We are a group of diverse women from all walks of life bound together in the spirit of fellowship and volunteerism to make a difference in our communities and our lives.
FOCUS: ARTS, EDUCATION, CONSERVATION, HOMELIFE,
PUBLIC & INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Our Beginning 1940's
Our club was organized on March 14, 1939 and federated into the NC Federation of Women's Club(GFWC-NC) and the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) in the same year.
During the 1st year, club members sponsored a flower show with all proceeds, $25, given to the Mooresville Public Library. In 1940, the club gave $12 to Mooresville High School Music Teacher, Miss Scott, to be used to start a music library. Next, establishing a recreation facility and playground was the main focus of the club. fund raisers for this purpose included flower shows, box dinners, concerts, fashion shows and card parties. In 1941 the club won a $5 prize in a statewide competition among Women's clubs for conducting the best survey of industry in its community.
In 1943 club members organized a teenage club, and in 1946 they organized a club for juniors. this club adopted the name Junior Civic League and consisted of women under 35 years of age. In 1948 a pre-teenagers club was established with the club sponsorship. A Civic Town Planning Council was organized and later known as the Recreation Committee.
In 1947-48 books were purchased and donated to the Mooresville Public Library. We sponsored a local Girl Scout to attend the Juliette Lowe Camp in Georgia for four weeks of leadership training and $1000 was contributed to the Catawba Valley Girl Scouts. Five-thousand pamphlets on VD were distributed in South Iredell. Also booklets dealing with child care from infancy through age 6 were made available to new mothers. Also that year a public health nurse was hired with the club donating three months of salary with an additional two months salary secured from other sources.
Finally, on November 11, 1948, ground was broken for construction of the Mooresville War Memorial Community Building.
The Junior Civic League furnished the Pine Room, and the Mooresville Woman's Club donated the trophy case in the early 1950's. in 1954, the club also donated $200 for the War Memorial Swimming Pool Project. In 1955 Mrs. Lutell Sherrill Williams gave the Mooresville Woman's Club the Harris property on South Main Street; the property was later sold with the provision that the new owners build a motel.
In 1958 The Mooresville Woman's Club and the Junior Civic Keague were actively involved in "the Mooresville Plan" which included refurbishing store fronts and otherwise updating Mooresville's Main Street business district. Money was also donated to the local high scool towards a guidance program.
The club contributed $2,400 in 1960 for town leaders to attend the "All America City" award ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona. A $50 donation was given toward the War Memorial Tennis Courts building project. In 1962, our club won $1,500 from GFWC and Sears for the best Community Service Project of the year. In 1963, the club donated $1,000 toward recreation for the black community. Also that year, plants and other flowers we planted in the downtown business area at a cost of $383. In 1965, the club voted to donate $107 to the War Memorial to fix the doorstops. The Woman's Club and the Junior Civic League organized and raised money for a foreign student exchange program, bringing the 1st student from another country to attend high school in Mooresville. In 1967, strengthened by earnings from a savings account and by loans repaid to the club, we donated $12,000 toward building an addition to the War Memorial. The following year, benches were purchased for the hospital at a cost of $101.
In 1971 the two clubs made 28 contact to invite doctors to visit and consider Mooresville as a place to live and practice medicine. In 1973, with many Junior Civic members "aging-out," the Service Social Club was organized to meet the needs of those members unable to attend lunch-time meetings. The two groups agreed to meet at least once a year to share reports on activities and services, and to make plans for the upcoming year. In 1978, the Service Social Club began preparing and serving food during the pre-Christmas Working Fingers Festival held annually at the War Memorial. Each year art festivals were held for local high school students and club members, with local winners going on to the GFWC-NC district and state competitions. Club members also held district and state offices for the GFWC in the 19070's.
A Juniorette Club was organized in the 80's, but later failed as soon as the members graduated from high school. In 1984 a medical fund drive earned $1,332 for a student who needed a bone marrow transplant. The club also conducted bicycle rodeos in the late 80's and early 90's.
In 1999 the organization gave the War Memorial $10,000 for renovations and repairs in time for the 60th anniversary.
The 2000's & Forward
In 2000, with membership of the senior club decreasing, and its remaining members agreeing to meet at night, the members of all clubs became the now current name of Mooresville Woman's Club.
Since 2004, the organization has hosted an annual Charity Luncheon and Silent Auction as our major fund raiser for each year. We've used many theme and venues and entertained as many as 130 women with fashion shows, music and comedy. It has continued to be a big success each year despite the downturn in the local economy. With a steady support from our community sponsors, businesses, and guests our organization has been as to support all local club functions, GFWC-NC district and state events and also assist many local area charities and organizations with these proceeds. Some of these local organizations we've supported include Belarus Children's After School Project, Boys' and Girls' Home of NC, Catawba Valley Girl Scouts Council, Children's Safety Fair, Covenant Disciple, Deal Care Inn, Dove House, Brian Center, Genesis Elder Care, Heifer International, Hospice of Iredell County, Hurricane Katrina victims, Iredell County Back to School Bash, Iredell County Concert Association, Iredell county Foster Children's Lonely Hearts Fund, J. Iverson Riddle Center, Kind New Subscriptions for local Elementary schools, Lake Norman Children's Relief Student Scholarship Fund, Local and State Art Festivals, Mowandi Books Program, Mooresville Pregnancy Crisis Center, Mooresville Soup Kitchen, Mooresville Public Library, My Sister's House, Relay for Life, Special Olympics, Victory Junction Gang and more GFWC-NC supported organizations and scholarships.
We have also awarded an annual Mooresville Woman's Club Memorial Scholarship of $750 to a graduating senior from he local high school area who excels in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, and community service. We have also been pleased to host an "off-you-go shower" for the scholarship winner to send them off to college with a load of needed supplies. The winner of our scholarship is eligible to compete for the GFWC-NC Sallie Southall Cotten Scholarship at the District and State levels; it is worth a total of $24,000.
This Summer of 2012, North Carolina hosted the International GFWC Convention in Charlotte, NC at the Westin. Several members have volunteered their time and attendance to be table hosts for the NC State Night Gala Dinner. Attending the banquet on June 13th were Carolyn Brawley, Mary Brawley, Evelyn Ronan, Heidi Sawyers, & Kelly Stutts. All NC attendees decked out in black cocktail attire with a beautiful Carolina Blue pashmina wraps to show off our sky blue pride and set us apart from the crowd. It was a wonderful night, with delicious food and new friends from all over the country meeting together to celebrate that "Nothing Could Be Finer" than to be in NC this week at convention. Out of town guests visited the Mint Museum, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Discovery Place and more.
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