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July 13, 2013

Group seeks to double membership

CLINTON — The Clinton Women’s Club will have a major Membership Drive in the next few weeks. A “Friendship Tea” will be at the Curtis Mansion, Saturday, July 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. to inform women about the club. Friends will view the mansion and possibly join.

The club now has 100 members that pay $30 a year ($3,000). The club wants 200 members so they have $6,000. You can be a member that pays $30 a year and be inactive or a regular member that pays $30 a year, attends some of the meetings and programs at noon on the first Thursday of each month (September through June) and helps occasionally with an event: Christmas Open House, sell nuts and chocolate covered nuts, help with Chocolate Lover’s Delight in February, purse and bag sale in April or Breakfast at the Mansion the second Sunday in June.

The Curtis Mansion has 20 rooms, many stained-glass windows, 10 fireplaces and seven bathrooms. The dining room has the original wallpaper and original ceiling. All of the pocket doors are oak on the hallway side and match the cherry, hickory, white oak, red oak, and various woods, each room having their own wood.

Officers serve for a two-year term. Deb Jacobsen is beginning her second year as president, with Lucy Melvin as vice president. Julie Ramirez is immediate past president. Other officers include Florence Dingman, recording secretary; Ethel Soesbe, corresponding secretary; Wilma Clark, financial secretary; Nan Bovis, treasurer; Betty Andresen, registrar; and Sherry Emerson, auditor. Marcia Flory, Lydia Halbach, Liz Clements and Fran McDonald are on the board of directors. Flory is in charge of decorating with Michelle Perino and other members for Christmas and Clements is in charge of the grounds.

The foundation has a 503-C3 and meets every other month. Flory is president and Ramirez is vice president with Wilma Clark secretary and Nan Bovis treasurer. Members of the foundation board are: Ruthann Papke, Barbe McGee, Jeanette Petersen, Rita Holm, Julie Allesee, Marsha Smith and Melanie Drury. Members of the advisory committee of the foundation are Robert Soesbe and Mike Kearney.

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