Welcome to OPA Women's League

A non-profit organization founded by women encouraging Friendship, Philanthropy & Community for a thriving Orange Park Acres.

About Us

Friendship

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:  

  • Beginning Bridge to Advanced Bridge
  • Monthly Bunco Nights
  • Travel & Explorations
  • Eating at local eateries with the Foodie Group
  • Garden & Home 
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kids and Family
  • Reading
  • Walking

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

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:  

  • 4H
  • The Orange County Zoo
  • The Friendly Center
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Mary’s Kitchen
  • Beverly’s House
  • The US Military
  • “Secret Santa” Program
  • The El Modena High School Nature Center
  • Santiago Canyon College

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.

Community

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 2012, OPAWL was instrumental in plans for the beautification of the entrance to Orange Park Acres, and the entrance to Orange Park Blvd. was enhanced with impressive monuments and gardens. Amid the mini-park, a lovely bronze sculpture of two young children riding a pony offers a glimpse of Orange Park Acres life style. The OPAWL has a commitment to maintain this park.
  • During the Christmas Season, OPAWL displays wreaths along Orange Park Blvd, enhancing the community spirit in our area.
  • OPAWL members have aided in the development and maintenance of the  trails through the years, a commitment that continues this year.

Mission Statement

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.

Sections

BRIDGE

  • Beginning Bridge Schedule: Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month.
  • Advanced Bridge Schedule: Meets the 3rd Monday of each month.
  • Meeting Time: Meeting times may vary.  Be sure to check the calendar or newsletter for the times.
  • Meeting Location: Meeting locations change from month to month.  Be sure to check the calendar or newsletter for the current month. 
  • Bridge Contact: Annette Mason (714)538-4683

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.

BUNCO

  • Meeting Schedule: Bunco is played on the 3rd Friday of each month at 7:00 PM. 
  • Meeting Location: The bunco hostess changes from month to month.  Be sure to check the calendar or newsletter for the current month’s location. 
  • Bunco Contact:  Linda Mazarra (714) 633-9079 or gmazzara@aol.com.   

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!

HOT TROTTERS

  • Meeting Schedule: The Hot Trotters have several monthly activities.  Be sure to check the calendar or newsletter for current month activities.   
  • Meeting Location: Be sure to check the calendar or newsletter for the different locations for the current month activities.   
  • Hot Trotters Contact:  Connie Bowin (714) 369-4072 or connie_bowin@yahoo.com   

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

  • Meeting Schedule: An outing is planned each month.  Be sure to check the calendar or newsletter for the current month outing.
  • Meeting Location: Be sure to check the calendar or newsletter for the current month’s location.
  • Gad-A-Bouts Contact:  Judy Denton        (714) 721-6183 or judydenton5@gmail.com   

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.

HOME and GARDEN

  • Meeting Schedule: 4th Thursday of each month at 10:00 AM.
  • Meeting Location: The meeting place changes from month to month. Be sure to check the calendar or newsletter for the current month’s location.   
  • Home & Garden Contact:  Rose Ellen Cunningham (714) 532-1326... The original section of OPA Women’s League!  

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!

LITERATURE

  • Meeting Schedule: Literature meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM.   
  • Meeting Location: 11141 Meads Ave., Orange Park Acres
  • Literature Contact: Kathy Manulkin      (714) 639-8686 or  kathy_gary@msn.com  

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.

Newsletters

OPAWL SEPT 2017 (pdf)

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OPAWL AUG 2017 (pdf)

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OPAWL JULY 2017 (pdf)

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OPAWL MAY 2017 (pdf)

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Calendar of Events

No upcoming events.

Birthdays & Sunshine

October Birthdays

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

Sushine Needed

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.

Become a Member

Joining or renewing your OPAWL membership online is quick and easy!  Simply click the “Sign Up Now” button, to pay for your membership dues with a credit card. Membership dues are $45 and the membership year runs through June. If  you would rather pay by check or mail, please send us an email and our Membership Chair will contact you directly.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

We would love to see you at our next event. Check out our "Calendar" for upcoming events.

OPAWLWomen.org@yahoo.com

OPA Women's League

OPAWL P.O. Box 2696 Orange, CA 92859

(714) 369-8411