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Palisades Women’s Club make stack of 800 sandwiches

Any way you slice it, bologna and cheese doesn’t typically grace the tables at Palisades Country Club.

But members of the Palisades Women’s Club say the sandwhiches may be the most appreciated, and were a blast to make.

The Palisades Women’s Club packed the club Jan. 7 for a post-lunch sandwich spree. Members collected bread, meat and cheese to make meals for Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte.

“Our mission is to support social and service opportunities to the community and to enrich the community,” said Connie Lowry, president of the 90-woman club.

The sandwich service project has been around at least for the four years Lowry has been a member.

“We used to do peanut butter and jelly,” Lowry said. “What a mess.”

Jackie Canarick, who heads the club’s sandwich effort, said there’s a good feeling of helping others.

“Everybody’s chit-chatting, having a good time, and you’re doing a good deed for somebody,” she said.

The goal: 800 sandwiches, packed in the same bread wrappers opened minutes earlier. The sandwiches made it to Urban Ministry, a nonprofit serving the Charlotte homeless, that afternoon.

“By the looks of things,” service chair Debbie Ellison said as she packed sandwiches, “we might beat (800).”

Along with donating sandwiches, the club members hold school supply and clothing drives. They work with food banks and to supply birthday gifts for homeless children.

“We try to do one service project a month, and this is our typical January service project,” Ellison said.

Bent toward efficiency, the sandwich operation had some heart toward the people receiving, too. No end pieces were used. Many had the thick-cut bologna.

Open to Palisades residents, fitness club or country club members in the community, the Palisades club has its share of members who have had hard times.

“Women that are a part of this organization really know that they have a lot of blessings to be thankful for,” Lowry said.