by Lisa Tome
Jean Harrington knows the impact of war on a family.
Harrington, the widow of a World War II Veteran and member of the Woman's Club of Cecil County, was filling out a "welcome home" note for a returning military member. Her card included a word of thanks and "God Bless". "During World War II, they supported our troops immensely. They don't anymore. And after Vietnam, they were not supporters," said Harrington.
For six years or more, the club members have been writing notes to military as part of Operation Homeward Bound. The cards are written at local clubs and then forwarded to a club whose members head to the airport in Baltimore to pass out the welcome notes, drinks, and snacks. The goal is to meet planes with troops on board to say thanks.
Last week, the club reached out a little more. Members of the Perryville High School chorus were at the club meeting providing holiday entertainment. The students were also asked to write cards to military if they wished.
The club will be starting its 103rd year of service to the county. Members who are interested in meeting new people, making new friends, and want to serve are needed.
The club started in 1913 by a group of women who were interested in doing good for the area. In 1914, the group joined the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs.
Working under the theme of "volunteers doing small things with great love" - the members have performed community service through the years. The group is responsible for developing the first Cecil County Library. The club also provides youth art awards and funds scholarships. They also support the Cecil County Boys & Girls Clubs, the local men's and women's shelters, the Cecil Choral Society, and more.