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Club looks back on years of contributions in area
The Woman's Club of Fredericksburg celebrates eight decades of service to the community

 Ruth Spratt (left) and Kathryn Massey received recognition for 50-year membership at the Woman's Club of Fredericksburg's 80th anniversary celebration at the Fredericksburg Country Club on Wednesday.
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Date published: 11/18/2011

BY ROBYN SIDERSKY

They've helped women get elected to the City Council, collected and donated thousands of dollars for charitable organizations, and created scholarships for local students.

Over the past 80 years, the Woman's Club of Fredericksburg has left its mark on the community.

The organization celebrated the landmark anniversary this week with a luncheon at the Fredericksburg Country Club.

Lynda Baer, a past president of the group, described the history of the organization.

She talked about the recognition the group received from the Army and Navy in the 1950s for its volunteer efforts, about its art exhibits and its Woman of the Year award, established in 1993.

"We are the same, yet so very different," she said.

Two members were recognized for more than 50 years of membership, and six others for more than 25 years of membership.

Four women were inducted as new members as well.

Hope Royer, the state president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, gave a speech about how people spend their time.

She thanked the women for all of their work over the years and encouraged them to continue doing good for the community.

The group has made several contributions to the community, including a fountain at Hurkamp Park, renovations to the Dorothy Hart Community Center, and scholarships at James Monroe High School, the University of Mary Washington and Germanna Community College.

The group's Woman of the Year award has recognized several notable women in the community.

The prestigious award has gone to women who have done great service for the community.

The list includes Jane Conner, Debby Klein, Janice Lancaster, Katherine Massey, Theresie Houghton and Mary Faulkner, among others.

Many of the women honored over the years attended the luncheon.

At a meeting recently, the Fredericksburg City Council publicly honored the organization with a proclamation celebrating its 80 years of service to the community.

If the next 80 years are anything like the past 8o, women will have only good things to look forward to.

Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413
Email: rsidersky@freelancestar.com