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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.

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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

Scholarship News

The CWC is proud to announce that $80,000 will be provided to Chautauqua Institution for scholarships for students in the fine and performing arts programs for the 2015 season. The scholarship funding is a combination of donations from generous private donors, basket contributions…

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Room Rentals At The CWC House

Couples are welcome! Elegant, modern bedrooms with private baths; some rooms accommodate 2: individual AC/heat; walk up to 2nd or 3rd fl; shared microwave and refrigerator, common LR/DR area w/ lake view on 2nd fl., weekly housecleaning; use of front porch and LR when not in use; $1,000 wk. Email Lisa…

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House News

Lisa Barone Wallace, who has been our head hostess for the two previous seasons, will move into the position of House Administrator for CWC.  She will oversee House rentals and coordinate the varied activities that take place at our clubhouse.  During the 2014 season, with increased rental…

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Worthy of Reflection

As read by Maureen Rovegno,
CWC Life Member

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Helpful Links

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