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The Fort Pierce Woman’s Club, Inaugural Appreciation Night

Written by Carolyn Wilkins, Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham

On January 28, members of the Woman’s Club of Fort Pierce gathered to celebrate the growth and progress of the club during 2020 at their first Annual Appreciation Night.   While the pandemic seemed to paralyze many, it energized the members of this club to take action.  This determined group held fundraisers and continued to grow throughout the year.  They were faced with some challenges but nothing seemed to be an obstacle they couldn’t overcome.

When they were faced with a leaking roof, club first Vice President Jennifer Picardi recruited Richie Colletti, owner of Leak Busters, to replace the roof.  Mr. Colletti was honored for his generosity at the Appreciation Night. Others honored included Flamin Hot Ads for donating take out boxes and Small Cakes bakery for cupcake donations, both for the Drive-thru Feeding program that the fifty-five member club held to feed thousands of community members every Monday and Friday from March through October.  Many in the room were recognized for their efforts cooking, packing and distributing the food.   Still others included donors of a stove, people who came to help paint the clubhouse, create decorations, and a wide variety of other volunteer efforts.  

In a year of change and hardship for most, the FPWC had a year of triumph.  Michele Bakus, President of the club, expressed her heart felt gratitude by sharing how the oldest civic and social organization in St. Lucie County brought so many people’s talent, treasure, and time together to raise the community up during a very difficult time.  At the club, Mrs. Bakus coordinates a monthly networking breakfast where a St. Lucie County firefighter is recognized for their heroic efforts.  Other events organized by this group include collecting Christmas gifts for children in foster care, hosting a Trunk or Treat event when most Halloween events were canceled, and donating books to schools and nursing homes. 

The Woman’s Club of Fort Pierce, founded in 1913, is open to woman and men throughout St. Lucie County.  They meet the first Thursday of the month and are open to new members.  More information can be found on their website


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