Kenwood Woman’s Club — the Heart and Soul of the Community
Story and Photos by Cathy Hollander
- Mary Anne Christie, founder and first president of the Kenwood Woman’s Club
- Finale of runway models
- Finale of runway models
- Jacqueline Carrol, chair of the show Ann Carroll’s granddaughter
- Kyle Crowley in suede
- Kenji Marsudo models mens wear
- Lynn Kendall gets a hand at the end of the runway
- Vicki Tuten shows off a short leather skirt with gypsy style accessories
- Vicki Tuten in long and lean fashion
- Martha Stephen
- Jackie Noe
- Jane Seyfried, chair of the models team
- Jane Knudson
- Lynn Kendall, club president Nancy Stanforth’s daughter photo
- Martha Stephen, chair of the event Ann Carroll’s daughter
- From left, Ann Carroll, chair of show, and Carolyn Williams from Dillards
- Jane Seyfried, modeling in the show and chair of the models team
- Mary Benner and Mildred Kincaid of Twin Lakes in Montgomery
- Ruth Watkins of Twin Lakes in Montgomery
- Longtime club member Rita Remmell came in from California for the luncheon and show, shown here with Connie Hatfield.
- From left, Rita Rothenberg and Montgomery residents Adele Gutterman and Bea Goodman. Bea is chair of the club’s lecture series
- President of the club, Nancy Stanforth with Janet Ebel, corresponding secretary
- Sandy Rafalo selling raffle tickets
- From left, Patricia Wilkinson (Dawn’s mother), Dawn Bertsche (MWC Chair of Scholarships), and Claudette Easley
- Rosie Stefan, makeup artist from Chanel at Dillards, putting makeup on Jacqueline Carrol, Chair of the show Ann Carroll’s granddaughter.
Mary Anne Christie founded the Kenwood Woman’s Club when Kenwood Shopping Center came into existence. Christie was the club’s first president. That same year, they held the first Kenwood Woman’s Club luncheon and fashion show. She still attends the fashion show each year.
“Kenwood Woman’s Club gave the community a heart and soul,” said Christie.
Amber Lopez and Carolyn Williams from Dillards at Kenwood Towne Center provided the fashions this year.
“You’ll see lots of leather, lots of suede and ‘the cold shoulder,’ a bare shoulder either from cutouts or off the shoulder tops and dresses,” said Lopez. “People will be wearing boots and booties and leggings.”
“The season brings in rich colors, deep purples, plums, and burgundy and olive greens, and oversized clothes,” said Williams. “The scarves and long necklaces seem almost a gypsy style.”
Rosie Stefan of Chanel at Dillards applied makeup to the models.
“Long-wear makeup and matte foundation is in fashion,” said Stefan. “Red lips are the color of the season and bronzy browns, smoky grays and a little bit of blue around the eyes.”
Montgomery resident Bea Goodman chairs the Kenwood Woman’s Club Lecture Series. Money from the lectures also goes to the scholarships fund. There are Thursday morning lectures with brunch and a Friday morning lecture series with lunch available at the Seasons Retirement Community.
The remaining lectures from the Thursday morning series are “The Mighty O” about the Organs at Music Hall on January 12 and Insights into the work of the Lighthouse Youth Services on March 9. The Friday series includes “The Story of the Olive” on February 10 and “Building Cincinnati’s Front Yard” about the design and development of Smale Riverfront Park on April 7. Tickets for lectures can be purchased the day of program at the Seasons’ lower level, but for lunch on Friday, prior reservations are required at 489-2668.
“Members need to have fun too,” said Goodman. “There is a book group and each month from September to May, they hold a meeting for the entire group with an informative and entertaining program. We have at least one arts programs each year with a trip into the greater Cincinnati community.”
The club gives away six to eight scholarships each year. Last year, they raised $16,000. They also donate to selected community projects each year. This year, they donated $1,000 in amounts of $100 to $200. Graduating seniors should see their school counselor for applications. For additional information about scholarships, please contact Scholarship Chair Dawn Bertsche at Dawn.Bertsche@gmail.com.
Longtime member Rita Remmell moved to California, but returns every year for the luncheon and fashion show.
“The women of the Kenwood Woman’s Club are the most fabulous women,” said Remmell. “I’ve worked with them for over 40 years. We have many good times, help our local community, and give to charities.”
Next year, the Kenwood Women’s Club will celebrate their 50th anniversary.