Women’s Club Seeks New Members

Sep 14, 2016
(From left) Valerie Tiase, president; VP’s Carolyn Bellavia, Nancy Jones and Gloria Davis; Joan Malacrea, secretary; and Barbara Hopkins, treasurer.

The LBI/Mainland Woman’s Club, part of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs, invites all area women to its Welcome Back Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m., at the Manahawkin United Methodist Church, located at 116 Stafford Ave., across from the firehouse.

“We are starting off our year with new officers and new ideas,” according to new President Valerie Tiase. “Our two-year state project is ‘Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey,’ and it’s amazing what hundreds of women in one state can do.”

With the slogan “Trust in the day, believe in the future,” the NJSFWC is the state’s largest volunteer women’s service organization, with approximately 8,000 members in 200 clubs throughout New Jersey. Headquartered in New Brunswick and founded in 1894, the state federation is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, and “provides opportunities for education, leadership training, and community service through participation in local clubs, enabling members to make a difference in the lives of others, one project at a time.”

“Too frequently, women’s clubs’ members are described as privileged, white-gloved women with too much time on their hands. Just the opposite is true,” according to the organization. “Each member has inherited a history of activism on the community, state, national and international level. Now in its second century of community service, we look back with pride at the many accomplishments of our clubs and their members, and know that activism is just as alive and spirited today.”

Members of the local group are from all over Southern Ocean County – Long Beach Island and the mainland from Little Egg Harbor to Waretown. The luncheon’s theme, in this election year, is “Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue,” with picnic fare and entertainment plus a sing-along with The Choraliers for a $12 donation to the club. All interested in attending are asked to call club Secretary Joan Malacrea at 609-660-1714. Come join in the fun and make some new friends. —V.F.

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