Woman's Club members surprise president with drive-by thank you

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Saturday, several members of the Woman's Club of Panama City wanted to show their appreciation to outgoing president Stephanie Cantrell.

The ladies recognized Cantrell's hard work and plotted a way to show their appreciation even if they couldn't do it in a group setting. (WJHG/WECP)

A surprised Cantrell stepped out of the clubhouse to the sound of honking horns and cheers.

"You guys are awesome," yelled Cantrell from the steps.

Cantrell has guided the club through some rough waters over the last two years.

"When I very first was elected as president I was so excited," said Cantrell. "Because I had all these great big plans that we were gonna do a lot of fun stuff."

Cantrell presided over her first meeting as president October 5, 2018. A week later Hurricane Michael hit.

"The clubhouse was destroyed," said Cantrell. "I think I've spent the whole two years of my presidency trying to hold us together and put us back together but I wouldn't let these ladies quit."

The ladies recognized Cantrell's hard work and plotted a way to show their appreciation even if they couldn't do it in a group setting.

So a surprise drive-by was organized by incoming president Caroline Windham complete with signs, flowers and a lot of honking horns.

But Cantrell is quick to point out she had a lot of help.

"This is not a one-woman job especially when you've got a hurricane and a pandemic. I would never, ever have been able to do any of this without a huge team of ladies behind me supporting me and pushing me and helping me," Cantrell said.

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