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Pagosa Women’s Club — education fun and good works

On Wednesday, June 9, Dr. Richard Shildt, medical oncologist, gave an informative presentation to Pagosa Women’s Club members about cancer in women. He touched on the various types of cancer and their survival rates; what causes cancer; how genetics and the environment come into play; how to maintain a healthy lifestyle to try and avoid cancer, and answered a myriad of questions from the members.

Shildt was an oncologist in private practice in Oklahoma for many years and is currently with Cancer Centers of America. He and his wife, Kitty, are part-time residents of Pagosa Springs.

Pagosa Springs Women’s Club is a philanthropic, educational and social club. It is a diverse group of dedicated women who encourage a spirit of goodwill and cooperation in all areas pertaining to the welfare and betterment of our community. Each year, funds are raised at the holiday silent auction and luncheon in December to provide financial support for local, non-profit organizations. Last year, over $3,000 was raised and given out in support of the community. Each month, there is a luncheon at Alley House Grille where a guest speaker from the community speaks about topics that are of interest to the members and their guests. All area women are welcome and encouraged to attend. The cost of the luncheon, speaker and meeting each month is $16 and reservations are required. Annual dues are only $12 and are applied to the philanthropic fund.

There are many interest groups within Women’s Club including: Beginning Sewing; Bunko; Book Club; Chick Flicks; Dining Out; Knitting; Line Dancing; Mahjong; Movies; Mexican Train; Overnight Outings; Quilting and Cross Stitching; Respite Time for Caregivers; Sam Elliott Movies; Scrapbooking; Volunteer at Head Start, and Walking. The membership also participates in a voluntary monthly food drive for the community pantries by bringing non-perishable food items to the meeting. This year, Women’s Club sponsored two teams in the Bowl For Kids’ Sake fund-raiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters, which was definitely a new interest group.

Membership in Women’s Club ensures its members the opportunity to make new friendships, be entertained and/or educated by a wonderful group of speakers, and be a part of supporting the many deserving non-profit organizations in our community. For further information or to attend a meeting, contact Diane Rieck, president, at 731-6086.