Celebrating 60 Years of Service to Alamance County
In 1959 Mr. George Colclough, Executive Director of the Burlington Chamber of
Commerce, was guest speaker at the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. It was at that
meeting that he was introduced to the Organization of the Women’s Division of the
Mr. Colclough was impressed with their activities and pondered as to whether
the Women of Burlington might be interested in such an organization. Letters inviting presidents of Ladies’ Civic Clubs and other women to attend a meeting to hear Mrs. Ruth McMillan of Atlanta explain the work and possibilities of a Women’s Division. After much discussion, it was decided to appoint a committee to investigate the possibilities of the need for such an organization in Burlington. In 1959, a meeting was held, and it was decided that with Mr. Colclough serving as adviser, there was a definite need for a Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce in Burlington.
Fast forward 60 years and after the Women’s Division’s incorporation in 1986 when we no longer assisted the Alamance Chamber of Commerce… It was thereafter that the Women’s Division became a separate entity and in 2017 changed its name to more accurately reflect it’s work – Alamance Women’s Community. The activities of AWC. Inc. are carried out within committees, each one being responsible for certain phases of the work so that all interested members may “Bee Involved.” Annual dues were $10.00 per year in 1959 and now are $25.00 making our service organization financially accessible to women throughout Alamance County.
Some of the projects have changed in recent years, but it is with great pride that we look back to what we have achieved. We have continued to support Alamance County area parks, Family Abuse Center, Burlington Fire Department, Hospice, Allied Churches,
Christmas Cheer, and Alamance Regional Medical Center’s benevolent activities, and provide scholarships to high school students with financial need.
Membership is open to community-minded women who are in positions of recognized trust and responsibility and are residents of Alamance County and the immediate area.