Lutz Woman’s Club continues its tradition

By Christine Wolstenholme

  

The GFWC Lutz/Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club had its fifth annual flag waving on Sept. 11, to commemorate those lost on that day, as well as the troops that are still fighting over seas.

The tradition took place in front of the Sun Trust Bank on State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes from 9 to 10 a.m.  In the afternoon, they moved in front of the Old Lutz School on US 41 from 4 to 6 p.m.

“We had a good turn out,” says Barbara Nicholson, president of the Woman’s Club.  “A great many of the people driving, honk and wave.  I think it helps them remember.  It makes you feel like you participated in something that supports our troops and keeps fresh in people’s minds the people who lost their lives and those who still suffer from 9/11.”

In Land O’ Lakes about 12 people participated and in Lutz there were about 35.  The Lutz Patriots, who wave flags in front of the Old Lutz School every Friday, also joined.  “They are a group of people who feel the need to keep the memory of 9/11 alive and have a method of showing our troops support,” Nicholson said.  They have sent about 5,000 boxes of goods to troops.

The Woman’s Club is a service organization dedicated to our community and raising money for charitable purposes.  The club tends to the diverse needs of the community through hands-on service, funding, education, leadership and friendship.

It began when a group of women from the Lutz/ Land O’ Lakes area were invited to meet at the Civic Center in Bullard Park in Lutz in February 1960.  They met to discuss the possibilities of organizing a Woman’s Club, the club was chartered and it soon became part of an international organization, the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs.

They participate in Relay for Life, in both Hillsborough and Pasco Counties.  They also walk in Strides Against Breast Cancer, and they participate in the Special Olympics.  The club also gives out scholarships to graduates in the local community and sponsors a youth writing contest.

Nicholson “is proud to be a member of the club.  We support our local community, as well as statewide, national and international charities.  It’s a terrific organization and there’s something in it for everyone in terms of what we do.”

Upcoming events for the club include the Bike Rodeo on Oct. 20 at Lutz Elementary School.  “Kids can bring their own bikes and they are given a new helmet, horn or bike light, says Marilyn Wannamaker, a member of the Woman’s Club since 1999.  “They go through cones and learn how to ride safely.  Professionals also check the bike wheels and seat height for safety.”

The club is also hosting its 28th Annual Lutz Arts and Crafts Festival on Dec. 1 and 2.  The festival will be held at Lake Park on 17302 N. Dale Mabry Highway, on Saturday from 10-5 p.m. and on Sunday 10-4 p.m. 

There will be over 250 venues featuring arts and crafts and food.  “It’s a wonderful place to come and Christmas shop.  It’s very well known and extremely well run,” Wannamaker says. 

The Woman’s Club meets on the second Thursday of every month, and they alternate between Lutz and Land O’ Lakes.  They meet at the Lutz Community Center on 101 First Ave. or at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center on 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.

Among the crowd at the flag-wave on Sept. 11 were a few members of the GFWC Little Women of Lutz.  The Little Women of Lutz is a similar club for girls 12-18 years old who participate in service events in the community.  They meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Nye Park Community Center located at 630 Sunset Lane in Lutz.

To join a club contact Lorraine Dabney at (813) 996-7286.  Or for more information visit http://www.gfwc-lutz-land-o-lakes-womans-club.org

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One Response to “Lutz Woman’s Club continues its tradition”

  1. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    didnt see this article at first… this is extremely well written-to the point, gives the most important stuff at the beginning. I learned everything i needed to know in the first 2 to 3 paragraphs. definitely worth publishing.
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