ISU Women’s Club Monthly Bridge and Luncheon Get Together

Helen Beitia

Helen Beitia

Ellen Bates

Ellen Bates

Janice Matteson Howell

Janice Matteson Howell

Donna Sagness

Donna Sagness

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Clarice Rice

Jan Green

Jan Green

Cindi Coffland

Barbara Asboe

Midge Rose

Merianne Anderson

Midge Rose

Midge Rose

Cindi Coffland and helen Beitia

Cindi Coffland and Helen Beitia

A Glimpse at the Idaho State University Women’s Club Monthly Bridge

As previously stated in one or more articles about the friendly behavior of residents in the Pocatello area, here is another example of a group that definitely fits into that category. The Idaho State University Women’s Club, which comprises many of the wives of ISU professors, deans and/or other administrators, also includes many others with professional connections that are personal. Regardless, many of these women have played bridge together for years and years and years. That is not to say that the ISU Women’s Club is dedicated only to the card game of bridge. Instead, the club is responsible for many activities described later in this article.

Before providing  information about the several other Women’s Club events,however,  let us concentrate on the Bridge group: its major characteristic continues to be cheerful and sincere. First, the Bridge group plays once a month during the school year (September through May), usually at the Juniper Hills Country Club. Numbers range from sixteen to twenty with some of the members having been involved for a long time. Some have studied several ways (conventions) for playing this game but many continue to think of it as “party” bridge. The group has lunch before starting to play bridge and lots of conversation goes on during that time. Then come the games, the goal of which is to get the highest score. However, several prizes are given out at the end of the afternoon, one of which is for having the lowest score. So, is playing bridge the only thing Women’s Club members do? Not at all.

A Spring Brunch is held, usually in the Student Union Building. This occasion, which is coming soon,  focuses on collecting money for the raffle of a beautiful quilt, painting or surprise. Money collected for that raffle is then used to help provide scholarships to young women who are doing well in their classes. This form of help to ISU is well received and may have an influence on those students who are trying to decide where they might enter the professional world after completing their undergraduate work.

There is also a ‘Club Night Out’ when members have dinner and see a play at the Westside Players theater when its season begins in February of each year. That is another purely fun event for relaxing,  chatting with friends and enjoying the presentation.

Another of the Women’s Club activities are the two fairs (one in the ballroom at the student center building in late Fall and the other in the Spring on the lawn in front of a University parking lot on Fifth Street). Both events feature items made by community members and university associates. They are lively events, good for conversation and also quite wonderful based on the art works displayed for sale. Both serve an additional benefit and that is to become acquainted with the creatively artistic capabilities to be found in our community.  In addition, both usually provide opportunities for children to try their skills in painting or writing.

The latter two events and the attention they provide for children to have ’hands on’ opportunities to develop creative skills is laudable because while children need the education that comes while sitting with intense attention to a teacher’s words, they also need many occasions for exploring ways in which they can exercise not only the cognitive possibilities held within their brains, but the random and creative tendencies that can enhance unique  capabilities and/or professions.

So, if you have a connection to our university, check out the ISU  Women’s Club  for friendship and accomplishment. In addition, you will find ways in which to develop your skills related to activities that will help our community and help your many interests to be sharpened and appreciated by others.

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