CHENOA — The Chenoa Women’s Club celebrates its 80th anniversary this month, because it all started on March 24, 1941.
“Some women with a bridge club and a few of their friends got together, discussed the women’s club and decided to start this organization,” said club member Mary Jo Krall.
The Chenoa club tries to help in the social and intellectual development of the members and supports community projects. The group meets once a month from September to May at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church Hall.
“Any woman is welcome in the community or the surrounding communities,” Krall said.
A business meeting is usually followed by a guest speaker.
Some of Chenoa Women’s Club’s community efforts include helping with community beautification, providing Thanksgiving baskets to those in need, breakfast with Santa, a bake sale in conjunction with the community sale, organizing a city directory and 4th of July ice cream. . All profits from this evening are donated to the 4th of July committee.
Other club initiatives include May yard sales, Easter egg hunts, support of the Scott House Chenoa Room, and donations to the library and pantry. Help is also available to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and the local 4-H club.
“We provide some support for the elementary school library and after-school program,” Krall said.
With a membership of around 50 women, the club usually has at least 25 or more members at its monthly meetings. Ages vary from oldest to youngest members.
The annual Chenoa Women’s Club blood drive is scheduled for March 24 from 3-7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. Blood is currently needed, according to Krall.
“Blood doesn’t last for months and months,” Krall said. “It’s limited.”
In fact, one unit can save the lives of up to three people. A whole unit can be separated into red blood cells, platelets and plasma, which means it can be used for different purposes. Donors must be 17 or older, but can donate at age 16 with parental consent.
“We could definitely use new donors if someone is willing to help those in need,” Krall said.
Appointments are preferred and can be made by visiting Impact Life online or by contacting Krall via email at [email protected]
The club is organizing a new event this year called “Through the Garden Gate”. The garden tour is self-guided and will include eight gardens in Chenoa. Be on the lookout for posters around town.
“Tickets will be $15 and the day is Saturday, June 25. It’s 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” explained Elizabeth Easley, a member of the Chenoa Women’s Club.
Checks for the garden tour can be mailed to Chenoa Women’s Club, PO Box 103, Chenoa, IL 61726. Tickets are available at Chenoa’s Pharmacy, Blessings from Above, Verclare, Crossroads Café, and Butler’s Pantry.
Chenoa Women’s Club