The Whispering Pines Woman’s Club celebrated its 50th anniversary on June 6 during a luncheon at the Tea Room in Cauley Square. Some former members as well as current members attended.
Three charter members who have continued to be active club members are Lynne Rahn, Louise Lockwood and Jean Welsh. Jean Welsh currently is co-president with Lynne Rahn.
“The Whispering Pines Woman’s Club, organized on Apr. 7, 1965, has initiated and cooperated in many community efforts,” Welsh said. “It began as a volunteer service and social organization dedicated to bettering the quality of life in our community. Women of all ages and experience have been and are members of the club.”
Among its accomplishments, the club organized and ran a Library for the Blind for five years. It subsequently became a part of the Miami-Dade County Public Library system. The club was instrumental in bringing Friends of the Library to the South Dade Regional Library.
The Whispering Pines Park, located on land adjacent to the Whispering Pines Elementary School, was created and furnished by the club in 1971. The club received two Community Improvement Project Awards for the park from the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs and the AETNA Company. The park, once maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department of Miami Dade County, is now maintained by the Town of Cutler Bay Parks and Recreation Department.
The Whispering Pines Woman’s Club cooperated with other local organizations to organize and successfully run a Fourth of July celebration in the park beginning in 1967. This year’s celebration will be the 48th annual observance of America’s Independence Day. The club received a top state award for an Environmental Improvement and Energy Conservation project from the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1990.
“We have supported our local schools, Boy and Girl Scouts and many other local projects and philanthropic organizations during 50 years of the club’s existence,” Rahn said.
For more information about the club, call 305-235-0561.