We bring together women who are interested in building a better community.

The purpose of the Woman’s Club is to bring together women who are interested in building a better community. By joining forces with others, we are able to make improvements within our community that we could not do by ourselves.

History

The Estes Park Woman’s Club was organized in 1912. The women spent their first year building mountain trails and making scenic areas accessible to hikers and horseback riders. After that first year, the women turned their attention to establishing a meeting place. They decided to build a clubhouse that would also be a library. In 1914, the Woman’s Club was accepted in the Colorado Federation and General Federation of Women’s Clubs. In 1916, the women established their library at the local school. In 1920, the school needed the room to expand so the library was moved to a rented room in a downtown hotel. Then, in 1922, the town donated a lot in Bond Park for the library site and the Woman’s Club was responsible for the building of the Estes Park Public Library. The Woman’s Club and volunteers donated labor and materials and raised money for additional materials needed to build the library. The women established a fund to support the maintenance of the library in 1925. The Estes Valley Library continues to receive the support of the Estes Woman’s Club today!

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Community Support

The Estes Park Woman’s Club is proud to support local organizations within Estes Park and the surrounding communities.

Estes Park Elementary School

Members support the school by volunteering in the reading program and annual book sale. Money is annually set aside to give to the school for specific projects. Clothing items are routinely donated from members to give to students in need.

Estes Valley Public Library

Started the Town library with a few books in a part-time schoolroom.  When the Town donated a lot in Bond Park, the club raised $5,000 to build and furnish the building.  The women raised funds and operated the library for 53 years before transferring it to the town.  EPWC continues to support the library, most recently donated money to have a fireplace installed in the new “Quiet Room” on the second floor.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Supported establishment of Rocky Mountain National Park and provided land for the Park Headquarters. The original Deer Mountain trail was built by the members. The Club still supports the Park through various venues and when a specific need arises. As a result of the 2013 flood the Club donated $2,000 for signage at the Glacier Basin Campground to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of RMNP and the partnership with the Woman’s Club.

Town of Estes Park

Served as the Town Chamber of Commerce and government before either were in existence. The Club sponsored the welcoming sign at the Knoll-Willows Centennial Open Space Project ($1,500.00) .  See remarks by Pat Pickering at the town’s Centennial Celebration in 2017 under 2017-2018 Pat Pickering.  Previously $2,000 was donated to rebuild the bird sanctuary after the 2013 flood. The Club continues to support the Town through conservation and civic improvement projects.

Annual Projects

During the year, the Estes Park Woman’s Club engages in a number of annual projects.

Annual Garage and Bake Sale

The Woman’s Club garage and bake sale is a major fundraiser for the Club.  The community looks forward to this event.  Not only does it help fund the Club for various community projects it gives members, as well as the people of the community, the opportunity to go shopping and enjoy fresh home baked goods.  Members volunteer to bake goods, donate sale items, organize and work the event.

Bright Christmas

Every year Woman’s Club joins with the Bright Christmas program to provide  a local family a joyous Christmas.  We collect monetary donations to purchase gifts for the family.  The women on this project puts hours of time shopping and wrapping the gifts.  All gifts are customized to fit the individual needs and wishes.  The lucky family are extremely grateful and over joyed .

Community Cafe

The Community Cafe is a new project the Club has become involved in to assist the local community in having a free meal and delightful social time.  The Club is given a specific day to go to the Community Church to greet guests, serve the meals, and cleanup for the event.  After the first time of hosting this event, the volunteers unaminously agreed it was a fun night and  wanted to make it an annual project.

Holiday House Bake Sale

Every year the Elizabeth Guild Thriftshop has a sale to raise money for the local medical center.  The Woman’s Club supports the event by having a bake sale.  Members bake hundreds of delicious items to sale and volunteers host the booth selling the baked goods. This event happens the Saturday after Thanksgiving at the Rocky Mountain Holiday Inn.

Little Library in Performance Park

The Woman’s Club joined the Estes Valley Library with the Little Libraries.  A Little Library kit was purchased, put together by a member’s husband, hand painted by two members and stocked with many donated books.  Our dedicated members regularly check the “Little Library” to make sure it has books for all ages to be enjoyed by anyone wanting to read a book.  Please stop by Performance Park and see our Little Library

Program

Luncheon meetings are held at 11:30 am on the second Wednesday of the calendar month, unless otherwise notified. Members are notified by email. Members must respond as instructed in the email. Members without email will be called.

DATE LOCATION COST PROGRAM
September 9, 2020 Zoom Meeting   Kathy Brazelton: Love is in the Air
October 14, 2020 Zoom Meeting   Gail Beaton: Colorado Historical Women
November 11, 2020 Zoom Meeting   Jessica Lindner: Sex Trafficking
December 9, 2020 Community Center $20.00 Mountainaires Performance
January 13, 2021 Bird and Jim’s $20.00 Diane Shriver: Experiences of a Midwife
February 10, 2021 Mama Rose’s $20.00 Wendy Koenig: The Art of Being a Mayor
March 10, 2021 American Legion $20.00 Dr. Amanda Luchsinger: Women’s Health
April 14, 2021 YMCA $20.00 Dot Dorman: Genealogy and Ancestral DNA
May 12, 2021 Taharaa $20.00 Installation of Officers and Honor Past Presidents; Diane Muno: EP Health

Club dues for 2020-2021 are $35.00.
Members joining after February 1, 2021, will pay one-half the annual amount for the remainder of the WC season.

Officers & Committee Heads

2020-2021 Officers and Directors and Committees

President – Ann Dinsmoor

First Vice President (Membership) –  Hulda Bachman-Neeb, Esther Cenac

Second Vice President (Programs) –  Connie Phipps, Kathy Sherrod, Barbara Poweleit

Recording Secretary – Judy Portman – Assistant – Nancy Thomas

Corresponding Secretary – Diane Palmer – Assistant – Debbie McMillion

Treasurer – Patti Erbe – Assistant – Pat Blume

Directors – Karen Chionio, Judy Taphorn, Susan Hackmeier, Stacey Harding, Debbie Richardson

Immediate Past President – Judy Schaffer

Parliamentarian – Judy Schaffer

Publicity – Cherie Martin

Yearbook Editor – Carla Spreng-Webb, Dot Dorman

Reservation Chair – Sallie Brackman

Name Tags – Pam Appel, Anne Goetz

Historian – Shirley Neely-Turpin, Lynn Larkin

Song Leaders – Susie Manhoff, Linda Wyatt

Webmaster & Facebook – Kathy Bryson

Projects

Duck Chair – Kathye Osborne

Bright Christmas – JoAnn Batey, Jean McLaren

Garage Sale – Audrey TeSelle, Susan Robertson

Scholarship Fund – Pat Pickering, Debbie Richardson

Mountainaires Chorus – Shirley Neely-Turpin

Estes Park Elementary School – Judy Cunningham

Estes Park Little Lending Library – Becky Elrod

Estes Valley Library & Foundation – Sherry Unruh

Fund Development – Patti Erbe, Kathye Osborne, Judy Schaffer, Judi Cunningham