By Beverly Perkins
Since the Club’s founding in 1949, Plantation Woman’s Club has strived to serve the Plantation community as their first public service priority. More than 100 club members are preparing for the “35th Annual Antique and Vintage Show” to be held at Plantation’s Volunteer Park Auditorium on Sunrise Boulevard near the Sawgrass Mall on November 11th and 12th.
The Antique-Vintage Show will also feature members dressed in outfits that represent older times. The ladies are always delighted to pose for photos as souvenirs of the event. The first show was held at Deicke Auditorium in 1984 and has continued since that time as one of the major winter fund-raising events.
“This year’s show promises to be outstanding as all the vendor booths have been rented filling up the main ballroom and adjacent areas to capacity as well as the outside,” says Club President Helen Ackerman. “Glass, vintage clothing, antiques of all kinds, metalwork, bric-a-brac, and a wide variety of collectibles will be featured. A well-loved highlight of each show is the home-made food and desserts available in the food court for eat-in or take out.”
The Plantation Woman’s Club is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) representing women in the United States and all over the world. Their mission is first and foremost to support the local community. Throughout the years, they have provided assistance to police, fire, and other public service sectors of the city to help make Plantation the best place to live, play, and work.
The Club is noted for its annual award of four-year university scholarships, all the fountains in Plantation, donations to hundreds of charitable organizations over the years, civic improvement projects and community involvement. The members have always looked to maximize volunteer efforts to enrich the community by taking on beneficial fund-raising projects such as the selling of driver’s licenses in the 1950’s when Florida only had a limited time window for license sale and renewal. At that time, the Plantation Woman’s Club was the only club in Broward County providing that service through a storefront in Plantation. That activity, and others through the years, provided for the Club’s initial funding and ability to provide financial assistance when needed to numerous projects and causes.
“Our membership diversity is the strength of the Club with women of all backgrounds and ages. The only requirement is a willingness to get involved with doing good works as well as enjoying new friendships and community service,” added Ackerman.
Show hours are Saturday, November 11th, 9:00am-5:00pm and Sunday, November 12th, 9:00am-5:00pm. Free parking. Donation of $4.50 is appreciated. Volunteer Park is located at 12050 W Sunrise Blvd, Plantation, FL 33323.