95 years old
Back in 1916 one great thing happened in Lansing. It was very small but busy with great people that worked hard. There were farms where subdivisions and houses are now.
A group of women got together and decided to form a club that would provide enjoyment and camaraderie along with doing things to help each other and the young ladies who were growing up in town and country. They decided to call it “The Community Club.”
They sponsored teenage girls’ clubs that included the Busy Fingers Sewing Club, the Cheerful Canners 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 and also the first president of the Community Club. Miss Dickey was a well known and outstanding Nine Mile Grade School teacher and lived on the property where the Wallula Christian Church is now located.
During World War I they made bandages to help the war effort.
They met for a while in the school and by the 1930s they were going to individual homes. Each meeting had an informational program. The second Tuesday of each month was selected as their meeting date. There would be two or three ladies to help the hostess and all members brought a covered dish. At one time the husbands were privileged to be members but that ended in about 1927. By the 40s and 50s they met at the Methodist Church on Kay Street. After the new City Hall was built, the meetings were held there and that is how it stands today.
This last Tuesday, Oct. 11, a big 95-year birthday party was held with about 70 members, husbands, guests and friends in attendance. Mayor Kenneth Bernard presented us a proclamation and we were entertained by a program called “An Afternoon in the Park” starring Lucia Sims and Jo Drennon.
The oldest member present was Rose Jauernig who will soon celebrate her 100th birthday. Another special guest was a longtime member, Anna Lou Sanderson Jackson, who now lives in Kansas City, Mo.
I do believe that this is probably the oldest continuing club in Lansing. Nancy Jones is now the president and they still meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the Lansing Community Center.