The Ponte Vedra Women’s Club held its annual summer social event at Pusser’s Bar and Grill in Ponte Vedra Beach July 20.
It was a well-attended event that featured women from throughout the community and the surrounding areas.
“Our club year is September through May, but we started having these socials just to keep people engaged,” club president Lori Marjerison said. “We end up meeting a lot of potential members.”
“What we’ve found is that the people coming to these events are relatively new in town or they’re working, and their life may be changing in some way,” Marjerison said.
The club is a mix of both retired and working women and is open to all ages.
Since its inception in 1970, it has sought to raise money to help a certain cause within the community.
At first, it held social events for the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, which it still does today, but the charities and initiatives have grown over the years.
The club has a social meet every month, with the next one scheduled for Aug. 11 from 6-8 p.m. for new and prospective members. It will be held at a member’s home in Sawgrass.
“We have anywhere from 20 to 25 people for the meetings,” Marjerison said.
Several rules have changed over the years as the club continues to adapt and expand its membership.
As an example, the meetings used to be held in the mornings and membership to the club was only allowed for those who lived in Ponte Vedra.
However, changes were made over time to better accommodate working women and expand its footprint to the surrounding areas.
“I’ve been told that people like our meetings, because there is not a ton of structure,” Marjerison said. “We just have more of a casual and very conversational approach.”
The club’s big fall charity fundraiser or “fun”raiser as the members like to say will be Diamonds and Denim at the Ribault Garden Club Oct. 1 from 6-10 p.m., as the club will partner with Underwood Jewelers to put on the event.
Highlights of the night will include a silent auction, as well as entertainment, food and drinks for all those in attendance to enjoy.
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