Congratulations to our new 2021 Officers – Liz Robertson, President; Arlene McCrehan, Vice- President; Cynthia Werts, Treasurer; Caitlin Bethepu, Recording Secretary; and Kitty Seiferlein, Corresponding Secretary.
We want to thank everyone who helped make our Virtual January Gold Elephant Auction the most successful auction yet. We raised $5,800! Unlike money raised at our other events, which goes to support our outreach programs, the White Elephant fund raiser is used primarily for maintaining our Clubhouse – paying for our insurance, our electric bills and needed repairs and improvements. This year, there needs to be a lot of work done on our porch structure and its roof.
If it’s February, it would have been time for our Chili Supper
While we’ve managed to continue many of our traditional events in Virtual forms, we weren’t sure how to do an online Chili Potluck Supper. So, instead, when so many around us would be going hungry except for the local Food Banks, we’ve decided to make it an all-month-long February event, to help support those who are helping our neighbors to eat.
Throughout this month, we will be collecting non- perishable foods, to be distributed among the various Food Banks to try to meet their current needs. The Banks send out lists of what they particularly need that week and we will endeavor to meet those needs by sending emails to the Club Members and the ListServ. Needless to say, monitary gifts are always appreciated as they let the Food Banks do some bulk purchasing. In your checks Memo field, indicate if this is where you want your donation to be used.
An ongoing and always desperate need is Similac for babies. It is expensive, so receiving it is truly a gift to mothers trying to give their babies healthy food. You can leave your donations at the Clubhouse porch or drop them off in the painted can on Wendy Weisbard’s porch (119 Grove Road). They will be collected and moved indoors daily.
Our Annual Membership Drive
If you haven’t paid your modest $15 annual dues yet, please send a check, made out to The Woman’s Club of Washington Grove, and send to The Woman’s Club, PO Box 354, Washington Grove, MD 20880. The dues make it possible for us to donate funds to help support the Summer In the Parks program, the Acorn Library and the Holiday Show, and for us to host annual Town events like the January White Elephant Sale, the February Chili Dinner, the Spring Egg Hunt, the May Flower Show, the June Progressive Porch Party, the September Pot Luck Supper, and other special events such as guest speakers and, of course, all year we collect for the following Community Outreach programs:
For the Washington Grove Elementary School
It is hoped that WGES, along with the other County schools, will be reopening in some form in March, so it’s important we have supplies ready and waiting for them.
The Teachers Closet
We collect school supplies all year round for the Teachers Closet. Our aim is to keep it filled with things like glue sticks, pencils and sharpeners, paper, hand sanitizers and tissues, and other supplies. Without our help, teachers will all too often end up buying these things out of their own pockets.
Winter Coats, Hats, Scarves and Gloves
We try to keep the Teachers Closet filled with winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves so that no child goes without through the bitter winter months.
Bringing Music to the Students
The school has asked us to help ensure that all children can participate in the Music Programs. We are hoping to donate resin, reeds, instruction books and other necessities for a successful instrumental music program. Checks should be made out to the Woman’s Club and marked for donation to the WGES Music Program.
Working with Interfaith Works
Small Gifts for Children
While the less fortunate children of our County need essentials, they also need occasional treats in their lives, and we help provide these by collecting Birthday Presents and small Treasure Chest items to be distributed through Interfaith works.
New Underwear for Children
There is always a need for new underwear for boys and girls from toddlers to teens. We have developed sources for purchasing the underwear, so the easiest way to help with this need is through money donations. In the memo field, indicate if this is where you want your donation to be used.
White Socks and Toiletries for Area Shelter
The small, travel sized toiletries from hotels are always needed by shelter residents, and we collect and distribute them.
Winter is hard enough for the homeless without them going without socks! We continue to collect and distribute new white socks for the men in our area shelters.
Where to Bring Your Donations
Whatever pulls at your heart strings, we have a need you can fulfill. Even though our Clubhouse is closed for the winter, we still have bins on the porch to collect for our Community Outreach Programs, or you can drop off your contributions in the painted can on Wendy Weisbard’s porch at 119 Grove Road. You bring them and we’ll sort where they go! Checks are always appreciated too, just put in the memo field if you want your donation to go to a specific project and mail to The Woman’s Club, PO Box 354, Washington Grove, MD 20880.