At the recent installation and awards luncheon of the Arlington Woman’s Club, the assembly hall decorations were a blast from the past — the ’50s to be more precise.
Reflecting the theme of newly installed President Judy Duke — Rockin’ and Rollin’ with AWC — the stage was flanked by a juke box, and women in poodle skirts and bobby socks were seen in the crowd.
The crowd of more than 200 erupted in laughter as former President Martha Stallings officiated the clever ceremony declaring each officer duly installed with concluding remarks such as “right on” and “groovy.”
Taking home the prestigious AWC Award was Helen Bailey for her remarkable service spanning three decades. Delouris Wages received the Cooper Award that honors service to both the woman’s club and surrounding community. The President’s award is annually presented to a non-member for exceptional support to the club, and that honor was bestowed on John Pokrifcsak for his role in orchestrating a fundraising concert featuring Van Cliburn finalist Alexey Chernov.
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Outgoing president Becky Lucas received an honorary life membership and parting gifts presented by Duke. “Thank you for your calm and gracious leadership,” Duke said. New officers serving with Duke are Carolyn Jolly, Elouise Perry, Johnette Tingley, Nancy York, Vicki King and Marian Corey.
In a recap of the year’s fundraising efforts, Philanthropy Chairwoman Carolyn Morgan presented a check for more than $27,000 to The Women’s Center, this year’s designated beneficiary, and announced that fundraisers also added nearly $8,000 to the AWC scholarship fund.
Chrisee Huffman, development officer for The Women’s Center, gratefully accepted the donation and said the money will help the agency continue programs in the Arlington location that provide counseling for victims of sexual abuse, assault and mental illness.
Local entertainers and retired educators John and Sara DeMore performed 50’s and 60’s-era tunes as each officer was installed, harmonizing on such songs as “It’s My Party” for the officer in charge of programs, “Please Mr. Postman” for corresponding secretary and “I’ve Got You Babe” for the president.
New officers and directors ended the ceremony with a rousing rendition of the twist. In charge of the event was Carolyn Jolly.
As Duke takes the reigns of the 550-member organization that focuses on service and education, she recalls her Midwestern roots that taught her faith, patriotism, family and fun. “I learned early on that we are destined to help others,” Duke said.
Learn more about the organization at www.awctx.org.
Events at a glance
▪ Junior League of Arlington will host two Open Houses for Prospective Members, one on Thursday and another on July 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Center for Community Service, 4002 W. Pioneer Pkwy. Women interested in learning more about the organization and meeting existing members are invited to attend. To inquire, call 817-277-9481 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ Timeless Concerts Scandanavian show is June 20 at 8 p.m. at South Street Patio, 400 E. South St. The music of Ola Gjeilo and Norwegian composers Grieg and Sinding will be played. Don O’Neal is featured vocalist. Dancing and more music follow the concert. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar is available. Tickets range from $15 to $29. Reserve at www.timelessconcerts.com or call 817-303-4189.
▪ “Downsizing Made Easy” seminar is today at 2 p.m. at the Eunice Activity Center located at 1000 Eunice St. Downsizing experts Ingrid and John Sullivan will give suggestions to help seniors consider plans for a home and lifestyle requiring less maintenance and allowing more freedom and recreation. The seminar is free. To inquire, call 817-635-1043 or visit www.SeniorDownsizingExperts.com.
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