What do all these organizations have in common?
The Venice-Nokomis Woman’s Club (VNWC) is a group of more than 100 dedicated women who don’t just talk about working for and supporting our community, they “walk-the-walk.”
The VNWC began in 1926 when Mrs. Albee, wife of the world renowned surgeon Dr. Fred Albee, along with Mrs. Kehr Higel co-founded and presided over the first VNWC. Our Downtown Library, currently under construction, came out of the efforts of the VNWC, spearheaded by the Albees in the mid 1900s.
Still today, the Club’s giving touches the lives of the aged, the poor, and families in need within our community. The Club’s work extends beyond providing the basics. VNWC raises money to fight hunger and provide clothing and shelter by supporting such organizations as the Salvation Arm and the Campaign Against Hunger. This year, the VNWC is actively involved in Our Mother’s House and the Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Project taking place October 24-28. Women from all walks of lifewill join together to build a home in North Port. For details , call Ann at 941-412-7639.
VNWC supports academic success and awards scholarships to students at Venice High School and Suncoast Community College. The Club is also aware that those most vulnerable in our community are the mentally challenged who, in an era of constant cut-backs to social programs, need financial support. The Loveland Center is a perfect example.
Many may not be aware that the VNWC is also involved in many community events, and the woman members volunteer to lend a hand when needed. The VNWC participates in the annual Downtown Venice Christmas in July event organized by Venice MainStreet, the VABI Tree Lighting ceremony, and the Venice Holiday Parade. The VNWC has raised over $7,000 during the 2016-17 fiscal year.
The women in the VNWC carry on the legacy of the Club’s founders by participating in a variety of Venice and Nokomis events, and by donating thousands of dollars each year to local charities and non-profit organizations. Following in their predecessors footsteps, today’s members continue to give back and pay it forward in order to fulfill their mission to: Preserve the Past…Enjoy the Present…Plan for the future…
Answer: Venice-Nokomis Women’s Club