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Women's Club still meeting after 74 years

September 13, 2013
Kelli Kleppe - Reporter , Dysart Reporter

The Dysart Women's Club was established in 1939. It has had hundreds of members over the years, and many great memories. Currently the club has 87 members, which are divided into five departments. They wanted to spread awareness of the group and the many things they do, so on Saturday they hosted a get together at the Norma Anders Library in town. Any women who were interested to learn more about the club were invited for coffee, delicious pastries, and wonderful conversation.

Reta Callahan is the club's current President. She did most of the planning for the event, and made a presentation of the club and each of its five departments. She put together a fun, yet challenging 28-question quiz on the history of the club. The person who got the most questions right won a $10.00 Dysart Dollars gift certificate. Cindy Wendt won with an impressive 27 right! There were two more gift certificates to give out, the winners of those were Susan Fuchs, and Vicki Waggoner, Congratulations ladies, enjoy your prizes!

Take Time is one of the clubs five departments it was founded in 1955. When this particular club started it was "Mothers Take Time" because most of the members were new parents and being involved in the club was a great way for them to escape motherhood for an evening and enjoy a night with friends. The club now focuses on expanding their minds and continually learning new things. They often get together for coffee and conversation, and other times they get together and do a class on learning something they all have interest in.

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20th Century is another department in the club and has been around since 1957. 20th Century spent many years organizing, sponsoring, and hosting the Fall Bazaar here in Dysart. They retired from hosting it in 2011, since then other people from the community have continued the tradition.

La Maison, which means "the home" in French, was started in 1961 and still has some of the founding members today. It's main focus is anything to do with your home from decorating to handy everyday tips. One of the main things La Maison does every year is plants the flowers on Main Street.

Young Outlooks is another department and its main focus is social time, getting together and having fun! Young Outlooks also helped out with the Fall Bazaar every year. They used to be a much larger club, in fact it got so big that they decided to split and this is when the last department was formed which is Fine Arts. Fine Arts loves anything artistic, they enjoy attending movies, plays, art galleries and more. They also love literature and any other form of art you can imagine!

Each year in April the Club hosts an annual banquet. It always has a theme, and it is always kept a surprise until you walk through the door of the event! Over the years just a few of the themes have included Disney, Fairy Tale Land, Candy Land, Circus, and many more. The club has made several scrap books over the years and it is awesome to look through them and see all of the creativity and time that went into some of these events. They made beautiful handmade decorations, and were often dressed up in extremely creative costumes. The traditions continue and the Club continues to grow and touch many women's lives.

Janet Wilson a long time member stated, "The club encourages me to do things that I wouldn't necessarily do on my own."

Another member Arlene Pippert said, "She loves how each department helps one another grow and learn new things."

The Dysart Women's Club welcomes new members to any of its five departments. Each group gets together approximately once a month for their outing or meeting. If you would like to get to know other members of your community, and experience fun, new, and exciting things the Women's club is surely something to check out!



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