The members of the Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club are celebrating 50 years of service to the community. The club’s many positive contributions to individuals and the community since its founding in 1966 cannot be measured.
Some of it can be seen at 50th Avenue North in the Garden by the Sea, created and cared for by the club members in conjunction with the City of Myrtle Beach. Club members plant flowers for the seasons and decorate it for the different holidays. Parents take their children there to be near the ocean and play on the playground equipment. The club sells pavers to place there in memory or honor of a person, adult or child, or for a pet or some other reason. The pavers are 100.
Because these women work hard at fundraising and many individuals and businesses in the community respond to their efforts, they can help in many ways. “Our girls are very good at soliciting donations,” said Ceil Whitney, president.
The club donates annually to over 20 charities, organizations, and special needs within the community. They include Helping Hands, Look Good Feel Good, Backpack Buddies and Help 4 Kids, the Grand Strand Animal Hospital, New Directions, Fostering Hope and more.
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Whitney said the club’s donations of three canine officers to the Myrtle Beach Police Department is something that makes every member proud. “It’s such a good feeling to be able to do that for the community,” she said.
To purchase a dog, pay for his or her training, and for some training of the dog with his/her future human partner costs $8,500, Whitney said.
The Woman’s Club is now working on getting the fourth canine for the Police Department. The first canine the club purchased about 10 years ago is waiting for his replacement and getting ready to retire, Whitney said.
Every Year, the club gives scholarships to a female student at four local high schools and gives other scholarships.
This year, since they heard that many police officers and firemen take courses online, they are giving $1,000 scholarships to a Myrtle Beach firefighter and a police officer.
The Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club has fundraisers throughout the year. It is currently raffling three Mother’s Day baskets valued at $1,564.00, $1,150.00, and $1,010.00. “We have put together three wonderful baskets,” Whitney said.
Tickets can be purchased for $5 each or five for $20 from any member or by calling Whitney at the number below.
The Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach Fire Station on 38th Avenue, North. Women of all ages are welcome to join.
For more information, call Whitney at 957-5323.
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