By Carol Saldivar, President and Jean Watkins Founder/Board Member
New Year, New Look!
Good February to all our faithful readers! Hope you enjoy the new look of our newsletter. We will be moving the history write-ups that used to be part of the newsletter to our website soon, including many highlights in history; birthdays of many women in history, photos and features that normally adorn our newsletters.
We hope, if you like reading the history pages, that you’ll go over and read them at whccmesquitenv.org under the “Women’s History” tab. This will allow us to include many features that we don’t cover in our newsletter.
The “History” will be on the Website (and always in the Center!), and the Culture (what’s happening now and upcoming), will be in our Newsletter. We also have plans for quarterly features to spotlight current culture and history in fun and creative ways!
Big News for Women’s History and Culture Center
January brought us big news! The Mesquite Chamber of Commerce announced the Women’s History and Culture Center (WHCC) winner of the 2021 Best Nonprofit in Mesquite! The award was presented at the Chamber’s State of the Chamber event, and Best of Mesquite! We are all so proud to have been among the many worthy nominated Chamber Member organizations.
Jean said, “This award comes with the efforts of many people. The combined effort of our volunteers, class facilitators, board members, community, and community partners have all played a part since our opening in 2018. We cannot do what we do without the time and talents of those who support us in so many ways.” Our award and photo of attendees from WHCC is on display at the Center. Come and see it!
New Classes and Events at WHCC
We have so many exciting things happening at the Center! We’re happy to be hosting the Desert Dames for their BUNCO on the 2nd Monday each month, as well as their Book Club on the 2nd Wednesday each month. You will want to contact them for inclusion, should you be interested in being a “Dame.”
Tami Close is hosting a very welcoming and impassioned group, “Empowered Women.” There may be a spot for you, should you be interested in joining. It’s every 1st and 3rd Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at the Center. Contact information is listed on our “Upcoming Events” page.
We host the Mesa Valley Estates ladies for a monthly outing to visit us and mingle with our members and the community. Contact us at email@example.com to reserve a spot. Each month we choose a speaker, theme or celebration! Contact us with any questions, too!
Check out our calendar to see if there’s something that interests you, and, if it’s listed as a “closed group,” feel free to contact us about how to connect with facilitators and be a part of a class.
If you have an event or a class you’d like to facilitate at the beautiful Center, let us know and we’ll look at your content, discuss what you’ll need to be successful, and include you on our calendar! Stay tuned for many cool things coming up with the addition of the beautiful “Plaza” just outside our doors.
Celebrating All Cultures Art Exhibit
In partnership with the Virgin Valley Artists Association, The Women’s Center is sponsoring the February Themed Art Exhibition & Competition. The competition theme is “Celebrating All Cultures.” Please stop by the Fine Arts Gallery (15 W. Mesquite Blvd.) between January 31 and February 26 to see the wide range of entries submitted by local artists and vote for your favorite.
Women’s History Month Display at the Mesquite Library
To celebrate March, Women’s History Month, the Women’s Center is partnering with the Mesquite Library on a lobby display that will feature inspiring women from all walks of life, including the books that have been written about them. This has been a labor of love for the volunteers at WHCC, narrowing down from hundreds of women we have books on, to just a dozen or so. The exhibit will open Monday, February 14 and run through April.
Women’s Center Plaza
While March is the official Grand Opening of the Women’s Center Plaza, you don’t have to wait until then to see what this new addition to our facility looks like. The plaza is available now and can be reserved for group events. Stop by and check it out at the Women’s Center!
Volunteer and Greeter Opportunities at the Women’s Center
If you would like to learn more about the Women’s Center, there are openings for greeters and greeter back-ups. Shifts are two hours long, either 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This is a rewarding relaxing way to spend two hours a week while learning about amazing women in history and recent times, meeting people and making friends.
We look forward to seeing you and sharing some of the features that make the Women’s History and Culture Center so special.