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Lake Placid Woman's Club
85 Years Volunteer Service
The Lake Placid Woman's Clubwas founded in 1928 by a group of civic-minded women who saw a need for charitable acts within the town of Lake Placid, Florida. Martha Middlebrook was the first President and the names of the forty charter members read like a “Who’s Who” of the pioneers of this small town, located at the south end of the Lake Wales Ridge. Dues for the first year were $1.00.
One of the first projects undertaken by this group of active ladies was to clean up DeVane Park, a plot of land created in the center of a road that formed a circle, with other streets taking off from there. The women dreamed of a rock garden inside the circle, but there were no rocks in Highlands County! Not daunted, the women brought rocks back from vacation trips until, in 1930, W. S. Sherman donated some coquina rock, and with $50.00 from the club, they made their rock garden.
HISTORY OF THE GFWC
GFWC's roots can be traced back to 1868 when Jane Cunningham Croly attempted to attend a dinner at an all-male press club honoring British novelist Charles Dickens. Croly was denied admittance based upon her gender, and, in response, she formed a club for women, choosing the name Sorosis.
HISTORY OF THE FFWC
Under the leadership of Mrs. P.A. Borden Hamilton the Florida Federation of Women's Clubs was organized in 1895 in Green Cove Springs, Florida. FFWC has been active in the preservation of the Everglades and building the three cottages at Hacienda Girls Ranch in Melbourne.
4444 Florida National Drive
COUNTIES IN DISTRICT 9:
Hardee, Highlands, Polk
CLUBS IN DISTRICT 9:
GFWC Cyber Florida
GFWC Florida Federation
GFWC Junior Woman's Club
GFWC Lake Placid
GFWC Woman's Club
GFWC Woman's Club
GFWC Sun Ridge
GFWC United Women's Club
Wauchula Woman's Club, Inc.
District 9 Director
A COLLECT FOR WOMEN
Keep us, O God, from pettiness,
Let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.
Let us be done with fault-finding
And leave off self-seeking.
May we put away all pretence
And meet each other face to face
Without self-pity and without prejudice
May we never be hasty in judgement
And always generous
Let us take time for all things
Make us grow calm, serene, gentle.
Teach us to put into action our better impulses.
Straghtforward and unafraid.
Grant that we may realize it is the
Little things that create differences.
That in the big things of life we are at one.
And may we strive to touch and to know
The great common human hearts of us all
And, Oh Lord GOD, let us forget not to be kind.
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Lake Placid, FL