Women's Club of Milton
Year End Luncheon
Pictured from left to right: Linda King (WCOM President), Kay Willey, Cynthia Ockels, Marie Johnson and Maryann Donnan
The Women’s Club of Milton (WCOM) recently celebrated its year-end luncheon at the Rookery North in Milford, DE. Two special guests attended this year: Carla Pyle, GFWC DSFWC President, and Rita Hollada, GFWC DSFWC President-Elect. Rita Hollada welcomed and installed the new WCOM officers: Paula Costanzo (Treasurer); Betty Boettger (Assistant Treasurer); Nancy Reeves (Corresponding Secretary) and Marie Johnson (Membership Chair).
During the celebration, Geri Belcastro, WCOM Education Chair, and Ellen Passman, Scholarship Committee Member, presented three $2,000 WCOM scholarships each to: Erin Cannon, Isabella Leishear and Stephanie Philox.
Linda King, President of the WCOM, recognized several long-term members. 40-year Pins were awarded to the five remaining founders of the WCOM (formerly the Century Club) who started the Club in 1973: Constance Fisher, Marie Johnson, Cynthia Ockels and Jeanne Sposato. A special 50-Year Pin and letter from the GFWC International President, Mary Ellen Brock, was awarded to Maryann Donnan who has been a member of several GFWC Federated Clubs in NY, FL and DE for a total of over 50 years.
In addition, six WCOM venerable members were honored each with a single yellow rose: Ethel Graham, Mable Granke, Isabel McGinness, Cynthia Ockels, Jeanne Sposato, and Pat Stenger.
Without the selfless time and contributions from these special women over the years, the WCOM would not be the vibrant organization it is today.
Vincent Varrassi provided a most enjoyable musical segment of the program, playing and singing a number of popular songs from the Great American Songbook. His tribute to well-known female songwriters and performers left Club members with fingers snapping and toes tapping.
Looking over the past year, the WCOM has received awards from the GFWC DSFWC for its initiatives in the Arts, Education, Legislative and Public Policy, and Fundraising areas. In addition, the WCOM was able to support the Milton Food Pantry, including holding a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at the Pantry in January; partner with sister GFWC Clubs (the Zwaanandael Women’s Club of Lewes, DE and the Village Improvement Association of Rehoboth Beach) to clothe homeless students; plant a Pollinator Garden at the Milton Historical Society; donate an Arbor Day Tree in Milton Memorial Park; partner with teachers in H.O. B. Elementary School Reading Buddies program; make and donate over 200 stuffed bears for distribution to the Milford Memorial Hospital (now Bayhealth Hospital Sussex Campus), Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Delaware Hospice, a Home for Veterans in Maryland, and to Volunteer Delaware 50+. In addition, the WCOM is the proud sponsor of the annual Milton Holiday House Tour which occurs this year on Saturday, December 14, 2019.
Continuing with the WCOM focus on community improvement, the Club provided financial support to: the Milton Fire Department, the Milton Community Food Pantry, the Milton Public Library, H.O Brittingham and Milton Elementary Schools, Milton’s Concerts in the Park, the Milton 4th of July Celebration, Best Buddies Delaware, Delaware Hospice, KSI, HOBY, The Salvation Army and Heifer International.
The Women's Club of Milton is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. The GFWC is one of the world’s oldest and largest women's service organizations dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service. Each club sets its own agenda and works on projects and programs that address the specific needs of its communities. Women interested in joining the Women's Club of Milton may contact Linda King at firstname.lastname@example.org.