Nottingham Forest Women’s Club

Friends and Neighbors Since 1970

President's Message

NFWC Ladies, 

Cheers to 2022! Let’s hope we’ve all recovered from Christmas Covid that found its way into our holiday plans last month. I’m glad that is behind us and I’m looking forward to healthier months for all. 

We’ve got loads of things planned for January — it’s a gardening month for sure.  The Garden special interest group has an organic garden planner coming to their January meeting followed by a field trip later in the month to a local nursery that focuses on native plants. Tuesday, January 25 is our NFWC meeting where we will host Gardening Guru and local radio/media host Randy Lemmon!  His latest book, New Decade Gardening: A Gulf Coast Guide, will be available for purchase at the meeting. 

The Foodie Group continues to tick along with a winery visit and food pairing at Nice Winery later this month and a walking/tasting tour in downtown Houston the first week in February. 

Pickle ball is reorganizing because of so much interest, but good news —  the NFC has approved fundraising for a second court and nets!  More on that later, but wow!  

We’ll learn more about a new philanthropy opportunity, Literacy Now, at the January meeting as well as collect monetary donations for them.  As always, we’ll have a basket to pass for this but also the QR code to make it easy for everyone to contribute. 

Looking forward to seeing you all in January. 

Take care, 

Darlynn Lydick 


Pickle Ball Update

Wow — The Pickle Ball Special Interest Group is our newest and largest group and has grown to 42 members!   Special Interest Group PB Leader Barbara Lohff has done a tremendous job coordinating, teaching and generally wrangling our ladies on the 8 available spots on the court! Thank you for all that! Barb Yost (you might know her from MWE Kindergarten days) has even brought up a third net for special occasions. The group is working with the NF Club Committee to see if additional lines and another net could be installed in the near future.

The NFWC PB group usually has 2-3 time slots saved on the official electronic court schedule, but will be taking a holiday break through mid-January.  Since there are no tennis leagues playing right now, Pickle Ball will shift to the same court usage rules as tennis —  first-come, first-served.  We plan to be back on the schedule mid-January.

So gather up 3 friends and play on your schedule!  I’ve attached the QR code that will take you straight to the electronic court schedule for NFC-recognized groups.

Want a lesson? You can call Pierre Turmel; he taught tennis and helped manage the NFC with Tennis Pro-Keith Burford in the past.  He’s now a Pickle Ball pro and teaches lessons. You can reach him at 281-935-1906. His rates range from $20-65/hour, depending on the number of people.

< Scan this QR code with your phone to view the electronic court schedule for NFC-recognized groups.

New Philanthropy Opportunity & Thanks from Thornwood

Two Ways to Help "Kids Meals, Inc"

We have a great philanthropy opportunity to help Kids Meals Inc. on Friday, December 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to noon. 'Kids Meals' is a local Houston organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger by delivering free healthy meals to the doorsteps of Houston’s hungriest preschool-aged children. There are two ways our members can participate.  First, we have 10 slots reserved to volunteer in person, with the option for another 5 to participate. This group will work together to prepare and/or pack the meals. 

Everyone can help in the second way, which is collecting healthy fruit items for the group.  They are pretty specific in what they put in the meals; you can find the donation list below. I will have a bin on my front porch (510 Clear Spring Drive) starting Monday, November 1st. Donations will be delivered on December 3rd. If you want to make a donation, I would be happy to shop for you – just let me know☺

Donation List:

  • Fruit Cups
  • Applesauce
  • Annie’s Fruit Snacks
  • Munk Pack Fruit
  • Buddy Fruits Apple Crisps
  • Go Organically Fruit Snacks
  • Welch’s Fruit Snacks (low sugar)
  • Clif Kid Fruit Rope
  • Fruit Crisps
  • GoGo Squeeze Applesauce Packs.

Let’s make this a great showing for the NFWC! Please email or text me if you plan on attending and I will send you a link to their volunteer site to register. Once we have our group, we can put together carpools.  Debbie Sohmer or 832-434-3916.

More About Kids Meals: They are a local Houston organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger by delivering free healthy meals to the doorsteps of Houston’s hungriest preschool-aged children. These children, 5 and under, often fall through the gap of social services relief as they cannot yet access school-based free meal programs. Each weekday volunteers prepare thousands of healthy lunches consisting of a sandwich, nutritious snack, fruit item, and 100% juice or milk.  11 vans deliver these meals Monday through Friday to the children enrolled in the program. Kids Meals currently serves 7,000 children per day across 42 Houston area zip codes.  Kids Meals is located at 330 Garden Oaks, Houston, TX. 77018. 

Thornwood Elementary Book & Coffee Drives Successful

Thank you to all who donated items and/or money to stock the Teacher’s Lounge at Thornwood Elementary (TWE). As many of you know, TWE gets very little parental support and does not have a PTA. Community support makes the difference for this school. On September 28, 2021, thanks to your generosity, I delivered a carload of over 500 Coffee pods, tea bags, hot cocoa, snacks, bars, creamers, and sweeteners. Vicki Lullo, the Principal, was over-the-moon thrilled. 

Additionally, thanks again to your generosity, we were able to buy books from Teacher Wish Lists for the PreK and Kinder classrooms from the School Book Fair. This group is the best!

~ Debbie Sohmer, Philanthropy Chair

Three Ways To Join NFWC & Pay Your Annual Dues

1.  CLICK:  Click the Pay Now Button ($1.50 service fee from PayPal will be added to your total), 

2.  MAIL:  Send your $30 check made out to “NFWC” to our treasurer:  Patricia Redman, 13615 Still Bay Court, Houston, TX 77077, or

3.  BRING: Bring your check to the next meeting.

Please put your email address on the, "memo" line when paying by check and you'll receive a receipt confirmation.  For more information please contact Jennifer Balevic, Membership Chair.

2021-2022 Officers

President: Darlynn Lydick
VP Programs: Marta Henderson, Shelia Jones, Amy Watkins
VP Membership: Jennifer Balevic
Secretary: Susan Thomas
Treasurer: Patricia Redman
Field Trips: Alison White, Ellen Popejoy
Hospitality: Helen Pearce, Jill Lewis
Home Tour: Bridget Williams, Debra Jones
Newsletter: Diane Fishman
NFC Liaison: Michele Higgins
Parliamentarian: Traci Mundwiller
Philanthropy: Debbie Sohmer
Table Decorations: Chris Grow
Thought for the Day: Dunovan Thomas
Website: Janice Schwartz