The Dysart Women's Club held their annual spring banquet on April 16 at the Dysart United Methodist Church banquet hall. A representative from each club presented brief summaries of their projects and activities throughout the past year. No awards were presented this year.
The banquet began with a meal by Mama Hoyt's Catering which included turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, glazed carrots, dinner rolls, lime Jello salad with pears, and angel food cake with strawberries for dessert.
The theme of this year's officer installation was chocolate and each officer was presented with chocolate, along with a message about the relationship between the specific chocolate candy name and the position. All members of the Women's Club received a Three Musketeers bar to symbolize "all for one, one for all."
Members of the Dysart Women’s Club including the 2013 officers (L to R): Jenn Gassman, Reta Callahan, Jannie Wauters, Connie Coffey, Ruth Schafbuch, Jackie Hennessey and Janet Trunck.
Officers installed for 2013 include: Ruth Schafbuch (Historian), Jannie Wauters (Secretary), Connie Coffey (Treasurer), Thelma Brandt (Vice President) and Reta Callahan (President).
Each year, there is a surprise theme for the banquet which makes each banquet unique and memorable. With a Vintage Fashions theme, this year was no exception. Julie McLaughlin, owner of McJulie Studios, loaned 19th century fashions for display at the banquet.
McLaughlin joined Wanda Petersen, owner of Sassy's Boutique, in presenting a style show which showcased fashions from the 20th century. Many items showcased were worn by Women's Club members themselves in their younger years. The style show was a huge hit.
2013 President Reta Callahan encouraged the group to "step outside your comfort zone," which is the theme for 2013. She asked that everyone be brave on an individual level, but that the groups should collectively seek to accomplish things that maybe they thought were impossible before.
It was announced that the Home Study Club is disbanding. Members of the Home Study Club include several Woman of the Year award recipients, past presidents, and Hall of Fame Award members. The Dysart Women's Club members thanked the group for all of their years of service, leadership, guidance and friendship with a round of applause. Callahan suggested that the Dysart Women's Club add a club to replace the Home Study Club this year.
Members of the Dysart Women's Club are active members of the community who volunteer at and support various activities and functions.