Western District, since April 2002
Contact: Suzanne Albert, firstname.lastname@example.org
Regular meetings are held at 1 PM on the second Tuesday of each month unless otherwise noted.
Evening Division meetings: contact Susan Case at 410-848-5423 for more information.
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April 10, 2013. Barbara Humbert, shown on right, Chairman of the Arts Community Service Project of The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc., made a donation on the committee’s behalf to benefit the Scholarship Fund of The Children’s Chorus of Carroll County. Shown receiving the donation is Diane Jones, Musical Director of the chorus.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. is a proud member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.
For further information contact Mary Lou Poirier, Publicity Chairman, at Poirier_Mary@comcast.net.
April 9, 2013. The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. hosts guest speaker, Florence Hines, Vice-President for Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions at McDaniel College.
On April 9, 2013, The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. held its regular monthly meeting at the Carroll Non-Profit Building. Following the opening agenda, Club President Suzanne Albert, called upon Clubwoman Robyn Allers, wife of McDaniel College President, Dr. Roger N. Casey, who introduced guest speaker, Florence Hines, Vice-President for Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions at McDaniel College.
Listening to Guest Speaker, Florence Hines, are from far left Janice Hobart, Etta Ray Griffin, Sally Marks, Barb Reiner and Betty Mathias.
Hines spoke to the clubwomen about the high cost of college tuition today, noting that there may be little difference between private and public college costs due to the financial assistance offered by private colleges. She stated that most families have saved little towards college expenses and are ill-prepared to deal with the realities of the price of tuition. Their answer to how they will pay is, “Can’t you just give our child a scholarship?”
She stressed the advantages of a child initially attending community colleges as a less expensive means of paying tuition. McDaniel has automatic scholarships for students accepted as transfers from Maryland community colleges with the required GPA. They can work with the student to choose course work that will meet McDaniel requirements.
Hines went on to describe the net price calculator, or NPC, now in use on college and university websites which allow students and their parents to quickly get an estimated figure of what they will be expected to pay for that school. She said that the calculator has been very well received by applicants.
A search of several schools’ websites including McDaniel, University of Maryland, Yale and NYU all quickly led to the calculator. The College Board website, which offers the calculator to schools, describes the NPC as a tool to help calculate the difference between the “sticker price” of the school and the amount the student is expected to pay after factoring in grants, aids, tuition, room and board, books and other costs.
Vice-President Hines was a personable, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable speaker who provided much information about college costs for members to pass on to their children and grandchildren.
On left is Florence Hines, Director of Admissions, McDaniel College with Robyn Allers, wife of McDaniel president, Roger Casey.
Browsing the used book table at our April meeting are Betty Jones and Pat Snowberger.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. is an affiliated club of GFWC, one of the world’s largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational women’s volunteer service organizations. For further information, please contact Mary Lou Poirier, Publicity Chairman, at 410-871-9102 or email@example.com.
March 12, 2013, The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. held its regular monthly meeting and heard the annual reports on the club’s 2012 volunteer activities and donations.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc., met at the Carroll Non-Profit Building on March 12. Clubwoman Norma Jean Swam spoke about the organization of women’s clubs from local to the international GFWC; and immediate past president, Carol Kershner spoke about the history of the women’s clubs role in gaining passage of the Marshall Plan. General Marshall went on the road to gather support for the plan which was intended to provide relief to Europe following the devastation of World War II. Among the groups to whom he spoke were women’s clubs across the nation. In 1949 he attended the GFWC convention and said that the plan would never have passed without the support of the women’s clubs.
The meeting then focused on reports by Community Service Project and committee chairmen describing their volunteer service activities and donation of funds for calendar year 2012.
Both The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. and its parent organization, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, have a more than 100-year history of dedication to community improvement through volunteer service. Since its founding in 1890 the GFWC has championed the rights of women and children and other important community programs. The Westminster Club partners with local organizations to work towards those same goals.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. made monetary donations in the amount of $6,570 to 29 community organizations in calendar years 2012.
Beautiful daffodils in memory off Helen Wolfe
The Arts Community Service Project in partnership with the Carroll Non-Profit Center, represented by Mark Krider, and the Carroll Community Center represented by Audrey Cimino, along with two artists, Lyndi McNulty and Pam Zapperdino, continued its ongoing exhibits by local artists at the Non-Profit Center. In addition the project provided members as docents at St. Paul’s Decorator Show House, entered a wreath in support of the Carroll County Arts Council’s Festival of Wreaths, and made a donation to an Arts Council’s Scholarship Fund.
Community Outreach continued their 20 year tradition of volunteering at SERRV where they unpack, price and repack items for shipment to the International Gift Shop in Wisconsin. They also contributed to the Heifer Project, to Plan USA, Operation Smile, UNICEF and CARE. Locally, they donated 174 pounds of food to Food Sunday.
The Conservation Community Service Project, with the approval and help of the Westminster Recreation and Parks Department, maintained a perennial garden at Belle Grove Square. They also joined with Recreation and Parks to design and maintain the flower beds around the city’s Veterans monument.
The Education Community Service Project partnered with the public library and the health department to purchase books and “Books for Babies” kits which were delivered to the health department. Members contributed magazines and gently used books for the “Take Home Library” at Shepherd’s Staff; filled and donated backpacks for Shepherd’s Staff “Back to School” project; made cash donations to two elementary schools to update their media center collections; and donated books and time at the Carroll County Day Care Center. Their biggest project, in partnership with Random House, continued to be Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday celebration. Random House donates books and the club also purchases some books, which are delivered to local elementary schools. Volunteer Readers from the Woman’s Club and other community groups read aloud to the children in the selected classroom, and each child is allowed to choose a book to keep and take home. The Project also contributed a scholarship for a high school sophomore to attend a HOBY seminar.
Norma Jean Swam and Carol Kershner, speakers at March meeting
The Home Life Community Service Project donated clothing to women in the New Life for Girls program; provided items for the West End Center; participated in a Pinwheels program for Maryland Family and Children Services to focus on child abuse and supported the fundraiser by donating funds for programs and marketing. Home Life also distributed information on breast cancer and heart disease.
The Public Issues Community Service Project members volunteered as ushers at the Big Band Concert, and organized and provided a luncheon for the staff and volunteers on moving day for Access Carroll. Baugher’s Orchard and Harry’s Restaurant made contributions to the luncheon menu. The Project also collects Christmas cards for the ARC of Carroll County for repurposing and sale.
The Ways and Means Committee though its ornament sales and silent auction is the major source of funds for the club, enabling each community service project to make donations. The club also has Beneficiary and Scholarship committees which recommend contributions to local organizations and award scholarships to students to attend local colleges.
For more information about The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc., please contact Mary Lou Poirier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. in partnership with Random House, Inc. and guest readers celebrates NEA Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday in Carroll County Elementary Schools.
On March 1 and 4, 2013, clubwomen and guest readers of The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc., celebrated NEA Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, by reading aloud to 2,491 students in 104 classrooms in 14 Carroll County schools and one school in Florida. Each child received a new book courtesy of Random House, Inc. and the Woman’s Club. Other reading dates are scheduled for some schools later in the month. The event was organized by the Club’s Education Community Service Project under the direction of Jacqueline Hering and Etta Ray Griffin, Committee Co-Chairmen.
Dr. Seuss’ book, Green Eggs and Ham, became a reality for 100 of the celebrating students at Spring Garden Elementary as they helped five clubwomen cook that dish in their classrooms and decided whether they, like Sam, liked it… or not.
Our own Cat in the Hat Clubwoman, Rosemary Barnes, reads to kindergarten class at Friendship Valley Elementary
The Dr. Seuss Birthday celebration has become an annual event for the Education Project of the Woman’s Club in partnership with Random House, its guest readers and Carroll County. It begins in February when the books are picked up at the Random House warehouse (some additional books are purchased by the club). They are taken to the workroom provided by the county in the BERC Center where the books are sorted and a member-designed book plate providing space for the child's name and acknowledging the donor(s) is inserted in each book. The books are then delivered to the schools prior to the celebration day. On that day, the books are displayed in the classrooms, and each child is invited to select a book for his personal library. Two extra books are provided in each room so the last child to select has a choice.
Jackie Hering, Education chairman helps kindergartners cook "Green Eggs and Ham."
The children, the readers and the community benefit from this program. The celebration brings together many individuals and organizations in Westminster in a true sense of community spirit. The children are inspired to read more and are excited to pick a book of their own. It is great fun for the readers, some of whom dress up like the Cat in the Hat, who love to interact with the children. As one reader said, “That was a blast. I can’t wait to do it again next year!”
Among the Woman’s Club guest volunteers who read to students were Carroll County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steve Guthrie, and former Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Charles Ecker (wearing his Dr. Seuss tie). Other guest readers were The Advocate Editor, Kathryn Leiter, and members of the Westminster Police dept., the Bonds Meadow and Westminster Rotary Clubs, the Jr. Woman's Club, the Carroll County Retired Teachers Association, the United Methodist Women, the Friends of Runnymede School, and residents of Carroll Lutheran Village and Carroll Vista Retirement communities.
The elementary schools where club members and their guests read were Elmer Wolfe, Taneytown, Runneymede, Westminster, Charles Carroll, Wm. Winchester, Cranberry Station, Robert Moton, Friendship Valley, Spring Garden, Ebb Valley, Mechanicsville, Carrolltown, and Sandymount.
A kindergartner is not sure about "Green Eggs and Ham!"
Clubwomen participating were Pat Amass, Susan Case, Anna Chiavacci, Babs Condon, Trinka Cueman, Mary Dudderar, Jackie Finch, Etta Ray Griffin, Barbara Gunther, Rosemary Hangar, Rosemary Barnes, Jo Harp, Pat Harter, Cathy Hartman, Jackie Hering, Joan Hollinger, Dolores Snyder, Ginny Houser, Nancy James, Dot LeFevre, Lynda Lockard, Sally Marks, Nancy McAllister, Jan Ober, Linda Payne, Jean Picardi, Dottie Piper, Debbie Schaeffer, Carol Shook, Trudy Jo Snader, Norma Jean Swam, Sue Thomas, Dorris Whitford, Jeanne Herr, Eve Schaeffer, Gerri Reck, Betty Mathias, and Nancy Hiatt.
January 22, 2013, GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. tours Mosaic Community Services in Westminster.
Nine members of the Westminster Women’s Club toured the Mosaic Community Services facility in Westminster to prepare for a new Woman’s Club Home Life Community Service Program in partnership with Mosaic. Mosaic provides comprehensive services including vocational services to individuals with mental illness to assist them in a smooth transition to
The tour of the facility was led by Stacy Seymore, Director of Vocational Services for Mosaic. She said that of the four Mosaic vocational program sites, the Westminster facility is its largest and that they average around a 50% rate of individuals employed. This is proportionally the highest of the facilities.
The Woman’s Club Home Life Co-Chairmen, Mary Dudderar and Jean Picardi, told the group that the Club plans to assist Mosaic in three ways:
Clubwomen will be provided with instructional material and training before taking part in the
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. is an affiliated club of GFWC, one of the world’s largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational women’s volunteer service organizations. For further information, please contact Mary Lou Poirier, Publicity Chairman, at 410-871-9102 or email@example.com.
January 8, 2013, The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. begins Fundraising for Babs with a Vacation Home Raffle, and inducts new member, Lynn Walter.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. held its monthly meeting at the Carroll Non-Profit Building on January 8, 2013 at 1:30 PM.
Club President, Suzanne Albert, introduced Staccato Moment Speaker, Babs Condon, who spoke about her goals for both her current term as President-Elect of the GFWC international organization and her upcoming role as its 50th President. Condon assumes the office in June 2014 for a two-year term. She described innovative changes in the GFWC website providing improved interaction between the individual clubs and the international organization, and the addition of links enabling clubwomen to easily reach out to members of the legislature. Condon would like to see the GFWC focus on the influence clubwomen can have on improving our society and the needs of women and children, much as they did in the first years of the now 125-year old organization. The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is one of the world’s largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational women’s volunteer service organizations.
Each of the Club’s project and committee chairmen then reported on their volunteer activities. Dolly Snyder, Chairman of the Fundraising for Babs Committee, spoke about the upcoming events that are part of the club’s fundraising efforts which will take place between January and May 2013. This is part of a statewide effort by the GFWC Maryland Federation of Women’s Clubs, Inc. to contribute to Condon’s 2014 Installation Fund. The Westminster club is holding a raffle for a week’s use of a vacation home at Deep Creek Lake. The home sleeps up to 20 people, is lakefront and has a dock. Tickets are now on sale from clubwomen for $10 each or 3 for $20. Only 500 tickets will be sold.
In addition to the Club’s business meeting, new member Lynn Walter was inducted into the club. Walter is the Studio Coordinator for her husband, renowned wildlife sculptor Bart Walter. Walter’s sculptures are currently on display in an exhibit titled Out of Africa at the Stanford in Washington Art Gallery, Washington, DC, for which Lynn Walter helped produce a stunning catalog featuring some of her own photography. The catalog describes how The Walter family went on safari to Africa every other year from 1997 to 2007, resulting in many of Bart Walter’s most important works.
Lynn Walter will be the guest speaker at a March 19, 2013, Fundraising for Babs luncheon at Maggie’s Restaurant. Her topic will be “Behind the scenes: life with a sculptor.” Seating is limited to 60 members and guests. The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. is hosting this luncheon in partnership with The Carroll County Public Library, Lynn Wheeler, Director.
From Left are new clubwoman, Lynn Walter and Membership Co-Chairman, Dottie Piper.
January 10, 2013, GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. Installs new art exhibit at the Carroll Non- Profit Building.
Members of the Arts Community Service Project met on January 10, 2013 at the Westminster Non- Profit Building to hang the latest in an ongoing series of art exhibits by local artists. This exhibit titled “Kaleidoscope of Color,” features artists, Felisa Flecker, Kathy Gressieux, Lance Garber, Edward Maiello, Shelley Steinle and Donna Yarrish, and will be on display until March 31, 2013.
From Left, Arts Member, Claire Berent, Arts Co-Chairman, Nancy James, and Arts Member, Kathy Ritttler.
December 11, 2012. GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. holds
annual Holiday Luncheon and Silent Auction at Westminster Riding Club.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc., celebrated the season at its annual holiday luncheon and silent auction held at the Westminster Riding Club on December 11, 2012. More than one hundred clubwomen and their guests attended the event
Program Co-Chairmen Jan Ober and Susan Case and their committee members organized the luncheon. The tables were beautifully decorated and featured evergreen centerpieces designed and arranged by Betsy Reinders from New Market, MD. The luncheon was catered by Harry’s, and music was provided by the Never Too Late Band.
The silent auction is a major fundraiser for the Club and featured items donated by members. Organizers of the auction, Linda Frazee, Sandy Ferguson, Dawn Thomas and Barbara Gunther, spent many hours collecting and then displaying the items in imaginative settings to entice bidders. The items at auction included an American Girl Doll with a wardrobe of clothing and a vintage rocking horse, set up in an arrangement that called to mind an old-fashioned Christmas.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, a national organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of others through volunteer service. For further information contact Mary Lou Poirier at Poirier_Mary@comcast.net.
From left, Susan Case and Jan Ober, Co-Chairmen of the Program Committee
From left, Linda Frazee, Sandy Ferguson, Dawn Thomas and Barbara Gunther, organizers of the Silent Auction
On November 12, 2012, Nancy James (on left) and Barbara Humbert(on right), Co-Chairmen of the Arts Community Service Project of The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster presented a donation to Sandy Oxx (center), Executive Director of the Carroll County Arts Council. The donation will benefit the Arts Council’s Tom Holder Memorial Scholarship Fund for young people who wish to participate in a class, camp or children’s troop but lack the means to pay, Oxx said they never say no to any child who wants to participate and are very grateful for the donation to the fund.
November 12, 2012, The Arts Community Service Project of The GFWC Woman’s
Club of Westminster presented a donation to the Carroll County Arts Council to
benefit the Council’s Tom Holder Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is an international organization dedicated to
community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.
For further information contact Mary Lou Poirier, Publicity Chairman, at Poirier_Mary
November 13, 2012, GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster Inducts New Members, and has Guest Speaker, Laurie Martz of Travel & Tours Unlimited
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster held its monthly meeting at the Non-Profit Building in Westminster on November 13, 2012. The club inducted two new members, Martha Wiseman and Rosemary Barnes.
Among other business discussed was the status of the club’s Community Service Projects and their volunteer efforts including upcoming work with the new art exhibit at the Non-Profit
Building, Serv, Access Carroll, Belle Grove Park, Dr. Seuss Birthday Reading Across America Day, and the Festival of Wreaths.
Guest speaker was Laurie Martz, president and co-owner of Travel & Tours Unlimited, Inc., an authorized Disney Vacation Planner. Among her other certifications, Martz is a Master Cruise Counselor.
Her topic was Travel Options for Women Only, and Martz discussed ways to find travel partners to avoid the dreaded single supplement. She also described the newest innovations in travel – affinity groups, who book a specialty cruise linked to their interest, and multi-generational travel.
Club President, Suzanne Albert thanked Martz for her Informative talk and then closed the
meeting. GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, one of the world’s largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational women’s volunteer service organizations. For further information contact Mary Lou Poirier, Publicity Chairman at Poirier_Mary@comcast.net.
Pictured from left are Clubwoman and Mentor Joan Hollinger, new member Rosemary Barnes, Club President Suzanne Albert, new member Martha Wiseman, Club Vice President and Mentor Nancy James.
Pictured from left are Laurie Martz of Travel & Tours Unlimited and Jan Ober, Club
On November 26, 2012, the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. provided volunteers to SERRV. The International Outreach Community Service Project, co-chaired by Sally Marks and Barbara Reiner, coordinates the Club’s service to SERRV several times during the year to assist the organization in packing and unpacking merchandise. Located in New Windsor, SERRV is a nonprofit organization providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide, and is a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization. The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.
Pictured clockwise from left are GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. clubwomen Nancy McAllister, Barb Reiner, Barbara Hering, Lois Gilbertson, Mary Lathroum, Pat Snowberger, Joan Resch, Barb Gunther, Ginger Falcone, Sally Marks, and Dinah Smelser. Not pictured, Lura Griswold
On November 28, 2012, the Public Issues Community Service Project of the GFWC
Women’s Club of Westminster, Inc. provided lunch for the Access Carroll staff and volunteers while their offices were being relocated to the new Access Carroll space
at 10 Distillery Drive.
Clubwomen who helped provide the lunch were: Robyn Allers, Mary Dudderar, Ginger Falcone, Nancy Groft, Maryl Harshey, Nancy Hiatt, Janice Hobart, Ginny Houser, Nancy James, Betty Jones, Carol Kershner, Betty Mathias, Nancy McAllister, Jean Picardi, Dottie Piper, Gerri Reck, Sue Thomas, Dolly Snyder, Nora Jean Swam, Suzanne Albert, and Carol Quinn. Local businesses, Baugher's Orchard and Harry’s Restaurant, also contributed to the food for the luncheon
Access Carroll is a non-profit organization offering free health care to uninsured, low-income residents of Carroll County. The GFWC Women’s Club of Westminster, Inc. is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Their mission is to enhance the lives of others through volunteer service.
Pictured above from left are Fran Rock and Maryl Harshey, Co-Chairmen of the Public Issues Community Service Project.
October 28, 2012 - GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster Members Volunteer as Hosts at
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Decorator Show House
Clubwomen from the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster volunteered as hosts
for St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Decorator Show House on October 28,
the final day of the event. The Show House was to benefit the church’s Capitol
Campaign Building Fund, and included a tour of the parsonage and church
Sanctuary. The Parsonage had been beautifully decorated by local designers
using paint, paper and furnishings in keeping with the history of the building
which was built in the mid 1880’s.
Pictured in the parsonage living room are clockwise from right clubwomen Nancy James, Sandy Ferguson, Norma Jean Swam, Dawn Thomas, Barbara Humbert, Nan Sanders, and Kathy Rittler. Not shown, Mary Lou Poirier.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster Monthly Meeting
October 9, 2012, The Honorable Susan W. Krebs, Guest Speaker.
The Honorable Susan W. Krebs, a Republican member of the House of Delegates, representing District 9B, Carroll County, was the guest speaker at the Woman’s Club of Westminster’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 9. The topic of her speech was “Using our Voice for Policy and Women’s Health.”
She was introduced at the meeting by Clubwoman Linda Payne who described Delegate Krebs’ long service to Carroll County, including that as President of the Carroll County Board of Education. Payne said that Krebs has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2003, serving on the Health and Government Operations Committee. She is also on the Board of Trustees of Carroll Hospice and on the Community Advisory Committee for Carroll Lutheran Village.
Delegate Krebs began her talk with praise for the way Carroll County residents are willing to step up as volunteers and as citizen activists. She said that she feels blessed to live in the County, and invites other lawmakers who complain about the lack of community involvement to, “Come see how we do things in Carroll County!”
She then spoke about her focus on health issues affecting woman who she says make most of the decisions affecting the health of their families. She said she is particularly concerned about rising health care costs and the high percentage of the health care budget spent on treating chronic diseases. She feels that a greater emphasis on preventive care would lower that percentage. She also spoke of the importance of having an Advanced Directive to name a manager for one’s health care and one’s wishes in the event of an incapacitating illness.
Finally, Delegate Krebs provided insight into the seven (7) questions on the November election ballot and the effect of each question whether the vote goes for or against.
Club President Suzanne Albert then continued the meeting calling on members for committee reports and announcements, and introduction of guests before adjourning with final thanks to Delegate Krebs.
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a nonprofit organization that brings together local women’s clubs in a collective effort to strengthen communities and enhance the lives of others through volunteer service. For further information please contact Mary Lou Poirier, Publicity Director, at Poirier_Mary@comcast.net or 410-871-9102.
Pictured on above is Clubwoman Linda Payne with Delegate Susan Krebs.
Holiday Ornament – Baker Memorial Chapel
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster presents its annual ornament, the ninth in a series depicting beautiful historic buildings in the community of Westminster. The 2012 ornament, a rendition of the Baker Memorial Chapel, is the third McDaniel College building in the series. Prior ornaments featuring McDaniel buildings were of the Ward Memorial Arch and the Baker Chapel.
The Baker Memorial Chapel was formerly dedicated in 1958 following a two-year construction period utilizing funds donated by the Baker family. It required the largest crane ever put together in Carroll County to raise the steeple to its place 113 feet above the porch.
Originally built for Sunday Chapel Services, it now serves as a multi-purpose building. The main floor is used for both college and private events while offices are on its lower floor. The altar, pulpit, and lectern are on wheels and can be moved as needed.
The ornaments are priced at $21 each including MD sales tax and can be purchased at the McDaniel College Bookstore located at 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157, or by contacting Sandy Ferguson of the Woman’s Club at 410-848-3032 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured above is Kyle Meloche, Store Manager for the McDaniel College Bookstore, and Sandy Ferguson, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee of the Woman’s Club.
2012 Annual Ornament
Baker Memorial Chapel
September 7, 2012 -Launch of Sixth Art Exhibit, “Fall Into Art”
Pictured above, left to right, are Nancy James and Barbara Humbert,
Co-Chairmen of the Arts Community Service Project.
The Arts Community Service Project, a department of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, began its fall season by launching its sixth in an ongoing series of art exhibits at the Westminster Non-Profit Center on September 7, 2012. The State Federation recognized the Arts Department in April of this year by awarding them a Certificate of Excellence in the area of Arts Partnership for its sponsorship of the exhibits.
These juried shows began in 2011 and provide an opportunity for many local artists to display their work and expose those who use the meeting rooms where the exhibits are displayed to a greater appreciation for art. The rooms are used by many organizations including our Woman’s Club.
This exhibit titled “Fall Into Art” showcases the work of eight artists using varied media. It will remain at the Center through the first week in January. Helping the Woman’s Club coordinate this exhibit were Mark Krider, Director of the Carroll Non-Profit Center; Audrey Cimino, Director of the Community Foundation of Carroll County; and artist and owner of Gismos Art, Lyndi McNulty.
Arts Department Co-Chairmen, Barb and Nancy, said they were excited and pleased by the number of artists in the community who have participated in the exhibits and by the quality of their work. They agreed that they always look forward to seeing what will be submitted for each new show.
Helping to coordinate this exhibit and pictured above, left to right, are Lyndi McNulty, artist and owner of Gismos Art; Mark Krider, director of the Carroll Non-Profit Center; and Audrey Cimino, director of the Community Foundation of Carroll County.
Above, Arts members Norma Jean Swam and Kathy Rittler help hang the art works.
New club president, Suzanne Albert, shared her vision for the club’s direction for the next two years citing her administration’s theme of GFWC-“Uniting your voice for leadership and equality”. She said that her goals are to be kind, a good listener, and to learn and grow in providing the best volunteer service practices for the City of Westminster and beyond.
Albert, a former Westminster City Councilwoman, grew up on Main Street, married Charles Albert, a “town boy,” and they had three daughters. She retired, as a Nurse Administrator, after 32 years with the State of Maryland. She then worked as an Adult Day Care Director, Ombudsman for Long Term Care, and lastly as a Carroll Hospice team member. She says, “once a nurse always a nurse,” and will continue to serve her community through her volunteer work with the Woman’s Club.
Albert then introduced Babs J. Condon, President-elect of the national General Federation of Women's Clubs who spoke to our members about the upcoming fall Region meetings and her role as the President-elect. Condon said that she and the GFWC President will be traveling and meeting with each of the club’s eight regions and their members this fall to share important updates from the national organization. She thanked all attendees for their volunteer work which greatly benefits our community.
Condon has been a clubwoman since 1983 when she joined the GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Westminster. She will serve a two-year term as president-elect of the national organization and then become president for the following two years.
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is one of the world’s oldest and largest women’s volunteer service organizations, dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, with more than 100 members, meets at the Carroll Non-Profit Center in Westminster on the 2nd Tuesday of September through May. Guests are welcome. Contact Poirier_Mary@comcast.net for more information.
Suzanne Albert, Club President
Babs Condon, GFWC President-elect
May 28, 2012 - Memorial Day Parade in Westminster, MD
“Seventy-six trombones lead the big parade!” With the Woman’s Club, Junior Woman’s Club, and the Juniorette Stars right behind!
Members and their families showed their patriotic spirit by joining the 145th. Memorial Day Parade in Westminster with their red, white, and blue colors on Monday, May 28th. It was a huge success with banners, wreaths, miniature flags, and convertibles! It was an honor and a privilege to have the present and past presidents participate in the parade. They were Suzanne Albert, Trinka Cueman, Jo Harp, Jackie Hering, Carol Kershner, Sally Marks, Nancy McAllister, Carol Shook, Jayne Stocksdale, and Norma Jean Swam. We would like to express our gratitude to the drivers of the sporty cars which included Bob Payne, Jim Stocksdale, Norma Jean Swam, and Joanne Yingling. A special thanks to our club members for their support!
Left to right (back) Trinka Cueman and Suzanne Albert, (front) Carol Kirshner, Jayne Stocksdale, Jo Harp, Jackie Hering, Sally Marks, Norma Jean Swam, Carol Shook, and Nancy McAllister.
Gathering of members from The STARS, Junior Woman's Club, Woman's Club of Westminster, and America's Miss Maryland.
Parade participants and convertibles.
Our youngest patriotic participant in the parade.
May 8, 2012 - Annual Spring Luncheon
Members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s Club of Westminster, met May 8 for their annual spring luncheon at the Best Western Motel & Conference Center in Westminster.
After a call to order by President Carol Kershner, award certificates from the state were announced in the community service areas of education and arts for partnerships and international outreach for collaboration and partnerships. A special thank you was given to Betty Reinders for her wonderful decorations highlighting the educational theme.
The outgoing executive committee was recognized by the president with gifts of appreciation for their many efforts and time spent during the past two years. Helen Wolfe, parliamentarian, honored Carol for her energy, creativity, and enthusiasm during the past two years with a contribution to the Westminster Library Sculpture Garden in her name.
Officers for 2012-14 were installed as follows:
Four members shared their hopes and wishes for our club’s success in the future which included learning about more issues in our community, working with senior citizens, being mentors, and continuing in the arts area. Jo Harp announced that a monetary donation was given to the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore.
The guest speaker was Michelle Shearer, National Teacher of the Year for 2011. Her presentation included a power point presentation of the various classes she visited last year including Japan, China, and Singapore as well as the states. In addition to a science and math background, she shared her fluency with sign language. With a masters degree in deaf education from McDaniel College, she spent four years at the Maryland School for the Deaf. She emphasized that students need to be college and career ready.
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Picture Above (left to right) New Officers - Barbara Gunther, treasurer; Nancy James, vice president; Suzanne Albert, president; Marge Simmons, corresponding secretary; Kathy Rittler, recording secretary was not present.
Picture Above (left to right) Michelle Shearer, 2011 National Teacher of the Year; Carol Kershner, 2010-2012 president; Susan Case,program clubwoman.
April 24, 2012: “Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign”
Several members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s Club of Westminster, Junior Woman’s Club of Westminster, and STARS Juniorette Club of Westminster met at Belle Grove Square Park in regard to “Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign” on April 24th. Child Abuse America has introduced the pinwheel as the symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention nationwide. The campaign represents Prevent Child Abuse America’s efforts to change the way our nation thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that promote healthy child development and child abuse prevention. Our clubs were invited to participate in this campaign to help raise awareness.
Connie Sgarlata, assistant executive director of Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland, spoke on the subject of child abuse and neglect. A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. More than five children die every day as a result of child abuse in the United States. It occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education. Some of the symptoms are unexplained injuries, changes in sleeping habits, changes in school performance, fear of going home, and changes in behavior.
Developed by the Adams County Child Advocacy Center, the following “One with Courage” pledge was used at the 2012 Pinwheels to Prevent Child Abuse Conference.
“I commit to learning the signs and symptoms of child abuse and sharing this information with others in the community. I commit to finding ways I can make an impact on the heartbreak that is child abuse, whether that is through donations, volunteering, prevention, or bringing awareness to other community members. I commit to following my instincts when it comes to the safety of children and reporting instances of suspected child abuse. By adhering to the complete pledge above, I acknowledge that then, and only then, can I be the One with Courage and be an active combatant against child abuse.”
Picture (left to right) Jean Picardi and Pat Harter, Home Life Community Service Program chairwomen; Connie Sgarlata, assistant executive director of Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland.
Picture (left to right) Pat Harter, Home Life Community Service Program chairwoman; Connie Kidder and Sue Thomas, clubwomen; Connie Sgarlata,assistant executive director of Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland; Jean Picardi, Home Life Community Service Program chairwoman; Michele Thompson and Carol Horne, clubmembers; and Babs Condon, GFWC First Vice-President.
Picture (left to right) Mary Walton, clubmember and co- advisor of GFWC STARS Juniorette Club; Rachel Horton; Sarah Walton, clubmember of GFWC STARS Juniorette Club; Babs Condon, GFWC first vice president and co-advisor of GFWC STARS Juniorette Club; clubmembers Hannah Utermahlen, Michele Thompson, and Emily Rosenthal of GFWC STARS Juniorette Club.
Colorful pinwheels at Belle Grove Square Park in Westminster in regard to
" Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign."
Members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s Club of Westminster, met April 10 at the Carroll Non-Profit Center in Westminster. After a thought for the day highlighting club member Joan Eichhorn as producer of a musical revue at the Carroll Arts Center, clubwoman Jan Ober introduced Ray Ficca, artistic director of the Totem Pole Playhouse. Acting since 1989, he has over 150 professional stage credits and has been a guest lecturer at McDaniel College. His favorite roles were in the productions of “PT Barnum” and “Big River”. In addition to sharing the upcoming events and history of Totem Pole Playhouse, Ficca indicated that community support and continuity has contributed to the success of the playhouse for sixty-two years. In addition to various announcements and reports of community service projects, Pat Lyburn and Wendy Dow were introduced as guests. The next gathering will be a spring luncheon and program on May 8, 2012 at the Best Western Motel & Conference Center. Speaker will be Michelle Shearer, National Teacher of the Year. For more information on the club’s activities, call 410-857-9933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picture (left to right) - Clubwoman Jan Ober of GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster and Ray Ficca, artistic director of the Totem Pole Playhouse Theater.
Members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s Club of Westminster, met January 10 at the Carroll Non-Profit Center in Westminster. After a thought for the day involving hints for drying garden herbs by Trinka Cueman, a “staccato moment” was presented by clubwoman Jan Ober in regard to the Carroll County Education Foundation. This non-profit organization was created to support and enhance the education of all students in the county’s public schools. Some of the Foundation’s goals include improving education for every student, supporting programs or projects initiated by classroom teachers, creating strong partnerships between the community and the school system, and coordinating support from local and national organizations. As a club, we are encouraged to give donations and in kind gifts as well as volunteering, writing grants, and supporting the
In addition to the various community service programs and committee reports, Mary Dudderar and Karen Soisson were introduced as new members. Guests were Clare Berent, Bharati Morjaria, and Uma Bhatti.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, February 14 at the Carroll County Non-Profit Center in Westminster from 1p.m. – 3p.m. For more information, call 410-857-9933 or email email@example.com. Guests are welcomed.
Top Picture: (left to right) Jan Ober, clubwoman and presenter; Carol Kershner, president; and Dolly Snyder, program chairwoman of the Woman's Club of Westminster.
Bottom Picture: (left to right) New members - Karen Soisson and Mary Dudderar.
Several members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s Club of Westminster toured Carroll Child Care Center on December 21. Education chairwomen Jackie Hering and Etta Ray Griffin with Debbie Schaeffer and Linda Payne donated age-appropriate books to the center in celebration of the 100th. anniversary of the Woman’s Club. They were greeted by Fred Teeter, Jr., CEO and Julie Wilhelm, Director of Management & Enrollment. The center has been serving families of all income levels by offering a healthy environment in which children discover, learn and grow since 1969.
Jackie Hering with the Carroll Child Care Center children.
(left to right) Fred Teeter, CEO of Carroll Child Care Center; Debbie Schaeffer, Secretary of Woman's Club of Westminster; Julie Wilhelm, Director of Management & Enrollment.
Children left to right: Daniel Bowers, Miles Mongar, Hannah Harris, Abby McCall. Adults left to right: Etta Ray Griffin, Education Community Service Program Chairwoman; Linda Payne, Publicity Chairwoman; and Debbie Schaeffer, Secretary of Woman's Club of Westminster.
left to right: Jackie Hering and Etta Ray Griffin, Education Community Service Program Chairwomen; Linda Payne, Publicity Chairwoman; and Debbie Schaeffer, Secretary of Woman's Club of Westminster.
Club members also met December 13 at The Riding Club in Westminster for a Christmas luncheon and a holiday silent auction. Carol Kershner, president, welcomed members and 42 guests. She read a book about a child’s Christmas in Wales. Recognition was given to Dolly Snyder, program chairwoman, and her committee on an outstanding job in arranging this event. Entertainment was provided by soloist Carol Raber, choir director at Sandymount United Methodist Church. Clubwoman Barbara Humbert led the group in the singing of Christmas carols. Sandy Ferguson, chairwoman of the Ways and Means Committee, and her members were organizers of the various auction items which included baked goods, greenery, holiday décor, gifts for giving and gifts for members.
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Members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s
Club of Westminster, met November 8 at the Carroll Non-Profit Center
in Westminster. After a thought for a day involving life lessons by
Gerri Reck, clubwomen Maryl Harshey and Fran Rock presented an
informative “staccato moment” on water issues in Carroll County. They indicated that in 2010 a new and very comprehensive plan entitled “Water Resources Element” was adopted. The plan proposed ideas for land use and growth balanced with water. Goals included restoring and maintaining good water quality and protection from pollution and encroachment. County has started assessing pollutants in the Prettyboy Reservoir watershed and some of the smaller areas of Liberty Reservoir watershed from storm water discharge. An area of concern is the treatment of wastewater. Recommendations in the
2010 plan for upgrades to the Westminster wastewater treatment plant would make available an additional 705,905 gallons per day in wastewater flow.
Jackie Hering and Etta Ray Griffin, co-chairwomen of the education community service project, introduced Savannah Walker, one of the scholarship winners for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. She is currently a junior at Westminster High School and attended a seminar at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg to develop leadership skills. The purpose of the seminar was to teach these students how to think – not what to think. By exploring new ideas and serving others, they are encouraged to help our county meet the myriad challenges of the 21st century.
In addition to the various community service programs and committee reports, new members were introduced by chairwoman, Norma Jean Swam. They were Robyn Allers, Dottie Moore, Debbie Schmidt, Gini Bosse, Mary Lou Porier, and Suzanne Albert. Guests were Ellen Nicodemus, Lynn Walter, Mary Dudderar, and Karen Soisson. For more information, call 410-857-9933 or email email@example.com. Guests are welcomed.
Top Picture: (left to right) New members are Robyn Allers, Dottie Moore, Debbie Schmidt, Gini Bosse, Mary Lou Porier, and Suzanne Albert.
Bottom Picture: (left to right) Etta Ray Griffin, co-chairwoman of Education Community Service Project; Savannah Walker, a scholarship winner for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar.
The Home Life Community Service Program of the General
Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s Club of Westminster, sponsored a fundraiser by Pat Harter for Carroll County Safe House and
New Life for Girls on October 17. Club members enjoyed a delicious four course luncheon meal and a cooking class by master chef Ken Lurie, owner of Bud’s of Silver Run. Representatives from Human Services Program, Family and Children Services, and New Life for Girls joined the event. New Life for Girls is a non-denominational Christian discipleship program for women and children involved in alcohol and drug addiction. Carroll County Safe House provides a safe shelter environment for women and their dependent children who are victims of domestic violence. Services of advocacy, counseling, court accompaniment, and attorney referrals are provided.
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Picture Above: (left to right) Pat Harter, Home Life Community Service Program Chairwoman of Woman's Club of Westminster; Cindy Parr, Executive Director of Human Services Program; Ken Lurie, Owner and Master Chef at Bud's of Silver Run; Sharon Howell, Assistant Director at New Life for Girls; and Connie Sgarlata, Assistant Executive Director of Family and Children Services.
“We are beneficiaries of knowledge from all nations of the world for the welfare of mankind.”
Members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s Club of Westminster, met October 12 at the Carroll Non-Profit Center in Westminster for an inspiring presentation by Major General Melissa Rank, (retired Air Force). With an international theme, clubwoman Billie White gave the thought for the day – “We are beneficiaries of knowledge from all nations of the world for the welfare of mankind.” Guests introduced were: Gini Bosse, Karol Griffin, Cathy Lucadamo, Dottie Moore, Mary Lou Poirier, and Debbie Schmidt. Clubwoman Barb Gunther introduced the Major General, a resident of western Maryland and a member of the Oakland GFWC. Ms. Rank presented firsthand knowledge of life in Iraq and Afghanistan and she said that over 745 women who have served in these two countries have received the Purple Heart. With a nursing background, she indicated that medicine practice in Afghanistan was far behind the standards of today in our country. In Iraq, children are brought to the front gate of hospitals for treatment and parents appreciate what is being done for them. With a salute to the troops, she brought home wounded Marines on her last mission. In addition to the day’s program, various community service programs and committee reports were presented. For more information, call 410-857-9933 or email email@example.com. Guests are welcomed.
Picture Above: (left to right) - Marge Simmons, corresponding secretary; Major General Melissa Rank, retired; and Barb Gunther, treasurer of the GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster.
2011 Holiday Ornament - The Shellman House
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s Club of Westminster is selling ornaments depicting local landmarks in the area. This year’s ornament, The Shellman House, costs $21. The land was purchased from William Winchester, Jr., son of the founder of Westminster, and the house was built in 1807 for the Jacob Sherman family. In 1842, the house was sold to John Fisher, and then later owned by the Shellman family from 1864 until 1939 when it was purchased by the newly formed Historical Society of Carroll County.
Mary Shellman (1849-1938) made her mark on county history by starting Westminster’s first Memorial Day Parade in 1868, which is believed to be the longest continuously running Memorial Day Parade in the country. She was a writer, a humanitarian, and a composer. She is most noted for composing the words of the Memorial Hymn for Arlington National Cemetery, the Memorial Day poem for Antietam Battlefield, and the rally song for William McKinley’s 1900 Presidential Campaign. Ornaments of The Shellman House are being sold at the following places:
The Gift Shop at the Historical Society of Carroll County, Village Book Store at McDaniel College, Carroll County Arts Council, Westminster Armory, O’Lordon’s Irish Pub, Westminster Antique Mall, Harvestin’ Natural Foods, Benn’s Menswear & Formalwear, Shop on the Square at Carroll Lutheran Village, and the monthly meetings of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster.
Sandy Ferguson is also available to take orders for the ornaments
Picture Above: (left to right) Linda Cunfer, operations manager of the Historical Society of Carroll County and Sandy Ferguson, chairwoman of the Ways and Means Committee of the GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, hold this year's ornament.
Annual Potluck Picnic and September General Meeting
Members of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster enjoyed a lovely evening with their annual potluck picnic at the home of Lura Griswold on Tuesday, August 30. Members and guests were entertained by author Lucie Snodgrass with her recipes from the cookbook, Dishing Up Maryland. She shared stories and recipes from farmers, watermen, and chefs who she interviewed throughout Maryland as well as her own recipes. Her hope in writing this book was to give people a guide and some inspiration to help them shop, cook, and eat more locally and seasonally as well as plant their own garden.
Club members met September 13 at the Carroll Non-Profit Center in Westminster for a general business meeting. After an inspirational story about Marines helping children on September 11, 2001 by clubwoman, Pat Amass, various guests were introduced. They were Gini Bosse, Mary Dudderar, Mary Lou Poirier, and Karen Soisson. A report on the history of the scholarship endowment fund was given by clubwoman, Jackie Hering. Members of community service projects and committees within the club shared their community and international programs which include sponsoring art exhibit projects, a poetry and short story contest, volunteering at SERRV, reading across Carroll County in March, donating to Safe House and New Life for Girls, and preparing care packages for service men and women, titled “Operation: Stars and Stripes.”
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Picture Above: (seated- Lucie Snodgrass, cookbook author) and Carol Kershner, president of GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster.
August 10, 2011: Garden at Historic Belle Grove Square
Members of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster enjoyed a busy morning in the garden at historic Belle Grove Square August 10. Since the 1970s the group has planted and maintained the garden at the intersection of Bond and Green streets in Westminster. This community conservation service program is designed to increase awareness of important issues such as beautification of our community, conservation of our natural resources, preservation of our parks, and observance of days that commemorate conservation activities.
The Woman’s Club of Westminster, which has more than 100 members, brings together women from all over the Carroll County area who are dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service. For more information, contact 410- 857-9933.
Picture Above: (left to right) - Joan Hollinger, Norma Jean Swam, Jo Harp, and Susan Ridder. Not Pictured - Nancy Heiberg.
"Carroll County Women in Art" Exhibit
An art exhibit, highlighting “Carroll County Women in Art”, is featured at the Non-Profit Center in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster. This exhibit has been a project of the Arts Community Service Program chaired by Barbara Humbert and Nancy James for the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster. This service program has been designed to create and facilitate activities in the community to help raise public consciousness in the arts area.
This exhibit is the first of future rotating and juried exhibits that will be open to community artists in Carroll County and also a wonderful opportunity for them to display their talents. The next exhibit will focus on photography with the theme “Carroll County Shutterbugs” from July 21st. to October 13th. Helping to coordinate the exhibit from the Non- Profit Center are Mark Krider and Audrey Cimino and artists, Pam Zappardino, Susan Williamson and Lyndi McNulty. For further information in exhibiting photographic pieces of work, contact Barbara Humbert at email@example.com or Nancy James at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1st.
Picture Above: (left to right) Mark Krider, director of Carroll Non-Profit Center; Audrey Cimino, director of Community Foundation of Carroll County; Susan Williamson, artist; Lyndi McNulty, owner of Gizmos Art; Pamela Zappardino, artist; Nancy James and Barbara Humbert, co-chairwomen of Arts Community Service Program of GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster.
Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2011
“Seventy-six trombones lead the big parade!” With the Woman’s Club, Junior Woman’s Club, and the Juniorette Stars right behind!
Members and their families showed their patriotic spirit by joining the 144th Memorial Day Parade in Westminster with their red, white, and blue colors on Monday, May 30th. It was a huge success with banners, wreaths, miniature flags, club hand-outs, and convertibles!
It was an honor and a privilege to have several past presidents participate in the parade.
They were Babs Condon, Trinka Cueman, Jo Harp, Jackie Hering, Sally Marks, Nancy McAllister, Barbara Peck, Carol Shook, Jayne Stocksdale, and Norma Jean Swam. We would like to express our gratitude to the drivers of the sporty cars which included Bob Payne, Gary Quinter, Keith Saylor, and Jim Stocksdale.
A special thanks to the publicity committee members for all their time and effort. We look forward to another parade next year!
Image 1: Nancy McAllister is wearing her patriotic hat.
Image 2: Babs Condon is dressed in her red, white, and blue.
Image 3: Woman's Club wreath is displayed in Belle Grove Square Garden.
Image 4: Sharon Quinter and Barbara Gunther are ready for the parade.
June 13, 2011
100 Years of the Woman's Club of Westminster Mayoral Procolamation
A mayoral proclamation in recognition of the 100 years of the Woman’s Club of Westminster was read June 13 at the City Hall in Westminster by Mayor Kevin R. Utz. On behalf of the Mayor and Common Council of
Westminster, he thanked and commended the Woman’s Club for their dedication and longevity, contributions to the community and their continuance on making an impact throughout the world. Vice-President Sharon Quinter with club members Sandy Ferguson and Sue Thomas graciously accepted the proclamation.
In celebration of America’s Bicentennial Year, the club purchased and installed the fountain at Belle Grove Square and over the years club members have continued to help maintain the beautiful gardens. The club has always been involved with civic affairs, and over many years has taken an active part in assisting with the establishment of a county library and hospital, purchasing a new ambulance, citizenship, tutoring, educational pursuits, and numerous activities depending on what was most needed at the time.
Top Picture: Article on Mayoral Proclamation in reference to The Woman's Club of Westminster.
Bottom Picture: Vice-President Sharon Quinter of The Woman's Club of Westminster accepting the mayoral proclamation from Mayor Kevin R. Utz.
May 10, 2011: Spring Luncheon
In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, members met May 10 for a spring luncheon at Antrim 1844 in Taneytown.
After welcoming and introducing guests by Club President Carol Kershner, greetings were given by GFWC Maryland President Jo Miller and International President Carlene Garner. “We are women of commitment,” said President Garner as she gave a 100th Anniversary certificate with a letter of accommodation to the club.
Master of ceremonies, Helen Wolf, introduced past presidents Babs Condon, Jackie Hering, Lura Griswold, and Trinka Cueman as they presented the historical background of the club in 25-year segments. The first segment focused on its beginnings including the founder, Carrie Rinehart Wantz, who, at the age of 34 started the Westminster Woman’s Literary Club in January, 1911. The next segment highlighted such projects as support for the founding of the library, the building of the new high school in 1935 with our encouragement, and the forming of two clubs for young women. The third segment featured our service to the newly constructed Carroll County Hospital in 1961 and our fund raisers that supported the Historical Society. In the last piece, a phrase recurs in all the records of the anniversary celebrations. It is in 2 forms: ‘the women who did…’ and, ‘a woman who did…’. This phrase describes who we have been, who we still are, and with persistence and imagination, who we will be.
Barbara Hering, Carol Shook, and Lura Griswold were recognized for their 50 years of service and Nancy McAllister for her 25 years. In addition, President Kershner acknowledged all past presidents with a rose and thanked Dolly Snyder, program chairwoman, and her committee for all their efforts.
Picture Above: (left to right) Babs Condon, GFWC First Vice-President; Carlene Garner, GFWC International President; Carol Kershner, President, GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster.
April 12, 2011
Members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s Club of Westminster, met April 12 at the Carroll Non-Profit Center in Westminster.
After a thought for a day entitled “Oh Bring Flowers” by President Carol Kershner, winners of the short story/essay contest were announced by clubwoman, Susan Case. Scott Arminger won first place for the middle school short story entitled “Unforgettable” and Brian Edwards with his poem, “On the Field,” won first place for middle school poetry. Both of these students are in the 8th grade at New Windsor Middle School. Their teacher is the 8th grade English Language Arts Teacher, Jeanne Bowman. At the upper level, Sarah Kramb, a junior at Liberty High School, won for the high school poetry with her entry, “Moon’s Heart.”
After an introduction by clubwoman Nancy Hiatt, the program speaker Marie Coulter demonstrated the art of Japanese flower arranging entitled Ikebana. This type of floral design is more subtle, more sensitive, and more sophisticated than the methods of arranging flowers usually employed in other cultures. Arrangements were made as early as the seventh century and they have remained a vital medium for creative expression.
In addition to the day’s program and a memorial tribute to Carol Bare, various community service programs and committee reports were presented in addition to changes in the club’s by-laws.
Picture Above: Top: (left to right) – Scott Arminger, middle school short story winner; Jeanne Bowman, 8th grade English Language Arts teacher at New Windsor Middle School; Brian Edwards, middle school poetry winner.
Middle: Marie Coulter, president of the Baltimore chapter of Ikebana International.
Bottom: Japanese flower arrangements.
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