The Woman’s Club of High Point has built a legacy that dates back more than 100 years.
“We planted some of the first trees in High Point all along Main Street. We donated money to start the hospital here and the first public library,” said Sally Hord, a member of the Woman’s Club of High Point.
At one point there were about 125 members, but as many of the ladies grew older, membership dwindled.
“There are only about 10 of us,” Hord said.
The club once owned a building on Johnson Street.
“So many families came for their Sunday lunch, but still that was not enough to keep all [of] this building running,” Lois Harris, a member of the Woman’s Club of High Point, said.
Last year, members decided it was time to sell the building.
Instead of keeping the profits, they decided to donate the money to the High Point Community Foundation.
“When they came to me and said ‘ we want to give you some money,’ my initial thought was gosh what a wonderful thing for the Foundation, but how cool would it be if we could somehow associate it with education,” Paul Lessard, president of the High Point Community Foundation, said.
“We found out that they just do so much for the community and we needed that in our area,” Vivian Rook, a member of the Woman’s Club of High Point, said.
The High Point Community Foundation’s Principals’ Fund was a great fit.
It provides emergency funding to help educators meet financial needs at their schools.
“They gave us $200,000 [and] we were allowed to endow this Principal's fund. We weren't endowed before,” Sylvia Samet, a Principals’ Fund committee member said.
Schools will be helped perpetually.
The donation from the Woman’s Club most recently allowed the community foundation to help pay for band uniforms at Andrews High School and provide half the money needed for the football team’s practice uniforms.
The building on Johnson Street now houses the offices for Community Bible Church.
The High Point Community Foundation hopes to have members of the Woman’s Club at a game at Andrews High School next year so they can meet some of the students who have benefited from the club’s donation.
Note: The High Point Museum partnered with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to digitize 36 scrapbooks from the Woman’s Club of High Point. The scrapbooks date from 1940-2009 and document the club’s members, activities and community service projects.