The GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve filled the Microtel meeting room with members adorned with Spring Hats and outfits for its monthly meeting on April 15.
The club celebrated 129 years of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, and the many accomplishments of GFWC members “Living the Volunteer Spirit” while reminiscing about the excitement over the previous weekend.
Just two days before the club’s regular meeting, the Ste. Genevieve Woman’s Club hosted the GFWC of Missouri Ninth District Convention, headed by president Jeanette Heavin, at Hotel Audubon’s Grill and Bar.
Sandra Cabot, the city of Ste. Genevieve’s tourism director, made a presentation on the history and exciting future of Ste. Genevieve. Members of Women’s clubs throughout Southeast Missouri are sure to come back and enjoy the many activities that Ste. Genevieve offers.
Attendees also enjoyed a welcome from Mayor Paul Hassler, attendance prizes, music by Patti Naeger, greetings from Jack and Mickey Koetting in French Colonial costume and hospitality from the local members and sponsors.
During the club’s regular monthly meeting, Jordan Starr from Midwest Easter Seals in Cape Girardeau informed members about the almost-century-old network of service and programs for children and adults to support and educate families impacted by autism and other disabilities.
The Woman’s Club presented a $125 donation to Easter Seals in support of their services. Easter Seals partners with GFWC clubs across America to extend the impact of their services.
Betty Pannier, director of the Regional Family Crisis Center, presented information on the shelter in Perryville that provides services for those seeking refuge from abusive situations. The center has space for up to 18 people at a time — adults and their children — and provides food and shelter in a safe environment.
Woman’s Club members donated 55 bath towels, 32 washcloths and four hand towels to replenish the shelter’s supplies.
“Over the weekend, we gave out our last two towels, so these donations are so needed and appreciated,” Pannier said.
To help fund the shelter, a Crisis Center Support Shop opened in Perry Plaza in Perryville. They accept household goods and furniture and are always looking for volunteers. For more information call 573-547-2480.
The next Woman’s Club meeting will be 11 a.m. Monday, May 13, at the VFW Post. Local students will be honored.
For more information on attending a meeting or joining the club, contact president Naomi Glassey at 314-630-9896.
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve are dedicated to strengthening their community and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer services.
They help create change by supporting the arts, preserving historical resources and advancing education through scholarships.
(Information in a release from the GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve.)