About the Glen Lake Woman’s Club
“If you wish to live in a better place, better the place in which you live.”
The Glen Lake Woman’s Club is a service organization that fosters social, civic and educational projects.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday, September through June, at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Empire. There is no meeting in July due to the Flag Raising and Art Fair events. A second meeting on the last Wednesday of June, as well as the August meeting, are held at Old Settlers Park on Glen Lake in Burdickville. Lunch is at the picnic tables outside and the meeting is in the Chapel.
Members bring their own sack lunch at noon. Hostesses provide a dessert and serve beverages. A charge is requested from members who attend two prepared lunch celebrations on the first Wednesdays in June and December.
How We Got Started
The Glen Lake Woman’s Club was started by 19 women in 1937. Dues were 10 cents a meeting and they met weekly during the spring and fall. Their motto: “If you wish to live in a better place, better the place in which you live.” Their primary goal was to raise money for community projects. Meetings centered on making aprons, quilts, braided rugs and embroidered pillow cases to sell. They provided furnishings for the new gym and kitchen in the bulding now known as Glen Arbor Township Hall. They distributed clothing and shoes to needy families. Members also held Christmas and springtime parties for patients at the State Hospital in Traverse City. In 1966, the Club became stewards of the Chapel at Old Settlers Picnic Grounds and to this day, we maintain the inside of the Chapel and the gardens around it.
In 1972, the Glen Lake Woman’s Club incorporated as a non-profit organization and established the annual Arts and Crafts Fair, held on the 3rd Wednesday in July. The fair attracts artists and craftspeople from many areas. Funds raised from the Art Fair support scholarships to Northwestern Michigan College for graduating students from Glen Lake Community School.
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