MINT HILL, NC – After over a year and a half hiatus due to COVID, the Mint Hill Women’s Club is back in business and actively recruiting new members! On Monday, July 12, the Club held an open house for prospective members at Mint Hill Town Hall.
“This is the first time that we have opened membership up since COVID,” says Co-President Andree West. “This past year, we really did not do anything other than to fulfill our service projects. People would ask us if they could join, but we really had nothing to offer, so this is really the first opportunity that we’ve had.”
Held in conjunction with the club’s monthly summer game night, the open house offered potential members a chance to learn about the club in an informal setting where they could also socialize and talk to current members.
“I’m a relatively new member,” shared Membership Chair Nancy Crisp, who joined the club two or three years ago. “I moved to Mint Hill about 14 years ago, and I didn’t know a thing about Mint Hill Women’s Club. But I was introduced and joined, and I can’t tell you how much joy it has brought me to meet all these people. If you’re retired, it’s hard to just meet people. But these people in this club are kind; they help each other. They look after each other unbelievably, and it’s just been a joy in my life.”
Although the Women’s Club draws many retirees like Crisp, West emphasizes that the club is open to anyone; in fact, they hope more young members will bring fresh ideas and ensure the club will continue to move forward. “Any woman in the Mint Hill area – not necessarily Mint Hill but the surrounding areas as well – who is interested in philanthropy for Mint Hill residents,” says West when asked who the women’s club hopes to recruit.
Begun in 1974 in the Farmwood neighborhood, the Mint Hill Women’s Club has dedicated itself to providing opportunities for civic involvement and sharing social and cultural interests for 45 years now. Today, the Mint Hill Women’s Club dedicates itself to service to the community through both volunteering and fundraising, social gatherings that enrich old friendships and cultivate new ones, and self-improvement through guest speakers and activities appealing to a variety of interests.
Service to the community is at the forefront of the Mint Hill Women’s Club. To date, the club has contributed over $110K back to the Mint Hill community. Funds from the Mint Hill Women’s Club support organizations like the Idlewild Fire Department, the Mint Hill Library, the Community Culinary School of Charlotte, Mint Hill Arts, Honor the Warriors, Servant’s Heart, and the National Child Safety Council. They also give their time to many philanthropic organizations and endeavors: Healing Vine Harbor, Bright Blessings, Urban Ministries Room at the Inn, local nursing homes, Honor the Warriors’ Bike Rally Dinner, wrapping Christmas gifts for Alexander Youth Network, and Walk for the Cure at Pine Lake Country Club.
In addition to service, the Women’s Club provides many opportunities for its members to socialize. Monthly meetings are held at Town Hall on the second Monday of every month; “Lunch Bunch” is typically held at a local restaurant on the third Friday of every month. Other social activities vary year to year and include things like dinners, movies, museum tours, game groups, and book swaps.
The Mint Hill Women’s Club will be holding another open house for interested parties at Town Hall on Monday, August 9, at 6:00 pm. Membership is only $20 per year, and anyone who joins and pays before September 6 will be entered in a raffle to win a private wine tasting for 20 at Total Wine & More. For more information about the Mint Hill Women’s Club, visit their website: https://www.mhwclub.com/. You can also reach out via email: MHWClub@gmail.com.