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August 29, 2012

Women's Club of Cooperstown gears up for new year

The Daily Star

The Daily Star — The Women’s Club of Cooperstown will begin its 2012-13 year with its annual salad luncheon at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Christ Church Parish House on Fair Street in Cooperstown. Those attending should bring a dish to pass and their own table service. Dessert, rolls and beverages will be provided. Club members are encouraged to bring prospective members as their guests.

Following the salad luncheon, Mark Simonson, a columnist who appears in The Daily Star, will present a program on “Glimpses of Otsego County in 1922.”

This year the Women’s Club of Cooperstown will be led by President Martha Grossi, Vice President Mary Margaret Kuhn, Recording Secretary Regina Palmer, Corresponding Secretary Jan Jock, and Treasurer Mary Griffin. Directors for the club this year will be Pat Duncan, Annegrete Barnum, Susan Newman and Dianne Kull.

Additional programs for the year will include in October, “Travelogue of Iceland,” presented by Claire Kepner; in November, “Hyde Hall Happenings,” presented by Jonathan Maney; in December “The Story of St. Nicholas” presented by Paul Kuhn; in January, “The History of the German Club,” presented by Emory Herman, M.D.; in February, “Current Issues Before Local Government,” presented by Trustee Lynne Mebust; in March, “Genealogy,” presented by Hon. Anne Pratt Slatin; in April, “It’s Bridge! It’s Scrabble! It’s the Cooperstown Women’s Club Game Day!” and in May, the annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Otesaga Hotel.

The group will continue to support the Cooperstown Food Bank. Each month members are encouraged to bring to the meeting a nonperishable food item or a monetary donation for the food bank.

The Helen N. Hale Scholarship, given each year by the Women’s Club in memory of long-time Cooperstown Central School mathematics teacher and former president of Women’s Club, Helen Hale, is awarded to graduating seniors at Cooperstown Central School who plan to continue their education.The 2012 winners were McKayla Fay and Olivia Powers.

The Mabel Atwell Drama Award was established by the Women’s Club in memory of long-time Cooperstown Central School English teacher and former president of Women’s Club, Mabel W. Atwell. Besides teaching English, Atwell was a long-time director of CCS dramatic productions. The award is given each year in her memory to a graduating senior or seniors for outstanding effort in the area of dramatic performance.

In addition to its philanthropic work, the Women’s Club of Cooperstown also sponsors the Garden Discussion Group, the Literary Discussion Group and the Meadowlarks, a group that makes holiday tray favors for residents of Otsego Manor. Membership in the Women’s Club of Cooperstown is open to all. More information on membership is available by calling Pat Duncan, membership chairwoman, at 264-3258.