SPARTA-There was a time not too long ago, Marjorie Strohsahl remembers, when there was talk of disbanding the Sparta Women's Club. Membership in the volunteer organization was declining among women and few township residents showed any interest in assuming positions of leadership. "The club was failing," said Strohsahl, now in her second year as president of the local club. "We had to look for new things and let people know it's sometimes OK for change." Today, the Sparta Women's Club continues along the comeback trail. Celebrating its 56th year in the community and boasting a membership of more than 140 volunteers, the Sparta Women's Club is currently involved in a number of service activities, from bridge to financial investment education; and scholarship awards to community improvement projects; as well as donations to many local, state and national charities. "Thriving is the word," said Strohsahl. "We're a very active club. We have a warm and generous heart. There are so many women who enjoy working to improve the quality of life for many in the community. And, oh
the possibilities." The Sparta Township Council acknowledged those accomplishments by proclaiming Nov. 15-21 as New Jersey State Federation of Women's Club Membership Week in recognition of the Sparta Women's Club and the 12,800 other members in 304 clubs throughout the state for their many hours of community service. NJFWC was established Nov. 16, 1894, and continues to be one of the largest and oldest organizations of volunteer women in the state. Throughout its 110-year history, NJSFWC members have worked in their communities to assist in activities for many local charities and academic endeavors, as well as supporting community libraries, and community beautification projects. The Sparta Women's Club was the recent recipient of some 10 district awards for its efforts in the community through a variety of projects including support of the Sparta Library, Sparta Historical Society, Newton Memorial Hospital, Ginnie's House, DASI, scouting, cancer patients, and senior citizens.