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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,
The board of West Orange Women is hoping you are all keeping well and busy. We have been worrying about each and every one of you and cannot wait until we can all be attending a monthly luncheon again. I personally cannot wait until we can start our activities again. We thought things were getting a little better and then we got hit with the new Pandemic numbers and went back into hiding.  There is no way any restaurant can handle our group as their occupancy rate is so low right now. We have to be patient as this too shall pass.
     If anyone is in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to ask for help and one of the board members will do their best to be of assistance. Thank you again for supporting our charities; our club members have always been so generous. Until we are able to select our charity for 2021 -2022, we ask you to consider helping Matthew’s Hope. They have triple the normal demand for their services and assistance right now. See page 7 for their most pressing needs and ways you can help.
     We will continue to stay in touch with you and try to keep your spirits lifted as well as our own. Stay well! I am sending each of you a virtual hug!

Noel Anne McGuigan, President
April 9th, 2020


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.

Shirley Wakefield recently had back surgery to put a screw in her spine.  She is home assisted by Visiting Angels, one crew in the daytime and one at night.  Please keep Shirley in your prayers. 


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..


Member Dolores Gorman ended up in the hospital on July 14th after being bit by a brown recluse spider. Her recover has been slow but she expects to return home soon.Ouch! (July 20th)

Member Inez Garrambone recently lost her husband to double pneumonia while in a medically induced coma. Inez herself is just home from a second hospital visit. Cards rather than calls would be best at this time.

Member Shirley Wakefield recently had back surgery to put a screw in her spine.  She is home assisted by Visiting Angels, one crew in the daytime and one at night.  Please keep Shirley in your prayers and maybe send her a card.

Sheila D
Sheila Docherty
passed away on May 24, from congestive heart failure, at the assisted living facility in Delavan, Wisconsin where she has resided since leaving WOW and Central Florida in June of 2017. Sheila was a member of WOW for several years, attended nearly all of the monthly luncheons and participated in the craft group early-on amongst other activities.

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
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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: Lemon Luscious Pie and BLT Cups.


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