Silver Leaf club celebrates 100 years

Thursday, October 30, 2008

For 100 years, members of the Silver Leaf Benefit Club have dedicated themselves to serving the Cassville community, and on Oct. 21, the local service organization celebrated its milestone anniversary.

A large group of current and past members as well as several special guests attended the celebration, which took place at the United Methodist Church in Cassville.

The club's achievements were remembered as members reflected back on Silver Leaf's proud history that dates back to Oct. 11, 1908. It was on that date that the Silver Leaf Benefit Club was founded as a chapter of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC).

State Representative David Sater read a Missouri proclamation, which listed past SLBC accomplishments, and Cassville Mayor Tracy Holle, who recently joined Silver Leaf, presented the club with a similar certificate from the city.

Other special guests included: GFWC of Missouri, Inc. President Patricia Zachary; GFWC Missouri Board Member Nancy Addleman; and Janice Carter of the District Seven Yearbook Committee.

A total of nine past Silver Leaf presidents attended the celebration. They included: Betty Johnson, Ann Warren, K Baker Norris, Jean Marney, Louise Shultz, Barbara LeCompte, Bunny Carney, Ruby Reese and Glenda Ward.

A number of these same women were also honored for their years of service with the club. Agnes Barrett, Shultz, Marney, Johnson, LeCompte, Warren and Carney all received 25-year pins, and LeCompte was honored with a 50-year pin.

Last week's celebration was orchestrated by members of the 100th Anniversary Committee, which included Chairman Jean Marney and members Glenda Ward and Barbara LeCompte. Ann Warren and Carolyn Stacy hosted the event, and Tomblin's Jewelry and Gifts provided fall decorations for the gathering.

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