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Community Harvest Garden – Volunteering
Several members of the Westborough Women’s Club volunteered to hep with the harvest at the Community Harvest Project in Grafton. Along with other area volunteers, they helped to harvest 3,385 pounds of squash – butternut and acorn. They also helped clean up the tomato field pulling up stakes and twine. Lots of work – but gratifying.
“Starting over can be challenging, but also it can be a great
opportunity to do things differently.” – Catherine Pulsifer
Ladies of the Westborough Women’s Club, I wish to welcome you to the 2023-2024 meeting year. This will be our first year as an
independent non-profit club. After being a member club of the State Federation since 1917, our membership voted in April, 2023 to
become independent. Why? We felt strongly that we could use our funds wisely and provide greater benefit to our community if we were not allocating some of our raised funds and dues to the GFWC. There is no question that being a long time member club of the GFWC has helped us to learn so much about ways to raise funds, maintain a strong membership, and conduct our business in ways that can help us to address our mission and benefit our local community. We will be determined to continue our good work as we begin this new year, and it will take the involvement of each of our members to make this happen.
During this past year, we welcomed many new members. At this time, we have 102 members! We returned to having all of our meetings in person giving us the gift of spending social time together as we planned ways to raise funds and continue our support of so many local charitable organizations and community activities – Westborough Food Pantry, Charlotte Spinney Vision Scholarship Program, Little Free Pantry, WHS Annie’s Wishes, Purse Project, Westborough Senior Center, Community Harvest Project, Westborough Connects, Spectrum Health Systems, Abby’s House, Veteran’s Inc., and Westborough Little League Softball.
Our monthly meetings were enhanced by the interesting programs we enjoyed – our MassStar students, Yankee Heritage Toll Painting, a WHS Choral mini concert, All About the Bees, American Red Cross, CASA Project, and an update about the Westborough Senior Center’s future.
We were so pleased to get back to “normal” with the return of our active participation with the Town Meeting Bake Sales and our annual Holiday House Tour. Being able to more actively fundraise allowed us to award four scholarships to graduating Westborough High School seniors And….Through the very generous donation of a Westborough resident, we were able to award two scholarships to two graduating Assabet students who will be entering the trades. It was a very good year!
As we begin this new year, we hope to continue all of our past practices and focus on some new ways of doing things as an independent club. We will welcome the ideas and the involvement of our members in doing this.
I want to thank all of you for your good work and personal support during my time as your president! Thanks to our officers, our Board Members, and our Committee Chairs for accepting positions of leadership. Together, we can accomplish so much!
Reene Hatherley, WWC President
Involve >>> Engage >>> Connect!
The mission of the Westborough Women’s Club shall be to strengthen the educational and social life of its members, and to advance and improve the community by supporting charitable organizations and local civic activities