ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury Woman’s Club on Tuesday celebrated six decades of existence, gathering in Succasunna for a birthday party that included plenty of food, memories and camaraderie.

The club was founded in 1959 by 19 women “to provide opportunities for community service,” said its publicity chair, Marcy Thompson. Over the years, the group spearheaded many endeavors including the establishment of the Roxbury Public Library, the dialysis center on Righter Road and the annual scholarships for Roxbury High School students.

At Tuesday’s gathering, the club was hailed by Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo and Morris County Freeholders Kathy DeFillippo and Heather Darling. Both the freeholder board and the Roxbury Mayor and Council crafted resolutions honoring the club and these were presented at the party.

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“The Roxbury Woman’s Club has been looking forward to this evening for a long time,” said club Co-President Shirley Reinhardt. “Our club is honored to have served Roxbury and the surrounding communities for 60 years. We look forward to the next 60 years.”

The club is federated with the New Jersey State Federation of Woman’s Clubs of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, the state’s largest volunteer woman’s organization, noted Thompson. At the party, it was presented with honorary resolutions from both organizations.

Kathy DeFillippo, a club member, said she joined the club many years ago because she was “so impressed with the stories of everything the Roxbury Woman’s Club had done.”

In 2018 and the first half of this year, the club’s 39 members “completed 200 projects involving 6,000 volunteer hours,” Thompson said. Those efforts included supporting Roxbury Social Services “where members donate food, school supplies, appliances and sponsor families during the holidays by providing necessities and gifts,” she said.

The club also prepares popular seasonal displays at the intersection of Route 10 west and Eyland Avenue in Succasunna.

 Women interested in joining the club can email Reinhardt at

shirleydreinhardt@gmail.com or co-president Mary Byank at mbyank@yahoo.com.

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