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The Woman’s Club of Williamsburg recently voted to create a new evening division in order to create a schedule more amenable to the next generation of members.
The new division of the club, which was founded in 1949 as a part of the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs, will have the same goals and responsibilities of the daytime division.
The club originally had meetings at night, often in a church basement and accompanied by a potluck dinner, President Lori Grygalonis said.
Eventually the shift was made to daytime meetings as many of the early participants retired and had kids leave the nest, making them more available during the day.
The decision to begin offering night meetings again has been in the works for the past several years, ever since the possibility was raised during a strategic planning committee session in 2012.
When she became the club’s president, Grygalonis prioritized moving forward with the plans to begin an evening division in order to ensure the vitality of the club.
“In today’s world, many women are busy during the day with family and work obligations,” Grygalonis said. “It is time for The Woman’s Club of Williamsburg to change with the times and go back to offering evening meetings for these women.”
The evening division meetings will take place later on the same day as the monthly daytime meetings, and will share the same officers, bylaws and enthusiasm for volunteerism.
Like regular Woman’s Club members, evening division members will be required to attend two meetings before officially joining, a precaution Grygalonis said is useful to ensure the club is “a good fit” for all its members.
After joining, women must become involved with at least one committee or cause in order to remain in good standing. The Woman’s Club has ties to a variety of local organizations, reflecting the diverse passions of its members.
“Working with children, fundraising for scholarships, helping the homeless, helping veterans – there is something for everybody,” Grygalonis said.
By bringing in a new generation of women, whether they be working women or moms who are busy with childcare during the day, club members are hopeful the organization will grow both in numbers and perspective.
“I think it’s going to be stimulating,” Grygalonis said. “It’ll be exciting to bring in new, fresh ideas. It’s a win-win for everybody.”
The first official meeting of the evening division is 6 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Jamestown conference room of Sentara Williamsburg Regional Center. For more information about the club, click here.