By Marcia Volner
Womens Club of Sweetwater County President 

Women's Club gives donations, hosts meeting, plans future events


October 26, 2023

Photo courtesy of Marcia Volner

Women's Club President Marcia Volner joins Chairman April Dittman with the items collected to be donated to help young people in foster care. October 22-28 is General Federation of Women's Club Advocates for Children Week. This year April Dittman, Chairman of the Women's Club of Sweetwater County Junior's Special Program section, chose to collect items for young people in foster care as the project. The items in the picture were collected at the club's October 17 general meeting and will be given to Drag for a Cause, which is collecting even more items for young people in foster care.

The GFWC Women's Club of Sweetwater County met for their General Meeting on October 17 at Siam King. The speaker for the luncheon was Stephanie Dupape from Wyoming Cancer Resource Services. She spoke about her program and some of the services such as Healthy You Class, Various Support Groups and resources available. She can help through Wyoming Cancer Resource with mammogram, colonoscopy and cervical cancer screening costs. She also talked about mammograms starting at age 40 and things to watch for as well as myths about breast cancer.

The next general meeting will be November 21 at 11:30. It will be a potluck at White Mountain Library. The speaker will be Detective Holtzgraffe from the Green River Police Department. She will talk about her therapy program, her therapy dog Buddy and how the comfort bags that we make for the police are used and what is most valuable to have in them.

Holiday House was discussed and members encouraged to be working on crafts and thinking about baked goods to make. The Raffle items are over 20 now. We have generous community businesses that have donated items. These include Sapporo, Home Depot, Harbor Freight, Ace Hardware, Mac&Co, Elements Integrative Wellness, CTS, our Hostess Carmen Lakey and her daughter, Schwab's tire, Coal Train Coffee Depot, T's Barking Boutique, Wyoming Work Wearhouse, The Yarn and the Tale and more to come. The Holiday House will be at 518 Deer Creek in Rock Springs. It will run from Friday December 1, 4 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday December 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The raffle drawing will be at 1 on December 2. The hostess Carmen Lakey has selected Alzheimer's to be the recipient of 10% of our raffle proceeds. Tickets go on sale from members November 1 and will be for sale at the holiday house as will. The price of one ticket is $5 and 6 for $20. The entry cost will be $5 per person and children under 12 free.

The club will be donating a Christmas basket to the YWCA Festival of Trees to help raise money for their programs.

The GFWC Success for Survivors Scholarship application is on the GFWC. org website and may be turned in until February. This is a scholarship for women who are victims of Domestic Abuse.

Information was passed out about the Wyoming Veterans Commission and their Highly Rural Transportation to VA or VA authorized health care facilities for VA authorized appointments is now available in our county. The Program Coordinator, Tobbie Cline, may be reached at 307-275-6723 for more information and to schedule travel help. The club will be placing this information at various locations around the county including libraries and senior centers. Fliers on this service as well as magnets on the Veterans Crisis Line you access by dialing 988 were passed out as well so that members may give them out to appropriate places.

They were privileged to initiate a new member, Karla Thibeault, into the club.

Members in attendance were: Jacki Allison, Cindy Moore, Annette Burkey, Betty Lou Auld, Leslie Jo Gatti, Karla Thibeault, Karla Roich, Lois Hebert, Portia Wahl, Jennie Malonek, Betty Jean Carter, Maggie Choate, Charlene Stillion, Diane Maestas, Kimberly Kellum, Marcia Volner, Susan Arguello, Edna Larsen Michele Long and Lynn Mornar. Guests were Sarina McCord and Heather Hager and children.


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