CALEXICO â€“ The Calexico Womenâ€™s Improvement Club (WIC) held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday evening to reveal its newly remodeled kitchen after receiving Community Benefit Funds from the Imperial County Board of Supervisors.
In June 2016, Imperial County District 1 Supervisor John Renison and District 5 Supervisor Raymond Castillo presented the Womenâ€™s Improvement Club with a $5,000 check earmarked for upgrading and making the necessary repairs to the facilityâ€™s kitchen that was in dire need of an overhaul.
The Womanâ€™s Improvement Club was established in 1908 and the clubhouse, which is located at 320 Heber Ave. in Calexico, was built in 1939, explained Rosalind Guerrero, president of the club.
â€œThis clubhouse has been here for a long time and has been used for numerous occasions such as weddings, graduation, baptisms, retirement parties, birthday parties, quinceaneras and community events,â€ said Guerrero.
The WIC is a community service club that volunteers and donates in the community and through various organizations in the Valley in addition to issuing scholarships to Calexico High School students.
â€œWe are very grateful for the generosity of Supervisor John Renison together with his fellow board members of Imperial County who gave us a donation in the amount of $5,000 from the Community Benefit Fund which helped us renovate our kitchen,â€ said Guerrero. â€œItâ€™s been a long time since the kitchen had been fixed and tonight you can see a difference.
Attending the event were Renison and District 2 Supervisor Luis Plancarte along with numerous club members and city staff.
â€œThis year, we (Imperial County) were able to donate quite a bit of money as a result of tax revenue generated from solar companies,â€ explained Renison. â€œOverall itâ€™s all about the community and trying to do whatâ€™s best.â€
Plancarte talked of his past experiences and recalled attending several events at the WIC.
â€œThis place (WIC) continues to be solid throughout the community,â€ said Plancarte. â€œFor many years, I too, attended weddings and events here. Itâ€™s community focused.â€