Since its founding in 1913, The Women's Club of Hollister has provided an opportunity for club members to be leaders in their community. Whether working side-by-side on committees, volunteering at local non-profit events, or attending District or State conventions, we embody the spirit of our founder, Jenny June Croly, who asked only that we "bring our best to the front." We are a member of the Loma Prieta District-Area A, the California Federation of Women's Clubs, and the General Federation of Women's Clubs, one of the largest and oldest international women's organizations, founded in 1890.
Thanks in large part to our fundraising efforts, raffle prizes, and generous donations by our members and local businesses, the Women's Club of Hollister gives back to the community with financial support and volunteer assistance to other non-profits.
CASA of San Benito County
Community Food Bank
EDGE Leadership Conference
San Benito Arts Council
Chamber of Commerce
Hollister Downtown Association
Military Coupon Program
Laura Lee - returned as Club President for the 2022-2024 sessions. She previously served as the President from 2014 to 2016 and as Trustee from 2016 to 2021, and she was elected as the First Vice President in 2021. Laura is a Renaissance woman with a kind heart that brings out the best in others. She has served on Comfort & Care Bundles, Fashion Show, Flamingo Flocking, and Trim-a-Tree. During her presidency, in 2014, Laura led the way with the Laundry to Literacy project, creating a committee of women who placed children's books in three local laundromats. Children take the books home and replace them with new books on their next visit. The L2L program remains strong today. Laura helped boost donations to the Penny Pines project when her parents lost their home in the Paradise fire in 2019. Penny Pines is an organization that plants trees in forests destroyed by fire.
Co-First Vice Presidents - Renee Raitz and Colleen Rayas. Renee moved into the First VP role after serving six years as Parliamentarian. She has served on several committees, including Comfort & Care, Flamingo Flocking, and Laundry to Literacy, and she co-chaired the Fashion Show in 2020 and 2022. Colleen joined the Board in 2022 and has been a member since 2005. She has served on Comfort & Care Bundles and the Float Committee. Colleen's mother was also a member for 50 years. In her honor, Colleen started the Jackie Raymer Legacy Scholarship in 2023.
Second Vice President - Denise Cauthen-Wright is in her second year on the Board. Denise joined the Club in 2015 and has enthusiastically served or chaired committees for Comfort & Care Bundles, the Fashion Show, Flamingo Flocking, Float Committee, Laundry to Literacy, and the Scholarship Committee. Denise is always ready to jump into action to help the Club. We are grateful for her commitment to the Women's Club.
Third Vice President - A club member for 15 years, Nicki Phillips joined the Board in August. In this position, Nicki is responsible for the monthly newsletter. She has served on Comfort & Care Bundles, the Fashion Show, Flamingo Flocking, Laundry to Literacy, and is the Art Committee Chairwoman. Nicki stays active in the Club's social activities, including Bunco and the Book Club.
Nancy Bailey - a member of WCH since 2008, she joined the Board as Secretary in 2020. Nancy is always willing to lend a hand with our community service projects, including Comfort & Care Bundles, Fashion Show, Flamingo Flocking, placing flags on headstones on Memorial Day, and making ornaments for the Trim-A-Tree project. She is involved with the Club's Bunco and Book Club social groups.
Beryl Kurgan joined WCH in 2011 and has served on the Board as Treasurer since 2017. She oversees registration at all WCH meetings and luncheons, processes new member applications, oversees reservations for meeting locations, and pays the club's bills. Beryl works hard in the background, eager to help when needed. She also served on the committee for Beauty is a Strong Woman Fashion Show in 2018.
The Club has three Trustees, with a combined 12 years of experience as President. They bring unique talents to the Board and in serving our Club.
Suzanne Stalder - 2019 - 2021
Jill Martin - 2016 - 2019
Jeanne Liem - 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2014