In early 1908, thirteen women of the Cucamonga area met with the idea of starting a woman’s club. Who would have believed it still exists 108 years later?
Like those women of Cucamonga long ago, our RCWC members are busy interacting with each other, other women’s clubs, District and Federation sisters, and with our local community, “we’ve come a long way ladies!”.
Even though our club goes dark June to August, the Executive Board meets once in June and August to make preparations for the coming year, and what a year 2015-16 was. We saw an increase in our membership due to our outstanding membership co-chairman. We had had Board members attending every District workshop and Conference to increase their knowledge of their positions (imagine that!) so that they gave their very best to our members.
Our most successful philanthropic project that stood out this year was, “Operation Toasty Toes”, where we collected socks (all sizes) for homeless persons/families. With our chairman working closely Stork Elementary School in Alta Loma, this project snowballed into a final collection of 1,863 pairs of socks that were distributed throughout our community. FYI: This was such a sensation we plan to do it again in 2016-17.
Our major fundraising activity, “Runway for Scholars Fashion Show and Tea”, which benefited RC students and the American Cancer Society. We had 115 people attending this year and impressed all who were involved.
Throughout the year our club members also made donations to: our Family and Children Fund; HEAD Start with needed school supplies for pre-schoolers; CHIPS for Kids with a truck loaded with toys for under privileged and homeless children in our area; eleven classrooms set of Kind News for our elementary schools; coupons and ‘in-kind’ donations for our Military Support projects; and collect loose change for Penny Pines that helps to restore trees in our locally burnt forests.
Scholarships were provided: for 4 sophomores to attend HOBY Leadership Camp; for nursing students through the Chaffey College Foundation; for four RC High Schools, and Becky Hardy awards for 14 most improved middle school students.
We happily celebrated and honored our Past Presidents this year with jeweled tiaras, because they are the jewels in our club crown, and our Golden Girls with trophies for their past achievements.
Our luncheons this year had the best programs and speakers due to our chairman’s creative scheduling. We’ve started some new activities outside of our club, too, such as an After Oscar Party, a Game Day, and the making of Prayer Shawls to comfort members who are ill. A fun new activity we’ve been doing during our meeting is a thing called, “Bragging Rights”. That’s when any club member can brag about someone or something for 1 minute for $1.00 when we there is dead conversation time. We made $10.00 the very first time out. Looks like we have a winner here.
A “Winter Wonderland ” was created for our Reciprocity Tea in January. All who attended had a marvelous time. The food was plentiful, the music soothing, and we were honored by the attendance of two District Board members. Next year we will be having the Prayer Breakfast at our clubhouse. I can’t to see what this committee has planned.
Our next big event coming up will be our Installation of our New Executive Board in May. I’m looking forward to another great club year.
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