Women’s Club plans gatherings in Heredia and Ciudad Colón

One of Costa Rica’s oldest service organizations, the Women’s Club of Costa Rica, is hosting two events to bring together women of different backgrounds who share the same goal of philanthropy.

The first is a morning of Tai Chi and coffee at Taoist Tai Chi Center in Heredia Monday. The other is a wine and cheese afternoon in Ciudad Colón Feb. 16.

The Women’s Club of Costa Rica has been helping communities since 1940, providing scholarships to young children and creating public school libraries. It is composed of more than 250 English-speaking women from around the world.

With the motto Friendship through Service, they have donated $250,000 to community service projects, including the first mammogram machine in Costa Rica, said Linda Manoll, second vice president.

“For the past 40 years, we’ve supported hundreds of scholarships for economically disadvantaged high school students in rural areas and post-secondary and university students. We’ve created dozens of libraries and provided hundreds of sets of textbooks for students in public elementary schools,” she said.

All work is done by volunteers from their homes, and the club doesn’t have any operational costs.

The activities next week are all designed for women in the neighborhood to meet and interact with each other and are open to the public. Those who want more information can email gracewccr@gamil.com or visit the Web site at www.wccr.org . Those specifically interested in the Tai Chi can call 2268-3748. Information on the cheese event is available at 8369-7992.

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