Monday, 23 October 2017

Cooperstown women’s club to close after 95 years – Oneonta Daily Star

A group that has been holding meetings in Cooperstown since 1922 will have its final get-together on Tuesday.

Declining membership means that the Women’s Club of Cooperstown will hold its last meeting at 2 p.m. May 9 at the Christ Church Parish House at 69 Fair St. in Cooperstown.

The Woman’s Club of Cooperstown was organized at a tea at the New Fenimore Hotel on Jan. 11, 1922, through the efforts of Mrs. W.T. Hyde and Mrs. H.L. Kimball, according to a media release. About 100 attended this meeting. At its second meeting, nearly 200 women attended, with 143 of them having them already paid their annual dues of $1.

By the spring of 1922 club activities included a recreation class every Monday night, either a dramatic class or a current literature class every Tuesday night, a current events class Wednesday afternoon, and needlework on Thursday evening, the release said.

The club also established a kindergarten in 1926, a free exam for babies in 1929, aided the library, helping save it in 1939, contributed to the homefront effort during World War II, hosted a blood bank, and more, the release said.

“Over the years, many women have worked tirelessly for the club and their efforts have not gone unrecognized,” the release said. “ And while the Women’s Club has had a venerable history, the time has come for the club to disband as both membership and activities have declined markedly.”

At the club’s last meeting, Karen Katz will present a program, originally scheduled for the March meeting, titled “Making Memories and Updating Your Costume Jewelry.” Following the program, the club will celebrate its long history with an old-fashioned ice cream social. Those attending are asked to bring ice cream, toppings, cookies and any other goodies to share.

For more information, call President Sue Miosek at 547-2423.  

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