SUFFERN, N.Y. – The Woman's Club Of Suffern has been around for nearly 100 years, but its goals remain the same – to provide child care, increase educational opportunities, and to respond to issues that affect the entire community, says state Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, D-Suffern.
Jaffee formally introduced several members of the organization at a recent session of the state Legislature.
The first meeting of the club was held in the fall of 1920.
Members aimed to create a space for social and intellectual culture, as well as encourage citizenship for the betterment of society, the assemblywoman said.
Their first clubhouse was also the community’s first library, she said, and it later became Suffern’s first cafeteria where hot meals were provided to needy children.
Later, a day school was started, as well as clinics and a concert series, she said.
The times have changed, but the club’s objectives are still the same, Jaffee said.
She then introduced four of its members: MaryElena Chase, Carol Ritter, Carol Yablonsky, and Krista Hoversten.
Also introduced were friends Guiseppe Coco, Jim Riely and Janet Riely.
The club raises money for a scholarship that goes to a deserving high school senior. Funds also go to support the Suffern Free Library and other causes.
The club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from September to May at the Suffern Free Library.
To contact the club, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or write Woman's Club of Suffern, P.O. Box 56, Suffern, N.Y., 10901.
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