Women's club plans donation to GRPD
May 6, 2021
The Woman’s Club of Rock Springs GFWC met on April 20 at White Mountain Library. This was the group’s last working meeting until September. The group will have an evening Installation of Officers dinner in May.
Debra Soule spoke for Youth Art Month. She brought selections of student art which were taken to the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs – Wyoming on April 24 for the state convention. The artwork will be displayed with artwork from across the state and prizes will be awarded. Soule will host a reception for the artists and their families on May 11, at the Fine Arts Center in Rock Springs. The artists will get their awards from the State GFWC and a monetary award from the local club.
Soule also told the club about many exciting upcoming art shows and events sponsored by the Fine Arts Center.
The club finished its first community impact project for the year. The members gathered $750 to be given to the Rock Springs Cemetery for three benches to be built and placed in the area around the Columbarium.
The members then selected another community impact project. Jacki Allison spoke about the puppy named Buddy who is becoming a therapy dog for the Green River Police Department. Buddy will be available to help with young people who are at court, in an accident, or other stressful situations. The dog will need a fund for its training, vests for trainer and dog, dog food, vet bills and other handling expenses. The members voted to raise up to $800 for Buddy and give it to the Green River Police Department at the end of the year or whenever the amount is collected.
The members will work on putting comfort bags together for the Green River Police Department to hand out to children who are in difficult situations as well. These bags will contain coloring books, colors and fidgets.
Sue Ann McGuire, chairman of the junior special programs section reported all three Buddy benches have been put together and have their first coat of finish. When the signs are completed and another coat of finish applied, they will ready to be taken to the schools. Buddy benches are put on the playground and if a child is new to town or lonesome, they can sit on the bench as a signal to others that they would like someone to join them. The schools receiving the benches will be Washington Elementary School in Green River and Stagecoach and North Park in Rock Springs.
We are a busy growing club and would love to hear from others who would like to join us. We have a website http://www.gfwcrocksprings.org and a Facebook page. Our cub motto is: Service is the standard of life and love is the motive of service.
Edna Larsen and Debbie Palmer hosted the meeting and provided a luncheon of Jello salad, chicken salad, lettuce salad, homemade rolls and cookies.
Other members in attendance included: Lynn Mornar, Magggie Choate, Cindy Moore, Marcia Volner, Judy Litchfield, Leslie Jo Gatti, Mary Lou Henderson and Gloria Skiles.