The new president and vice president of the Clintonville Woman's Club both have a goal: to increase membership and to get members to know each other better.
To that end, President Sherry Lowe of Hilliard and Vice President Carmella Criswell of Blacklick said they plan to stage events along the lines of the old game show "What's My Line?"
In speaking with members since she joined the club about five years ago, Lowe said she discovered some have fascinating backgrounds. One member survived a plane crash; another, a diminutive woman, played college basketball; another was once ringmaster for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Lowe's idea is to put women on stage and have the other members guess which of them has these remarkable pasts.
"I'm hoping to make the club women more interactive," Lowe said. "There are about 25 interest groups, from bridge to mahjong to crafts. Sometimes people don't see each other outside of those groups or the monthly luncheons. Those are quite large so you don't get to visit much."
"One of the things we want to do is increase membership," Criswell said. "Way back when it was started there was a wait list. Now we don't have that. We need to bring the younger people in the club and we need them to get involved. That's the tough part. A lot of people join the organizations and just sit there. We need some people to raise their hands when it's time to volunteer."
The club has about 275 members, Lowe said. Her goal is to see that increase to 350 over the next five years.
The woman's club is more than a social organization, Lowe and Criswell said. It's involved in many philanthropic efforts, some of its own and in collaboration with other groups they said.
"I'm real impressed with the club on a lot of levels," Lowe said.
"I really love the club," Criswell said. "The club is awesome. I wanted to contribute, so in order to contribute you have to take on responsibilities, so I decided to do that. I didn't just want to be a social member."
Lowe said after she joined she was initially in the Women Helping Women group, which supports homeless women and children in Columbus by providing bags filled with toiletries to a local shelter. From there she joined the social service group that makes blankets to help the homeless.
"The women in those groups were really the kind of women I enjoy being around," Lowe said.
Club slates program
luncheon for Sept. 22
The Clintonville Woman's Club kicks off another year of activities with its monthly program and luncheon Friday, Sept. 22.
The program will feature Dan Cary and the 3C Highway Band. The group's repertoire runs the gamut from smooth jazz to rock 'n' roll.
The new officers leading the club are Sherry Lowe (president), Carmela Criswell (vice president), Mary Ann Roberts (recording secretary), Leslie Spoff (corresponding secretary), Gloria Puskas (financial secretary) and Sandy Trinter (treasurer).
In addition, the club's ambassadors group will hold an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.
The club is located at 3951 N. High St.
Women interested in joining the club will have the opportunity to meet members and learn about the various groups and the activities that support and give back to the community.
Members are not required to live in Clintonville; members are from many locations in and around Columbus. For more information, call Lynne Bratka at 614-354-9565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.