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Women of Today make things happen in Wauneta PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Friday, 08 June 2012 16:58

The Wauneta Women of Today chapter raised funds to build new playground equipment at the Village of Wauneta park in 2004. The playground will, no doubt, be a busy place throughout the summer months. Here (from left) Jordan Noler, Nathan Hiett, Grayden Sutherland and Kenzie Bardsley gather around the standing seesaw.


By Sheri Hink

The Wauneta Breeze


The Wauneta Women of Today (WOT) group is known throughout town as a group that makes things happen in the community.

“Community service is our sole focus,” says member Laurie Maris.

Maris went on to explain that the group first started when the founding members’ children were young. She said it gave them a chance to get out of the house and make a difference for their community at the same time.

The WOT group has certainly done a lot for the community of Wauneta. Their most recent large project, completed in 2004, was to fundraise for and construct new playground equipment at the Village of Wauneta park.

“If the Women of Today has a project, the town always gets behind it and helps us accomplish our goals. We’re very fortunate,” says Maris.

Another large project the group completed was to build a concession stand at the baseball field.

But, their activities don’t stop at brick and mortar projects. The group has organized “Shop Wauneta” craft fairs in years past. They have also completed floats in the Harvest Fest parade.

Wauneta’s WOT also spearheaded the idea of having local business and individual movie sponsors at the Chateau Theatre.

The project, which is still active today, allows individuals or businesses to sponsor a weekend of movie showings for $250. The money raised through the sponsorships help keep the theatre running smoothly.

Although they claim to have been less active in the past few years, the group is still actively working to better the community of Wauneta through donations and things they describe as “smaller” activities and projects.

Recently, they purchased a new television for the lobby at the school in Wauneta.

The group also takes the extra step to make sure kids are taken care of at the school. They provide cookies, drinks and sometimes meals for children going on out-of-town trips. They also distribute glow necklaces at Halloween each year.

The group also plans to make a donation to the nursing home project in the future.



Maris says that the group would love to recruit new moms and other younger women to the group. She said they would even help support a new group and help them get started if they didn’t want to become members in WOT.

Those interested in becoming a member of the Wauneta chapter of Women of Today should contact one of the current group members.

Group members include Laurie Maris, Michelle Harchelroad, Sunni Nordhausen, Rene´ Maris, Gina Strand, Diana Ham, Kirsten Boos, Evelyn Skelton, Mindy Dixson, Lisa Denny, Cyndi Bahler and Sandy O’Neil.

Some of the members of the local chapter also attend state and national Women of Today conventions to learn new ideas to bring home to Wauneta.


About National WOT

The national Women of Today group’s mission is to provide state and local chapter members opportunities for leadership training, personal growth, community service and to work with established local foundations.

Currently the organization, which started in 1985, has over 2400 members in 12 states.


Series on local service organizations and clubs

This story is part of an ongoing series highlighting service organizations and community clubs in the Wauneta area. The purpose of the series is to inform the public of what local organizations are doing for the community and how they can help.

At the end of the series, Breeze readers will be asked to vote for their favorite organization or club. The organization or club receiving the most votes will be given a $50 donation to use towards the project of its choice.

Organizations and community clubs interested in being featured in the series should contact the Breeze at 308-394-5389 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .