Oldest women’s club looking for younger members

For more than 50 years, members of the area’s oldest ladies service club worked to identify and help meet needs in their community.

For the last two years, BLSC’s most ambitious and successful fundraiser has been running its food booth (formerly the Masons’ booth) during the Flathead County Fair. The booth serves burgers, hand-dipped corn dogs and delicious, cold huckleberry shakes.

Club members, along with other local nonprofits who are compensated for their time, man the grills, pour shakes and serve fair-goers. Primarily from the money raised during this fundraiser, 13 local recipients were selected by BLSC to receive donations in 2017.

ACES Afterschool Program Bigfork Fire Department Bigfork Food Bank Bigfork High School – students Washington D.C. trip Bigfork Rotary Club – Backpack Program CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) Ferndale Volunteer Fire Dept. Flathead Cancer Society Flathead Valley Community College – nursing scholarship Local families (as needed) Ray of Hope Save a Sister – mammogram Veteran’s Food Bank

The club’s most recent endeavor is Threads, a resource for the Bigfork area middle and high school students who are living at or below the poverty level or are homeless.

Located in space donated by the Bigfork Community Center on Commerce Street directly across from the Bigfork schools, Threads is open Thursday afternoons for students referred by school personnel to select, free of charge, clothing and personal care items donated by community members. Membership

The only requirement to become a member is the desire to help the community; new members are always welcome.

In addition to fundraising, BLSC members volunteer for various community events. In 1982 the club started the ongoing tradition of warming up the Bigfork Elves who decorate the village for the holidays by serving them chili and hot cocoa.

In the 1990s members began another holiday tradition of bringing cookies and hot chocolate to Santa’s Workshop for Bigfork’s children. A luncheon for the cast and crew of the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, serving up to 50, is also an annual undertaking.

Bigfork Ladies Service Club

PO Box 27, Bigfork, MT 59911 406-261-3410 406-837-4449 bigforkladiesserviceclub@gmail.com

Meetings are the first Monday of the month at 5 pm, September through June and are most often held at the Chamber office.

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