Since 1964, a dedicated group of Lake Geneva area women has supported those in need through a variety of community projects. Founded as the Lake Geneva Jaycettes, the organization became the Geneva Lake Women’s Association (GLWA) in 1986 and today continues its tradition of fundraising projects and volunteerism as it dedicates itself to the future of the community, according to current President Missy Sell.
The organization, says Sell, is designed to raise funds through various committees and events that are geared to attracting a wide range of community participation.
According to Sell, the biggest fundraiser for the GLWA is its annual Ladies Day Luncheon. The 17th annual event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the grand ballroom at Geneva National Resort & Club. Following a wine reception, silent auction, raffles and luncheon, guests will be treated to a special presentation by author and historian Leslie Goddard in “Becoming Queen Elizabeth II.” Cost of the event is $55 before Sept. 15 with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the GLWA’s philanthropic fund and specifically Open Arms Free Clinic and Walworth County Food/ Diaper Bank.
Just some of those who have benefitted from the GLWA’s generosity include Twin Oaks Shelter for the Homeless; The Tree House/Walworth County Alliance for Children; Dream Team Baseball Program (Geneva Lakes YMCA); and Open Arms Free Clinic. In addition, the organization has also awarded over $30,000 in scholarships to young women in Walworth County since 2002.
According to Sell, GLWA is also involved in community service projects like Safety Town, a weeklong early childhood safety education program.
The GLWA, she explains, is active with the Walworth County Health and Human Services Adopt a Family program, in which food and gifts are provided by members to families in need. GLWA members also volunteer at the Walworth County Food and Diaper Bank, Lakeland Animal Shelter, YMCA and with Adult Special Olympics.
If you’re interested in becoming a GLWA member, visit glwa.net and click on the membership tab.