SIMSBURY WOMAN'S CLUB, INC.

Member General Federation of Women's Clubs

ABOUT US

The goal of this Club is the development of projects of civic, social, educational, and philanthropic interest in the community. The Club is nonsectarian and nonpartisan. Affiliated with The General Federation of Women's Clubs, International, organized 1890 and The General Federation of Women's Clubs of Connecticut organized 1887. Any woman over the age of 18 residing in the Town of Simsbury or adjacent areas can join. 


Why Join?  We provide opportunities for service, leadership training, avenues for stimulation and growth, and awareness of public issues.  We offer a wide diversification of interests, which appeal to all women.  We share our points of view and expand our contacts.  We enlarge our circle e of friends and increase our understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live.

Meetings: General meetings with lunch and interesting programs are held on the second Tuesday of each month (September through March) at the Apple Barn, Simsbury Farms Recreational Complex.  Our April meeting is for members and invited guests only.  Our invited guests include representatives of the charitable organizations that have been selected to be recipients of our Gifts to the Community.  Our May meeting is the Installation Luncheon at an area venue.  This meeting is attended by members, the recipients of the three scholarships that are awarded, and invited guests.   

Member Responsibilities: Each member will be asked to serve on one of the monthly hospitality committees.  Every member is expected to participate in the annual Arts & Crafts Festival and actively participate in and support a standing committee.

Major Committees:  Arts & Crafts Festival, Conservation, Education, Federation, Finance, Fine Arts, Home Life, International Affairs, Membership, Public Affairs, Ways & Means.


OTHER ACTIVITIES

The Nursing Home Visitation Program


The Nursing Home Visitation Program began in 2002. It is designed to provide visits to residents of the six facilities in the Famington Valley. (Avon Health Care, Apple Health Care, Cherry Brook Health Care Center, Governor's House, Meadowbrook of Granby and Mc Lean Home.) The Recreational Director at each facility provides us with names of residents that either have few or no visitors or who would benefit from a visit by someone outside their family.


Teams of two Simsbury Woman's Club members visit two or three "friends" once a month. These are the same people each time. Should something happen to one of our new "friends", we are given new names. We were told that each individual visit should not be longer than one half hour. So, our members give approximately one hour a month to this program. The Crafty Ladies provide us with little handmade gifts that we bring to our "friends", or we bring a small item, if we so wish. All our little gifts are well received!


Currently we have 27 members in this program who visit 29 people. Our members DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  It is common knowledge that you can hear our members say "how much more we get out of the visit than we give". If you want to learn more or just ask questions, please either contact Nancy Buggy nancy.buggy@att.net.


Marathon Bridge


Marathon Bridge consists of 4 groups of 16 women each (8 pairs). They get together once a month according to a schedule and play in each other's homes. The cost to join for the year is $15. Sixteen hands of bridge are played. At the end of the season there is an awards luncheon held and prizes are given to the highest score in each individual group and 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes are given to the overall group.

Contact Marjorie Wickersham 860-658-5739 or mwickers1@gmail.com  for further information.


Interval House

Simsbury Woman's Club is proud to be involved with Hartford's Interval House, which provides services to prevent and break the cycle of family and intimate partner abuse. Interval House has been making a difference in the lives of women and their children who experience pyschologial and physical abuse at the hands of their domestic partner.

 Our Club helps Interval House by allocating a sum of our money to them, as well as collecting items for them every month at our monthly general meetings and at board meetings. We donate items for women and children and they are transported to Interval House. Also, at each meeting we provide printed information about the many services available to women who are living in a domestic abuse situation which gives very specific steps that she can use. This information may, in fact, save a life!  
The Executive Officers:

President

                                            

First Vice Presidents (Federation)    

            Second Vice Presidents (Programs)  

            Third Vice Presidents (Membership)  

            Corresponding Secretary                   

            Recording Secretary (Board)             

            Recording Secretary (General)          

            Treasurer                                

            Asst. Treasurer                       

            Nominating                             

The goal of this Club is the development of projects of civic, social, educational, and philanthropic interest in the community.  The Club is nonsectarian and nonpartisan.  Affiliated with The General Federation of Women's Clubs, International, organized 1890 and The General Federation of Women's Clubs of Connecticut organized 1887.  Contact us at:  simsburywomansclub@gmail.com or P.O. Box 903, Simsbury, CT 06070.


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A COLLECT FOR WOMEN 

 Keep us, O God, from pettiness,
Let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.

Let us be done with fault-finding and
leave off self-seeking.

May we put away all pretense and meet
each other face-to-face,
Without self-pity and without prejudice.

May we never be hasty in judgment
and always generous.

Let us take time for all things;
make us to grow calm, serene, gentle.

Teach us to put into action our better
impulses, straightforward and unafraid.

Grant that we may realize that it is the
little things that create differences;
that in the big things of life we are at one.

And may we strive to touch and to know
the great, common human heart of us all,
and O Lord God, let us forget not
to be kind.

  

(This Collect written by Mary Stewart in 1904 and she signed it with "Mary Stuart", her pen name until 1910. "We are at one" is an English idiom meaning one good from many directions.)