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History of Montour County Club

The Montour County club held its charter meeting on June 30, 1950. The first president was Dorothy Bonawitz, a local community leader whose good works seemed boundless.  The club named its scholarship grant awarded annually in her honor.

The local impact of the Montour County Soroptimist Club has been felt in many quarters. Many of the same community needs are being addressed today. Early projects included working as Civil Defense volunteers, sponsoring ice cream socials at the Danville State Hospital, and providing holiday gifts and necessities to needy families. Other programs included purchasing hearing aids for young women and donating to the local Society for the Blind.

In focusing the club's attention on the issue of domestic violence against women, Montour County has had a long history of working with The Women's Center, Inc. of Columbia-Montour Counties.  Projects over the years included:

  • 1991: raised over $2,000 to renovate and refurbish a room in the new women’s shelter
  • 1996: won Region award of $6,000 for service project "You Can't Beat a Woman," calling attention to domestic violence. The monetary award was then donated to Women’s Center to go toward payment of mortgage
  • 2004: won $2,000 grant to sponsor educational program for area cosmetologists to be aware of and offer help to victims of domestic violence

Our mission to work for this cause continues, with an annual collection of in-kind donated goods for the Women's Shelter, a refurbishment of rooms in the facility, and support of the ongoing educational activities to increase awareness.

2010 marked the 60th anniversary of the Club's founding, and we continue the celebration through the efforts and good works of our members with gratitude and acknowledgment of the women who came before us.