LARGO - The first meeting of the season for the General Federation Woman's Club of Clearwater took place at Royal Palms on September 11. Focus of discussion at the luncheon was the group's upcoming "Name Your Game Party & Luncheon" on Saturday, November 9.
The event is one of two major fundraisers planned this year. The second is the Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show at Belleair Country Club on February 8. Proceeds enable the club to support various charities in the community. They include the Women on the Way program at St. Petersburg College, Hacienda Girls Ranch, Hope Lodge, ROCK (Reaching Out to Cancer Kids), Boggy Creek Gang, Lighthouse of Pinellas, Canine Companions for Independence, Clearwater Free Clinic, RCS Food Bank, The Haven of RCS, Special Olympics, One Voice for Children and Fostering Hope Florida.
The club originally known as the Woman's Club of Clearwater was founded in 1914 and federated that same year by the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Its purpose was "to have a general interest in the community, in activities in the sphere of woman's work and in the charitable and educational life of Clearwater". Meetings were held at different locations until 1932, when Kiwanis donated a building at the corner of Seminole and Osceola to the club. Members moved the meetings to the Clearwater East Library in 1987 and in recent years have been meeting at Royal Palms in Largo.
Patti Cain was installed as president for 2013-2014 at the end-of-the-year Appreciation Awards Luncheon in May. Other officers who will serve with her are Debra Wear, 1st vice president; Cynthia Duncanson, 2nd vice president; Louise Iori, recording secretary; Joan Fine, corresponding secretary; Debbie Schmidgall, treasurer; and Tammy Harkins, financial secretary. Directors are Pat Longacre, Caroline Brown, Becky Burton, Tammy Harkins and Dawn Ingrassia.
General meetings are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Royal Palms, 200 Lake Avenue NE. Programs with guest speakers are featured. Persons interested in joining the club may call 771-6812 for more information.