BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Woman’s Club, which has been in existence for nearly 45 years, was recently honored by the Bridgewater Township Council for its numerous charitable endeavors and civic responsibility.

Council president Howard Norgalis welcomed the club warmly, a dozen strong, to the municipal governing body’s March 2 meeting.

A non-profit organization, the Bridgewater Woman’s Club not only provides support for local charities, but also offers international outreach. According to its website, the club is a member of the New Jersey State Federation of Woman's Club's College District, and also the General Federation of Women's Club.

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A proclamation honoring the Bridgewater Woman’s Club was read by Mayor Matthew Moench. Present at the meeting from the Women’s Club were Loretta Harback, Carole Fresco, Mary Monaghan, Joan Galay, Janet Etsch, Christine Phillips, Helen Horun, Barbara Lubrani, Diane Considine, Dee Papp, Kathy Jepson and Gerrie Gora.

According to the proclamation, the Bridgewater Woman’s Club was founded in 1976 “in order to honor, exemplify, preserve and fulfill the legacy of the great American women who came before.”

Among some of the recipients of the club’s charity projects are the Lions Club, Make A Wish Foundation, Operation Jersey Cares, Operation Smile, RWJ Somerset Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House, the Salvation Army, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Seeing Eye, Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, Somerset County Food Bank, UNICEF and many others.

"Wow, you guys are busy," Moench quipped.

The club also donates scholarships to local students at both Bridgewater-Raritan High School and Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School.

The Bridgewater Woman’s Club meets the second Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Green Knoll Fire Company, on North Bridge Street. Questions about the club can be emailed to bridgewaterwomansclub@gmail.com.