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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  18

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Norwich Women’s Club on its centennial anniversary

Offered by: Representatives Cheney of Norwich and Masland of Thetford

Offered by:  Senators Campbell, McCormack, and Nitka

Whereas, the Norwich Women's Club (the club) was founded in 1907 "to promote the cultural, charitable, and social aspects of Norwich life," and

Whereas, the organization’s membership has grown from the original 25 to over 200 a century later, and

Whereas, early in its history, the club started a village improvement society which supported local road improvements, and

Whereas, during both world wars, the club’s membership donated its time and effort to war relief and Red Cross projects, and

Whereas, by the middle of the last century, the club’s revenue from book and bake sales had helped to finance Norwich’s first “swimming pool” fund, to establish a hot lunch program at the Marion Cross School, and to create the school library, and

Whereas, the club assisted in sponsoring the first Christmas Pageant in Norwich that remains a highlight of the local holiday season, and

Whereas, from the proceeds of its nearly-new used clothing sale, the club has donated at least $470,000.00 in scholarships to Norwich high school graduates who are pursuing higher education, and

Whereas, in 1984, the club launched Floribunda, a flower show and sale, and over $230,000.00 of proceeds from this event have been awarded in the form of grants to various community, civic, cultural, and educational institutions, including the Norwich Public Library, the Norwich Historical Society, the Montshire Museum of Science, the Marion Cross School, the Norwich Conservation Commission, the Norwich Recreation Council, and the League of Women Voters, and

Whereas, the club sponsors concerts on the green each summer, and for at least 50 years it has been responsible for the charming plantings in the garden adjacent to Tracy Hall for at least 50 years, and

Whereas, for all its members, the club has fostered lifelong friendships among caring and committed women, who have managed to have fun while working hard at improving the quality of life in Norwich, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Norwich Women’s Club on its centennial anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Norwich Women’s Club.



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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont