Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives: Women golfers tee-off for "Women Build!"

Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives
Women golfers tee-off for "Women Build!"

Hey, Women Golfers, here's a chance to enter tournament play and help build a Habitat for Humanity home in Washington County.
The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce will conduct the 7th Annual Women's Golf Challenge on Friday, October 20 at Black Rock Golf Course. The event will benefit the "Women Build" program of Habitat for Humanity of Washington County and the Chamber of Commerce. Teams of four women will play a best-ball scramble format. Shotgun start at 10am. $87 per player if paid by Sept. 29 and $100 per player thereafter. To register or for more information on this event, contact Donna Long at the Chamber of Commerce, 301-739-2015, ext. 101 or donna@hagerstown.org. The monies Habitat derives from this event will be used to help Women Build meet its goal to build a Habitat home in the spring of 2007. Pam Meredith, chair of the Women Build steering committee, reports the goal is $60,000. The committee meets the second Monday of each month at 6:15 p.m. at the Washington County Technical High School on Oak Ridge Drive. Volunteers interested in getting involved with the Women Build project are invited to attend.
You may ask "What is Women Build?" It is part of Habitat for Humanity's volunteers. It is a team of women from all walks of life, willing to accept the many challenge's of physically building a house from start to finish. Some of these women have worked on Habitat homes as volunteers alongside the men volunteers. They have gained some knowledge of the construction business. Many others, however, had to learn on the job. Some took special courses offered by Lowes. Classes that taught them to install windows, drive nails, saw lumber, hang siding, caulk seams, hang wallboard, and many other topics. They found new muscle aches, banged up fingers, experienced cuts and bruises, but conquered it all. They built a home, now occupied by a Habitat family. And in October training classes will begin to help women master the skills needed for construction. They will practice by building a storage shed to be auctioned off to help raise funds for the house.
This house will be dedicated to the memory of the late Shirlianne "Shirl" Cialli, for her dedication to the local Habitat chapter. In 1994, Shirl Cialli, her husband, the late Fred Cialli along with another couple, Mike and Jan Dreisbach, saw the need for decent, affordable housing in Washington County and started the local Habitat affiliate. To many of Shirl's friends and family members, building this house will be a wonderful tribute and memorial to a woman who dedicated so much of her life helping others.
Contributions to build this house in the honor of Shirl Cialli, may be sent to Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, 20 South Prospect Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.