MARION — The Twentieth Century Club will hold its kickoff meeting for the 2016 season at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 9, in the community room of the Marion Pubic Library.

In keeping with the club theme for this year — ”All Creatures Great and Small” — Sandra Misaras, dog obedience and agility trainer, will address the group at the May meeting. Her topic is “Fun Bonding with Your Dog.”

Other intriguing presentations about animals will include “Alpacas — A Bit of South America in Michigan,” by Nancy McCreery from Trickle Creek Alpaca Ranch in Tustin, “Living Large — All About Draft Horses,” by Don Gillmore and “Fast Girls Don’t Have More Fun — All about Greyhounds,” by Randy Rassoul.

The historic club was founded when a number of Marion women made their way by horse and buggy on a cold January day in 1912 to the home of Mrs. J. F. Carrow for the first meeting of the new group.

Continuing a heritage that passes the century mark, the organization operates in accordance with the guiding precepts and direction of the constitution drafted 104 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 variety of educational and entertaining topics.

In addition to its social function, the club has a tradition of service to the community and financial contributions to support local causes.

“We have an interesting theme for this year,” said Donna Geyer, club vice president. “We’re looking forward to some informative and enjoyable programs and serving the community and supporting some of our local causes. New members are always welcome.”

Membership is open to all area women and offers an excellent opportunity to serve the community, enjoy social time with other women and help shape the club’s next 100 years.

The club meets in the community room of the Marion Public Library on the second Monday of the month from May through November. For more information, contact Geyer at (231) 743-2854.