Roswell Woman’s Club exudes compassionate volunteering

Club serves North Fulton for nearly 70 years

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The 2017-18 officers include President Cheryl O’Donnell, First Vice President Laura Jones, Second Vice President Manuela Myrich Davis, Third Vice President Marty Johnson and Fourth Vice President Melany Shaffer.
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Since 1977, the Roswell Woman’s Club has disbursed over $2,100,000 to local students.
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Holiday Party 2016

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 26

Where: Council Chambers, Roswell City Hall

Who: Candidates for Mayor of Roswell

Questions: Questions from Roswell residents may be submitted in advance to Candidatequestions Questions may be submitted in person until 7 p.m. at the event.

For almost 70 years, the Roswell Woman’s Club has served North Fulton through educational scholarships and grants, human services, cultural arts, historical preservation and urban improvement.

The club’s current President Cheryl O’Donnell joined in 2005 and set a personal goal to make a positive and personal difference in the community.

“I had two young daughters at that time and I wanted to set a good example of what it means to be a compassionate volunteer,” O’Donnell said. “An unexpected benefit was the wonderful friends I made along the way, both in the club and within the organizations supported by Roswell Woman’s Club. That’s truly my greatest gift.”

The nonprofit service organization works to benefit the communities in which they live and work in the greater North Fulton areas, she said. The 200 members accomplish this through hands-on involvement, volunteerism in the community and monetary contributions through fundraising.

Of those members, 104 have been with the club for more than 10 years. One member, Helen Owens, has been with the club for 52 years.

First Vice President Laura Jones said she joined the club to give to the community she is proud to live in. But she said what she received is far greater than she could ever hope to give.

“My joy is in witnessing North Fulton’s growth into a community that all residents can proudly call home, an opportunity to make life-long friends and participate in the growth and preservation of our North Fulton community,” Jones said. “I have received far greater than I can ever repay. I’m grateful to be a member of Roswell Woman’s Club.”

The group supports and is involved in various projects, with its community service committee one of the largest in the club. Projects include decorating Bulloch Hall, volunteering for Foster Care Support Foundation’s Prom-a-Palooza, as well as working with the Drake House, Groveway Community, Homestretch and North Fulton Community Charities.

The club has remained a non-federated organization, desiring to remain completely independent in their decisions to support local students, schools and charities, O’Donnell said.

“Since 1977, the Roswell Woman’s Club has disbursed over $2,100,000,” O’Donnell said. “Each year, deserving local area high school seniors receive college scholarships, and local education and nonprofit organizations receive grants. Annual disbursements from our fundraising efforts are given back to the community during a formal Gift Disbursement Ceremony, typically held in May.”
An annual fundraising event provides funds for the club’s monetary distribution to the community, she said.  In the past, a Showcase Home Tour was the signature event.

Most recently, the club has ventured into new territory with the 2013 “Rockin’ Roswell CHAIRity Event” and the 2015 and 2016 Mardi Gras Balls.

This year, Marty Johnson, third vice president, announced the inaugural Holiday Home Tour Nov. 4, featuring five homes in the heart of historic Roswell, showcased and adorned with holiday decor by local floral and home interior designers. Sponsorship opportunities are new this year, and Johnson expects online tickets to sell out quickly.

“I was initially attracted to the club because of its wonderful reputation and rich legacy of serving North Fulton,” Johnson said. “Not only does the club provide time, talent and resources, the club is full of ladies with giving hearts. These women are givers in every sense of the word.”

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