Latest from Vale Club's President:
We are off to a great start this year. Vale Club now has 166 members in good standing. All the clubs have started meeting and there has been a lot of interest, especially in the new mahjongg club.
New members were invited to a Happy Hour event with Board members on Sept. 15. The evening was a fun way to get to meet the
newbies’ and for them to meet us. Thank you to Anne Carroll of the membership development team for organizing it and providing the signature mocktail/cocktail!!!
There are lots of activities and events scheduled in October and November, so please register and participate while there are still openings. Keep in mind that volunteers are still needed for the Fall Fair and the Chili Cookoff. Please read the Vice President’s message for a list of events coming in the next two months.
Leslie Dupree-Culman and Nancy Harrington will continue to keep the Vale Club SignUp Genius page current. Leslie has spent a lot of time familiarizing members and committee chairs with SUG, so please USE IT. If you have questions, contact me and I will refer you to the appropriate person to help you navigate it.
Liz Brouckman has labored over the new 2022-2023 Vale Club Directory. This has been a huge project. The new directory will be available next month. I cannot stress enough how much time and effort both Liz Brouckman and Leslie Dupree-Culman have put into making both the Vale Club Directory and online SignUp platform user friendly, accurate and invaluable tools for all members. I am deeply grateful for all they have done and continue to do for Vale Club.
Vale Club President
FVS History Highlights: “a place to tie to”
‘Vale Club: a legacy of community service'
The Vale Club has a full agenda of social events, outside and inside the schoolhouse. It is the center of community activities. But it is not
all social. There is a community service component, and there always has been. Vale Club members individually support many local nonprofits and the group collectively supports Family Pass, helping local families in need achieve housing and economic stability. Many hours of service have been spent at the schoolhouse putting together care packages for overseas service men and women.
But did you know that the club has a long history of community service? Vale Club was founded as a Home Demonstration club hat had as its core purpose to improve the lives of women living in rural communities. The Vale Home Demonstration Club provided a sense of community and afforded leadership opportunities.
Working together club members raised money not only for the Vale Community but for greater causes. Most notable is the club effort during World War II. According to the Vale Club War Activities Report, June 17, 1943: “The Club is putting forth an “All Out” effort
to help bring victory nearer.”
They had a Victory Garden, canning all surplus food. They collaborated with the American Red Cross. They worked with the Agriculture Adjustment Administration in taking the war Production Census. And, every member contributed salvaged bits of fats, metal, papers and other waste; sold over $50 worth of scrap metal and bought a War Bond. We should take pride in our continuing commitment to community service making Vale a very special place in which to live.
Chair of the Historical Preservation Committee