Woman’s Club gives donations to local causes

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – Members of the Bellows Falls Woman’s Club, a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, will meet on Dec. 12 at the United Church, School Street, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The program will feature craft making and a sing-a-long of seasonal music, accompanied by Linda Robinson. Members who are able to help are reminded that the Central School holiday shopping time for the children will take place at the school on Dec. 13, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Also, members who signed up to attend the Dec. 14 Kurn Hattin holiday luncheon and concert are asked to let Ruth Keefe know if unable to attend so that those on the waiting list can be notified.

At the Nov. 14 meeting of the club, Celina Houlne, director of the Rockingham Free Public Library and club member, along with librarians Ann Dempsey and Virgil Fuller, gave interesting book reviews with suggestions for gift giving. Club President Dianne Potter presented a check to the library as the club’s annual donation.

A donation to Parks Place Resource Center was also presented to club member and Parks Place board member, Nancy McAuliffe. Donations to the care of Caesar, the police department’s canine unit dog, and the Rockingham Christmas Fund were made.

The club has welcomed six new members this fall, and President Potter gave each one a General Federation of Women’s Club’s membership pin. New members are Phyllis Weltz, Priscilla Lambert, Marianne Chapin-Smith, Celeste Marquise, Eileen Charbonneau-Gullo, and Barbara Howell. Membership pins for 5, 10, 20, and 25 years were given to several members. It was noted that Nita Kimball has been a member for 35 years, and Rose Werden for 40 years. Alice Powers has belonged to the club for 73 years.

Members voted to send $300 to the Puerto Rican hurricane relief effort.

President Potter and Phyllis Weltz delivered several bags of non-perishable food and personal care items, donated by club members and collected at the November meeting, to the Fall Mountain Food Shelf.

The General Federation of Women’s Club’s signature project is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention. The federation promotes volunteerism at the individual and collective levels for the betterment of communities.

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