Submitted by Elgin Woman's Club
The Elgin Woman's Club kicks off 2014 with a meeting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, including a program and luncheon at Villa Olivia Country Club, Route 20 and Naperville Road, Bartlett. Chairwoman for the February meeting is Rita Corbett, with members assisting as hostesses.
Presented by the club's arts department, the program will feature a presentation by Cynthia Hernandez, artistic director for Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl. It started as one of numerous activities like Mexican Folkloric dance and music that the youth group did to keep active. As the group learned about Mexican folkloric dance, they felt the need to continue learning more of Mexico's rich heritage and share their knowledge and experience of Mexican dance and music year round to a broader audience. With this, the Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl was established in 1996 in Elgin, under the direction of founder Julian Hernandez. In 2000, the children's group was created so that the knowledge of dance and music that the adults gained could be shared and passed on to the younger generations giving them the opportunity to learn about their heritage of dance and music while engaging in a healthy activity.
Reservations should be made by calling the club hotline at (847) 622-3614. Cost of the luncheon meeting and program is $20 and may be paid by check the day of the meeting.
The club meets monthly from September to May at area restaurants and other locations for luncheon meetings and programs. Women interested in receiving more information about the club may also call the hotline and leave a message. As a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, a variety of club information is available on their website, www.gfwc.org.
This year, the Elgin Woman's Club is celebrating its 126th anniversary, having been founded in 1887 and one year later, opened Sherman Hospital, which they continue to support. Since the club was organized members have also supported hundreds of local projects including yearly scholarships to students from area high schools. In addition, members serve as readers in local schools, volunteers in hospitals and other agencies throughout the Elgin area and are active in recycling, conservation, women's health, international affairs and other projects.