Woman's Club Donation Benefits Ten Local Groups

From The Newtown Bee - By Shannon Hicks
Newtown Woman’s Club, GFWC, Inc recently made donations to ten local organizations. The money for the donations, said Dolores Judge, chairman of the club’s Finance Committee, was raised through fundraising efforts.

According to Ms Judge, the NWC Ways & Means Committee holds various fundraisers during the club year, including the annual Woman’s Club Christmas Ornament Sale.

Newtown Woman’s Club Finance Committee Chair Dolores Judge, left, and Club Tri-President Marie Sturdevant, second from left, presented checks to representatives from seven local organizations on June 25. Continuing left is Marg Studley, Samantha Flynn, Steve Bennett, Louise Andrews, Pat Murray, Shirley Glynn, Laura Hewitt, Barbara Lynch, and Beth Caldwell.

On June 25, representatives from eight of the organizations met with Ms Judge, as well as Marie Sturdevant, one of the club’s current tri-presidents, to receive their donations. Ms Sturdevant was also representing, with Marg Studley, the Newtown chapter of Western Connecticut Hospice.

Nancy Kennedy and Evie Watts, who are also tri-presidents of the local Woman’s Club, were unable to attend the presentation.

Also on hand for the check presentations were Steve Bennett from the Newtown chapter of the Salvation Army; Beth Caldwell, chair of Newtown Labor Day Parade; Samantha Flynn, The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury; and Louise Andrews, Shirley Glynn, Laura Hewitt, Barbara Lynch, and Pat Murray, all from FAITH Food Pantry. Ms Lynch was also on hand to represent The Spay & Neuter Association of Newtown.

Donations had also been earmarked for the Board of Fire Commissioners and Newtown Scholarship Association. In addition, Ms Judge said, a donation had already been presented to C.H. Booth Library.

“We like to support our local charities,” Ms Judge told those assembled in The Mary Hawley Room of Edmond Town Hall.

To be chosen for a donation, she said, members of the women’s club make suggestions, which are then voted upon by the club. The top ten vote recipients are then given donations.