GFWC Vernon Township Woman’s Club

General Federation of Women’s Clubs

Vernon, New Jersey

Highlands District

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Our Next Meeting is canceled

Due to the threat of the corona virus,

 Vernon Senior Center


 till further notice.

Check back for further details

 as they become available.

Bring a friend

The Club usually meets on the fourth Thursday of each month,

 September through June at 7:00 PM in the

Vernon Senior Center at 21 Church Street, Vernon, NJ.

Guests are always welcome!

President’s Message

Woman’s Club Sews Masks, Keeps Steel Business Open

The handywork of the Vernon Township Woman’s Club has helped a local business remain operational during the COVID-19 crisis.

When Governor Murphy mandated that all employees at essential businesses must wear masks, R.S. Phillips Steel in Vernon found itself confronting a unique dilemma. Owners Scott and Neil Phillips had donated their supply of N-95 masks to first responders when the pandemic began, and now without protective gear for their own staff they couldn’t legally remain open.  So Scott did what many people do when faced with a problem.  He called his mother.

“Scott contacted me on Wednesday night asking if I knew anyone who could make 100 masks for their company by Monday morning when the mandate was to take effect,” said Judy Phillips.  Fortunately, she belongs to the Vernon Township Woman’s Club and knows that club members possess exceptional sewing skills. She put out an urgent call and the women, holding true to their philanthropic mission, worked their magic.

Club president Lois Marples, who was already making masks for hospital workers, donated enough fabric to make 100 additional units. Club member Joan Danaher and her sister Eileen offered to measure and cut all the fabric. Vernon resident Liliana Pappas, a friend of the club, volunteered to do all the sewing. Within twelve hours, the club had committed to making enough equipment to keep the company’s doors open. “Twelve hours, that’s pretty amazing!” said Judy Phillips.

At the start of business on Monday morning, the steel workers donned their newly-sewn masks, able to work safely in unprecedented conditions.  Scott Phillips was very thankful for the club’s efforts and was impressed by the quick response. “This helped our company to remain open as an essential business,” he said, “because we had donated over 100 N95 masks to local first responders earlier during this pandemic.”  He will be making a financial contribution to the Woman’s Club for their kindness and generosity.

The Vernon Township Woman’s Club has been making the world a brighter place, one project at a time, since 1972.  To learn more, visit or call 973-764-3185.

President’s Message

Thank you Lois for your leadership during the past two years. I know I will be turning to you and our other past presidents for advice and support. I am so proud to be a member of this club and I thank you all for electing me as President for the next two years. I look forward to continue working with all of you and am so happy that our newest members have decided to take the plunge and get involved. Our Installation Dinner at Milano’s has been rescheduled to July 16. Husbands and guests are welcome and there will be more information in our


I welcome new ideas and am not afraid to entertain change. Speaking of change, our club will be making history this month with our very first “Virtual Zoom General Meeting” on May 7 th . We have already had a virtual budget meeting and a virtual board meeting. Needless to say, itis an experience for those of us who are technologically challenged!

Although we usually don’t meet during July and August, it looks like this year we may be conducting meetings during the summer if the Senior Center is open and we are permitted to meet.

We have lost our spring fundraiser (A Taste of Vernon) and as of now, The George Inn fundraiser has been postponed to June 11. Farm to Fork Fondo has been re-scheduled for September 20th and we hope we will be able to hold these functions along with our biggest fundraiser, Heaven Hill Great Pumpkin Festival. I have asked Lisa, our Communications Chair, if she would prepare an article explaining our loss of fundraising and ask the public for donations. Lisa has suggested a Go Fund Me Page. As members, you can support our ongoing gift card program “Shop with Scrip.” I would ask all of you to do a little brainstorming and think of some ideas.

Although we’re all so busy with our personal lives and other responsibilities, you continue to amaze me with your giving of yourselves and your time and accomplishing so much during this pandemic. You are truly a devoted group of women and wonderful friends.




Workers at R.S. Phillips Steel in Vernon wear handmade face masks donated by the Vernon Township Woman’s Club.  After donating their own supply of masks to first responders, the company's owners turned to the Woman’s Club when Governor Murphy mandated masks for all essential businesses.

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   Woman's Club Sews Surgical Caps for Nurses

During the COVID-19 crisis, the Vernon Township Woman's Club has been sewing hundreds of face masks for hospital workers and local business owners. But then an unusual request came in.

Outgoing Club President Lois Marples had already sewn 120 masks for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson when a family friend who works at Hackettstown Medical Center asked if she could create surgical caps for the nurses there.  “I had no idea what the caps looked like,” says Marples, a Stockholm resident, “so I searched online and found the pattern.”

A gifted seamstress, she effortlessly produced 30 colorful caps that resemble a chef’s hat.  Her friend distributed the caps among her own staff and sent some to Newton Memorial Hospital as well.  They were shared between nurses in the operating room and the chemotherapy unit.

All the nurses were extremely grateful, and one of them posted on social media, “Lois made and donated these great O.R. caps to help protect our hair when we are treating patients. Thank you so much!”  Marples was pleased that her talent could brighten the lives of the hard working medical professionals.

The Vernon Township Woman's Club is dedicated to helping those in need, through community service and philanthropic activities.  The club is open to women of all ages from all towns.  For more information, contact Maureen at 973-764-3185.

Nurses at Hackettstown Medical Center model the surgical caps sewn and donated by the Vernon Township Woman’s Club. The caps protect the hair of nurses in the operating room and the chemotherapy unit.