Halls Crossroads Women's League
Halls Crossroads Women's League

News & Events

Here you can learn about our latest projects and what's new at our organization.

Our 2022 Rummage Sale was a success!  Thank you to those who donated items and worked the sale!

Sponsoring the Rummage Sale for two days was new for us this year.  

For the 230th Birthday of Knox County, Congressman Tim Burchett read a procolamation that was also read from the floor of the United States Congress.  Mayor Glenn Jacobs read a resolution about Knox County's Birthday presented to County Commission.  




The League supplied cupcakes for the 230th Birthday  Celebration.




Free bicycle helments were provided to attendees at the Knox County Birthday Celebration.

Had a wonderful Membership Meeting this evening, May 24, 2022, at Clayton Park.

Our program this evening ws Heidi Moles, a guidance counselor at Halls High School working with young ladies in the ROX Program that the Women's League is helping to sponsor.  

Meet the 2022 HCWL Scholarship Receipients


From left to right:


Rebecca Ramsey, Courtney Byington, Scholarship Committee Chair Alma Williams, and Ashlyn Hatmaker.


Congratulations from all of us in the Women's League!!





Welcome to our newest member, Dominique Oakley!  We look forward to working with you and serving our Community!

2022 Art Awards


Here are our Halls Middle School 2022 Art Awards Winners holding their art projects.  From left to right are 1st Place Winner Sophia Jordan, 2nd Place Winner Reilly McGaha, 3rd Place Caden Le (held by teacher Ashley Smith), Honorable Mention Lillian Holt (held by teacher Dwight Brown), Ainsley Bruce, and Lyla Green.


And now here are our Halls High School 2022 Art Awards Winners who are also holding their art projects.  From left to right are teacher Jerry Lewis, 1st Place Winner Georgia McMahan, 2nd Place winner Candace Le, 3rd Place McKenna Reed, Honorable Mention Jennifer Serrano, Elizabeth Hatmaker, McKenzie Nguyen, and teacher Elizabeth Lynch. 




Halls Middle School 1st Place by Sophia Jordan





Halls Middle School 2nd Place by Reilly McGaha




Halls Middle School 3rd Place by Caden Le





Halls Middle School Honorable Mention Lillian Holt




Halls Middle School Honorable Mention Ainsley Bruce




Halls Middle School Honorable Mention Lyla Green





Halls High School 1st Place Winner Georgia McMahan





Halls High School 2nd Place Candace Le





Halls High School 3rd Place by McKenna Reed




Halls High School Honorable Mention Jennifer Serrano





Halls High School Honorable Mention Elizabeth Hatmaker




Halls High School Honorable Mention Lyla Green

2021 Annual Meeting Luncheon


The 2021 HCWL Annual Meeting Luncheon was at Beaver Brook Country Club in January 2022.  The President, Brenda Gratz, reported on the 2021 activities and accomplishments.  This event also honors members for their volunteer work in the community and a Volunteer of the Year is recognized.    


Members Terry Carr, Alma Williams, and Sharon Smith

Our Annual Meeting Luncheon was a wonderful time of getting together and review the League's accomplishments in 2021.

New Members

New Members Naomi Prater and Alli Mash pictured with Edith Tarver, Admissions Committee Co-Chair.  So happy to have you both, welcome!

We are so glad to have Robin Harp to join us in the League!  Pictured here with Edith Tarver.  Welcome Robin!! 

Welcome to another new member, Anita Schnadig, pictured here with Edith Tarver.  We are glad to welcome you to the League!

Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) Award

The Halls Crossroads Women's League was presented with the Excellence in Community Service Award by The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) on March 16, 2019.


There to receive the award were (from left to right) Alice Loy, Member at Large; Ruth Smith; Bonnie Gombos; Diana West, DAR; Susan Smith, President; Jan Morris, Board Member; Janie Branam; Brenda Gratz, Vice President; and Kathy Bright.

We are so honored and appreciative to have been presented this award.  Thank you to the DAR for their recognition of the Halls Crossroads Women's League!

2021 Christmas Tree Lighting

The League had a tree planted at Clayton Park in order to have a Community Christmas Tree lighting each year.  This year's tree lighting was accompanied by a quartet of carolers, hot chocolate with candy canes.

Ladies at the tree lighting were from the left, Linda Ward, Brenda Gaylor, Sharon Graves, Faye Heydasch, Naomi Prater, Judy Lewis, Doris Smith, Janis Crye, Susie LaRue, Terry Carr, Connie Sharpe, Gail Cox, Shelba Murphy, Delores Kopp, Jan Morris, Gail Browning, Brenda Gratz, and Chris Rector.

Halls Middle and High School Art Contest

At our April 24, 2018, Membership Meeting, the League awarded prizes for art to contestants from the Halls Middle and High Schools.  Parents and family members were invited to enjoy a meal furnished by the League that consisted of barbque and the fixin's, dessert, and drinks.  Each school submitted art work from the students and prizes were awarded for first place, second place, third place, and honorable mention from each school.  The work was beautiful!  Each student spoke about their work and we appreciate the thoughtfulness and many hours of work it took to produce each piece.  Well done!

Middle School, First Place Award


Cassidy Marsh, with her work entitled "Man's Best Friend"



Middle School, Second Place


Lilly Garrett, with her work "Fear of Chickens"

Middle School, Third Place


Lireal Campbell, her work is entitled "Crown of Lies"

Middle School, Honorable Mention


Lindsey Morgan with her work "Portrait of a Model"

Middle School, Honorable Mention


Ashlyn Hatmaker, "Kraken" is the name of her work.

Middle School, Honorable Mention


Jaiden Hubble, her work is entitled "Lost in Thought"


Middle School Contestants & Teacher


Pictured (from left to right) are teacher Dwight Brown, Cassidy Marsh (1st Place), Lilly Garrett (2nd Place), Lerial Campbell (3rd Place), Ashlyn Hatmaker (Honorable Mention), Lindsey Morgan (Honorable Mention), and Jaiden Hubble (Honorable Mention).  Not pictured is teacher Ashley Smith.


The League would like to thank the teachers and each of the contestants for your participation and we hope you will participate again in the future!  Congratulations to you all!

High School, First Place


Rihanna Campbell 

High School, Second Place


Jenna Lett

High School, Third Place


Kacey Cannon

High School, Honorable Mention


Liz Hudson

High School, Honorable Mention


Gracie Richmond

High School, Honorable Mention


Art work by Ellie Myers

High School Contestants and Teachers


Pictures (from left to right) are teacher Jerry Lewis, Rihanna Campbell (1st Place), Jenna Lett (2nd Place), Liz Hudson (Honorable Mention), Kacey Cannon (3rd Place), Gracie Richmand (Honorable Mention), and teacher Elizabeth Lunch.  Not pictured is contestant Ellie Myers (Honorable Mention).


The League would like to thank all of the High School teachers and contestants for your participation in the contest and we encourage you to participate again in the future.  Great job!  Contratulations to you all!



Clayton Park

Ladies, look what you have accomplished at Clayton Park!!  The daffodils are absolutely beautiful!!  Please go by and see them if you have not already done so.



Pictures from our 2018 Derby Day Event!  It was a wonderful event!

Alice Loy and Brenda Gratz await participants at the check in table.

The mint julep fountain.

Winners of Most Beautiful and Most Creative hats, Susan Smith (left) and Connie Sharpe (right)!

Voted Best Dressed Gent, Gene Bayless!

The Winner of the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, Justify!

Many danced to tunes we grew up with!

A fun time was had by all!  Pictured (from right to left) are Carol Kerr, Sandy Jelf, Becca Treece, Faye Heydasch, and Catherine Edwards enjoying each other and the festivities!

For our Membership, all 2018 Derby Day pictures are on the "Members Only" page.  Click on the "2018 Derby Day Pictures" on the left and then enter the password.  Enjoy!


Crossroads Chili Chowdown


Our sixth Chili Chowdown was held on February 8, 2019, at the Halls Senior Center.  The response from the Community was great and a good time was had by all.  The David Hall Band provided the entertainment.  We are so grateful to the League and the Halls Community for their support of the Chowdown!  Thanks again to everyone who helped and participated! 

The Dave Hall Band performing at the Chili Chowdown

The Shoaf and Hart families enjoy the chili and fixin's at the 2018 Chowdown.



Hard working ladies from the Women's League serving chili, hotdogs, chips condiments, and drinks at the Chowdown.  Thank you ladies for serving that great chili!

2018 Annual Meeting Luncheon

Gerri Knott was awarded the 2016 Volunteer of the Year based on her number of volunteer hours.  She was presented the award at the Annual Luncheon by Brenda Gratz, Administrative Assistant.

The HCWl 2018 Officers are (from right to left) Susan Smith, President; Brenda Gratz, Vice President; Jan Morris, Secretary; Alice Loy, Member at Large; Shelba Murphy, Parlimentarian; and Brenda Blanton, Administrative Assistant.  Not pictured is Lisa Goins, Treasurer. 

The HCWL 2018 Board is (from right to left) Chris Rector, Alma Williams, Janis Branam, Connie Sharpe, Barbara Catlett, Ruth Smith, and Carol Bayless.  Brenda Blanton and Shelba Murphy are in the picture of officers. 

Our 2017 Annual Meeting Luncheon event Chair, Brenda Gaylor (on the right) with Bonnie Gombos (seated) and Gail Browning (on the left).

Table of ladies at the 2017 Annual Meeting Luncheon.  A great time was had by all!

2021 Veteran's Day Event


Each year the Women's League hosts a Veteran's Day Event for those Veterans in our area.  We have bus that takes participants to the Veteran's Day Parade site in downtown Knoxville, provide vehicles for them to ride on in the parade, and then they return by bus to a luncheon prepared by the ladies of the Women's League.  At the luncheon each Veteran is recognized and honored.  


Getting ready for the parade!

Looks like it's going to be a good day!

Let's get this show on the road!!

Waiting in line!

The Luncheon after the Parade is always a hit!