Like many clubs and organizations that had to close for 18 months during the Pandemic, the Highland Woman’s Club found new ways to keep its members informed and in touch during those difficult times.

President Harriet Foucher, who took over that role in July 2021, said the club continued to send out newsletters to the members and the board of directors had Zoom meetings to discuss issues affecting the club.

They were able to officially meet again starting in September 2021 at Highland Congregational Church, 3606 Atlantic Ave., with a luncheon.

Foucher, a Woman’s Club member since 1989, said everyone was happy to see each other.

“The ladies seemed to enjoy getting back together and enjoyed talking together,” Foucher said.

Their second meeting is, Friday, Oct. 8, at the church. Social hour starts at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. Cost is $12.

The Woman’s Club started on Jan. 14, 1898, as the Pleasant Hour Club.

Foucher said that there were 10 members when the club was founded and that generally, the women did not work then; today, the club has close to 50 members.

The club was federated in 1901 and changed its name to the Highland Woman’s Club in 1911.

They met in a building that is now the First Baptist Church on Main Street in Highland before moving their meetings to the Mayflower Hall inside Highland Congregational Church.

Foucher, who has been president five times in 30 years, said she joined the Woman’s Club and the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce so she could meet people in the community.

Foucher said the club has one important goal. “Our focus is scholarships to students who live in Highland,” Foucher said.

School counselors will be notified of the application process, which will be held online.

One of the club’s main fundraisers is a fashion show and luncheon, which the club hopes to have in April 2022.

The last event was at the Elks Lodge prior to the pandemic.

They also have sponsored bingo at their monthly meetings and have held White Elephant sales after Christmas, Foucher said.

The club meets the second Friday of the month, from September through May.

Debbie Karalun was president from 2019 to 2021. She has been a member for 10 years.

Karalun said it was a challenge to keep the club on track during the COVID-19 crisis.

“We did try to set up Zoom meetings so we could socialize,” she said.

Now, they are back to meeting in Mayflower Hall and holding monthly meetings.

Prospective members are welcome to fill out an application and pay the annual dues of $25.

Elena Hendricksen handles the membership for those with the last name beginning with N-Z; Lisa Lopez is in charge of members with last names from A-M. Prospective members may call either Hendricksen or Lopez. Hendricksen can be reached at (909) 886-3684. Lopez can be reached at (909) 633-2794.

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