Cutler Ridge Woman’s Club celebrates 65th anniversary


The Cutler Ridge Woman’s Club (CRWC), an area service organization and a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), celebrated its 65th anniversary on June 24 at the East Ridge Retirement Village in Cutler Bay.

“Our 65th anniversary celebration and luncheon was an event to remember,” said Jean Tong-Noon, CRWC president. “Due to COVID-19, members had not physically seen each other since February 2020, so you can imagine the excitement and the chatter that filled the auditorium at East Ridge.”

Twenty six CRWC members plus a number of elected officials attended and awards and certificates were presented to mark the occasion. A special 65-year pin was awarded to Mary Cross, who was one of the founding members of the Welcome Wagon of Cutler Ridge that in 1956 became The GFWC Cutler Ridge Woman’s Club.

Next was Dolores Dimitriou with a 55-year pin. Jane Ann Hotung received one for 27 years, Annetta Schildbach for 20 years and Carol Ponzini for 15 years. The majority of the members’ time of service range from one to 12 years, so these numbers are very special.

“We want the public to know that we are a very hard working group of ladies who all have the volunteer spirit,” Tong-Noon said. “Our ladies join from all over South Dade.”

The CRWC members were joined by Miami-Dade District 8 Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins and team, MDSB District 9 Luisa Santos, Cutler Bay Mayor Tim Meerbott, Town Councilmember Suzy Lord, Mia DeVane representing Miami Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, and Mary Scott Russell for East Ridge at Cutler Bay.
Mayor Meerbott addressed the group.

“Congratulations to the Cutler Ridge Woman’s Club for celebrating their 65th anniversary, and thank you to all the members — past and present — for the continuous support and work they do to help improve our community and the lives of our residents,” Mayor Meerbott said. “Yesterday, during our town council meeting, the town council presented members of the club in attendance with a proclamation in honor of their anniversary and work.”

Established in June 1956, the Cutler Ridge Woman’s Club is one of the longest running organizations in Cutler Bay. Through their continuous efforts spanning over six decades, dozens of organizations have benefited from their contributions, including all the public schools in Cutler Bay, Miami-Dade College, Camillus House, Perdue Nursing Home, VA Hospital, Miami Children’s Hospital, the Salvation Army, the Special Olympics, and many others.

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