Brookline Women’s Club celebrates boost in membership

Courtesy photo Brookline Women’s Club members, third row, from left: Amy Tate, Karen Rezzarday, Christine Raymond, Caryl Fossnes, Joyce Hegarty, Bonnie Redd, Charlene Lavey, Diana Loura; Second row, from left: Lynn Powers, vice president; Miranda Terry, president; Holly Conroy and Anita Rubinstein Angel, treasurer; First row from left: Ashley Shannak and Kalee Gwarjanski, secretary.

The Brookline Women’s Club was established in 1992, and since then it has created some of the trademark events that the Brookline community has come to enjoy and look forward to, such as Breakfast with Santa, the annual Easter Egg Hunt and The Blueberry Bash.

In October 2016, the Brookline Women’s Club membership was at an all-time low, there was no executive board, attendance at events was rapidly diminishing, and there was little-to-no interest from women in the community to join. One of the remaining members posted to the Brookline Community Facebook page that they will be shutting down the club after 24 years of community service.

A few new community members saw the post and asked if there could be just one more meeting to see if the club could be rejuvenated. As word spread throughout social media, women in the community created a buzz about the club. At that meeting, 20 women were in attendance and all of the executive board positions were filled. Fast forward five months to today. We are excited and proud to say that we currently have over 30 members who are eager and motivated to bring the Brookline Women’s Club to the forefront of our community.

Under its new leadership, The Brookline Women’s Club has already introduced new events such as the ornament decorating before the town tree lighting, the First Night Pizza Party and a Valentine shopping event called What Woman Want Marketplace. We are trying to preserve club and community traditions while putting a renewed spin on traditional events. The club’s community service project this year is a makeover for Brusch Hall. We plan on giving the space a fresh new modern look that all community organizations can enjoy.

The BWC is not just all about work! We have also been hosting Ladies Nights for members and friends including a Paint Night at Wild Salamander Art Studio in Hollis, and a Ladies Firearm Night at Granite State Indoor Range in Hudson. Our next ladies night is bowling at Leda Lanes in Nashua. The club has women of all ages and interests working together to contribute to the wonderful town of Brookline while creating friendship through community service.

We hope that more ladies will consider joining Brookline Women’s Club and help us continue to serving the Brookline community and local charitable causes. Please come to a meeting and see what we’re all about! Meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month at Brusch Hall on Main Street (located at the rear of the Brookline Chapel). Annual membership dues are $30 and $15 for seniors.

– Submitted by

Miranda Terry BWC President