Woman's Club of Perry Hall, Inc.

The mission of the Woman’s Club of Perry Hall, Inc. is the intellectual development of its members and promotion of a common interest in the civic life of the community.
Our club members work to address the diverse needs of our community through times of social and technological change in an increasingly interdependent world.  This includes promoting education, preserving natural resources, stressing good citizenship, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and supporting participation in the arts. 

Contact : wcph1957@gmail.com,
or mail your contact information to:
The Woman's Club of Perry Hall
P.O. Box 382
Perry Hall, MD 21128

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For more information on GFWC (General Federation of Woman's Clubs) please visit www.gfwc.org

2018-2020 Officers

  • Meg McMahan - President
  • Tanya Kenny - 1st Vice President
  • Maggie McGhan - 2nd Vice President
  • Suzanne Atkinson - Recording Secretary
  • Debbie Porter - Corresponding Secretary
  • Shirley Wales - Treasurer


All General meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of each month, September through May.  Social time starts at 6:30 pm, and the business meeting starts at 7:00 pm.

Upcoming Events

June 5, 2018 -- Lunch Bunch, One-Eleven Main, 111 Main Street, Belair, MD
June 9, 2018 -- Camp Chapel Yard Sale Fundraiser
June 9, 2018 -- Installation of Officers, Chesapeake District
June 12, 2018 -- Book Club, 11:45 am
June 19, 2018 -- Dinner Service at Eastern Family Resource Center
June 23, 2018 -- Perry Hall Towne Fair  
June 26, 2018 -- Meals on Wheels
July 3, 2018 -- Lunch Bunch, Dock of the Bay
July 23, 2018 -- Annual Audit     
August 2, 2018 -- Paint Night

Club News

Congratulations to our nine crafty and creative club members who put their talents to good use at our February 9, 2018 Card Making Workshop.  We learned a basic wet-on-dry watercolor technique in addition to making a valentine card and a birthday card.

Thanks to all our club members who staffed our booth at the Perry Hall Town Fair.  We had a great time meeting new women from our community and sharing with them all the wonderful things that we are privileged to do locally. 

Pictured: Shirley W., Carolyn K., Renee S., Debbie S., and Meg M.

The Women's Club of Perry Hall celebrated their 60th Anniversary with a dinner on April 27, 2017.

Barbara Lambert receiving her 50-year pin from president, Dawn Donovan

President Dawn Donovan accepting a proclamation from
Maryland State Senator Kathy Klausmeier

The Perry Hall High School Elite Chorus performing

Barbara Lambert presenting president, Dawn Donovan, with hand-lettered proclamation thanking her for her years of service to our club
and wishing her a fond good-bye.

A group photo of the Women's Club of Perry Hall memebrs and guests

The Woman's Club of Perry Hall host a Youth Art contest for art students at Perry Hall Middle School. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners go on to the Baltimore/Southern District Youth Art contest.

Stone donated to Perry Hall's Angel Park

Great turn out for February Lunch Bunch at Lib's Grill

January 26, 2017
The Woman's Club of Perry welcomed new member, Rosalie Huffman.

From left: Rosalie Huffman, Maria Lorenzet, Arts Chairman, and Dawn Donovan, President

December 8, 2016
The Woman's Club of Perry Hall enjoyed a wonderful Holiday Celebration at Oakcrest Retirement Community's Garden Room. Events included presenting 40 and 50 year GFWC Service Pins. We are so honored to have members who have committed their time to the club.

Dawn Donovan, President, presents Marge Bell GFWC's 50 Years of Service Pin and Congratulatory Letter

As the Woman's History and Resource Center advocate Shirley Wales was presented the Woman's History and Resource Center's 30th Anniversary pin.

Bill and Carolyn King, 2nd Vice President

Jean Carter and Gloria Perkowski

Nancy Akehurst striking a pose along with Renee Streib

Nancy Akehurst, Renee Streib, and Janet Rogers our Hospitality Chairman

Dick Rogers and Maggie McGhan

The Perry Hall Middle School Treble Choir conducted by Mr. Roy

Stan and Shirley Wales, Treasurer

Lorraine and Al Zorn



Al Zorn and Stan Wales enjoy a lively conversation

November 9, 2016
The Woman's Club of Perry Hall welcomes three new members at their November General meeting.

Pictured from left are: Debbie Porter, Corresponding Secretary; Carolyn King, 2nd Vice-president; new members Anne Marie Martinelli, Judy Cross, and Barbara Fronczak; Dawn Donovan, President

October 27, 2016
At our October General meeting Dawn Donovan, President, presented Suzanne Atkinson, Sunshine Chairman, a pin for 15 years of service..

Dawn Donovan and Suzanne Atkinson

October 15, 2016

Putting the fun in Fund Raising! Our Premier Jewely Party was a great success.

New member Maggie McGhan and Debbie Porter

Meg McMahan, Shirley Wales, Lorraine Zorn, Suzanne Atkinson, and our Premier Jewelry host Sandra Somervell

Maggie won most compliementary!

Carolyn King

October 12, 2016
The Woman's Club of Perry Hall hosted a Meet and Greet at the White Marsh Library. We were fortunate to meet eight women who were interested in joining our club. Members gave short a synopsis of their responsibilities for their chairmanship.

Barbara Lambert (Spoke on Arts and Youth Art), new member Maggie McGhan, and Sharon Marquette, Home Life Chairman

Shirley Wales, Treasurer, Meg McMahan,Recording Secretary, talk with prospective members Rose and Barbara.

Debbie Porter, Corresponding Secretary and Suzanne Atkinson, Sunshine Chairman

Gloria Perkowski, Community Basket Co-chair, explains what goes into the baskets and who receives them.

Barbara Lambert goes over the evenings agenda with prospective member Anne Marie

Sharon Marquette, Home Life Chairman, explains our participation in Meals on Wheels and Eastside Family Shelter. Also pictured is Suzanne Atkinson

Eastside Family Shelter
Every 2nd Tuesday of the month the Woman's Club of Perry Hall serves a nutritious dinner. We can serve up to 150 men, women, and children.

A sample of the kind of meal we serve at Eastside Family Shelter. During the summer months we serve Hot Dogs, Beans, Fruit, and a Vegetable.

May 26, 2016
The Woman's Club of Perry Hall installed their new officers at The Bowman Restaurant. A special Thank You to Bill King for taking the pictures (not shown).

Newly installed 2016-2018 Officers: Treasurer, Shirley Wales; Corresponding Secretary, Debbie Porter; Recording Secretary, Meg McMahan; 2nd Vice President, Carolyn King; 1st Vice President, Debbie Schillinger; and President, Dawn Donovan

From bottom: Carolyn King, Dottie Coppolino, Dawn and Dereck Donovan.

Chatter, chatter.

We said "Goodbye" to Kathy Fortney.

Lois Conigliaro, Lorraine Zorn, Gloria Perkowski, Jean Carter, and Meg McMahan.

Nice group!

Renee Streib and Sharon Marquette

Janet Rogers received a lovely letter and pin from GFWC for 50 years of volunteer service. Janet is shown with her daughter, Tanya and husband, Dick.

Barbara Lambert, Glen and Debbie Porter

Shirley and Stanley Wales, and Dereck Donovan

May 26, 2016
On March 15, 2016 The Woman's Club of Perry Hall hosted a Youth Art contest for the Perry Hall Middle School Art students. The winners are:
First Place:  Cassi Li – Grade - Fauvist Self Portrait/Tempera on paper
Second Place:  Angela Ma - Grade 6 - Self Portrait/Acrylic painting
Third Place: Crystal Weyant - Grade 8 - Self Portrait/watercolor
Honorable Mention #1: Emily Grueninger - Grade 7 - SPCA/Dog/printmaking
Honorable Mention #2: Evan Heath - Grade 7 - Metal Art
Honorable Mention #3: Hannah Engelmeyer – Grade 7- Print/printmaking

The winners 1st-3rd moved on to The Baltimore District Youth Art for judging and
Cassie Li took 1st place once again moving on to GFWC MD Youth Art contest where she won 1st place! Crystal Weyant took 2nd place at The Baltimore District Youth Art Contest.

Barbara Lambert, Youth Art chairman, and Dawn Donovan, President, presented the winners certificates and prize money during the Perry Hall Middle School morning news.

Pictured from left to right: Emily Grueninger, Barbara Lambert, Angela Ma, Crystal Weyent, Cassi Li, and Mrs Momenzadeh (PHMS Art teacher)

May 14, 2016 - Several members, and their friends, of The Woman's Club of Perry Hall attended Joppatowne Woman's Club Tea at the Richlyn Ballroom.

Diane, Shirley, Meg, Maggie, and Suzanne (not pictured - Dawn Donovan)


February 25, 2016 - General Meeting - The Woman's Club of Perry Hall initiates new member, Renee Streib.

From right - Dawn Donovan, President, initiates new member Renee Streib with Sharon Marquette as sponsor.

May 9, 2015 Woman's Club of Joppatowne Tea

Nancy Akehurst, Suzanne Atkinson, and Dawn Donovan

Ozella Ruppersberger (past Baltimore District President), Shirley Wales and Carolyn King

2015 Youth Art

1st Place:   DEMETRIA  WINTERLING- Grade 8 – self portrait / Pencil and Charcoal
2nd Place:   NORMAN  MOON -Grade  8 - Fauve Self-Portrait/ Tempera
3rd  Place:   MAELYNN UGOKWE - Grade  7 - Cat / Tempera
Perry Hall  also gave 2 Honorable Mentions:
AMY  SUK - Grade 8 - Still LifeComposition/ oil pastel
WYATT VANDENBURG - Grade 8 - MarbleComposition/ colored pencil

In April we welcomed Glen Porter and Andrea Staschak who represents Friends of Jerusalem Mills. Ms. Staschak shared stories of clothing worn by women in the early 1800's. Mr. Porter shared the history of Jerusalam Mills.

Friends of Jerusalam Mills Glen Porter and Andrea Staschak

Friend of Jerusalam Mill Andrea Staschak

During our April meeting we celebrated Debbie Porter, who has served The Woman's Club of Perry Hall for 25 years. Debbie has served on the board including President; has served dinner at the Eastside Family Shelter 7 years, almost without fail; and currently serves as chairman for Education for both the club and The Baltimore District.

President Dawn Donovan, on right, awards Debbie Porter with the 25 year pin.

Debbie Porter has served The Woman's Club of Perry Hall for 25 years.

At our March meeting Shelly Holthouse a supporter of Angel Park in Perry Hall. Angel Park is a new all-inclusive playground and amphitheater facility in Perry Hall, MD, which has a very real and personal meaning to members of our community. The name was purposely chosen to represent a vision of an ideal setting for happiness and reflection. This name was selected to inspire support from the widest audience and to build the enthusiasm and momentum necessary to make it a reality. For more information on Angel Park please visit http://www.angel-park.org/

Our February meeting was canceled due to snowy weather.

At our January General meeting we welcomed Julie Ensor, Baltimore County Clerk of the Circuit Court.  Julie was delighted to be elected to serve as the Baltimore County Clerk of the Circuit Court in 2010. She is the second female and the 39th Clerk to fill this role since this Office was established in 1650. Prior to this position as Clerk of Court, Julie proudly served as a Judge of the Orphans' Court from 1994 to 2006 in Baltimore County Maryland, elected to three consecutive terms.  We enjoyed Julie’s explanation of her duties, and her stories of couples marrying. 

Holiday Party 2014

October 2014

Katie Moose

At the October 2014 General meeting Katie Moose spoke on the War of 1812 concerning the herbs and plants that were used during that time.

Katie Moose, born in Baltimore, is a descendant of the Clagett (Claggett) family of Maryland, and many old New England whaling families.
She has lived in many U.S.’ great architectural, historical and waterside gems besides Annapolis - New Castle, DE; Newport and Providence, RI; Cold Spring Harbor, NY; San Francisco; Philadelphia; Greenwich, CT; Alexandria, VA; Washington, DC; and New York City. She presently resides in Easton, MD.

On May 3, 2014 The Joppatowne Woman's Club hosted a Tea at the Richlin Ballroom. Members of The Woman's Club of Perry Hall attended.

Debbie Schillinger, Gayly Holcomb, Kathy Hall, and Lee Hager after a brisk morning SWAT Clean up.

Sharon Marquette and Dawn Donovan, President

The Woman's Club of Joppatowne Tea 2014

Eileen, Peg, and Skip Stinemire (former WCPH member)

Shirley Wales and Suzanne Atkinson

New member Meg McMahan and Dawn Donovan

Alexia and Bryanna Vacca help deliver donations from The Woman's Club of Perry Hall to East Side Family Shelter. Accepting the donation is Head Chef Katrina. Every second Tuesday of the month The Woman's Club of Perry Hall cook a hot meal for the clients at the shelter.

Lunch Bunch at The Williamsburg Inn. Shown are Kathy Fortney, Shirley Wales, Gloria Perkowski, and Lorriane Zorn. Photographed by Dawn Donovan.

Every second Wednesday of the month The Woman's Club of Perry Hall get together for lunch. It's never the same group of women, but everyone always has a great time.


At our November general meeting we welcomed author C. J. Miller. A 3rd generation Harlequin reader, and the 1st in her family to write professionally. C.J. published her first book with Harlequin Romantic Suspense in 2012. C.J. spoke about her writing habits, and how she juggles her time between her job, writing career and family. She brought 2 of her 3 published books for us to purchase, and then autographed each one. You can find her website at http://www.cj-miller.com/ or her blog at http://cjmillerwrites.blogspot.com/.


As a fundraiser, a paperback history of the Perry Hall Mansion has been published by Friends of the Perry Hall Mansion.  Our member, Lola Rohe, is acknowledged for generously donating photos and print articles for the book.  Lola has family ties to the mansion.  There will be a book signing in March, date and time to be announced.  Cost of the book is $21.99 and can be purchased after February 19, 2013 at Barnes & Noble White Marsh, Ann Marie's Hallmark in Perry Hall, or directly through Friends of Perry Hall Mansion.  The Woman's Club of Perry Hall proudly supports the Friends of Perry Hall Mansion.

The Woman's Club of Perry Hall is proud to welcome our newest member Kathy Fortney. 
We are sad to say that one of our members, Mary Harvey, passed away.  In her honor The Woman's Club of Perry Hall donated $50.00 to the Family Crisis Center- the only family crisis center in Baltimore County.
The Woman's Club of Perry Hall has held 4 small fundraisers since starting the club year in September of 2012.  We have held a Quarter Auction; sold Sneak Peek Tickets to Boscov's stores; and two Premier Jewelry parties netting us well over $1600 total.  
In May of 2012 Barbara Lambert installed the new officers ofThe Woman's Club of Perry Hall.  During our installation meeting Ann Knoerlein, President, presented Nancy Akehurst with a certificate and pin for her 50 years of service.  June Weber was given a Certificate of Appreciation by the children of Perry Hall Elementary School for her time listening to children read.

April, 2012

Recently, the Woman's Club of Perry Hall hosted their annual art contest.  A coordinated effort between Perry Hall Middle School and our club.  Winners were:

1st place - Lindsay Brooks – 8th grade
2nd place – Alexa Eillond – 6th grade
3rd place – Shannon Gaffney – 7th grade
HM – Coleen Michael – 8th grade

The winner went on to the GFWCBaltimore District, Inc. Youth Art Contest held at the Baltimore County Dundalk Library.


The Woman's Club of Perry Hall hosted their annual Fahion Show and Tea on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Rosdale Gardens.  A wonderful time was had by all.  Lee Hager, WCPH member, and her table dressed up in pretty dresses, gloves, and some wore hats!  Dressbarn provided the beautiful clothing for the event.  David Marks, Baltimore County Councilman, emceed the event.  Baked goods, flowers, and our "Unique Boutique" raised further funds for our club, along with a 50/50 raffle.


Four times a year The Woman's Club of Perry Hall participate in the SWAT cleanup of highways.  Our road is a half mile stretch of Belair Road in Perry Hall.  Club members gather early Saturday morning and walk the road picking up trash as we go.

Summer concert series is coming up!  Bands already booked are the Chesapeake Concert Band and The Baltimore Symphonic Orchestra.  Each performance is free to the public.  Other concert dates will be announced soon.

On September 22, 2011
The Woman's Club of Perry Hall lost May Babikow.  May was one of 20 charter members that started our club in 1957.  The woman's club meant everything to May, and she was buried with her 50 year pin.  May was a wonderfully kind woman and will be greatly missed. 

On June 5, 2011, during the Perry Hall Summer Concert series, three of our members were honored.  County Councilman, David Marks, presented The Woman's Club of Perry Hall members Gayle Holcomb, Lee Hager, and Debbie Redmer with a certificate of appreciation for their dedicaton in putting the concert series back on track.  They were faced with many legal and logistical roadblocks and managed to work through them to offer the Perry Hall Summer Concert series. 
We lost a very dear member and friend, Doris Knott, who passed on July 13, 2011.

April 28, 2011: Fashion Show, "Friendship, Fashion, and Fun"

Our fashion show Friends, Fashion, and Fun was a delight to attend. Success was met with the helpful participation of our club members, each doing their part to make the night fun.  There was jewelry, handbags and accessories, goodies, and flowers to purchase.  Raffles included a very successful 50/50 drawing and our beautiful baskets full of delights.  We thank everyone who attended for their generous support.


December 9, 2010: Annual Holiday Party

On December 9, 2010 $10,000 was presented to the Friends of the Perry Hall Mansion during the GFWC Woman's Club of Perry Hall's annual Holiday Party at the Silver Spring Mining Company.    Members of the club have been working hard to raise these funds to help with the interior restoration of the Perry Hall mansion which has been in existence since 1775. 

Pictured above from right to left are Jeff Smith, President of the Friends of the Perry Hall Mansion; Gayle Holcomb, 2nd Vice President and Dawn Donovan, liaison to the Friends of the Perry Hall Mansion.   Our thanks to Debbie for her hard work!


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