    

Shirley Lorraine (Fitzsimonds) Wakefield, 86, passed away peacefully of natural causes on January 31, 2021, at the Lakes of Clermont Health & Rehabilitation Center in Clermont, FL.  She is survived by her daughter, Diana M. Merrell of Winter Park, FL, her 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.  

FUNERAL SERVICES will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 3:30 pm EST at Oakland Presbyterian Church 218 E. Oakland Ave. Oakland, FL. The service will also be livestreamed on the church Facebook page: Oakland Presbyterian Church Oakland, FL.     

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in Shirley’s honor to:  

Morning Star School (for special needs children) 930 Leigh Ave Orlando, FL 32804; or Bishop Grady Villas (for special needs adults) 401 Bishop Grady Ct. St. Cloud, FL 34769.











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