Lois Owens, newly-installed President of the GFWC Woman's Club of Westville, hosted her first Executive Board meeting recently. Plans for the coming club year were thoroughly discussed and dates were set for a variety of events.
The group will continue to meet at 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month from September to June. These are luncheon meetings make it possible for members who are employed during the weekday to attend. The club is affiliated with the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs as well as the General Federation of Women's Club that is known as the largest international organization of volunteer women.
The September 13 meeting will feature a report from the club's delegate to Girls Career Institute held by the Federation in June at Douglass College, New Brunswick. Caitlin Robinson was the Delegate and will tell of her experiences.
The event includes a week at the college with many well-known speakers in career fields that encourage and do not encourage women.
At the Lions Club Yardsale on October 11 Westville Club will raffle off a bicycle at their table. Another bike will be raffled off at a later date. The "Wheels" were contributed by member, Michaelena Lydon. Because the Yardsale conflicts with the club's regular meeting date, it was decided to change the October session to the first Saturday, October 4.
Some of the plans include the return of the October Fest dinner slated for Saturday, October 25. This pork and sauerkraut feast was an annual favorite in the past. Another special event will be a Holiday Mart to be held Saturday, December 6, when everyone will be able to do their shopping locally.
The Club's November 8 meeting will be designated as "Friendship Day" with each member to invite a friend to accompany them. An internal fund-raiser that day will be a "Pound Auction". Each attendee will bring an item weighing one pound, disguised in artful wrapping to fool the bidders. This could be anything from a one pound gold nugget to a pound of peanuts!
In keeping with one of the GFWC Woman's Club of Westville's primary objectives, many awards were presented to Gateway Regional High School graduates again this year.
An English award given in honor of Marie Conaway went to the Salutatorian, Carly Chaapell of Wenonah and an award given in memory of Laura Maltman was received by Katie Perkins.
All other awards are designated for Westville residents so do not appear in the Gateway graduation program. The major scholarship of $500.00 went to Maria Buzurto as an exemplary student.
$100 savings bonds went to GCIT students Craig McKenzie and Anna Mae Salls. $50 bonds for Home Economics were awarded to Bill Gaskill and Margarita Alverez. The Gateway faculty scholarship committee selects these recipients at the request of the club.
Unless otherwise publicized all GFWC Woman's Club meetings are held at Grabbe's Seafood Restaurant on Delsea Drive, Westville. Attendees order from the menu and receive individual checks.