By: Carolyn Wright | The LONA Gallery
Carolyn Wright, The LONA Gallery

This time of year, we feel that special tug on our hearts to do more and give more to our fellow man… ‘tis the season”! We look for ways to engage in acts of kindness to make the lives of those who need a helping hand a little better and hopefully a little brighter, especially during the holidays.

We are fortunate in Gwinnett to have many outstanding organizations who work tirelessly giving of their time, talent and treasure to be of service to the community, all year long. One such dedicated group is the Lawrenceville Woman’s Club. Chartered in 1970, by the national, General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) and a member of the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs (GaFWC), the Lawrenceville Woman’s Club (LWC) has been serving our community nearly five decades.

The LWC’s purpose is “to provide an organizational framework for its members to improve the quality of life on a local, state, national, and international level.” Over the years the LWC has provided the leadership to begin such projects as the Gwinnett Council for the Arts, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, and the Gwinnett Hospital Auxiliary and continues to receive regional and national recognition for its service projects.

Consisting of women from diverse backgrounds and interests, the Lawrenceville Woman’s Club members come together to determine the needs of the community and then develop projects to fulfill those needs. Each year the club president establishes a motto for the club. 2017 has been the year of “Doing small things with a Big Heart” as proposed by current president, Brenda Perdue.

The 2017 Lawrenceville Woman’s Club Fashion Show Models pictured from left to right are: Sylvia Culberson, Rachel Fowler, Allan Fowler,  Marsha Schmalhorst, Phyllis Prunty, Mackensie Hallmark, Pennie Drada, Patty Watson, Margaret Colclough and Mallory Culberson.The 2017 Lawrenceville Woman’s Club Fashion Show Models pictured from left to right are: Sylvia Culberson, Rachel Fowler, Allan Fowler, Marsha Schmalhorst, Phyllis Prunty, Mackensie Hallmark, Pennie Drada, Patty Watson, Margaret Colclough, and Mallory Culberson.Members participate on Community Service committees which include, the Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, International Outreach, and Public Issues. The committees engage in individual projects and fundraisers throughout the year but they all come together to plan and execute the club’s main annual fundraiser, which for the last few years has been a Fall Luncheon and Fashion Show.

This year’s event was held November 4th in the Fellowship Hall of Bethesda United Methodist Church. Upon arrival attendees were warmly greeted by club members and then encouraged to mingle and shop the many silent auction items donated by local businesses as well as the elaborate opportunity baskets created by club members with themes such as Spa, Wine, Christmas, Family Game Night and more! Attendees also got to enjoy the festive luncheon tables; each one decorated with a different theme by individual club members. Following lunch, the beautiful fashion show took place courtesy of Dillard’s Mall of Georgia. The exquisite attire was modeled by LWC members, family and friends. All proceeds from this lovely annual event goes back to support organizations and programs in the community.

Maya Angelou said of the power of giving, “the person who receives gets the thing, but the person who gives gets the bigger blessing—your heart expands.” For almost 50 years, the women of the Lawrenceville Woman’s Club have practiced the art of giving back with style, grace and “Big Hearts” and for that, our community is a better place. To join or learn more about the Lawrenceville Woman’s Club visit: lawrenceville-womansclub.org.

Joy and blessings to everyone this Holiday Season!

Carolyn Wright is an Atlanta native and resident of Snellville, Georgia since 1987. Carolyn describes herself as a lover of art, world traveler and a student of life. She and her sister Sylvia Culberson own The LONA Gallery located on the square in Historic Downtown Lawrenceville

Published: 2017-12-12 10:43