ARLEY - Donors have been the life’s blood of the Arley Women’s Club, and those donors were thanked in a big way recently.
Arley Women’s Club believe they owe a debt of gratitude to the community, which has helped them through donations and services, to get the club’s landmark projects off the ground, such as the Arley Public Library, work at Hamner Park and the developing senior center. So it was with great tribute that the club hosted a gratitude luncheon Nov. 8, as a way of treating their donors to the kind of respect due them, while presenting plaques to each and every entity listed on large boards placed throughout the fellowship area of Meek Baptist Church.
Barbara Wills, president of the Arley Women’s Club, noted the luncheon was a time to give thanks.
“We are honoring our members for their giving year-round, but we are also honoring our community partners who have stepped up to support the Arley Women’s Club year round,” Wills stated. “Because of the extra support from our generous partners, we’ve been able to present Arley Day as free to the community and we have also increased our charitable budgets by giving to the schools and to our first responders.”
Although the women’s club technically does not turn 50 until 2022, celebrations to mark the special occasion have already begun. The Arley Women’s Club sprang from the Arley Homemakers Club, which first met in 1972, in a small trailer, before the town had a library or a park.
What was described as a “sweet little group of women” who were passionate about their community has grown, with the Arley Women’s Club now having over 150 members, Wills stated.
Through the years, the Arley Women’s Club has raised funds as well as given donations, to make such projects as a pavilion in Hamner Park on property donated by the Hamner family a success. The club has also raised funds to construct the town’s library, which is located beside Arley Town Hall and installed a playground at the park. Each year, the club also presents scholarships to seniors at Meek High School.
“Last year, we gave $22,000 in scholarships to Meek seniors,” Wills said.
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