Kathy Conzano celebrates Mary Ellen Matisse
March 12, 2017
Let me tell you about Mary Ellen Matise, she is a historian, a researcher and educator and the winner of the Martha Washington Women of History Award. This award is given by Washington’s Headquarters State Historical Site, to a woman who has made a contribution to the history of the Hudson Valley, NY through education, promotion, or preservation. Martha Washington and her husband General George Washington resided in the Hudson Valley of New York during the last days of the Revolutionary War.
Mary Ellen is the Village of Walden Historian and involved in numerous organizations that specialize in promoting local historical research, historic preservation, and educational interest in the field of history. Mary Ellen is known in the area as a presenter of historical programs to other societies and is a frequent contributor of articles to the Wallkill Valley Times. She serves as President of her local GFWC Walden Women’s Club, is a founding member of the Coldenham Preservation and Historical Society, and a mentor for the Walden Elementary History Club.
What an honor for our club member for her extraordinary work with historic preservation. The award will be presented during Women’s History Month.
If there is time in the day to lend a helping hand, Irene Iverson will do it. A member of two GFWC clubs and recent honoree of the One OC Spirit of Volunteerism Award for 2014, Irene has been an active leader in her community since she joined the Red Cross as a volunteer at 15.
Success For Survivors Scholarship
Each year, GFWC awards scholarships to help intimate partner abuse survivors obtain a post-secondary education that offers a chance to reshape their future by securing employment and gaining personal independence.
Woodbridge Woman’s Club
Since 1965, the GFWC Woodbridge Woman’s Club (Virginia) has focused on making a difference in the lives of women, children, and families in their community. With approximately 50 members, the club is a vibrant part of Woodbridge and actively conducts education, conservation, and home life projects.