The Porch Club has numerous departments and committees providing a wide variety of opportunities for members to become involved, forge new friendships, and contribute to the club and community.
Arts Creative arranges for speakers, workshops, trips and programs related to arts and crafts throughout the year. They decorate the clubhouse for holidays and encourage participation in the District Achievement Conference.
Arts Performing develops programs that include music, dance, and drama. This includes the song at general meetings, leading the Porch Club chorus, and a bi-annual dramatic presentation for the general membership.
Communications is responsible for maintaining the website and FaceBook page including photographs of club activities. Publicity for the club is handled by this committee and also preparation of the bi-monthly newsletter and annual member directory.
The Evening Department provides monthly programs to meet the interests and needs of working members as well as the general membership. Meetings include brief Porch Club business updates, followed by program topics that are timely, diverse, educational, and fun. Activities include fund raisers and good deed events which generously contribute to the Porch Club’s charitable efforts in the community.
The Garden Department is one of the most active and popular departments of the Porch Club of Riverton. Recently the area of Conservation was added to the department heading. Members are able to attend lectures, garden workshops, and trips to a variety of garden and conservation venues in the tri-state area. Maintenance of the Porch Club gardens as well as the grooming and planting of downtown Riverton are also activities the members enjoy. Other opportunities include flower arrangements and decorations for the monthly meetings and teas. On alternate years the Garden Department hosts their famous Garden Tour. The Tour is a major fundraiser for the Porch Club and highlights the homes and gardens of Riverton, Palmyra and Cinnaminson. The year closes with the annual Garden Party at a member’s home
Home Life/Social Services
The Home Life Department includes programs that acquaint members with contemporary issues facing their communities and offer resources to enable clubwomen to improve their communities through volunteerism. Activities include preparing sandwiches for Cathedral Kitchen, collecting baby clothes and preparing dinner for Ronald McDonald House.
The House Department is in charge of maintenance of our building including cleaning, repairs, inspections, snow removal, and grass cutting. We purchase the supplies necessary for running The Porch Club and make sure that everything is running and in ship shape.
The International Outreach department allows clubs to reach beyond their own communities through education and global awareness. The club sponsors a child through ChildFund International, supports UNICEF, and arranges an annual International covered dish lunch where a chosen international relief organization is highlighted.
Education/Literature department meets monthly to discuss literature and they host an annual Book and Author luncheon to support Literacy Volunteers of Burlington County. The department also supports Riverton and Palmyra schools through supply collections and “Read Across America” activities.
The Membership Department handles matters relating to membership status, with special attention to recruiting new members. The Department seeks to insure that all new members are welcomed and involved in Club activities and that longstanding members are recognized and appreciated.
The Public Issues department maintains an awareness of our community’s social, economic, health, environmental and political issues and uses our time and resources to help in their resolution. Supported organizations include Riverview Estates and Interfaith Hospitality Network of Burlington County.
The Rental department handles all requests for rental of the clubhouse and all aspects of completing the rental and follow-up after the rental.
Ways & Means
The Ways & Means department is responsible for fundraising for the club. Past events include Oktoberfest, Luau, bingo, casino night, and hoagie sales.
The Charitable Giving committee decides where to send the proceeds from undesignated fundraising efforts. Emphasis is on local charities benefitting women and children.
The Crafts committee makes items for the purpose of fundraising.
Domestic Violence Awareness
Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention is a signature project of the GFWC. This committee supports the needs of Providence House and arranges for programs on teen dating violence at Palmyra and Cinnaminson high schools.
The Finance committee prepares the yearly budget and oversees the audit of the financial records.
Members prepare and install an exhibit at the annual PHS International Flower Show in Philadelphia. Preparing for the Flower Show is a unique learning experience. Members view the behind-the-scenes activities as well as learn how to build and maintain an exhibit for display.
Greeters provide two hostesses at each General Membership meeting to greet members as they arrive.
The Luncheon committee arranges for two catered and served luncheons each year.
Paint the Porch Pink
Paint the Porch Pink is a unique breast cancer fundraising walk hosted by The Porch Club, held every two years. The inaugural event was in 2011. As of 2013, the event has raised over $34,400 for breast cancer research and awareness charities. Participants stroll through Riverton, stopping at ‘Pink Porches’ to enjoy a variety of pink refreshments and listen to live music. Funds are raised by the sale of commemorative t-shirts, raffles and donations from individuals and business sponsors that lend support. The Walk website is www.painttheporchpink.org. There is also a Facebook page: Paint the Porch Pink Breast Cancer Walk.
The Rummage Sale committee takes care of all aspects of holding a two-day rummage sale twice a year.
The Scribblers are a group of members who like to write. Meetings are scheduled several times a year. Gentle critique is offered at each meeting and writing exercises are available for those who need inspiration. The opportunity exists to enter the State and General Federation writing contests each year.
Servers serve lunch at two catered events each year.
The Stitchery committee provides education and assistance on all facets of stitching – needlepoint, quilting, knitting, crocheting, crafts, etc. This group meets monthly to assist members with their projects or to work on group projects such as the quilts that have been raffled.