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80 years of Women’s College Scholarship Club

Standing from left, in March, are Women’s College Scholarship Club officers Linda Beairsto (president), Linda Jackson (former co-president), Liz Harvey (recording secretary) and Ginny Bartlett (corresponding secretary). Not pictured are Lynn Hidy (vice president) and Kathy Root (treasurer). This display was set up just in time for the Saranac Lake Free Library to temporarily close (hence no masks or social distancing), but as of Tuesday, Sept. 29, the library has reopened. (Photo provided)

SARANAC LAKE — The Women’s College Scholarship Club is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a display in the William G. Distin Memorial Case at the Saranac Lake Free Library.

This display was set up just in time for the library to temporarily close, but as of Tuesday, the library has reopened.

The display at the library features newspaper articles, photographs and memorabilia from the club’s archives. Past fundraisers have included “Chapeau Teas,” fashion shows, cookbook and notecard sales, Adirondack quilt raffles, a “Peddlers Picnic” and guided tours of the Marjorie Merriweather Post Camp. Club members can be found at the November North Country Community College Craft Fair selling holiday baked goods and gourmet chili.

The WCSC has been supporting the educational efforts of students for 81 years. Through a variety of fundraising efforts ranging from cookbooks and quilts to raffles and baked goods, women across the North Country region have volunteered their time and energy, not only to support young women and men as they pursue their college studies, but they have also found ways to stimulate the thinking of the community on educational, civic and social topics at monthly meetings and other sponsored events.

Across several decades, WCSC has distributed 228 scholarships, including 77 continuing education scholarships for non-traditional students, for a total of $214,765.

WCSC members wish to thank the many businesses and individuals who have helped with fundraising events for the 80 years of the club’s existence.

New members and donations are always welcome. For more information, call 518-637-9575, or send donations to P.O. Box 343, Saranac Lake, N.Y. 12983.

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