Killington Turkey Trot
The Greater Killington Women's Club will again be one of the beneficiaries of the 11th Annual Killington 5K TURKEY TROT on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2022. The club is seeking volunteers to help during the event.
If you are interested in participating in the race, the start time is 9:30 am at the Pickle Barrel located at 1741 Killington Road. The cost to participate is $30 before 11/24 or $35 on race day. Registration begins at 8 am on race day. Register before 11/7 to win a free t-shirt. Run or walk to support local charities & organizations like the GKWC!
There will be live music, the bar will be open and win some great raffle prizes. All ages are welcome. There will be plenty of parking. The race will go on rain, show or shine! Learn more HERE.
Cooking Class & Early Dinner Thanks
Thanks to those, who joined us for the pasta cooking class & early dinner. Thanks also to our wonderful hosts Chef Ted & Linda of Odyssey Events! The club raised $250 at this event towards our scholarship/awards program.
Join us for a Cooking Class & Early Dinner
Please reserve your spot for the fresh pasta & sauce cooking lesson followed by an early dinner in the private kitchen of Chef Ted & Linda Fondulas of Odyssey Events on Saturday October 29 at 1 pm.
Chef Ted and his wife Linda operated Hemingway’s, an award-winning restaurant in Killington, for many years. They will welcome you into their home, give you an apron, and put you to work! We will learn how to make two pastas & two sauces, and at the end of the class we will all sit down to a splendidly set table to enjoy the meal! This is BYOB, so you can sip a glass of wine as you cook or with dinner.
This cooking class is limited to just 8 participants and there are only a few spots remaining. So please RSVP and send in your payment ASAP! If there is enough interest, we will repeat the class and try to hold it on a weekend at a later date.
The cost is $100 for club members only, payable to the Greater Killington Women’s Club. Due to the limited size, only current club members in good standing may participate. Proceeds of this event will benefit the clubs Scholarship/Awards Program. This is a wonderful opportunity to support the Greater Killington Women’s Club and learn from a local master chef right in his own kitchen!
The location is in Bridgewater Hill in Bridgewater Corners. Directions will be sent to those who RSVP. A carpool will also be organized.
At this time, the class is restricted to fully vaccinated attendees. Please note that no shoes are allowed in their house. Thank you to those who have already registered! Please RSVP HERE.
Join Us For A Fall Bike Ride in Castleton!
Join us for a Fall bike ride on the D&H Rail Trail in Castleton on Saturday October 22, 2022 (rain date Sun. 10/23). This is a very flat & scenic dirt/gravel trail so no skinny tires! The plan is to meet at the Castleton College parking lot (far end of the last parking lot) at 1 pm. We will ride as far as people feel comfortable (it is 9 miles to Poultney) and then return to the parking lot for a tailgate gathering. There will be hot spiced cider to warm us up, and each participant will receive a mum plant! The club is seeking a donation (suggested amount is $15 for GKWC members and $20 from guests) as a contribution to our scholarship fund. Please like & share the event on Facebook! Please RSVP HERE.
Thank you to
our Meet Your Neighbor Night (MYNN) gracious hostess club board Vice President
Lisa Davis Lewis for sharing her lovely home in Killington for this wonderful
gathering. Thank you also to all the board members and guests who provided the
delicious refreshments and beverages. It was wonderful to see some new faces
and longtime club members. Also appreciated all those who renewed their annual
memberships that evening!
Our club President Janina Curtis announced that after 6 years at the helm she will be stepping down at the end of the fiscal year at the Annual Meeting in May. These will be very tough shoes to fill! We are so grateful for her leadership in helping to rebuild the club in recent years. The board formed a search committee, and any recommendations are welcome. Fortunately for us Janina will remain on the board as the immediate past president!
Club President Janina welcomes guests and updates attendees on upcoming club happenings. After 6 years at the helm,
she also announced that she is planning to step down as president at the end of the fiscal year after the annual meeting in May.
Join us for Meet Your Neighbor Night!
Please join us for our traditional MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR NIGHT (MYNN) gathering on Thursday evening, September 15, 2022 beginning at 6 pm. Our hostess this year is club board Vice President Lisa Davis Lewis of Killington. Meet our board, other club members and learn more about the good works of the GKWC!
Light refreshments and beverages will be provided by board members but guests are also welcome to share an appetizer, beverage or dessert.
PARKING IS EXTREMELY LIMITED. CAR POOLING IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED!
Consider inviting other women in the community, especially those new to the Killington area. Bring a guest who is new to the club!
To learn more, check out the club's Facebook page, share the event on social media.
Please RSVP. The address is included in the invitation.
Splash Afternoon on Lake Bomoseen Thanks!
Thank you to club board member Sandy Deitch for a fun afternoon at her Lake Bomoseen home. Thanks also to her husband Captain Dave for the boat ride on a glorious summer day. $100 was also raised for the club's Scholarship/Awards Program. Appreciated all the great photos from fellow board member Jane Johnson!
Splash Afternoon on Lake Bomoseen!
Club board member Sandy Deitch is inviting fellow members to her lake home. Join us for an afternoon of outdoor water fun on Sunday July 31st. The afternoon begins at 3 pm for boating, swimming, etc. Following the outdoor fun, we will gather to enjoy refreshments on her deck with scenic views of the lake.
Suggested donation amount is only $10 for GKWC members ($15 for guests). Proceeds will benefit the GKWC Scholarship/Awards Program!
Please RSVP. Directions will be sent to those club members who have registered.
Woodstock Bike Ride Thanks!
Thanks to those who joined us for the Summer Bike Ride in Woodstock & Quechee. Thanks also to club President Janina Curtis for leading the short ride to Woodstock with Linda Harvey-Karinja, Lisa Cueva, Jo McDonald & Patti Mielcarek. Thanks as well to Lisa Magliano for leading the long ride to Quechee with Sara Zell Namkung & Jacki Hamilton. For the tailgate, attendees also appreciated Janina for bringing the lemonade & brownies, Linda for the veggies & hummus, Jo for the watermelon and Sara for the bouquets of fresh daisies for each participant! This event raised $100 towards the club's scholarship & awards program.
& Mars were presented their awards at the recent Woodstock Union High
School Senior Awards Night
Sherburne Academic Scholarship Winners
It's a tie! For the first time in the history of the club's 40+ year scholarship program, we have a tie for the annual Sherburne Academic Scholarship! This is based on the winners having the exact same weighted GPA (grade point average). Rather than splitting the $1000 award, because of your generous support of our club, we were able to award both students $1000 each. They have also both studied together since their preschool days at Killington Elementary School.
Nina Borzekowski is from Killington; was a College Board National Recognition Program awardee; a Woodstock Union High School Yoh Theatre Player; and will be majoring in Theater & Computer Science at Brandeis University.
Mars Sell is from Pittsfield; was a 2022 Original Poetry Winner from the Poetry Out Loud Program of the Vermont Arts Council; was the Founder & Editor of The Scribblers’ Review (a Woodstock Union H.S. Literary Magazine); and will be majoring in Gender & Women’s Studies at Smith College.
Pat Zack Community Service Award Winner
This award is presented to the Killington or Pittsfield high school senior who has demonstrated dedication to community service and volunteerism within our local community. The 2022 winner is Otto Nisimblat from Killington and he also attended Killington Elementary School with Nina & Mars! He was a member of the Woodstock Union High School Football, Alpine Skiing & Tennis Teams; served as the 2022 Woodstock Union High School Senior Class President; served as an Altar Server at Christ the King Church in Rutland; served as the Student Board Member of the Woodstock Endowment Association; and will be majoring in Business at Boston College.
Congratulations to these deserving winners who make our Greater Killington community very proud. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors!
Jo, Patti, Lisa, Janina & Linda made it to the Taftsville Covered Bridge!
Woodstock & Quechee Bike Ride
We will meet at the overflow/RV parking lot directly across the street from the main entrance to Billings Farm located at 69 Old River Rd. (off Route 12) in Woodstock.
Club President Janina Curtis will lead the short bike ride starting at this Billings Farm overflow parking lot. We will bike along Old River Road to the Taftsville covered bridge and back. This is a very scenic ride along the Ottauqueechee River, passing orchards, horse farms, and gentleman farms. The ride is half on paved roads, with the rest being hardpack dirt: total distance about 5 miles. There is a small hill on the paved section at the beginning of the ride, with the rest being relatively flat along the river. A dirt bike or hybrid is best, but a lot of people ride this with a road bike.
Club member Lisa Magliano will also lead a longer loop to Quechee for those interested in participating. If you plan on participating in the longer ride, please arrive at 10 am so that you can finish in time for the joint tailgate afterwards.
Donation proceeds (a suggested amount of $10 from GKWC members & $15 from guests) will go towards our scholarship & awards fund.
Please like & share this event on Facebook!
Please RSVP via Evite and vote in the poll as to which ride you would prefer (shorter or longer).
Annual Meeting Thanks
Thanks to those who braved the elements to attend our 58th Annual Meeting. Special thanks also to Board Member Jane Johnson for making the arrangements with our host Casey's Caboose. Delicious appetizers were enjoyed by all!
At the Annual Business Meeting, Mimi Levine was elected as our new Hospitality Chair. Katie Ring was also thanked for her service on the board. The rest of the board is remaining. Thanks to Meaghan Lenigan for taking the photos!
Members also voted to approve the following disbursements:
These total disbursements of $5,500 were unanimously approved. Scholarship & award winners will be announced at the upcoming Woodstock Union High School Senior Awards Night.
Lisa Magliano, Club Board VP Lisa Davis Lewis, Board President Janina Curtis, Susan Tewksbury, Club Board Membership Chair Meaghan Lenigan
Janina leading the business meeting where club members voted on board nominations and annusl disbursements. Thanks to Casey's Caboose for hosting us!
Please join us at Casey's Caboose located at 1930 Killington Road in Killington on Thursday evening May 19th, 2022 beginning with a welcome reception at 6 pm for our club's 58th Annual Meeting. Light refreshments will be provided and a cash bar is available. The Annual Business Meeting will follow at 6:30 pm where club members will vote to approve award distributions, including our annual student scholarships/awards, as well as charitable giving and also vote on club board members & officer nominees. Please RSVP and like & share this event on Facebook.
Ladies Night Out Paint & Sip Thanks!
The club recently celebrated a special Cinco de Mayo fiesta at the Ladies Night Out Paint & Sip Happy Hour gathering at the Killington home of one of our club Board Members Sandy. Thank you to fellow club board member Jane for all the craft supplies for the Paint & Sip where attendees customized their own mason jar lanterns. Thanks also to Sandy for providing the fruity Sangria and cheese & crackers, Patti for the delicious warm crab dip & chips, Jo for the cool fruit platter, and Diane for the shrimp cocktail. Although the weather cooperated, it was wonderful to warm up later on in the evening around the fire pit! Over $300 was raised for the club's scholarship/ awards fund.
Ladies Night Out Paint & Sip on Thurs. 5/5/22 (Rescheduled from 4/7 & 4/14)
Join the Greater Killington Women's Club for a fun Ladies Night Out Paint & Sip Happy Hour gathering on Thursday May 5 2022 from 6-8 pm at the Killington home of one of our club Board Members Sandy. (This event originally scheduled for Thurs. 4/7 was rescheduled to the following Thursday 4/14 due to a scheduling conflict and rescheduled again due to the weather forecast.) This event will be outdoors, weather permitting.
For the Paint & Sip, another Board Member Jane will show us now to make fun mason jar lanterns. It's BYOJ (Bring your own jar! Mason, pickle or anything large enough for a votive or tea light candle). Jane will also provide craft supplies so that attendees can decorate their own jar.
Board members will provides drinks & snacks however guests are welcome to contribute their own by replying to the Evite poll when you RSVP. Attendees will also enjoy a Happy Hour gathering around Sandy's fire pit!
A suggested donation of $10 for members and $15 for guests will be accepted for our scholarship/awards fund.
DEADLINE for Charitable Requests Fri. 4/15/22
The Greater Killington Women's Club is accepting requests from local charities or non-profit organizations for donations from the club. Know a worthy local organization who could benefit from our support? The deadline for requests, which must be submitted in writing, needs to be received or postmarked by Friday April 15, 2022.
Applicants must indicate in writing the specific purpose of the funding request and how it will benefit the Greater Killington community. Any local non-profit group or organization who would like to be considered for a donation from the club should mail their request to the GKWC/SWC, P.O. Box #68, Killington, VT 05751 and indicate attn.: Charity Donation Application. Please keep in mind that the club’s resources are very limited.
If club members or persons from the community wish to support the club’s local charity fund, please forward donations to the GKWC, P.O. Box #68, Killington VT 05751. Contributions may be tax deductible, please check with your financial advisor.
The Snowshoe event originally scheduled for Sunday March 6th was POSTPONED until the following Sunday March 13th due to the weather forecast. Thank you to club VP Lisa of Bear Trax Adventures for a fun snowshoeing excursion. The fresh snow was much better than rain for the rescheduled date! Appreciated our club president Janina providing the warm spiced cider, Lisa for bringing all the S'mores ingredients and club member Jo for the wings! Thanks also to Vera for the photo collage and board member Cynthia & Janina for all the other great pictures! We appreciate all the participants who helped to raise $60 towards our scholarship/awards fund. .
Snowshoe & Fire Pit!
Join for a fun snowshoeing excursion with Bear Trax Adventures, owned by a club board member, on Sunday March 6, 2022 from 3-5 pm.
Participants will meet in the parking lot of Base Camp located at 2363 US Route 4 in Killington at 3 pm. We will snowshoe for approximately 90 minutes. Guests will then gather immediately following the outing for a gathering around the fire pit!
Equipment is also available at no additional cost for those who do not have their own. Please let us know via the Evite poll when you RSVP HERE.
A suggested donation of $10 for members (& $15 for guests) will be accepted for our scholarship/awards fund. Attendees will enjoy s'mores, hot spiced cider & brownies and are welcome to also bring their own refreshments.
All participants must also sign a liability waiver. Please follow proper health and safety guidelines by wearing face masks and social distancing. Guests who prefer to hike with (safety spikes on their boots) are also welcome to join us.
Please RSVP HERE by Friday March 4, 2022 (& respond to the poll to let us know if you need equipment or not) or on the club's Facebook event page where you can also share the event info. Thank you to those who have already signed up!
2022 Pat Zack Community Service Award Applications due Sat. April 30, 2022
In the spring of 2008, the Sherburne Women’s Club introduced a Community Service Award in the amount of $1,000. This annual award has continued ever since, even after the club was renamed the Greater Killington Women’s Club in 2014 and the award was renamed in honor of the club member who initiated it, Pat Zack.
The purpose of this annual Community Service Award is to recognize a Killington/Pittsfield resident high school senior, who demonstrates impressive service and volunteer work during his or her time in high school.
The qualifications for the award are:
1. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior.
2. Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident and a resident of Killington or Pittsfield, Vermont, for his/her final two years of high school. Students who attend private high schools are eligible if their primary home is located in Killington or Pittsfield, Vermont, and the above criteria are met.
3. Applicant will be selected according to the following considerations: volunteer work, community service, extracurricular activities, & dedication to others. (Selection is based on, but not limited to, these criteria).
4. The primary selection criterion for this Award will be volunteer work/community service.
If you know of a deserving local student who qualifies, please download the application from the button below or the club's website. The application is due on Saturday April 30, 2022.
Thank you to acting Scholarship/Awards Committee Chair Carol Armstrong.
Cooking Dinner Cancelled
The women’s club had planned to host another cooking lesson & early dinner with Chef Ted & Linda of Odyssey Events on Saturday January 22, 2022 for those who were unable to attend the first one on a weekday in November. Unfortunately this event had to be cancelled.
Killington Turkey Trot Fundraiser!
Because of the club’s volunteering at the 10th Annual Killington 5K Turkey Trot last November, as one of the beneficiary organization we were recently awarded a $750 donation!
Holiday Cookie Swap Party Thanks!
Thanks to those club members & guests who recently attended the Holiday Cookie Swap Party at the Summit Lodge. Thanks to our host Emmett for the seasonal holiday venue. $180 was raised for the scholarship/awards fund!
Holiday Cookie Swap Party on Thurs. 12/16
Join us for the Holiday Cookie Swap Party on Thursday, December 16th from 6-8 pm at the Summit Lodge in Killington. Admission is only $10, with proceeds going to support the club’s scholarship program and community charitable giving. Light snacks and a cash bar will be available.
Here is how it works:
Sorry NO early birds please!
If you don’t want to bring cookies, just bring yourself for a great evening of fun and laughter for a great cause!
GKWC VT Holiday Festival Tree!
Special thanks to club board member Jane for decorating our entry at the recent Vermont Holiday Festival at the Killington Grand Hotel.
Cooking Dinner Thanks!
Thank you to Chef Ted & Linda of Odyssey Events for the fresh pasta & sauce cooking lesson in their private kitchen. Club members also enjoyed the delicious early dinner! This event raised $300 for the club's scholarship/awards program.
Another cooking lesson & early dinner is scheduled for Sat. Jan. 22, 2022 for those who were unable to attend this one as space was very limited. Details coming soon!
Turkey Trot Fundraiser Thanks
Thank you to Kasie of the 10th Annual Killington 5K Turkey Trot for including our club as one of the beneficiary organizations again this year! Thanks also to Janina & Diane for volunteering. Janina sold tons of raffle tickets, Diane distributed & sold event t-shirts and the club also donated a gift basket & annual membership as raffle prizes.
Janina & Diane volunteering at the 2021 Killington Turkey Trot
Killington Turkey Trot Fundraiser
The Greater Killington Women's Club is partnering with the 10th Annual Killington 5K Turkey Trot on Thursday morning, November 25, 2021 (rain/snow or shine!). We have been selected again as one of the beneficiary organizations!
This event is looking for volunteers from our club to help out that morning beginning at around 8 am. They primarily need help setting up the raffle prizes and selling raffle tickets. Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help out and volunteer. The last time we participated 2019, this event raised $1000 for our club!
There will be live music and the bar will be open plus some great raffle prizes too! The race start time is 9:30 am at the Pickle Barrel located at: 1741 Killington Road, Killington, Vermont 05751. There's plenty of parking!
The cost to participate in the race is $30 if preregistered and $35 the day of beginning at 8 am. If you sign up for the race before Mon. 11/8 you also get a free t-shirt! To learn more or register to participate in the race, go to: www.killingtonturkeytrot.com.
This event run is in support of these local charities/organizations:
Killington Mountain School
Greater Killington Women's Club (GKWC)
Killington-Pico Rotary Club
Cooking Lesson & Early Dinner Fundraiser:
Join us for a fresh pasta & sauce cooking lesson followed by an early dinner in the private kitchen of Ted & Linda Fondulas of Odyssey Events in Bridgewater Corners on Friday November 12th at 1-4 pm.
Many of you will recall that Chef Ted and his wife Linda operated Hemingway’s, an award winning restaurant in Killington for many years. They will welcome you into their home, give you an apron, and put you to work! We will learn how to make two pastas & two sauces, and at the end of the class we will all sit down to a splendidly set table to enjoy the meal! This is BYOB, so you can sip a glass of wine as you cook or with dinner. If we are lucky, we may see a deer visit the pond as we enjoy our pastas!
This cooking class is limited to just 6 participants, so please RSVP below and send in your payment ASAP! If there is enough interest, we will repeat the class and try to hold it on a weekend at a later date.
The cost is $100 for club members only, payable to the Greater Killington Women’s Club. Due to the limited size, only current club members in good standing may participate. This is a wonderful opportunity to support the Club and learn from a local master chef right in his own kitchen!
The location is in Bridgewater Hill in Bridgewater Corners. Directions will be sent to those who RSVP. A car pool will also be organized. At this time, the class is restricted to fully vaccinated attendees. Please note that no shoes are allowed in their house.
Autumn Bike Ride Thanks:
Thanks to those club members who recently celebrated the fall season on the Autumn Bike Ride from Castleton to Poultney. Thanks to club president Janina for the hot spiced cider & mum plants for all attendees. $80 was raised for the scholarship/awards fund!
Autumn Bike Ride
Join us for a bike ride to celebrate autumn on the D&H Rail Trail in Castleton (originally scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday October 16 but moved to the rain date of) Sunday 10/17/21 due to weather. This is a very flat & scenic dirt/gravel trail so no skinny tires! The plan is to meet at the Castleton College GUEST parking lot at 1 pm. We will ride as far as people feel comfortable (it is 9 miles to Poultney) and then return to the parking lot for a tailgate gathering. There will be hot spiced cider to warm us up, and each participant will receive a mum plant! The club is seeking a donation (suggested amount is $15 for GKWC members and $20 from guests) as a contribution to our scholarship fund.
Neighbor Night Thanks!
Club members and guests recently enjoyed the annual Meet Your Neighbor Night (MYNN) gathering in Killington at the lovely home of our gracious hostess Cheryl Gormley. Wonderful to see so many new faces and welcome some new club members. Thanks to all who brought refreshments!
Meet Your Neighbor Night Gathering on Thurs. 9/23!
Join us for our annual Meet Your Neighbor Night (MYNN) gathering on Thursday evening, September 23, 2021 beginning at 6 pm. Our hostess this year is Cheryl Gormley of Killington. (The address and directions will be sent to those who RSVP.)
Meet our board, other club members and learn more about the good works of the GKWC! Light refreshments and beverages will be provided by board members but guests are also welcome to share an appetizer or beverage.
GKWC members are encouraged to bring a guest who is new to the club. Other women in the community, especially those new to the Killington area, are also welcome to join us.
If you have not yet had the opportunity to get vaccinated, please wear a mask.
To learn more, check out the club's Facebook event page, share the event on social media or visit our website.
GKWC Donates to KES Kids’ Kingdom
Killington Elementary School Kids’ Kingdom Fundraising Initiative is seeking to replace the school playground. The original project was done more than 30 years ago with some major repair work done about 11 years ago. Today, the design and construction of the Kingdom no longer meet the developmental and safety criteria for all KES students. The structure is deteriorating, and a band aid approach will no longer work on this dated, yet much loved Kids’ Kingdom.
KES received some rebuild funding from federal & state levels as well as money from a state non-profit for these types of projects. Additionally, PEAKS (Parents & Educators Aligned for Killington Students) recently launching a grassroots campaign to provide additional funding for the design and installation of the new Kids’ Kingdom outdoor play area. They were asking their Killington community members for support in their efforts to raise $36,200 to create a safe, enriching, and unique outdoor play and learning space with Kids’ Kingdom.
The Women’s Club was involved in funding the original Kids Kingdom 50 years ago, and also contributed several thousand dollars when repairs were made 11 years ago. According to the club's bylaws, the Board can authorize an expenditure of up to $400 without a membership vote. The Greater Killington Women's Club Board of Directors recently met and authorized a $400 donation on behalf of our members. This is a Kids’ Kingdom Bronze Donor Donation Tier level and the club will be included on a custom display on Kids’ Kingdom design and we will also be acknowledged in local publications and social media campaigns.
Paddle Your Way & Smores Thanks!
Thank you to club board member Jane Johnson for recently hosting a fun afternoon of Paddling Your Way on Colton Pond & Smores at her home. Thanks also to those who brought refreshments and made contributions to our scholarship/awards fund. Appreciated all the photos taken by Vera Stasny & Sue Durant too! View the event photo album HERE.
Thanks for the Afternoon at Lake Bomoseen!
Special thanks to club board member Sandy Deitch for a glorious afternoon at her lake home on Lake Bomoseen. Thank also to her husband Captain Dave for the pontoon boat excursion around the lake! Guests contributed $100 in donations towards the clubs scholarship/awards program. View photo album HERE.
Join us for Paddling & Smores on Sunday August 29th beginning at 3 pm with a fun outdoor afternoon on Colton Pond in Killington. Meet at the boat ramp on Route 100 just north of the Green Mountain National Golf Course sign. Paddle your way: SUP (stand up paddle boarding), kayak, canoe, rowboat, etc. whatever your preference. Please bring your own as we are unable to provide any of these. Don't forget your life preserver!
Following the excursion around 5 pm, enjoy SMORES & refreshments by the backyard fire pit at the home of Jane Johnson at 302 Barrows Town Road in Killington. Smores & snacks will be provided. Please RSVP, take the poll and let us know what beverage you are BYOBing. Suggested donation amount is only $10 for GKWC members and $20 for guests. Club members renewing their annual memberships dues at the event should not feel obligated to make a donation. Proceeds will benefit the GKWC Scholarship/Award Program!
Killington Chili Cook-Off Thanks!
The women's club recently hosted a booth at the 8th Annual Killington Chili Cook-Off. This event had to be moved indoors to the Green Mountain National Golf Course due to weather and also featured the regular Thursday evening River Road Music Series normally held behind the Sherburne Memorial Library. Club members Janina Curtis, Nancy Schmitt-Gaede and Katie Ring made a "smart" vegan chili to help celebrate our education theme! Our table décor included books, apples, a Hogwarts broom and special club bookmarks to remind the community about our primary mission raising funds for local scholarships. This was also a wonderful opportunity to recruit some new ladies for the club! This event was sponsored by Killington Parks & Rec and supports scholarships for their summer camps & sports programs. View photo album HERE.
Join us for an Afternoon at Lake Bomoseen!
Club board member Sandy Deitch is inviting fellow members to her new home on Lake Bomoseen. Join us for an afternoon of outdoor water fun on Saturday July 31st beginning at 3 pm! (Rain date Sun. 8/1). There will be boating & swimming and then we will gather to enjoy some refreshments together. The suggested donation amount is only $10 for GKWC members (& $20 for their guests). Proceeds will benefit the GKWC Scholarship Program. Please like & share this event on Facebook. Directions will be sent to those who RSVP.
Visit the GKWC Booth at the Killington
The 8th Annual Killington Chili Cook-Off is back this year behind the Sherburne Memorial Library on Thursday July 29 from 5-8 pm along with the evening River Road Music Series. This event is sponsored by Killington Parks & Rec and supports scholarships for their summer camps & sports programs. Stop by the GKWC Booth for our popular vegan chili and find out our new theme this year! Tickets at the event will be available for purchase via cash only. Admission prices are $10 per person, $15 per couple or $25 for a family of four. Interested in helping the club prepare the chili or in volunteering at our booth? Contact club president Janina Curtis at 802-342-8661.
Killington Fire Department Picnic
Requesting Food Donations
Club members who are planning to attend today’s Sunday July 4th Independence Day festivities in Killington are reminded to bring food donations (side dishes or salads) for the Killington Fire Department's Barbeque which begins at 11 am at the Johnson Recreation Center at 2782 River Road in Killington. Please drop your dishes off at between 10-11am. For more info, contact David Gouchberg at the Chalet Killington at 422-3451.
Summer Bike Ride in Woodstock Thanks!
Thank you to club President Janina Curtis for organizing this fun outing on a perfect weather day! Riders met at Billings Farm in Woodstock then the ladies biked along Old River Road to the Taftsville covered bridge and back followed by a tailgate gathering. Donation proceeds from this outing benefit our scholarship & awards fund.
Join us for a Summer Bike Ride in Woodstock!
Please join us for a Summer Bike Ride in Woodstock this Saturday June 12 (rain date Sunday June 13) beginning at 11 am. There will be a tailgate gathering afterwards!
We will meet at the overflow/RV parking lot directly across the street from the main entrance to Billings Farm located at 69 Old River Rd. (off Route 12) in Woodstock.
The bike ride will start at this Billings Farm overflow parking lot. We will bike along Old River Road to the Taftsville covered bridge and back. This is a very scenic ride along the Ottauqueechee River, passing orchards, horse farms, and gentleman farms. The ride is half on paved roads, with the rest being hardpack dirt: total distance about 5 miles. There is a small hill on the paved section at the beginning of the ride, with the rest being relatively flat along the river. A dirt bike or hybrid is best, but a lot of people ride this with a road bike.
Donation proceeds (a suggested amount of $10 from GKWC members & $15 from guests) will go towards our scholarship & awards fund.
Announcing our 2021 Scholarship Award
Our 2021 Sherburne Academic Scholarship winner is Lea Sperber. This Scholarship is presented to the Killington/Pittsfield senior at Woodstock Union High School (WUHS) who had the highest weighted grade point average (GPA). In addition to her academic excellence, Lea's extracurricular activities included membership in the National Honor Society and the varsity soccer and ski teams. Additionally, Lea is a student representative to the Windsor Central Supervisory Union School Board. Lea will be attending McGill University in the fall.
Our 2021 Pat Zack Community Service Award winner is Taylor Crompton. This award given to the Killington or Pittsfield senior who has demonstrated the most sincere dedication to community service and volunteerism within our local community. Taylor has been a volunteer at Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports. Additionally, she is active in many student organizations and clubs at WUHS, including the National Honor Society (NHS), Zack's Place, US Youth Top Soccer, Student Outreach Services, Unified Champion School Club and Interact. Taylor was also a member of the varsity soccer, alpine ski & tennis teams. She plans to attend Lehigh University in the fall.
57th ANNUAL MEETING THANKS
It was wonderful to see those members who were able to join us in person for our 57th Annual Meeting! Thank you also to our hosting venue Casey's Caboose. Welcome to our new board membership chair Meaghan Lenigan Kanagy! Thank you also to our outgoing membership chair Sue Durant for her service.
The following disbursement were approved:
& Flower Fundraiser Thanks
We raised over $800 for our Scholarship Awards Program!
Thank you to our board program/events chair Jane Johnson for organizing this very successful fundraiser for the club and securing all the beautiful flowering hanging baskets! Thank you also to all the volunteers who helped staff the event and the members who donated lovely perennials for the sale. A big thank you must also go to the Killington Market for hosting our event in their parking lot and offering refreshments to our volunteers. We also very much appreciated the Town of Killington promoting our event on the big sign board at the base of Killington Road!
Thanks to all our great volunteers including Sandy, Jane & Nancy!
Memorial Weekend Plant & Flower
The club needs your help for a successful plant sale fundraiser! There are 2 ways to help:
The club is
holding this fundraiser plant sale at the Killington Market parking
lot on Friday May 28 & Saturday May 29 of Memorial Day
Weekend from 9- 2 pm. We will be offering beautiful hanging flower
baskets and hardy locally grown perennials.
As you are cleaning up your garden this spring, consider dividing up some crowded perennials and donating them to the plant sale! POPULAR PERENNIALS ARE LILY’S, HOSTA, FERNS, GROUNDCOVER, HERBS, IRIS ETC. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO FRIENDS! WE NEED PERENNIALS! Plop the plants into a recycled plastic pot, label them with a Sharpie, and bring them to the plant sale in the morning. PLEASE DROP THEM OFF AROUND THE SIDE OF KILLINGTON MARKET THE DAY PRIOR OR BETWEEN 8-9 AM THE MORNING OF THE 28TH. Now that you created space, browse the selection of new perennials to add new color and variety to your own garden!
We are also seeking volunteers to help staff the plant sale from: 9 AM to 2 PM on Friday & Saturday for either:
WE NEED 2-3 VOLUNTEERS PER SHIFT. The market is generously offering free
coffee, drinks and breakfast sandwiches to all helpers!
For more info, please email club board member JANE at JANE@KILLINGTONPICOREALTY.COM and let us know how you can help! This fundraiser will support our scholarships and charitable giving program.
Please print & post the flyer for this event around town at your place of work, schools, houses of worship, etc. Please also share the event on FACEBOOK.
Please join us for our 57th Annual Meeting in-person at Casey's Caboose located at 1930 Killington Rd. in Killington on Thursday evening May 20th beginning with a welcome reception at 6 pm. The meeting will then follow at 6:30 pm. (This meeting will no longer be virtual. Sorry for any inconvenience). The purpose of our annual meeting is to vote on board members & officer nominees and to vote for distributions of our funds for scholarship/ awards & charity donations.
Mud Season Stroll & Tailgate Thanks!
Thanks to all the ladies who joined us for our recent Mud Season Stroll & Tailgate outing at Green Mountain National Golf Club. The weather even cooperated! Thanks to new member Vera who put this fun collage together. Thanks also to club president Janina for the cider and blondies. Check out the photo album HERE!
Mud Season Stroll & Tailgate!
Celebrate Earth Day Month! Join us for a MUD SEASON STROLL & TAILGATE on Saturday afternoon April 24th (rain date Sun. 4/25) including a brisk springtime walk on the grounds of the Green Mountain National Golf Course (GMNGC) before it opens for the season. The plan is to meet at the GMNGC parking lot at 3 pm. Most of the walk will be on paved golf cart roads, but there may be some areas of dirt. Please wear a mask and socially distance from other walkers. We will walk as far as people feel comfortable and then return to the parking lot.
For the Tailgate, there will be cookies & hot or cool beverages depending on the weather after the walk or BYOB your own beverages & snacks. Also bring a folding chair and we can sit in a socially distanced circle and catch up!
The club is seeking a $10 donation from members ($15 suggested for guests) as a contribution to benefit our scholarship fund.
COVID-19: ONE YEAR LATER Zoom Presentation of the Killington-Pico Rotary Club:
The Greater Killington Women’s Club is invited to join the Killington-Pico Rotary Club for “COVID-19: ONE YEAR LATER” on Wednesday April 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm. Epidemiologist Law Zabriskie was the speaker at the last regular in-person Rotary meeting in Killington in March 2020 and his pandemic predictions were correct, as Vermont shut down within days. Dr. Zabriskie has been asked to speak to us again via Zoom regarding his perspectives on the pandemic one year later. If you have topics that you would like to see addressed in the presentation, please email your questions ahead of time to Janina Curtis at Janina@CurtisInsuranceAgency.net.
Not only is Dr. Zabriskie an expert in epidemiology, he is also a regular Killington skier! Here are some of his credentials:
We will ask all participants to initially mute their speakers as we all want to hear Dr. Zabriskie’s presentation first. Questions will be addressed at the end.
Club Sponsored High School Scholarship/Award Deadline
Every year the Greater Killington Women's Club raises funds to support two awards for local high school seniors.
The first is the $1000 Sherburne Academic Scholarship awarded to the Woodstock Union High School student with the highest weighted GPA from Killington or Pittsfield. This is determined by the high school guidance counselor.
We also raise funds for the Pat Zack Community Service Award of $1000 for a high school senior from either Killington or Pittsfield who has demonstrated the most volunteer service. If you know of a deserving student, please let them know. The deadline for this application is Thursday April 15, 2021.
For the application
and more info, go to: https://www.swcvt.com/communityserviceaward.htm
Twilight Snowshoeing & a Tailgate
CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST
Join the Greater Killington Women's Club for a fun outing with one of our Board Members Lisa who also owns Bear Trax Adventures. She has offered to host this twilight snowshoeing excursion for the club at Gifford Woods State Park in Killington for the full moon on Sunday, March 28, 2021.
Participants will meet in the winter parking area (across from the Kent Pond parking lot) of the Gifford Woods at 4 pm. Participants will snowshoe for approximately 60-90 minutes. Guests will then gather immediately following the outing for a tailgate party! Equipment is also included for those who do not have their own.
A suggested donation of $10 for members (and $15 for guests) will be accepted for our scholarship fund. Attendees will enjoy hot spiced cider and cookies and are welcome to also bring their own refreshments.
Please follow proper health and safety guidelines by wearing face masks and social distancing. Guests who prefer to hike with (safety spikes on their boots) are also welcome to join us. All participants must sign a liability waiver.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GKWC TEAM DAY
Club member Nan Salamon asked us to share this community service opportunity with members. Her husband Andy works with the local Rutland County Habitat for Humanity. Another long time club member Pat Fowler also volunteers for this organization. In addition, the club has previously donated funds to this important local charity.
Habitat will soon be breaking ground for another home in Rutland County that serves low income families. They will be hosting special work days on this job site for specific groups (of any size) during the summer and fall. Andy is asking if the Greater Killington Women's Club would be interested in sending a volunteer team to help on this new project during the morning, usually from around 9 am to 1 pm. Members of the work group will be fully trained for job site safety and instructed on each person's assignment and also partnered with a Habitat Expert.
If club members are interested in learning more, please contact Andy Salamon at 422-9244 with any questions. If you are interested in participating on a special Greater Killington Women's Club work day this summer or fall, please contact club president Janina Curtis at 342-8661 so we can pick a mutually agreed upon date.
Wine Tasting Tour Thanks!
Thanks to all the club members who participated in our recent Virtual Wine Tasting Tour! It was fun to learn about your favorites and hear all your stories about the wines that are special to you. Thanks also to Board Member Sandy Deitch for hosting the gathering.
Join us for a Virtual Wine Tasting Tour!
your love of wine! Please RSVP for the Greater Killington Women’s Club MEMBERS-ONLY Virtual
Wine Tasting Tour via ZOOM on Thursday evening February
25 at 7 PM. This is an opportunity to share by “sip, show & tell”
all about your favorite wine. We are asking each participant to buy
a bottle of their favorite wine, and be prepared to make a brief
presentation about the wine when you join us on the ZOOM meeting. For
instance, you can mention the qualities of the wine, its origin, how much
it costs and where it can be purchased. You can also let us know if this wine
has any sentimental value in your life, such as you discovered it on a special
trip. The club has many new members, and this is a great opportunity for
us to become better acquainted! This virtual wine tour is only
open to all current members and there is no fee to participate. Not yet a
member? Please download the membership application. Share the event on Facebook and invite others to join! Please RSVP on Evite to so that we can anticipate how many members will join us and then we can
send you all the Zoom link access info.
KILLINGTON PHANTOM VALENTINE
The Sherburne Memorial Library is again sponsoring the Killington Valentine's Day Phantom. Festive symbols of the holiday mysteriously appear at select locations around town. If you know of a local business that would like a little extra "love" this year, please let them know! COVID has slightly modified the program, but the Valentine Phantom is planning to make another appearance this year. Contact Jane at the library at 422-9765 for more info.