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
Gourmet 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.