Known as the Senior Woman’s Club of Palatine, the late Mrs. George C Butler in 1931 and 13 other woman established an organization to not only benefit themselves but also the community. They chose as the objective of the club – “The mutual improvement of its members in literature, art, science and vital interests of the day.” By 1955, the membership had increased from the original thirteen to 150.
On April 1, 1941, the Woman’s Club of Palatine voted to sponsor a junior organization called the Junior Woman’s Club of Palatine to benefit junior aged women of Palatine. During World War II, the junior club participated in Red Cross activities. It was said of the club that scouts, children, adults, aged and ill all knew the good deeds of the “Juniors”. Its 141 members truly lived by the junior pledge of accomplishing something – not merely existing.
It wasn’t until 1981 that the Palatine Women’s Club voted to drop the word “Junior” from its logo. This was done to encourage women of all ages to join and participate in the club’s endeavors. Although the group membership became smaller, the number of service and recreational projects increased. Ways and Means projects included such things as cook books, costume sales, Las Vegas nights, antique and fashion shows.
As it was then and is still now, it is the club’s desire and willingness to help and serve the community to the best of their ability.
Looking back through the 2009-2010 Club year, our Service Committee compiled some interesting statistics:
As a Club, we donated 750 hours of service to our community last year – including Palatine Township’s Apple Tree Spring Basket party, Thanksgiving baskets and Adopt-A-Family at Christmas; Jelly Belly Days for Clearbrook Center; various Special Olympics activities; helping at nursing homes; cooking meals for PADS and making Hospice shawls, caps for cancer patients and puppets for the children’s department at the hospital. These 750 hours did NOT include any time spent preparing for the November auction or garage sale. These were simply the hours spent doing hands-on projects in and for our community.
There were 193 opportunities to volunteer and 42 members signed up for at least one hour of service. That’s right 42 people performed 750 house of community service during the Club year 2009-2010!
As we look ahead to this new Club year we are challenging ourselves to increase our participation from 66% to 75%; from 42 members to 50 or more; and maybe work as many as 800 hours.
If you have never volunteered, let me encourage you today to make this just the beginning. Volunteering gives you an opportunity to change people’s lives. It helps you feel that you have made some type of difference. When people depend on you, it can change the way you look at yourself.
If you don’t belong to a group such as ours; consider joining us for fellowship and service!