Women’s Club of Altoona begins new term

Courtesy photo Officers for the Women’s Club of Altoona include (from left): seated — Trustee Mary Jane Hammers, Vice President Rosemary Lobre, President Jennifer Cacciotti, Corresponding Secretary Anne Dixon and Treasurer LuAnn Hallinan; standing — Trustee and retiring President Robin Beck, Recording Secretary Christa Williams and Assistant Treasurer Jacklyn Lantzy.

President Jennifer Cacciotti and the members of the Women’s Club of Altoona began the new term Sept. 3 with a picnic at Highland Park, Altoona.

The picnic is not only to welcome back club members, but especially to thank and salute those non-members who volunteered to assist the club with one of its major fundraisers, manning concession booths at the Curve organization for a number of baseball games.

Joan Camberg and Jean Lane have taken the lead since the club first applied to the Altoona Curve for concession stand fundraising.

This year, some of that large responsibility was shared by Helen Cramer, Penny Chlebowy, Mary Jane Hammers, Nancy Hogue, Wendy Long, Carol Makdad, Amy Misera, Nancy Moore, Cindy Psaki and Jeannine Treese, among others.

The club continues to work with many local organizations.

WCA members started their first project ahead of the club year: The Teen Shelter planned a Yard Sale in August to fund its outreach programs.

Women’s Club members helped to guarantee the success of the sale by donating items and baked goods.

Members helped with set-up and clean-up, as well as worked at the sale.

Wendy Long chaired the event for the Teen Shelter Committee.

Jeanine Fagley announced that the Bridge Flights Fundraiser began Sept. 8 and will end on Monday.

Club members donated an array of snacks served each week.

The Caring Committee helped with bingo at Maybrook Hills Sept. 26. Committee members ran the games, supplied the prizes and assisted individual residents with their bingo cards.

A Club Committee, headed by Deb Wedge, supports the Mountain Lion Backpack Project. The committee will begin by labeling all the backpacks. Packing the bags with food for students to take home begins in October.

President Cacciotti and Secretary Williams are new to the executive board.

As retiring president, Robin Beck became a trustee, joining Trustee Hammers.

Vice President Lobre, Secretary Dixon, Treasurer Hallinan and Assistant Treasurer Lantzy were all re-elected to two-year terms.

The Women’s Club of Altoona is open to any woman over the age of 18 interested in improving the community.

For more information, prospective members should contact any member or call the clubhouse at 944-6341 and leave a message.