Our Programs for Members

The Women’s Club offers a broad assortment of programs. The program season begins in September with a Welcome Back Coffee for all members and runs through the middle of June. Below is a brief overview of many of the ongoing programs, activities and interest groups. These events are open to members or prospective members.

BOOK TALK
Fourth Tuesday (September - June) 1:30 pm
Chairperson: Robin Mancaruso

All members of the Women’s Club are welcome to join the Book Talk. We select a book each month to be reviewed by the group. The title of the book will be announced in the newsletter the month before it is reviewed. It is not necessary to have read the selected book to enjoy the discussion, so we encourage all with a love of literature to join us for tea and Book Talk. Book Talk will meet regularly at 1:30 pm the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Club, September through June. There will be no Book Talk in December.


CARD MAKING/STAMPING CLASSES

First Thursday (September - May) 2 to 4 pm
Chairperson: Jane Rozes

The card making classes are back. Lots of new stamps, new papers, and new ideas, so let the fun begin. Join other Women’s Club members at the Club and discover a new talent in creating greeting cards. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied at a cost of $5 for two cards. Advance registration is necessary one week prior to the class. Contact Jane Rozes at 301-733-6132 to register.


DUPLICATE BRIDGE

Fourth Monday (September - June) 12:30 pm
Chairpersons: Joan Schupp, Nancy Burger

Duplicate Bridge begins on the fourth Monday in September and will continue through June. There will be no Duplicate Bridge in December. Call Nancy or Joan to make a reservation by noon on the preceding Friday. Form a partnership and join us!


HELP AT THE FOOD BANK

Fifth Monday, Thursday and Friday of each month 1 to 3 pm
Chairpersons: Sharon Barnhart, Joan Schupp

St. Mark’s Food Bank is open Monday-Friday, 1-3 pm for food distribution. As volunteers, we check in clients and fill their orders for food. The shelves are well stocked and organized. It’s not difficult; it’s fun and rewarding. St. Mark’s Food Bank is on the lower level of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, the beautiful stone church on the point where Washington Ave. and West Washington Street meet. The Food Bank needs help on the fifth Monday, Thursday, and Friday of each month. Dates are 8/29, 9/29, 9/30, 10/31, 12/29, 12/30, 1/30, 3/30,
3/31, 5/29, 6/29, 6/30. Call Sharon Barnhart or Joan Schupp with questions or to sign up. Let’s give back to our community!


WALKING/HIKING GROUP

September – June TBD Chairperson: Cathy Poropatic

Join us to enjoy the simple beauty of nature and each other’s company during walks and hikes. During the fall and spring months we plan one hike each month. During the past year, the group hiked in Catoctin Park, Great Falls, Gambrill, Greenbrier Park, Rocky Gap Park, and the towpath. Some months we schedule an additional walk in the Hagerstown area. Our outings range from one mile to five miles in length and are often followed by lunch. Our first hike of the new season will be in late September. Check the newsletters for details or contact Cathy Poropatic for more information.


LET’S DO LUNCH

Chairpersons: Jane Chambers, Ann Marshall

Join us for lunch in a variety of venues in the area where you can gather with old friends, meet new ones, and enjoy some delicious food. Check Club newsletters for specific dates and locations. Reservations must be made by calling the Club office.
So… Let’s Do Lunch!


MAH JONGG

Every Wednesday 1:15 to 4 pm
First and Third Monday evenings 6:30 to 8:45 pm, except holidays
Chairperson: Lois Weil Kaufman

Club Mah Jongg was started on September 27, 2011, with three players. Our membership has grown to over forty in six years. We play by National Mah Jongg rules. New members are encouraged to join our activity. Mah Jongg classes are scheduled periodically throughout the year based on interest level and commitment to the learning curve of the game (a minimum of three consecutive Tuesday afternoons). The prerequisite for class attendance is the possession of a current year play card, not a copy of one, and reservations ahead. Reservations are required to Lois for all regular game play: no later than Monday for Wednesday game play; no later than Friday for Monday evening game play.

We celebrate member birthdays each month by going off-site to a local restaurant for lunch. Usually we stay and play Mah Jongg there for the afternoon. If the restaurant cannot accommodate us for game play, we will return to the clubhouse for the afternoon. Mah Jongg is a game of luck and strategy. It is played best with four at each table. The great reward is that if you do not win, there is always the next game! For many it has become addictive.

Please contact Lois for more information at 301-714-2044, or e- mail otherpaw@myactv.net Check the newsletter for Mah Jongg announcements. We look forward to seeing you at game play on Wednesday afternoons and on first and third Monday evenings. Coming out to play Mah Jongg is a great way to meet other club members and to make new friends.


FIRST WEDNESDAY CARDS AND LUNCH

First Wednesday (October-June) 12 noon
Chairpersons: Betty Morgan, Joan Dawson

Members of the Club are cordially invited to attend First Wednesday Cards on the first Wednesday of each month from October through June. A non-member may play twice during the year as a substitute when invited by a member. Luncheon, arranged by the committee, will be served promptly at 12 noon preceding the games. All card games - bridge, canasta, five- hundred, etc., m a y be played. Old and new members are encouraged to participate in these pleasant afternoon sessions. Please supply your own cards, score pads, and tallies. This year you will find your own substitutes. Reservations close Monday morning by 9:00 am preceding each date. Cancellations must be received by the committee Chairperson no later than Monday, 9:00 am to avoid the luncheon charge.

Cancellations and/or substitute names should be given to Betty Morgan by calling her at 301-739-6917. Please sign up for First Wednesday Cards at the Opening Coffee in September.


OUT & ABOUT

October 2016 – June 2017
Chairperson: Sharon Poland

Members are invited to travel to various regional points of interest. For the 2016-2017 year, we have tentatively planned several enjoyable trips. Our first trip will be a food tour of Baltimore’s Little Italy area on October 27. Our guide will take us for a walk through the area rich with history and authentic Italian culture and cuisine. We’ll meet the residents, shop owners, and restaurateurs to hear their stories. More details and registration information about this tour and our other tours (which are still being planned) will be forthcoming in the newsletters. Members may sign up for each trip individually. Trips reservations can be made by mailing your payment to

Sharon Poland, 19424 Spring Valley Drive, Hagerstown, MD
21742. A trip will be cancelled if the response is insufficient to fill a bus.


PICKLEBALL

Every Thursday (October–April) 11 am to 12:30 pm
Chairpersons: Sharon Barnhart, Joenne Weaver

Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is fun, fast-paced, and easy to learn. It combines elements of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton. No experience is required. Play is every Thursday,
11 am – 12:30 pm, October through March at the Tennis Club in Waynesboro. Cost is $50 membership fee to the Tennis Club which allows a reduced fee of $5 per play. Non-members of the Tennis Club pay $8 per play. Sign up at the Opening Coffee in
September or contact Sharon Barnhart or Joenne Weaver for additional information.


THEATRE MATINEE TRIPS

Chairperson: Carol Brashears

On theatre trips, we attend productions of The Performing Arts at theatres in Baltimore, Washington, and other nearby areas. We travel by chartered bus to a designated place for lunch, attend the matinee, and return to Hagerstown after the performances. Husbands of members are welcome to attend. Other guests are permitted only in case of cancellation or if needed to fill buses. Join us for a variety of performances. More information will be in the newsletters.


CROSSROADS GARDEN CLUB

Second Tuesdays 12:30 pm
Chairpersons: Virginia Stayman, Karen Palmer

The Crossroads Garden Club is a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., Central Atlantic Region; The Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc., District V; and the Washington County Council of Garden Clubs. All members of the Crossroads Garden Club must be members of the Women's Club of Hagerstown, Inc. Contact Linda Rogers at 559-623-3358 to complete an application. An additional fee of $20.00 is required to join the Garden Club.

Each monthly meeting includes a program concerning gardening, conservation, or garden therapy. All members make floral arrangements for use in the Club, act as hostesses for Club meetings, help maintain the Club’s gardens, decorate the Club for Christmas, and help with other special events. The Holiday Greens Show is a yearly event presented by the Garden Club and is open to the public.

Garden Club members also support the community through beautification projects at The Miller House, Hagerstown Community College Flower and Garden Show, and Sommerford Assisted Living. Memorial gifts to honor friends or family are encouraged to help perpetuate the beautiful gardens at The Women’s Club. At least one garden-themed field trip is planned for this year.


BOWLING GROUP

January - March 1 pm
Chairperson: Sharon Barnhart

The group will meet at the Dual Lanes Bowling on Route 40
West to bowl duckpins during the months of January through
March.  Players sign up to play each time and are not required to bowl every time or to secure any substitutes.  No experience
required.  We don’t compile averages or have set teams.  We
do have many laughs while getting some healthy exercise. Bowling typically begins at 1:00 pm with an option for lunch prior. Specific dates for bowling will be published in the Club’s newsletter. Please contact Sharon Barnhart for additional information.