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STUART - Reba Shepard of the Woman's Club of Stuart, is hoping longtime residents may have some forgotten memories of the club tucked away in storage or in their attics.
The club is the oldest women's organization to operate continuously in the county. It celebrates its 100th year in 2013 and committees are planning events throughout the year.
Ms. Shepard is chairing the history committee with Helen Engebretsen, co-chairwoman.
"Our committee has discovered about 15 scrapbooks that were made by the club presidents over the years. We think there could be many more," Ms. Shepard.
Existing scrapbooks are from 1956, 1963, 1964-65, 1967, 1971-77, 1979, 1980-83, 1986, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2001-02, 2011.
The scrapbooks are archives of the club's history, its projects and the women who were community activists. With the help of local historians Sandra Thurlow and Alice Luckhart, they are bringing alive decades of rich history.
Beginning in January 2013, the festivities will begin in tribute to the legacy of those who led the way. At monthly luncheons, members will share the history and accomplishments of the club. The public is welcome to attend.
On Oct.11, there will be a VIP party followed by a community open house on Oct. 12. There will also be a fashion show featuring vintage outfits on March 21, an introduction to the early settler's families, presentation of the past presidents of the club and many more compelling tributes to their 100 years of history.
If you have treasures to share or questions, please contact Reba Shepard at 288-4606 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetings are held at the Woman's Club at 729 E. Ocean Blvd., in Stuart.
For more information, visit www.womansclubofstuart.com or call (772) 288-3227.