MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Women’s Club, a member of New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC, held its installation of new officers in May at the Tuscany Villa in Montville. The new officers installed were: President – Alexandria Sarra; 1st Vice President – Marguerite Corazza; 2nd Vice President – June Witty; Treasurer – Linda Peskin; Recording Secretaries – Terry Becker and Ronnie Polachek; Corresponding Secretary – Teresa Tiziani; and Federation Secretary – Rita Marshall. The officers were inducted by Carol Hancock-Carleu, Former President of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs and club member.

The evening included presentation of awards from the Ramapo District for the club’s reporting and projects for International Outreach and Special State Project – Prevention of Child Abuse – NJ. The Montville club participated in fundraising for Operation Smile, preparing and donating bags for children after they receive their Smile operation, painting pictures as a fund raiser for Prevention of Child Abuse, presenting a program entitled “The Enough Abuse Campaign” and knitting purple hats for infants.

A special guest was Judy Pederson, Founder and Director from Hearts of Hope. Hearts of Hope is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to "creating hope...one heart at a time.” Hearts of Hope is a movement of hope accomplished through healing art for the benefit of those in need. One program is painting a beautiful heart with a kind message. The program is nearly all volunteer-driven by individuals who wish to pay it forward. Some of the volunteers have had similar and life-altering experiences of their own.

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Pederson said, “One of the most remarkable things I have witnessed through the volunteers is their strength. Often, volunteers will create a healing gift for another with tears in their eye, but always with a strong desire to offer caring and compassion.”

The club presented Pederson with a check for Hearts of Hope to continue their efforts. Every spring, the club distributes funds, voted on by the membership, to worthwhile charities.

Montville Township Women’s Club meetings are held the third Monday of each month. New members are welcome. Please telephone 973-405-0088 for information.