Since its founding in 1913, The Women's Club of Hollister provides 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
Chamberlains Children's Center
Community Food Bank
EDGE Leadership Conference
San Benito Arts Council
Chamber of Commerce
Hollister Downtown Association
Military Coupon Program
Suzanne Stalder - a member of the Women's Club since 2013 and a Board member since 2016, Suzie has proven to be a leader among her peers. Suzie chaired the Laundry to Literacy program for three years. Under her direction, we have grown the number of books donated to WCH for outreach to the community. Suzie lead the way with coordination of a luncheon hosting the Board from GFWC Loma Prieta District A. We look forward to her leadership and guidance in the next year.
First Vice President - Barb Lampman joined WCH in 2018 and immediately jumped in to help the club. She served two years as the Secretary on the Board of Directors and was elected as the First Vice President in June 2020. Barb has served on various committees, including Flamingo Flocking, Laundry to Literacy, and Membership Committee. Recently, Barb was co-chair for Beauty is a Strong Woman Fashion Show. The fashion show was a sell-out with over 170 guests and models.
Second Vice President - Martha Blaser joined WCH in 2011 and has served in different capacities on the Board since 2016. Martha served on the Comfort and Care Bundles, Fashion Show Committee, Scholarship Committee, Small Steps, Trim-a-Tree, and Yearbook Committee. As our Second VP, Martha welcomes members and visitors to the monthly luncheons, and sends cards to members celebrating a birthday, get well, or sympathy.
Third Vice President - Kathy Kessler joined the Board in 2016 as a co-vice president and served two years as First VP. This is her second year as Third VP. A member since 2013, Kathy has also served or chaired the following committees: Comfort and Care Bundles, Fashion Show, Flamingo Flocking, Historical, Laundry to Literacy, Scholarship, Trim-a-Tree, Wreaths Across America, and Yearbook. Kathy also contributes to the Newsletter and manages the club's website and social media. In 2018, Kathy joined the Community Foundations' Women's Advisory Council and assisted in the INSPIRE Event.
Nancy Bailey has been a member of WCH since 2008 and recently joined the Board as Secretary. Nancy is always willing to lend a hand with our community service projects, including Comfort and Care Bundles, Flamingo Flocking, placing flags on headstones on Memorial Day, and making ornaments for the Hollister Downtown Association's Trim-A-Tree project. She is involved with the Club's Bunco and Book Club social groups. It is great to welcome Nancy to the BOD!
Renee Raitz joined WCH in 2015 and stepped in as Parliamentarian for the Board in 2017. Renee was co-chair for Beauty is a Strong Woman Fashion Show, which enjoyed great success with over 170 people and models in attendance. She has served on various committees, including Comfort & Care Bundles, Flamingo Flocking, Historical Scrapbook, and Laundry to Literacy.
Beryl Kurgan joined WCH in 2011 and has served on the Board as Treasurer since 2017. Beryl served on the committee for the 2018 Beauty is a Strong Woman Fashion Show and was a model during the show. She oversees registration at all WCH meetings and luncheons and serves as the club's bookkeeper.
The Club has three Trustees, with a combined 21- years of experience as President. Each one brings a unique talent to the Board and in serving our Club. They are:
Jill Martin - 2016 - 2019
Laura Lee - 2014-2016
Jeanne Liem - 2006-2008, 2010-2014