The Woman’s Club of Chester presented a $2,500 check to the Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation to be used toward the construction of the long-awaited Chesterfield Center for the Arts that will be located in Chester adjoining the existing Chester Library on Centre Street. Liz Welchons, president of the club, presented the check to Betty Matthews, chairman of the foundation board, following the foundation’s meeting on May 15 at Village Hall on the green. Bermuda Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle was also on hand to give an update on the status of the county’s participation in the center.
The Woman’s Club of Chester previously shared in the ownership of the former Chester Community Center, located on Lee Street. The one-story block building was constructed, operated and maintained by civic organizations in Chester. Its history of hosting club meetings, wedding receptions, fashion shows, cookout and social gatherings is legendary.
After a decline in its use and the maturing of the organizations, the building was sold and raised. The property is now a part of the Chester Village Green development.
The Woman’s Club of Chester continues to maintain its goal of contributing to the betterment of the community. The club has periodically given its portion of the proceeds from the sale of the community center property to the arts foundation in the belief that the center will enhance the community now and in the future.
The presence of an art center in Chesterfield offers innumerable opportunities for enhancing the life for all its citizens.
The foundation is grateful for the support of the Chesterfield County government as a partner with the foundation. Citizen support for the center came through a bond referendum in 2004.
The foundation encourages citizens, organizations and businesses to become involved in this exciting development. Please contact the foundation by mail at P.O. Box 3296 or 11801 Centre St. Chester, VA 23831 or firstname.lastname@example.org.