Goessel women?s group seeks more members

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JULIE ANDERSON
The Goessel Women?s Christian Association hopes to raise its

membership during June.



?We would like to see all of the past members renew and we would
like

to see a good increase in new members, too,? said Gayle Voth, the

group?s membership chair.



Currently, the organization has 75 members.



?It doesn?t matter what your age is and it doesn?t matter what
your

religious affiliation is, all women of the community are invited
to

join,? Voth said.



The group has monthly inspirational and educational meetings on
the

fourth Monday of the month, September through April.



Programs usually include a speaker, a social time and musical

entertainment.



In February, the group holds a banquet for members, spouses and

friends.



Members do service projects in the community, including overseeing
the

American Red Cross Bloodmobile in Goessel.



At Christmas, the group organizes a tour of homes and the
community

Vesper service. In the past, the money raised through these events

supported local organizations such as the Bethesda Home, the local

public library or the Emergency Medical Service first responders.
They

also provide a welcome wagon and snacks for birthday parties at

Bethesda Home.



?What I like about it is that in addition to service elements of
it,

it just gives a good opportunity for women of all ages in the

community to get together,? said Gayle Voth, membership chair.
?There

are women who are having babies and there are women who are great

grandmas. So it?s a wide age range, and I think it adds kind of a

unique perspective to things.?



The organization started as the YWCA (Young Women?s Christian

Association) and became the GWCA because of a change at the state

level.



The group is founded in the Christian faith. The purpose is for
women

to open their lives to understanding and deeper relationships.
They

seek to meet the needs of the community and improve the lives of
the

people and the community as a whole.



?I really feel like it?s a worthwhile organization, and I think
that

even though women are busy, it is a kind of a rejuvenation time,?
Voth

said.



For more information, contact Voth at 316-367-8491, Eleanora
Goertzen

at 316-367-8368, Ann Hiebert at

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