The Women’s Club of Costa Rica: 1980’s


40th Anniversary Members hit the streets with collection cans and a Datsun 120Y was raffled off to culminate the Cancer Fund drive.
A mammogram machine was purchased for $50,000 in February. It arrived and sat in Customs for a year while doctors from Hospital San Juan de Dios went to the U.S. for training courses about how to use it. A plaque at the hospital commemorates WCCR’s donation. Carol Su Valverde was president when WCCR celebrated its 40th anniversary with a Tea and Fashion Show at the Club Internacional Colón. It featured fashions from Boutique New York, maternity wear from Mutti, and men’s wear from Moda Actual.


Laura Montes de Oca was president. Every year the club held a posh Scholarship Tea to raise funds. Many were held at the U.S. Embassy; others at the British and Dutch Embassies, until security became an issue and the venue switched to hotels such as the Intercontinental.
Anne Harrison started knitting teddy bears to raise money for scholarship and Angela Lenderink and Nelly t’Hoen have continued the tradition for 27 years, raising thousands of dollars for the program.


Norma Lenkowsky’s inaugural March luncheon was held at the Hotel and Club Herradura in Cariari and attended by Mrs. Curtin Windsor, Jr., wife of the American Ambassador. Norma served as president for two years. Donation of medicines were made to Ciudad Colón Health Department and Dr. Javier Bejarano.


Angela Lenderink was president. The annual Christmas Bazaar was officially opened by Señora Margarita Penón de Arias, First Lady of the Republic. Also attending were the wives of the Ambassadors from the U.S., Great Britain and Canada.


Thirty scholarship students were supported. WCCR’s general meetings were held at the FOV (Federación de Organizaciones Voluntarias) the second Wednesday of the month from 2 to 5 pm. The club made a visit in August to the Colonia del Prado flower farm in Ciudad Colón. Tea and Show of Denisse Corporation fashions was held at the Costa Rica Country Club.


The term of President, Connie Ashley, began at the inaugural March 8 luncheon at the Union Club. WCCR was paired as a ‘Club Pal’ with the Washburn, Wisconsin Women’s Civic Club for the 100th anniversary year of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

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