WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Welcome Club, a non-profit organizataion, provides women from Westfield and neighboring towns a way to get to know others in the community while experiencing what the area has to offer. The WWC has been “creating new friendships since 1959,” according to their website.
Currently, the club boasts a membership of more than 70 women living in the Westfield area. Members can choose which events to attend, with options ranging from dinners and lunches at local establishments to book club meetings, playdates and girls' nights out. Two socials each year allow for their significant others to meet the group, as well.
The WWC makes an effort to provide members with a wide variety of events and timing to meet everyone’s individual scheduling needs, including daytime and evening options. To view the full event schedule, click here.
Nicole Bresnahan, active member and board member, expressed her view on the importance of the club.
“The Westfield Welcome club allowed me to connect with a great network of women that support each other and their community. Most women join the WWC when they first move to Westfield or surrounding towns, but I joined after living here more than a decade,” Bresnahan said. “I was looking for something new, to meet really interesting women and to find an environment that let me step away from my everyday. I wanted to connect with other professionals that were juggling work, family, kids and life. When we meet up, I can always count on a good conversation, a few laughs and, most importantly for me, a recharge.”
In addition to organizing social activities, the club gives back to the community.
“As a club, we raise funds through various social events throughout the year, and we find ways to give back to our community,” Club President Cathy Jones said. “One of those most dear to my heart is our annual scholarship that we award to a local Westfield High School student.”
The scholarship goes to a student who the club feels is best able to demonstrate the positive impact she has made in the community.
“For me, it’s inspiring to see these future leaders who are already making an impact at such a young age,” Jones said. “We just recently received a lovely note from one of these young women thanking our club for recognizing her and believing in her. Fast forward, years later, and she’s now enjoying a successful career in TV. It’s nice to see it come full circle.”