GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, Inc.

Western District, since April 2002

Norma Jean Swam - 410-871-0741, Co-President
Barbara Humbert - 410-848-0152, Co-President

Club e-mail - gfwcwestminster@gmail.com

2017 - 2018 Officers

From left: Barb Gunther, Treasurer; Jayne Stocksdale and Nan Sanders,Co-Corresponding Secretaries;Linda Kjeldgaard and Peggy Slater, Co-Recording Secretaries; Beverly Humbert and Nancy Adams Porter, Co-Vice Presidents; Norma Jean Swam and Barbara Humbert, Co Presidents

Co-President:Norma Jean Swam and Barbara Humbert
Co-Vice President: Nancy Adams Porter and Clare Berent
Treasurer: Barbara Gunther
Co-Recording Secretary: Linda Kjeldgaard and Peggy Slater
Co- Corresponding Secretary: Jayne Stocksdale and Nan Sanders

2017 Membership Application Form


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.

Board Meetings:
September 5, 2017 – 9:30 am
Board Meeting – Barbara Humbert presiding
Carroll Non-Profit Center 

November 7, 2017 – 9:30 am
Board Meeting – Norma Jean Swam presiding

January 2, 2018 – 9:30 am
Board Meeting – Norma Jean Swam presiding

March 6, 2018 – 9:30 am
Board Meeting – Barbara Humbert presiding

Book Browsers
September 18, 2017
October 16, 2017
January 15, 2018
February 19, 2018
March 19, 2018
April 16, 2018
May 21, 2018

Upcoming Events



August 29, 2017 – 5:00 pm
Picnic at King Park, Chase Street, Westminster, MD
Hostess: Program Committee
Program: The Year Ahead, Program Committee

September 12, 2017 – 1:00 pm
Business Meeting – Barbara Humbert presiding
Hostess: Arts
Half-Note: Karen Pelton, “Make A Wish Foundation”

October 10, 2017 – 1:00 pm
General Meeting – Norma Jean Swam presiding
Hostess: Public Issues
Program: Rachael Hughes & Kelley Rainey: “Educational Programs on Domestic Violence in CCPS”

November 14, 2017 – 1:00 pm
Business Meeting – Norma Jean Swam presiding
Hostess: International Outreach
Half-Note: Linda Kjeldgaard: Palestinian Women

December 12, 2017 – 11:00 am
Christmas Luncheon, Lunch Served at Noon
Westminster Elk’s Club
Hostess: Program Committee
Program: Lauren Silberman: “Wild Women of Maryland: Grit and Gumption in the Free State”

January 9, 2018 – 1:00 pm
Business Meeting – Norma Jean Swam presiding
Hostess: Conservation
Half-Note: Karen Knoigsburg: “Get Connected Resource Center: Resources for Our Community”

February 13, 2018 – 1:00 pm
General Meeting – Norma Jean Swam presiding
Hostess: Education
Program: Steven Wantz, Director of Institutional Advancement, Carroll Community College: “What is New at Carroll Community College”

March 13, 2018 – 1:00 pm
Business Meeting – Year End Reports – Barbara Humbert presiding
Hostess: Home Life
Half Note: Westminster Gardens: Joan Hollinger and Jo Harp

April 10, 2018 – 1:00 pm
General Meeting – Barbara Humbert presiding
Hostess: Executive Committee
Program: Dr. Angela Lindenmuth-Marick, White Rose Family Chiropractic Center, York, PA: “Achieving Wellness during All Seasons of Life”

May 9, 2018 – 11:00 am
Spring Luncheon – Lunch Served at Noon
Hostess: Program Committee
Program: Babs Condon: “Sharing the Past of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster”
Installation of Officers

Monthly Newsletters

Club News & Press Releases

October 2017

Kelley Rainey (L) and Rachael Hughes (R), were our speakers at our October 10th meeting who spoke about educational programs about domestic violence in Carroll County Schools.

Brynn Mers, a student at Westminster High, speaks of her experiences at the HOBY conference.

September 2017

GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster volunteered at SERRV on
September 25, 2017. See Press Release.

Pictured clockwise from front left, Lois
Gilbertson, Eva Coppersmith, Lura Griswold and Sally Marks.
Not pictured Beverly Humbert.

September 18, 2017, New Art Exhibit, Color My World, opens at Carroll Nonprofit Center. The Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc., through its Arts Community Service Program, in partnership with the Carroll Nonprofit Center sponsors this continuing series of exhibits featuring local artists working in various media.  The exhibit runs September 15, 2017 to January 12, 2018. See Press Release.


August 2017

Some photos below from our annual Woman's Club picnic held on August 29th at the Church of the Brethren Fellowship Hall. There was lots of food and fellowship so a good time was had by all!

May 2017

Woman's Club inducts new Co-Vice President and hosts guest speaker, author Christopher Scotton. Press Release.

Induction of new Co-Vice President Clare Berent (on left) by Babs Condon

Author Christopher Scotton (on left) with Clubwoman Jane Sharpe

Recognizing GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, Inc.'s nomination for Outstanding Maryland Clubwmoan. Norma Jean Swam, Mary Lou Poirier (nominee) and Barbara Humbert. Press Release.

Celebrating Federation Day with (left to right):  Barb Humbert, Club Co-President; Clubwoman Peggy Slater, Mayor Kevin Utz, Clubwomen Sue Thomas, Jackie Hering and Betty Mathias. Press Release.

April 2017

The Westminster Woman's Club partners again with the Culinary Arts Program of the Carroll County Career and Technology Center to hold luncheon fundraiser. Press Release

1st Row: Torrie Brown, Annie Burns, Derek Konsen, Ashley Sims, Angela Ferzacca, and Cecilia Donadio;
2nd Row: Jeanine Kent, Branden Pitta, Massimo Artista, Hannah Martin, Olivia Ament, Ashley Stover, and Natalie Hillman.
3rd Row: Jenna Johnson, Steven Du rant, Lucus Emerick, Jayden Lyman, Ryan Marr, Dillon Kalmbach, and Dylan Saunders.
Also contributing but not shown are the following students instructed by Ms. Joan Adler: Mason Boy d, McKelly Carnes, Jessica Thomas, James Johnson, Kevin Forester, Chris Lease, Nicholas Watson, Andrew Weed, Jacob Washinger, Connor Woodburne and Paul Upperman.

Club Women enjoy Culinary Arts luncheon

Chef Tim describes the day’s menu

Volunteering for SERRV. Press release

The hostesses for the April 2017 meeting were members of the Woman's Club Public Issues Community Service Program.  Shown from front left are Nancy Heiberg, Karen Soisson, Fran Rock, Robyn Allers. Suzanne Albert and Dottie Piper; from rear left are Bonnie Caton, Dolly Snyder, Janet Buchanan and Peggy Slater.

The new members:  From left:  Bev Backof, Ellen Lawrence, Eva Coppersmith and Sandy Sidlovsky. Press release

John Hubbs tellls Women's Club Members how to be Stream-Wise to be Bay-Wise.

Nancy Rogers (at podium) and Connie Rooney describe mission trip to Guatemala.

Barbara Humbert, Woman's Club Co-President and Clubmember, Janice Hobart, add hearts to Tree of Kindness. Press release.

The individuals shown in the Boys and Girls Club PR  photo are from left, Carolyn Seabolt, Woman's Club Co-Chair, Arts Community Service Program; Amy Moorman Boys and Girls Club Program Director; and Clare Berent, Woman's Club Arts Co-Chair. Press release.

Those shown in the Carroll County Arts Council are from left  Carolyn Seabolt, Woman's Club Co-Chair, Arts Community Service Program; Sandy Oxx, Executive of the Carroll County Arts Council; and Clare Berent, Woman's Club Arts Co-Chair. Press release.

Drew Baker of Old Westminster Winery speaks to Club Women.
(Photo by Mary Lou Poireir) Press Release

Woman's Club's holiday ornament for 2016 depicts Carroll County's Almshouse and Farm Museum. Press release

Domestic Violence Seminar

Attending the opening of and speaking at the Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness Training held at the Carroll Nonprofit Center on Monday, October 3, 2016 were from left: State's Attorney, Brian DeLeonardo, Carroll County Commissioner Stephen Wantz, and Jim DeWees, Carroll County Sheriff shown here with with Kelley Rainey, Director of Domestic Violence Services for Family and Children's Services (FCS).  

Commissioner Wantz signed proclamation that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Program Speaker Judy Klinger, Supervisor of School Counseling for Carroll County Schools Public Schools.

From left are Norma Jean Swam, Co-President of GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, Inc.; Jean Picardi, Co-Chair of the Club's  Home Life Community Service Program;Program Speaker, Jordyn Cohen, Program Coordinator of One Love Foundation;  KelleyRainey, Director of Domestic Violence Services, FCS; and Mary Dudderar, Co-Chair,Home Life.


Pictured on right is Connie Kidder, and on left is Nancy Groft, Woman's Club Co-Chairs for Ornament Sales.  In center is Susan Williamson, Visual Arts Coordinator for the Carroll County Arts Council, and Nancy Groft, Woman's Club Co-Chair for Ornament Sales.

Jo Harp installed as Western District President Press Release

Jo Harp (on left) is shown with her installation officer, Debbie Spinnenwebber, past President of the GFWC Western Maryland Community Club,Inc.

Culinary Arts 2016 Press Release

Culinary Arts students:  Left to Right : Row 1: Cindy Beck, Jenna Johnson, Trudy Baer, Courtney Neale, Leslie Zamora; Row 2: Cheyanne Petenbrink, Kaitlyn Glendenning, Hailea Dudley, Brandy Barnes, Paige Szczesny, Row 3 : Olivia Taylor, Angelique Baker, Lauryn Warfield, Joey Poindexter, Rachel Rodean, Brianna McCabe, Amber Albaugh, Christopher Fuksa, Naja-Nakeita Askew; Row 4: Alex Benlolo,Travis Hauck, Oscar Schoenfelder, Quinton Allen and David Stathers.

Student Chef Quinton Allen demonstrates preparation of Beef Wellington.

From left:  Home Life Co-Chair Jean Picardi, Chef Tim Norwood and Home Life Co-Chair Mary Dudderar.

Happy Readers Press Release

Club woman Martha Wiseman reads to teacher Chris Lillibridge's kindergarten class at Elmer Wolfe.

The club women are happy readers at Elmer A. Wolfe Elementary School in Union Bridge:  Front Row, Left to Right:  Jo Ann Barlow, Mary Lathroum and Martha Wiseman.  Back Row, Left to Right:  Norma Jean Swam, Nancy McAllister, Mary Lou Poirier and Jan Ober.

Nancy Adams Porter, GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster's Outstanding Maryland Clubwoman Nominee
Click here for press release

New members installed on April 12, 2016: from left: Pat Minnich, Kathleen Hartzel, Barbara Vrany and Lorraine Stoner

Brian DeLeonardo, Carroll County State's Attorney speaks to Woman's Club

Brian DeLeonardo with Clubwoman Dolly Snyder
Click here for press release

Jaclyn Mathias-Jones displays her Tree of Life photography, part of the Spring Into Art exhibit at the Carroll Nonprofit Center. Click here for press release.

Introduction of our four new members by Sandy Ferguson (on the right). (left to right) - Pat Minnich, Kathleen Hutzell, Barbara Vrany, and Lorraine Stoner

Kelwin Warran Jan 2016

Molly Sims Jan 2016
Kelwin Warren and Molly Sims are shown with their artwork at the Nonprofit Center. Press release

Shown from left are Barbara Humbert, Co-Chair of the Arts Community Service Project of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc.,  Sandy Oxx, Executive Director of the Carroll County Arts Council, and Clare Berent, Co-Chair of the Arts Community Service Project. Press release.

Pictured on right is Connie Kidder, and on left is Nancy Groft, Woman's Club Co-Chairs for Ornament Sales.  In center is Susan Williamson, Visual Arts Coordinator for the Carroll County Arts Council.

GFWC Arts Center 2015 Ornament article

Fran Rock, Co-Chairman of Public Issues Community Service Program of GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, Inc. presents hats for cancer patients to Amanda Vetter of the Carroll Hospital Foundation, representing Carroll Hospital Center.
GFWC Hats for Cancer Patients

Bryan Shumaker, STEM Coordinator, Carroll County Public Schools, addresses GFWC Maryland Western District Meeting.

From left are Barbara Frantz, Western District Corresponding Secretary (GFWC Civic Club of Oakland, Maryland, Inc.)Kaye Shoemaker, Western District Second Vice-President (Frederick Woman's Civic Club, Inc.)Jo Harp, Western District First Vice President/Dean of Chairmen (GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, Inc.) Brenda Bennett, GFWC-MD President (GFWC Wicomico Woman's Club, Inc.) Susan Krichten, Western District President (GFWC Junior Woman's Club of Westminster, Inc.) Bette Brust, Western District Parliamentarian (Frederick Woman's Civic Club, Inc.) Carol Feser, Western District Recording Secretary (Frederick Woman's Civic Club, Inc.) Nancy Wynne, Western District Treasurer (Frederick Woman's Civic Club, Inc.).
GFWC Western District October 2015

Artist Val Langevin is pictured with some of  his paintings in exhibit.

Planning for next exhibit from far left are Steering Committee member Lyndi McNulty of Gizmo's Art and Framing , Woman's Club Art Community Service Program Members, Carolyn Seabolt, Co-Chair Barbara Humbert, Mary Lou Poirier, Sue Case, and Norma Jean Swam.
GFWC Art Exhibit October 2015

Club members from left Susan Case and Clare Berent are shown hanging the oil paintings of Maurice Saxton

Artist Anne Marie Parish is shown with her pastel paintings.
GFWC 2015 Art Exhibit

Members and guests of The GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, Inc. visit GFWC Headquarters in Washington, DC.
2015 vist to GFWC Headquarters

Table Group:  From left guest speaker, Dr. Dona Hobart, breast surgeon and medical director of the Center for Breast Health, guest Carolyn Collier, club member Dolly Snyder, Trish Carroll, Publisher of the Carroll County Times, Janice Kispert, CEO of the Rape Crisis Intervention Service, Laura Del Corral, wife of Dr. Del Corral, club member and mother of Dr. Hobart, Janice Hobart, and Guest Speaker, Dr. Gabriel Del Corral, Reconstructive Surgeon, Center for Breast Health.
2015 Spring Meeting

Mayor Kevin Utz presents Proclamation to Club President Ginny Houser.

Mayor Kevin Utz with Woman's Club Members shown front row left to right: Nancy Groft, Jeanne Herr, Jackie Hering, Betty Mathias, Norma Jean Swam, Sandy Ferguson, Ginger Falcone and Jo Harp; back row, left to right: Lynda Lockard, Jayne Stocksdale, Ginny Houser, Suzanne Albert, Sally Marks, Jane Sharpe, and Clare Berent. Present but not pictured: Mary Lou Poirier.
Federation Day Proclamation

 International GFWC President Babs Condon and Norma Jean Swam, member of the GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster,Inc., who was chosen Outstanding Maryland Clubwoman for 2014. Outstanding Maryland Clubwoman

Greg Padrick of the Center for Healing Arts.
April 2015 meeting

Left to right
Row 1 (Kneeling) :Jordan Lawrence, Isabel Henriques, Sylar Roth, Mike Tate; Row 2 (Standing): Leslie Zamora, Kathryn Porter, Emily Utz, Brooke Wolf, Amber Baumgardner, Cheyenne Petenbrink, James Kendig, Mary Hallaren, Back Row: Taylor Kilchenstein, Ashlyn Pickett, Kendall Johnson, Paige Fisher, Quinton, Chef Tim Norwood, Hannah Lyons, Jon Flinn, Sarah Kruse.

Chef and Instructor Tim Norwood and students Nora Hullett and Erik Matleson demonstrate preparation of appetizer.
Culinary Class

Fran Rock, (Standing rear) Co-Chairman with Nancy Heiberg, of the Public Issues Community Service Program of the GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, Inc, distributes literature to Dorothy Bauerlien, Dorothy Henderson and Lorraine Cesarini (seated clockwise from left), all regular attendees of the Westminster Senior and Community Center.
GFWC Public Issues Cancer Focus March

Clubwoman Martha McLaney Wiseman
January 2015 General meeting press release

Artist Joan Shearer

Artist Clare Berent
2015 Art Show press release

Sculptor Bart Walter with clubwoman Carol Kershner and Carroll County Public Library representative

"Wild Imaginings" sculpted by Bart Walter
Press Release "Wild Imaginings"

Membership Co-Chair, Sandy Ferguson, new members Carolyn Seabolt, Dianna Davis and Beverly Humbert with clubwoman mentor Barbara Humbert.

Home Life group's visit to West End Place Adult Day Care Center.  Home Life will be collecting items for West End to use in their Santa Shop and also as bingo prizes. 

Club members showed their artistic natures and had fun making fairy gardens at Living Waters. — at Living Waters Ornamental Ponds & Streams.

 Conservation members work at Belle Grove Square


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