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Orange Community Women Need Your Help

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Sep 132017
 

The Orange Community Women, an organization dedicated to helping worthy causes in Tthe area is running a FUNDrive under the Pavillion at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The OCW is asking the Orange community to donate clothing and household items to help them raise money for a variety of programs.

They will be accepting clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, accessories, CDs, DVDs, Books, electrical items, toys and games, kitchen items, knick knacks and sporting goods.

The Orange Community Women’s projects support Amity Scholarships, the Case Memorial Library, Veterans, the Tracy Bunch, Relay for Life, Silverbrook, Orange Community Services, Days for Girls, Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center and Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes.

If you can’t make it to the Pavillion on Oct. 14, contact Michelle Bailey at 203-605-4363 or by e-mail at fbailey1@optonline.net for an advance drop off or pick up.

The FUNDrive is held in cooperation with the SAVERS store, 130 Boston Post Road, Orange.

 

Orange Community Women Present “Women & War”

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Sep 102017
 

Connecticut’s history is filled with remarkable women who have achieved extraordinary things.
Women have been involved in military conflicts from the beginning of time; some as warriors, some as spies and others who made the munitions or simply called for peace.

Connecticut women are among the finest and bravest who have stood for their cause – sometimes defying
gender norms, and often without the recognition they deserved.

Orange Community Women is proud to host “Women & War,” a presentation which will spotlight noted women warriors, including a teenager who helped save Danbury during the Revolutionary War, Harriet Beecher Stowe who sowed the seeds of conflict leading to the Civil War, and how Margaret Bourke-White’s photography brought civilians face to face with the war front for the first time. We will learn more about this year’s Hall of Fame inductees including

We will learn more about this year’s Hall of Fame inductees including our own Captain Kristen M. Griest, Amity graduate, and the first female infantry officer in the US Army and one of the first two women to graduate from Army Ranger School.

This free event, part of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame “Talks on the Road” series will be held on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Case Memorial Library.

The mission of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame is to honor publicly the achievements of Connecticut Women, preserve their stories, educate the public, and inspire the continued achievements of women and girls. CWHF Inductees prove that women are just as tough as men and will inspire others to shatter gender barriers. For more information on CWHF visit www.cwhf.org

Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc. and seeks to unite the women of Orange and surrounding areas by participating in community service and providing enrichment, leadership and social interaction.

OCW meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00 at the High Plains Community Center and new members are always welcome. For information about joining OCW, please contact Donna Wesolowski at
donnaweso@optimum.net

Orange Community Women Donate Funds To The Volunteer Fire Department

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Sep 052017
 

Fire Chief John Knight and Volunteer Firefighter Lisa Kaplan with members of the Orange Community Women.

Orange Community Women (OCW) recently presented the Orange Volunteer Fire Department (OVFD) with a $200 check from the money earned from community activities during the past club year.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department is 92 years old and volunteer run with 60 active members.  Chartered to provide fire service for the Town of Orange, they also own and maintain the trucks as well as maintain the fire houses.

The OVFD is in the process of purchasing a new truck that will be used for protection of life and property in the town of Orange. The new fire truck will cost about $850K, without all the necessary equipment.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department appreciates all donations as they can apply the money where the need arises.  For example, full gear with tanks and masks costs several thousand dollars for each firefighter.

When a call comes into the police station, our volunteer firefighters hit the ground running.

Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc. and seeks to unite the women of Orange and surrounding areas by participating in community service and providing enrichment, leadership and social interaction. 

OCW hosts various activities throughout the year and the proceeds are returned to the Orange community. 

This Fall, OCW is coordinating a Children’s Fair Fact Scavenger hunt at the Orange Country Fair to help promote all of the fun activities at the fair.  In October, they will have a Saver’s Fundraiser to turn community donations back into cash for the community. 

Also in October, OCW will present a “ Women & War “ lecture from Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame “Talks on the Road” series at the Case Memorial Library.  Check back here soon for further information.

OCW meets at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, at 7 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of the month and new members are always welcome.  For information about joining OCW, please contact Donna Wesolowski at donnaweso@optimum.net.

OCW Thank Everyone For Attending Their Bubble Mania Fundraiser

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Jan 302017
 

The Orange Community Women (OCW) hosted “Casey Carle’s Bubble Mania” show at High Plains Community Center, on Saturday, January 28. 

The organization had no idea how many people would attend the event, but some of the women said that advance ticket sales were “great.”

About 15 minutes before the 3 p.m. show, the line for “at the door” ticket sales was “out the door.”

The standing room only crowd seemed to astound the hosts.

Bubble Mania is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids.  This was a wonderful community event and lots of fun for all ages.

Children and adults alike laughed out loud and stared in awe as Bubble Master Casey Carle worked his bubble magic.

About the OCW

Publicity Chairman Laura Griest said, “Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc.  We seek to unite the women of Orange and surrounding areas by participating in community service and providing enrichment, leadership and social interaction. 

“Our projects include awarding scholarships to Amity students, donating children’s books to the library, collecting for veterans, organizing activities for the Tracy Bunch (a group of special needs adults sponsored by Orange Community Services), visiting and working with the seniors at Silverbrook, donating holiday food baskets and gift cards to Orange Community Services and partnerships with Days for Girls, Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center and Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes. Proceeds from this fundraiser support projects such as these.”

“Thank you for supporting OCW,” members said.

For more information on Orange Community Women call 203-799-3519.

Due to a camera malfunction all of the photos from this event are terrible!

Don’t Forget, “Bubblemania” Is Coming To Town On Saturday

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Jan 272017
 

Orange Community Women (OCW) invites you to see “Casey Carle’s BubbleMania” at High Plains Community Center, on Saturday, January 28 at 3 p.m. 

BubbleMania is a highly- acclaimed show combining the science of bubbles with theatrical showmanship and comedy.   Its website describes the show as an “extremely unique program combining high energy entertainment with artistic achievement.  

BubbleMania is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids.”  This will be a wonderful community event and lots of fun for all ages.

Tickets are $7 at the door.  

Publicity Chairman Laura Griest said, “Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc.  We seek to unite the women of Orange and surrounding areas by participating in community service and providing enrichment, leadership and social interaction.  Our projects include awarding scholarships to Amity students, donating children’s books to the library, collecting for veterans, organizing activities for the Tracy Bunch (a group of special needs adults sponsored by Orange Community Services), visiting and working with the seniors at Silverbrook, donating holiday food baskets and gift cards to Orange Community Services and partnerships with Days for Girls, Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center and Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes. Proceeds from this fundraiser support projects such as these.”

For more information on Orange Community Women, contact Donna Wesolowski, 203-799-3519.

Local Group Hosts Veteran’s Day Paperback Book Donation for Vets

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Oct 272016
 

drop-box-for-books-for-vetsThe Orange Community Women’s group will be collecting paperback books to donate to the VA hospital in West Haven.  The collection will run from Oct. 28 through Nov. 18 to encompass Veteran’s Day.

There are two locations to donate your gently used paperback books: High Plains Community Center, main entrance, in the drop box pictured above and at the Video Lab drop box located at 200 Boston Post Road, Orange. Paperback books of general interest such as fiction, non-fiction, thriller, drama, comedy, mystery will be accepted.

The Orange Community Women group was established in 1985 and is a community service based organization, giving back to those in need in our community, state and globally.  Holding an annual fundraiser, and the recent mug and hat sale at the Orange Country Fair, all proceeds support projects such as scholarships for graduating Amity seniors, hosting craft nights with the seniors of Silverbrook Estates, providing food baskets for the needy, Relay for Life and most recently the Days for Girls Organization.  OCW operates under the Connecticut Junior Women umbrella.

For more information, contact Maureen Boian (203-799-9856) or Laura Griest (203-530-7906).  Thank you.

Down On The Farm With The Orange Community Women

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May 302016
 

Tracy Bunch Buttermilk farms (1)The Tracy Bunch and Orange Community Women (OCW) had a delightful time on a beautiful Monday evening in May at Buttermilk Farms in Orange, CT. The evening began with a craft and a pizza dinner.

After dinner, the Tracy Bunch was given a tour of the farm and animals by Maryellen Holden. They were able to pet goats and cows as well as hold a rabbit and young piglets. The evening ended with a hayride around the property.

OCW is a local community service organization serving under the larger CT Junior Women organization.

For further information on the club and our services, please contact Donna Wesolowski, Membership Chair, 203-799- 3519, or e-mail donnaweso@optimum.net.

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Tracy Bunch Buttermilk Farms (2)

Women Learn A New Skill, Orange Community Women Benefit

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Nov 112015
 

DSC06405On Tuesday evening, the Orange Community Women hosted a fundraiser at the Orange Ale House that brought 19 everyday women together to learn how to paint a pre-determined landscape on canvas.

With the rear room reserved and canvases, paints, brushes and aprons provided, the participants first enjoyed light hors d’oeuvres and bought a glass of wine or other beverage to sip on during the event.

The instructor, Christine from paintsocialart.com introduced everyone to their paint brushes and gave a quick explanation or the method they’d be using, and how to blend the different acrylics to make the perfect shade for each component of the landscape.

Some of the women took to the project with confidence and enthusiasm, a few others weren’t so sure of what they were doing or how “good” it was.

Christine reminded them that “This is fun art, not fine art” and there is no right or wrong, and that each painting would be different.

Before long, event the most insecure artist was embracing their creations’ imperfections and perfecting on the better aspects. A couple threw caution to the wind and added her own flair, one added a black bird to a tree branch, another placed a small flower in the grass on the bottom.

After two hours 19 women were adding the finishing touches to their masterpieces, then posed for a group photo while patrons applauded their efforts. More important, the Orange Community Women brought home a nice “donation” to use for their community service projects.

These painting events are becoming more popular every day. If you have a corporate event, office party or fundraiser coming up, consider having a painting party. Visit www.PaintSocialArt.com or e-mail Christine@PaintSocialArt.com.

HURRY! Register Today to Have the Time Of Your Life at Paint & Sip Fundraiser

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Nov 092015
 

Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 10.00.12 PMThe Orange Community Women invite you to join them on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, for a social night out with friends while sipping cocktails and painting.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., arrive early if you would like to have dinner first.

This wonderful event is simple and fun. No experience is necessary. The instructor will provide all painting supplies, and you go home with your ready to hang masterpiece.

Reservations are required and time is running out, so she’ll have enough time to prepare.

Register online at www.paintsocialart.com or with any member of the Orange Community Women.

The cost is $40 per person and all funds will support the OCW service projects.

For more information, call 203-627-2022

The Orange Community Women Need Your Help to Help Girls

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Nov 072015
 

Days for Girls Collection at CML

Donations Received for Days for Girls at Case Memorial Library Informational Meeting

Thank you to all who attended the recent informational meeting on “Days for Girls & Kenyan Health Care Initiatives” at Case Memorial Library hosted by Orange Community Women.   Days for Girls believes “Every girl in the world deserves education, safety and dignity”. 

Their mission statement is:  “Creating a more free, dignified, free and educated world through access to lasting feminine hygiene solutions and community-based health leadership programs.”

You can help Days for Girls by donating the following items:

Girls’ Panties:  briefs sizes 10-16, no characters or words, Goal 2000 pairs

Wash Cloths:  brightly colored, no white, medium weight, Goal  800 cloths

Ziploc Gallon Freezer bags:  Only Ziploc brand (without zippers), Goal  2000 bags

Prewashed Fabric needed:  brightly colored, no animal or camouflage prints, 100% Quilter’s Cotton, Minimum ½ yard, Flannel – Minimun 2 ½ yards

Monetary Donations:  Help build the new DFG Chumvi Sewing Center which will bring reusable feminine hygiene kits to girls and women in need and provide a sustainable living to Maasai women.

Orange Community Women will collect donations through November 30th in the collection box at Video Lab, 200 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT 06477.  In addition to the drop box, you can contact Michelle at  (203) 876-8615 for a pick-up.

More information on Days for Girls:

www.KHCI.org or InfoKenya@KHCI.org

www.Daysforgirls.org or Ctchapter@DaysforGirls.org

More information on OCW:

Donna Wesolowski, donnaweso@optimum.net

Watch for additional upcoming events and OCW sponsored workshops in the future.