Girls Learn To Be Crafty At Womans Club

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The Payson Womans Club is living up to its mission statement of dedication to community service.

Among the club's many contributions to Payson is an inaugural summer craft program for girls 8 to 11 years old.

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Payson Womans Club volunteer Elaine Drorbaugh is surrounded by eight of the girls who participated in her candy making class during PWC summer craft program. The crafters include Dori Riemersma, Kelsey Turner, Cherie Van Camp, Stephanie Namuth, Audrie Bott, Amy Tappan and Alesha Taylor.

The program kicked off June 9 and will continue 9 a.m. to noon each Wednesday through July 14.

According to Womans Club President Anita White, the craft classes will resume during the school year, but will be held after school.

At the June 23 craft class held at the Womans Club on Main Street, about 15 girls were making various types of candy under the tutelage of Elaine Drorbaugh who has authored the book "Drorbaugh Candy Counter." The book contains some of the recipes the young girls were making.

While some stirred candy ingredients with Drorbaugh, others were learning how to crochet, embroider and string beads.

White calls the youth program an overwhelming success.

"The moms just love us and the girls have a good time while learning," she said.

White is looking for additional help from Rim country senior women who would like to be a part of the program by teaching children homemaking skills. Donations of crochet hooks, yarn, embroidery floss and pony beads are always appreciated, she said.

The Womans Club is the oldest volunteer organization in Payson. starting in 1921 and incorporated the following year.

In 2003, the members volunteered 2,826 hours of community service works including overseeing the Payson Pioneer Cemetery which is deeded to the Womans Club.

The PWC founded the first library in Payson in the 1920s. In 1951, the library addition was dedicated to the club.

Among its most acclaimed PWC members was Rim country pioneer Julia Randall who also is a past president.

To volunteer for the craft classes or for more information about PWC, call White at (928) 474-5999.

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