The Nogales Women’s Club has been serving Santa Cruz County since 1922. It is the oldest service club in the area. It was founded on October 4, 1922, in order to establish the Nogales-Santa Cruz County Public Library, the club immediately affiliated itself with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC). The Nogales Women’s Club is dedicated to improving the community through volunteer services and provides opportunities to strengthen the role of women. The club currently has 56 members. “We serve the entire community even though our name is the Nogales Woman’s Club and our members are women,” said Recording Secretary Patty Molina.
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a unifying force, bringing together local women’s clubs, with members dedicated to strengthening their communities and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. With 100,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and more than a dozen countries, GFWC members are community leaders who work locally to create global change by supporting the arts, preserving natural resources, advancing education, promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging civic involvement, and working toward world peace and understanding.
In its 95 years of existence, the Nogales club has been involved with the community, undertaking and supporting projects as needed. Its main effort, however, has been directed towards education and literacy projects. The club was the first in the county to offer high school graduates scholarships. The club’s annual scholarship program has been able to help high school seniors realize their dreams by furthering their education.
The club’s main focus has been on literacy through supporting the Reading is Fundamental Program (RIF) program. The program provides in-classroom reading by community volunteers to local schools. They have annual distributions of books for students. The club has received hundreds of letters from grateful students and teachers for their continued RIF program sponsorship. The club has also sponsored the Very Special Arts Program in the county bringing special needs the opportunity to learn and engage in the arts. The most notable accomplishment of the Women’s Club has been the establishment of the public library.
“I think it is important to welcome younger generations into the club because they are the future. If they would like to join the club to learn more about community service before they head off to college, it will be a great experience for them as it will look great on their resume to,” said Recording Secretary Patty Molina.