Pat Pickering

Connie Phipps

President's final report (PDF - click here to view)

BINGO (and other updates)

March 4, the Club had our second annual Bingo fundraiser at the American Legion Hall. Approximately $1,800.00 was raised for the Club. A chili supper started the event. Almost 100 people enjoyed the silent auction, drawing, and bingo. 60 prizes were awarded.

On February 5, several members hosted the Community Cafe at the Shepherd of the Mountains Church. The Community Church is a local event offering free dining on Friday evenings. The members greeted, helped prep, plated, served and helped clean up. This was a fun way to serve our local community in a social atmosphere.

In January, 2016 the Club sold the last of the pecans with sales of approximately $2,379.00.

As of March 2016, the Club made $370.00 in Rocky Cards sales.

It is with great pride to report the annual Bright Christmas project collected $1,171.00 to purchase Christmas Gifts for a local needy family.

November, 2015 – The Holiday House bake sale made $1,199.00 ($599.00 was donated to the Elizabeth Guild).


This is a picture taken at our February luncheon. It is an annual event to honor past presidents at the February luncheon, but this is the first year that we were models in a fashion show, wearing clothes found at Lizzie's Boutique, our local up scale thrift shop.


On Friday, September 4, 2015 members of The Estes Park Woman’s Club served as hostesses for the Centennial Celebration of the dedication of Rocky Mountain National Park. Dressed in vintage clothing of circa 1915, they greeted arriving guests and served cookies, birthday cake and lemonade to the large crowd that had gathered at Glacier Basin Campground. The women were playing the same role that Woman’s Club members played when the Park was dedicated in 1915.

The Estes Park Woman’s Club, founded in 1912, had worked diligently for the establishment of a national park in these beautiful mountains. They had raised money for roads and trails and supported Enos Mills’ efforts to make the park a reality. They raised the money and built Deer Mountain trail, the first hiking trail in the new park. Mary Belle King Sherman, a charter member of the Estes Park Woman’s Club, gave one of the two keynote addresses at the dedication. She became known as the” National Park Lady, because of her dedication to the preservation of scenic beauty.” At the dedication the women served coffee to the adults and ice cream cones to the children.

Today the Estes Park Woman’s Club is proud to continue the work of these resourceful women.

Esther Cenac

The Estes Park Woman's 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. In September 2014 Woman's Club members served as hostesses for the 100th Anniversary Opening Ceremony. This September 4, 2015 Woman's Club members will serve as hostesses again for the Closing Event of RMNP's 100th celebration.
When RMNP opened 100 years ago members of the Woman's Club were the hostesses then for their Opening Ceremonies. The Estes Park Woman's Club was instrumental in building trails in the Park and initially worked to establish the RMNP Headquarters in Estes Park. We invite visitors to the Park to stop by Lawn Lake Trailhead to view the sign commemorating the partnership between RMNP and the EPWC. Look up! The view is beautiful.

The Estes Park Honor Flight 2015 fundraising year got off to a great start with a call from the Estes Park Woman’s Club. They had voted to make a donation of $1000.00 to sponsor a local Veteran’s honor flight! The cost of every Estes Park Veteran who goes on the Honor Flight is $1,000.00 and this donation is so terrific. Northern Colorado Honor Flight takes veterans to Washington DC twice a year. Initially only World War II veterans were the beneficiaries, but the group has expanded to include Korean and Viet Nam era veterans plus Purple Heart recipients from any time. To date 64 veterans from Estes Park have gone on the flights. Over the last four years the Estes Park Committee has raised a little over $53,000.00 so there is a little more to go to keep up! Much thanks to the Woman’s Club.

President Esther Cenac presenting a check to Sandy Novotny of the Elizabeth Guild.


Members of the Estes Park Woman's Club some in vintage costume and cowboy dress rode our Estes Park Trolley with the Roof Top Rodeo horseback riding cowgirls down Elkhorn to the Fairgrounds in the Parade last week. All were greeted with cheers, smiles and waving hands.


The Estes Park Woman’s Club recently contributed to the American Legion Fund drive. Pictured presenting the donation check to Mr. Lee Wicks, on the right, are from left to right: Patti Erbe, Treasurer and Esther A. Cenac, President.

The Estes Park Woman’s Club is a non-profit philanthropic organization that has been an active force within the our community from 1912 when it was formed as a women’s club here in Estes Park.

Pam Appel


A year ago, as I was preparing to fill the President position, I had great trepidation in my abilities to speak, motivate, and lead the wonderful members of the Club. The September flood pretty much put those feelings in perspective. My insecurities had to take a step back so we could come together as a Club and help our community to survive this disaster. We can be proud of our Club and what it has done for the community during this time. It has been a privilege to represent Estes Park Woman’s Club.

Estes Valley Library $2,221.00, the balance of the restoration costs for the library.
Town of Estes Park Recreation and Park District - $2,000.00 to be applied to the restoration of the Bird Sanctuary.
Estes Park School $400.00 was given for free books to children affected by the flood at the school book fair. $1,000.00 will be given to the school/library in January, 2015 to sponsor an author to speak to students. Hopefully this will become an annual contribution from the Woman’s Club.
RMNP $2,000.00 has been earmarked for the flood restoration in the Alluvial Fan area in 2015.

This fulfills our Purpose and Scope to support the four following areas in our community:



Members assisted in making happy calls to the community as the No Flush Zones opened up. The Club collected $862.00 for Bright Christmas. The Holiday House bake sale sold $1,200.00 in baked goods of which $571.00 was given to the Elizabeth Guild. We collected canned goods for Crossroads and hats and gloves for school children. The scholarship fund was privileged to give $6,000.00 to three local high school seniors.


The Estes Park Woman’s Club has presented the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District two thousand dollars to be used toward the re-vegetation of the Bird Sanctuary area along the Lake Estes Trail. The damage from the flood was extensive along the walking path and the bird sanctuary area, as well as adjacent areas including the Nine-Hole Golf Course. Repair and vegetation work plans are well under way and several volunteer groups will be working on Saturday, May 10 with an inclement weather date of May 31.

The purpose of the Woman’s Club is to bring together women who are interested in building a better community. Before the Woman’s Club centennial celebrations were over, the club’s Long Range Planning Committee began working to identify areas that the club could help support. Four areas were selected and approved by the board. These areas are The Estes Valley Library, the Estes Park schools, Rocky Mountain National Park and the Town of Estes Park. Funds were given to the library to cover remaining flood damage costs. School children who were displaced by the flood were given a book. The club has set aside monies to help the National Park in 2015 during flood restoration activities. The Estes Park Woman’s Club is dedicated to being an ongoing force for community good.

By Joyce Hamblin & Shirley Neely-Turpin



The Estes Park Woman’s Club has made a substantial contribution to support the recovery of the Estes Valley Library following last September’s flood. Thanks to the community spirit and generosity of the Woman’s Club board and its membership, the remaining balance of the library’s repair costs have been reimbursed. The Woman’s Club gift saves taxpayer dollars, while ensuring that disaster repair costs cause no reduction in the library’s vital services to the community.

Last September’s flooding event marked a time of exceptional challenge to the Estes Valley. The library’s downtown Estes Park facility sustained damage and unexpected expenses at the very time that staff members were working to serve the immediate information and technology needs of residents. While much of those disaster costs were reimbursed with federal and state dollars—and while expenses were reduced with the use of an estimated $4000 worth of volunteer labor—significant bills still remained.

The Estes Park Woman’s Club has come to the rescue. Last week, Woman’s Club president Pam Appel, joined by past president Judi Cunningham, presented a check for $2221.91 to Library Development Officer Jerry Kennell and Library Director Claudine Perrault. These funds, along with an additional $675 received from the public, have made the difference in fully recuperating from financial losses.

The Estes Valley Library owes its very origins to the Estes Park Woman’s Club, which raised funds for the establishment of the town’s first library in 1916. Club members staffed and administered the library for the better part of the 20th century, leading efforts toward library-related building projects and the promotion of literacy in the community. Having celebrated its centennial in 2012, the Woman’s Club has demonstrated a passionate commitment to the presence and importance of the library in the lives of local residents.

To learn more about the Estes Park Woman’s Club, contact president Pam Appel at 970-586-5059. To reach the Estes Valley Library, call 970-586-8116 or visit


Did you know that the members of the Estes Park Woman’s Club have become Christmas elves? Members have been very busy collecting money for Bright Christmas, food for Crossroads, and hats, mittens, gloves for the elementary school.

Our Bright Christmas elves, Bobbie Christenson and Marian Stencel collected $862.00 from members. The money was used to bring Christmas joy to three Estes Park families. Bobbie and Marian bought gifts for the eight children, and gift cards for the parents. Shopping and wrapping gifts brought joy to the elves!

At our November and December luncheons canned goods were collected for Crossroads. In December the members brought hats, gloves, mittens and scarves to be donated to the elementary school children. Throughout the year, Judi Cunningham collects box tops and coupons which benefit the elementary school.

The devastating September flood affected many children in our schools. The Woman’s Club donated $400.00 to the elementary school to buy books for children affected by the flood.

The Club’s annual bake sale at Holiday House brought in $571.81 for our donation to The Elizabeth Guild. Yes, our elves are also fabulous bakers!

The Estes Park Woman’s Club is a “club for all seasons”, and its members will continue working throughout the year as a force for community good!

Mittens, gloves, hats for school kids
Ludie Dickeson collecting mittens, gloves and hats for school children.
Food for Crossroads Ministry
Bobbie Christenson with food items going to Crossroads Ministry.
Holiday House Bake Sale
Patti Erbe and Hulda Bachman-Neeb at the Holiday House Bake Sale.
Article written by Shirley Neely-Turpin

The October luncheon meeting had to be moved to a different venue, since Aspen Lodge was severely damaged by a mud slide. The Other Side Restaurant was able to accommodate the group with 51 members and visitors attending.

September 11, 2013 – the 500 or 1000 year flood hit our area. Woman’s Club is working to help our community, friends and neighbors.

Although many members were affected by the flood, members are coming together to help each other, as well as, the community. Currently we are participating in the elementary school book fair, making sure every child affected by the flood gets a book to take home.

For weeks after the 2013 flood, many residents and businesses were in a NO Flush Zone. The Upper Thompson Sanitation Department provided Port-a-Lets. As you can see, they came in many colors and were located throughout the Estes Park area. Due to our excess wind, ever so often some of them blew over. That is not to say maybe the wind had a little help from pranksters. The Woman's Club was instrumental in helping the community by contacting individuals when they were removed from the NO Flush Zone. We made over 200 happy calls.

August 26, 2013 a prominent member of Woman’s Club (Shirley Neely-Turpin) gave an inspiring and comical story about the founding members of Woman’s Club. This event took place in Bond Park for the Estes Valley Victim Advocates program celebrating Women’s Equality Day.

The Rocky Mountain Treasure Hunt (Woman’s Club garage sale),took place August 17, 2013. This event was planned during the 2012-2013 year, but the monies raised went into 2013-2014 budget. $3,290.12 was raised at this event.

Judi Cunningham

Accomplishments under Judi’s guidance:

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