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125 years of making a positive difference in Chautauqua

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"The Women's Club: The Heartbeat of Chautauqua"

This is a must-see video of 125 years of history of the Chautauqua Women’s Club. In celebration of this very special anniversary year, Barbara Vackar, former CWC President, and Betsy Martin, former board member, collaborated to produce this video highlighting the past and the present. It will be shown June 23, at Season’s Greetings and at the two Life Member Celebrations, July 6 and Aug 4.

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And the Beat Goes On... 125 Years

It is hard to imagine a world with-out instant messaging, automobiles, or even indoor plumbing, and no one ever sought to be “gluten free” in 1889. Yet the Chautauqua Women’s Club has been meeting since that year, starting with a focus on educating women and furnishing the fellowship that assists individuals to grow both personally and professionally.

This season we celebrate 125 years of making a positive difference in the Chautauqua community. A new video has been developed to illustrate that history. Barbara Vackar took on the challenge to marry historic footage of early Chautauqua with new film of current Women’s Club activities. In “The Women’s Club – Heartbeat of Chautauqua”, a drum beat depicts the developing CWC spirit from early “camp” meetings, through formal lectures and programs, and then to last season’s Young Women’s Club “drumming” event. The film presents our core beliefs while spotlighting the tremendous effect the CWC has on today’s Chautauqua community. The film will be shown at Season’s Greetings and throughout the summer. Don’t miss it. As we move into our next stage, the CWC is seeking ways to stay connected to our membership. Our community is changing from those who stayed in Chautauqua for a season to those who visit for a week or two.

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Mission Statement

The Chautauqua Women's Club is dedicated to the enrichment of the lives of its members and the Community through:

Providing a venue and opportunities to enhance fellowship;

Providing a wide range of relevant programs that advance social, educational and service goals; and

Sustaining scholarship opportunities for students in the Schools of Fine and Performing Arts.

The Chautauqua Women's Club supports the purpose of the Chautauqua Institution.

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Recent Announcements

Chautauqua Women’s Club125th Anniversary Valentine Appeal

We thank all the members and friends who supported the work of the Chautauqua Women’s Club by donating to the 125th  Anniversary Valentine Appeal.  The gifts will help us continue our mission to enrich the lives of our members and the Chautauqua community by providing a venue and opportunities…

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Scholarship News

The CWC is proud to announce that $85,000 will be provided to Chautauqua Institution for scholarships for students in the fine and performing arts programs for the 2014 season. The scholarship funding is a combination of donations  from generous private donors, basket contributions from the summer…

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2014 Opportunity Raffle Winners Announced!

The Opportunity Raffle Drawings were picked on August 18, 2014. The lucky winners are:                                                                                        …

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Worthy of Reflection

As read by Maureen Rovegno,
CWC Life Member

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For the new President,
Nancy Griffin Shadd



Special Mention

The Chautauqua Women's Club Expresses its Deep Appreciation to

Bob and Joyce Tate

For Their Gift on the Sale of Their Chautauqua Home.

Their donation helps to insure that the CWC will continue enriching the lives of CWC members and the Chautauqua Community