As The Woman’s Club of Raleigh begins its 116th year of existence and its 50th year of residing in its current clubhouse at 3300 Woman’s Club Drive, it is an honor and a privilege to serve as its president. We are currently living in unprecedented times. The Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 has caused health issues, deaths and an economic crisis for our community, our state, our nation, and our world. We cannot meet as a whole club in person; we do not know when we can be together again; we do not know what tomorrow will bring; and we do not know how long this pandemic will last. What we do know is that clubwomen persevere during times of adversity; they find a way to continue to serve for “the charitable, intellectual, philanthropic, and civic betterment of their community.” We know that change is inevitable and that clubwomen meet it “straightforward and unafraid.”
As part of our parent organization, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, we are “dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.” We have a strong commitment to service and welcome all women who want to better their community to join us. We have something to offer to everyone with programs in Arts and Culture, Civic Engagement and Outreach, Education and Libraries, Environment, and Health and Wellness.
With the pandemic affecting the way we operate, our clubwomen are being creative and improvising ways to accomplish our goals. We want to stress the value of membership; we want to increase our visibility in the community; we want to increase our volunteerism; we want to respond to problems in our community and make a positive impact on the issues; we want to value our history – in particular, we want to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women Achieving the Right to Vote. Our foremothers made a difference in our community and we will, too. We hope that you will want to be a part of this venerable and active volunteer organization and help us achieve these goals.
As part of our response to current problems in our community, this administration has chosen for its Community Impact Program (CIP) a project entitled “Responding to the Crises of the Pandemic.” There will be three parts to the effort: Nurturing Hungry and Homeless, Healing Societal Injustices, and Embracing Construction of a Well on Capitol Square. We will focus on ways to feed the mind, body and spirit and to support equity and justice in mending the rift between the races. We also plan to partner with the NC State Capitol to raise funds for this historic site, the money to be used to fund a source of drinking water for all people. Plans include publishing a special pandemic version of Gleanings, our club’s Creative Writers’ publication, that will include stories about women’s experiences during the pandemic; donating to the Food Bank; sponsoring a Healthy Food Drive requesting that donations be from Feeding America’s Healthy Food List; making mats for the homeless from “plarn”; and hosting Community Conversations on racial injustices. This is just a beginning; your ideas and participation are welcome as we work together to make a difference in our community by addressing these issues and meeting these needs while “Living the Volunteer Spirit.”
Ginger Lockamy, President
“Wherever women gather together failure is impossible.” Susan B. Anthony