Wednesday, August 20, 2008

ABC for Kids

August is an action packed month for the YWCA! On Wednesday, August 20th, families flocked to Haggart Hall to pick-up vouchers at our annual school supply distribution. Board members Elaine Miller and Lois Steese review this year's guidelines before the rush begins. Miller, chair of the project, estimates that over 400 children and parents will be able to shop for the tools students need for a successful school year. Thanks to the generosity of the Alliance area community including the Greater Alliance Foundation for helping kids to start the school year off right!

Friday, August 15, 2008

The Apple Dumpling Gang

If it is August, it is time for dumplings! Once again this year, you could find the YWCA Apple Dumpling Gang at Carnation Days in the Park selling coffee and apple dumplings with our signature sauce. Chair Lesa Felger along with YWCA staff member, Deb Charleston, rallied this year's "gang" of 40 plus volunteers over the four day event to work together to sell 120 dozen dumplings to benefit women, children, and seniors. There was also plenty of time to renew friendships, meet new volunteers, and, during a slow period, even knit a stitch or two.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Three Blind Mice Golf Scramble

This year's annual YWCA Ladies Carnation Scramble, our 13th, honored the memory of three local women golfers, Betty Rennels, Hazel Tolerton, and Melba Cook. Newly married, the three woman all set up housekeeping on Ridgewood. Over the years, they gathered to walk with their young children and talk. They soon discovered they had common interests. They loved to golf, and all were active in our YWCA. As their children grew, the woman took them along to the golf course. Somewhere along the way the friends were affectionately dubbed "The Three Blind Mice."

On 8-8-08, we gathered at the beautiful Tannenhauf Golf Club to honor the memory of the Three Blind Mice, three great friends who enjoyed each other's friendship for many years and really enjoyed a good game of golf. On hand to join in the celebration were Honorary Chairs, Judy Tolerton (Betty's daughter and Hazels's daughter-in-law) and Corrine Hirvela (Melba's daughter).

This year's scramble had a special twist. After playing 18 holes, golfers were invited to try their skill and luck at making a putt while blindfolded after a little spin by Dottie Callender, the Chair of the event. Teammates assisted by verbally lining up the shot. Winner of the game was Lynn Dezelon, who received a basket of goodies any "mouse" would enjoy.

Thanks to everyone who made the scramble a success including our event sponsor, Terry's Tire Town, and the three lovely women who enjoyed a lifetime of friendship.