The Woman's Club of Rialto enjoyed a
great 2010 to 2011 year, which included a very memorable Centennial celebration!
The Executive Board did not go dark during the months of May, June, July and August. President Catherine Ekaitis wanted to keep the Board going so that they could discuss the continued Clubhouse repairs, the Club's calendar, our renters, a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, the Centennial celebration, Fashion Show etc.
Our District President, Virginia Mayer-Oakes acquired a few of our Board members to serve on a District level for the President's Roundtable, Summer, Fall and Winter Conferences during the year. Winnie Hanson chaired our Amenities Committee with Catherine Ekaitis, Stacy Roberson and DeLois Rice to assist her. Sylvia Jimenez helped to organize the District Mailbox and DeLois Rice was the President's assistant. This enabled our club to be seen and involved on a District level.
Catherine saved the old ticket stubs from the 2010 Fashion Show and created a mailing list from them. She sent letters to all the addresses of the women who had supported the Club at the Fashion Show, inviting them to the Membership Luncheon, Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser and to our Centennial Celebration. We received many supporters to our events.
The women have been inviting their friends to club meetings and we have received a few new members during the past year.
Our newsletter, "Women's Writes,"
published by Denise Werner, keeps the membership informed of current and
future activities of the club. Newsletters are sent in August, October,
December, February and April.
Our Membership Luncheon was well attended and our speaker was Stephanie Stark, president of the Contemporary Club in Redlands. She encouraged the women to get involved!
We've had a few fundraisers to help bring in much needed money for the various charities and high school scholarships that we support:
Winnie Hanson made arrangements for the Club to receive 10% from ticket sales from the various plays put on by the Rialto Community Players throughout the year.
We put on a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser in October, which was well received by the Rialto Community. The funds made from this dinner were sent to Rialto Child Assistance. Although we had seven people on the committee to help with the Spaghetti fundraiser, the group was gathered on spur of the moment. The committee should have been put together a long time ago. The fundraiser was slapped together. We were lucky that we made a decent amount from the dinner. We should have also used younger women for the committee. It was quite tiring for our older women to be on their feet for such a long time. If we do this again for 2011, we will need to form the committee earlier and plan out the evening more effectively.
We had planned two potluck fundraisers in February and May. These are such easy fundraisers to do! We bring meals from our homes and we still pay our money. We still collect for Pennies for Pines so that trees can be planted.
Our major fundraiser was our Fashion Show this past March. The theme was "Mardi Gras." A good time was had by all. Our committee did very well! We were grateful for the generosity from our members and the community of Rialto who donated some really nice prizes.
The women have involved themselves in a few altruistic projects:
They collected sundry items for the Rialto Retirement Home and the Ronald McDonald House during our December meeting! Dorothy Hackethal and Catherine Ekaitis delivered the various items (shampoos, soaps, toothbrushes, gloves, knitted hats etc..) to the Retirement Home. These were put into a fun raffle for the residents! The residents were given "play money" so that they could make "bids" on the items. It was so much fun!!
We also collected quite a number of things for the Ronald McDonald House. Dorothy and Catherine also delivered the items to the House and were given a tour of the facility.
A few of the ladies made "no-sew" blankets in February to give to the new Salvation Army Hospitality House.
Our Centennial was a great
success!! It was held on November 10th, 2010. We had friends from far
and near come to our pink palace to honor our Club with their presence.
We were especially honored to have Kathy McGraw our CFWC President, Toby
Kahan our Area C Vice President, Sonia Matthies our Area D Vice
President and of course a few of the neighboring women's clubs that came
to our celebration: The Bloomington Woman's Club, The Grand Terrace
Woman's Club and The San Bernardino District Officers. Our various
friends from the city of Rialto were there to congratulate us: Karen
Serrano and Jenell Beer (representing Joe Baca Sr.) Joe Baca Jr., Edward
Carrillo, Ed Palmer, Mary Armstrong (representing Gloria Negrete
McLeod), Consuelo Bottini (Womans Club of Rialto member) represented the
Rialto Library, our friends from BIDA, Gerry Vaughan and last, but
certainly not least - our very own Rialto Historian John Adams!! We had
borrowed lovely dresses and hats from The Rialto Historical Society to
decorate our stage and we pulled out old scrapbooks and yearbooks that
told our story.
We look forward to another year of Club activities to support our community in Rialto.