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2013 Successful Events
2013 ROWC Scholarships News
Our scholarship recipient this year is Samantha
Kinjorski from Shrine High School. She is receiving
our $1,500 one time only scholarship. She will be attending
Michigan State in the fall to receive a degree in arts
and humanities. The faculty selected her because she
is a member of National Honor Society, Student Leadership
Executive Council, and worked on the 2012 Nicaragua
Mission team. Her goal after graduating from college
is to travel to Nicaragua or Costa Rica, to help start
up programs in rural communities helping the poverty.
Her main goal in life is to help others reach their
We are not giving any medical scholarships this year,
since we already have two in play. Mary Frances Jones
is in her third year at University of Detroit, Mercy
studying Nursing. Rita Maizy is in her third
year at University of Michigan studying Pre medicine.
Both gals are keeping up their grade point average,
and enjoying college life. Each receives $1,000/year,
paid in $500 installments per semester each year to
their college until they graduate, as long as they keep
up their grade point average.
of Hearts Tea Fundraiser
of the ROWC's favorite annual events is our Queen of
Hearts Tea fundraiser. Each February, with light hearts
and beautiful, some even outrageous hats, we celebrate
with a high tea that would make Alice happy. Each unique
table setting is beautifully adorned with grace and
humor. As is the tradition, husbands and other men of
the community act as waiters as we enjoy tea and treats.
This year's waiters included Royal Oak's Mayor Jim Ellison,
District Court Judge Derek Meinecke and County Commissioner
Dave Woodward. The highlight of this year's event was
our first lady of Royal Oak, Jodie Ellison, as our Queen
Our hearts were light and our spirits warmed by the
successful fundraiser and the friendship shared. Proceeds will
go towards the care of the ROWC clubhouse and our annual
scholarship program that aids Royal Oak high school
students. [Photos courtesy of Royal Oak Patch.]
For more photos from the event, please click
it Forward - A Gift for All Involved - April 2013
We recently received a thank you letter from
a family along with $200.00. It was their way of 'paying
it forward' after receiving assistance from us a couple
of years ago. Their home, due to a horrible turn of
events, became unlivable and its contents unsafe. A
ROWC member was alerted by a social worker and we quickly
made donations of money, clothes, food, household goods
and holiday gifts. But in our hearts we knew what we
were doing was only a 'drop in the bucket'.
The letter reads: "Every time someone stopped
by to drop something off to us, we were overcome with
emotion and gratitude. We literally cried with relief
and with kindness - not just for the items we had received,
but for the restoration of our belief in human kindness,
which we had all but lost. The items brought to us were
like precious treasures to us - each and every one,
and the people who brought them were like messengers
We were moved to tears by this letter and so appreciative
of the lesson it provided: when we reach out to aid
others even in the smallest of fashions, we may help
restore a life and a soul. We thank this family for
teaching us this lesson and we are happy to hear
they are back on their feet. Within minutes of reading
this letter, the money was sent to Habitat for Humanity.
Paying it forward.
le bon temps rouler - ROWC style!
year the Royal Oak Woman's Club teams up with Pronto!
Restaurant for Fat Tuesday fundraising as we "Let
the good times roll!" For the second year in a
row, the ROWC chose the Royal Oak School's program Blessings
in a Backpack. Blessings In a Backpack is a "neighbor-helping-neighbor"
program that is designed to help meet the nutritional
needs of children and families. Learn more about ending
childhood hunger in Royal Oak at: http://backpack.pillarsocialmedia.com.
With wonderful support from Pronto!, Bill Welch of Hollywood
Market and the many ROWC members, friends and neighbors
who dined at Pronto!, we raised over $2,700. Of special
note, two of Royal Oak's youngest supporters made their
community fundraising debuts: Sloane and Will Tillander
(shown to the right). We welcome Sloane and Will and
are always pleased to have their parents Brett and Liz
with us as well..
in a Backpack Fundraiser a Great Success
At our annual Fat Tuesday fundraiser on February
21 at Pronto! Restaurant, $4,800 was successfully raised
for Blessings in a Backpack. Through Blessings in a
Backpack, Royal Oak schoolchildren on the free and reduced
lunch program will be sent home each Friday with a backpack
full of nonperishable meals. Research shows that when
children are well fed attendance improves, test scores
increase, and behavior issues are reduced, making your
donation impactful immediately and in the long term.
A donation of just $100 provides a backpack and food
for one child for an entire school year due to the reduced
costs of food provided by area merchants.
The members of the ROWC thank the many who came out
to support its efforts for Blessings in a Backpack as
well as some Fat Tuesday fun and great food at Pronto!
The ROWC also wishes to thank Pronto! for its ongoing
support of our efforts and its love and faith in the
community of Royal Oak. Finally, many thanks to the
Royal Oak schools and volunteers who make Blessings
in a Backpack a reality for our children.
2011 Successful Events
Cancer Awareness - Big or Small, We Love Them All!
Royal Oak Womans Club airing out their laundry.
(Royal Oak Review).
than 100 bras of every color, fabric and size have been
strung from a clothesline outside the groups clubhouse
at 404 S. Pleasant St. There are even more of them on
display inside the clubhouse.
The women in the organization are hoping the inaugural
Breast Cancer Awareness Month Bra Installation is an
attention-grabbing reminder for ladies to take care
of themselves by performing self breast examinations.
"I wanted to do something for breast cancer awareness,"
said Alena Clark, a Royal Oak resident and member of
the club. "I like this because its kind of
shocking and makes people think about it. Its
something out of the ordinary."
[Click on the photo for
a larger image.]
Royal Oak Womans Club urges breast health (Detroit
Members of the Royal Oak Womans Club strung
a clothesline this week beside their clubhouse just
west of downtown Royal Oak and hung dozens of brassieres.
"Big or small, we love them all!" is the whimsical
title of this installation art the clubs
way of raising awareness in October for the 25th National
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, said President Jeanne
Our annual Spring Spaghetti Dinner was a success
thanks to the many folks who came by to enjoy a wonderful
dinner or do take-out that night. We raised $1,000.
This funds will be used to support the ROWC's scholarship
efforts and the care of our historic clubhouse. See
you at our fall dinner!
Tuesday Fundraiser at Pronto!
What a wonderful Fat Tuesday Fundraiser at Pronto!
We raised $2,800 for Challenge Day at Royal Oak High
School and Royal Oak Middle School. Thanks to all those
who came out and supported the event by dining at Pronto!
or doing take outs.
Thanks to the owners of Pronto!, Jim Domanski and Bill
Thomas for again partnering with us and donating two
beautiful gift baskets.
Thanks to Josephine Primeau for the donation of a piece
of her art work for the raffle.
Thanks to Shannon Hulswits for the wonderful poster
that has come to be known as our official identification
for a great fundraiser.
Thanks to Tom Moline, our school district superintendent
for all your support....and not just because its a school
sponsored event....but always helping when the community
needs a bit of support for a good cause. Royal Oak is
a great place.
Learn more about Challenge Day and it's mission to provide
youth and their communities with experiential programs
that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection
through the celebration of diversity, truth, and full
expression at www.challengeday.org.
Learn more about how the ROWC is impacting our community.
||Oct. 15, 2010:
ROWC in the news
"Friendship, sisterhood give Womans Club
staying power " is the title of an article that
appeared recently in the local C&G newspaper. Read
the article here.
||February 16, 2010:
Royal Oak Woman's Club Fundraiser for the Boys and Girls
Club of South Oakland County
Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!! Its time
for FAT TUESDAY fun at Prontos! on Tuesday, Feb 16th.
We will be partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of
South Oakland County A percentage of the days
sales and take-out will be donated to this worthy cause.
This event runs from 10 AM to 10 PM.
Many area children count on the Club for meals, mentorship
and a safe, secure place to be a kid. Please
join us for great food, ROWC fun and some 'joy de vivre'.
Bring your friends and family too.
||Oct. 17, 2007:
HAVEN Domestic Violence Center opens in Royal Oak
The Royal Oak Woman's Club, and ROWC Group 7 specifically,
played a major part in this site opening in Royal Oak.
Members of Group 7 worked with the City Commission and
the city's legal staff to get this site approved for
use by HAVEN. Read