Windsor Woman’s Club gives back to the community
By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Sep. 19, 2013
The GFWC Windsor Woman’s Club held its Welcome Back Social prior to its monthly meeting on Sept. 10 at the L.P. Wilson Community Center.
The group is affiliated with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and is comprised of many selfless women who volunteer in various capacities to enrich their community. The board members include president Lisa Miller, vice president Beverly Callan, secretary Carol Gregor, treasurer Glenys Lemere and membership director Shirley Hennessy.
The women of the Windsor Woman’s Club are continuously raising money to benefit many local organizations. One project in particular is sending birthday cakes to children who are in the Connecticut Children’s Place, many of whom have never had a birthday cake. The organization has been doing this since the club began, 50 years ago. “The children always respond well to the cakes. It’s sad to think they have never had a birthday cake in their lives, but that is the reality,” said Miller.
Another project that the club is working on now is creating decorations for a Christmas tree at the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford. “It is very exciting for us to be able to be a part of the decorating of the Athenaeum’s tree,” said member Barbara Stavens. “I paint light bulbs and decorate them to look like snowmen, penguins, Santa Claus or any other Christmas figure. I am having a workshop with some members to finish enough bulbs to cover the tree this year. It should look incredible.”
The town of Windsor has a program for families in need called “Weekend Wheels.” This program allows a student that qualifies for free lunches to receive a special back pack that has wheels on the bottom. This back pack is filled on Fridays for the students to take home with food for the weekend. “Some children don’t get enough to eat over the weekend,” said Maureen Fernandes. “Sue Ellen Hewitt, Barbara Davis and myself volunteer to put the food into the back packs for the students, after which time, the children take it home and bring it back on the next Friday. The Social Services Department runs this effort, but we volunteer to do all the packing.”
Some other projects include knitting baby hats for the newborns in Hartford Hospital, and bringing clothing and sundries to the veteran’s hospital. At each meeting, the members are asked to bring non-perishable food items. These items get donated to the local food bank. In 2012, the club donated more than 400 pounds of non-perishables.
Linda Dinucci lived in West Hartford for most of her life and she worked in New Haven. “When I retired, we moved to Windsor,” said Dinucci. “I didn’t get to see my old neighbors that much anymore and I wasn’t going to call my old work friends to get together for lunch because that was so far away, so I decided to join this club and meet new friends. I am very glad that I did. These women are wonderful people and we always have such a great time. I really wanted to give back to the community, so this is a perfect way to make friends and feel good about what I am doing.”
“We do many social activities in this group,” said Paula Bansiewicz. “Beverly Callan and myself organize several trips a year. We try to do something once or twice a month. Next month, we are going to Lost Acres Orchard and Vineyard in North Granby, Connecticut. We are also going to the governor’s mansion as well as spending the day on the Essex Steam Train. We really enjoy ourselves. We are always looking for new members. They would have a great time.”
The club meets the second Tuesday of the month, except June, July and August. For more information about the Windsor Woman’s Club, visit gfwcwindsorwomansclub.orgprt.tripod.com or call 860-219-1185.