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Discover Western Prince William October 2017
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Free Kitchen & Bath Seminar
Seminar is hosted by
Mastercraft Design Showroom
53 East Lee Street, Warrenton
Starts at 10a.m.
Saturday, November 4th 10am
Pre~Registration is Required.
Limited Seating.
Call 540-439-8890
Presented by
Home Sweet Home
Tom Wotton
President of Home Sweet Home Improvements
Bring your questions!
The Dominion Woman's Club Won't
Let You Fall Through the Cracks
~ Caitlin Scott
Dominion Woman's Club (DWC), a
nonprofit organization serving Prince William
and Fauquier Counties, celebrates a decade
of community outreach this year. Founded in
2007 by Haymarket resident Nanette McKeel
Petrella, the club strives to live up to its
motto, "Service, Strength, and Sisterhood,"
by fueling altruistic efforts put forth by
community members.
"The purpose of founding the organization was
to bring together women who are dedicated
to service, but also
to make friends,"
says club vice
Ellen Murphy, who
joined in 2008.
"It's a wonderful
way for people to
meet each other
while identifying
the needs of our
The DWC is made
up of committees
that cover various areas of interest, from
domestic violence awareness and prevention
to the avocation for literacy in local schools.
Members are always on the lookout for
groups or individuals that need support in
the form of volunteers, fundraising, or public
The impact of these women is diverse
and far-reaching. Service projects include
partnerships with organizations like the
Bull Run Mountain Conservancy, which
promotes the preservation of the Bull Run
Mountains, and the Hylton Performing Arts
Center, renowned for bringing exceptional art
experiences to the area.
The club also works with Serve our Willing
Warriors, a coalition of individuals and
businesses that support wounded, ill, and
injured military personnel and their families
as they recover in Walter Reed and Fort
Belvoir military hospitals. Another ongoing
partnership is with a Haymarket nonprofit
called Carried to Full Term, which offers
housing, support, and resources to expectant
mothers in crisis situations.
One of the club's biggest ongoing efforts is
supporting education. In addition to awarding
annual scholarships to female high school
seniors and women returning to school
in order to join the workforce, the DWC
works with Haymarket, Gravely, and Ellis
Elementary Schools as well as PACE West,
an alternative school for elementary, middle,
and high school students.
For example, the DWC and clubs with
similar missions joined forces with PACE
West to add a reward component to its
behavior modification program called
PROWL Pantry. For any act of kindness,
academic achievement, or good behavior,
students earn points that they can use to
purchase items from the pantry. The DWC
also helped establish PACE Village, which
garners support from local churches, clubs,
and businesses that meet with the principal
to identify and meet the school's needs each
The DWC's education committee, made
up of many former teachers, is especially
passionate about
enabling literacy.
Last year, DWC
president Susan
Sivori worked with
Scholastic and the
Ellis Elementary
librarian on a
project called "Buy
a Kid a Book,"
gifting a book to
every child from
second grade. Ellis
is a Title 1 school,
which means that a
high percentage of its students are from low-
income families. A week after the children
received their books, the librarian followed up
to say that many of them misunderstood the
gesture and tried to return them, thinking they
were on loan from the library. This October,
every child in the school from kindergarten to
grade five will receive their own book--and
this time, they'll make sure the children know
the books are theirs to keep.
"People and organizations that need help
sometimes slip through the cracks, and this
amazing group of women works together
to make sure no one in our community
is overlooked," says Mary Ellen. "It's a
wonderful feeling to work with your friends
and see the positive impact you have on
issues that otherwise wouldn't have been
addressed." If you are a woman over the
age of 18 with a strong desire to serve and
enhance your community through volunteer
service, visit
Nancy Patchan, Lynn Hamilton, and Martha Feeney
welcome guests to the 5th Annual Spring Luncheon:
"Literacy Matters" at Stonewall Golf Club
DWC President Susan Sivori, public relations
chair Deb Jewell, parliamentarian Beth Glaser,
vice president Mary Ellen Murphy
and Fundraising chair Susie Collat at
"Buy A Kid A Book" day at Ellis Elementary.