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The Great Oaks Club
2019 – 2020 Meeting Dates

​Details of each meeting appear below as information is available.
Please scroll down for month by month details.

                        September 11        11:30 a.m. (Luncheon)   
                        October 9                1:00 p.m.          
                        November 13          1:00 p.m.           
                        December 11         11:30 a.m. (Luncheon)   
                        January  8               1:00 p.m.        
                        February 12             1:00 p.m.              
                        March 11                  1:00 p.m.       
                        April 8                      1:00 p.m.   CANCELLED        
                        May 13                    11:30 a.m. (Luncheon) CANCELLED
                        June 11                     4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Cocktail Party
Meetings (other than luncheons) begin at 1:00 p.m. with social
 time and refreshments. The business portion of the meeting
 and program begin at 1:30 p.m.

You may join The Great Oaks Club at any time!
Bring your check for $30 to a meeting or mail it to
Linda Bruggers, 1916 Inverness Lane, Wilmington, NC 28405

The Great Oaks Club supports Cape Fear Guardian Ad Litem Association, Landfall's Bluebird Attraction Program, Kenan Chapel, and A Safe Place, a local organization
focused on prevention, advocacy and restoration to assist
victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic sex trafficking.
Please check here for their monthly donation needs to bring to meeting and/or 
visit their website for more information:

A table will be set up at the meeting each month to collect your donations to A Safe Place, either monetary (cash or check payable to A Safe Place) or specific needs for the month.  April's needs are:

Beach Items: Bathing Suits, Towels, FlipFlops, Sunscreen

For a calendar of year round collection needs, scroll to the bottom of this page.
Stock up during sales!

Landfall Fall Festival
Saturday, October 19th  Raindate, October 26th

See all the details and sign up to volunteer to work a booth or send in a baked good by clicking here.  
Great Oaks is in charge of pumpkin painting, tattoos, face painting, sand art and the bake sale.  
This festival helps support the Kenan Chapel and contribute to the beautification of Landfall.  

September 11, 2019  11:30 a.m.  ~  "Jump Start" Luncheon

The Great Oaks Club is kicking off our membership year with a "Jump Start" Luncheon on Wednesday, September 11 at 11:30 a.m. in the Ballroom at the Country Club of Landfall. This is a great opportunity to hear more about the programs scheduled for this year, learn about ways to get involved, and find out about upcoming trips and activities. In addition, we will hear from our supported charities -- A Safe Place and Guardian Ad Litem. Of course, there will be plenty of time to catch up with friends and meet new members too. If you are not a member yet of Great Oaks, come and enjoy the luncheon.  Membership information will be available at the check in table. 

Menu for Luncheon:
Broccoli and Mustard Seed Soup
Open Faced Tomato, Mozzarealla and Olive Pan Bagnat
Ina Garten's Apple Pie Bars with Vanilla Ice Cream
Coffee, Tea, Iced Tea, Water

Price: $24, due NO LATER THAN SEPT. 4th

Country Club members, register on the website or call to reserve your spot at 910-256-8411. Non-Country Club members, please write a check payable to "The Great Oaks Club", marked "Sept. Luncheon" on the memo line and drop off or mail check to Milta Guys, 2033 Montrose Lane, Wilmington 28405. Notify the Club directly with any food allergies you have. 

October 9, 2019  1:00 p.m.  ~  "What's Happening in Our Area"

Rhonda Bellamy, the director of the Arts Council of Wilmington, 
will speak to us regarding the impact of the arts in New Hanover County.
She will provide us with an overview of the Wilmington art scene.
Come hear about what you have been missing.  

To learn more about the Arts Council of Wilmington or to volunteer, click here:

Arts Council of Wilmington

November 13, 2019 1:00 p.m. ~ 
“Begin the Conversation: Facing the Elephant in the Room”

Jason Clamme, the Engagement Manager for the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, will enlighten us with tips for advance care planning. He will help us identify health care choices and the best way to communicate them to loved ones and providers.  A sobering, yet necessary, dialogue to be had.  

December 11, 2019 11:30 a.m. 
"Holiday Luncheon"

Entertainment by the Cape Fear Chordsmen

Menu for the luncheon:
Autumn Bisque
Chicken French with Cranberry, Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf & Grilled Asparagus
Spiced and Glazed Gingerbread Cake

Price: $ 28.25, due NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 3RD

Country Club members, register on the CCL website or call to reserve your spot at 910-256-8411. Non-country Club members, please write a check payable to "The Great Oaks Club", marked "December Luncheon" on the memo line and mail or drop off to Milta Guys,  2033 Montrose Lane, Wilmington 28405. Notify the Club directly with any food allergies you have. 

January 8, 2020   ~  
"Rosie the Riveter: The Role of the American Woman During WWII"  

Local author, Wilbur Jones, will enlighten us with the impact women - on the home front, in the workplace, and in the armed forces - had on winning WWII and helping
begin the postwar women's movement. 

Mr. Jones will have his books for sale at the meeting. He accepts cash or checks. 

A Sentimental Journey: Memoirs of a Waretime Boomtown - $25

The Journey Continues: The World War II Home Front - $25

Hawaii Goes to War: The Aftermath of Pearl Harbor - $15

"She Shot Her Way to Success": How China's Empress Dowager Ci Xi
Launched a Photographer's Trailblazing Career - $25 and $30

Gyrene: The World War II United States Marine - $25

February 12, 2020 1:00 p.m.  ~ "Harrelson Center"

Christy Aley, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Harrelson Center in downtown
Wilmington, will educate us on their presence in Wilmington.  As a humanitarian service 
campus, the facility continues to help lower rents and utilities for 13 local nonprofit agencies. 

March 11, 2020 1:00 p.m. ~ "Glow Academy"

Todd Godbey, CEO of Glow Academy, will provide us with an update on this charter school here in Wilmington.  He will speak to us about the progress made and lessons learned since his first presentation to Great Oaks.  We will learn about the new campus and the school year to date. 

*To schedule a private tour, contact Sarah Brickels, Development Director, at

April 8, 2020 1:00 p.m. ~ "Outdoor Educational Adventures"

Joe Abate, the Cape Fear Naturalist, will address our group regarding his interest in fostering local environment stewardship through outdoor educational adventures.  His hope is to increase environmental awareness and understanding of the Cape Fear ecology. 

May 13, 2020 11:30 a.m. ~ "Luncheon and Fashion Show"

Featuring fashions by Tres Bleu, Meadowlark and Cool Sweats

Check back often for more details
Great Oaks Fall 2019 Day Trip
"Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tour"

Date: Choice of Wed., Oct. 23, OR Thurs., Oct. 24th, OR Wed., Oct. 30
Time: 1:15pm - 4:30 pm*
Location: Historic Downtown Wilmington starting at the end of Market Street at the Riverwalk
Price: $85, plus $3 online ticketing fee
Dress: Casual. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Register: Online on one of the links below.  Deadline is October 9th. 

*Note: on the day of your tour, we will meet at the rear parking area of the Arboretum Post Office and travel by carpool caravan. We'll leave promptly at 12:30 to allow ample time for travel, parking and to meet our tour guide at 1:15 to begin our tour) 

Since 2009, Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tour has connected thousands of people to North Carolina's historic cities and their best restaurants through the lens of locally-sourced food. This Great Oaks Fall Day Trip offers members a private event and will be led by an experienced tour guide well versed in Downtown Wilmington's historic area and it's eclectic assortment of restaurants. We'll sample sweet and savory tastings and drink and also meet some of the city's best chefs and owners. While walking with our tour guide, we'll learn about the downtown historic area, including its history, architecture and why the Port City is considered a food lover's paradise. We'll tour in small groups of twenty and visit five establishments during our afternoon together. This offers us an opportunity to enjoy fellowship with friends, fun and, of course, delicious food?

Here are the links where you will sign up and pay for the event date of your choice online - quick and easy! The links will accept credit cards but not Pay Pal. There is a $3 online event ticketing fee charged which is not included in the $85 tour price. You may sign up as an individual or as one person for a group**. 

Wednesday, October 23
Thursday, October 24
Wednesday, October 30

** It is very important that you notify Marilyn Nygren at and Martha Leonard at once you have registered for the event and what day.  They will maintain a list of registered attendees and the dates you selected so that the  committee can continue to provide you with information/updates on the tours.  If both dates are filled when you attempt to register, please notify them if you would like to be added to the waiting list. In the event there are a sufficient number of ladies on the waiting list, we will offer an additional private tour date.  It is also important to notify them if you need to cancel so we can offer your space to another on the waiting list who would like to purchase your place.  


                            SEPTEMBER - Games

                            OCTOBER - Art Supplies

                            NOVEMBER - Emergency Food Bags

                            DECEMBER - Christmas Gifts:
                                    Lotion sets, Scarves, Gloves, Nail polish
                                    Fun socks, Pajamas (especially Large and Extra Large)
                                    Winter hats, Journals, Face Masks, Earrings, Slippers

                            JANUARY - Office Supplies:
                                    Pens, Copy Paper, Sticky Notes, Paper Clips
                                    Rubber Bands, Staples, File Folders, Colored Copy Paper
                                    Tape, White Board Markers, Scissors

                            FEBRUARY - Leggings (all sizes)

                            MARCH - Lingerie: Bras (All Sizes), Panties (All Sizes) 

                            APRIL - Beach Items: Bathing suits, Towels, Flip Flops, Sunscreen

                            MAY - Journaling: Journals, Stationary with Envelopes, Postage, Fun Pens

                            JUNE - Cleaning Supplies:
                                    Laundry Detergent (Tide or Free and Clear), Bleach Spray
                                    Toilet Cleaner, Scrubbing Bubbles, Bathroom Cleaner
                                    Windex, Clorox Wipes

                            JULY - Paper Products: Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Paper Plates, Plastic Cutlery

                            AUGUST - Toiletries: 
                                    Shampoo, Conditioner, Razors, Deodorant, Body Wash/Soap, Tampons/Pads

Large gift: 12 wooden chest of drawers for Emergency Shelter rooms by Sept. 2020



The Great Oaks Club Spring 2020 Day Trip
"Private Charter Luncheon Cruise on The Cape Fear River"

Date: Wednesday, April 22nd. Rain or Shine!!

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Cost: $50, all inclusive (boat trip fee/gratuity and catered luncheon)

Parking: Free parking/boarding at the Battleship NC Marine Trail Dock

Capacity: 42 members who are currently paid members of The Great Oaks Club.
A wait list will be maintained in the event of any cancellations.

Registration: Payment by check made out to 'Great Oaks Club' is your registration. PLEASE ADD YOUR PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL TO YOUR CHECK.  A registration box will be available on the front porch of Ce Blankenhorn's home, 2019 Graywalsh Drive. You may, also, mail your check to Ce.  

Please Note: We will meet at the rear parking lot of the Arboretum Post Office and travel by car pool caravan.  We will leave promptly at 10:15am.

We will travel on "The Wilmington", a 48' covered catamaran, which provides comfortable seating, restroom facilities and a full-service bar (bar drinks are not included in the trip's cost). Captain Springer will guide us along the Lower Cape Fear River as we venture along Eagles Island for majestic view, history of the rice culture, and current preservation and use of Eagles Island. The catered luncheon will be provided by On a Roll. In addition to fellowship, food and fun, we'll have "photo ops" around every corner, so bring your binoculars and cameras!!

Please contact Martha Leonard ( or Kathy Sweet ( for any questions. 

June 11, 2020  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Nicklaus Clubhouse

Check back often for more details.    


In consideration of the virus and associated restrictions, the Private Luncheon Cruise, will be postponed until the fall. 

All checks will be returned by mail within the next week to those members who have signed up for the cruise. 

The new date will be Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Your place on the current list and wait list will be secured for the October 21st Cruise.  

Thanks for your understanding and stay healthy.