Our Club has had a busy year! As always, there were challenges to overcome, but we pushed on and met these challenges with great ideas and firm resolve. We continue to be resilient! We worked hard on recruitment of new members and retention of valued members. Sadly, we experienced the loss of four valued members this year, who were memorialized at out May Memorial Service. Despite our losses, I am happy to report that the new Club year will begin with 80 members, allowing us to retain our Large Club status.
Although we were dark for most of the summer, we did manage to finally complete our kitchen project. To comply with our Fire Department’s demands, we had our old stove and oven removed. New cupboards were installed in their place, and all new granite countertops were installed in the main kitchen. A” warming/holding cart” was purchased to accommodate catering trays for our use, as well as for our renters. This has been a lengthy process, but we were very happy with the outcome.
In August, our Annual Bingo Bash was the first successful fundraiser of the year. This is always a well-attended event and a fun time for members (and friends) to reconnect after our summer hiatus.
On the first Saturday in October, we held a
Holiday Boutique. This was something we had not done in the past. We had
many vendors in attendance and a lot of eager shoppers. Our Club members
also hosted a table of crafts and items donated by the members. In
retrospect, we decided a date closer to the holidays might increase
attendance, and we will look to that possibility in the future. The
vendors were eager for us to have it again!
In January, we held a Reciprocity Tea at which time we honored a 50-year member and two members reaching 25 years of membership. We had several sister clubs in attendance, as well as our District President. It was a wonderful afternoon!
Late January brought our annual Bunco Party and Dessert fundraiser. We had a great turnout of both members and guests. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed wonderful desserts donated by our members.
In March we had our annual Rummage Sale. We had lots of items for sale and lots of help. Attendance was better than last year. We made some money and donated what we did not sell to our local Second Chance Thrift Store which supports our local animal shelter. They were grateful for the donations and we were thankful they could help us get it out of our Clubhouse! The Rummage Sale is always a lot of arduous work, but fun just the same.
In early April, we welcomed the Upland Heritage organization to our Clubhouse to hold their meeting. We felt this was an important networking event with one of our local organizations. It allowed many of their members to see our historic building and enjoy its lovely architecture, which is reflective of the 1920’s when it was built. It was a wonderful evening and very well-attended.
In April, we had a very special and successful event called “A Celebration of Women-Reach Out and Touch Your Life.” This was something new for our Club. We had almost 50 people in attendance. Ladies enjoyed a wonderful continental breakfast and a lovely lunch. We had local speakers to inspire and teach us about make-up, women’s health, meditation, woman’s history, and how to protect ourselves from scams. We had a lot of positive feedback from this event and hope to do it again in the coming year. The profits from this event were dedicated to our nursing scholarship fund.
In June, we hosted a members-only Game Day and Potluck to celebrate the successful year we had and to look forward to a wonderful year ahead. We will again be having this event in June 2017. This year, members attending will be sharing dishes made from their oldest family recipes. They will also be sharing old cookbooks. We should have a wide variety of tasty dishes! This will be a time of fun and fellowship (but not fundraising)!
Throughout the year were have enjoyed wonderful luncheons and teas with a wide variety of entertainment and informational speakers and have had excellent attendance at our district conferences and the annual convention. Our Home and Garden and Mexican Trains groups have been very active and successful this year. We also added a very successful Craft Group which meets once a month.
My signature project this year continued to be Operation Smile, and I am happy to report we sent funds for additional surgeries, as well as “Smile Blankets” made by our members.
As I leave office, I know that the incoming Executive Board will continue to carry on the rich traditions and generosity of the Upland Woman’s Club. I wish them much success!
Here’s to a wonderful 2017-2018 year in Federation,
Beverly Foreman, President
Upland Woman’s Club