At the heart of Orange Park Acres Women’s League (OPAWL) is the central theme of Friendship. There are many opportunities for our members to build lasting friendships. Everyone is welcome! OPAWL’s sections provide small group settings for members with common interests. Sections are formed for the following activities, however we are always open to adding new sections if there are enough interested members:
We also have many member socials and events throughout the year to bring members and their families together. Friendship and the shared environment of social experiences in a rural equestrian community contribute to the richness of the organization and life in Orange Park Acres.
Philanthropy is a core value of the Orange Park Acres Women’s League. Over the years, many OPAWL members have generously contributed their time and energy to organizational functions and varied fundraising projects such as garage sales, themed parties, silent auctions, barn, home and garden tours, etc. These activities have made it possible for OPAWL to help the local community, support special groups and enrich the lives of others. In recent years, the organization has been engaged in numerous philanthropic endeavors providing support to organizations such as:
A scholarship program for women was initiated by OPAWL in 2012, and we have been very successful in helping wonderful candidates achieve their educational goals. Also over the past 30+ years, OPAWL has generously contributed more than $200,000 to the community for trail support and beautification throughout OPA.
The Orange Park Acres community is the foundation for our organization. Our members actively strive to make Orange Park Acres a wonderful environment in which to live. Here are just a few ways in which OPAWL members have contributed to the community:
In 1974, several women in Orange Park Acres created the OPA Garden Club reflecting their interest in gardening. As Orange Park Acres grew, many of the newer women employed gardeners and interest in the OPA Garden Club waned. In 1983, the women of Orange Park Acres renewed interest in the organization, giving it a broader purpose beyond gardening. Since that time the organization has actively supported the Orange Park Acres community. In 1984, the organization formalized itself, applying for tax exemption and incorporating. Since then the bylaws have been rewritten and a clear mission has been developed; Friendship, Philanthropy and Community.
The Women's League's primary mission is to support Orange Park Acres in building a community that is a better place for generations to come. It's secondary purpose is to foster friendships and build fellowship among the women in our diverse community.
Learning how to play bridge is fun and a great chance to meet new people. Or, if you are an experienced bridge player, our advanced group is a wonderful opportunity to challenge each other in the trick-taking card game of skill and chance.
Become a “Bunco Babe”! The Bunco section is the fastest growing group and these ladies know how to have a good time! Enjoy friendship, food and laughter while playing the easiest of games. There is a $10 cost for the evening is, but you may win it back, plus more!
Want to have fun with your horse in a group of like-minded women? Then come join our equestrian section! We trail ride, horse camp, attend races and rodeos, host speakers on horse related topics, deal in poker and moonlight rides, play in Gymkhanas, share knowledge, exchange recipes in pot lucks, and support one another in the journey with our four legged dream makers. All levels of riders are welcome (owning a horse not a requirement).
Gad-A-Bouts plan a fun and interesting outing each month. These day trips take us to sites all over Southern California. Past destinations has included Catalina Island, Temecula, Pasadena and many more. Check the calendar for upcoming events and RSVP via Evites.
There is a different theme each month centered around the home or garden. You name it, and this group does it! They’ve covered everything from raising chickens, to growing tasty vegetables, to crafting decorations for the holidays. If you like to roll up your sleeves and get to work, this is the group for you!
If you enjoy reading, this is the group for you! We pick a book (usually fiction) and read it during the month, then gather together to discuss it. Even if the book was not your favorite, there is always stimulating and enjoyable discussion. Check out the newsletter for 'current book' being read.
Emilia Sugiyama with Bevery's House Girls
4th - Mary Suchy
9th - Kay Thomsen
12th - Jana Shuler
17th - Carla Garcia
19th - Patrice Christman
20th - Hermelinda Pineda
22nd - Kathy Spain Bonnaud
24th - Joyce Redfern
28th - Emilia Sugiyama & Reyna Tanner
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that has been affected by the California wildfires. We wish for your continued safety and offer our support during this difficult time.