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Who We Are

The Salem Area Women's Club (SAWC) has been serving the local community since 1926 by making a positive impact through philanthropy and outreach programs. With over 100 members, SAWC donated more than $40,000 to nearly 50 organizations last year. SAWC is affiliated with GFWC, which is an international women’s organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. GFWC-NH brings together all General, Junior, and Juniorette Clubs in the State. More information

SAWC in Action

SAWC participates in GFWC's National Day of Giving

The General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) is committed to volunteer community service. The National Day of Service (NDS) is an occasion when all of GFWC comes together in service to draw attention to an area of need, take action to address it, and raise public awareness about its significance. This year, the organization aims to help put an end to food insecurity. In line with this goal, the Salem Area Women's Club has donated food amounting to $162.78 to Bread of Life Food Pantry and $140.38 to End 68 Hours of Hunger. We express our sincere gratitude to the Civic Engagement and Outreach Committee for taking the lead in organizing the event, and we extend a massive thank you to all our club members who generously contributed to the donation of food.

Salem Bike-Ped Garden

SAWC is delighted to collaborate with the Friends of the Salem Bike-Ped Corridor to enhance and beautify the corridor stretching from the Massachusetts border to the Windham Rail Trail. This summer, a new section was added to have Salem's trail meet  Methuen's at the border. This is a significant step towards the broader goal of the Granite State Rail Trail Association, which seeks to connect from Salem to Lebanon, NH, creating a continuous trail that spans 100 miles. Our Club sponsored a garden at the entrance of this new addition with a $900 donation, which underwrites more than 60 perennial plants, bushes, and shrubs, including our State's tree, a lilac, and the mulch! It feels so good to participate in the beautification of our Community! Through the coordination of our Environment Committee, six Club Members literally played in the dirt... Anne Reynolds, Linda Simmons, Jaimie Baker, Deb Slein, Patti Drelick and Sandy Carlson. We thank Linda Harvey for connecting us to this opportunity. And we are indebted to Larry Belair for his guidance, planting expertise, and hands-on labor. Larry is the Landscape Coordinator for the Friends of the Salem Bike-Ped Corridor, and he has been executing beautification projects around Salem for more than 40 years! We also appreciate the efforts of Roy Sorenson, Town of Salem Municipal Services Director. We hope you'll all find time to visit our garden and walk this tremendous corridor!  All SAWC members are invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for this beautiful Bike-Ped Corridor addition on Wednesday, October 18th at 11 a.m., on Hampshire Rd, immediately after Pep Boys.

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SAWC Enjoyed the Salem Scramble

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The 7th Annual Salem Scramble took place on Saturday, September 30th at Salem High School. The event was attended by 500+ Salem students in grades 1-8 and their families, who came together for a community celebration and obstacle course race. While the students waited for their races, local businesses and organizations added to the fun by sponsoring games, serving treats, and providing information about their organizations. The Civic Engagement and Outreach committee of SAWC invited the racers to play a game of ring toss or get a tattoo, while the club provided delicious treats and information about SAWC for the adults. The CEO committee would like to thank all the club members who came out to support the event: Joanne Cuomo, Trish Earle, Patti Drelick, Marilyn Suszek, Maureen Hanlon, Susan Mothon, Jaimie Baker and Deb Slein.

Welcome New Members!​  

Dianne Chapdelaine | Christina Baroni | Karen Lowe | Peg Pearse-Parrott​ | Lori Perry 

Elaine Sincavage |  Marian Vollmer | Amy Moldoff | Karyn Emerson

Looking for Nominations for the '24-'26 Board of Directors

SAWC is an organization that volunteers run. It has 109 members, and 40% of them

serve on the Board of Directors and/or Committees. The Board consists of 17

members, including 5 Officers, whom the Membership elects, and the remaining

Committee Chairs, whom the President appoints. Board members serve for a period of 2 years and elections are held every even year. The Club year starts on June 1 and ends on May 31.


The elections for the five Officer positions - President, Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and Corresponding Secretary - will occur in late April. The results will be announced during the May meeting, and the new Officers will be installed at the Annual Meeting on June 4th.


If you are interested in serving or know someone who would be a good fit, please contact one of the Nominating Committee Members: Dolores VanBlarcom (Chair), Linda Molchan, Laura Andolino, or Ann O'Sullivan.

On-going Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in making a positive impact in the world? If so, you have come to the right place! There are several volunteer opportunities available that always need extra hands. By joining the team, you can be a part of something big and meaningful. Don't hesitate to contact the designated person to learn more and get involved today. Together, we can make a difference and create a better world.

Looking for more options? Check out all of our Community Service Programs. Each committee has unique projects and programs requiring assistance.

Upcoming Events​​​​​​​


Feb 26

Health & Wellness Committee Meeting

1-3pm @ Kelley Library​


Feb 27​

Book Club


Feb 28

Environment Committee Meeting

10am @ Kelley Library

Feb 29 (During school vacation!)

Meet the Children's Author Julie Nichole

@ 12pm @ Kelley Library


... And coming soon ...

Mar  5:  SAWC General Membership Meeting and Spotlight on Education and Libraries


April 2Tastes from Around the World

Membership Meetings

All Membership meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month (Sept-June) from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge (39 Shadow Lake Rd, Salem.) Handicapped parking is available at the top of the driveway.  Please enter through the ramp-accessible side door.

In 2023, our volunteers contributed 6,925 hours of their time! A 2,000 hour

increase from last year!

Club News

At SAWC, we're passionate about helping our local communities! We have five programs for coordinating volunteers, and we work with local organizations to determine the best way to help. In 2023, we completed just shy of 7,000 volunteer service hours. We're proud to make a positive impact on our community.

Community Service Programs

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Be sure to report your volunteer hours.

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."― Desmond Tutu

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