The North Branford Women’s Club, Inc. (NBWC) was founded in 1960 as a result of interest in the North
Branford Welcome Wagon activities. In an
effort to extend our commitment beyond the local community, a Certificate of
Membership into the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) was received on
February 9th, 1961. GFWC is one of the
world's largest and oldest women's volunteer service organizations. It works locally through thousands of clubs
in the United States
and globally in more than 20 countries to support the arts, preserve natural
resources, promote education, encourage healthy lifestyles, stress civic
involvement, and work toward world peace and understanding. Hence, our
motto is: “What one person cannot do
alone, can be accomplished by group cooperation.”
Our club meets from September thru May generally on the second Tuesday of each month at St. Augustine Church Hall at 30 Caputo Road in North Branford. It begins with a business meeting, followed by a guest speaker and refreshments. Some program topics have been: “How to Get Rid of Clutter”, “Women’s Heart & Health”, “Restaurant Reviews”, Game Nite, “Gardening” at Van Wilgen’s. The Club has approximately 40 members from North Branford, Guilford, Branford, Northford and Madison.
A few of our committees are: Arts & Crafts, Community & Public Service, Education, Publicity and Ways and Means. These committees sponsor activities, programs and fundraising events throughout the club year.
As a civic organization, the NBWC raises money to fund projects in support of the town of North Branford and surrounding communities. Most notable we co-founded the North Branford Scholarship Association and the NB Senior Center and continue to support them.
Our schedule of fundraising events are: October 19th, 2013 - Lake Gaillard Walk/Run-A-Thon, November 15th, 2013 – Military Whist Card Party, March to May 2014 – Spring Flower Sale and April 25th, 2014 – Military Whist Card Party.
Ø For our local community
o Donate to the North Branford Food Bank based on their most needed items
o Adopt a family for Thanksgiving and Christmas providing them with gift baskets.
o Support the North Branford Senior Center by baking and donating handcrafted items for their Holiday Fair.
Ø Volunteers visit Branford Hills Health Care Center and Evergreen Woods several times a year and host a Bingo activity or Music Program for their residents.
Ø February is NBWC Adopt Midnight Run month for which we provide bagged lunches. This is a program for the New Haven homeless sponsored by the North Branford Congregational Church. Also, we donate socks, toiletries, etc. throughout the year.
Ø Collect soda can tabs and donate to Ronald McDonald House in New Haven.
Ø Donate toiletries to the Battered Women’s Shelter.
Ø Honor our veterans through the Rocky Hill Veterans Home & Hospital with donations of calendars, clothing, and signed cards for Veteran’s Day, Christmas, mid-winter & summer, as well as, participate in their Secret Santa Program.
We are a very active and busy group of women. Please come and join us. We always welcome new members. Our first meeting of the club year will be on Wednesday, September 11th at 7:30 p.m. in St. Augustine’s Church Hall on 30 Caputo Rd., North Branford. The guest speaker will be Lynn Riordan from Matt’s Mission. If you have any questions, please contact Betty at (203) 484-4883.