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By Shaniele Brown
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – The Women Empowered Club of Camden County College recapped its activities in the 2017-18 school year at its last monthly meeting of the semester on April 18.

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Rosalia DeNardo attends the Women Empowered Meeting on April 18. By Shaniele Brown, CCC Journalism Program

Although only five members attended, the club has 49 members, said club leader Rosalia DeNardo. “Only a handful show up to the meetings but when it comes to events we have more people who volunteer.”

The club has placed several boxes around campus to collect donations of personal care items, first aid items, household supplies, office supplies and books for the Camden County Women’s Shelter. The collection will continue through April, after which the items will be prepared for delivery to the shelter.

The club took part in Hunting Ground/Roundtable, which was a discussion featuring six panelists, Queer Feminist Film/Discussion, which helped to draw a larger audience, and Take Back the Night, which helped bring in the largest amount of donations toward a scholarship.

The club seeks to raise $250 each year to award a scholarship to a woman. “I know $250 doesn’t cover enough for a full class but any little thing helps to relieve some other expense burden,” DeNardo said. The club will collaborate with the HEARRS Club to fulfill the amount needed for the scholarship.

Brooke Console, 19, of Collingswood, New Jersey, joined the club in February but this was the first meeting she attended. “I attended this meeting because I stand with other women and LGBT people. Joining a club is good for a sense of belonging,” Console said.

She stated finding solidarity in things like clubs is important for her future. “As a transgender woman who is going to face hardships through her transition, this is only the starting point for me to be an active part of my community in the future,” she said.

This was also the first meeting that Reihannah Herring, 20, of Camden, New Jersey, attended. “I felt amazed at how much women have contributed to society and this club is a great opportunity for women to be heard,” Herring said.

Next fall and spring semesters, meetings will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 115 in Halpern Hall. Those who want to join the club can fill out a membership form and deliver it to DeNardo in Room 215 of the CIM Building. Those looking to become an officer can email DeNardo, an e-learning specialist at the college, about the position in which they’re interested and why they’re interested in it. Her email address is rdenardo@camdencc.edu. Officer positions are president, vice president, treasurer, social media specialist and event coordinator.

The club plans to continue working with the Department of Child Protection and Permanency to adopt a family as part of its community service work in the upcoming school year.

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