The mission statement of the Oconomowoc Woman’s Club (OWC) is that through volunteer efforts we can better our community, our country, and ourselves. All members are asked to take an active part fulfilling our mission by participating in our fundraisers and giving donations. Our club becomes alive as members share with us the talents and gifts they have to serve others.
Our history started when The General Federation of Women’s Clubs was organized in New York in 1889. Clubs spread across the United States. The GFWC is the largest organization of volunteer women nationwide with the motto of “Unity in Diversity.” In 1896, the Wisconsin Federation of Women’s Clubs was chartered and convened for the first time in October at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. The Oconomowoc Woman’s Club was organized in August of 1949.
Since starting, the OWC has made many achievements in various areas. We are devoted to improving the lives of adults and children with educational scholarships and donations to organizations that help those in need. Our club is for women who want to improve the lives of others, our community and the world, all while growing friendships and having some fun along the way. The women of OWC find joy in service.
Our projects and fundraisers fall under the six Community Service Programs established by the GFWC: The Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, International Affairs, and Public Issues. At this time we conduct three fundraisers: Trivia Night, concession sales at the Festival of Arts, and an Annual Style Show Luncheon. The purpose of the fundraisers is to give donations to approximately 20 different local charities and give scholarship money to students from the Oconomowoc area. Club members are able to choose programs and projects suited to their interests.
Besides personal satisfaction, as an Oconomowoc Woman’s Club member, you meet new friends, gain memorable experiences and create a legacy for future women. You will receive more than you give.
Service before Self,
Pat Stemper, President
We Salute all of the individuals listed below for making our community a better place.
President – Pat Stemper
President-Elect – Vacant
1st Vice President – Helen Hertneky
2nd Vice President & Programs Coordinator – Vacant
Recording Secretary – Carol Anderson
Corresponding Secretary – Sharon Phelps
Treasurer – Sue Auer
Assistant Treasurer – Karen Macke
Membership – Barb Baker
Parliamentarian – Judi LaPointe
Committees and Other Positions
Arts Department – Jeanie Burchardt
Yard of the Month – Carol Anderson & Jeanie Burchardt
Scholarships – Beverly Lee
Food Pantry and Operation Smile – Helen Hertneky
Festival of the Arts – Mary Vogel and Linda Seifert
Trivia Night – Carol Schuett and Cheryl Thomsen
Style Show – Henrietta Garlock and Helen Shimon
Garden Tour – June Perkins and Mary Jane Kamber
Book Sales – Barb Baker
Calling Committee – Isabel Ladwig and Carol Schuett
Sunshine – Lynne Uttke
Birthday Celebrant – Isabel Ladwig
Nominating Committee – Helen Hertneky
Budget – Sue Auer, Theresa Custer, Pat Stemper, Beverly Lee and Sally Schoenborn
Historian – Helen Hertneky and Jeanne Burchardt
Website – Theresa Custer
Facebook – Theresa Custer
Publicity – Jeanie Burchardt
Newsletter – Jeanie Burchardt
Ladie’s Night Out – Lizzie Bauer
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