The Exeter Woman’s Club has touched nearly every aspect of life in Exeter throughout its 90-year history. Their efforts brought the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to town, they laid the foundation for Exeter’s library, provided shade at City Park for nearly every city event and some of those reading this are here today because of their efforts to support various health related projects and programs through history.
More recently the club has focused its efforts on restoring and upgrading its Clubhouse, a wonderful venue for small events, meetings and gatherings during the year. Newly elected President Rosemary Hellwig said the historic building has been completely renovated inside and out, with the exception of possibly a new kitchen, and the club is now turning their attention to outreach.
“Our past president, Sara DeJager, did an excellent job of getting the building up and running and keeping the club going in the right direction,” Hellwig said. “My goal now is to do more outreach in the community.”
Hellwig said she wants to take the club back to its roots as a social center for working women in Exeter. She said she will start by hosting a “Coffee and Conversation” at 9 a.m. on Saturdays at Wildflower Café following their monthly meeting. Since the club meets on the second Tuesday of each month, its first Coffee and Conversation was held on Sept. 15
“When the club began it was invitation only, but we are a much more open group now,” Hellwig said. “Women are busier now, so we are still a social club, but one with a purpose.”
That purpose includes raising money for two, $1,000 scholarships each year open to Exeter Union High School seniors. The club raises money for the scholarships and to maintain its Clubhouse through two major fund-raisers in December. The first is the Christmas Home Tour and the second is the Nutcracker Ball.
“These are great events that give everyone an opportunity to have a lot of fun and raise money for a good cause,” Hellwig said.
The Exeter Woman’s Club meets at 11:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at its Clubhouse, located at 201 N. Kaweah Ave. in Exeter. For more information about the Woman’s Club, call President Rosemary Hellwig at 799-3641 or the Clubhouse at 592-6738. You can also learn more about the club by visiting www.exeterwomansclub.com.