On Tuesday, October 6, 2020 seven members of the White Cloud Club met at the Pizza Ranch for a 11:30 a.m. lunch, with Margaret Patterson as hostess. This was the first meeting of the start of the club’s 81st year.
After lunch, President Pauline Richardson opened the business meeting with ten facts about Halloween.
Roll call was answered by everyone telling their favorite thing about Fall.
Minutes of the last meeting were read by Betty Lintz in the absence of Shannon and they were approved as read. The treasurer reported the balance and that one bill had been paid. Also, two dues for the new year had been paid.
There was no old business and new business consisted of updating the dates in the current program books, which will be used for the 2020-2021 year. The same secret sisters will be retained also.
Hostess for the November 3 meeting will be Pauline with the place to be announced.
Margaret handed out the club’s 80th anniversary report and this will also be published in the paper.
Those attending were Jolene Colthurst, Joyce Huff, Betty Lintz, Pat Miller, Margaret Patterson, Pauline Richardson and Virginia Sands.
Margaret had a short math quiz for entertainment. The meeting closed with the handing out of “Just Because” Secret Sister Gifts.
White Cloud Club History by Margaret Patterson
The local White Cloud Club members recently celebrated the conclusion of their 80th year. The Club was organized in October 1939. There were nine original members: Betha Gault, Geneva Howell, Jeanette Hanna, Versa Anderson, Mae Evans, Gladys Thomas, Lorraine Carden, Opal Rickey and Florence Henss. Officers were elected and served for one year. Most original members were living on the eastern edge of Crawford Township, east of Crawfordsville.
At the earliest meetings, it was decided to name the new club “White Cloud Club” in memory of the local country school located in that neighborhood. Meetings were held in member’s homes on the first Tuesday of each month. In order to cover any expenses, monthly dues were five cents. Program books were developed with the covers being constructed from saved Christmas cards. Later the card covers gave way to fabric covers which were more reusable and more durable. Some covers are still in use today.
The purpose of the club was to take lessons from the county extension office and “to have fun.” Over the past 80 years, that purpose “to have fun” proved to be very appropriate. Fun included monthly meetings, surprise kidnap breakfasts, date nites with invited spouses/guests, salad luncheons and the annual club tour days. Members drew names each year for a “Mystery Sister”. A “White Elephant” gift exchange always brings loads of laughter.
Also, during the “War Years” (‘42-’45) members contributed their time and talents to assist the Red Cross in sewing necessary items for soldiers. They also kept busy making candies and cookies to send off to club members’ sons/daughters serving in the Armed Forces. The list of activities in the club’s history included many ways members helped local, national and world efforts. Club members sold garden seeds, calendars and served at the Wyman Alumni Banquet and local farm auctions to name a few.
gh the years, there have been many local community clubs. White Cloud is one of the very few surviving clubs. Current members include Carrie Coble, Jolene Colthurst, Frieda Finke, Joyce Huff, Betty Lintz, Betty Lucas, Pat Miller, Margaret Patterson, Pauline Richardson, Virginia Sands and Shannon Sells. Other clubs that met in the past included Square Circle Club, Fairview Club, Braden Club, Sunset Circle Club, Rura Homemakers, WWK Club and Social Hour Club.
Several years ago, the late Wanda Schultz summarized club activities and ended her report by saying “I am very glad I had the privilege of being a member. The White Cloud Club has given generously from their hearts to many worthwhile causes and the opportunity of sharing a part of themselves with their friends and neighbors. I sincerely hope the White Cloud Club will celebrate many more anniversaries.”
And to those sentiments they all add their hope that small communities like theirs can continue to share with others along life’s way.