Women's Club of Inverness: Serving, supporting, giving back

  • The Women's Club of Inverness welcomes new members. Pictured are Camille Husby, Denise Tumbarello, Donna Lill, Jennifer DeFranco, Christine Svenson and Carolyn Gralewski, the club's 2018-2019 new members.

    The Women's Club of Inverness welcomes new members. Pictured are Camille Husby, Denise Tumbarello, Donna Lill, Jennifer DeFranco, Christine Svenson and Carolyn Gralewski, the club's 2018-2019 new members. Courtesy of Women's Club of Inverness

  • Women's Club of Inverness logo

    Women's Club of Inverness logo

  • Each year, the Education Committee of the Women's Club of Inverness reviews scholarship applications and awards grants to deserving local undergraduate college students. Pictured are the 2019 scholarship recipients.

    Each year, the Education Committee of the Women's Club of Inverness reviews scholarship applications and awards grants to deserving local undergraduate college students. Pictured are the 2019 scholarship recipients. Courtesy of Women's Club of Inverness

  • Jessalyn Nicklas was the first president of the Women's Club of Inverness, and a co-founder and trustee of Harper College.

    Jessalyn Nicklas was the first president of the Women's Club of Inverness, and a co-founder and trustee of Harper College. Courtesy of Women's Club of Inverness

  • And the winner is ... Regi Greene celebrates her raffle win in November of 2019 during a Women's Club of Inverness fundraising event.

    And the winner is ... Regi Greene celebrates her raffle win in November of 2019 during a Women's Club of Inverness fundraising event. Courtesy of Women's Club of Inverness

  • Among the Women's Club of Inverness annual fundraisers is the Sip and Sparkle wine tasting event. The recent Sip and Sparkle event committee included: First row Karen Spering, Kathy Hickey, Pam Panczyk and Marla Bradley; second row: Tina Bradbury, Susanne Glazbrook, Linda Kolbusz-Kosan and Karen Kallman; back row: Sue Rogers, Renata Schaad, Pat Kubera, Cheryl Trzupek and Medora Deason.

    Among the Women's Club of Inverness annual fundraisers is the Sip and Sparkle wine tasting event. The recent Sip and Sparkle event committee included: First row Karen Spering, Kathy Hickey, Pam Panczyk and Marla Bradley; second row: Tina Bradbury, Susanne Glazbrook, Linda Kolbusz-Kosan and Karen Kallman; back row: Sue Rogers, Renata Schaad, Pat Kubera, Cheryl Trzupek and Medora Deason. Courtesy of Women's Club of Inverness

  • Pat Kubera and Tina Bradbury are the committee chairwomen for the Women's Club of Inverness spring fundraiser, "The Greatest Show," which has been postponed to an undetermined date later in the year.

    Pat Kubera and Tina Bradbury are the committee chairwomen for the Women's Club of Inverness spring fundraiser, "The Greatest Show," which has been postponed to an undetermined date later in the year. Courtesy of Women's Club of Inverness

  • Guests mingle during a Women's Club of Inverness fundraising event at the Medinah Country Club.

    Guests mingle during a Women's Club of Inverness fundraising event at the Medinah Country Club. Courtesy of Women's Club of Inverness

  • Karen Spering, the current president of the Women's Club of Inverness. Spering has been president of the club since 2018.

    Karen Spering, the current president of the Women's Club of Inverness. Spering has been president of the club since 2018. Courtesy of Women's Club of Inverness

  • The Women's Club of Inverness executive board includes: First row: Jay Kist and Eileen Kohne; second row: Karen Kallman, Karen Spering and Jen DeFranco. Not pictured is Fran Guziel.

    The Women's Club of Inverness executive board includes: First row: Jay Kist and Eileen Kohne; second row: Karen Kallman, Karen Spering and Jen DeFranco. Not pictured is Fran Guziel. Courtesy of Women's Club of Inverness

  • Guests mingle during a Women's Club of Inverness fundraising event at the Medinah Country Club.

    Guests mingle during a Women's Club of Inverness fundraising event at the Medinah Country Club. Courtesy of Women's Club of Inverness

 
Submitted by Donna Lill
Updated 3/24/2020 11:06 AM

Our recent world pandemic has been a time to reflect on who we are and where we are headed.

Over the last 55 years, the Women's Club of Inverness, a 501(c) (3) organization, has demonstrated a generous resolve of aid to those in need within our communities. Through two annual fundraisers and continuously participating in community outreach, the Women's Club of Inverness serves women, children and seniors in Inverness and the surrounding communities. Women from many communities selflessly volunteer their time, energy and financial support to make a difference in the lives of those in need.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The Women's Club of Inverness began with meetings in women's homes in 1963, when 12 women got together with intent to build friendships and address community needs such as beautification of the area. Inverness neighbors also welcomed newcomers from adjoining suburbs to join. The club's regular meetings began in 1965, with the objective to promote and coordinate good cultural and educational activities in the community, as well as to support a variety of charitable organizations.

The nonprofit club has held true to its mission and the vision of its first president Jessalyn Nicklas, a founding leader in establishing the Palatine campus of Harper College was. Her objective to promote and coordinate good cultural and educational activities in the community and to support a variety of charitable organizations continues to this day.

Since then, Women's Club of Inverness has grown exponentially in members. Building legacy is at work as daughters of current and former members are joining to continue making a difference.

"Although some years I have been a less active member, I have maintained my membership since 1998," says Eileen Kohne, club president from 2016-2018. "Being a Women's Club of Inverness member keeps me connected to serving my community, provides a vehicle to give back, and makes me part of creating random acts of kindness. I am proud to have been part of the Women's Club of Inverness mission for 22 years, as well as the 55 years of Women's Club of Inverness giving that has supported 368 students in their education dreams and more than $1.3 million invested in our community of the Northwest Corridor."

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The focus of philanthropy is on nonprofit organizations serving school districts 211 and 220. Each spring, the Education Committee reviews scholarship applications and awards grants to deserving local undergraduate college students. Grant applications are mailed to local organizations in late January. Completed applications must be returned to the Philanthropy Committee by the middle of March. The Philanthropy Committee reviews requests and presents its recommendations to Women's Club of Inverness members for approval at the May General Meeting.

A range of community outreach projects are supported by Women's Club of Inverness, including: Shoe Box Express, which mails packages to military personnel serving overseas; Make a Difference Day; Appletree project; Blessings in a Backpack; Adopt a Family at holiday time; and PADS dinners.

Fundraising events hosted by Women's Club of Inverness are put together with months of planning with the intent to delight guests and supporters as they contribute. In the past years, events have included a Sip and Sparkle wine tasting, a A Wee Bit of Fashion Show, a look into Memories of Christmas Past, and a Halloween-themed Witches and Broomsticks fundraiser. All events are planned with a central theme, including the one to come later this year -- "The Greatest Show," which will feature an aerialist, soloists, and magician. Our events are planned around vendors for shopping, silent auction and raffle baskets, 50/50 drawings and delicious luncheons. Ticket purchases and donations fuel our philanthropic gifts at the end of each year.

In light of our current situation, the spring fundraiser, "The Greatest Show," has been postponed until later in the year.

"As president for the last two years, I am very proud of the ladies in this club for their diligence, dedication, and generosity in fulfilling our philanthropic goals," says current President Karen Spering. "Many friendships have been formed while working toward our common goals."

General membership meetings are held monthly September through May at the Inverness Golf Club, 102 N. Roselle Road, Inverness. Guests are always welcome at meetings by contacting Jen DeFranco at WCI.vicepres@gmail.com.

For information about joining, donating to, and supporting Women's Club of Inverness, go to www.womensclubofinverness.com.

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