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GFWC Arlington Woman's Club

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35509770_1545352416806936_r.jpegHistory of the GFWC Arlington Woman’s Club

GFWC Arlington Woman’s Club was founded in 1921 as a lending library.  Books were housed on a shelf at a cold drink stand on Arlington Road and later moved to a Club Room which served our community and schools as a library for many years.  It housed over 10,000 books, provided a free dental clinic and a well-baby clinic.  Every decade came with more demands and a need for a larger space, and in 1974 the property at 5714 Arlington Road was turned over to the Woman’s Club.  The women of Arlington have kept the Club operational for nearly 100 years while serving the community.

Having to close the Woman’s Club would be a huge loss to our community.  The Club offers a place where we meet, work and hold important functions for the community.  Weddings, special events, public get-togethers, garage sales and more are held in the clubhouse throughout the year, and the club is an integral part of the Arlington Community.

How We Serve Our Community
Jacksonville Area:
Isabel Hartsock Scholarship Fund for girls from Arlington area High Schools
PACE Center for Girls (PACE)
USO Mayport
Hubbard House
Lake Lucina Elementary School
Tree Hill
Growing Parenting Choices
Adopt A Road
Arlington Community Services Food Bank
Old Arlington, Inc.

State and National:
Hacienda Girls Ranch in Melbourne, Florida
Hugh O’Brian Youth Organization (HOBY)
March of Dimes
Shot @ Life
Heifer International
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
Operation Smile

Our Financial Needs
Our income is based on Clubhouse rentals, a variety of Fundraisers, donations and a portion of dues from members.  Our building is old.  The kitchen and pantry date back to 1919. The front part of the building is circa 1976.  We have taken excellent care of the building, but despite our efforts, we have some big bills looming on the horizon which could force us to sell our landmark club house.

Currently, the building is being treated for flying termites at a cost of $5,600. In February our Insurance of $6,500 is due.  We have an outstanding debt of $10,908.01, which is the balance on a line of credit we need to pay off. In addition, we recently had to replace 2 stoves, the microwave, and we still need a double wall oven and the drapes in the main hall are old and fragile.  The larger worries are an older roof and air conditions which will be two major expenses for us.

If we can get your help, it will allow us to plan into the future and run extra fund raisers to accumulate the funds we will need for some of the expenses coming up while allowing us to continue to serve our community at the same level.

We do not want to lose our Clubhouse, but this is a strong possibility without your help.
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This is our club's number one priority. The estimates for the new heating and air conditioning system total $30,484.84. The (2) 10 ton units for the hall and entry will be $27,106.84 installed, and the 1.5 ton unit for the back of the building where the kitchen is will be $3,328.00 installed. The 4 units the club currently has right now are circa 1973 and are considered to be obsolete by the service company. The company who provided the estimate has kept the units serviced and running for the club for many years. Parts, at times, have had to be fabricated in sheet metal shops and fashioned for the units we currently have. New units would be worry free for a long time and would also save electricity.

Picture of some of our ladies working an event.
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First, some good news.  Our oldest member came to the last regular meeting at the beginning of December and we celebrated her 95th birthday (we have 3 members in their 90s).  We all love Roberta, and it was so good to see her.  She is a lovely lady.  I have included a picture.

And now the bad news. The insurance bill has come in, and we were not able to pay the bill at this time and will have to attempt to pay for it monthly this year as we must have insurance in order to be able to rent out our hall which is one means we have to raise money.  We really do need your help.
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The tenting is gone, and our building is now safe to be in again.  A number of us spent the last couple of days bringing things that had been removed prior to the fumigation back into the building, and we will soon be getting ready for our regular monthly meeting in January.  

I am also sharing a photo from a fashion show we had in our main hall this fall.
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This past week, the Clubhouse was tented and treated for the flying termites. We have not yet been able to get back into the building.
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