Geneva Lake Women’s Association inducted a new Board of Directors on April 1, 2019 at an induction ceremony at Calamari Restaurant, Williams Bay. Francesca (Missy) Sell assumes the president’s position after serving as Parliamentarian for the past year. Missy replaces Kathy Papcke who will now serve as Parliamentarian.
Also elected to the Board were Marie Williams, Vice President; Janelle Mroz, Secretary; Georgia Ichen, Treasurer; Aimee Rasmussen, Internal Director; and Brenda Hausner, Membership Director. The Board will lead the non-profit organization as it enters its 55th year of service to Walworth County.
Geneva Lake Women’s Association is celebrating a milestone in our amazing history. This year marks the 55th anniversary of our incorporation into a service organization. Back then, we were known as the Lake Geneva Jaycettes and were affiliated with the Jaycees. Changes at the national level led us to change our name in 1985 to the Geneva Lake Women’s Association, but our mission remained the same. To help those in our community in need.
As we celebrate this 55th anniversary, we’ll be sharing with you some of our historic photos and documents. This is our 1985 Welcome Packet. It’s a nice summary of our history and lists some of the many projects we were involved in. You’ll notice, we still host many of the same service projects and contribute to many of the same charities.
Thank you to our many supporters and members who have kept GLWA moving forward all these years. We couldn’t have done it without you. Please feel free to share your photos and memories with us. Just email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Geneva Lake Women’s Association has been raising funds, raising hopes, and raising spirits for nearly 55 years in Walworth County. We invite you to join us at our New Member Drive on Tuesday, October 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Geneva Lake Brewing Company.
The women involved in our organization come from all backgrounds and all walks of life. Together we help charities in the area through fundraising, volunteering, and supporting the important work that they do. And we have a great time doing it, too.
You may have seen us at events like Venetian Days and Victorian Christmas. We also host our own events, including Ladies Day Luncheon, Safety Town, and the Children’s Art Show. If you’ve been wondering what we’re all about now is your chance to find out.
The GLWA Ladies Day Luncheon has come and gone, and it was an amazing success. Ladies Day Luncheon is our biggest fundraising event of the year. The money we raise goes directly to help numerous charitable organizations in Walworth County, and to help us put on events like the Children’s Art Show and Safety Town.
Thanks to the support of the nearly 190 women who attended the luncheon and took part in the raffles and auction, we are able to continue our mission to raise funds, raise hopes and raise spirits.
Thanks, too, to the many donors who helped make it all possible:
Bangles & Bags
The Boathouse of Lake Geneva
The Bottle Shop
Brick & Mortar
Champs Sports Bar & Grill
Chuck’s Lakeshore Inn
Cornerstone Shop & Gallery
Daddy Maxwell’s Diner & Café
Forget Me Not Flower Market
Four Lakes Athletic Club/FLAC
Frontier Flowers of Fontana
Geneva Lake Museum
Geneva National Resort & Club
Gordy’s Boat House
Kilwins Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva Canopy Tours
Lake Geneva Cruise Line/Gage Marine
Lake Geneva Opticians
Morgan’s & Co. Fine Picture Framing
Senator Stephen Nass
Overland Sheepskin Co.
Paper Dolls Home Furnishings
Pesche’s Greenhouse, Floral Shop & Gift Barn
Donna Marie Pinner
Sammy’s On The Square
Stephen and Leslie Schroeder/Schroeder Pottery
Chinawest Jewelers of Lake Geneva have donated a beautiful necklace and pendant to the Geneva Lake Women’s Association Ladies Day Luncheon.
The stunning piece of jewelry will be a featured raffle item with only 100 tickets available to purchase. Each ticket costs $20 and can be obtained during the luncheon on October 1, or prior to the event by contacting a GLWA member.
The pearl necklace and pendant is valued at $845. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn during the Ladies Day Luncheon.
The Geneva Lake Women’s Association successfully coordinated a major “Diaper Drive” in July of 2018, collecting 1430 diapers!
In Walworth County, Wisconsin, an estimated 44% of families suffer from food insecurity and intermittent hunger during year. According to the 2016 US Census Survey, there are 989 children under 5 years old living at or below the poverty level in our community.
Disposable diapers are a critical need for a family and for babies. An insufficient supply of diapers can cause a family to spiral deeper into poverty and distress. Most childcare programs require parents to provide diapers, so parents without sufficient diapers cannot leave their children in childcare to attend work or school.
Most Americans who have not faced this struggle do not know the problem exists. Many do not realize that funds received under federal programs such as “SNAP” (formerly known as ‘food stamps’) and WIC cannot be spent on diapers.
The efforts of the Geneva Lakes Women’s Association, along with other local groups, have assisted the Walworth County Food Pantry to form a new division, The Walworth County Diaper Bank to focus exclusively on providing disposable diapers to those in need. The National Diaper Bank Network recognized The Walworth County Diaper Bank, http://nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org/ as a member partner in August 2018.
There is no other Diaper Bank in Walworth County and The Walworth County Diaper Bank’s goal is to partner with other local agencies in need of diapers to become a reliable source, not only to the parents who visit the pantry, but to include agencies who have clients in need.