LUDLOW, Vt. – The November meeting of the GFWC Okemo Valley Women’s Club was held Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. The meeting was called to order by president Darlene Remy. More than 18 women attended the meeting including two guests: Betsy Greene and Ellie DeCos.
This month’s speaker was Ann Rose from the Green Mountain Sugar House in Ludlow. Ann gave a delicious presentation of the work that goes into producing maple syrup and its products. The Green Mountain Sugar House has been a family business for many years in its present location and is still worked and run by the Harlow family. Ann explained how they tap around 13,000 trees beginning on snowshoes in January each year with three family members, including herself. Their modern sugaring operation uses plastic lines, enclosed vacuum systems and reverse osmosis with computer monitoring. Yet most of the work is still done by hand checking taps and lines, boiling syrup, making maple candy, managing the store and handling the mail orders. Vermont maple trees produce an average of 20 gallons of sap yet it takes 45 gallons to make one gallon of syrup. With the hard work, long hours and slow returns for each drop of delicate maple sap, we can all appreciate how precious maple syrup is to the state of Vermont, to those of us who love it and especially to those people like Ann and her family at Green Mountain Sugar House who produce it for us all.
Following this stirring presentation there were Thanksgiving themed refreshments for the club women to enjoy, which were provided by this month’s hostesses, Viola Wynne, Maria Sullivan, and Andrea Whitman. The monthly business meeting followed. Secretary Viola Wynne gave her report, as did Treasurer Michele Twombly. Committee reports included a report from Fran Derlinga discussing this year’s Tree of Remembrance, which was lit on Friday, Nov. 26 and will stay lit through Feb. 24, 2018 to celebrate the holiday season and commemorate friends, family, and loved ones. Also discussed were ongoing club fundraisers, volunteer efforts, charitable donations, scholarships, and local school programs to which the club contributes.
The next meeting will be Monday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. at the home of President Darlene Remy. Anyone wishing to learn more about GFWC and the Okemo Valley Women’s Club may contact President Darlene Remy at 802-228-1907, membership chairwoman Roxie Davis at 802-226-7417, or any club member.
GFWC is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.