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Hoodland Women’s Club Highlights

By Cathy Lavin

Hoodland Women’s Club Highlights

Despite early fall rain, a dedicated group of Hoodland Women’s Club (HWC) volunteers did their part on Tuesday, October 10, to spruce up the Hoodland area for residents and visitors with HWC’s twice yearly road cleanup beginning at Highway 26 and Welches Road and continuing along a two-mile stretch of Salmon River Road in Welches. Using trash bags, pickers and vests supplied by Clackamas County, these volunteers collected discarded cans and bottles along with other trash, a process that will be repeated in the spring.

The road cleanup is a multi-year activity that supports the HWC mission of “helping the whole community by providing assistance to members and families of the Hoodland community through community benefit projects and fundraising events.” A recent grant from the Paul and Sally McCracken Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation will also be instrumental in carrying out that mission. In 2024, the Club will celebrate 65 years of supporting its community!

Although its annual golf tournament is the largest HWC fundraising event, the group also undertakes a number of smaller fundraising and friend raising events throughout the year. New this year will be pictures with Santa on Sunday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to noon at a local business. For $15 for a photo with Santa and/or $25 for a three-pose family holiday photo, local residents can support their community and celebrate the holidays at the same time. The event will also feature cookie decorating for kids and a toy drive for community holiday baskets.

While the 2024 golf tournament fundraiser – scheduled for August 15, 2024 at the Mt. Hood, Oregon Resort — seems a long way off, planning is already underway. To that end, the HWC is looking for someone to chair the overall event as well as volunteers to help with sponsorships, golf registrations and the associated auction and raffle. Volunteers are also needed for the HWC hardship, fundraising and marketing committees.

The HWC welcomes new members who are interested in getting to know others while helping our Mountain communities. Members of the Hoodland community (whether full time or part time) are welcome to join at any time. Dues are just $25 per year (the Club’s fiscal year runs from July 1-June 30). For more information, check out the HWC website at hoodlandwomensclub.org or contact one of the Hoodland Women’s Club board members at board@hoodlandwomensclub.org.

The HWC’s next general meeting will be Monday, November 6 at 11:30 a.m. at Mt. Hood Kiwanis Club Camp in Government Camp. A guest speaker from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Clackamas County will talk about local NAMI programs and county-wide mental health resources.

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