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Highland Lakes Women's Club Bylaws

Highland Lakes Women’s Club

Alpha Chapter


Section 1.  The name of the club shall be Highland Lakes Women’s Club, Alpha Chapter.


Section 1.  The purpose of the club shall be to promote fellowship and a feeling of neighborhood pride within the Highland Lakes community; to promote beautification of our community.


Section 1.  There shall be one class of membership, namely, active.

Section 2.  The club shall be limited to:

    1. Single-family dwelling residents of Highland Lakes

    2. Former residents with an active membership who have moved within a ten mile radius - membership must be active at the time they move and the year after the move without lapse of membership. 

Section 3.  The membership year and fiscal year shall be from June 1 through May 31.

Section 4.  The club’s membership list is not to be used for the promotion or solicitation of any activity without the prior approval of the HLWC officers.


Section 1.  The fiscal year shall be June 1 through May 31.

Section 2.  Dues shall be twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for active members per year payable at the first meeting of the fiscal year.

Section 3.  New member dues are payable upon admission to the club.  Individuals cannot participate on any committee of the club unless such individual has paid annual club dues. 

Section 4.  All money received from the club dues shall be spent only for projects of the club.

Section 5.  Money received from club dues shall not be spent on alcohol for any club meeting or function due to legal ramifications.

Section 6.  The books of the treasurer shall be audited at the close of each fiscal year and documentation made as to the standing of the club’s finances.  The books will be audited by the incoming Treasurer and one other club member to be appointed by the current President.


Section 1.  The officers of the club shall include: President, First Vice-President, Second Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Section 2. The Board of Officers are elected to serve one year and may succeed themselves in the same capacity if elected.  The term begins with the fiscal year September 1 through May 31.

Section 3.  Should an officer resign her term of office before the end of the term, and an interim President cannot be named, The Board of Officers shall jointly fill this role until such time a new President is elected.

Section 4.  Officers shall be nominated and elected at the last meeting of the fiscal year.


Section 1.  The President shall preside at all meetings.  She will work with the board of officers in setting and monitoring the goals of the Highland Lakes Women’s Club.  She shall also be responsible for approving committee chairwomen to each of the standing committees. She shall be ex-officio member of all Standing Committees.

Section 2. The First Vice-President shall coordinate club sponsored programs and social activities.  She will also coordinate and work with the committee in the organization/updating and production of a neighborhood directory in years it is to be updated and reprinted. She shall preside over club meetings/activities in the absence of the President.

Section 3.  The Second Vice-President shall work with the First Vice-President to coordinate club sponsored and social activities.  This also includes the securing of homes to hold Highland Lakes Women’s Club meetings.  She will also partner with the Hospitality Committee to arrange refreshments for meetings.  She shall also preside over club meetings in the absence of the President and the First Vice-President.

Section 4.  The Secretary shall keep and record minutes of all proceedings, conduct all correspondence pertaining to the club and keep an accurate record of all members.  She will be the Administrator for the all HLWC related social media sites.  She will coordinate with the Website Coordinator to help update the HLWC website as needed.

Section 5.  The Treasurer shall handle all finances of the club, keep an itemized account of all receipts and disbursements, and pay out the same only on order of the President. She shall present a written report at each regular club meeting.   She shall also keep accurate membership information. 


Section 1.  The Standing Committees of the Highland Lakes Women’s Club may be organized as needed at the discretion of the Board of Officers.

Section 2. The Standing Committees include Hospitality, Community Outreach, Fund Raising, Beautification, Sunshine Committee, and Nominating Committee.

Section 3.  Each Standing Committee shall appoint a Committee Chairwoman to lead the committee in performing its stated duties.


Section 1.  The meetings shall be held at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month unless ample notification of change is given.  At least four meetings shall be scheduled each fiscal year.  The months selected for the meetings shall be at the discretion of the officers.  Meetings shall be held in members’ homes.

Section 2.  Suspension of Club Meetings. In the event of an emergency such as weather related events, pandemics, and civil unrest, in-person club meetings may be suspended or be held virtually until it is determined to safely hold in-person meetings.



Section 1.  These bylaws may be amended by two-thirds vote of the members present at a regular meeting.  Amendments must first be reviewed and approved by the Highland Lakes Women’s Club Board of Officers.  These changes shall be presented to the membership at least one month prior to a vote at a general meeting.


Section 1.  In the event of the dissolution of the Highland Lakes Women’s Club, Alpha Chapter, the Board of Officers will make a recommendation to the membership regarding the disbursement or use of remaining club funds.  The recommendation shall be approved by a majority vote of all remaining members.


1.        Special Projects Coordinator shall coordinate details related to the Highland Lakes Women’s Club Home Tour, Christmas and/or Spring Tours. She along with committee members will identify and secure the homes to participate and partner with the home owners, decorators, photographers, and volunteers to create a seamless event.

2.        Website Coordinator will work with the club Secretary to help maintain and update the HLWC website.

3.       Hospitality Committee:  shall be responsible for coordinating food and drinks for the HLWC meetings.  They will also be responsible for food setup and clean up for each meeting.  The food should be kept simple.

4.       Community Outreach Committee:  receives nominations for all suggested charitable donations.  They will be responsible for the vetting process of each charity.  They will present the charities to the membership for approval.

Guidelines for charity nominations:

·       Charities benefit women, children, or families in need, and veterans.

·       Limited to local charities serving the Birmingham/Shelby County, Alabama area.

·       Give favor to charities where our donation will make a significant financial impact.

·       Charities previously selected are eligible to be nominated every three years.

5.        Fund Raising Committee: will be responsible for presenting possible fundraising activities for our membership.  These funds will be used as a donation to an approved charity voted on by the membership and/or beautification projects for Highland Lakes neighborhood. 

6.       Beautification Committee: will be responsible for presenting possible projects that will enhance the beauty of our neighborhood and will be beneficial to Highland Lakes residents.

7.       Sunshine Committee: will be responsible for sending get well and sympathy cards to the members of HLWC. Committee members will be reimbursed for money spent on purchasing cards and mailing to HLWC members.  To be reimbursed the committee member must submit the receipt(s) to the HLWC Treasurer.  

8.       Nominating Committee:  will be responsible for securing volunteers to serve on the HLWC Board of Officers.


PLACE:  Home of Phyllis Weaver

DATE:  September 13, 2022

TIME:  6:30 PM

General Discussion:


Renae Patterson welcomed everyone and thanked them for attending. She introduced herself as the new President of the Women's Club and introduced all current board members.  Renae thanked Phyllis Weaver for hosting and presented her with a gift.  Renae asked if there were any guests in the audience. The guests stated their names and where they lived.  Renae asked previous board members to stand up. Angelia, Sherri (not present) , Kelley (not present), Shelia and Phyllis (who is Treasurer again this year).  Angelia was presented a gift card for her 2 years serving as President.


Minutes were read by Nancy Smith. Motion to approve made by Angelia Sprayberry and seconded by Cathy Sexton.


Phyllis Gilbert read the financial report.


Renae Patterson asked members to review the bylaws on the HLWC website.  We will vote to approve at the October meeting.


1. Sunshine - Sending get well cards and sympathy cards to members.

2. Hospitality - Responsible for coordinating food and drinks for meetings.  They are responsible for food setup and cleanup.  The food should be kept simple.

3. Fundraising - Responsible for presenting possible fundraising activities. Members were asked if they have ideas for fundraisers. Putting together a cookbook was one idea.

4. Nominating - Responsible for securing volunteers to serve for next year.


Angela Nevins and Catherine Booth were introduced.

Recognition was given to Heather McElroy and Corinne Sweet for their generous donations for door prizes. 


Halloween Party will be held at Renae Patterson's home on October 18 starting at 6:30 PM. All guests were asked to wear a witches hat.


7:31 PM


PLACE : Home of Renae Patterson 

DATE: October 18

TIME: 6:30 PM



Renae Patterson welcomed everyone and introduced herself and the members of the board.  Renae asked if there were any  guests  in the audience. They were asked to stand up and introduce themselves and state where they lived in the neighborhood.  We had six guests tonight.


The minutes are on the website for everyone to read.   Renae asked for a motion for them to be approved.  Angelia Spraberry  motioned to approve and Phyllis Weaver seconded the motion.


Renae stated that the revised bylaws were on the website. The changes are: Angelia added Article X - Dissolution.   The meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of the month unless ample notification is given.  Also added was number 2 under membership. 

Everyone in favor of the changes say yes. The majority said yes, so the changes to the bylaws were approved by the membership.


Sunshine committee is full.  If you see something you are interested in please sign up.  We would really like to have more people sign up for hospitality so that members don't have to bring food or wine more than once. We would really appreciate you signing up for that committee.


Phyllis Gilbert read the financial report.


Jackie Dye discussed having a witches ride on October 29 through the neighborhood and asked if there was anyone interested in dressing up as a witch and throwing out candy to the children in the neighborhood.  Edelman had contributed $250.00 for the candy.

The next meeting will be on December 6 at Angelia Spraberry's home.  Everyone is asked to bring non perishable items for the food pantry at Asbury Church.  More information will be sent out later about the items that are needed. 15-20 families are fed each week from the food pantry.

Also in December, in conjunction with Chicken Salad Chick, we will be providing lunch for the fire departments that service our area. They are donating the food and we will provide tea and dessert. Pictures will be posted afterward.

Information on all other fundraisers and events will be sent out soon.


A candle was donated by Brittany Fancher, Golden Belle Candle Co. She lives in Chelsea.

A box of cookies was donated by Amy Booth , The Sweetest Booth. She lives in the neighborhood.

A gorgeous Halloween wreath was donated by Marilyn Chiaramonte, Clear Mountain Creations. Marilyn is a member of HLWC and also holds classes to teach wreath making.

Our last prize was donated by a sweet member of the club. It was a beautiful mum.

If you know of any local businesses that would be interested in being recognized at our meetings, please let Renae know.

Many thanks for all of the donations!


7:53 PM


PLACE : Home of Angelia Spraberry

DATE:  December 6 

TIME: 6:30 PM


Renae Patterson welcomed everyone and introduced herself and the members of the board.  New members were welcomed. The guests stood up and introduced themselves and stated where they lived in the neighborhood.  Renae thanked Angelia Spraberry for hosting and presented her with a gift.


The minutes are on the website for everyone to read. Renae asked for a motion for them to be approved. Kathy Sexton motioned to approve and Cassandra Cox seconded the motion.

Treasury Report: 

Phyllis Gilbert read the treasury report.

New Business: 

Terry Crutchfield spoke about the coat drive in January.  They will be donated to King’s Home.

A fundraiser is being planned to sell Boston Butts to raise money for another bench in the neighborhood. The date has not been decided yet.  A sign up sheet was passed around to see how many of the butts members would be willing to sell. We need at least 100 sold to raise enough funds.

The next meeting in February was discussed. It will be at the home of Jennifer Pierce. We will have a speaker from the sheriff’s department on how to protect yourselves from scams. In April we will have a fashion show at Hami Boutique.  The end of the year party will be in June.

Door Prizes:

Local resident Courtney Simmons donated a certificate worth up to $25.00. She sells wine for Scout & Cellar. To learn more about the wines visit https://scoutandcellar.com/courtneysimmons.

We also had 2 more donated door prizes that were given out.

The recipient of the Amore gift card for bringing the most items for the food drive for Asbury food pantry was Terry Marlowe.  We are so thankful for all who donated to the pantry.  

Meeting adjourned at 7:47 PM.


February 2023 Meeting Minutes

Place : Home of Jennifer Pierce

Date: February 7

Time : 6:30 PM


Sherri Mauter was presented a gift certificate for all of her hard work putting together the Outdoor Living and Flower and Garden Charity Tour that was in June 2022.

Introduction of Speakers :

Renae introduced Sgt. Robin Turner and Sgt. Tommy Maddox from Shelby County Sheriffs Office to discuss how to avoid scams. This was a very informative presentation and many great questions were asked. 

The information for the classes that were discussed are as follows:

Citizens Academy, 6:30 - 9:00 PM, 12 week course. https://www.Shelby so.com/176/citizen-training

Renae thanked the speakers for their presentation.


Renae asked if there were any visitors or new members. Since the presentation lasted longer than expected, some of the members had to leave. 

The minutes are on the website and were asked to be approved. Lynette Clemmons motioned to approve and Joy Doering seconded the motion. 

There was a discussion about selling Boston Butts  from 2 Men and A Pig on April 29 for a fundraiser. They will accept online payments.  Details will follow. The goal is to buy a bench for Grove Park.

Our next meeting will be on April 4 at 6:00 PM. It will be at Hami Boutique at Mt. Laurel. there will be a fashion show, charcuterie board and wine. Five women volunteered to be models.

Renae then discussed the current boards time was coming to an end. Lynette Clemmons and Jackie Dye are on the nominating committee. Please think about stepping up to continue leading the club. 

Renae had 3 goals as President:

1. Stock a food pantry

2. Feed first responders

3. Continue the tradition of previous administration and purchase a bench for the neighborhood.

This was done with everyone’s agreement and help.  Your new board can choose your vision and bring us all on board.

Renae read the very nice thank you card from Asbury Church. With all of the members help, we donated the most items to the food pantry than anyone ever has. Thank you ladies for your generosity!

Treasury Report:

Phyllis Gilbert read the Treasury Report.

Jennifer Pierce was thanked for hosting the meeting in her home and given a gift certificate.  Also all women who brought food and wine were thanked. 

Door prizes were drawn. We are continuing the tradition of supporting women owned businesses. Our latest is our member Eileen Gibbs. Cathy Schafer modeled one of the aprons for a door prize. They are unique and one of a kind. They are double sided and can be purchased at The Florist in Chelsea, 11728 Chelsea Road. Children’s sizes will be available soon at WeePeat Boutique on Hwy 280. You can contact Eileen for orders.

Phone : 850-449-2243

Email : evgibbs416@gmail.com

She accepts cash or Venmo and will ship free out of state. The cost is $35.00, with $5.00 going to Anchor Ministries at Asbury UMC, a memory care/dementia ministry.

New Business:

Fran Stainback discussed starting Thirsty Thursday back at La Paz in Mt. Laurel. It will be on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 4:00 PM.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.