The Milton Century Club celebrated the completion of its 39th year of service with a visit to the John Dickinson Plantation followed by a lunch at the Roma Restaurant in Dover. The plantation, former home of the Penman of the Revolution, offers exhibits on the life of John Dickinson as well as the history of the plantation. Century Club members enjoy many benefits from membership including socializing while learning, planning and working together to accomplish their goals and contribute to the community.
The club meets from September through June each year. During the past year, the club hosted speakers including Department of Agriculture Secretary Ed Kee and Roxann Williams with the Delaware Division for the Visually Impaired. Members visited the DuPont Nature Center at the Mispillion Harbor Reserve for an update on the status of the coastal environment. In April, the club was honored to welcome GFWC Delaware State President Jane Folz at the annual Reciprocity Tea.
Fundraisers were held throughout the year ranging from a card party and a community bingo party to the popular annual Holiday House Tour, to be held Dec. 14 this year. The club expresses gratitude to the Milton community for its generous support of these events including media resources, business sponsors, community partners and especially those who support through their attendance.
Members support many local, regional, state and other organizations through hours of volunteer work and donations of funds raised by the club. The Bears Workshop, chaired by Evelyn Hopkins, made 200 teddy bears that were donated to shelters to help comfort young children experiencing trauma or loss. Many members joined in to help this year’s GFWC Community Improvement Project, the Milton Development Corporation.
The MDC has planned and implemented a number of events and activities with the help of the Century Club to bring entertainment and culture to Milton despite the closure of the Milton Theatre. Other events, such as the Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival, Family Fun Day, Bargains on the Broadkill, Fall Into Milton and the Holly Festival also benefited from the support and participation of members.
In addition, the Milton Century Club donated funds to help people in need, veterans, local police, volunteer fire company, the library and other worthy causes. Club members have been able to award two scholarships in the amount of $2,000 to two young women from the Milton area who graduated this spring and will enter college in the fall.
The Milton Century Club is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Women interested in joining the club may contact Maureen Blasic at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Maryann Donnan at 302-684-0368.