The 25 members of the Women’s Club of Spring Grove go nuts at this time of year. Well, really, they “go pecans” would be more exact.
Now celebrating its 80th year, the current annual pecan sale is the way the women raise funds for their many projects – from the spring and fall flower urns on Main Street to providing scholarships for students at Spring Grove Area High School to supporting the Glatfelter Memorial Library in town.
The club was founded in 1940 when Gladys Koenig invited 12 women to her home to launch a club. They later joined the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.
It was a different time back then: women were not as prominent a presence in the workplace as they are today and when they were usually identified through their husbands’ names.
Joyce Stambaugh, a former president and longtime member of the Women’s Club, filled in some of the history of the organization that has become so much a part of Spring Grove.
At its most active, in 1985 the club had a membership of 75. One woman has been a member since 1957.
Across 80 years, the Club has sponsored a Brownie Troop and Girl Scout Troop (1948), established a clothing bank for students in need, launched an American Field Service Foreign Exchange Student program, opened a Thrift Store (1978), and helped to fund a liver transplant for a local teacher (1988).
More recently the organization has made dolls for Operation Smile and collected books for Toys for Tots, and supervised the playground at the York Revolution stadium five times a year from 2012 through 2019.
Joyce notes with pride the main focus has been on “support of the Glatfelter Memorial Library and the yearly scholarships at the high school” and now the Harvest of Hope food pantry.
With the community in mind, the club has recently donated eight GPS units and five baby pulse oximeters to the fire companies in the Spring Grove School District service area.
Fundraising is now focused on the seasonal sale of 12-ounce bags of pecans at $10 a bag. The club sold 240 bags last year to help fund their contributions to a number of community organizations.
Individuals interested in purchasing the bags of pecans and helping the club continue its man community projects can order the nuts by emailing email@example.com.
As the club states in a media release, “We are mothers and daughters, business and community leaders, and women of diverse interests, talents and backgrounds – all united by a dedication to community improvement through volunteer service.”
It has been that way for the past 80 years.
With its history and involved and active membership, the Women’s Club and Spring Grove have a lot to look forward to in the future.
Gordon Freireich is a former editor of the York Sunday News. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.