The Daily Item
WATSONTOWN — Approximately 60 people attended a celebration of the Warrior Run Woman’s Club 40th anniversary recently. The club is affiliated with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international organization of women’s groups bound by their dedication to community service. The president of GFWC Pennsylvania, Vicky Ann Trimmer, gave a short presentation about some of the many accomplishments of the state and national Federation and presented the club with a certificate.
Charter members and past presidents were all acknowledged. Other Federation guests were Ann Slodysko and Marilyn Sites, who were in county and district offices in 1973, and were present at the first installation of officers. North Central District Director Susan Kling and Jo Ellen Fedder, president of the Milton Jr. Women’s Clubs were also in attendance.
The club was formed in 1973 when Ellen Cook, who had attended a meeting of a Federated group in Lewisburg, began talking about the possibility of forming a similar group with her card club in the Watsontown area. The group of young mothers was enthusiastic, and the club has been active in community service ever since. Cook read a history of the club highlighting some of their achievements.
Major projects of the club include founding Warrior Run Neighbors Helping Neighbors in response to area business shutdowns in the 1970s. This organization has been distributing food to local people in need for 35 years. Over the past 30 years the club has given away approximately 60,000 books through the Reading Is Fundamental program at Turbotville and Watsontown elementary schools. Furthermore, the club began the School Age Child Care program at both elementary schools in the 1990s to provide reliable after school child care for families.
Bev Staman invited representatives of the various community organizations which the club has supported to speak about their activities. The Warrior Run Community Association gave an update on their pathways efforts, and a representative of Watsontown Health and Rehabilitation thanked the club for playing bingo and providing birthday gifts for their residents each month.
Representatives from the following organizations also gave short presentations and were presented with donations from the club: Montgomery House Library, the Warrior Run Area Fire Department, Montour Recreation Association, the Jes-Vic Run, the Police Welfare Fund, Warrior Run Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Sunnybrook Meadows Therapeutic Riding in Montgomery, and the First Lutheran Church of Watsontown where the club holds their monthly meetings.
Julie Lohr, assistant principal from the elementary school, and Jim Houser, high school guidance counselor, thanked the club for their support of education through RIF, sponsorship of arts contests in the schools, three scholarships, and sponsoring a student to a leadership seminar every year.
Glenda Yost and Tammy Wolfe, the past and current presidents of the Turbotville Lions Club and Dave Ferguson, Commander of Legion Post 323 were recognized in appreciation for their organizations’ donations to the club for its Reading Is Fundamental program.
Julie Kessler, club president, presented a certificate of appreciation to Dave Dersham from Dersham’s Bike Shop in McEwensville for his donation of a bike to the winner of the club’s Bike-Hike for over 30 years. Funds from the event are used to support RIF and other education projects.
The Milton Rotary Club recently gave their Community Service Award to the club and Ellen Cook presented the certificate to club president Julie Kessler.
The program was followed by refreshments and time to browse through the club’s scrapbooks and memorabilia.