MATOACA – The monthly meeting of the Matoaca Woman’s Club was held on March 20 at New Hope Baptist Church.
Wilma Norris, Education/Scholarship Committee chair, presented the March program with an in-depth history of past and current activities from the club’s many years.
One of the program’s highlights was recognizing the scholarship awards.
The Jeanne Dyson Outstanding Fifth-grader Award focuses on the core values set by the Chesterfield Board of Education.
The Matoaca Middle School award, Jean Driskill Matoaca Middle School Warrior of the Year, focuses on core values set by the Chesterfield School Board.
Accordingly, the Matoaca High School scholarship, better known as the Rachel McEwen Scholarship, was first awarded in 1974. Since then, daughters of club members have been awarded this scholarship, which has varied over the years and is now an annual $1,000 award.
With the club providing school supplies to Matoaca Elementary School throughout the year, teacher appreciation week projects, such as apples, chocolate chip cookies, Post-It notes and red pens, have been delivered to Matoaca schools.
The club has also been part of the Buddy Readers and Math Buddy programs to assist students.
Another ongoing project in which the club is involved is the Little Free Library, which was built by Dave Austin and dedicated in 2014 in honor of Marjorie Cole, a dedicated teacher who was loved by everyone in the community.
These are some of the great activities that have been accomplished by the club and will continue into the future.
Hostesses for the evening were Kathie Vaughan, Heather Viar, Carolyn Vivas and Kay Boykins.
A very lively St. Patrick’s display was the month’s theme. The door prize was a Peebles gift card donated by Joyce Burton and won by Brenda Ryan.