The Woman’s Club of Cayce is pleased to announce its nomination of Ann Malpass for the General Federation of Women’s Club’s prestigious Jennie Award. The Jennie is a national honor that recognizes extraordinary Woman’s Club members for lifetime personal excellence as volunteers within their clubs, their community and as family members.
A dynamic member of the Woman’s Club of Cayce for 46 years, Ann Malpass has chaired the Cayce Memorial Treelighting Ceremony for 36 years and initiated and chaired the Cayce Cares Christmas food drive for 16 years. The Treelighting/Cayce Cares event has raised over $25,000 and tens of truckloads of food items for God’s Helping Hands, a local crises ministry. It has also served as a much-anticipated event for the entire community, kicking off the “Christmas in Cayce” holiday schedule. Ann coordinates the event where local school bands and choruses provide the entertainment, the club provides hot chocolate and cookies, and Santa and Mrs. Claus visits with the children.
Ann helped initiate the Christmas Stocking Extravaganza seven years ago to raise money for the care of the GFWC-SC headquarters building, the antebellum Sims-Stackhouse mansion at 1511 Lady Street in Columbia. The event has raised over $69,000 for the mansion and provides an occasion where club members can come together in fun and fellowship.
An educator for 42 years with a lifelong passion for reading and education, she continued to volunteer with Lexington District 2 schools for another 10 years after retirement as a reading consultant and teacher assistant coordinator. She served on the Columbia Area Reading Council for over 50 years, with the State and International Reading Associations and as a board member of the Lexington County Library. She continues to serve as Vice President of the Friends of the Cayce-West Columbia Library board. A member of the Alpha Delta Kappa International Organization for Women Educators for 50 years, she was awarded ADK’s Order of the Violet in 2012 for her untiring devotion and lasting contributions to the South Carolina chapter.
Ann is noted for her willingness to assume leadership, to work tirelessly, and for having a keen eye in identifying leaders and encouraging them. She has been married for 52 years to Robert E. Malpass, former Mayor of Cayce, and has two children, four grandchildren, three sisters and an extended family to which she is passionately devoted. She’s an active member of the State Street Baptist Church in Cayce, is on the long-range planning team, teaches Sunday School, and initiated the Dr. Jimmy L. Quinn Educational Scholarship Fund at the church which has given $65,000 in student scholarships to local children.
“There is no doubt that this dedication and commitment to community embodies the best of what it means to be a South Carolinian,” says South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.
“She represents our community with the height of grace, kindness, charity and heart. She is the image that all should strive for, selflessly giving her time, passion and knowledge,” says Kenny Bingham, Vice President, American Engineering Consultants, Inc. and former member of the S.C. House of Representatives 2000-2016.
“I have known Ann Malpass for more than fifty years and have worked with her and beside her in numerous capacities…. Ann is the epitome of a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. She is devoted with every fiber in her body to her family … [and] is a guiding light and star for them each and every day,” says South Carolina State Senator Nikki Setzler.
“Ann has a servant’s heart and is deeply loved by her family and friends,” says Linda Long, past president of the Woman’s Club of Cayce 1992-1994 and 2000-2001.
“Ann gives from her heart and she gives everyone around her the gift of a nicer world in which to live,” says Gloria M. Beatson, member of the International Executive Board, Alpha Delta Kappa International Organization for Women Educators.
“Ann is one of the most unselfish and dedicated women I have ever known,” says Jan Hadwin of the GFWC-SC Headquarters Committee.
“No matter what you ask of her, Ann will find a way to deliver. I have never heard her say she doesn’t have the time – and she is the busiest person I’ve ever met,” says Sheri Dovell, President, The Woman’s Club of Cayce.
“Ann is the heart of her family, devoted to her church, and loves serving her club and her community,” says Janet Prince, Past President GFWC-SC 2016-2018.
The Woman’s Club of Cayce, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, was founded in 1937 and is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Early members built the log cabin clubhouse at 701 Oakland Avenue in Cayce in 1940 on land donated by the Guignard family. The Woman’s Club of Cayce has been an integral part of Cayce history. It established the Cayce-West Columbia library in 1949, which became the R.H. Smith Library and is now a branch of the Lexington County Library System. The club raises money and supplies for God’s Helping Hands, a local crises ministry, awards a scholarship to a graduating Cayce high school student, supports several Christmas in Cayce events and hosts the HotFlash 5K run. It has served in a positive and nurturing role in achieving unity, growth and progress in Cayce.