A big year at the woman’s clubs

Published 3:43 pm Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What a year for the Woman’s Clubs in town.

A couple of weeks ago, I covered the 90th anniversary of the Woman’s Club of Suffolk. And Tuesday night, I was back at another Woman’s Club meeting — this time with the King’s Fork club as it was celebrating its 60th anniversary.

First of all, there is something truly inspirational about being around organizations, such as the Woman’s Clubs, that have devoted so much of their time together to simply bettering their community. Suffolk’s clubs are a part of the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs. The club is a non-profit organization aimed at serving the community through volunteer service.

Specifically, the organization seeks to help in six main capacities: arts, home life, international work, public affairs, conservation and education.

As I mingled with folks at both celebrations, it became obvious that the city of Suffolk would simply not be the same without its Woman’s Clubs.

The Woman’s Club of Suffolk was responsible for creating the first public library in the city.

The King’s Fork Club has been a supporter of the Salvation Army and a community partner with the Genieve Shelter.

The decades of work and the generations of women who have participated in these clubs have changed a lot of lives here in Suffolk.

Even local leaders like Mayor Linda T. Johnson and Delegate S. Chris Jones made time to either stop by the women’s celebrations, or send special letters of commendation and congratulations.

But what’s really fascinating is that these clubs are nowhere near done yet.

As I met with the women of both clubs and heard them discuss their rich histories, they were also pitching me for articles they wanted written about upcoming projects and fundraising programs to keep helping.

These women are not resting on their laurels; they are still proactively finding ways to be relevant and helpful in the city.

And that is a great thing to see.

I hope people in Suffolk are proud to have organizations like the Woman’s Club in their community, and I also hope they can serve as motivations to get involved themselves to help for the greater good.

It seems as though everyone has more on their plates these days, between work and family obligations and all the other day-to-day stresses, but the city has a plethora of service organizations that could use the individual talents, personalities and gifts from all its citizens.