Civic Welfare Club marks 90th anniversary
The Grandview Civic Welfare Club is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
At the club's monthly meeting on Oct. 13, one of two meetings during the year held at night, Mayor Ray DeGraw presented club president Elizabeth Shaudys with a proclamation declaring that day as Grandview Civic Welfare Day in the city.
The mayor's proclamation honored the club for remaining "as strong ... and unyielding in its support of the community as it (was) at its founding."
The club's purpose is summed up in its motto, Shaudys said, which avers to "do noble deeds, not dream them all day long."
"We're all about trying to help the community in any way we can," she said.
During its 2009-10 club year, the Civic Welfare Club contributed $6,322 in cash and in kind donations, Shaudys said.
These donations included $1057 to assist needy families during the Christmas season and using proceeds from the annual luminary sale in December to fund $1,000 scholarships to Grandview Heights High School students Samantha Meyer and Preston Miller.
"After several of us read the book, 'Three Cups of Tea,' we did a project where we knitted more than 100 caps for children in Pakistan," Shaudys said. "Our first project of the (club) year is always to host the dessert booth at the Ox Roast."
The club also supported the Blue Star Mothers, Grandview's Splash of Color program, the Lazy Daze of Summer Festival, the Grandview Heights Public Library, the Edison Intermediate Middle School camping trip, the high school's auditorium project and family aid programs.
Eleven women formed the club in September 1920, Shaudys said. In its first year, the group made 150 articles of baby clothing for the Elizabeth Home for unwed mothers.
In the last 15 years, the club has donated more than $64,000 to the community, she said.
"It's an organization that's always given a lot back to the community," DeGraw said. "They helped out the city with the flower planting at Memorial Park. They just are always ready to serve the community."
DeGraw also gave a presentation at the Oct. 13 meeting on the Grandview Yard project.
"We always try to have a guest speaker or a topic of discussion at our meetings," club member Deena Snapp said.
"It's just a great group of ladies," said 35-year club member Peggy Pierce.
"There's a real closeness among the group, working on all the projects we do," she said.
The club now has 68 active members and 16 associate members.