Woman’s Club important to community

If you’re wondering if there is enough to do when you retire in Sierra Vista, then worry no more.

The community is filled with organizations that cover a wide range of interests and activities.

Among them is the Sierra Vista Woman’s Club, which is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and plays an important part in the community.

This month, a year of fundraising culminated in what must be one of the highlights of being a member of the club.

The organization had the pleasurable task of distributing its well-gotten gains to various good causes and individuals.

During its April luncheon the club awarded $13,500 in total to help local children, military youth, the arts, the homeless, and nursing students, to name just a few.

One of the largest donations of $3,000 went to Peach’s Pantry, which provides food to disadvantaged school children who do not have meals at home over the weekends.

Also receiving $3,000 was Cochise College – the money will help six nursing students to take their professional exams, allowing them to be eligible for employment.

Two other recipients included budding young musicians.

“Each year the club awards two music scholarships, determined by a music performance competition, to high school vocal and instrumental students. Funding for the music awards come from the Zoller Endowment to the Woman’s Club,” said club member Andrea Marie Peter. “This year’s winners were Hannah Dimitrov, soprano, and Chance Charley, pianist. Both students performed their competition selections at the ceremony.”

Throughout the year, the club spends much of its time organizing and staging events to raise money for its awards.

“Funding was raised through volunteer activities, including donations, a major fashion show and luncheon, along with a silent auction sponsored by community individuals, organizations and businesses,” explained Peter. “The Sierra Vista Woman’s Club also sponsors the Christmas wrapping event at the Mall at Sierra Vista when volunteers wrap gifts.”

The following organizations and individuals received funding from the Woman’s Club at the Elks Club luncheon:

Peach’s Pantry – $3,000

Cochise College – $3,000

Cochise Robotics Association – $2,500

Good Neighbor Alliance – $2,000

Sierra Vista Symphony Association – $2,000

Civil Air Patrol – $1,000

Hannah Dimitrov and Chance Charley (awarded music scholarships through the Zoller Foundation)

To find out more about the Sierra Vista Woman’s Club click here.

Photo courtesy of the Sierra Vista Herald, an RSVP sponsor