HISTORY AND MISSION
In the spring of 1985, Jeanne Davis realized the need for a women’s club in Sugarmill Woods. She felt that a community of this size should be of service to the needs of Citrus County. Jeanne discussed the idea with Maureen Trout and Fay Butler LaVelle who enthusiastically agreed, and they all worked to put the plan in action.
On June 19, twenty-four women gathered at the Davis’ home to organize the club. Its purposes were defined, its name chosen, the founding officers selected,
committees established and plans made for all the work that needed to be completed before the first regular meeting in the fall. During the first year, 1986, a monthly newsletter was produced. Luncheon programs, fundraising affairs, social events and bus trips were held. Also, many intra-club groups were formed where members with common interests could meet. In addition, the bylaws and charter were written. The club’s growth was phenomenal, with over 500 members by year’s end! Scholarships were awarded to two Lecanto High School seniors and $4500 was donated to Hospice and CASA.
Since its inception, The Women of Sugarmill Woods has given in excess of one million dollars to Citrus County residents by presenting higher education scholarships to academically talented, financially challenged students and by awarding monetary grants to local charitable organizations. In addition, WSW members have donated thousands of hours of their time to help make our greater community a better place in which to live.
In the spring of 2005, the club attained its 501 (c) (3) tax status, recognizing it as a not-for-profit public charity. The Women of Sugarmill Woods looks forward to the continued growth and friendships that have developed through helping others. We salute all the women (and their husbands) who have given unstintingly of their time, their labor and their love to create this club for all the Women of Sugarmill Woods.
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