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GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, Inc.

Western District, since April 2002
Contact:
Norma Jean Swam - 410-871-0741, Co-President
Barbara Humbert - 410-848-0152, Co-President

2016-2017 Officers

From left: Barb Gunther, Treasurer; Jayne Stocksdale and Nan Sanders,Co-Corresponding Secretaries;Linda Kjeldgaard and Peggy Slater, Co-Recording Secretaries; Beverly Humbert and Nancy Adams Porter, Co-Vice Presidents; Norma Jean Swam and Barbara Humbert, Co Presidents

Co-President:Norma Jean Swam and Barbara Humbert
Co-Vice President: Beverly Humbert and Nancy Adams Porter
Treasurer: Barbara Gunther
Co-Recording Secretary: Linda Kjeldgaard and Peggy Slater
Co- Corresponding Secretary: Jayne Stocksdale and Nan Sanders

2016 Membership Application Form

Meetings

Regular meetings are held at 1 PM on the second Tuesday of each month unless otherwise noted.

Evening Division meetings: contact Susan Case at 410-848-5423 for more information.

Board Meetings:
September 6, 2016 – 9:30 am
Board Meeting – Norma Jean Swam presiding
Carroll Non-Profit Center

November 1, 2016 – 9:30 am
Board Meeting – Barbara Humbert presiding

January 3, 2017 – 9:30 am
Board Meeting – Norma Jean presiding

March 7, 2017 – 9:30 am
Board Meeting – Barbara Humbert presiding

Book Browsers
September 19, 2016
October 17, 2016
January 16, 2017
February 20, 2017
March 20, 2017
April 17, 2017

May 15, 2017

Upcoming Events

 

Programs

August 30, 2016 – 5:00 pm
Picnic at King Park, Chase Street, Westminster, MD
Hostess: Program Committee
Program: Opening our picnic: Shannon Gibbons, The HOBY Award Experience
Closing our Picnic: Marcus Lee Primm, ARC of Carroll County

September 13, 2016 – 1:00 pm
Business Meeting – Norma Jean Swam presiding
Hostess: Education CSP
Half-Note: Mary Dudderar: Preparing for the Carroll County Domestic Violence Seminar

October 11, 2016 – 1:00 pm
General Meeting – Barbara Humbert presiding
Hostess: Home Life CSP
Program: Brenda Harkavy, Assistant State’s Attorney: County Resources in Preventing Domestic Violence

November 8, 2016 – 1:00 pm
Business Meeting – Barbara Humbert presiding
Hostess: Executive Committee
Half-Note – Rosemary Thomas: Leadership Training Conference

December 13, 2016 – 11:00 am
Holiday Luncheon, Lunch Served at Noon
Elks Lodge, 538 Gorsuch Road, Westminster
Hostess:  Program Committee
Program: Maryl Harshey: A Mafia Christmas

January 10, 2017 – 1:00 pm
Business Meeting – Norma Jean Swam presiding
Hostess: International Outreach
Half-Note – Linda Kjeldgaard: The International Scene

February 14, 2017 – 1:00 pm
General Meeting – Barbara Humbert presiding
Hostess: Conservation CSP
Program: John Hubbs: Stream-Wise to be Bay-Wise

March 14, 2017 – 1:00 pm
Business Meeting – Year End Reports – Barbara Humbert presiding
Hostess: Arts CSP

April 11, 2017 – 1:00 pm
General Meeting – Norma Jean Swam presiding
Hostess: Public Issues CSP
Program: Steve Wantz, Carroll County Commissioner: Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going

May 9, 2017 – 11:00 am
Spring Luncheon – Lunch Served at Noon
Carroll Lutheran Village, Krug Chapel/Auditorium
Hostess:  Program Committee
Program: Lynn and R.J. Walter: The Making of a Conservation Photographer
Installation of Officers

Monthly Newsletters

Club News & Press Releases

The individuals shown in the Boys and Girls Club PR  photo are from left, Carolyn Seabolt, Woman's Club Co-Chair, Arts Community Service Program; Amy Moorman Boys and Girls Club Program Director; and Clare Berent, Woman's Club Arts Co-Chair. Press release.

Those shown in the Carroll County Arts Council are from left  Carolyn Seabolt, Woman's Club Co-Chair, Arts Community Service Program; Sandy Oxx, Executive of the Carroll County Arts Council; and Clare Berent, Woman's Club Arts Co-Chair. Press release.

Drew Baker of Old Westminster Winery speaks to Club Women.
(Photo by Mary Lou Poireir) Press Release

Woman's Club's holiday ornament for 2016 depicts Carroll County's Almshouse and Farm Museum. Press release

Domestic Violence Seminar

Attending the opening of and speaking at the Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness Training held at the Carroll Nonprofit Center on Monday, October 3, 2016 were from left: State's Attorney, Brian DeLeonardo, Carroll County Commissioner Stephen Wantz, and Jim DeWees, Carroll County Sheriff shown here with with Kelley Rainey, Director of Domestic Violence Services for Family and Children's Services (FCS).  

Commissioner Wantz signed proclamation that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Program Speaker Judy Klinger, Supervisor of School Counseling for Carroll County Schools Public Schools.

From left are Norma Jean Swam, Co-President of GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, Inc.; Jean Picardi, Co-Chair of the Club's  Home Life Community Service Program;Program Speaker, Jordyn Cohen, Program Coordinator of One Love Foundation;  KelleyRainey, Director of Domestic Violence Services, FCS; and Mary Dudderar, Co-Chair,Home Life.

 

Pictured on right is Connie Kidder, and on left is Nancy Groft, Woman's Club Co-Chairs for Ornament Sales.  In center is Susan Williamson, Visual Arts Coordinator for the Carroll County Arts Council, and Nancy Groft, Woman's Club Co-Chair for Ornament Sales.

Jo Harp installed as Western District President Press Release

Jo Harp (on left) is shown with her installation officer, Debbie Spinnenwebber, past President of the GFWC Western Maryland Community Club,Inc.

Culinary Arts 2016 Press Release

Culinary Arts students:  Left to Right : Row 1: Cindy Beck, Jenna Johnson, Trudy Baer, Courtney Neale, Leslie Zamora; Row 2: Cheyanne Petenbrink, Kaitlyn Glendenning, Hailea Dudley, Brandy Barnes, Paige Szczesny, Row 3 : Olivia Taylor, Angelique Baker, Lauryn Warfield, Joey Poindexter, Rachel Rodean, Brianna McCabe, Amber Albaugh, Christopher Fuksa, Naja-Nakeita Askew; Row 4: Alex Benlolo,Travis Hauck, Oscar Schoenfelder, Quinton Allen and David Stathers.

Student Chef Quinton Allen demonstrates preparation of Beef Wellington.

From left:  Home Life Co-Chair Jean Picardi, Chef Tim Norwood and Home Life Co-Chair Mary Dudderar.

Happy Readers Press Release

Club woman Martha Wiseman reads to teacher Chris Lillibridge's kindergarten class at Elmer Wolfe.

The club women are happy readers at Elmer A. Wolfe Elementary School in Union Bridge:  Front Row, Left to Right:  Jo Ann Barlow, Mary Lathroum and Martha Wiseman.  Back Row, Left to Right:  Norma Jean Swam, Nancy McAllister, Mary Lou Poirier and Jan Ober.

Nancy Adams Porter, GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster's Outstanding Maryland Clubwoman Nominee
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New members installed on April 12, 2016: from left: Pat Minnich, Kathleen Hartzel, Barbara Vrany and Lorraine Stoner

Brian DeLeonardo, Carroll County State's Attorney speaks to Woman's Club

Brian DeLeonardo with Clubwoman Dolly Snyder
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Jaclyn Mathias-Jones displays her Tree of Life photography, part of the Spring Into Art exhibit at the Carroll Nonprofit Center. Click here for press release.

Introduction of our four new members by Sandy Ferguson (on the right). (left to right) - Pat Minnich, Kathleen Hutzell, Barbara Vrany, and Lorraine Stoner

Kelwin Warran Jan 2016

Molly Sims Jan 2016
Kelwin Warren and Molly Sims are shown with their artwork at the Nonprofit Center. Press release

Shown from left are Barbara Humbert, Co-Chair of the Arts Community Service Project of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc.,  Sandy Oxx, Executive Director of the Carroll County Arts Council, and Clare Berent, Co-Chair of the Arts Community Service Project. Press release.

Pictured on right is Connie Kidder, and on left is Nancy Groft, Woman's Club Co-Chairs for Ornament Sales.  In center is Susan Williamson, Visual Arts Coordinator for the Carroll County Arts Council.

GFWC Arts Center 2015 Ornament article

Fran Rock, Co-Chairman of Public Issues Community Service Program of GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, Inc. presents hats for cancer patients to Amanda Vetter of the Carroll Hospital Foundation, representing Carroll Hospital Center.
GFWC Hats for Cancer Patients

Bryan Shumaker, STEM Coordinator, Carroll County Public Schools, addresses GFWC Maryland Western District Meeting.

From left are Barbara Frantz, Western District Corresponding Secretary (GFWC Civic Club of Oakland, Maryland, Inc.)Kaye Shoemaker, Western District Second Vice-President (Frederick Woman's Civic Club, Inc.)Jo Harp, Western District First Vice President/Dean of Chairmen (GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, Inc.) Brenda Bennett, GFWC-MD President (GFWC Wicomico Woman's Club, Inc.) Susan Krichten, Western District President (GFWC Junior Woman's Club of Westminster, Inc.) Bette Brust, Western District Parliamentarian (Frederick Woman's Civic Club, Inc.) Carol Feser, Western District Recording Secretary (Frederick Woman's Civic Club, Inc.) Nancy Wynne, Western District Treasurer (Frederick Woman's Civic Club, Inc.).
GFWC Western District October 2015

Artist Val Langevin is pictured with some of  his paintings in exhibit.

Planning for next exhibit from far left are Steering Committee member Lyndi McNulty of Gizmo's Art and Framing , Woman's Club Art Community Service Program Members, Carolyn Seabolt, Co-Chair Barbara Humbert, Mary Lou Poirier, Sue Case, and Norma Jean Swam.
GFWC Art Exhibit October 2015

Club members from left Susan Case and Clare Berent are shown hanging the oil paintings of Maurice Saxton

Artist Anne Marie Parish is shown with her pastel paintings.
GFWC 2015 Art Exhibit

Members and guests of The GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, Inc. visit GFWC Headquarters in Washington, DC.
2015 vist to GFWC Headquarters

Table Group:  From left guest speaker, Dr. Dona Hobart, breast surgeon and medical director of the Center for Breast Health, guest Carolyn Collier, club member Dolly Snyder, Trish Carroll, Publisher of the Carroll County Times, Janice Kispert, CEO of the Rape Crisis Intervention Service, Laura Del Corral, wife of Dr. Del Corral, club member and mother of Dr. Hobart, Janice Hobart, and Guest Speaker, Dr. Gabriel Del Corral, Reconstructive Surgeon, Center for Breast Health.
2015 Spring Meeting

Mayor Kevin Utz presents Proclamation to Club President Ginny Houser.

Mayor Kevin Utz with Woman's Club Members shown front row left to right: Nancy Groft, Jeanne Herr, Jackie Hering, Betty Mathias, Norma Jean Swam, Sandy Ferguson, Ginger Falcone and Jo Harp; back row, left to right: Lynda Lockard, Jayne Stocksdale, Ginny Houser, Suzanne Albert, Sally Marks, Jane Sharpe, and Clare Berent. Present but not pictured: Mary Lou Poirier.
Federation Day Proclamation

 International GFWC President Babs Condon and Norma Jean Swam, member of the GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster,Inc., who was chosen Outstanding Maryland Clubwoman for 2014. Outstanding Maryland Clubwoman

Greg Padrick of the Center for Healing Arts.
April 2015 meeting

Left to right
Row 1 (Kneeling) :Jordan Lawrence, Isabel Henriques, Sylar Roth, Mike Tate; Row 2 (Standing): Leslie Zamora, Kathryn Porter, Emily Utz, Brooke Wolf, Amber Baumgardner, Cheyenne Petenbrink, James Kendig, Mary Hallaren, Back Row: Taylor Kilchenstein, Ashlyn Pickett, Kendall Johnson, Paige Fisher, Quinton, Chef Tim Norwood, Hannah Lyons, Jon Flinn, Sarah Kruse.

Chef and Instructor Tim Norwood and students Nora Hullett and Erik Matleson demonstrate preparation of appetizer.
Culinary Class

Fran Rock, (Standing rear) Co-Chairman with Nancy Heiberg, of the Public Issues Community Service Program of the GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, Inc, distributes literature to Dorothy Bauerlien, Dorothy Henderson and Lorraine Cesarini (seated clockwise from left), all regular attendees of the Westminster Senior and Community Center.
GFWC Public Issues Cancer Focus March

Clubwoman Martha McLaney Wiseman
January 2015 General meeting press release

Artist Joan Shearer

Artist Clare Berent
2015 Art Show press release

Sculptor Bart Walter with clubwoman Carol Kershner and Carroll County Public Library representative

"Wild Imaginings" sculpted by Bart Walter
Press Release "Wild Imaginings"

Membership Co-Chair, Sandy Ferguson, new members Carolyn Seabolt, Dianna Davis and Beverly Humbert with clubwoman mentor Barbara Humbert.

Home Life group's visit to West End Place Adult Day Care Center.  Home Life will be collecting items for West End to use in their Santa Shop and also as bingo prizes. 

Club members showed their artistic natures and had fun making fairy gardens at Living Waters. — at Living Waters Ornamental Ponds & Streams.

 Conservation members work at Belle Grove Square

Volunteers from the Westminster Women's Club are shown pricing and wrapping items for distribution for SERRV.

GFWC Western District meeting October 2014
Clubwomen of the GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster - Mary Lou Poirier, Barbara Peck, Norma Jean Swam, Babs Condon, Ginny Houser, Jacqueline Hering, Jo Harp and Nancy Porter.

GFWC 2014 Art Exhibit Press Release
Artist Martha McLaney Wiseman shown with her art.

Woman's Club President, Ginny Houser, with her photography. 

Leslie Simmons, President and CEO of Carroll Hospital Center with Volunteer Guide Ginny Houser, President of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. at opening of William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center on October 2, 2014. Press release here.

From left:  Club Guides Betty Mathias, Barb Gunther and friend on October 5 at William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center and Tevis Center for Wellness.


Babs Condon, International President
Press release here


Artist Sue Bloom shown with some of her photographs.

May 26, 2014, We love a parade!  The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, the Junior Club and the Stars took part in Westminster’s historic 147th Memorial Day Parade. 

 

May 13, 2014, The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. held its Spring Luncheon with guest speaker Elyssa Baxter, Master Gardener and Garden Designer

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. held its Spring Luncheon on May 13, 2014, in the Krug Chapel/Auditorium at Carroll Lutheran Village.  Suzanne Albert, Club President, welcomed the members and guests, followed by Janet Buchanan who gave the invocation.  Awards were presented to two of our members - one to Mary Ada "Tata" Welliver for 50 years of service and one to Dorris Whitford for 10 years of service.  The newly appointed officers - Ginny Houser, President, Barbara Gunther, Treasurer, Rosemary Hanger, Recording Secretary and Marge Simmons, Corresponding Secretary -  were installed by former President, Carol Kershner.  Dolores Snyder presented a gift to Babs Condon, the new President of the International GFWC headquartered in Washington, D.C.  Janice Hobart introduced our speaker, Elyssa Baxter.  Ms. Baxter presented her discussion of Queen Anne and Her Lace.

Presentation of 10 year award to Dorris Whitford by Suzanne Albert


Guest speaker, Elyssa Baxter along with her display of Queen Anne lace


Guest speaker, Elyssa Baxter


Presentation of gift by Dolores Snyder to Babs Condon


Installation of officers by Carol Kershner

Presentation of 50 year award to ​Mary Ada "Tata" Welliver by Suzanne Albert

Woman’s Club hosts speakers on hiring individuals with disabilities.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. kicked off its monthly meeting on February 11, 2014, at the Carroll Non-Profit Center with a silent auction, a major annual fundraiser for the club.  The auction and club’s holiday luncheon, originally scheduled for December, was postponed due to inclement weather.
The postponement of the December event meant jumping through many hoops by the planning committee.  Clubwomen Sandy Ferguson and Barbara Humbert stepped up and reorganized the auction and Lynn Walter suggested and took charge of an online auction in January.  Members also did their part and participated in both segments of the auction which provided funds for the club’s budget in support of its volunteer activities.
Following the auction, the meeting began with Club president Suzanne Albert calling on Home Life Community Service Program Co-Chairman Mary Dudderar who then introduced the two guest speakers, Karen Gross, Assistant Director of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, and Laura Lyons, MSW, a Business Liaison with the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS).
Ms. Gross is responsible for the Center's outreach efforts as well as conducting training on the Americans with Disabilities Act, which she stressed is important civil rights legislation.  She has coordinated a variety of trainings particularly on employment topics for businesses, state and local governments, disability organizations and individuals with disabilities.
Ms. Lyons provides support to the business community by helping them locate qualified individuals to fill vacant job positions and other support services. She also works with individuals with disabilities to find them employment.  She said that the Carroll County Community has been supportive of DORS mission especially the business community in hiring individuals with disabilities.
Both speakers empathized that a major reason for speaking to clubs and organization such as ours is to encourage members to spread the word about hiring the disabled, for despite the Americans with Disabilities Act legislation, the percentage of employed individuals with disabilities has not increased and more advocacy and education needs to be done around the many abilities of individuals with disabilities to meet employment needs in today's labor market.
The Woman’s Club is honored to partner with DORS and Mosaic Community Services to further employment of these individuals by conducting mock employment interviews to help them practice their interview skills and by collecting and donating gently used business attire to wear both for job hunting and for work.

From Left Clubwoman Mary Dudderar, Laura Lyons, MSW, a Business Liaison with the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and Karen Goss, Assistant Director of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center.

 

Woman’s Club conducts book drive for Baltimore Reads
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. Public Issues Community Service Program sponsored a book drive to benefit Baltimore Reads, a 25-year old organization which operates the Baltimore Reads’ Book Bank.  The Book Bank provides free books to children, their families, and schools to build literacy skills, and encourage a love for reading.  To date the Book Bank has distributed over 1.2 million free books.  The Woman’s Club book drive collected some 400 books which were picked up by Baltimore Reads on January 24, 2014.

The books collected by the Woman’s Club are placed in Baltimore Reads distinctive van for delivery to the book bank.  From left are Woman’s Club Public Issues Co-Chairmen Maryl Harshey and Fran Rock with Baltimore Reads representative Mark Feiring.

At their monthly meeting held at the Carroll Nonprofit Center on November 12, 2013, The GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, Inc. inducted new members, shown from left, Nancy Adams Porter, Dory Shilling, Jane Sharp and Pat Hyde. 

On Veterans Day, November 11, 2013, clubwomen of The GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, Inc. placed a wreath in honor of our servicemen and women at the War Memorial Monument in Westminster.  Pictured from left are Nancy Heiberg, Norma Jean Swam, Jo Harp, Joan Hollinger, Suzanne Albert and Jeanne Picardi.

GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster adds two McDaniel College buildings to its annual ornament series for 2013.

2013 Annual Ornaments featuring WMC Alumni Hall and Kenneth R. Gill Stadium at McDaniel College.

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. presents the tenth and eleventh ornaments in its annual series depicting important buildings in the community of Westminster.  The 2013 ornaments are of WMC Alumni Hall and Kenneth R. Gill Stadium at McDaniel College.  These are the fourth and fifthMcDaniel College building in the series.  Prior ornaments featuring McDaniel buildings were of Ward Memorial Arch, Baker Chapel, and Baker Memorial Chapel.
The cornerstone of the National Historic Landmark Alumni Hall was laid in 1896 and includes the Bible carried by college president T. H. Lewis in an around the world tour.  President Lewis lectured throughout Maryland and the south to raise funds to construct the hall.  The baccalaureateservice held in June 1899 was the hall’s inaugural event.  The building is now home to the Theatre Department.
Kenneth R. Gill Stadium, dedicated at the 2012 Homecoming, was named in honor of Gill, class of 1961, a former football player and college trustee.  The first WMC athletic field was dedicated in 1922, and McDaniel College has since established a national reputation for drive-in tailgating.

On left is Sandy Ferguson, Woman's Club Fundraising Chairman
with Joyce Muller, Associate Vice President, Communications and Marketing, McDaniel College.

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster is a volunteer service group, part of a state and international federation of Women’s Clubs, working in the Westminster community to better the lives of its citizens. Ornament sales are a major fundraiser for the club, helping to provide funds for its community service projects.
Ornaments are priced at $21 each including MD sales tax and can be purchased in Westminster at the McDaniel College Bookstore, Historical Society of Carroll County, Benn’s Menswear & Formal Wear, Westminster Antique Mall, Carroll County Arts Council, Shop on the Square at Carroll Lutheran Village, or by calling or emailing Sandy Ferguson at 410-848-3032 or slferguson@verizon.net.
For information about the Woman’s Club, contact Mary Lou Poirier at poirier_mary @comcast.net.

May 27, 2013, We love a parade!  The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, the Junior Club and the Stars took part in Westminster’s historic 146th Memorial Day Parade. 

GFWC Junior Woman's Club of Westminster

GFWC Woman'sClub of Westminster

Westminster's Jackie and Joanne

Westminsters Memorial DayParade

May 14, 2013, The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. held its Spring Luncheon with guest speaker Dr. Mary L. Cleave, Astronaut
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. held its Spring Luncheon on May 14, 2013, in the Krug Chapel/Auditorium at Carroll Lutheran Village.  Suzanne Albert, Club President, welcomed the members and guests, followed by Lynda Lockard who gave the invocation.  Club Vice President Nancy James announced the names of the clubwomen who submitted art entries at the GFWC state convention.  They were Rosemary Barnes, Mary Lou Poirier, Claire Berent, who won first place in watercolor, Jo Ann Barlow, who won an Honorable Mention for her pastel, and Ginny Houser, who won second and third places for her photography.

Shown left is Club Treasurer Barb Gunther with Astronaut Dr. Mary L. Cleave, guest speaker at the Club's Spring Luncheon.


Clubwoman Barbara Gunther introduced guest speaker, former astronaut, Dr. Mary L. Cleave, who was titled “A Maryland Woman Who Soars” in an article dated 6 June 2012 and authored by Jill Moss Greenberg in The Maryland Women’s Journal.The article described Dr. Cleave as an accomplished woman who achieved her goals in spite of dealing with many obstacles and biases and referred to her, among many superlatives as an American heroine and an extraordinary role model.  Gunther felt that Mary Cleave embodied the club’s motto for the 2012-2014 term“Uniting Our Voice for Leadership and Equality,”and was pleased that she honored the Woman’s Club by speaking at its year-end luncheon.
Gunther said that Mary l. Cleave, Ph.D., P.E. is an environmental engineer who retired from NASA as the associate administrator for science in 2007.  In that capacity she was responsible for numerous spacecraft located from the edge of our solar system to orbiting the sun.
Dr. Cleave flew on the space shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist.  She was the flight engineer and operated the robot arm on the space shuttle in 1985 and deployed the Magellan spacecraft from the shuttle in 1989.  Magellan went on to study Venus.  She then served NASA in a range of capacities including CAPCOM (capsule communicator) for five shuttle flights.  She joined NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD in 1991 and wasa project manager responsible for launching a spacecraft in 1997 which operated for 13 years and helped increase understanding of climate change, oceanography and atmospheric science.
Dr. Cleave then took the podium and showed a presentation of her space mission.  She described her fellow astronauts on the mission as being like her brothers and described her flight in detail and with humor.
Onehumorous anecdote dealt with when she went through parachute training and was parasailing off a boat on a windy day.  She took off,and when she cut the lines so she could start coming down as she was supposed to, she is of such slight build that she kept going up.  She was chased by the recovery boats until finally a wind change brought her down. She said imagine how the crews in the boats would have felt having to report that they lost her on her first day out – that they saw her up, up and away! She went on to say that space suits at the time came in only two sizes, medium and large, so she was chosen to work the robot arm for the astronauts who were outside the shuttle. These occurrences helped NASA change their procedures for future astronauts to accommodate various sizes.

On the left is GFWC President-Elect Babs Condon with Dolly snyder, Chariman of the Fundraising committee for Bab's election as president of the International GFWC headquartered in Washingtion DC.


After an audience question and answer session with Dr. Cleave, Dolly Snyder, club chairman of the committee to benefit the installation of Babs Condon as president of the international GFWC, asked Dr. Cleave to draw the winning raffle ticket for a week at Deep Creek Lake.  The winning ticket was held by clubwoman Sue Case.

Pictured is Sue Case, winner of the Babs Condon fundraising raffle for a Deep Creek Lake vacaction. The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs,an international organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of others through volunteer service.  For further information contact Mary Lou Poirier at Poirier_Mary@comcast.net.

May 1, 2013.  The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. conducts mock interviews at Mosaic.
On May 1, 2013, The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc.  continued its partnership with Mosaic, a non-profit organization whose goal is “Enhancing the Quality of Life for People with Mental Illness,“ and the state Division of Rehabilitation Services ( DORS) that works with disabled individuals to assist them in finding employment.  
Eleven clubwomen met for a briefing at Mosaic offices on Green Street in Westminster and then conducted mock job interviews with Mosaic clients to better prepare them for their real-life interviews.   The Woman’s Club involvement was due to the efforts of Mary Dudderar, Co-Chairman with Jean Picardi of theclub’s Home Life Community Service Project.  Club members had first met at Mosaic for an orientation and tour of the facility in March and then in April at the DORS offices to learn more about the challenges faced by individuals with mental illness in finding and keeping employment.  

Club President Suzanne Albert interviews Sheri Knouse


Home Life also sponsored a gently used clothing drive to supply business attire to Mosaic clients.  Stacy Seymore, Mosaic Director of Vocational Services,said that the amount of clothing donated far exceeded their expectations, and clients were able to choose more than one outfit.  “Shopping” the clothing room was part of the agenda for the day, along with refreshments between interviews.  Most clients were able to have practice interviews with two clubwomen.

Dr. Janet Buchanan interviews Doug Eby

After the mock interviews were over, all those involved expressed their satisfaction with the process.  The clubwomen were inspired and touched by the interviews with the Mosaic clients and by the dedication of the Mosaic staff.  The clients themselves were glad to have an opportunity to work on their interviewing skills and get immediate feedback.  They were also pleased to have an opportunity to choose some “Dress for Success” clothing.
The clubwoman taking part in the mock interviews were Barbara Gunther, Janet Buchanan, Nancy Hiatt, Jean Picardi, Mary Lou Poirier, Kathy Rittler, Suzanne Albert, Gini Bosse, Sue Case, Mary Dudderar, and Pat Harter.Non-member, JanePurdie, also took part.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster would encourage employers to contact Mosaic to see if a job opening at their business might be a fit for a Mosaic client.  For further information contact, Stacy Seymore, Mosaic Director of Vocational Services at 410-876-3007.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international volunteer organization dedicated to community service.  For more information contact Mary Lou Poirier at poirier_mary@comcast.net.

JANUARY 2013

January 22, 2013, GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. tours Mosaic Community Services in Westminster.

Nine members of the Westminster Women’s Club toured the Mosaic Community Services facility in Westminster to prepare for a new Woman’s Club Home Life Community Service Program in partnership with Mosaic. Mosaic provides comprehensive services including vocational services to individuals with mental illness to assist them in a smooth transition to
independence.

The tour of the facility was led by Stacy Seymore, Director of Vocational Services for Mosaic. She said that of the four Mosaic vocational program sites, the Westminster facility is its largest and that they average around a 50% rate of individuals employed. This is proportionally the highest of the facilities.

The Woman’s Club Home Life Co-Chairmen, Mary Dudderar and Jean Picardi, told the group that the Club plans to assist Mosaic in three ways:

  1. Collect gently worn clothing for Mosaic members to wear for job interviews and to start work.
  2. Participate in a Job Club to share work experiences and employer’s attitudes to assist Mosaic members in finding and keeping jobs.
  3. Conduct mock interviews with job seekers to prepare them for that important part of the job-hunting process.

Clubwomen will be provided with instructional material and training before taking part in the
program.

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. is an affiliated club of GFWC, one of the world’s largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational women’s volunteer service organizations. For further information, please contact Mary Lou Poirier, Publicity Chairman, at 410-871-9102 or poirier_mary@comcast.net.



January 8, 2013, The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. begins Fundraising for Babs with a Vacation Home Raffle, and inducts new member, Lynn Walter.

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. held its monthly meeting at the Carroll Non-Profit Building on January 8, 2013 at 1:30 PM.

Club President, Suzanne Albert, introduced Staccato Moment Speaker, Babs Condon, who spoke about her goals for both her current term as President-Elect of the GFWC international organization and her upcoming role as its 50th President. Condon assumes the office in June 2014 for a two-year term. She described innovative changes in the GFWC website providing improved interaction between the individual clubs and the international organization, and the addition of links enabling clubwomen to easily reach out to members of the legislature. Condon would like to see the GFWC focus on the influence clubwomen can have on improving our society and the needs of women and children, much as they did in the first years of the now 125-year old organization. The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is one of the world’s largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational women’s volunteer service organizations.

Each of the Club’s project and committee chairmen then reported on their volunteer activities. Dolly Snyder, Chairman of the Fundraising for Babs Committee, spoke about the upcoming events that are part of the club’s fundraising efforts which will take place between January and May 2013. This is part of a statewide effort by the GFWC Maryland Federation of Women’s Clubs, Inc. to contribute to Condon’s 2014 Installation Fund. The Westminster club is holding a raffle for a week’s use of a vacation home at Deep Creek Lake. The home sleeps up to 20 people, is lakefront and has a dock. Tickets are now on sale from clubwomen for $10 each or 3 for $20. Only 500 tickets will be sold.

In addition to the Club’s business meeting, new member Lynn Walter was inducted into the club. Walter is the Studio Coordinator for her husband, renowned wildlife sculptor Bart Walter. Walter’s sculptures are currently on display in an exhibit titled Out of Africa at the Stanford in Washington Art Gallery, Washington, DC, for which Lynn Walter helped produce a stunning catalog featuring some of her own photography. The catalog describes how The Walter family went on safari to Africa every other year from 1997 to 2007, resulting in many of Bart Walter’s most important works.

Lynn Walter will be the guest speaker at a March 19, 2013, Fundraising for Babs luncheon at Maggie’s Restaurant. Her topic will be “Behind the scenes: life with a sculptor.” Seating is limited to 60 members and guests. The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. is hosting this luncheon in partnership with The Carroll County Public Library, Lynn Wheeler, Director.

For further information about the luncheon or to purchase raffle tickets, please contact Dolly Snyder at doloressnyder@verizon.net or Mary Lou Poirier, Publicity Chairman at Poirier_Mary@comcast.net.


From Left are new clubwoman, Lynn Walter and Membership Co-Chairman, Dottie Piper. 


January 10, 2013, GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. Installs new art exhibit at the Carroll Non- Profit Building.

Members of the Arts Community Service Project met on January 10, 2013 at the Westminster Non- Profit Building to hang the latest in an ongoing series of art exhibits by local artists. This exhibit titled “Kaleidoscope of Color,” features artists, Felisa Flecker, Kathy Gressieux, Lance Garber, Edward Maiello, Shelley Steinle and Donna Yarrish, and will be on display until March 31, 2013.


From Left,  Arts Member, Claire Berent, Arts Co-Chairman, Nancy James, and Arts Member, Kathy Ritttler. 




DECEMBER 2012

December 11, 2012. GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. holds
annual Holiday Luncheon and Silent Auction at Westminster Riding Club.

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc., celebrated the season at its annual holiday luncheon and silent auction held at the Westminster Riding Club on December 11, 2012. More than one hundred clubwomen and their guests attended the event

Program Co-Chairmen Jan Ober and Susan Case and their committee members organized the luncheon. The tables were beautifully decorated and featured evergreen centerpieces designed and arranged by Betsy Reinders from New Market, MD. The luncheon was catered by Harry’s, and music was provided by the Never Too Late Band.

The silent auction is a major fundraiser for the Club and featured items donated by members. Organizers of the auction, Linda Frazee, Sandy Ferguson, Dawn Thomas and Barbara Gunther, spent many hours collecting and then displaying the items in imaginative settings to entice bidders. The items at auction included an American Girl Doll with a wardrobe of clothing and a vintage rocking horse, set up in an arrangement that called to mind an old-fashioned Christmas.

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, a national organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of others through volunteer service. For further information contact Mary Lou Poirier at Poirier_Mary@comcast.net.


From left, Susan Case and Jan Ober, Co-Chairmen of the Program Committee


From left, Linda Frazee, Sandy Ferguson, Dawn Thomas and Barbara Gunther, organizers of the Silent Auction





NOVEMBER 2012


On November 12, 2012, Nancy James (on left) and Barbara Humbert(on right), Co-Chairmen of the Arts Community Service Project of The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster presented a donation to Sandy Oxx (center), Executive Director of the Carroll County Arts Council. The donation will benefit the Arts Council’s Tom Holder Memorial Scholarship Fund for young people who wish to participate in a class, camp or children’s troop but lack the means to pay, Oxx said they never say no to any child who wants to participate and are very grateful for the donation to the fund.


November 12, 2012, The Arts Community Service Project of The GFWC Woman’s
Club of Westminster presented a donation to the Carroll County Arts Council to
benefit the Council’s Tom Holder Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is an international organization dedicated to
community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.

For further information contact Mary Lou Poirier, Publicity Chairman, at Poirier_Mary
@comcast.net
.




November 13, 2012, GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster Inducts New Members, and has Guest Speaker, Laurie Martz of Travel & Tours Unlimited

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster held its monthly meeting at the Non-Profit Building in Westminster on November 13, 2012. The club inducted two new members, Martha Wiseman and Rosemary Barnes.

Among other business discussed was the status of the club’s Community Service Projects and their volunteer efforts including upcoming work with the new art exhibit at the Non-Profit
Building, Serv, Access Carroll, Belle Grove Park, Dr. Seuss Birthday Reading Across America Day, and the Festival of Wreaths.

Guest speaker was Laurie Martz, president and co-owner of Travel & Tours Unlimited, Inc., an authorized Disney Vacation Planner. Among her other certifications, Martz is a Master Cruise Counselor.

Her topic was Travel Options for Women Only, and Martz discussed ways to find travel partners to avoid the dreaded single supplement. She also described the newest innovations in travel – affinity groups, who book a specialty cruise linked to their interest, and multi-generational travel.

Club President, Suzanne Albert thanked Martz for her Informative talk and then closed the
meeting. GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, one of the world’s largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational women’s volunteer service organizations. For further information contact Mary Lou Poirier, Publicity Chairman at Poirier_Mary@comcast.net.


Pictured from left are Clubwoman and Mentor Joan Hollinger, new member Rosemary Barnes, Club President Suzanne Albert, new member Martha Wiseman, Club Vice President and Mentor Nancy James.



Pictured from left are Laurie Martz of Travel & Tours Unlimited and Jan Ober, Club
Program Co-Chairmen.




On November 26, 2012, the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. provided volunteers to SERRV. The International Outreach Community Service Project, co-chaired by Sally Marks and Barbara Reiner, coordinates the Club’s service to SERRV several times during the year to assist the organization in packing and unpacking merchandise. Located in New Windsor, SERRV is a nonprofit organization providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide, and is a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization. The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.


Pictured clockwise from left are GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, Inc. clubwomen Nancy McAllister, Barb Reiner, Barbara Hering, Lois Gilbertson, Mary Lathroum, Pat Snowberger, Joan Resch, Barb Gunther, Ginger Falcone, Sally Marks, and Dinah Smelser. Not pictured, Lura Griswold





On November 28, 2012, the Public Issues Community Service Project of the GFWC
Women’s Club of Westminster, Inc. provided lunch for the Access Carroll staff and volunteers while their offices were being relocated to the new Access Carroll space
at 10 Distillery Drive.

Clubwomen who helped provide the lunch were: Robyn Allers, Mary Dudderar, Ginger Falcone, Nancy Groft, Maryl Harshey, Nancy Hiatt, Janice Hobart, Ginny Houser, Nancy James, Betty Jones, Carol Kershner, Betty Mathias, Nancy McAllister, Jean Picardi, Dottie Piper, Gerri Reck, Sue Thomas, Dolly Snyder, Nora Jean Swam, Suzanne Albert, and Carol Quinn. Local businesses, Baugher's Orchard and Harry’s Restaurant, also contributed to the food for the luncheon

Access Carroll is a non-profit organization offering free health care to uninsured, low-income residents of Carroll County. The GFWC Women’s Club of Westminster, Inc. is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Their mission is to enhance the lives of others through volunteer service.

Pictured above from left are Fran Rock and Maryl Harshey, Co-Chairmen of the Public Issues Community Service Project.





OCTOBER 2012


October 28, 2012 - GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster Members Volunteer as Hosts at
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Decorator Show House

Clubwomen from the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster volunteered as hosts
for St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Decorator Show House on October 28,
the final day of the event. The Show House was to benefit the church’s Capitol
Campaign Building Fund, and included a tour of the parsonage and church
Sanctuary. The Parsonage had been beautifully decorated by local designers
using paint, paper and furnishings in keeping with the history of the building
which was built in the mid 1880’s.


Pictured in the parsonage living room are clockwise from right clubwomen Nancy James, Sandy Ferguson, Norma Jean Swam, Dawn Thomas, Barbara Humbert, Nan Sanders, and Kathy Rittler. Not shown, Mary Lou Poirier.



The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster Monthly Meeting
October 9, 2012, The Honorable Susan W. Krebs, Guest Speaker.

The Honorable Susan W. Krebs, a Republican member of the House of Delegates, representing District 9B, Carroll County, was the guest speaker at the Woman’s Club of Westminster’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 9. The topic of her speech was “Using our Voice for Policy and Women’s Health.”

She was introduced at the meeting by Clubwoman Linda Payne who described Delegate Krebs’ long service to Carroll County, including that as President of the Carroll County Board of Education. Payne said that Krebs has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2003, serving on the Health and Government Operations Committee. She is also on the Board of Trustees of Carroll Hospice and on the Community Advisory Committee for Carroll Lutheran Village.

Delegate Krebs began her talk with praise for the way Carroll County residents are willing to step up as volunteers and as citizen activists. She said that she feels blessed to live in the County, and invites other lawmakers who complain about the lack of community involvement to, “Come see how we do things in Carroll County!”

She then spoke about her focus on health issues affecting woman who she says make most of the decisions affecting the health of their families. She said she is particularly concerned about rising health care costs and the high percentage of the health care budget spent on treating chronic diseases. She feels that a greater emphasis on preventive care would lower that percentage. She also spoke of the importance of having an Advanced Directive to name a manager for one’s health care and one’s wishes in the event of an incapacitating illness.

Finally, Delegate Krebs provided insight into the seven (7) questions on the November election ballot and the effect of each question whether the vote goes for or against.

Club President Suzanne Albert then continued the meeting calling on members for committee reports and announcements, and introduction of guests before adjourning with final thanks to Delegate Krebs.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a nonprofit organization that brings together local women’s clubs in a collective effort to strengthen communities and enhance the lives of others through volunteer service. For further information please contact Mary Lou Poirier, Publicity Director, at Poirier_Mary@comcast.net or 410-871-9102.


Pictured on above is Clubwoman Linda Payne with Delegate Susan Krebs.





Holiday Ornament – Baker Memorial Chapel

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster presents its annual ornament, the ninth in a series depicting beautiful historic buildings in the community of Westminster. The 2012 ornament, a rendition of the Baker Memorial Chapel, is the third McDaniel College building in the series. Prior ornaments featuring McDaniel buildings were of the Ward Memorial Arch and the Baker Chapel.

The Baker Memorial Chapel was formerly dedicated in 1958 following a two-year construction period utilizing funds donated by the Baker family. It required the largest crane ever put together in Carroll County to raise the steeple to its place 113 feet above the porch.

Originally built for Sunday Chapel Services, it now serves as a multi-purpose building. The main floor is used for both college and private events while offices are on its lower floor. The altar, pulpit, and lectern are on wheels and can be moved as needed.

The ornaments are priced at $21 each including MD sales tax and can be purchased at the McDaniel College Bookstore located at 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157, or by contacting Sandy Ferguson of the Woman’s Club at 410-848-3032 or slferguson@verizon.net.


Pictured above is Kyle Meloche, Store Manager for the McDaniel College Bookstore, and Sandy Ferguson, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee of the Woman’s Club.


2012 Annual Ornament
Baker Memorial Chapel





September 7, 2012 -Launch of Sixth Art Exhibit, “Fall Into Art”



Pictured above, left to right, are Nancy James and Barbara Humbert,
Co-Chairmen of the Arts Community Service Project.


The Arts Community Service Project, a department of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, began its fall season by launching its sixth in an ongoing series of art exhibits at the Westminster Non-Profit Center on September 7, 2012. The State Federation recognized the Arts Department in April of this year by awarding them a Certificate of Excellence in the area of Arts Partnership for its sponsorship of the exhibits.

These juried shows began in 2011 and provide an opportunity for many local artists to display their work and expose those who use the meeting rooms where the exhibits are displayed to a greater appreciation for art. The rooms are used by many organizations including our Woman’s Club.

This exhibit titled “Fall Into Art” showcases the work of eight artists using varied media. It will remain at the Center through the first week in January. Helping the Woman’s Club coordinate this exhibit were Mark Krider, Director of the Carroll Non-Profit Center; Audrey Cimino, Director of the Community Foundation of Carroll County; and artist and owner of Gismos Art, Lyndi McNulty.

Arts Department Co-Chairmen, Barb and Nancy, said they were excited and pleased by the number of artists in the community who have participated in the exhibits and by the quality of their work. They agreed that they always look forward to seeing what will be submitted for each new show.

For further information contact Barbara Humbert at beh495@yahoo.com or Nancy James at nhjames409@verizon.net.



Helping to coordinate this exhibit and pictured above, left to right, are Lyndi McNulty, artist and owner of Gismos Art; Mark Krider, director of the Carroll Non-Profit Center; and Audrey Cimino, director of the Community Foundation of Carroll County.






Above, Arts members Norma Jean Swam and Kathy Rittler help hang the art works.




August 28, 2012 - Annual Potluck Picnic


The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster held its annual potluck picnic August 28 at the home of club member Lura Griswold.

New club president, Suzanne Albert, shared her vision for the club’s direction for the next two years citing her administration’s theme of GFWC-“Uniting your voice for leadership and equality”. She said that her goals are to be kind, a good listener, and to learn and grow in providing the best volunteer service practices for the City of Westminster and beyond.

Albert, a former Westminster City Councilwoman, grew up on Main Street, married Charles Albert, a “town boy,” and they had three daughters. She retired, as a Nurse Administrator, after 32 years with the State of Maryland. She then worked as an Adult Day Care Director, Ombudsman for Long Term Care, and lastly as a Carroll Hospice team member. She says, “once a nurse always a nurse,” and will continue to serve her community through her volunteer work with the Woman’s Club.

Albert then introduced Babs J. Condon, President-elect of the national General Federation of Women's Clubs who spoke to our members about the upcoming fall Region meetings and her role as the President-elect. Condon said that she and the GFWC President will be traveling and meeting with each of the club’s eight regions and their members this fall to share important updates from the national organization. She thanked all attendees for their volunteer work which greatly benefits our community.

Condon has been a clubwoman since 1983 when she joined the GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Westminster. She will serve a two-year term as president-elect of the national organization and then become president for the following two years.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is one of the world’s oldest and largest women’s volunteer service organizations, dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, with more than 100 members, meets at the Carroll Non-Profit Center in Westminster on the 2nd Tuesday of September through May. Guests are welcome. Contact Poirier_Mary@comcast.net for more information.


Suzanne Albert, Club President


Babs Condon, GFWC President-elect





May 28, 2012 - Memorial Day Parade in Westminster, MD


“Seventy-six trombones lead the big parade!” With the Woman’s Club, Junior Woman’s Club, and the Juniorette Stars right behind! 

Members and their families showed their patriotic spirit by joining the 145th. Memorial Day Parade in Westminster with their red, white, and blue colors on Monday, May 28th. It was a huge success with banners, wreaths, miniature flags, and convertibles!  It was an honor and a privilege to have the present and past presidents participate in the parade.  They were Suzanne Albert, Trinka Cueman, Jo Harp, Jackie Hering, Carol Kershner, Sally Marks, Nancy McAllister, Carol Shook, Jayne Stocksdale, and Norma Jean Swam.  We would like to express our gratitude to the drivers of the sporty cars which included Bob Payne, Jim Stocksdale, Norma Jean Swam, and Joanne Yingling. A special thanks to our club members for their support!


Left to right (back) Trinka Cueman and Suzanne Albert, (front) Carol Kirshner, Jayne Stocksdale, Jo Harp, Jackie Hering, Sally Marks, Norma Jean Swam, Carol Shook, and Nancy McAllister.



Gathering of members from The STARS, Junior Woman's Club,  Woman's Club of Westminster, and America's Miss Maryland.



Parade participants and convertibles.



Our youngest patriotic participant in the parade.



May 8, 2012 - Annual Spring Luncheon


Members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s Club of Westminster, met May 8 for their annual spring luncheon at the Best Western Motel & Conference Center in Westminster.

After a call to order by President Carol Kershner, award certificates from the state were announced in the community service areas of education and arts for partnerships and international outreach for collaboration and partnerships. A special thank you was given to Betty Reinders for her wonderful decorations highlighting the educational theme.

The outgoing executive committee was recognized by the president with gifts of appreciation for their many efforts and time spent during the past two years. Helen Wolfe, parliamentarian, honored Carol for her energy, creativity, and enthusiasm during the past two years with a contribution to the Westminster Library Sculpture Garden in her name.

Officers for 2012-14 were installed as follows:

  • President – Suzanne Albert
  • Vice President – Nancy James
  • Recording Secretary – Kathy Rittler
  • Corresponding Secretary – Marge Simmons
  • Treasurer – Barbara Gunther

Four members shared their hopes and wishes for our club’s success in the future which included learning about more issues in our community, working with senior citizens, being mentors, and continuing in the arts area. Jo Harp announced that a monetary donation was given to the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore.

The guest speaker was Michelle Shearer, National Teacher of the Year for 2011. Her presentation included a power point presentation of the various classes she visited last year including Japan, China, and Singapore as well as the states. In addition to a science and math background, she shared her fluency with sign language. With a masters degree in deaf education from McDaniel College, she spent four years at the Maryland School for the Deaf. She emphasized that students need to be college and career ready.

For more information, call 410-857-9933 or email blpayne@comcast.net.


Picture Above (left to right) New Officers - Barbara Gunther, treasurer; Nancy James, vice president; Suzanne Albert, president; Marge Simmons, corresponding secretary; Kathy Rittler, recording secretary was not present.


Picture Above (left to right)  Michelle Shearer, 2011 National Teacher of the Year; Carol Kershner, 2010-2012 president; Susan Case,program clubwoman.




April 24, 2012: “Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign”


Several members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s Club of Westminster, Junior Woman’s Club of Westminster, and STARS Juniorette Club of Westminster met at Belle Grove Square Park in regard to “Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign” on April 24th. Child Abuse America has introduced the pinwheel as the symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention nationwide. The campaign represents Prevent Child Abuse America’s efforts to change the way our nation thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that promote healthy child development and child abuse prevention. Our clubs were invited to participate in this campaign to help raise awareness.

Connie Sgarlata, assistant executive director of Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland, spoke on the subject of child abuse and neglect. A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. More than five children die every day as a result of child abuse in the United States. It occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education. Some of the symptoms are unexplained injuries, changes in sleeping habits, changes in school performance, fear of going home, and changes in behavior.

Developed by the Adams County Child Advocacy Center, the following “One with Courage” pledge was used at the 2012 Pinwheels to Prevent Child Abuse Conference.

“I commit to learning the signs and symptoms of child abuse and sharing this information with others in the community. I commit to finding ways I can make an impact on the heartbreak that is child abuse, whether that is through donations, volunteering, prevention, or bringing awareness to other community members. I commit to following my instincts when it comes to the safety of children and reporting instances of suspected child abuse. By adhering to the complete pledge above, I acknowledge that then, and only then, can I be the One with Courage and be an active combatant against child abuse.”


Picture (left to right) Jean Picardi and Pat Harter, Home Life Community Service Program chairwomen; Connie Sgarlata, assistant executive director of Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland.



Picture (left to right) Pat Harter, Home Life Community Service Program chairwoman; Connie Kidder and Sue Thomas, clubwomen; Connie Sgarlata,assistant executive director of Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland; Jean Picardi, Home Life Community Service Program chairwoman; Michele Thompson and Carol Horne, clubmembers; and Babs Condon, GFWC First Vice-President.


Picture (left to right) Mary Walton, clubmember and co- advisor of GFWC STARS Juniorette Club; Rachel Horton; Sarah Walton, clubmember of GFWC STARS Juniorette Club; Babs Condon, GFWC first vice president and co-advisor of GFWC STARS Juniorette Club; clubmembers Hannah Utermahlen, Michele Thompson, and Emily Rosenthal of GFWC STARS Juniorette Club.


Colorful pinwheels at Belle Grove Square Park in Westminster in regard to
" Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign."



April 2012

Members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s Club of Westminster, met April 10 at the Carroll Non-Profit Center in Westminster. After a thought for the day highlighting club member Joan Eichhorn as producer of a musical revue at the Carroll Arts Center, clubwoman Jan Ober introduced Ray Ficca, artistic director of the Totem Pole Playhouse. Acting since 1989, he has over 150 professional stage credits and has been a guest lecturer at McDaniel College. His favorite roles were in the productions of “PT Barnum” and “Big River”. In addition to sharing the upcoming events and history of Totem Pole Playhouse, Ficca indicated that community support and continuity has contributed to the success of the playhouse for sixty-two years. In addition to various announcements and reports of community service projects, Pat Lyburn and Wendy Dow were introduced as guests. The next gathering will be a spring luncheon and program on May 8, 2012 at the Best Western Motel & Conference Center. Speaker will be Michelle Shearer, National Teacher of the Year. For more information on the club’s activities, call 410-857-9933 or email blpayne@comcast.net.



Picture (left to right
) - Clubwoman Jan Ober of GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster and Ray Ficca, artistic director of the Totem Pole Playhouse Theater.



January 2012

Members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s Club of Westminster, met January 10 at the Carroll Non-Profit Center in Westminster. After a thought for the day involving hints for drying garden herbs by Trinka Cueman, a “staccato moment” was presented by clubwoman Jan Ober in regard to the Carroll County Education Foundation. This non-profit organization was created to support and enhance the education of all students in the county’s public schools. Some of the Foundation’s goals include improving education for every student, supporting programs or projects initiated by classroom teachers, creating strong partnerships between the community and the school system, and coordinating support from local and national organizations. As a club, we are encouraged to give donations and in kind gifts as well as volunteering, writing grants, and supporting the
fundraisers.



In addition to the various community service programs and committee reports, Mary Dudderar and Karen Soisson were introduced as new members. Guests were Clare Berent, Bharati Morjaria, and Uma Bhatti.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, February 14 at the Carroll County Non-Profit Center in Westminster from 1p.m. – 3p.m. For more information, call 410-857-9933 or email blpayne@comcast.net. Guests are welcomed.

Top Picture: (left to right) Jan Ober, clubwoman and presenter; Carol Kershner, president; and Dolly Snyder, program chairwoman of the Woman's Club of Westminster.

Bottom Picture: (left to right) New members - Karen Soisson and Mary Dudderar.



December 2011

Several members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s Club of Westminster toured Carroll Child Care Center on December 21. Education chairwomen Jackie Hering and Etta Ray Griffin with Debbie Schaeffer and Linda Payne donated age-appropriate books to the center in celebration of the 100th. anniversary of the Woman’s Club. They were greeted by Fred Teeter, Jr., CEO and Julie Wilhelm, Director of Management & Enrollment. The center has been serving families of all income levels by offering a healthy environment in which children discover, learn and grow since 1969.


Jackie Hering with the Carroll Child Care Center children.


(left to right) Fred Teeter, CEO of Carroll Child Care Center; Debbie Schaeffer, Secretary of Woman's Club of Westminster; Julie Wilhelm, Director of Management & Enrollment.


Children left to right: Daniel Bowers, Miles Mongar, Hannah Harris, Abby McCall.  Adults left to right:  Etta Ray Griffin, Education Community Service Program Chairwoman; Linda Payne, Publicity Chairwoman; and Debbie Schaeffer, Secretary of Woman's Club of Westminster.


left to right: Jackie Hering and Etta Ray Griffin, Education Community Service Program Chairwomen; Linda Payne, Publicity Chairwoman; and Debbie Schaeffer, Secretary of Woman's Club of Westminster.


Club members also met December 13 at The Riding Club in Westminster for a Christmas luncheon and a holiday silent auction. Carol Kershner, president, welcomed members and 42 guests. She read a book about a child’s Christmas in Wales. Recognition was given to Dolly Snyder, program chairwoman, and her committee on an outstanding job in arranging this event. Entertainment was provided by soloist Carol Raber, choir director at Sandymount United Methodist Church. Clubwoman Barbara Humbert led the group in the singing of Christmas carols. Sandy Ferguson, chairwoman of the Ways and Means Committee, and her members were organizers of the various auction items which included baked goods, greenery, holiday décor, gifts for giving and gifts for members.

Guests are welcomed at the meetings. Call 410-857-9933 or email blpayne@comcast.net for more information.




November 2011

Members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s
Club of Westminster, met November 8 at the Carroll Non-Profit Center
in Westminster. After a thought for a day involving life lessons by
Gerri Reck, clubwomen Maryl Harshey and Fran Rock presented an
informative “staccato moment” on water issues in Carroll County. They indicated that in 2010 a new and very comprehensive plan entitled “Water Resources Element” was adopted. The plan proposed ideas for land use and growth balanced with water. Goals included restoring and maintaining good water quality and protection from pollution and encroachment. County has started assessing pollutants in the Prettyboy Reservoir watershed and some of the smaller areas of Liberty Reservoir watershed from storm water discharge. An area of concern is the treatment of wastewater. Recommendations in the
2010 plan for upgrades to the Westminster wastewater treatment plant would make available an additional 705,905 gallons per day in wastewater flow.

Jackie Hering and Etta Ray Griffin, co-chairwomen of the education community service project, introduced Savannah Walker, one of the scholarship winners for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. She is currently a junior at Westminster High School and attended a seminar at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg to develop leadership skills. The purpose of the seminar was to teach these students how to think – not what to think. By exploring new ideas and serving others, they are encouraged to help our county meet the myriad challenges of the 21st century.

In addition to the various community service programs and committee reports, new members were introduced by chairwoman, Norma Jean Swam. They were Robyn Allers, Dottie Moore, Debbie Schmidt, Gini Bosse, Mary Lou Porier, and Suzanne Albert. Guests were Ellen Nicodemus, Lynn Walter, Mary Dudderar, and Karen Soisson. For more information, call 410-857-9933 or email blpayne@comcast.net. Guests are welcomed.

Top Picture: (left to right) New members are Robyn Allers, Dottie Moore, Debbie Schmidt, Gini Bosse, Mary Lou Porier, and Suzanne Albert.

Bottom Picture: (left to right) Etta Ray Griffin, co-chairwoman of Education Community Service Project; Savannah Walker, a scholarship winner for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar.



The Home Life Community Service Program of the General

Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s Club of Westminster, sponsored a fundraiser by Pat Harter for Carroll County Safe House and
New Life for Girls on October 17. Club members enjoyed a delicious four course luncheon meal and a cooking class by master chef Ken Lurie, owner of Bud’s of Silver Run. Representatives from Human Services Program, Family and Children Services, and New Life for Girls joined the event. New Life for Girls is a non-denominational Christian discipleship program for women and children involved in alcohol and drug addiction. Carroll County Safe House provides a safe shelter environment for women and their dependent children who are victims of domestic violence. Services of advocacy, counseling, court accompaniment, and attorney referrals are provided.

For more information on various programs of Woman’s Club of
Westminster, call 410-857-9933 or email blpayne@comcast.net.

Picture Above: (left to right) Pat Harter, Home Life Community Service Program Chairwoman of Woman's Club of Westminster; Cindy Parr, Executive Director of Human Services Program; Ken Lurie, Owner and Master Chef at Bud's of Silver Run; Sharon Howell, Assistant  Director at New Life for Girls; and Connie Sgarlata, Assistant Executive Director of Family and Children Services.




“We are beneficiaries of knowledge from all nations of the world for the welfare of mankind.”

Members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s Club of Westminster, met October 12 at the Carroll Non-Profit Center in Westminster for an inspiring presentation by Major General Melissa Rank, (retired Air Force). With an international theme, clubwoman Billie White gave the thought for the day – “We are beneficiaries of knowledge from all nations of the world for the welfare of mankind.” Guests introduced were: Gini Bosse, Karol Griffin, Cathy Lucadamo, Dottie Moore, Mary Lou Poirier, and Debbie Schmidt. Clubwoman Barb Gunther introduced the Major General, a resident of western Maryland and a member of the Oakland GFWC. Ms. Rank presented firsthand knowledge of life in Iraq and Afghanistan and she said that over 745 women who have served in these two countries have received the Purple Heart. With a nursing background, she indicated that medicine practice in Afghanistan was far behind the standards of today in our country. In Iraq, children are brought to the front gate of hospitals for treatment and parents appreciate what is being done for them. With a salute to the troops, she brought home wounded Marines on her last mission. In addition to the day’s program, various community service programs and committee reports were presented. For more information, call 410-857-9933 or email blpayne@comcast.net. Guests are welcomed.

Picture Above: (left to right) - Marge Simmons, corresponding secretary; Major General Melissa Rank, retired; and Barb Gunther, treasurer of the GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster.




2011 Holiday Ornament - The Shellman House

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s Club of Westminster is selling ornaments depicting local landmarks in the area. This year’s ornament, The Shellman House, costs $21. The land was purchased from William Winchester, Jr., son of the founder of Westminster, and the house was built in 1807 for the Jacob Sherman family. In 1842, the house was sold to John Fisher, and then later owned by the Shellman family from 1864 until 1939 when it was purchased by the newly formed Historical Society of Carroll County.

Mary Shellman (1849-1938) made her mark on county history by starting Westminster’s first Memorial Day Parade in 1868, which is believed to be the longest continuously running Memorial Day Parade in the country. She was a writer, a humanitarian, and a composer. She is most noted for composing the words of the Memorial Hymn for Arlington National Cemetery, the Memorial Day poem for Antietam Battlefield, and the rally song for William McKinley’s 1900 Presidential Campaign. Ornaments of The Shellman House are being sold at the following places:

The Gift Shop at the Historical Society of Carroll County, Village Book Store at McDaniel College, Carroll County Arts Council, Westminster Armory, O’Lordon’s Irish Pub, Westminster Antique Mall, Harvestin’ Natural Foods, Benn’s Menswear & Formalwear, Shop on the Square at Carroll Lutheran Village, and the monthly meetings of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster.

Sandy Ferguson is also available to take orders for the ornaments
at 410-848-3032.

Picture Above: (left to right) Linda Cunfer, operations manager of the Historical Society of Carroll County and Sandy Ferguson, chairwoman of the Ways and Means Committee of the GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, hold this year's ornament.





Annual Potluck Picnic and September General Meeting

Members of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster enjoyed a lovely evening with their annual potluck picnic at the home of Lura Griswold on Tuesday, August 30. Members and guests were entertained by author Lucie Snodgrass with her recipes from the cookbook, Dishing Up Maryland. She shared stories and recipes from farmers, watermen, and chefs who she interviewed throughout Maryland as well as her own recipes. Her hope in writing this book was to give people a guide and some inspiration to help them shop, cook, and eat more locally and seasonally as well as plant their own garden.

Club members met September 13 at the Carroll Non-Profit Center in Westminster for a general business meeting. After an inspirational story about Marines helping children on September 11, 2001 by clubwoman, Pat Amass, various guests were introduced. They were Gini Bosse, Mary Dudderar, Mary Lou Poirier, and Karen Soisson. A report on the history of the scholarship endowment fund was given by clubwoman, Jackie Hering. Members of community service projects and committees within the club shared their community and international programs which include sponsoring art exhibit projects, a poetry and short story contest, volunteering at SERRV, reading across Carroll County in March, donating to Safe House and New Life for Girls, and preparing care packages for service men and women, titled “Operation: Stars and Stripes.”

The Woman’s Club of Westminster, which has more than 100 members, brings together women from all over the Carroll County area who are dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service. Guests are welcomed. For more information, call 410-857- 9933 or e-mail blpayne@comcast.net.

Picture Above: (seated- Lucie Snodgrass, cookbook author) and Carol Kershner, president of GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster.


 

August 10, 2011: Garden at Historic Belle Grove Square

Members of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster enjoyed a busy morning in the garden at historic Belle Grove Square August 10. Since the 1970s the group has planted and maintained the garden at the intersection of Bond and Green streets in Westminster. This community conservation service program is designed to increase awareness of important issues such as beautification of our community, conservation of our natural resources, preservation of our parks, and observance of days that commemorate conservation activities.

The Woman’s Club of Westminster, which has more than 100 members, brings together women from all over the Carroll County area who are dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service. For more information, contact 410- 857-9933.

Picture Above: (left to right) - Joan Hollinger, Norma Jean Swam, Jo Harp, and Susan Ridder.   Not Pictured - Nancy Heiberg.


 

"Carroll County Women in Art" Exhibit

An art exhibit, highlighting “Carroll County Women in Art”, is featured at the Non-Profit Center in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster. This exhibit has been a project of the Arts Community Service Program chaired by Barbara Humbert and Nancy James for the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster. This service program has been designed to create and facilitate activities in the community to help raise public consciousness in the arts area.

This exhibit is the first of future rotating and juried exhibits that will be open to community artists in Carroll County and also a wonderful opportunity for them to display their talents. The next exhibit will focus on photography with the theme “Carroll County Shutterbugs” from July 21st. to October 13th. Helping to coordinate the exhibit from the Non- Profit Center are Mark Krider and Audrey Cimino and artists, Pam Zappardino, Susan Williamson and Lyndi McNulty. For further information in exhibiting photographic pieces of work, contact Barbara Humbert at beh495@yahoo.com or Nancy James at nhjames409@verizon.net by July 1st.

Picture Above: (left to right) Mark Krider, director of Carroll Non-Profit Center; Audrey Cimino, director of Community Foundation of Carroll County; Susan Williamson, artist; Lyndi McNulty, owner of Gizmos Art; Pamela Zappardino, artist; Nancy James and Barbara Humbert, co-chairwomen of Arts Community Service Program of GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster.


Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2011

“Seventy-six trombones lead the big parade!” With the Woman’s Club, Junior Woman’s Club, and the Juniorette Stars right behind!



Members and their families showed their patriotic spirit by joining the 144th Memorial Day Parade in Westminster with their red, white, and blue colors on Monday, May 30th. It was a huge success with banners, wreaths, miniature flags, club hand-outs, and convertibles!

It was an honor and a privilege to have several past presidents participate in the parade.
They were Babs Condon, Trinka Cueman, Jo Harp, Jackie Hering, Sally Marks, Nancy McAllister, Barbara Peck, Carol Shook, Jayne Stocksdale, and Norma Jean Swam. We would like to express our gratitude to the drivers of the sporty cars which included Bob Payne, Gary Quinter, Keith Saylor, and Jim Stocksdale.

A special thanks to the publicity committee members for all their time and effort. We look forward to another parade next year!









Image 1:
Nancy McAllister is wearing her patriotic hat.

Image 2: Babs Condon is dressed in her red, white, and blue.

Image 3: Woman's Club wreath is displayed in Belle Grove Square Garden.

Image 4: Sharon Quinter and Barbara Gunther are ready for the parade.




June 13, 2011
100 Years of the Woman's Club of Westminster Mayoral Procolamation

A mayoral proclamation in recognition of the 100 years of the Woman’s Club of Westminster was read June 13 at the City Hall in Westminster by Mayor Kevin R. Utz. On behalf of the Mayor and Common Council of
Westminster, he thanked and commended the Woman’s Club for their dedication and longevity, contributions to the community and their continuance on making an impact throughout the world. Vice-President Sharon Quinter with club members Sandy Ferguson and Sue Thomas graciously accepted the proclamation.

In celebration of America’s Bicentennial Year, the club purchased and installed the fountain at Belle Grove Square and over the years club members have continued to help maintain the beautiful gardens. The club has always been involved with civic affairs, and over many years has taken an active part in assisting with the establishment of a county library and hospital, purchasing a new ambulance, citizenship, tutoring, educational pursuits, and numerous activities depending on what was most needed at the time.

Top Picture: Article on Mayoral Proclamation in reference to The Woman's Club of Westminster.

Bottom Picture: Vice-President Sharon Quinter of The Woman's Club of Westminster accepting the mayoral proclamation from Mayor Kevin R. Utz.




May 10, 2011: Spring Luncheon

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster, members met May 10 for a spring luncheon at Antrim 1844 in Taneytown.

After welcoming and introducing guests by Club President Carol Kershner, greetings were given by GFWC Maryland President Jo Miller and International President Carlene Garner. “We are women of commitment,” said President Garner as she gave a 100th Anniversary certificate with a letter of accommodation to the club.

Master of ceremonies, Helen Wolf, introduced past presidents Babs Condon, Jackie Hering, Lura Griswold, and Trinka Cueman as they presented the historical background of the club in 25-year segments. The first segment focused on its beginnings including the founder, Carrie Rinehart Wantz, who, at the age of 34 started the Westminster Woman’s Literary Club in January, 1911. The next segment highlighted such projects as support for the founding of the library, the building of the new high school in 1935 with our encouragement, and the forming of two clubs for young women. The third segment featured our service to the newly constructed Carroll County Hospital in 1961 and our fund raisers that supported the Historical Society. In the last piece, a phrase recurs in all the records of the anniversary celebrations. It is in 2 forms: ‘the women who did…’ and, ‘a woman who did…’. This phrase describes who we have been, who we still are, and with persistence and imagination, who we will be.

Barbara Hering, Carol Shook, and Lura Griswold were recognized for their 50 years of service and Nancy McAllister for her 25 years. In addition, President Kershner acknowledged all past presidents with a rose and thanked Dolly Snyder, program chairwoman, and her committee for all their efforts.

Picture Above: (left to right) Babs Condon, GFWC First Vice-President; Carlene Garner, GFWC International President; Carol Kershner, President, GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster.


 

April 12, 2011
Club Meeting

Members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Woman’s Club of Westminster, met April 12 at the Carroll Non-Profit Center in Westminster.

After a thought for a day entitled “Oh Bring Flowers” by President Carol Kershner, winners of the short story/essay contest were announced by clubwoman, Susan Case. Scott Arminger won first place for the middle school short story entitled “Unforgettable” and Brian Edwards with his poem, “On the Field,” won first place for middle school poetry. Both of these students are in the 8th grade at New Windsor Middle School. Their teacher is the 8th grade English Language Arts Teacher, Jeanne Bowman. At the upper level, Sarah Kramb, a junior at Liberty High School, won for the high school poetry with her entry, “Moon’s Heart.”

After an introduction by clubwoman Nancy Hiatt, the program speaker Marie Coulter demonstrated the art of Japanese flower arranging entitled Ikebana. This type of floral design is more subtle, more sensitive, and more sophisticated than the methods of arranging flowers usually employed in other cultures. Arrangements were made as early as the seventh century and they have remained a vital medium for creative expression.

In addition to the day’s program and a memorial tribute to Carol Bare, various community service programs and committee reports were presented in addition to changes in the club’s by-laws.

Picture Above: Top: (left to right) – Scott Arminger, middle school short story winner; Jeanne Bowman, 8th grade English Language Arts teacher at New Windsor Middle School; Brian Edwards, middle school poetry winner.

Middle: Marie Coulter, president of the Baltimore chapter of Ikebana International.

Bottom: Japanese flower arrangements.






 

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