Posted on January 31, 2020 Posted By: Tracy Mahl Categories: Pauline Hildebrand Award Pauline Hildebrand and her husband operated the Western Auto store in Wake Forest. Polly was a charter member of the club and held most of the executive positions including president 1965-66. She also served as an officer at the district level. She was noted for her strict adherence to the bylaws and the habit of always being perfectly dressed. The recipient of this award shall be the Community Service Program chairman who through her leadership has made the greatest contribution to the program and ideals of the club. Helen Saintsing Johnston Award Helen Saintsing Johnston was a Wake Forest native, owner of a florist and charter club member. She especially loved the activities and events concerning the arts and the town’s culture. Her daughter, Margaret Wineinger, established the award in 1975. The recipient of this award shall have been a club member for at least two years who has given of herself through her work in the Arts and/or her cultural contribution to the community. Lydia Lowie Award Lydia Lowie was a chemistry teacher and showed her care for the community through greeting cards, food and the candles she made for weddings and other events. An active church member, she participated in Crop Walk for Hunger every year, raising more money than anyone else. She joined the WFWC in 1979 and recieved most club awards, topping them with Wake Forest Citizen of the Year in 1991. Club members Joyce Board and Connie Nourse established this award afer Lydia's death to honor members who best embody the involvement, caring and love that Lydia had for the WFWC, and who work in all phases of club activities. Messenger Award The Messenger Award is given to a single clubwoman who best communicates the essence, purpose, objectives and goals of the WFWC. The award was donated to the club by Deborah LaPierre and Sharon Rasmussen in 2015. Their goal in creating this award is to emphasize the importance of good communication practices and to highlight successful communication efforts that go above and beyond any role filled by the honoree. One written sentence describing why the nominee qualifies is required as part of the nomination, and the first vice president reads the nomination sentence when the award is presented during the club’s annual banquet. Minnie Newton Award Minnie Newton was a Wake Forest native, the daughter and granddaughter of Wake Forest College professors, a graduate of Meredith College, a charter club member and a third-grade teacher. She loved children and would do whatever she could to help them. For example, because she was concerned about the mill children coming to school hungry, she contacted breakfast food manufacturers, which sent her samples of their products to feed her students before school began. The award recipient shall be a member who has given unselfishly of her time and through her loyal support has benefited the club not only by her work but by her love for and devotion to her fellow members. Alline Johnson Wiggins Award Alline Johnson Wiggins ran a kindergarten in her home, and she was much loved by her students and their parents. She was also the “Hostess of the Community House,” attending all functions held there. Before Halloween in 1964, she walked to the newspaper office with tips to make Trick or Treating safer for children. On the way home, she was struck by a train and killed. The recipient of this award shall have been a member in active standing for at least two consecutive years and shall embody the spirit of Woman’s Club work. Betty Ann Wilkinson Award Betty Ann Wilkinson was a charter member and held numerous positions throughout her tenure in the club. While she was club president in 1966-1967, the GFWC-NC’s Louise Royster Award went to the WFWC as “the club that most effectively carried out the program ... with the largest number of members participating and working together.” Betty Ann had a passion for education, and in the last year of her life she was a member of the Conservation CSP. This award was donated by a member to emphasize the importance of conservation education. Beginning in 2018, the award goes to a member who has made a significant contribution toward educating the community and/or stimulating action to improve the natural environment. Ursula Wilkinson Award The Ursula Wilkinson Award. First given May, 1977. Given to a member who best supports her Community Service A native of New Orleans, Ursula Wilkinson was an active member of the community and the First Baptist Church. She loved flower designing and arranging and was a good public speaker. A charter club member, she was a consummate volunteer and member of nine other organizations. She was named the 1985 Wake Forest Citizen of the Year. On display at the Wake Forest Birthplace Museum is her picture with a plaque that reads “She had boundless energy and was very interested in making the world a better place.” The award is intended to reward a Community Service Program member who best supports her Community Service Program. Thelma Wright Award Thelma Wright was a Wake Forest native and an active church member, serving as Glen Royal Baptist Church organist for about 30 years. She worked for the state Department of Health in vital records. She was loved by town residents and was affectionately called “Mrs. Wake Forest.” She was named Wake Forest’s Citizen of the Year in 1982. It is believed that she initiated the club’s involvement with the Murdoch Developmental Center. She served in various executive roles and won many club awards. Thelma herself launched this award in 1983, to be presented to a member of less than two years who has performed all given duties and assignments with enthusiasm and zeal.