|Posted by [email protected] on February 1, 2018 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
As its 35 members prepare to mark the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the small group that grew into the Cresskill Woman’s Club, they can look back on a year of achievement in 2017. The Club undertakes multiple initiatives in support of noble causes. These are aimed at benefiting the local community along with other regional, national and international projects undertaken in cooperation with the 8,000 members of clubs affiliated with the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs.
The signature activity of the CWC is its support of the youth of Cresskill. In 2017 it offered scholarships with a total value of $2,250 to four graduating students of Cresskill High School. The Rachel Engel Memorial Scholarship was given to Christine McConney and the three achievement scholarships went to Hannah Manning, Danny Koopalethes and Jack McCaffrey. Another youth initiative is the sponsorship of two Cresskill HS students to attend the HOBY and GCI programs. Since 1958 HOBY has provided leadership training, service-learning and motivation building experiences for more than 450,000 young people. Girls' Career Institute is an annual program held at Douglass College and sponsored by the NJSFWC for high school Junior girls to explore women's issues and encourage awareness to contemporary problems. It offers a "mini college experience" at Douglass College on the campus of the University of Rutgers. They learn about career choices from volunteer professional speakers and how to network with other delegates from all over the state of New Jersey. Many establish lasting friendships with one another. On completion of these courses, this year’s seminarians Nicole Moarkech and Madison Lee attended a club meeting to report on their experiences at HOBY and GCI which they described as life changing.
Children were also the focus of this year’s charity being supported by the NJ State Federation – “Prevent Child Abuse NJ”. Half the proceeds ($840) from the highly successful Lord & Taylor Fashion Show fund-raiser held in October were earmarked for this cause. The runway models were members of the club and their families with the ages ranging from three to 96 years old. The other half of the proceeds of the Fashion Show ($840) was allocated to Operation Smile. This organization, which was founded in Bergen County, provides life changing surgeries, done by volunteer doctors and nurses, to children around the world. It has been supported by CWC for more than a decade. When proceeds from our cellphone recycling program were added, the contribution to Op Smile was increased to $1,200. A matching grant then increased this contribution to $2400.
Other international initiatives are to support Heifer International and UNICEF. Heifer provides animals or other necessities for women to help their families become self-sufficient and even to earn money. CWC gave $463.15 which was doubled to $926.30 by a matching grant. The Club’s Trick or Treat collection program yielded $200 which, with a 5 times matching grant, totaled $1000 for UNICEF.
The Club also undertook several programs to help local families in need with donations of clothes, shoes, food and other necessities. A key activity of 2017 as in all other years was our support of Veterans and troops serving overseas. While the volunteer activity is important, so is the fellowship and social activity of the Club at its meetings, summer garden party and Holiday dinner. New members will be welcome!
|Posted by [email protected] on July 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
The Club is still collecting used cell phones for Operation Smile and scrap metal, especially copper, brass or aluminum, for scholarship fund.
Also remember to collect stamps, Box Tops for Education and aluminum tabs and bring to the General Meetings.