July 16, 2020

Winterport Woman’s Club gears up for convention

What an exciting time this is for members of the Winterport Woman’s Club.

Not only is the WWC celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, but for the first time in the history of the club one of its own members will become the new president of the Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs, an affiliate of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

The Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs will hold its state convention May 7-9 at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Bangor.

On the final day of that convention WWC member Katherine White will be installed as the new state president.

WWC members will present White with a unique gift at the time of her installation that took two years to create and to which all WWC members and each member club of the Maine Federation contributed.

In honor of her installation as president, the WWC will present White with a special banner quilt for her to display at meetings during her tenure.

Members of the WWC quilt committee made the quilt that contains blocks individually designed and embroidered by each club and representing all Maine Federated Women’s Clubs throughout the state.

The quilt also contains the embroidered signatures of all living members of the WWC, which is not a small feat, since many former active members now reside outside Winterport and it took some time, I am told, to reach them all and track them down.

Khristine LaChance is vice president of the WWC and chairwoman of the quilt committee, which includes Teresa Forrest, Jean Beaumont, Fran Savoy and Charlotte White.

The individual signatures, LaChance said, are all hand-embroidered on the quilt.

Each state member club was provided a 4-inch-by-8-inch block of material that the individual club designed to include its name, the date it was established, and any club symbols.

“The creativity of all these different blocks is just amazing,” LaChance said.

In the center is a painting of an angel by Charlotte White, with the blocks representing all of the state clubs surrounding the angel.

“It was a wonderful project,” LaChance said. “It brought out a lot of wonderful teamwork, and the sharing and caring of women’s clubs across the state.”

LaChance added that she received many notes while the project was in progress and often received queries from members throughout the state wondering when the quilt would be done and they asked whether it would be done in time for the convention.

“I’m happy to say that it is all done and hanging on my banister, awaiting the presentation,” LaChance said.

As it celebrates its 70th year, the WWC is proud to recognize two women for the most continuous active membership: Erma Foley has been an active member of the Winterport Woman’s Club for 53 years, and Margaret Warner for 52 years.

The club meets the second Wednesday of each month.

“We mostly meet in the afternoons, but sometimes we meet in the evenings to accommodate the working members,” LaChance said, and the club is always eager to welcome new members.

On behalf of the Millinocket Regional Hospital Auxiliary, president Joyce Given invites members of the public to attend its annual fashion show and basket auction, “Spring Fashions and May Baskets.”

The auxiliary fund-raiser begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at St. Martin’s Parish Center in Millinocket.

Fashions will be featured from Ames Department Store, A Moose on the Roof Creative Paper & Gifts, Gracie’s Aunt’s Closet Resale Boutique, Maine Connection, New England Outdoor Center, and Pretty Woman.

Local basket makers donated baskets, which Auxiliary members filled with many “good things,” Given wrote.

Once the baskets have served their purpose as table decorations, they will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Tickets for the event are $5 each, and can be purchased from any Auxiliary member, or at the door.

Janelle Bosse and members of the Hampden Academy Leadership Team invite all seniors to attend a senior citizen prom in celebration of Senior Citizen Month.

The senior citizen prom is 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in Hampden Academy’s old gym.

Bosse, who is chairwoman for the prom committee, wrote that “admission is free, and there will be refreshments, and dancing to the live music played by the award-winning Hampden Academy Jazz Band that just received first place in a competition in Florida.”

Knowing that everyone who attended the event last year enjoyed it so much, Bosse and all members of the sponsoring organization hope you will plan to attend this year!

Because of an outpouring of support for the baby taken into custody by the Maine Department of Human Services on Tuesday, April 23, after the arrest of his parents, the DHS has established a statewide account for “Baby Jason” with Peoples Heritage, according to a press release from that institution.

The child suffered multiple serious injuries that may require long-term medical attention, and the collected funds will be used to by DHS-appointed caregivers to meet those expenses.

The account, in the name of “Department of Human Services in Trust for Baby Jason,” is now open at all 60 Peoples branches statewide.

Peoples is a Maine-based bank with more than 60 branches, four of which operate as Oxford Bank & Trust, a division of the bank.

For more information about Peoples, visit www.peoplesheritage.com.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; 990-8288.

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