Members that attended the 2006 EWGA Conference in Amelia Island will remember Rose Naliaka. She is the only LPGA Pro in Kenya with a group of girls that the EWGA Foundation’s Drive for Dreams campaign organized a program to gather donated golf items and ship them to Kenya, Africa.
Well, Rose’s girls just recently were able to use their newly honed golf skills on a trip to St. Andrews Scotland. Through connections that Rose made at the EWGA Conference, Rose and her girls were offered a trip to St. Andrews. Here is a letter that was sent to Pam Swensen recently from Rose.

Dear Pam,

Hope you are both keeping well

Sorry, I have not written for a while.  It’s been hectic to prepare the children for the visit to St Andrews.  It was all dramatic to obtain passports for some of the kids who had no Birth Certificates.  Somehow, I managed to get the documents and on 24th of last month we left for Scotland.  The girls were so excited it was great to see them on the plane. They discovered themselves how to operate the TV and they played games, watched movies until we arrived.  For me, it was just great that I had finally changed four girls lives for ever. 

We had great reception at St. Andrews with lots of golf played on Balgove course, Strathtyrum course, Kingarrock Hickory course, Kingsbarns course and finally the Old course which we all found difficulties coming out of bunkers, impossible rough and wind.  However, we had great fun and it was a privilege to play that course.  We visited the British Museum and the R&A which was educative and interesting.  We had a chance to watch the first day of the Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes where we met Paula Creamer, Natilie Gulbis, Michele Wie, Lorena Ochoa and all top LPGA tour players.

We could have never had the opportunity to enjoy the above if it was not for your support and EWGA.  We shall forever appreciate you for opening the doors for us!

Remember the first photos I sent you?  Look at how the girls have transformed!!




The EWGA Foundation’s 2009 Drive for Dreams initiative to benefit Renee Powell’s girls golf program at the historic Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, OH is moving ‘full throttle’ through the summer months into Fall. EWGA Headquarters is working with the PGA-staffed facilities hosting the 2009 EWGA Championship Semi-finals, along with the PGA Golf Club hosting the 2009 EWGA Championship Finals to have drop-off receptacles for club donations so that competitors, spectators, guests and friends can easily join in the effort to collect ‘gently used’ clubs in support of the EWGA Foundation’s Drive for Dreams Campaign. Simply bring your club donations to the EWGA Championship Semi-final or Final event sign-in / registration table and indicate that the clubs are for the EWGA Foundation’s Drive for Dreams campaign. Club donation receipts are available at the drop-off receptable area.

To learn more about how you can participate in support of the EWGA Foundation’s efforts to ‘Give the Gift of Golf’ to those less fortunate, visit the EWGA Foundation Drive for Dreams area under ‘Learn More About EWGA’ at

Those who met her at the 2007 EWGA Conference will remember Rose Naliaka. Those whose generosity helped the EWGA Foundation share the gift of golf with Rose’s girls may remember the story.

It was the first effort undertaken by the EWGA Foundation to “share the gift of golf” with those less fortunate. Rose Naliaka is the only female golf professional in Kenya and with the help of EWGA members, Chapters, and sponsors; Rose now has the tools she so sorely needed to use golf to teach life lessons to girls who otherwise lead a squalid existence in a country rife with HIV and illiteracy.

Prior to our help, Rose and her girls had only a handful of golf clubs. More than a year after the golf clubs, shoes, clothes and more were collected, packed to journey across the Atlantic ocean, and stalled by a lengthy customs delay, Rose’s EWGA “gift of golf” finally arrived giving every one of her girls the chance to swing at a golf ball and hope for a better life.

2009 Brings it Home

This year’s Drive for Dreams campaign benefits Renee Powell’s girls’ golf program in East Canton, Ohio.

A LPGA/PGA golf professional, Renee is one of only three African-American women to play on the LPGA Tour and she was the recipient of the EWGA’s 2002 Leadership Award (one of many golf industry awards). Her family’s Clearview Golf Club (on the National Register of Historic Places) was built by her father in 1948 and remains the only African-American owned and operated golf facility in the country.

Over the past seven years, Renee’s year-round girls’ golf program has nurtured nearly 250 girls, introducing them to golf and the many doors it can open. Many of her students who did not know how to play golf at the start of their school years are now on collegiate teams. One has earned a full scholarship to Penn State and another received a Women’s Sports Foundation scholarship.

There are two ways for EWGA members to get involved with the EWGA Foundation’s Drive for Dreams initiative. Here’s how you can help:

EWGA Chapters are invited to “adopt a girl”
Be one of 33 EWGA Chapters who will personally help one of Renee’s 35 girls this year (the EWGA Foundation Board and the EWGA staff have already adopted two girls).

The girls range in age 7 to 15. You can help them start their school year off this fall by providing basic school supplies and a golf outfit. We all know how a new outfit can lift your spirits and buoy one’s confidence! And let’s not take for granted that starting school with the basics is something enjoyed by all students. Won’t you “adopt” one of Renee’s girls and be responsible for a smile that is sure to last all year long? Chapters interested in adopting one of Renee’s girls should send an email indicating your Chapter’s intent to adopt one (or more) of Renee’s girls to In this email, include your Chapter name and the designated Chapter contact name for this effort. Once you receive from AHQ the information on your girl and the list of suggested items for your Chapter to collect (items are to be new vs. used), your Chapter board can work on collecting the modest list of low cost items and/or put the word out to your Chapter membership. Download additional details on the Drive for Dreams Adopt A Girl program here. Deadline for receipt of boxes is September 1, 2009.

Turn Unwanted Clubs into Cash Donations

The EWGA Foundation is working with the PGA of America and its Trade-In Network to help us turn unwanted golf clubs into cash donations based on their fair market trade-in values. The EWGA is doing its part by having club donation drop off receptacles at its 15 EWGA Championship semi-final sites and at the Championship Finals at which everyone it welcome to contribute. EWGA Chapters are also encouraged to utilize local events to also collect golf club donations under the Drive for Dreams initiative. To learn more about how to host a club donation drive in conjunction with a local event, download this program overview.

Remember 1-2-3 When You Donate Clubs (club donation criteria)

EWGA Foundation Drive for Dreams Club Donation Receipt

Cleaning out your closets, trunk, garage or upgrading your golf bag this summer? Unsure what to do with ‘gently used’ golf clubs? Consider donating your clubs to the EWGA Foundation’s 2009 ‘Drive for Dreams’ campaign. Get a new club, donate the old club, give the gift of golf! We will be hosting club donation drives at each of the 2009 EWGA Championship Semi-final and Final sites, as well as at the upcoming July 10th EWGA Foundation fundraiser in Easton, PA.

It’s All Awaiting You This Summer in Pennsylvania…. Great Golf, Camaraderie, Fun…

Join us for the 7th Annual EWGA at the U.S. Women’s Open Charity Golf Tournament & Silent Auction Fundraiser hosted by the EWGA Foundation on Friday, July 10th at the Riverview Golf & Country Club in Easton, PA, just minutes from all of the U.S. Women’s Open action!

Arrive by 11 a.m. to sign in, warm up and get ready for a 12:30 p.m. shotgun with box lunch. Golf tournament registration includes a gift bag, fantastic prizes awarded in both mixed and all women’s flights, as well as a few surprises along the way. After golf, there’s a last chance to test your putting skills, followed by cocktail reception, dinner, awards presentation and silent auction/drawing. Some of the items up for bid this year include four (4) week-long PING Pavilion passes to the 2009 Solheim Cup with an autographed pin flag valued at over $1,400; a limited edition TPC Sawgrass artist’s proof by renowned golf landscape artist Graeme Baxter; Stay & Play golf getaways at some exclusive resorts; numerous golf foursomes at top rated courses nationwide; golf equipment, and more!

Event participants also have the opportunity to bid on the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play their round of golf with former LPGA Tour Player and 2003 First Lady of Golf Award recipient Renee Powell, a founding member of the Canton, OH Chapter of EWGA and one of only three African American women to ever play on the LPGA Tour. Download bid sheet for additional details here.

To learn more about Renee, visit: or check out the EWGA Foundation section (‘Drive for Dreams Initiative’) under the ‘Learn More About EWGA’ tab at

We hope EWGA members in the region will not only be well represented, but will treat yourselves to this special opportunity. Don’t delay, register today! Registration is open through Friday, June 26th. To learn more, visit the EWGA at the U.S. Women’s Open under ‘Events’ at or register online through the ‘Member Login’ and click on Events & Orders.

The EWGA Foundation is seeking active EWGA members to join this newly formed committee that will help raise funds through major gifts and special event fundraising with a focus on creating fundraising momentum, augmenting the existing EWGA Foundation fundraising activities and initiating new avenues in which to generate funds. For additional details, download position specification.

If you are interested inserving on this committee, or would like additional details, please send an inquiry to EWGA Foundation Board President Margaret Downey at

7th Annual EWGA at the U.S. Women’s Open

An EWGA Foundation Event to Benefit LPGA-USGA Girls Golf

Great Golf. Top-notch competition from the world’s best female golfers. Camaraderie. Fun. We invite you to be there.

This is your special invitation to join us for our 7th annual EWGA at the U.S. Women’s Open charity fundraiser being held Friday, July 10 at the riverview Riverview Golf Club in Easton, PA, just minutes away from the U.S. Women’s Open action at Saucon Valley in Bethlehem.

Benefiting LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, this annual event put on by the EWGA Foundation brings together EWGA members and guests from throughout the country to play golf, raise money for our future generation and experience one of the premier events in women’s golf.

While you may already be volunteering at the U.S. Women’s Open or planning to attend, please include our EWGA at the U.S. Women’s Open Friday charity event in your plans. Friday’s fun tournament (a four-person shamble) will be packed with surprises, a gift bag, box lunch and awards dinner, plus fantastic prizes awarded in both mixed and all women’s flights. This year’s event has a 12:30 pm shotgun start, so you can drive in on Friday morning and then stay for the weekend to watch the excitement unfold as the world’s best compete to win the prestigious U.S. Women’s Open championship.

Can’t make Friday golf? Come for the dinner and silent auction fundraiser and catch up with all your EWGA friends from across the country. Donations, sponsorships and auction item contributions also are welcome.

For your convenience, download a registration form here or you may register online by visiting the Member Log In section of the EWGA website and clicking on the Events & Orders tab. You will find information on area hotels, sponsorship opportunities, and a link to preferred pricing on U.S. Women’s Open tickets posted on the “EWGA at the U.S. Women’s Open” page under Events at Preferred ticket pricing offer for EWGA members available only through May 31st.

Don’t miss this special opportunity to be part of the excitement that is the U.S. Women’s Open. Share in the fun with your EWGA friends while helping support Girls Golf.

Hope to see you there!

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