Nevis Women’s Club earns four state awards
The Nevis Women’s Club garnered four awards at the annual meeting of the Minnesota General Federation of Women’s Clubs, held virtually on July 25.
The Nevis club was recognized in the areas of communications and public issues, children’s advocacy, conservation and international outreach.
In the spring of 2019, the Nevis Women’s Club partnered with the League of Women Voters to present a women’s suffragette program at the state convention. Members dressed in period costumes gave information on the history of the suffragette movement and reenacted protesting for the right to vote.
On Aug. 26, members, again dressed in period costumes, will march through Nevis’ Main Street, supporting women’s right to vote.
The second award, received for children’s advocacy, was for the club’s support of the Healing Hearts organization and club members who participated in Healing Hearts events. Healing Hearts, begun by a local group of individuals after the tragic murders that occurred in Nevis, focuses their efforts on the children of the local community who may have been touched by domestic violence. Funds provide mental health services, special group events and basic necessities. Several fundraisers were held and donations of $355 were used to help provide Christmas gifts for local children.
Efforts by the Nevis Women’s Club in the development, design, fundraising and planting of the Nevis pollinator garden was awarded under the conservation category. On Aug. 21, the club will host an open house event from 10 a.m. to noon to celebrate the garden’s completion. During that event, a flower mural created by well-known local artist Gary Wolff will be highlighted.
The final award recognized the club’s support of and participation in Days for Girls, an international organization that provides reusable hygiene kits for those in third world countries, literally giving them back days of the month. When the COVID-19 pandemic came, their emphasis changed to making masks for health care personnel. Over 6,000 masks were donated.
The Nevis Women’s Club started as the Nevis Study Club in 1919. In 2018, the name was changed to the Nevis Women’s Club. For more information regarding the activities and membership of the club, contact Kathy Carney at 252-6654 or Jody Pribyl at 763-331-2043.