Charlotte Observer Articles, by Jane Duckwall:

October 2010

Union Women's Club seeking members

Club was created in April 2009.

Posted: Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010

Members of the Union County Womens Club, from left, Treasurer Leslie Boyd, Lynn Babusci, Secretary Diana Pelino, Cindy Markus, GFWC District III Junior Director Angela Knight, President Barbara Magee, Dena Sabinske, Tia Kilpatrick and Maureen Weidele. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARBARA MAGEE

The Union County Women's Club is looking for a few more good women.

The club, one of the newer chapters of the General Federation of Women's Clubs of North Carolina (GFWC-NC), is holding a membership drive this month to boost membership - and the good the club is doing in the county.

"In order to increase our goals, we need to increase membership, too," said Diana Pelino, club secretary.

Since its creation in April 2009, the club's 15 members have "accomplished many volunteer events and have done a good job of getting donations to some really worthy organizations...," Pelino said.

Those organizations include: Turning Point, which helps victims of domestic violence; Union County Senior Nutrition Program; Operation Smile; Harvest Feast; Samaritan's Feet; Avon Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence; Second Harvest Food Bank; and Union County Christmas Bureau.

To help spread the word about the club, members recently set up booths at several local festivals. They also plan a booth at the Blakeney Boo! Bash on Oct. 23 at the Blakeney Shopping Plaza on Rea Road.

The group also is planning a shopping fundraiser at Weddington Methodist Church to raise money for Turning Point. The UCWC fall fundraising shopping event will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 16 and will feature more than 40 vendors.

There will be free children's activities and refreshments for sale. Admission is a $1 donation for Turning Point.

For more information about the club, which meets the first Monday of the month at the Chimneys of Marvin Clubhouse in Waxhaw, e-mail襘;


May 10, 2009

Group launches Union County Women's Club

Jane Duckwall
The Charlotte Observer
Posted: Sunday, May. 10, 2009

Union County women who'd like to make friends and improve the community through volunteering have a new outlet for their energies. A group of women living in The Chimneys of Marvin recently created the Union County Women's Club, part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs of North Carolina.

Diana Pelino, local club secretary, says “any woman who desires the opportunity for the fellowship and fulfillment that come from volunteering is welcome.”

The idea for the club came from Barbara Magee, who has a friend in Charlotte in the General Federation of Women's Clubs, Pelino says. Magee was so inspired by her friend's stories that she enlisted interested neighbors to start the new chapter.

Pelino emphasizes that the club wants to reach women of all ages, backgrounds and interests all over Union County. Meetings are the first Monday of each month at The Chimneys of Marvin clubhouse on Creek Manor Drive. Meetings start at 7p.m.; newcomers and others can socialize at 6:30 p.m.

Pelino says the club's original 12 members want to focus on areas such as arts, conservation, education, home life and international and public affairs. They've already collected donations for a backpack program for schoolchildren.

The General Federation of Women's Clubs' Web site – – credits the organization for establishing more than 75 percent of the country's libraries and six national parks. Pelino hopes the new club will reflect that legacy by making a profound impact in Union County.

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