by | Jun 1, 2021 | Latest News

Dear WAHHI Friends,
I am honored to serve as your WAHHI President for the coming year. Thank you for this privilege and your trust. For more than 60 years, the women of WAHHI have volunteered their time, talents, and ideas to create a rewarding membership experience, as well as ensure meaningful impact in our community. We are grateful for the leadership of our Past President, Tamra Avrit, and the dedicated efforts of the outgoing Executive Board and Council. The work done last year by these remarkable women was difficult and challenging. However, their efforts allowed WAHHI members to stay connected and involved in a variety of interesting and fun activities.

As I write this, WAHHI membership is nearly 700 STRONG. This is remarkable. It shows that during the past year WAHHI and its members have grown more resilient and overcame many challenges in order to find new ways to communicate and remain active. During the coming year you will find that “resilience” is a common thread being woven throughout WAHHI programs and activities. It will take many forms across program themes, speakers and events that will offer ideas and opportunities to improve wellbeing and celebrate facing forward to a “more normal” in our lives.

Your incoming board, council and committee members have been busy planning for an exciting year that will continue popular events, such as the Chef and Author Series, and introduce new options to include special speakers and activities. In addition, there will be exciting events in support of the WAHHI philanthropic mission. Interest Groups which were unable to meet during the past 12 months are preparing to re-start their activities, keeping a focus on member safety. And the news we have all been hoping for is that three of our WAHHI member luncheons will be returning to hotel venues! Please mark these luncheon dates on your calendar: September 23rd Fall kickoff luncheon outside at Coastal Discovery Museum; December 9th luncheon at The Sonesta Resort in Shipyard; February 17th luncheon at The Sonesta Resort; and April 7th luncheon at the Marriott Hotel in Palmetto Dunes. As always, WAHHI leadership will continue to monitor the public health situation closely and follow all recommended guidelines to keep members safe.

Volunteerism is the strength and backbone of WAHHI. We welcome your involvement in any capacity that interests you. Also, if you have an idea, thought or concern to share with your WAHHI leadership, please contact me at

A hearty WAHHI welcome to returning and new members. We look forward to a wonderful year together!
Betty Hambleton
2021-2022 WAHHI President