Women’s Club Celebrates 130 Years

In rain and sunshine, the Chautauqua Women’s Club celebrated its 130th anniversary and largest 2019 fundraiser with four events over the July 19 weekend. Over 33 consecutive years, through 2018, CWC has donated nearly $1.6 million in student scholarship funds to Chautauqua Institution, making them the largest fundraisers among on-grounds, independent organizations. On Friday afternoon, Wes Cowan — a long-time PBS “Antiques Roadshow” appraiser and the week’s Contemporary Issues Forum speaker — evaluated 20 items in a “Roadshow”-like event that concluded with a reception. Saturday and Sunday featured a silent auction of antiques, crafts, jewelry and other donated items. Seventy pies from Westfield’s Portage Pies were added on Sunday, as were activities for children. The 130th Anniversary Cocktail Celebration honoring the CWC’s past, present and future occurred Saturday evening.

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Deborah Trefts is a policy scientist with extensive United States, Canadian and additional international experience in conservation. She focuses on the resolution of ocean and freshwater-related challenges and the art and science of deciphering and developing public policy at all levels from global to local.