Suffield Woman’s Club News

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Suffield Facilities Manager Chris Matejek (left), SWC President Lisa Pepe (center) and Highway Foreman Mark Cervione (right) stand with a speaker from the sound system donated to the Town by the SWC.

The members of the Suffield Woman’s Club (SWC) voted last year to purchase a new sound system for the Town. This was in response to members attending the Town’s outdoor occasions such as the Memorial Day and Veterans Day events and not being able to enjoy the service due to a poor sound system. This past Veterans Day was the first time the new system was used and it made a world of difference. It is the Club’s hope that many more people will attend these services because now they can hear what is being sung and said. The SWC would like to thank Facilities Manager Chris Matejek and Highway Department Foreman Mark Cervione for their help with this project.

Since 1908 the Suffield Woman’s Club and the Women’s Club of Enfield (WCoE) have attended reciprocating meetings in the month of January. This January, SWC members attended the meeting hosted by the Enfield. The meeting began with a light luncheon and a business meeting. The guest speaker was Liz Krebs, Education Manager from the CT Women’s Hall of Fame. She gave a slideshow presentation on the role of Connecticut women in the suffrage movement. Thank you to President Nancy Kalyan and the members of the WCoE for their hospitality.

The founder and first Director of the CT Woman Suffrage Association was Isabella Beecher Hooker who led the organization for 36 years. When she stepped down the work fell off until in 1910 when Katherine Martha Houghton Hepburn stepped up. Yes, Kate’s mom. That is just the beginning of familiar names involved in women’s fight for the right to vote. Visit and to learn more about what the women went through. You’ll gain a new appreciation for what some take for granted.

To learn more about the Suffield Woman’s Club contact Membership Chair Jean Neagle at 860-668-1876. 

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