Chadwick Bay NYS Women Inc. celebrate 75th anniversary

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Chadwick Bay NYS Women Inc. recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. Pictured from left are: Sue Mager,  NYS Women Inc. representative; Ramona Gallagher, Region VIII representative; Chadwick Bay Chapter representatives: Debbie Dillenburg, secretary; Tanya Burns, first vice president; Brenda Lewis, second vice president; Casey Siedel, treasurer; Connie Wojcinski, president; and Nancy Steffan, corresponding secretary.

Submitted Photo Chadwick Bay NYS Women Inc. recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. Pictured from left are: Sue Mager, NYS Women Inc. representative; Ramona Gallagher, Region VIII representative; Chadwick Bay Chapter representatives: Debbie Dillenburg, secretary; Tanya Burns, first vice president; Brenda Lewis, second vice president; Casey Siedel, treasurer; Connie Wojcinski, president; and Nancy Steffan, corresponding secretary.

In 2009, the Chadwick Bay NYS Women Inc. changed its name to New York State Women Inc. Chadwick Bay Chapter. The group strives to make a difference in the lives of working women personally, professionally and politically, as per the slogan of New York State Women Inc. Networking for the empowerment and growth of women, insight into the balance of work and family, and building leadership skills to further careers are offered. Currently, two scholarships for nontraditional women students returning to college to further their careers are offered, something the chapter strongly encourages.

Chadwick Bay Chapter established a perpetual scholarship through the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. Currently two scholarships are offered each year to non-traditional female students returning or currently enrolled in college who are residents of northern Chautauqua County. The group strives to make a difference in the lives of working women personally, professionally and politically, as per the slogan of New York State Women Inc. as a whole.

Chadwick Bay Chapter has made monetary donations to Meals on Wheels, Dunkirk Library, Food Pantry, Boys and Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County, Hospice, and flowers for the city of Dunkirk and the village of Fredonia for their beautification program. The Chadwick Bay women have walked and donated money to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The group also donated a chair to the dialysis unit at Brooks Hospital and has made donations to the Teen Homeless Shelter and Battered Women Shelter. The Chapter visits the WCA Home in Fredonia to play bingo with the residents at Christmas and again in the spring. This event provides the organization an opportunity to socialize with the residents, resulting in lasting friendships. Working with the local Center for Peace and Justice, Chadwick Bay Chapter supports the yearly request for the Nicaraguan poor.

For excitement, the Chapter offers the Getaway Weekend during late February or early March. This event provides fun workshops, networking, and pampering for women. The club offers younger women an opportunity to make a difference in the community. The women of the club have experience in the business community and share that with the next generation. The state offers endowments and scholarships for women in advanced educational programs. Considering the economic climate of the past couple of years, the Chapter is more than happy to offer such a scholarship.

For more information about the Chadwick Bay Chapter, go to http://nyswomeninc.org/Chapters/Chadwick-Bay. For more information about NYS Women Inc. as a whole and how to join, go to http://nyswomeninc.org/.

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