Submitted by the Island Lake Woman's Club
The village of Island Lake on Feb. 28 presented a plaque to the Island Lake Woman's Club to honor its philanthropic service on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the club.
In the summer of 1943, a few ladies founded the Island Lake Woman's Club to serve the community. Soon after its first meeting there were more than 80 members.
At that time, approximately 350 Island Lake families were year-round residents, with a total of 72 sons and daughters in the service during World War II. The Woman's Club sent them cards, letters and packages.
The Island Lake Woman's Club joined the nationwide General Federation of Woman's Clubs in 1952, and to this day their dedicated members continue their tradition of service to the community.
The Island Lake Woman's Club collects donations and raises funds for local schools and libraries, the Wauconda/lsland Lake Food Pantry, the Lake County Pet Food Pantry, and many other charities, including the Salvation Army, the USO, the Veterans Affairs, the Heart Fund, Smile Train, Heifer International and the American Indian Center in Chicago.
The women are especially proud of the work they do in planting and maintaining two of the garden entrance gates to the village.
If you're looking for community service and fellowship and are interested in learning more about the club or attending a luncheon meeting, call Juel Olmsted at (847) 526-8741 or Dona Willard, at (847) 526-3408.
Meetings are the second Thursday of the month. Luncheon is served at noon, followed by the day's program.
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