New Millport women serve community, beyond|
Saturday, December 8, 2012
By Annie Lynn Staff Writer
NEW MILLPORT - is a small village that is home to a small organization that has a big heart.
The New Millport Women's Club was organized and chartered in 1947, and their main purpose through the years has been to serve others.
There is one surviving charter member, Margaret Bloom, who is still active in the club. Officers of the club are President Norma Norris, Vice President Margaret Bloom, Treasurer Pearl Bloom and Secretary Erie Bell. Elaine Sloppy serves as Ways and Means Committee chairwoman, Beverly Spencer cares for the telephone and cards ministry as well as publicity, and Lettie Morrison, Lynne Norris and Pat Sheesley serve as trustees, along with all club officers.
Currently, the ladies are working on their main fundraiser for the year - making Christmas wreaths. Every year at this time they meet every day for about two weeks in the clubroom, which is the renovated New Millport one-room schoolhouse, and create wreaths.
They said the members first gather the Crowsfoot greenery, with the help of Jerry Sloppy, and then begin their work on the wreaths. It's an assembly line type process with some of them cleaning the Crowsfoot off of the stringers, others tie small bundles of the greenery, and others attach the bundles to a circle of wire. Next comes the attachment of large red bows, which are also made on site by the club members and volunteer helpers.
They ultimately will make approximately 130 wreaths, which they sell for $12.50. The members noted they are willing to place wreaths on local cemeteries, and remove them, at the request of the buyer. Monday is the last day to order wreaths for this year.
The club members also serve a free Christmas dinner for people in the community and surrounding area. Entertainment is provided for this event, which will be held this year on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m.
Another Christmas time activity is an annual trip to Tomorrow's Hope, a home for veterans near Utahville. The members help other groups provide a Christmas dinner for the residents, help set up for the dinner and then enjoy the meal together with the others. This year's event is to be held Monday. Elaine Sloppy said they have been participating in the event for the past two years, adding they always do something for veterans.
The ladies said that on the second Saturday of every month, members of the community and surrounding area are invited to a potluck dinner at the clubroom. The event is usually held outside during the summer months, and provides a good time of fellowship for those who attend.
The club members also help with the annual New Millport Picnic in August by providing food, donating money, and helping with other tasks that need done.
The club supports Clearfield Hospital Hospice and Caring and Sharing for Kids in this area with financial contributions. It assists with the annual community Easter egg hunt, which is held at the community picnic grounds.
It was noted that the members keep in contact with their members who reside in nursing facilities. "We do for other people," they said.
The members said the second weekend in June each year, they host a "garage sale" at the club, which serves as one of their fundraisers. They added that in the fall of the year, they cook and serve a luncheon for a local Bible study group and for the Retired Nurses Association.
Once a week, on Tuesday mornings, members gather at the clubroom to work on making quilts. They sell the quilts as a means for keeping the building in good repair, for fuel and other necessities. They also donate quilts to families who have lost their homes due to fire. They make lap robes, and some members make bibs and walker carriers, to be donated to nursing homes or wherever needed. These items are also for sale and can be found all over the United States.
The clubroom is available to rent for various occasions, such as showers, family reunions, and other events. The club is always looking for new members to join them in their endeavors. Anyone who is interested in joining can contact any member for information.
Biggest fundraiser - From left are Pearl Bloom, Lettie Morrison and Erie Bell amidst piles of Crowsfoot, cutting and cleaning the greenery for assembly. Making holiday wreaths is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the New Millport Women's Club. (Photo by Annie Lynn)