Hidden in historical charm and amazing delights is The Des Moines Women http://www.desmoineswomensclub.com/ 's Club.
The History of Des Moines Women's Club:
"FOUNDED IN 1885 BY A SMALL GROUP OF COMMUNITY-MINDED WOMEN. IN APPRECIATION OF THE CLUB'S RICH HERITAGE, CURRENT MEMBERS SHARE THE CONTINUED COMMITMENT OF THE EARLY MEMBERS TO PRESERVE http://hoytsherman.org/ HOYT SHERMAN PLACE AND ITS VALUABLE CONTENTS FOR THE ENJOYMENT, EDUCATION AND ENRICHMENT OF THE PUBLIC.
COMMITTEES FUNCTION THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO PLAN AND IMPLEMENT THE MANY CLUB ACTIVITIES. MEMBERS EXERCISE THEIR TALENTS AND CREATIVITY AS THEY PLAN INFORMATIVE PROGRAMS, FUND RAISING ACTIVITIES, SPECIAL LUNCHEONS, AND CARD PARTIES. THE CLUB AWARDS SEVERAL SCHOLARSHIPS EACH YEAR AND SPONSORS AN ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION WITH CASH AWARDS TO BOTH PROFESSIONAL AND NON-PROFESSIONAL AREA ARTISTS"
Find out more on the Des Moines Women http://www.desmoineswomensclub.com/club-history 's Club History Page CLICK HERE
Last year at the Art Exhibition I found out for the first time since living in Des Moines, that the Art Exhibition was not only hosted at Hoyt Sherman, but put on by the Women's Club and had been for years. I was intrigued by this great organization and wanted to know more. A month or so later, I attended a Moxie Lunch there and again was reminded of how The Des Moines Women's Club was a part of the event and how much they do for the community to enrich the lives of others.
Fast forward to this year, February, I happened upon the Des Moines Women https://www.facebook.com/dsmwomensclub 's Club Facebook Page and left a little message about my interest to join. Lorna Truck, who is in charge of the page, reached out to me and invited me to be a guest at one of the luncheons and to come to a program.. The day I went, History of the Pearl button in Iowa, was the topic. Being a seamstress and a lover of fashion, this of course intrigued me. Loran was very kind and has now since become a good friend in and out of the club.
The following Thursday I had a booth at Smart Talk Connected Conversation for Women (These are like Ted Talks for Women), and met Jane Bowlin, a longtime member of the club. Jane was very informative, knew a lot about Hoyt Sherman and was very kind, sincere and a great example of the club members. Jane handed me a pamphlet about the club and told me all about the programs and committees. One of which was the Archives Department. Being a former Genealogist, I was further intrigued. Jane also has now become a dear friend.
After arriving home, I logged on and promptly joined by entering my information on the form and sending it in to the club via email. The next day I received a response and the following Wednesday I showed up as a New Member!
I have only been there this year and am quite new to the club, but I feel as though I have been a member forever. The ladies are fun, unique, intriguing and have so much history, knowledge, wisdom and happiness in their characters. Speaking of characters, this club has quite a few. Each one with their own stories to tell and amazing unique qualities about them!
I promptly joined a few things to sink my teeth into. One being the Archives Committee! We are currently tending to old records, minutes, pictures etc that we are now cataloging and indexing. I also joined the Choir Committee where we recently sang Old Irish Song for St. Patrick's Day! I also volunteered to help out at the Art Sunday Tea and the Gallery Night for the Art Exhibition. I had such a blast. When they told me they needed help with putting cookies on a tray and keeping the tea and coffee refilled for the Sunday Tea, I thought, well that seems easy. Ironically, it is quite a busy task. The best part was the ability I had to get to know these women by volunteering with them, side by side, as a representative of The Des Moines Women http://www.desmoineswomensclub.com/ 's Club. When they asked if I would come back the following Friday to help out with Gallery Night, I excitedly exclaimed "YES!" One would think making sure cheese and fruit looked well on a tray would be mindless; however, it was far from that. I learned that each year they make sure the tray looks clean, and like It did the year before or better! In addition, I again, was able to really get to know the ladies well. This was all just from volunteering! I wasn't even on the committee, yet found that volunteering was the best way to really get to know the members and should you join, I highly suggest it!
If you want to do something for you, not for your business, not for your brand, not because you need one more networking, but to take care of you, your soul, your heart, your mind and to enrich your life, then The Des Moines Women's Club is definitely the place to do that. I highly encourage women of ALL ages to join the Women's Club or in some way be a part of this great club and organization.
Do it for YOU! You won't be sorry! You will be glad and happy and will wonder, why you didn't do it sooner!
To call, visit, or join contact the Des Moines Women's Club
The DMWC also happily takes donations
. Mystery Dinner Theater is Friday April 10th this year (Must call or come in to Hoyt Sherman to purchase tickets for Mystery Dinner)
. Plant Sale deadline is March 25th. Pick up Plants May 10th. Order http://www.desmoineswomensclub.com/s/2015-order-form.pdf
. Program for April is available Here http://www.desmoineswomensclub.com/new-page-2/
See You at Women's Club!! . XoXo~TrishaTrixie
"Trisha Trixie" Hunter is a Fashion Designer & Blogger as well as Vintage Inspired Model
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