Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Weir: Women of Flower Mound celebrating 45 years

Bob Weir and Tiffany Waisanen

The year was 1975 and the population of Flower Mound was about 3,000 residents. The town was only 14 years old, but its leaders had the vision to see a prosperous future for the little flower of North Texas. It was that year in which a few women decided to found an organization to provide assistance to those with needs in the community. Thus, the Women of Flower Mound (WOFM) was born, a 503c3, philanthropic entity which raises funds for donations to local students for scholarships. A few months earlier a few men in town started a group with similar aspirations and called it the Summit Club.

The WOFM has grown substantially since those early days, organizing major events, raising funds and contributing to the community in numerous ways. Incidentally, the town has grown to over 75,000 residents. I asked Tiffany Waisanen, WOFM President, to come over for a video interview to bring us up on the latest exciting news. The following is some info from the organization’s web page:

“The Women of Flower Mound is entering their 45th year. Our primary purpose is to raise money for scholarships for high school seniors living in or attending school in Flower Mound. We also promote local charities each month. This year we plan to award 3 $4,000 scholarships and a NEW $5,000 scholarship. Our new scholarship is the Helen Johns Memorial Scholarship. Helen Johns, our final founding member, passed away June 2018. We felt it only fitting that we award a scholarship in her memory for her dedication to WOFM until the very end.

“Our organization meets monthly August – May and we hold two main fundraisers – Christmas Home Tour and Spring Fashion Show. All local area ladies are welcomed to join us, not just Flower Mound residents. We enjoy the camaraderie from meeting other ladies and working on a common goal of raising money for very deserving high school seniors. Whether you are new or a returning member, please know how very much we appreciate your enthusiasm and dedication to our organization. Your participation in monthly meetings, WOFM events and our annual service projects, will help raise funds for our scholarships as well as assist other charities located in our community. We have chosen to partner with several well deserving charitable organizations this year, including, Santa Cops, Chemo Care Bags and Ally’s Wish. Additional charities will be announced once we receive confirmation.

“Three annual FUNdraising events, our Home for the Holidays Home Tour, Wine Tasting, and the Spring Fashion Show, continue to grow in popularity – we hope you’ll take part in these FUN and special events. Visit our About Us/Committees page to see how you might get involved, or, contact any board member. Our program director, Stephanie Anderson, has planned some FUN Monthly Meetings at area establishments. We’ll venture out to Z Grill, Salerno’s, and Dido’s, for starters. In closing, I am honored to be your President again this year. My hope is to inspire you to get involved in our wonderful community, and to welcome many more women to become part of our growing organization.”

Bob Weir
Bob Weir is a former NYPD officer, long-time Flower Mound resident and former local newspaper editor.

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