Women’s club gets facelift

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COLUMBIANA — A club with a rich history in the city is looking to form even more community partnerships and increase membership.

The Columbiana Women’s Club recently completed a minor facelift to the historical home at 121 N. Main St., which is where the club operates from.

The facelift included all new curtains, seat cushions, rugs, pictures and clocks, although they remain in line with the Victorian era-style of the home.

“We tried to upgrade it to make it prettier,” club member Pat Tingle said.

The home was donated to the club more than 60 years ago by Helen Buzzard and is used for the club’s reading, garden and bridge clubs, and the Lunch and Learn events, which are open to the public.

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The home is also available for rental by both members and non-members for bridal showers, graduation parties, family parties, and even direct sales, like Pampered Chef.

It seats 36 people and rental fees include use of the home’s napkins, crystals, tables, and use of the kitchen.

Fees are set at $75 for up to 24 guests, $100 for 25 to 34 guests and $125 for 35 and up. A $50 deposit is also required.

“It’s a very reasonable rate for an event in kind of a different atmosphere,” Tingle said.

Tingle and club member Vaughn Musser said that for non-direct sales, the in-house resident will set up in preparation for rentals and also perform clean-up afterward.

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Those hosting direct-sales parties are responsible for their own clean up.

The club is hoping to develop even more of a base among the city, although they recognize that times aren’t the same as they were years ago when it was first formed.

At that time most members were stay-at-home moms, Tingle said.

Some members over the years included Musser and current member Kathy Reash’s own mothers.

Musser and Reash are continuing the family tradition of participation in the club, and hope other mothers and daughters get on board to see what the club offers.

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“I had my bridal shower here, and baby showers here. Lots of good memories,” Reash said.

The club is currently at 75 members, with the average age ranging from 27 to 90 years old.

“We are looking for people who want to share their lives,” Tingle said.

To join, membership is $15 for a year, and members are asked to volunteer for the club’s various events.

The women said the Lunch and Learn events are a great opportunity for the public to get a look into the club and what it has to offer. Reservations are required to attend, with fees set at $7 for members and $10 for non-members.

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The next Lunch and Learn is scheduled for Sept. 11 and will focus on aromatherapy. Another one is scheduled for Nov. 13. The event begins at noon and is usually done by 2 p.m.

Men are also welcome to attend the Lunch and Learn events, they said.

The club is also trying to attract more members through opening up the house free of charge to non-profit organizations.

“We are trying to think of ways to reach out as a service to the community,” Tingle said. “We have a nice facility if people want to use it. We want people to know we are here.”

Due to being a private organization, the club is not eligible to receive grants, so many fund raisers are held throughout the year, including garden tours and through box lunches that the club supplies to area businesses mainly during Springtime in Columbiana.

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The club also hosts a Women of the Year event, which spotlights women who have made a contribution, they said.

Women honored by the club in the past include the late Vivian Mahon and Janet Tatman and Miriam Hutson.

The club can be reached by calling 330-482-2832. More information about the club can also be found on Facebook.

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