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Page 16 • The Branchburg News • June 2012


Woman’s Club Achievements Recognized at District Level


By Tricia Ihde for the Branchburg Woman’s Club


Top Prizes at Conference The Branchburg Woman’s Club (BWC) is a proud member of the College District of the New Jer- sey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC). On April 26, many club members attended the district’s annual Spring Conference & Achievement Day at The Imperia in Somerset. The event was presided over by BWC member Ann Ribin- sky Brown, who is the College Dis- trict Vice President. Patricia White- house, the NJSFWC President, was the keynote speaker.


The day included interesting presentations, a luncheon, and the Achievement Day Contests for club chairmen and club members. Club chairmen submitted their yearly re- ports in January and judging took place in February. The district-level awards were announced at the April 26 conference.


Rita Bouwman, BWC Public Af- fairs Chairman, won for best report- ed public affairs work in the district. Tricia Ihde, BWC Communications and Publicity Chairman, and Linda Mish, BWC Newsletter Chairman, won the district’s first place award for best reported communications work.


presentation.


The NJSFWC Conservation De- partment’s Achievement Day Con- tests were divided into two divisions: Artistic Design and Horticulture. For her homegrown entry of an Afri- can violet plant, BWC member An- gela Kavalesky won a gold ribbon, which is the top prize.


After winning at the local level, the award-winning reports and proj- ects were subsequently presented at the NJSFWC Convention in early May. Next, the state winners will be submitted in June to the Gen- eral Federation of Women’s Clubs for judging at the national General Federation of Women’s Club’s An- nual Convention. The Branchburg Woman’s Club will announce its state prize winners next month as not all of the information was available at press time. The BWC congratulates everyone on a job well done.


Achievement Day was also an opportunity for Individual club members to exhibit their personal handiwork as an expression of their talent and creativity. Several weeks before the conference, members wishing to participate submitted one or more projects for judging. These contests were part of either the “Arts Creative” Department or the Con- servation Department. Within the departments, each category and con- test had different requirements and judging criteria.


Philanthropic Fundraiser The Branchburg Woman’s Club would like to thank everyone who attended the April 28 Garage Sale held at Branchburg Central Middle School. The event was a huge suc- cess raising funds for the BWC’s student awards and charitable dona- tions. After the event, the leftover items were donated to many groups to assist them in helping those in need. Some of the unsold items went to the Somerset County Home for Temporarily Displaced Children, the Interfaith Hospitality Network, the Friends of the Somerset County Library, the Neshanic Firehouse, the Lupus Foundation, plus some oth- ers.


A few BWC members won for their entries in the NJSFWC Arts Creative Department’s contest. In photography, Charlene Wilson won first place for her color photo of a butterfly based on the photo’s composition and creativity. For her craftsmanship & creativity, Elaine Grimm won a gold ribbon for her crocheted baby carriage blanket. She also won a gold ribbon for her Chinese Chocolate Candy based on its flavor, texture, and creativity in


Food Drive through June 29 “Operation: Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Beans,” a joint statewide proj- ect with the New Jersey State Fed- eration of Women’s Clubs, is the Branchburg Woman’s Club’s Food Drive for the Food Bank Network of Somerset County this spring. Con- tributions of peanut butter, any kind of beans, and other nonperishable food in non-breakable containers (no glass) are urgently requested to help those in need. Through the last Friday in June, donations may be left in the labeled bin in the Branch- burg Municipal Building. For more information, call 908- 866-1060 or 908-526-3094.


Other BWC Projects Continue through the Summer


With the idea that small things can help in big ways, the public is invited to assist with two other club philanthropy projects. The BWC thanks all who have already contrib- uted.


New socks (all sizes) are wanted for the club’s “Step Away from Abuse” GFWC Sock Project. Socks with notes of encouragement are be- ing given to New Jersey domestic violence shelters to help adults and children who have been victims of domestic violence.


The club is still seeking contribu- tions of 7-inch x 9-inch knitted or crocheted rectangles for the Warm Up America! Afghan Project. Fin- ished rectangles should be made with either knitting needles of size 7, 8, or 9 or crochet hook size F or G. This project has been very successful thanks to the efforts of club mem- bers and the generous public who like to knit or crochet.


Donations to the new sock or afghan projects may be left in the BWC’s other collection bin, which is also located in the Municipal Building. Call 908-866-1060, visit the club’s Website at http://www. omnie.com/bwc/ or email bwc4u@ spamex.com for more information about these projects or the club.


Membership Inquiries Welcome


After the May 17 banquet, most of the club will be on hiatus for the summer. There are no general mem- bership club meetings June through August. In the early fall, the club will resume its programs and meetings, starting with its September Potluck Supper at the Little Red School- house.


Membership inquiries are encour- aged and prospective members do not have to reside in Branchburg. Being a club member can mean hav- ing opportunities to learn, to build friendships, and to help others. Members participate as best they can in a club that understands the many responsibilities that women have. Interested adults may contact the club by calling 908-866-1060. For more information about the BWC, the NJSFWC, and the General Fed- eration of Women’s Clubs, visit the club’s Web site at http://www.om- nie.com/bwc/.


107th Festa is June 12-16 – St. Ann Parish will hold its 107th Annual Festa on the parish grounds in Raritan nightly from Tuesday June 12


through Saturday June 16. Known for great homemade food, including its fa- mous pizzelles, Festa promises the traditional fun of carnival games, wheels of chance, live music and inflatable rides. Dinner menu includes many homemade Italian specialties including pasta e fagioli on Friday night, and new menu items like “walking tacos.” There is also a bier garten. Above, Branchburg girls Bridg- et Reinhart, Clarisa Gorky and Daniela Fame practice stretching pizzelle dough by making the numbers 1, 0, 7.


Scouts to Promote Organ Donation Awareness at Festa


Members of Girl Scout Troop 1227 are using Festa and local media to promote awareness about organ donation as part of their quest to earn Cadette Silver Awards. Clarisa Gorky and Bridget Reinhart will help staff an information booth at Festa. They were inspired by tales of heart and kidney transplants involving local residents. In research- ing organ donation, the girls learned that a single donor can support 50 or more people’s needs, but 18 people die each day waiting for a transplant. Also, over 44% of those waiting for transplants are under 49 years old and many are kids. The girls’ goal at Festa is to register 50 new organ donors. Festa runs nightly June 12-16. More info is available at the St. Ann School Facebook page, or by emailing saveal- ife@stannparish.com.


Warger to Hold Math Camps


Ann Warger, a Branchburg resi- dent who teaches math at St. Ann School in Raritan, will hold her annual math camps in July at the school. Dates are July 9-13 and July 16-20 for students entering grades 4-7 in September. Sessions are 2½ hours, M-F. Class sizes are limited. For details and costs call 908-725-7787. There is also an art camp available.


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