Ten Departments of Murray Woman's Club

For department meeting schedules, visit Department Meetings and visit Events Calendar for general club meeting details.
You may also contact us at the phone number and email address at the bottom of this page.

Alpha

Alpha Department, the first department established in Murray Woman's Club, focuses on promoting literary pursuits. Alphas published the Calloway County Pictorial History and the Calloway County Family History books. Proceeds from these funded the Lois Pharris Scholarship awarded annually to a non-traditional female student. Each fall, the department sponsors the Adult Spelling Bee and Silent Auction with proceeds supporting the Calloway County Adult Education program. Alphas also contribute to the community through sponsorship in the Santa Project, support of the GED Graduation Ceremony and the high schools' Project Graduation, and by annually judging the club-sponsored Student Writing Contest for students K-12.

Creative Arts

The main fundraising project of Creative Arts Department is a fall bazaar for which members create quality handmade items to sell. The department aims for personal development of its members in various art forms through both understanding and creative participation.

Delta

The focus of the Delta Department is living well, which is embodied in their motto: Eat chocolate, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life. Deltas established a permanent scholarship for a Murray State University Nursing student interested in working with cancer patients.

Garden

Garden Department gives members the opportunity to expand their knowledge of plants and all forms of gardening through a variety of speakers and interesting field trips that are also a lot of fun. The department's activities include planting and care of the flower beds at the entrance of Murray-Calloway Central Park and in a triangular bit of ground formed by three busy streets; awarding a scholarship annually to an outstanding Murray State University horticulture student; designating a Yard of the Month from the community with a yard sign and news photo; and hosting an annual Iris Color Show, Plant Sale, and Luncheon in May, the major fundraiser for scholarship and project support that was initiated in 2014 and well-received by the community. And, of course, the department participates in general club projects, activities, and fundraisers.

Home

This department is involved in many areas of interest: Health, education, legal languages, ecology, conservation, family stability as well as food preparation and preservation.

Kappa

Kappa Department of Murray Woman's Club was formed in 1964. Membership at that time was committed to community improvement projects, which continues to the present day. For the past 34 years, Kappa Department has presented the annual Tour of Homes during the Christmas holiday season, which has become a popular community fundraising event. Over the years, many thousands of dollars have been donated by Kappas to countless charitable organizations in the local area and beyond. Most recently, beneficiaries have been the local Playhouse in the Park and the club's Heritage Fund, which maintains our historic clubhouse. Kappas have also sponsored another very popular fundraiser for a long time: the Evening of Chocolate Delight. Proceeds benefit the CASA program (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a program providing trained volunteers who advocate for children who are victims of neglect and abuse in Calloway and Marshall counties. Kappa Department welcomes visitors to its monthly meetings, as do all departments of the club.

Music

Music Department promotes music education and enjoyment among its members through programs featuring local talent, which abounds in Murray and Calloway County. These programs often draw on talented individuals and groups found among students and faculty alike at Murray State University. Several scholarships are awarded annually to Murray State sophomore music majors. The department also conducts a music contest each spring, with monetary awards, involving participation by highly talented middle and high school students in the Calloway County area. To fund the scholarships and contest awards, the department produces an eagerly anticipated spring musical show and dinner with a different theme each year.

Sigma

Sigma department focuses on families and children through education, recreation, advocacy, creativity, and healthy lifestyles. Sigmas welcome members of all ages, with an emphasis on mentoring young professional women. Sigma Department meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday night of each month of the club year, which is August through May. Their primary fundraiser is Breakfast with Santa, a fun-filled family event held at the clubhouse. Community programs benefiting from Sigma fundraisers have included CASA, Purchase Area Sexual Abuse Center, Murray and Calloway Family Resource Centers , Main Street Youth Center, West Kentucky Mentoring, and Murray-Calloway County Parks.

Theta

Theta Department was organized in 1965 and has as its emphasis the support of projects and programs for the youth of Murray and Calloway County. Members participate in the Reality Store each year as one of their service projects, which involves students from Calloway County and Murray Independent school systems. The department has an annual auction fundraiser to benefit its youth projects. Each year monetary awards are presented to first place student winners in the GFWC Kentucky short story and poetry contest for students in grades K-12. Student scholarships are also awarded annually for 4-H summer camp attendance. Thetas support Murray Woman's Club fundraisers, projects, and general club activities as well.

Zeta

Zeta Department, originally formed with varied interests, is active in civic, educational, and cultural pursuits. Department history includes sponsoring the Mental Health Program and continues to fund annual contributions to that worthy cause. MOTTO: "Volunteer Where Needed."

Department Meeting Days & Times

View Department Meetings for specific meeting days and times of departments. New members are welcome to join at any time during the year. Call the clubhouse phone number listed below for further information. Also, feel free to visit Article IV - Membership and Article II - Members and Dues in Bylaws for details about the club.


Last Updated September 2015