Get to know the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women's Board

Are you familiar with the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women’s Board? Perhaps you have heard of us but are unaware of our history, which dates back to 1954. Let me share a bit of our heritage.

We trace our roots to the Center’s founder, Elberta “Bert” Fleming. This amazing young woman, with hopes and dreams of creating a museum to stimulate and encourage interest in nature and the environment among young and old, founded the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, then called Lake Erie Junior Museum. Her home and backyard were the “beginnings” which she funded by writing articles for local publications.

Supporting Mrs. Fleming and her dream were six women, dedicated community volunteers who understood and shared her vision. We have been a constant companion to the Center since its 1958 incorporation. Throughout its history, the Women’s Board has supported the Center and its mission through service, leadership, community awareness and fundraising.

Regular monthly meetings emphasize contributing to the Center with time, energy and enthusiasm, to develop public interest in the Center’s cultural and educational programs and to provide volunteer hours for the Center.

In the past, Nearly New, plant, and bake sales were held and the Board opened and operated “The Owl’s Nest” gift shop within the Center. A Fall Cultural Arts Festival in conjunction with Baycrafters evolved into Huntington Heritage Day.  "Spring Thing," a plant and craft show thrived for several years. The annual House and Garden Tour was eagerly anticipated each spring and we supported the Center’s Animal Adoption Program.

Today, we continue our meetings with interesting programs, often meeting with Center staff members who keep us informed of the Center’s goals and accomplishments.

We are proud to report that recently, in support of the Center, we donated our $1,000 quarterly pledge and also a $1,000 gift to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Program. A new Center Internship Program is also being supported by our Women’s Board with a yearly $1,000 stipend. 

Please join us at one of our monthly meetings, the first Wednesday of each month at noon. Look for our two main fundraising projects, Christmas Carousel in November and an annual Huntington Playhouse production sponsored in the summer. For further information, please call the Center or pick up one of our brochures in the Center’s information rack.

There is more going on behind the scene than you might have realized. We are always happy to welcome anyone with the desire to learn more about our activities and our endeavor to continue volunteer and monetary support of our “backyard gem,” the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

Karen Huhndorff

I am a member of LENSC Women's Board.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:47 AM, 01.20.2015