Our place in the community
As we move forward into the 2018/2019 club year, I think about what the GFWC Apopka Woman's Club means to the Apopka community. We truly are a "service organization". Every year we give out scholarships to 6 Apopka and Wekiva seniors to help them further their educations.
We also give a scholarship to a local woman returning to school to advance her education. We support several children's sports teams, food banks, cancer centers, and abuse shelters, as well as our police department, fire department and the City in various ways.
Other commitments to the City of Apopka include Halloween in the Park, where we have a decorated booth and pass out candy to the trick or treaters, our members participate in the annual Christmas parade, several members sing Christmas carols at area nursing homes and we adopted a road where we pick up trash on Park Avenue between 441 and Votaw road twice a year.
In April, at our 57th Art and Foliage Festival, we unveiled a new bronze plaque to replace the old one that hangs in the gazebo at Kit Land Nelson Park. Our past president, Lori Schweitzer, spent many hours and expended a lot of energy to find someone to replicate the old plaque that was within our budget.
The Apopka Woman's Club was instrumental in the building of the gazebo. During a brief ceremony, one of our longtime members, Stella Swanberg, spoke about the project and brought pictures to show the progress of the work. The next time you are in the park, please stop at the gazebo and look at the plaque and think about all that it means to the community. The gazebo has hosted many
weddings,birthdays, and social events. It is the centerpiece at our Art and Foliage Festival.
I would like to invite all women in the area to come to a general meeting, and meet our members. See what the GFWC Apopka Woman's Club is all about. We work hard for our community, but we also have fun doing that work. Our members are some of the
finest women that I have ever had the honor to work with and call my friends. I can tell you that the feeling of accomplishment is one of the most heartwarming feelings I have ever felt!