Special to Iredell Free News
The Statesville Woman’s Club recently held its September meeting at Forest Park Presbyterian Church.
Club Historian and Past President Linda Lavinder was the guest speaker and spoke about the history of the club at the national, state and local level. She discussed how projects start at the national level and filter through the state, district and to the local club. She then described how the Community Service Programs were started as departments that specialized in different interests such as Arts, Environment, Education and Libraries, Health and Wellness, and Civic Engagement and Outreach.
Interest in establishing a library in Statesville in the early 1920s was one of the driving forces for the club’s founding. In its early history, the club provided a night school at the clubhouse for girls who wanted to finish their education but needed to work during regular school hours. The club works to strengthen citizenship, reduce crime and bring awareness to domestic violence issues. During the Great Depression, the club offered its kitchen to be used as public cannery and started a hot soup lunch program in the public schools with the canned food donated to the clubhouse. One of the greatest efforts that took place in the clubhouse was selling war bonds, which were used to help purchase several carrier ships.
Taste of Iredell
The club will be hosting a fundraising event Taste of Iredell on Saturday, October 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Historic Clubhouse located at 515 West End Avenue in Statesville. This year’s theme is “Bridging the Gap of Homelessness” with event proceeds being split between The Bridge Academy of the Statesville YMCA and the SWC historic clubhouse capital campaign.
Ticket sales for this indoor/outdoor event will be limited to 150. Tickets cost $50, which includes sample size portions of appetizers, main dishes, desserts and brews from over a dozen local restaurants and caterers, with one complimentary alcoholic beverage. Tea, water, additional coffee stations and a cash bar will be available. The event will also feature South Iredell High School Honors Strings, directed by Leslie Overcash.
A Cooler with Top Shelf Spirits Giveaway Drawing will also take place. Tickets are $5 each, $20 for five or $35 for ten. Must be 21 or older to purchase tickets. The drawing will be held at Taste of Iredell on Saturday, October 7. There is no need to be present to win. Proceeds from the Giveaway Drawing will be split between The Bridge Academy of the Statesville YMCA and the SWC historic clubhouse capital campaign.
Tickets for both Taste of Iredell and Cooler with Top Shelf Spirits Giveaway Drawing may be purchased from club members or by visiting the club website at www.statesvillewomansclub.org.
For information about renting the GFWC of NC Statesville Woman’s Club’s Clubhouse for your meeting or event, email the club at Statesvillewomansclub@gmail.com or call 704-761-8208. The club website is www.statesvillewomansclub.org. For details on joining the GFWC of NC Statesville Woman’s Club, please contact Membership Team member Joanna Gaither at 704-873-2684.