In honor of its 45th Anniversary, the Springfield Township Woman's Club is hosting a special community event.
September marks the 45th Anniversary of the Springfield Township Woman’s Club (STWC). The community is invited to join in the celebration Aug. 17 for “Lunch on the Lake.”
Guests should bring blankets and chairs to the family-friendly event set for 1 to 4 p.m. at the Vince Mealy Bicentennial Gazebo on the lake.
All lunch items are 45 cents in honor of the club’s 45 years.
Event activities include a duck pond and other games for the kids, a story lady, face painting and entertainment including a performance by the Springfield High School band.
“We want it to be a family thing so there is a lot going on for the kids,” Club member Wanda Beasley said.
The club saw the event as a unique way to honor 45 years to service and raise awareness about its work in the community.
“That is our whole idea,” Beasley said of the club’s mission, “to give service to the community.”
Club members have accomplished many service projects over the years. An craft show, held every year on first Saturday of November, raises funds to help finances the year-round projects. Some of those projects include awarding scholarships to Springfield High School students. One of the early scholarship recipients was club member and former club president Brenda Bennett.
Club members also award grants for women in the community that want to go back to school.
Other service projects include providing help for vision screening at the Springfield Schools, providing gift cards for school children in need of shoes and making fleece blankets for the Battered Women’s Shelter. Blankets are also provided to the Springfield police officers who keep them in their cruisers to hand out in situations where they are needed.
Members participate in Akron Children’s Hospital’s Holiday Tree Festival . Recently, one of the club’s trees was sold and sent to Africa.
Also, club members collect toiletries and other supplies to donate to Lakemore United Methodist Church for the food bank and various projects. Each October they decorate pumpkins and take them to Akron Children’s Hospital. Each year, members donate to Springfield Cares which helps families with food and gifts for the holidays. They make sure that residents have enough to eat at Thanksgiving by giving gift certificates for food.
They also sponsor a garden site, support the summer concert series and Rock the Docks Festival and give support to the Springfield and Lakemore Fire and Police departments.
All of this began 45 years ago in 1969 when club member Carolyn Hohlbaugh and high school friend Judy Dillon founded STWC.
In the beginning the small group of members had no money so the members would adopt families to help giving of their time to help. They began holding a salad dinner and style show to raise money and then began the annual craft show which has become a popular event.
Page 2 of 2 - When the club began membership was open residents only, but as time went on, members discovered Springfield teachers wanted to help the community so membership opportunities expanded.
STWC has kept a stable membership of family over the generations. Many have followed in the footsteps of their mothers and grandmothers who were club members. The club is made up of a wide variety of ages, which is good according to members, because it allows for different ideas and opinions, yet with one goal in mind: To be dedicated to serving the community.
Club meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of September, October, November, December, February, March April and May at the Springfield Community Senior Center.
Additional information is available at www.mystwc.com through email at email@example.com.