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Community Service Since 1907 MAY 2012 FROM THE PRESIDENT What is it that motivates over 200 people to volunteer to work the Nearly New Sale? I‘ve been told by many people that their volunteer experience was fun! It’s an opportunity to spend time with friends, have some laughs, and meet some new folks all while working for a good cause. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that workers get first crack at looking for some great clothes at ridiculously low prices. Before the doors opened for the workers’ sale, the line snaked all the way down the stairs and into the lower level of Tracy Hall. I am not sure how many people realize what goes into making the sale such a great success. Long before the sale opens, volunteer coordinators create a work schedule, send out e-mails and make phone calls to enlist people to help set up Tracy Hall. Volunteers are needed to inspect and consign clothing, hang, fold and display the merchandise, work the sales, and help take everything down. There are signs to be made, advertising to be placed, money to be accounted for and consignors’ checks to be paid. When all is said and done, it is as if we open a store for a single weekend, twice a year. And as soon as the sale is over, the Nearly New Committee is busy planning ways to make the next sale even better. I have so much admiration for the dedication of the Nearly New subcommittee chairs, all of who have been at their posts for many years. First and foremost, of course, is Elaine Waterman. As chair of this event for the past eight years, ways to upgrade the sale and the profits are never far from her mind. Fearful of leaving someone out, I will just offer a great big thank you to all the women who have dedicated a chunk of their lives to the success of the sale. So I go back to my first question, “Why do they do it?” They surely don’t do it for the big bucks they get. But I suspect they do it because the bucks are going to help so many people get the education they need and deserve. And helping the Norwich community be a better place for all of us is central to the existence of the Women’s Club. Arline NWC CALENDAR Coffee at the Norwich Inn Third Mondays 5/21/12, 10-11am 6/18/12 10-11am Museum of Fine Arts 5/15/12 Bus leaves Huntley Meadow at 7:30am Returns at 5:30pm NWC Board Meetings: Mondays Norwich Public Library at 6:30pm 5/14/12 (at Arline’s) MEMBERSHIP The notices for next year’s dues – $15, unchanged - will be mailed to all members shortly (our fiscal year runs from June 1st to May 31st). We’d be most grateful if you would pay promptly: your dues cover the Club’s fixed costs such as rental on its post office box and website. Remember also that your dues entitle you to discounts on the Book and Author lunches and the Museum trips! If you have friends who are thinking of joining, I am happy to answer any questions: or 802-649-2662– or check out our website. Sophia Crawford, Membership Chair

2012 May Newsletter

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