THE HISTORY OF THE CANYON LAKE WOMAN'S CLUB
In 1972 a group of women in Canyon Lake wanted to meet their neighbors, so they organized a Kidnap Breakfast, allowing those kidnaped to put on two things – a robe and false teeth. This same group, plus the kidnap victims, met and decided to form a Woman's Club. By-laws were written and on November 14, 1972, the first election of officers was held. Their main purpose at that time was to purchase safety equipment and support activities for teens.
A suggestion was also made to contact the Riverside County Libraries to request a bookmobile stop in Canyon Lake. A book exchange table was set up at the CLWC monthly meeting. This led to establishing a financial sponsorship program to manage the development and growth of the local library. Space was rented and the Woman's Club paid the utility bills and the Woman's Club volunteers staffed the library. This library eventually became part of the Riverside County Library System.
One of the first money-making events was a rummage sale held at the Village Center. This evolved into a swap meet, first held at Blue Bird Hall and then moved to the Towne Center. In 2004 the membership voted to no longer hold a swap meet.
Our first Home Tour was held on November 24, 1973 and has continues to grow and become a very successful fund-raiser. In 2004 a Christmas Tree Raffle was added in order to raise additional funds. In 2007 the Club added vendors at the Lodge to raise even more additional funds.
Today our Fashion Show is a major event, with fashions from a variety of stores. There have been elaborate decorations and exotic themes. Originally they were done at monthly meetings, the Chairperson doing spoofs on fashion shows. Today it has evolved into a first-rate affair held the last Friday in April.
In 2007 a cookbook "Taste of Paradise" was created from recipes donated by members. It proved to be a successful fund-raiser.
In 2011, the Board adopted a logo and sold tee shirts and sweatshirts with the logo in glitz. This logo will be used in the future on all club stationary.
In 2014 vendors were added to the General Membership Meetings and the Meetings were given "themes".
All these events continue to be major fund-raisers. Our members continue to put in countless hours, display their many talents, and make new friendships as they raise money to be donated to philanthropic recipients and scholarships.