2021 Installation Luncheon

The Women’s Club of Milton (WCOM) celebrated its Installation Luncheon at the wonderful 1776 Steakhouse in Lewes, DE.  Two special guests attended this year:  Rita Hollada, GFWC DSFWC President, and Trish Rodriguez, GFWC DSFWC President-Elect.  Rita Hollada welcomed and installed two new 2021 WCOM officers: Donna Shea (Corresponding Secretary); and, Ellen DeRosa (Assistant Treasurer). Also, because current WCOM Officers were unable to be officially installed in 2020 (Covid), Rita installed: Carol Ann Stone, President; Jean Bekeshka, Vice President; Paula Constanzo, Treasurer; Linda King, Director, Sussex County. The selfless time and contributions from these special women enable the WCOM to remain the vibrant organization it is today.

Nance Reeves, outgoing Corresponding Secretary, and Marie Johnson, outgoing Membership Chairperson, received a warm round of thank you and applause for their untiring contributions throughout their many years of membership.

In reviewing the past year, President Carol Ann Stone discussed the WCOM awards from the GFWC DSFWC for its initiatives in the Arts and Communication areas.  Despite the 2020 pandemic when many events were placed on hold, the WCOM members successfully thought out of the box with new, minimum contact fundraising initiatives.

Through the fundraising initiatives, the WCOM was able to provide continued support to the Milton Food Pantry ( including holding a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in conjunction with Volunteer Delaware 50+); donating over 600 new or gently used bras from the Milton community to the “Free the Girls” International Campaign; awarding two scholarships; contributing to tree plantings in areas devastated by U.S. wildfires for Arbor Day; providing gift cards to Milton elementary schools for families in need; donating to the Milton Garden Club and helping to beautify the newly renovated Milton Fire House; and by contributing to the following national and international organizations: Heifer International; Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program (HOBY);  Kent-Sussex Industries, Inc. (KSI – assists those with disabilities).

The WCOM Installation Luncheon would not be complete without awarding scholarships to two young women from Milton. Karen Spencer, WCOM Education Chair, presented two $1,500 scholarships each to: Josephine Mulveny and Abigail Reese, both graduates of Cape Henlopen High School.During the three course luncheon Al Frantic of Frantic Frets provided entertainment with songs and signing.  The WCOM thanks Al for helping us celebrate this special day.

The year hasn’t ended yet!  There will be a lot of planning going on during the summer months.  Please watch for information on our August 31, 2021 BINGO night at the new Milton Firehouse and even more fun fundraising announcements.