Archive for Thursday, October 6, 2005

Lansing Community Club

October 6, 2005

The Lansing Community Club was formed in 1916 and is probably one of the oldest continuing clubs that exists today. It started mainly as a canning club.

As quoted from an article in 1988 regarding its history, "Today's Lansing Community Club got it's start in 1916 when a small group of Lansing area women decided to meet for the purpose of learning better homemaking skills. Gatherings were filled with informative programs and social exchange."

The club's original motto was "The Best of Us for the Community."

The club's first president was Miss Jennie Dickey, a well-known and outstanding Nine Mile Grade School teacher. She lived on the property where the Wallula Christian Church is now located.

The club met at 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, as far as we know, until about 1933. Then club members changed to a noon meeting with a covered dish luncheon.

In 1927 there were several men listed as members in the club, but that was the last year that male members were mentioned. The motto has not changed and the "collect" that they called it back then is now "The Club Women's Creed"

In the club's early years members made quilts that they would sell or raffle for fund raising. During the war they made bandages and did other activities to help the war effort. They sponsored teenage girls clubs, "The Cheerful Canners," "Busy Fingers Sewing Club" and "The Ever Ready Baking Club." All three clubs were forerunners of today's 4-H Clubs. Miss Jennie Dickey was the baking club leader.

In a letter from Pansy Crosby written in 1985, she mentions that her mother was a charter member of "the Canning Club." Pansy Crosby remembers going to the meetings as a little girl in the grade school-high school building which was combined in the building that is now the Zinser Apartments.

Club president this year is Rosemary Wasserman, and the club still meets at noon on the second Tuesday of the month at the Lansing Community Center. Now the Lansing Community Club it is mainly a social club, but members do donate monthly to local charities. Area women are always welcome to visit or join.

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