Club raises funds for local community projects

ORWELL - "We did it again!" said Joan King of Orwell. King is president of the Orwell's Fortnightly Club, a group of community spirited women.

On Dec. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., King said Fortnightly members volunteered their time to crew club's table at the St. Paul's Christmas Bazaar where they sold crafts to support a variety of area holiday causes.

"Loretta Lee and Lindy Brown crewed the table for the morning shift while Lindy Brown, Joan King and Anne Harper took the afternoon shift," King said.

Members donated an item or a craft product to sell at the bazaar.

"We have special thanks to Anne Harper who donated so many beautiful things for us to sell. As usual, it was a very good fundraiser and many thanks to all members who participated and all our customers who purchased our wares. The monies we collect throughout the year from our fundraisers will be shared with our community in one way or another," King said.

Donations raised by the club are given to Shareheat, Orwell Rescue Department, Orwell Fire Department, Whiting Food Cupboard and Food Shelf, the local High School Project Graduation, Christmas wreaths to beautify Orwell's downtown, help supplement a local family who could use a little help with Christmas gifts-food basket, ice cream for Green-Up Day, the Orwell School Trip Sponsorship, local Boy Scouts, and more.

"Our group is also supporting the Orwell Park Fund for our garden in downtown Orwell, the Hugh O'Brien Sponsorship, the Barbara Jean Barker Homemaker's Fund, the Mabel Young Music Scholarship Fund and Fortnightly 's Vermont President Dee Beckman's involvement with Operation Smile that helps children with severe facial trauma," she added.

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