The Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield met on March 2nd at the American Legion Hall, Oak Tree Road. After opening ceremonies, Grace Bertucci and Orvie Hoffman were thanked for hosting this month. Business items included Orvie Hoffman, Corresponding Secretary, reporting that a letter was received from the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs confirming that Jean Popik, recently deceased member, would be enrolled in the NJSFWC memorial book. Jean was a valued member of our club for fifty one years and served on several committees over those years. Jean is sadly missed. Historian Kathy Wells noted that Douglas College will be celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2018 with several celebratory events to take place over the year beginning September, 2017. The college was formed by a group of women one of whom was Mabel Smith Douglas. Mabel was a member of the New Jersey State Federation of Woman's Clubs and began a mission to promote higher education for women as Rutgers was a men's only institution at the time. Success was achieved and Douglas College was founded in 1918. Our members look forward to the various events over the year. Diana Gallo, Hospitality Chair, thanked all of the members who contributed boxes of cookies and candy as she and her committee will be making treat boxes for the annual St. Patrick's Day gathering held for members of the Keystone Group of special needs individuals. The Education Committee announced that the delegates for the Girls Career Institute have been chosen. Each year the Suburban Woman's Club chooses a high school junior to attend a four day visit to Douglas College during the month of June to participate in a mini college experience. This year's delegate is Jada Shucai and the alternate is Lindsey Soper. To celebrate Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday, each year our woman's club presents a display at the South Plainfield Library. This year was about the character Yertle the Turtle.. Shelf space was also used to display event notices and photos on our club's activities throughout the year. The displays were created by Lucy Hudson, Treasurer. Co-chairs, Jane Rundella and Grace Bertucci reviewed ongoing preparations for the annual luncheon fashion show being held at the South Plainfield Senior Center on April 2nd. Tickets are available by contacting Lucy Hudson at 908-755-5065. President Diana Cotone reported that during a boro council meeting on March 20th at 7pm, South Plainfield Mayor Anesh will issue a proclamation for Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey, the special state project being supported by the Suburban Woman's Club and the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs.
At the conclusion of the business meeting, Jane Rundella, VP and Program Chair introduced Carol Nelson. Carol is well known for her program displaying an interestingly designed quilt and discussing the symbols pertaining to the New Jersey Underground Railroad during the period of slavery. The audience was fascinated by the several towns involved during the 1800's and the individuals who aided slaves from the south as they journeyed toward Canada and freedom. Each quilt that hung from windows to be "aired" were really sending messages by the symbols being depicted on that particular quilt. As Carol concluded this very informative program she brought us up to date with the issues of human trafficking in today's society.
Any woman who would enjoy being a member of the Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield should contact Grace Bertucci, Membership Chair, at 732-549-9633 for further information and follow us on face book.