HISTORY OF THE MAGNOLIA POINT WOMEN'S CLUB (MPWC)

MPWC Founders
Gisela Ferrell, Jackie McCann, Kathie Cardon,
Mary Lee Thompson, and Barbara Szymansk

In March of 2001, five women, Kathie Cardon, Gisela Ferrell, Jackie McCann, Barbara Szymanski, and Mary Lee Thompson met to establish a social organization for the women of Magnolia Point. Over the years this group of five has grown to over 225 women and is a non-profit organization that not only enjoys a rich social life but also volunteers its services in the local community and sponsors many fundraising events in support of our multiple charities.

Since its inception, the Club has provided interesting monthly speakers, day trips and numerous opportunities for our members to engage socially.  The Club embraces the various talents and skills of its members who serve on various volunteer committees. Some of the social activities and programs held in the past include:

  • A tour of the Christmas Spectacular at the Stetson Mansion
  • Arts & Crafts Fairs
  • Luminary Night events
  • Holiday Home Tour
  • Musical groups
  • Guest speakers presenting the history of GCS, Exploritus (formerly Elder Hostel), growing herbs, holiday decorating, gardening, travel, photography, estate planning, health, and personal care
  • Participation in Reinhold Foundation leadership seminars.

Our Hospitality Committee welcomes new residents to Magnolia Point and shares community information with them. New resident women are given information regarding the Women's Club and are invited to attend Club meetings.

Through its fundraising efforts, the Club has contributed to the following charitable causes:

Scholarships for Clay High School Senior Girls
Blessings in a Backpack (now Maggie’s Meals) 
Camp I Am Special
Clay County Literacy Coalition
Community Hospice
All the Green Cove Springs Schools
The Clay County Rescue Mission

Outreach Program at Sacred Heart
Quigley House
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Take Stock in Children
Waste Not, Want Not
Way Free Medical Clinic
Thrasher-Horne Friend
Hope Therapy

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