President’s Message August 2021
Many of us are starting our 2021-2022 year with a feeling of renewed appreciation for community life, after a year of isolation due to the pandemic. I have reflected on how the events of the past year have changed our Club dynamics and noticed how we have continued on and even improved during this adversity. Our membership contains a group of resilient women with a purpose, worthy goals and a mission – to give to our community and to be of service to its residents.
Beyond service however, we recognize that social support of our membership is also critical. This past year we have learned how to take time for each other whenever possible. Members are/and have been encouraged to bring new ideas and perspectives to our Board, to expand the club’s community involvement and awareness, and to have fun while ensuring our club is vibrant, strong, and welcoming to all.
To our members: I hope that you find enjoyment and inspiration in what we are doing, and please know that I always look forward to your ideas, questions and comments.
To the Community: I hope that you individually and/or collectively continue to benefit from our programs and efforts and that you will consider joining and/or participating in our numerous community projects.
Please let me know how I can support you all, and I hope that you will think about ways that you can support The Women’s Club of Caldwell (WCC).
With Unity, Commitment, and Passion,
Women’s Club of Caldwell
July 22,2021….August 2021
The Collection Boxes are out for needed Food Pantry Supplies
WCC FOOD COLLECTION BOXES for the Caldwell Food Pantry have been placed at :
The Caldwell and West Caldwell Libraries
The Food Pantry needs:
- Kid’s Snacks,
- Juice Boxes
- Coffee / Tea
- Canned Fruit
- Pasta in a can
- Canned Veggies
- Kids Cereal
- Paper Towels/ Toilet Paper…
Please provide what you can to help support our neighbors.
*A Special thanks to Frances Larkey of the Caldwell Library who created the flyers for our summer food collection effort . Thanks Fran! 🙂
June 26, 2021
The school garden has looked wonderful this June. The new paths and the top soil have made a huge difference. Thanks to the Kiwanis, Women’s Club of Caldwell, Master Gardeners, Green team and Kevin Mackin, who all donated or helped in some way make it look so good.
Community-wide Collection for the Month of May 2021
The Women’s Club of Caldwell is collecting used eyeglasses and eyeglass cases to be refurbished by the Lions’ organization and distributed to people in need in low and middle-income communities. Your or your child’s old eyeglasses can help a child read, an adult be successful in their job, or a senior maintain their independence. Collection boxes are located at Caldwell and West Caldwell Public Libraries. (The Caldwell Library’s hours are M, T & Th: 10AM – 1PM & 2PM-5PM, W: 2PM-7PM, and Sat.: 10AM-2PM (Fri.-Closed.) The West Caldwell Library’s hours are M & W: 9AM-7PM, T., Th, & F.: 9AM-5PM, and Sat. 9AM-Noon.)
For more information about this collection, please email Carol at healthwellness@
Thank you for your donation!
Interesting Information about Women’s Club activities in our State and the power of united women for a cause!.. ENJOY
A generation before they had the right to vote, women from the Women’s Club of Englewood had the foresight to campaign to close the quarries on the Hudson River and preserve the natural beauty of the cliffs along the Palisades. Watch this short 3-minute video about the creation of Palisades Interstate Park and the Women’s Federation Monument
Blizzard Bags for the Caldwell Food Pantry were collected During the month of February 2021 (and will continue to be collected throughout the winter season). The intent of the blizzard bags is to support those who have difficulty getting out of their homes to shop.
Thank you all for helping to keep our community fed!
Healthy Habits (January 2021)
Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness
During the monthly meeting in October 2020, member Carol Crump made a presentation about women’s breast cancer awareness. The presentation was very informative and packed with information that all women should know.
We have included the power point here for those of you who would like to refresh or for those of you who happened to miss this special event.
AN OUTREACH FOR ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS MONTH
On November 11, 2020 Diane Nestor-McMahon (c0- president of the WCC) delivered the items collected for Operation Chillout to the storage and packing facility in Washington, New Jersey.
Operation Chillout is New Jersey’s all volunteer Veteran Outreach program assisting homeless men and women veterans of NJ.
Thanks to the generosity of our community and our Caldwell and West Caldwell Libraries we collected 42 pairs of socks, 5 sets of thermal underwear, 4 outer garments, 5 pairs of gloves, 29 knitted hats and two $10 Dunkin Donuts gift cards for Operation Chillout. The Women’s Club of Caldwell also contributed $200 as an additional donation for the purchase of backpacks and thermal sweatshirts.
All of the donations were greatly appreciated. – A special Thank You to our community for your support of this endeavor.
Mask Making and Deliveries
Over the past few months our club has been very busy sewing and reaching out to our community organizations in order to provide needed, hand made masks in order to help protect these communities during the Corona-19 virus pandemic.
As of May 26, 2020 We have delivered the following:
Mountainside Hospital – 82 masks
Crane’s Mill- 115 masks
Marion Manor – 30 masks and 15 Thinking of You cards
St John’s Soup Kitchen- 30 masks
and our most recent delivery West Caldwell Care Center 50 masks and 15 Thinking of you Cards.
WCC Making Masks for Mountainside Hospital
April Executive Board Meeting Highlights
At the Executive Board meeting of the Women’s club of Caldwell held on Monday April 6, 2020 two resolutions were passed that will positively impact our local community. The Women’s Club of Caldwell will be donating $500.00 to the West Essex First Aid squad and $1000.00 the Caldwell Food Pantry. It is hoped that these funds will help to ease some of the challenges that each organization is facing during this current pandemic.
The club is actively involved in making protective face masks for use by organizations in our local community and neighboring organizations.
WCC Donates to the Borough of Caldwell Department of Human Services
On February 13, 2020, a few members of the Women’s Club of Caldwell were happy to gather at the Borough of Caldwell – Department of Human Services to present a $5,000 donation to the Local Assistance Board – Welfare Fund.
Program Director Maria Burak explained, “The Local Assistance Board (LAB)- Welfare Fund – relies on donations to help local citizens in emergencies. We’ve had an increase in applications this winter and this donation will help a lot of people. Thank you to the members of the Women’s Club of Caldwell for the generous donation.”
Women’s Club of Caldwell has been serving the community for over 100 years.
Pictured from left Jeanette DePalma WCC Communications, Carol Crump and Nancy Howley WCC Civic Engagement and Outreach, Alicia DiMonte WCC Vice President, Diane Nestor-McMahon WCC President LAB member June Cowell and LAB Director Maria Burak. (Photo credit: Janet Markman)
After the Borough of Caldwell consolidated the General Assistance program with the Essex County Program in 2011 the Local Assistance Board continued to help local residents in need. In addition to the Welfare Fund the LAB established the Caldwell Food Pantry in 2009. The fund is used to help people who are in times of trouble and have no other place to turn. Funds help people who do not qualify for the traditional social service programs. Most of the referrals come from local schools, churches and police departments. LAB Volunteers review letters from applicant’s regarding their needs, and the applicant’s plan of action before deciding to help or not. The LAB – Welfare Fund depends on contributions to help Caldwell citizens in emergencies. For more information or to donate to the Welfare Fund, please contact Maria Burak at 973-403-4623 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin Luther King Celebration
On January 20, 2020, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service our club, in cooperation with the West Caldwell Library, ran a community service project making fleece hats and scarves for children and women in need at Oasis in Paterson. Individuals from the public and club members cut out and sewed sets of hats and scarves in a variety of sizes (toddler to adult medium). A total of 38 hat and scarf sets and an additional 33 individual hats were made. Each hat or hat and scarf set was bagged and labeled with the size. Thank you to the volunteers and to the West Caldwell Library for providing the room and sewing machines for volunteers to use.
Donated Nightlights for the Court Appointed Student Advocacy Program (CASA)
Jane Mackey. Liberty District VP of NJSFWC is thankful to the women who donated nightlights for CASA. Women’s clubs in the area have also been collecting backpacks, sweat suits, art supplies, Boxtops for Education and sewing kits.
Thank you for your efforts.
The NJ Assembly and Senate have passed the bills authorizing release of funding for the Grover Cleveland Visitors Center and Governor Murphy has signed them as of today. It is believed that your calls and messages helped encourage this outcome. Thank you for your efforts.
Read for the Record
On December 4th, the Women’s Club of Caldwell held a “read for the record” event in cooperation with the West Caldwell Library. Michelle, who runs the story hour at the library, settled the children with a song then Fran from WCC, read the book, Thank You, Omu!, to them. Afterwards, they did a craft put together by Fran and received a certificate from the Women’s Club of Caldwell, naming them as participants in the Read for the Record event. It was a fun hour.
Day of Service – Embrella
Women’s Club of Caldwell members traveled to the Upper Montclair Women’s Club on Saturday, November 16, to help sort items for Embrella, the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Club’s Day of Service project. Embrella, formerly Foster and Adoptive Family Services, is the leading statewide advocacy agency for foster, adoptive, and kinship parents in NJ. Women’s Clubs throughout New Jersey held local collections of personal care items, sheets, towels, and school supplies, which will be distributed by Embrella to college students who have aged out of the foster care system. The Upper Montclair Women Club hosted the collection site for clubs in the Liberty District, where club members sorted and boxed items for delivery to Embrella.
A group of six women from WCC volunteered at Oasis, on October 28th. The club sponsored the lunch and the WCC women served it.
Oasis is an organization whose mission is to change the lives of women and children by breaking the cycle of poverty through compassionate programs designed to feed, clothe, educate, and empower women and children in need. Check their website for more info. and opportunities to volunteer: https://oasisnj.org
Jefferson Elementary Garden
Phyllis Kent along with other master gardeners from our club, created and maintain this beautiful garden. She also regularly engages with students in interactive educational experiences.
Members of our conservation committee beautified the triangle at Brookside and Westville Ave. which our club maintains. The Coneflowers now in full bloom
Diane Néstor McMahon, president of WCC with Marla Higgenbotham, executive director of CASA of Union. Members of the Liberty District collected over 150 beach towels for the children to use at summer camp.