By Julie Bronemann, Mill Creek Women's Club Publicity Chair.
What do you think the Mill Creek Women’s Club has been up to lately? Impressively, at the December 18, 2014, Membership Meeting/Luncheon a record-breaking, gigantic $31,780.00 check was proudly presented to the YWCA representatives attending: Senior Regional Director of Snohomish County, Mary Anne Dillon-Bryant and Regional Community Affairs Coordinator, Luanne Kunz. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Women’s Club Annual Auction in November were directly contributed to the YWCA Pathways Children’s Domestic Violence Program with no overhead cost deduction.
Our Women’s Club helps support the Pathways Program through auctions, raffles, donations, and volunteering. That same day 50 Crock-Pots and many bags of non-perishable food were also donated to aid women and children in Pathways emergency housing without cooking facilities.
The YWCA reaches over 1,000 women annually in Snohomish County regardless of age, race, or faith and provides essential services to promote self-sufficiency, reduce violence, and eliminate racism.
Someone has noticed what we have been doing… The Mill Creek City Council, along with former Mayor Mike Todd, on their behalf and that of the citizens of Mill Creek, recognized and honored Mill Creek Women’s Club at the December 10, 2013, Council meeting.
THE PROCLAMATION: “FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND DEDICATION TO ENHANCING THE LIVES OF WOMEN IN OUR COMMUNITY” was read by Council Member Donna Michelson as she presented the award with Kathy Nielsen, also a Council Member. As Women’s Club was commended for true dedication and making a difference in the lives of women, President Judy Cromwell responded, “We really are here not only to enhance the Women’s Club and Pathways for Women, but also to enhance Mill Creek itself. We get our name out there as much as we can to support our city.” She and Past President Susan Mayer accepted the Proclamation and thanked the city for their support. What an amazing tribute!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! It has been 30 years since a small group of 12 Mill Creek women gathered to form a women’s group, and look how far we’ve come! In celebration, at the January 15 meeting/luncheon, along with a beautifully decorated cake and festive floral centerpieces with party hats, nine past presidents were our honored guests and we thank all of them and the ones unable to be with us for their service.
A special thanks to Dullain Erlich for reading aloud the Proclamation from the Mayor. Also on this day, Rita Newberry shared the history of the stunning antique hats she displayed, as well as providing some fashionable handmade ones for purchase. We appreciate local author Amy Hatvany, sponsored by University Bookstore, for speaking and sharing at the February 19 Meeting/Luncheon.
On January 21 our first Social of the year took us to the University Bookstore where engaging, knowledgeable staff members suggested great fireside reads, and then we were off to the Rusty Pelican Café as owners Peter and Marilyn Limberopoulos generously hosted a fabulous wine, appetizer and dessert soiree. It was an out of this world event! Those toasted coconut cupcakes were to die for! They serve breakfast anytime, have some wonderful Greek influenced items amongst their delicious menu, and CATER! A few of us peered longingly through the next door window of Mill Creek Sports to catch a thrilling glimpse of Seahawk Richard Sherman signing autographs! Please remember to support all of our local businesses.
Valentine’s Day brought an opportunity for Club members to tour four Pathways facilities, and many observed the Temporary Housing Facility in Lynnwood, Somerset Counseling Center in Lynnwood, Trinity Place Apartments in Edmonds, and Working Wardrobe in Everett. We are grateful for the visit.
“Steel Magnolias” at Wade James Theatre in Edmonds was a pleasing way to spend a Sunday afternoon for many members on February 23. Other Socials to come are a trip to the Seattle Premium Outlet Mall and Tulalip Casino on March 26. Following a no-host lunch at the Ram Restaurant, you can shop, shop, shop or “Do you feel lucky?” Head over to the casino to “Win some money!” The final Social this Spring is May 7 when we attend a Culinary Event And Wine Pairing at Albert Lee Appliance in Lynnwood. Cooking, eating, and drinking…sounds good to me!
Programs at Membership Meetings/Luncheons to look forward to are the March 19 Fashion Show featuring Chico’s, White House Black Market, and Soma. Our own lovely ladies will be modeling!
On April 16, Snohomish County Executive John Lovick will speak about Home Safety. There will be a Vendor’s Trade Show, and trade your “old reads” for new ones at the Book Exchange.
Finally, May 21 brings Jon Robert Throne from Countryside Floral and Garden for “flower fixes,” demonstrations, and questions.
“DO SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY.YOUR COMMUNITY IS WAITING.” The INSPIRE LUNCHEON, the YWCA’s very special fundraising event will be on May 1 in Everett with New York Times Best-selling author of “WILD,” Cheryl Strayed as keynote speaker. All members of Mill Creek Women’s Club are encouraged to attend.
We have grown to over 160 remarkable, energetic, fun, friendly women who would love to have you join us if you live in the Greater Mill Creek area and are committed to enhancing our community through friendship and philanthropy. Go to www.millcreekwomensclub.com or call Membership Chairs: Sue Ramsey at 425 385-2016 or Judy O’Loughlin at 425 338-0990. Annual dues are $30 and we meet monthly September through May at the elegant Mill Creek Country Club.
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