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Christmas in the Mansion – November 10-12, 2017 – Featuring unique arts and wares presented by local artisans in addition to decorated holiday wreaths, miniature trees and basket raffle. Beautifully decorated Christmas trees, designed by local florists, will be on display along with a lighted village and electric trains.

11/10/17 – 6-9:00 p.m. – Christmas in the Mansion Adult Evening Reception. Hors d’oeuvres from 6-8:00 p.m., refreshments, including complimentary wine and beer, Jeff Gibbens Trio performing. $20.00/pp. Call 450-3199 with credit card information or send check, made payable to the Woman’s Club of Erie, 259 West Sixth Street, Erie, PA, 16507. Tickets also available through Eventbrite .

11/11/17 – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Tour seven beautifully decorated homes and businesses including the Woman’s Club of Erie as part of the Erie Philharmonic’s 2017 Holiday Tour of Homes. Each location, selected for its unique design and craftsmanship, will be decorated for the holidays by local florists. Light refreshments and entertainment at the Woman’s Club.

11/12/17 – Noon – 4:00 p.m. – Tour seven beautifully decorated homes and businesses including the Woman’s Club of Erie as part of the Erie Philharmonic’s 2017 Holiday Tour of Homes. Each location, selected for its unique design and craftsmanship, will be decorated for the holidays by local florists. Light refreshments and entertainment at the Woman’s Club.

11/14/17 – 6-8:30 p.m. – Dinner Speaker Series – Topic – “Remembering Our Valued Veterans and Service Members” – presented by Mary Jane Koenig, Regent, DAR, and James Hertner, US Marine Corps, Vietnam Veteran, Pro-Reality Real Estate Agent. RSVP – 844-3175, $15.00/pp.

12/13/17 – Bus Trip to The Lion King – $189.00/pp includes dinner, show and visit to Pierce Arrow Museum. Limited orchestra seating tickets. Contact: 873-9603

Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority Supports Clubhouse Preservation Efforts

Treasurer Marci Cashman, Grant Writer and Member Melinda Meyer, and President Judy Husted attended September 14 news conference at the Erie Zoo for the purpose of receiving the good news that the Woman’s Club was chosen as one of the Community Assets Grant recipients. The grant award of $6,522 will be applied to the tuck-pointing estimated at $21,480.00 for the Clubhouse.

Pictured left to right are Gary Lee, Erie County, Dave Sample, ECGRA Board, Treasurer Marci Cashman, Member Melinda Meyer, President Judy Husted, Mike Paris, ECGRA Board, Ashley Lawson, Gannon University, and Perry Wood, ECGRA Executive Director.

Erie Gives 2017 Presentation

Special thanks to all those who supported The Erie Community Foundation’s Erie Gives Day and The Woman’s Club of Erie on August 8.  Through the generosity of our donors and that of GE Transportation, Erie Insurance, Presque Isle Downs & Casino and The Erie Community Foundation, The Woman’s Club of Erie, Inc. received $10,012.58 from Erie Gives. All monies will be used for the Raise the Roof Campaign.

Pictured left to right, Deborah W. Murphy, CFP, Woman’s Club President Judy Husted and Mike Batchelor, Erie Community Foundation President

Raise the Roof Campaign

Nine  (9) years ago, the Woman’s Club of Erie began a gradual repair and replacement program on the roof of their 125-year-old clubhouse, the former Davenport and Winifred Galbraith mansion located at 259 West Sixth Street.  The mansion was built at a cost of approximately $60,000.00.  Located in the historic area on West Sixth Street between Perry Square and Gridley Park, it was selected and given “Significant” status in September 1984.

Initially, Northwest Restoration, Inc.  was hired and began repairing the channels and internal gutters (that run in the eaves), and replacing missing or broken red slate tiles.  The red slate tiles are harder and more durable than the more commonly used gray slate, thus more expensive.

To date, the north facing section of the roof has been completed and 80% of the eastern side at a cost of $40,000.00.  To complete the remaining southern and western portions of the roof estimated at $200,000.00, the Woman’s Club of Erie has initiated a “Raise the Roof Campaign.”  To date, $60,000.00 has been raised through events and donations.  Anyone interested in contributing to the Raise the Roof Campaign can send their tax deductible donation made payable to The Woman’s Club of Erie to:

The Woman’s Club of Erie
259 West Sixth Street
Erie, Pennsylvania  16507
 

A cardboard miniature of the mansion created by Steve Giewont and decorated by Lainie Addessi is on display and available to receive roof donations.  Individuals can sign a paper tile and adhere it to the roof of the miniature.

Cardboard House

A Brief History of the Organization

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. GFWC members are in every state and more than a dozen countries. Their goal is to promote civic involvement in their communities, advancing education as well as preservation of the arts and culture all the while promoting healthy lifestyles.

The GFWC owes its beginnings to Jane Cunningham Croly, a professional journalist who in 1890, due to her gender, was denied admittance to a dinner at an all-male press club honoring Charles Dickens.  This spurred her to form the famous women’s club, Sorosis – a “centre of unity” that had neither a charitable nor socio-economic purpose, but sought “collective elevation and advancement.” As women’s clubs began forming across the country, they became a center of educational advocacy and a sort of college for older women who wanted to learn.  Croly formed the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1890, to support clubs throughout the nation and further their efforts at providing education, improved working conditions, health care, scholarships and other reforms.

Today the GFWC boasts over 100,000 members.

Among the many accomplishments of the GFWC are:

  • Founding more than 75 percent of our nation’s libraries
  • Developing Kindergarten programs in public schools
  • Working for food and drug regulation
  • Leading the drive for emergency relief support for efforts from World War I

The Woman’s Club of Erie is a 501c3 philanthropic organization that aims, through its various fund raisers, dinner and speaker series, to improve the lives of women and children in the Erie community.

The Woman’s Club of Erie began in 1897 and was federated in 1898. Since its beginnings, the organization has been a champion  to numerous civic causes in the Erie community, i.e., the  founding of the Visiting Nurses Association and the Erie Unit of the American Cancer Society in 1945,  donating to the Juvenile Diabetes foundation, Shriner’s Hospital, the Second Harvest Food Bank, House of Healing, Erie DAWN, Erie Zoological Society, Inner-City Neighborhood Art House, The Humane Society of NW PA, The Caring Place and Safe Net–a temporary shelter for abused and displaced women and their children–just to name a few. The mansion, purchased in 1921 from Winifred Galbraith, who was also a Woman’s Club member, is currently utilized as a meeting place for members.