WESTMINSTER -- After 40 years of serving Carroll through donations of money and time, the Junior Woman's Club of Westminster is still going strong.
In a ceremony to commemorate their four decades of community service, past and present members gathered Thursday at Carroll Community College for a tree-planting ceremony.
Merri Hollinger, president of the Junior Woman's Club of Westminster, and Carol Bare, who in 1952 was the club's first president, helped plant two cherry trees at the main entrance of the college.
"We are planting these cherry trees because conservation is one of our projects for the year," said Debbie Finch, program chairwoman for the club, which is affiliated with the international General Federation of Woman's Clubs.
"We came to Carroll Community College because we support the college with an annual $500 scholarship," Ms. Finch said. "It is given in the fall to a woman who wants to return to school after an absence, maybe looking for a new direction."
Along with Mrs. Bare, charter members Jacqueline Hering and Betty Mathias were on hand, as were CCC Executive Dean Joseph Shields; Rosemary Straub, coordinator of community relations and development; and Barbara Charnock, chairwoman of the school's advisory board.
The Junior Woman's Club of Westminster was started so women ages 18 to 33 could come together and participate in philanthropic, civic, cultural and social activities.
Organized and federated in 1952, the group was sponsored by the Woman's Club of Westminster in an effort to form a feeder group.
"Mrs. Paul Lawyer and Mrs. John Makosky, who was president of the Woman's Club in 1952, were interested in starting a Junior Woman's Club," recalled Mrs. Bare.
When a junior member reached the age of 35, she could apply for membership to the Woman's Club." The ruling on age was changed a few years ago to give women the choice of remaining in the Junior Woman's Club instead of going into the Woman's Club.
The Woman's Club of Westminster was organized in 1911 and federated in 1913. It still meets and has 92 active members.
The Junior Woman's Club currently has about 50 active members who participate in a variety of educational, cultural and civic projects throughout the year.