Friday, January 01, 2010

The Waterfront Women

            The Waterfront Women isn’t a service club. It doesn’t exist to raise money for any specific charity or community effort. But that doesn’t mean its mission isn’t important, said Mandy Martin, who is serving her third term as president of the organization.

            “We're a social group that simply meets to visit with one another and enjoy a program and luncheon,” she said. “We usually have about 45 members show up to each meeting. We have a wide variety of programs to try to hit everyone's fancy, plus we get together for different functions like water aerobics or a movie group.”

            Some of the programs are informative or instructional and have included a speaker on women's health issues, a florist who taught the women how to make their own table centerpieces, and a representative from the Scruggs Rescue Squad who showed them how to perform CPR.

            Other times, programs are for entertainment, Martin said, citing a magic demonstration by lake resident Arnie Kropf as an example.

            Waterfront Women is a non-profit group, but club rules prevent members from donating money to one particular charity. Instead, the ladies give back to the community by paying $20 dues, which are applied toward gifts for the service group representatives who speak at their programs.

            “We pay for the speaker's lunch and then we give them a donation,” Martin said. “When Scruggs [Rescue Squad] came to show us how to do CPR, we gave them a donation. And we once had a speaker and dog come from St. Francis Service Dogs in Roanoke, so we gave them a gift also.”

            Martin said the group also organizes special events at different times throughout the year. In February, members plan to hold a game day, when they will play games such as “guess the baby picture” to get to know each other and break the ice between members. They also hold an annual holiday dinner-dance every December, she said.

            Martin said one of the best parts of being a member has been the opportunity to form lasting friendships with other women.

            “They're so special to me,” she said. “At all of our meetings, I'm always the greeter at the door. I know everyone's name, and I want them all to feel special. I really love this group of ladies.”

            The group is comprised of women who are members of The Waterfront Country Club. It was formed in 1985 with 39 members. Membership is now up to about 85. The women meet every month except July for a program and luncheon.