Issaquah Women’s Club luncheon supports scholarships, local charities

February 28, 2012

By Tom Corrigan

At a recent meeting of the Issaquah Women’s Club, a speaker from the Eastside Domestic Violence Program expounded upon how the 60 or so scholarships supplied to that group over the years by the club had changed lives.

The scholarships were intended to help clients of the program get back on their feet, to help them get out of abusive situations. Past president and current promotions director for the Women’s Club Deborah Bader said she and other group members especially enjoyed hearing personal stories about how their efforts had helped other women.

“It was just really special,” Bader added.

In order to keep supplying scholarships to groups like the Eastside Domestic Violence Program as well as direct support to other local charities, the charity arm of the Issaquah Women’s Club announces its Spring Luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The event will feature live and silent auctions. Issaquah City Councilman Fred Butler will conduct the live auction, as he has in the past.

“He adds a wonderful dimension to our live auctions,” Bader said.

Items up for grabs during the auctions include a floral arranging class for six; breakfast for two at the Salish Lodge and Spa in Snoqualmie; and other items donated by wineries, local businesses and restaurants.

Additionally, participants can bid on unique baskets put together by Issaquah Women’s Club members. For example, one basket might contain cooking utensils while another carries gardening tools, Bader said.

“It’s always fun to see what the group comes up with,” she added.

The club used to put on one big fundraiser annually, said Judy Smith, fundraising chairwoman. But the event got to be difficult and time consuming in terms of planning. In response, the club decided to hold a number of smaller fundraisers each year. That makes the success of each one important, Bader and Smith said.

The Issaquah Women’s Club began in 1983, an outgrowth of the Issaquah Welcome Wagon. Club founders wanted to put together an organization that was a service as well as social group.

“It’s just grown steadily since then,” Bader said.

Smith has been a member for 10 years.

“It’s just a wonderful group of people,” she said.

Besides helping various service and community groups, the club has a number of regular social events, such as a lunch group and a book club. Members vary in age from 30 to 95, according to Smith, who said the club is in the midst of what so far has been a successful membership drive.

The Issaquah Women’s Club meets at 10 a.m. the first Thursday of each month at Tibbetts Creek Manor in Issaquah. Guests are welcome. Go to

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