Groups For Local Wonder Women


The Lake Murray-Irmo Woman's Club was formed in 1961 as the original chapter in the Lake Murray-Irmo area of the General Federation of Women's Clubs of South Carolina and the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

At the time of writing this article, due to COVID-19 concerns, the club's 7th Annual Pinot and Pearls had been postponed until May 21, 2020; location and time remains the same. Double-check details closer to the event date. 

By "living the volunteer spirit" and applying unique skills and talents, the group's members fundraise through the annual Irmo Okra Strut and pecan sales so they can give back to the community. 

To be eligible for consideration of a scholarship from the LMIWC, students must be:

  1. A Dutch Fork High School or an Irmo High School student; and

  2. Entering a post-secondary institution, accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, in the fall of the scholarship year.



Chapin Woman’s Club was federated in 1971 as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and is affiliated with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, the largest and oldest women’s volunteer service organization in the world. 

Chapin Woman’s Club serves the community through many diverse projects, including a Butterfly Garden at Crooked Creek Park, Meals on Wheels, Senior BINGO, Community of Character, Chapin High School’s EAS program, and Crafts for Kids with Cancer. Their grant application process allows local organizations (schools, community theatre, libraries, food banks) to apply for financial assistance for specific needs. Their largest contribution recently has been to provide scholarships to senior girls at the two local high schools.

The group's signature Flamingo Fling Fundraiser, held in the spring, is their largest money-making event. Celebration Tables, an elegant luncheon to ring-in the holiday season, and Friendship Soup sale in the fall, are other fun events through which they engage the community. 

Club meetings are held the first Tuesday morning of each month September through May. For further details about the Club, contact Mary Slade at marydslade@gmail.com or 803.732.3027.


The LWC - SC was federated on May 1, 1958. Under the General Federation of Women's Clubs, they are an international organization dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service. They currently meet monthly at the Lexington County Public Library, 5440 Augusta Road, on the second Monday of the month from September through May.

This club's members have helped with constructing the community public library, providing shelter for veterans and broken families, and breast cancer awareness. 

A portion of the proceeds from LWC's 36th Annual Charity Golf Tournament was planned (it was set for March 31 and had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic) to be donated to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation to purchase ballistic plates to enhance vest safety for front-line deputies and school resource officers. Proceeds from this annual tournament also support college scholarships for qualifying graduating seniors enrolled in Lexington School District One high schools and one graduate of the Lexington One Adult Education program.   

Call Deidre Harmon at 803.359.0698 for Club information. 


The purpose of this Auxiliary is to support Columbia Sailing Club projects, and to encourage interest and activity in all forms of sailboating. 

CSCA meets once a month to plan upcoming events. 

Organized in October 1967, the Auxiliary has helped with regatta registration, held ladies sailing classes, planned social events at the club, and raised money for club improvements through the sale of regatta lunches and items from the Ship’s Store. All members, associate members, spouses of CSC members and CSC children 18 and older are members of the Auxiliary.

2020 CSCA Officers:

Hilarie Ann Brush – president; habrush62@gmail.com

Beverly Beauregard – vice president; bobbyshbby@aol.com

Sarah Edwards – secretary; sarahed@bellsouth.net

Rebecca Dotterer – treasurer; rdotterer@sc.rr.com

Allison Hassinger – immediate past president; allie.hassinger@gmail.com



Stimulating positive changes in community leadership is the goal of Women In Philanthropy, based in Columbia. They promote the concept that every woman can, and must, be a philanthropist if the challenges facing women and families are going to be addressed. 

Through social and fundraising events -- such as the unique Power of the Purse (a one-of-a-kind auction of designer handbags and other novel items)  -- and educational and volunteer opportunities, WIP offers investors a variety of ways to stay involved throughout the year. Organizers indicate there are numerous networking and personal development opportunities provided. Additionally, they make annual grants through United Way's request for proposal processes.

Any donor who makes an annual contribution of $500 or more to WIP is an investor. New investors are considered WIP members as soon as their pledge is received. Pledges can be made through United Way workplace campaigns or as individual donations. For additional details, email sbrennecke@uway.org or call 803.733.5400.



WREN is a Columbia-headquartered network whose mission is to build a movement to advance the health, economic well-being, and rights of South Carolina’s women, girls and their families.

They advocate with the South Carolina General Assembly and public agencies for policies and laws that will improve the status of women, girls, and their families. They educate the public on issues that affect diverse women and girls, and inspire action. They engage community and strengthen the capacity of organizations and businesses to support women and young people of all ages, races, and abilities through community conversations, training and grassroots mobilization. And, they build coalitions of organizations, businesses and individuals who are committed to improving opportunities for South Carolinians.

WREN managers indicate they strive to create a diverse and inclusive movement that amplifies voices and advances justice for all.

For additional details about social issues, email info@scwren.org or call 803.939.2192.


BNI- Business Networking Group 

How will you grow your business?

Led by Shirley Towne, Executive Director, The mission of BNI is to help members increase their business through a structured, positive and professional referral marketing program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals. With over 23 local chapters in the Columbia area.  She leads the largest referral groups in the United States, called Resource Referral Group, its members of both genders, are selective as they refer fellow members to their friends, family, coworkers and best clients.

Members of these networking groups meet every week at various locations. Call 803.996.3131 or email her at bniofmidlands@gmail.com.  

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