Community Builders: A series of articles about groups that improve the quality of life in the Tri-Lakes area
The Tri-Lakes Women’s Club
By Harriet Halbig
I spoke with Becky Hassler, co-president of the Tri-Lakes Women’s Club, about the group’s history and activities.
Founded in 1977, the club’s mission is to support area nonprofit groups, schools, fire and law enforcement districts. The criterion for grant applications is that the applicant serve the Tri-Lakes area. The club was recognized last year as the Tri-Lakes Chamber’s nonprofit of the year and has been recognized by the school district for its many contributions.
Fundraising is in the form of two annual events, one in the spring and one in the fall.
The spring event, Spring into Vintage, will be held at Lewis-Palmer High School on April 27 and 28. As the event continues to evolve, this year’s program will not include the sale of plants as in past years, but will feature over 100 vendors selling garden and home décor, art items, and the popular bakery area featuring cakes, pies, fudge, and bread made by club members. These offerings include gluten-free and vegan items, and even pet treats.
A novel feature of the bake sale is that the good cannot be displayed on paper or plastic plates. Many offerings are packaged on vintage or antique glass bowls or plates, some of them collectible.
There will be four food trucks outside the school and this year there will be two entrances to better encourage the public to visit all parts of the show. There will also be a car show during the event. Saturday the Studebaker Drivers will display their vehicles and Sunday it will be the Tri-Lakes Cruisers.
The club enjoys partnerships with other local groups including the Key Club, which helps set up the event, and the nearby senior center which allows them to stage the bakery sale the day before.
The former fall event, Harvesting Hope, will be replaced this year by Old World Merry Market, a European style winter market to be held at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry. There will be vendors in and out of doors with food and gifts. There will be no admission fee and all ages will be welcome.
The club is still seeking vendors for the market. If you are interested, please contact TLWC.net and enter your message under “Contact Us.”
The Tri-Lakes Women’s Club is open to residents of Lewis-Palmer District 38. Membership currently numbers 239.They hold a monthly meeting on the third Friday of the month at the Wedgewood in Black Forest. Meetings consist of a lunch, business meeting and a program. For more information and a membership application, please visit the club’s website, TLWC.net.
In addition to the large group, there are many smaller interest groups including hiking, bridge, book clubs, and Bunko. The quilt group has made memory quilts for residents of the Bethesda Senior Living facility in Monument and plan to do the same for the new Jackson Creek Senior Living facility. There is a singing group called the Knotty Pines who have entertained in senior residences.
The Tri-Lakes Women’s Club is one of many which contribute to a cohesive small-town feel in the Tri-Lakes.