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Accomplishments: This was the 25th year of the Lilburn Woman's Club! An anniversary celebration was held at Killian Hall on November 8, 1998. After lunch, a presentation "This Is Your Life - LWC" was given. Faye Moore told of the beginning years. Pat Swan and Diane Bronk held a Past President's Parade. Charter member, Sara Williamson, presented a history of the Annual 2nd Saturday in October Lilburn Daze Festival, and Doris Hutchins presented a "Look to the Future"! Twenty-five trees were planted in the city of Lilburn commemorating LWC's 25th anniversary. Three of these Kwansan cherry trees were dedicated to Doris Mann, Faye Moore, and Sara Williamson for their 25 years of service in LWC.
This year in cooperation with Winn Dixie, LWC was instrumental in raising significant funds at the 25th Lilburn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival for construction of the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge. Winn Dixie provided pumpkins, hay bales and accompanying decorations. Pumpkin sales netted $700, LWC sent a $1,000 check to the American Cancer Society for this project. The Winn Dixie Hope Lodge opened as a home away from home for cancer patients and their families.
Other funds raised during this year were used to aid beautification of downtown Lilburn, academic scholarships, and community safety awareness programs. $2,500 was donated as a commemorative gift for a new city sign and clock to help create a proper entry for Lilburn at the Main Street intersection and Lawrenceville Highway. Additional funds were provided for landscaping, trees and shrubs at this location.
The president reflects how LWC has helped balance the old and the new Lilburn community and continues to provide funds for valuable philanthropic service to meet community needs over these past twenty-five years.
Pat Swan served as president in 1998-1999. Pat continued Federation work at the district, state and regional level serving as Southeastern Regional President. The Christmas Auction raised $1100 to help families during Christmas. Greeting cards were collected to have the fronts sent to St. Jude's Hospital for their fund-raising project.
Theme: Sense of a Goose
Before being elected Club President, Debbie served as First Vice-President, Membership Chairman, Conservation Chairman and served committees on Nominations, Awards, Ways & Means, Home Life, Public Safety, a Children's Art Show and Christmas Charities.
During tenure as President, the LWC continued the success of the annual Lilburn Daze Festival. They purchased two bullet proof vests for the Lilburn Police Officers through several fund-raising projects. The club's Adopt-a-Highway, a volunteer clean-up program along a 1 mile stretch of US Highway 29 was begun. A LWC project to sell t-shirts for a Nature Trail/Outdoors Learning Center raised $500 toward this effort and an additional $500 was donated from the club. LWC also supported efforts to establish Lilburn Elementary School's Nature Trail.
LWC continued participation at Camp Promise for At-Risk Children, in the Walk for Life's Cancer Benefit at High Hope center with dances and parties for the disabled, projects helping Samaritan's Purse, Holiday Clearing House, Child Reach Adopt-a-Child Project, Operation Smile and Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital continued throughout this year.
Jenny Nall, teacher and club member, participated in the Friendship Force 1999 Educator Exchange in the Middle East. A letter of commendation concerning the establishment of the Jubilee School in Jordan along with a donation was sent to Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan.
Debbie Slappey served as President in 1999-2000. The club continued its involvement in Federation work and support of Tallulah Falls School. Other ongoing projects were Adopt-A-Highway, Relay for Life, Hi-Hope School, Books for Babies, Operation Smile with hand-sewn dolls and bags, Operation Christmas Child, Child Reach, Camp Promise and the Holiday Clearing House. The club supported the zoo and Vines Botanical Gardens, as well as the Lilburn Co-op.
A Secret Member program was introduced. The club assembled its own cookbook and started making meals to Hope Lodge at Emory. Spring into Art and decorating a tree for the Festival of Trees were art department projects.
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