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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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Why Does WOW Exist?


What's Going On?

WOW seeks to provide its 225+ 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,
Well we are another month closer to the end of this pandemic, we can only hope they soon release a vaccine.  The numbers have decreased slightly,  but do not let your guard down.  There are still carriers out and about, and we have to protect ourselves. I am so tired of wearing a mask but look at the alternative.  We have to follow recommendations from the medical advisors. I hope you are staying in touch with friends and family.  Now is a good time to write all those letters you were always going to catch up on. It will lift your spirits as well as the those  of the people who receive them.
      Our luncheons are still on hold as stated by our First VP in this newsletter; we have tried numerous places but their available occupancy numbers are still too low. The luncheons are something we have all looked forward to over the years, and we will be so delighted when we can resume them.
      Again thank you for your generosity to Matthew's Hope, they look forward to the donations from West Orange Women. We have had a long and meaningful relationship with them and support their help to our community.
Please watch for our cards; we are hoping to bring a little sunshine into your computer. Again I am sending you all a virtual hug and look forward to doing this in person.

Noel Anne McGuigan, President


WOW was recently 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.


Recommended Reading

Fiction        Hideaway by Nora Roberts                                   Recommended by Mary Greene

Fiction         The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See                Recommended by Cynthia J-Guarino

Non-fiction  The Happiness Factor by Shawn Achor         Recommended by Cynthia J-Guarino

Non-fiction    The AmericanStory: Conversations with Master Historians by David Rubenstein       Recommended by Barbara Aboushahba

Do you have a great book to share with our members???    Send to



Our next luncheon is in September hopefully..


Shirley Young

      Shirley Young, a WOW member since 1994, passed away peacefully on May 30th  at the Mike Conley Hospice House  in Clermont. She is survived by her two children, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Her husband Howard passed in 2019 after 64 years of marriage. Shirley enjoyed our monthly luncheons these last few years.  

Mary  Borgan

193 MEMBERS!!! Hopefully, we will soon be joining 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 our webmistress Barbara.A.Aboushahba at or any Board member.



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 the August board meeting.  The board will decide a maximum of three (3) of the charities to be presented by a representative from each charity at the WOW September (hopefully) 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.  


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.

Book Club 

Usually meets at 10:00 a.m. on the last Monday of the month. Come when you can, just contact for directions. CANCELED.

Whenever we resume The Spies of Shilling Lane by Jennifer Ryan



Check out our recipes page to see the newest favorites submitted by members: Pistachio Pineapple Delight, Broccoli Salad, and Monkey Bread.


  webmistress-Barbara A.