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The Tri-Lakes Women’s Club is one of the oldest and most respected non profits in the area. Known for its annual Pine Forest Spring Show and Sale, as well as many other local events, the club has raised over $980,000—all of which gone back into the community in the form of grants to organizations serving the Tri-Lakes region. As a member of the TLWC, you have access to:
In the late 1960’s The Woodmoor Wives Club was formed as a social club. Their meetings were held at the Woodmoor Country Club.
In 1972, the wives started to “fundraise” by selling kitchen sponges and dip mixes and holding a Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale. Home tours were offered at $2.50. The money raised went to two scholarships and the Volunteer Fire Department. Sixty-five (65) members each paid $1.00 in dues.
In 1976, with 125 members, the club’s name was changed to Woodmoor Women’s Club.
In 1977, the first Pine Forest Antique Show (PFAS) was held in April at Lewis Palmer Middle School and with a profit $1,919.66. That was the last year for the Christmas Boutique.
In the 1983-1984 year, membership was expanded to include any woman living in School District 38. Our logo, the pinecones and mountain scene, was established. A purpose statement was made: to offer a sense of community, give opportunities for fellowship in the Tri-Lakes area, and support meaningful community projects. Dues for the 121 members were $10.00 each.
In 1986, PFAS was moved to Lewis Palmer High School.
In 1990, the membership voted to dissolve the Woodmoor Women’s Club and apply for incorporation as a new tax-exempt organization, 501(C)(3), under the new name, Tri-Lakes Women’s Club. The Pine Forest Antique Show was changed to Pine Forest Antiques Show.
On February 16, 1990, the club was incorporated.
1990-1991: We developed our first Membership Handbook. It started out as a simple one sheet pamphlet with a listing of programs, club officers, president’s letter, and a list of who to call for reservations.
1991-1992: Board notebooks were initiated. Grants were given throughout the year. Tri-Lakes Cares received Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets. Granting had a Special Grants and Projects Funds of $500 to be used to respond to any crisis in the community. Co-Presidents were initiated and elected and this continued until 1995-1996.
1993: A New Member Luncheon was initiated. A Visitor Policy for luncheons was developed. Guests from within D-38 could attend one luncheon and visitors from outside D-38 could come more than one time. Speaker request policy for luncheons was created. It has been club policy to refuse all requests to speak on behalf of a group or organization, political or otherwise, as this would open the door to many groups. They are, however, welcome to leave pamphlets, cards, notices, etc. on a table or post items on a bulletin board.
1994: Norm Minch was hired for the 1994 PFAS as Show Manager.
1995-1996: A storage unit was rented. A Corporate Book was compiled for the first time. Luncheon Policy: If a member wishes to attend the program portion of our meetings or go on a home tour, it will be necessary for her to pay for the luncheon.
In the Membership Requirement Policy, it was decided not to change membership requirements. There had been discussion regarding change in residency requirements to allow Tri-Lakes shop owners to become members even though they do not live in D-38. The committee did not want TLWC membership roster to become a source of networking.
1997-1998: Many “firsts” for TLWC: 4th of July participation, Parliamentarian selected, SOS established, and a Corporate Book was purchased. TLWC By-Laws and Interest Groups were added to the Membership Handbook. Bookmarks were used by the Publicity Committee to advertise TLWC. A database for PFAS was created.
1999-2000: The first Pine Cone Newsletter was published. It was originally called the TLWC Newsletter. It became the Pine Cone after a contest to select the best name.
2000-2001: 25th TLWC Anniversary Gala was held. A dinner/dance was held at the AFA Officer’s Club. The TLWC Website was created.
2001-2002: Reservations for luncheons, up until this time, were all made by calling the membership. This year marked the beginning of using e-mail to make a luncheon reservation.
2002-2003: A TLWC Cookbook was published as a fundraiser. The Membership Handbook (Green Book) added the Community Projects history and PFAS page and the ‘Did You Know?’ membership information page. The first Wine and Roses was held in April 2003.
2003-2004: The 2nd Wine and Roses was held in November 2003.
2004-2005: The 3rd Wine and Roses was held in November 2004.
2005-2006: The 30th Anniversary of PFAS was held at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort with a dinner and casino night. The 4th Wine and Roses was held in October 2005.
2006-2007: The 5th Wine and Roses was held in October 2006. The Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation were revised. The first educational workshop, “Managing Your Mouth” was held. Grants provided to the community over the years reached the $500,000 mark.
2007-2008: The 6th Wine and Roses was held in October 2007. The TLWC Strategic Plan and Sponsorship Program were created.
2008-2009: The bylaws were amended to allow for co-positions. Courtesy Membership was allowed with certain restrictions. TLWC Communications was developed to keep membership informed via e-mail. The first TLWC Christmas ornament was developed and sold. Ruby Toussaint (TLWC Member) was our first artist. The 7th Wine and Roses was held in October 2008. The first TLWC Open House was held in September. It was open to all members and the general public. An educational program was offered to board members.
2009-2010: TLWC was nominated for Non-Profit of the Year. A new logo for the club was developed, along with a new format for the Member Handbook. A “Presidential Council” was started with the club’s past presidents. TLWC got a new website, with a new look. The Pinecone Newsletter was automated via a contract with Constant Contact. TLWC “Community” e-mail was added to inform members of community activities. Board approval was obtained for the creation of a Policy & Procedures Manual. Sponsor plaques were presented at several luncheons. A combined luncheon was held with the Gleneagle Women’s Club.
2010-2011: This year the club focused on technology. Evite was utilized for events, Interest Groups, and Board meetings, and the club implemented online membership renewal. The Pine Forest Antiques Show was updated to include a Garden Show aspect, along with a completely new look and logo. Special effort was made to be a presence in the community by attending Chamber functions and luncheons, working with Kiwanis, providing the pies for the community Thanksgiving dinner, and donating to “Santa On Patrol”. A Board retreat and a community workshop, “In Case of Emergency Break Glass,” were held. Among many Policies & Procedures that were put into place was one to define sponsorship for TLWC. Wine & Roses was again a success with tickets available through PayPal and the addition of a raffle.
2012–2013: A live auction and more food vendors were added to Wine and Roses, which allowed us to add “and More” to the title. A home décor component was added to the Pine Forest Antiques and Garden Show and Sale to offset the decreasing interest in antiques. Live music also was added. A Trash to Treasure event held for the second time more than doubled its value to TLWC from the previous year. A website redevelopment project produced a more user-friendly website, and a new brochure was created for general club use. All club job descriptions and policies and procedures were reviewed and revised as needed to support current club activities. A record amount of food and monetary contributions were made to Tri-Lakes Cares holiday donation drives. Luncheon menus were standardized to include a chef salad to meet dietary restrictions of members. New members were featured in the Pine Cone as well as volunteers. The club, along with local fire departments, sponsored a community education event on wildfire preparation. A new record was set for grant awards to the Tri-Lakes community.
2013-2014: The Club made a $1000 contribution to Tri-Lakes Cares to help those affected by the Black Forest Fire. A new website was put online, offering member profiles, club history, photos, club policies and procedures and more. Several new events were held to spark member participation in fun events: a Road Rally and a Progressive Dinner.
The 11th Wine and Roses was held at the Marriott, and included both a Silent and the Live Auction. Our members donated generously to Tri-Lakes Cares through food and coat drives, and the Angel Tree gifts for needy children and seniors. Trash to Treasure continues to be a fun and profitable event.
An agreement was signed this year with Kiwanis to solidify the long-standing support between these organizations. Our Community Event this year was “Home Energy Savings: Myths and Money”, which offered valuable ways to decrease energy consumption in our homes.
2015-2016: We continued our strong tradition of community support by manning the 'Lost Child' booth at the annual Fourth of July Parade, helped provide food for the community-wide Thanksgiving dinner at Rosie's Diner, collected food for Tri-Lakes Cares during several food drives, and once again participated in the Giving Tree Holiday Program for Tri-Lakes Cares.
Our first annual TLWC picnic was held in August, and later in the Fall we hosted two Newcomers Meet and Greets, where 32 new members were welcomed.
Our two major fund raisers, Wine and Roses and the Pine Forest Spring Show, were huge successes and our monetary goals were not only met but were greatly surpassed.
A brief survey in September identified the issue of Alzheimers as an area of both concern and member desire for involvement. After meeting with the leadership of the local Alzheimers Association and subsequent TLWC committee meetings, it was decided the most benefit to our community was through providing education. In May an educational program was presented to the public. Additionally, a new Interest group of quilters formed, and they will be making memory quilts for community members affected by the disease.
At the May 2016 Annual TLWC Business meeting, votes were tallied with the membership deciding that the by-law addressing geographic guidelines for membership would not be changed.
2016-2017 - We established a Critical Path for Technological Storage and now have three Google Drive Accounts: one for Harvesting Hope, one for the Pine Forest Spring Show and Sale, and one for the Board.
We continued to support and educate regarding Alzheimers Disease by participating in the memory walk and supporting the making of quilts for Alzheimer patients here in Monument.
Our club by-laws were changed so that any member may rejoin after an absence even if they live or move out of District 38 boundaries.
All members are now included in SOS to provide not only meals but also rides for members who need them and give everyone the opportunity to offer help.
Feedback was encouraged through the use of our “Comment Box” and birthdays were recognized at the luncheons.
Our inaugural Harvesting Hope in September and our annual Pine Forest Spring Show and Sale in May were both extremely successful and provided funds to be granted to our community.