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From left: Guest speaker Dr. Dona Hobart, breast surgeon and medical director of the Center for Breast Health; guest Carolyn Collier; club member Dolly Snyder; Trish Carroll, publisher of the Carroll County Times; Janice Kispert, CEO of Rape Crisis Intervention Service; Laura Del Corral, wife of Dr. Gabriel Del Corral; club member and mother of Dr. Hobart, Janice Hobart; and guest speaker Dr. Gabriel Del Corral, reconstructive surgeon, Center for Breast Health.
From left: Guest speaker Dr. Dona Hobart, breast surgeon and medical director of the Center for Breast Health; guest Carolyn Collier; club member Dolly Snyder; Trish Carroll, publisher of the Carroll County Times; Janice Kispert, CEO of Rape Crisis Intervention Service; Laura Del Corral, wife of Dr. Gabriel Del Corral; club member and mother of Dr. Hobart, Janice Hobart; and guest speaker Dr. Gabriel Del Corral, reconstructive surgeon, Center for Breast Health. (Submitted photo)

At its annual spring luncheon, the General Federation of Women's Clubs, Woman's Club of Westminster, focused on "Triumphs and Challenges: Treating Breast Cancer" and celebrated 125 years of volunteer service by the GFWC.

Pink was the color of the day to heighten awareness of the fight against breast cancer, a special-focus project of the Westminster club.

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Program committee co-chair Jan Ober introduced guest speakers Dr. Gabriel Del Corral and Dr. Dona Hobart, from the Center for Breast Health of Carroll Hospital, a LifeBridge Health center. Their presentations included current practices in reconstructive breast surgery and in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Carroll Hospital recently announced that the Center for Breast Health had received a $50,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen Maryland program to enhance the center's care of breast cancer survivors. The center is at the Charles O. Fisher Medical Building, 193 Stoner Ave., Suite 230, Westminster.

Also at the woman's club luncheon, which took place May 12 in Carroll Lutheran Village's Krug Chapel, tables displayed memorabilia marking the 125th anniversary of GFWC and artwork of clubwomen Jo Ann Barlow, Carolyn Seabolt and Mary Lou Poirier.

Members and guests were welcomed to the event by club President Ginny Houser. She complimented the Program Committee and designer Betsy Reinders, who made the table decorations. Houser introduced international GFWC President Babs Condon, who congratulated the club on its volunteer service to the Westminster community and for being part of the GFWC. Houser also recognized member Nancy Porter for her special service to the club and, in particular, her computer expertise.

Member Norma Jean Swam, recently named Outstanding Maryland Clubwoman for 2014, gave the invocation before the meal, which was prepared and served by staff of Carroll Lutheran Village.

The GFWC is a nonprofit organization that brings together local women's clubs in a collective effort to strengthen communities and enhance the lives of others through volunteer service.

For more information about the GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, contact Mary Lou Poirier at gloupoirier@gmail.com, visit http://www.gfwcmd.org/clubs/western/westminster_womans.html or find the club on Facebook.

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