The Regal Woman’s Club was started in 1975 and was the brainchild of Ms. Clifford (Beauty) Brown, who initiated the club in order to serve the Greenville community. She formed the club with the help of Lillie Mae Jones who was the mother of charter member Gertrude Miller. The club’s mission: to advance community potential on a grassroots level.
Club efforts include activities such as: awarding an annual scholarship to a college-bound Greenville student; providing aid to families in distress, such as victims of fire and families experiencing chronic illness; sponsoring recreational activities such as little league teams and supporting churches and other outside organizations in their efforts to improve the community.
Other community service events these lovely ladies have organized are appreciation dinners for area seniors, serving breakfast in the park during Greenville’s Annual Veteran’s Day celebration, Christmas gifts to nursing home residents, Thanksgiving baskets to local families, Easter egg hunts coordinated with JoAnn Bridges Academy and providing assistance to the Boys’ Choir and the Boys and Girls Club of Greenville.
This year the club has taken on a new venture, to adopt and assist Greenville Elementary, at the request of charter member Lucile Day, who is a retired educator. The club formed a School Advisory Committee made up of Chairperson Cheryl Clemons and Vice Chair Emily Dickey, who will be the liaisons between school and club, assisting in “whatever way new Principal Barbara Pettiford requests,” says Day. All of the Regal ladies are alumni from the Greenville school system, attending the school when it was known as Greenville Training School, educating students in 1st – 12th grades.
One of the first items on the club’s to-do-list for the school is to help purchase a new curtain for their stage. Club members say for the past few years, the school has resorted to using garbage bags pieced together to mimic a curtain. Other plans the ladies have for the school is to encourage community involvement, especially in the way of role models and mentors for students, emphasizing men are especially needed. Several of the members discussed the addition of a physical education curriculum and instructor, and while they acknowledge none of the other Madison County elementary schools have this either, it is still a worthy goal considering the epidemic of today’s childhood obesity.
The women in this regal group understand that although it takes hard work to accomplish all their goals and commitments, there is also need for an occasional well-deserved break. Educational trips are planned with community members and organized by member and Business Manager Gwendolyn Johnson who says they have taken as many as two Greyhound busloads on their trips. Places these ladies have visited include: Washington, D.C., Canada, New York, The World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tenn., Henning, Tenn. (author Alex Haley’s Home and Museum), Williamsburg, Va. and their latest trip, The Holy Land in Orlando.
These royal ladies are proud of their Greenville community and committed to their mission in advancing the town’s potential. They do occasionally have dinners and other fundraisers to help them in their efforts, but most of the funds used in their services to the town are from their own pockets. What they will tell you about their commitment is this: “We thank God for our longevity and for the opportunity to be of service.”
For more information on The Regal Woman’s Club, contact President Vera Greenwood at (850) 948-4088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.