As the doors opened at the Women’s Club of Homestead it became apparent that something special was about to happen. A smile from Meda Jensen greeted all who entered while the “spirit” of the event was enhanced by the bar serving a variety of wines and champagne mixed with a fruit juice of your choice. To the right was a line of beautiful baskets and gifts, all part of a silent auction.
The main dining area was elegantly decorated with 14 tables surrounding a runway. A crowd of over 120 ladies and about four gentlemen waited anxiously for the activities to begin. After an introduction, Kim Sizemore guided the guests through the program. First came a sit down lunch prepared by Capri Restaurant and served by the Homestead Police Explorers, who volunteer at many Homestead functions.
It was a good sign to hear the roar of conversations drown out the music but complete attention was given once the program began honoring nine special ladies chosen from different clubs within the community. The Clubs and Honorees were:
Homestead Community Concerts - Lt. Norberta (Norby) Patterson
Soroptimist of Homestead - Adrienne Griffitts
Le Jardin - Zuilan Navarete
Dade County Farm Bureau-- Mary Lamberts
Redland Woman's Club - Linda Lee Willem
Homestead Center of the Arts - Charlie Hudson
Kiwanis of Homestead - Ange Hryniuk
America Business Woman's Association - Emily Holden
Woman's Club of Homestead - Juanita Smith
After each “Woman of the Year” received flowers and posed for a quick picture, the attention shifted to the runway as seven lovely ladies entered, one at a time, wearing a variety of clothing from casual to semi-formal. Each model reentered the stage at least three times making clothing changes faster than Clark Kent could have ever imagined. Gracing the runway were June Ward, Sylvia Romero, Diana Wilson, Angela Dixon, Crystal Dixon, Roxanne Jeghers and Norma Wilson. Truly they are “the Magnificent Seven.” A special thanks to Shirley from Shirley’s Fashion for providing the beautiful apparel that garnished the models.
The other “sweet” part of the event is the tradition at the Women’s Club Luncheons to have a designed cake at each of the tables. You are allowed to beg, borrow or steal a slice from any of the tables to sooth your appetite. I never made it past the cake that adorned our table…in fact I indulged in a second piece against my doctor’s orders!
The Women’s Club of Homestead was established in 1914 as a humanitarian organization for charitable and educational purposes. It was instrumental in the founding of the Florida Pioneer Museum. There is always room for a few more dedicated ladies.