Marion club reaches century mark

MARION — On a cold January day in 1912, Mrs. J. F. Carrow opened her home to a number of Marion women for the first meeting of a new group called the Twentieth Century Club.

One hundred years later, area residents are invited to join present-day members at an Open House centennial celebration on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marion Area Historical Museum. Birthday cake and beverages will be served and all who attend will receive a commemorative gift.

An intriguing display of news clippings, photos, documents and other memorabilia spanning 100 year’s of history will be on display including early secretary and treasurer’s reports and announcements of special events.

Meetings are held September through June on the second Monday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Marion Village Hall conference room. The group continues to operate in accordance with the guiding precepts and direction of the constitution drafted 100 years ago.

Each meeting features a speaker and dessert is served by club hostesses. Initially a literary society, the club expanded its scope over the years to include presentations on a broad choice of topics including travelogues, home security, flower arranging, stamp collecting, quilting and other crafts.

In addition to its social function, the club has a tradition of service to the community and supports the Marion Fair and Footprints in Time, a group which offers assistance and respite to caregivers.

The club has also taken on the responsibility of planting and maintaining the garden around the Marion well. Members donate most of the plants and flowers; others are generously provided by Christie’s Potting Shed and Florist in Marion.

“A century after its founding,” said club president Carolyn Ahrens, “the Twentieth Century Club carries on and hopefully future members will keep it going for many more years.”

“I joined the club shortly after I moved to Marion,” said Donna Geyer. “I wanted to be a part of the community and it was a good way to support some good causes and get to know people and have enjoyable fellowship.”

New members are welcome. If you are looking for a way to serve the community and get to know your neighbors, you may want to consider joining and help shape the club’s next 100 years. For more information, call Ahrens at             (231) 743-9830.

Mark your calendars now for Aug. 4 and plan to join in the celebration, learn more about the Twentieth Century Club and get a glimpse of Marion history as you browse through 100 year’s of memorabilia.

If you miss the Open House, the documents will remain on display in the museum throughout August. The Marion Area Historical Museum is at 505 S. Mill St. (M-66), Marion. For summer open hours, contact Rita Emmons at (231) 743-6448.