To honor the brave and selfless men and women who willingly gave so much for our country, Judy Krieg, Arts/Creative Chair, Maribeth Hugelmeyer, and Cathy Wells created beautiful lap robes and presented them to the residents of the Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home on February 15th.  The recipients were delighted with the lap robes as well as the recognition. Maribeth Hugelmeyer, College District DVP of New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs, said it was a wonderful and heartwarming event.  At the Club’s March 1st meeting, Judy also led members in decorating greeting cards to be sent to veterans.  The greeting cards included a thank you to veterans as well as their families, who also sacrifice much to protect our way of life. 

At the March 1st meeting, President Diana Cotone thanked Nancy Stillman-Pender and Diana Gallo for the light lunch provided for the meeting.  President Cotone asked Membership Chair Grace Bertucci to formally induct two new members, Elaine Bolger and Joan Cembrola.  Historian Cathy Wells spoke of Mable Smith Douglass, who together with the NJSFWC established New Jersey’s first college for women, now celebrating its 100th anniversary.  To recognize another important anniversary, Maribeth Hugelmeyer presented the Club with a certificate of recognition of its 65th year as member of the NJSFWC of GFWC.  Another event the Club is celebrating this month is Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  Judy Krieg and Treasurer Lucy Hudson created a wonderful display at the South Plainfield Library honoring the beloved children’s author.  March is also Women’s History Month and Education Chair Debbie Boyle invited the Club to partner with South Plainfield’s Leadership Team Committee by sponsoring an essay-writing contest on the life of Amelia Earhart.  The contest is open to all South Plainfield residents, grades nine to 12.  First, second and third place awards will be presented to the best essayist.

As part of the NJSFWC history of activism at the community, state and national level, Legislative Chair Kathy Wozniak wrote to state leaders in support of legislation regarding Continuous Care Retirement Communities.  These bills were created to protect residents from some CCRC institutions which refuse to or take years to refund the entrance fee. As a result, senior citizens or their families can be out tens of thousands of dollars.  The Club is also continuing its fundraising.  VP Jane Rundella discussed the Club’s annual Luncheon/Fashion Show to be held April 22nd at the Senior Center.  Funds raised benefit Prevent Child Abuse-NJ, the Club’s scholarship fund as well as local charities.

The Suburban Woman’s Club of South Plainfield is a member of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC.  In addition to fundraising to award scholarships and support local charities, the Club offers its members programs on a wide variety of topics designed to instruct and entertain at each of our monthly meetings.  Interested in joining?  Any woman of South Plainfield or the surrounding area is very welcome to become a member!  Membership dues are $35 per year. Meetings are first Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m.  To learn more, please contact Membership Chair Grace Bertucci at 732-549-9633 or suburbanwomansclubsp@gmail.com.  Like us on Facebook!