WOMEN’S COMMUNITY LEAGUE OF WESTON MAKES MARK
Writer: CHERYL BALIAN SCAPARROTTA
(Print Issue: page 102; Digital edition click here)
don’t know of them, you should.
Countless volunteer hours, impactful funding, and a vibrant membership distinguish the Women’s Community League of Weston (WCL). This year, the venerable group celebrates 100 glorious years of contributions to the citizens of Weston. They are the oldest service organization in town, and it might surprise you how deep their roots are.
“We’re embedded,” confirms Regina Hajjar, the current president. “Our mission is to foster community spirit, enhance the intellectual and social life of the community, and help with community needs.”
When you examine the organization’s long history, it’s entirely appropriate to say the foundation of modern Weston was laid by the WCL.
For starters, the League began the lunch program in the Weston Public Schools almost a century ago. Yes, you read that correctly. “We started furnishing milk to needy children in the schools in 1925, and in 1929, the WCL set up kitchens for an entire hot lunch program,” says Hajjar. “Eventually the town took them over.”
But wait: there’s more.
“Five years after that, we funded a school bus for Weston kindergarteners,” she states.
Most recently, the WCL hosted a Winter Festival on the Town Green, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in a while. Hundreds of townsfolk came together last December to participate in traditional festivities like ice skating, caroling, and eating s’mores. In the true spirit of community, other venerable groups were invited to play a role, such as Weston Boy Scout Troop 157 and Girl Scout Troops 75453, 85220, 85265, 73084, as well as the high school band, the PTO, and Weston Dads. The high note of the celebration was the tree lighting in front of Weston Town Hall.
“We wanted to celebrate our centennial in a way that is true to our mission, so we reached out to all town organizations,” Hajjar says. “It was the inaugural event for our centennial. The idea was to develop a continuing tradition and showcase the many organizations in Weston.”