"Where Strangers Become Friends"
May we all join in this Mandarin Women's Club sisterhood with generosity of spirit and desire to help one another. We share a common bond of experience that can enhance the friendships we form as we strive to understand and appreciate our individuality. As each variety of flower is unique – but when gathered into a bouquet is beautiful in its harmony, we too can be a harmonious blending of talented and caring individuals. Together we shall grow in our community and make it an even better place to live.
- Sheila Broberg, 1988
Peach and Teal Green
The Mandarin Women’s Club, formerly the Mandarin Newcomer’s Club, is a 41 year old organization that was begun in 1982 as a club whose purpose was to give women relocating into the Mandarin community a support network of new friends who were in a similar situation. Through the Club’s monthly luncheon programs, various activities throughout the month and socials that were designed to integrate not just the ladies but their husbands as well, into their new friendships and community, the club was hugely successful. So successful, in fact, that as it grew and the bonds of friendship were forged, it was realized that the 3 year membership limit was counterproductive for many. After 3 years, members had to leave the Mandarin Newcomer’s Club and those they had become close to, and look to Women’s Clubs in order to continue enjoying the friendships of other area women. Because so many women felt strongly about staying in “their” Mandarin Newcomer’s Club, a change was made and the 3 year membership limit was dropped. Eventually that change was followed by the dropping of the community boundary requirements and finally in 2009, a club name change to The Mandarin Women’s Club, to more closely reflect what the club represents. Even through all of these changes, our club creed still remains apropos and embodies the essence of the Mandarin Women’s Club experience.