Volunteers in Action: The Salem Area Woman’s Club; Women’s Club of Indian River; GFWC Yorba Linda Woman’s Club; Needham Women’s Club
May 13, 2019
The Salem Area Woman’s Club (New York) worked with the Glens Falls Hospital to co-sponsor the 25th Annual Women’s Health Day “By Women For Women” at Salem Washington Academy. There was an outstanding community response to this all-day event. The keynote talk was given by author Patricia A. Nugent. Six workshops were offered by Dr. Krista Carle, Jill Chadwick, Elizabeth Cockey, Joyce Dattner, Jessica Roesel, and Dr. Lauren Van DeWater. Attendees enjoyed a continental breakfast which was supported by the club and local sponsor, while local businesses contribute door prizes. Homemade baked goods were available to purchase throughout the day. Health Day Committee Chairman Lois Sheaff voiced her thanks to all involved in making this interesting and informative event such a success.
Chairman Lois Sheaff with keynote speaker Patricia A. Nugent.
The Women’s Club of Indian River (Delaware) celebrated Arbor Day with a tree planting at the Indian River Yacht Club where they hold their meetings. The tree was donated by the East Coast Garden Center, RSC Landscaping, LTD., Millsboro and planted by them through the help of new members Stephen and Michael Cordrey.
Linda Kutay, Recording Secretary; Muriel Pfeiffer, Vice-President, Shelby Weillop, Treasurer;
Cheryl Broadway, Home Life Chair; and Henrietta Belcher-Stack, President.
In 1961, the GFWC Yorba Linda Woman’s Club (California) gave their first scholarships by awarding two local students $50 each. Now they host an annual Student Awards Night. This year it took place on May 2 and the club awarded over $30,000 in scholarships, HOBY leadership awards, and art awards to 57 high school students from local area schools. The funds were raised through a combination of proceeds from their Spring and Fall Craft Fairs and their wonderful sponsors.
In attendance were the students’ families, friends, art teachers, and school principals, as well as several local dignitaries: City of Yorba Linda Mayor Tara Campbell, Mayor Pro Tem Beth Haney, Councilmember Gene Hernandez, City Manager Mark Pulone, OC Supervisor Hon. Don Wagner, Senator Ling Ling Chang, and representatives from the offices of Congressman Gil Cisneros and Assemblyman Phillip Chen. On display were the winning students’ photography, drawing, painting, mixed media and 3D art entries.
The annual awards ceremony evening is a wonderful culmination of all the outstanding work of the Yorba Linda Woman’s Club each year. The club members dedicate their time to planning, coordinating, advertising, etc. to continue these successful events so that they can continue to give back to their community and young students through scholarships and awards.
The Needham Women’s Club (Massachusetts) held their largest fundraiser, Dancing with the Needham Stars, along with the Needham Exchange Club. These two groups will donate more than $50,000 to several local programs and charities that benefit children, domestic violence survivors, homeless families, and the intellectually disabled.
Women’s club members dancing through the decades!
Minnie Bell Johnson
Minnie Bell Johnson is described by her fellow clubwomen as the happiest person they know, with a smile that brightens the whole room. Having just celebrated her 100th birthday, she has many reasons to smile. During her time with the Portland Woman’s Club (Oregon), she has served as both the club treasurer and club president. She’s still an active member to this day, voting on issues and club elections, and participating in projects like handing out personal care products to homeless women at the Rose Haven Women and Children’s Day Shelter.
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.
Mesquite Club, Inc.
The Mesquite Club, Inc., located in Las Vegas, Nevada, started out the club year with 120 members and now has 132 members. How has the club gained a dozen new members over such a short time? One reason is Club President Cherie Williams’ commitment to raising public awareness of the club in any way possible.