The First Thursday Book Club of Howard County has come up with a uniquely appropriate way to memorialize the club’s beloved founder, Mary Margaret Kamerman, who died in 2008 after a stroke.
On Mary Margaret’s birthday each year, the remaining members each contribute a dollar to the Women’s Giving Circle for every year since Mary Margaret’s birth. The money supports scholarships for girls who want to attend Journey, the camp founded by WGC.
Mary Margaret was an original donor of the Women’s Giving Circle and nominated two girls in her neighborhood to attend the first Journey camp in 2006. At Mary Margaret’s memorial service, one of the girls’ mothers tearfully recalled Mary Margaret’s generous encouragement of her young daughter.
The idea for the memorial contribution came from book club member Mary McGraw, who explained, “Mary Margaret had three daughters and believed strongly in opportunities for young girls to grow and find their true worth.”
Mary Margaret’s daughters include Columbia residents Jacki Deblasio and Jill Belk and Virginia resident Jeannie Kinn.
A Columbia resident since 1971 and a counselor at Long Reach High School at the time of her death, Mary Margaret started the book club in 1992, and the remaining members have been meeting monthly since then. In addition to Mary McGraw, club members include Sandi Berman, Kathy Flanagan, Phyllis Greenbaum, Helen Mitchell, Jean Moon and Francine Sheppard.
For information about WGC, visit www.womensgivingcircle.org
Dear WGC Donors and Friends,
We've had a busy and important Spring. We had our first Educational Happy Hour of the year on May 7: Nourishing Those Who Nourish Others: Tools to Keep Your Best Self with Dr. Jyothi Rao, of the Shakthi Health and Wellness Center. Thanks you to all who attended!
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And, we have a number of opportunities for you to get involved in WGC activities coming up:
- May 30: Mark your calendars and plan to celebrate philanthropy in our county at theCommunity Foundation of Howard County's Spring Party - we are proud to be a fund of the Community Foundation!
- May 31: We are excited to fund Journey Camp for Girls each year, which is now accepting applications for another amazing week of leadership and empowerment for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade girls. Applications are due May 30 - please help us spread the word!
- June 30: And, finally, join us for a viewing and discussion of Girl Rising on June 30 to salute the founding of the Columbia Film Society and HoCoPoLitSo - we are sponsoring an afternoon that celebrates the education of girls, the beauty of story, and the power of collective action - purchase early-bird tickets available exclusively for WGC donors, and enter code FEST32
- October 14: Save the Date for WGC's Annual Celebration with Keynote Speakers: Howard County's first female Police Chief, Lisa Myers and first female Fire Chief, Christine Uhlhorn at Howard Community College, Horowitz Center - stay tuned for more information!
Thank you for your support of the WGC! We are committed to growing a community of empowered philanthropists that are building on the past, and working today to shape the future for women and girls through the power of collective giving.
I look forward to seeing many of you soon!
Barb Van Winkle, WGC Chair
We had a packed house tonight for WGC’s Educational Happy Hour - "Nourishing Those Who Nourish Others: Tools to Keep Your Best Self" with our wonderful Keynote Speaker Dr. Jyothi Rao - thanks to everyone who joined us!