Woman's Club of Exeter Township honor devoted members of 25 and 50 years

News photo by Emily Thiel Ladies serving as members of the Exeter Woman's Club for 25 and 50 years are recognized at the Annual May Dinner held at the Reading Country Club.
News photo by Emily Thiel Elizabeth Seward, Spring City, receives a complimentary flower and plaque for her 50th year as a member of the Exeter Woman's Club.

Another successful year for The Woman’s Club of Exeter Township was celebration for their Annual May Dinner, held at the Reading Country Club May 14.

The Woman’s Club, established since 1949, end the season with a dinner where dedicated members are recognized, and newcomers are officially welcomed.

Elizabeth Seward, Spring Township, has been a devoted member to the Woman’s Club since moving to the township. This past year marked her fiftieth year as a member. Seward served as president of the club three times (once in the 1970s, 80s and 90s) and while president, was instrumental in forming the Exeter Community Library. Now named the Dunn Community Center, this barn was the original home for the library.

When Seward moved to the neighborhood in the 1960s, it was the Woman’s Club who first approached her, inviting her to a meeting.


“I was met by the members and chairman,” Seward recalled, as the process for joining the club was much more exclusive. With the high-fluent club, future members went through a screening process and needed approval from the club. Today, any “warm body” can join. The Woman’s Club always are accepting new members and are pushing forward to adapt to changes in technology to attract younger generations.

From the benefits of The Woman’s Club Fashion Show, Mallory Hoffman, director of Exeter Community Library, was presented with a $4,500 check.

In 2002, June Schiessler was honored as a 50 year member. After she passed away in 2011, her family donated the dollhouse. June’s Dream House was raffled off at the fashion show, which raised $1,000 for the library.

With the $5,500, the library hopes to purchased a new disc cleaner to replace their broken one. “If we don’t have one, if a DVD skips, we can’t refurbish it,” Hoffman said. “We use it on a daily basis.” Hoffman expressed her appreciation for the donation.

Erma Burkhart, Carol Heft, Carol Heller, and Janice Miller, were honored for their commitment of 25 years in the Woman’s Club.

Joan Bradbury, Maria Bunch, Gail DiBlasi and Susan Staub were recognized as new members.

Officers for the upcoming year were named: President, Katie Holm; First Vice President, Fran Vogt; Second Vice President, Susan Pannabecker; Recording Secretary, Jackie Yeich; Corresponding Secretary, Sharon Syret; Treasurer, Janet Faust and Directors, Sharon Ready, Andrea Speck, Gloria Springer and Sandy Young.

The Woman’s Club of Exeter Township hold their monthly meeting at the library, 4565 Prestwick Drive, Reading, the second Wednesday of the month from September through May.

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Emily Thiel

Emily Thiel is the editor of The Southern Berks News and is the Community Engagement Editor for Berks-Mont Newspapers. Emily joined Berks-Mont in March 2013. She graduated from Kutztown University in 2011 with a degree in English with a concentration in Cultural and Media Studies. Emily is a native of Allentown, Pa. Reach the author at ethiel@berksmontnews.com or follow Emily on Twitter: @sthrnberksnews.