Thursday, November 19, 2009

Exeter G.F.W.C. Honors 50 year members

50 year members of the Exeter G.F.W.C. Woman's Club from the left are Marilyn Manning, Lois Ann Kuska, Bernice Hall, Wilma Murphy and Bethine Leif.

Co-President Bonnie Cudaback hands 50 year member Bethine Leif her gold pin.

The Exeter G.F.W.C. spent part of their Tuesday afternoon meeting honoring some very special members.

Five of their members have served for at least fifty years as active members of the Exeter chapter of the G.F.W.C. Woman's Club.

Co-Presidents Marlene Gallup and Bonnie Cudaback passed out flowers and gold 50 year pins to Marilyn Manning, Lois Ann Kuska, Bernice Hall, Wilma Murphy and Bethine Leif.

After honoring the members, the presidents took a moment to ask the ladies what year they joined the Woman's Club. Marilyn Manning recalled several neighbors coming over after she was married and she became a member in 1952.

Lois Ann Kuska recalled meeting in 1948 at the home of Loy Farmer and everyone wearing their pillbox hats to the meeting. Wilma Murphy, who once served a term as president of the club, became a member in 1940.

The Exeter G.F.W.C. Woman's Club has been active in Exeter since 1898 becoming a member of the Nebraska Federation in 1900 but was "disbanded in 1917 to help with Red Cross work during World War I" according to the Exeter History Book and the club was "reorganized in January, 1926. There were fifty ladies, charter members."

Today, the club is active in the community. Among their many activities they volunteer at the Exeter Care Center, participate in Make a Difference Day and host a special Arbor Day celebration honoring the new babies in the community each year.

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