Woman’s Club holds 19th birthday celebration lunch

Nancy Lady, Woman’s Club of Williamsport president, recently welcomed 76 members and guests at the 19th birthday celebration of the club. The club, located at 414 Walnut St., was bought in 1924 and originally was a carriage house for property at 634 W. Fourth St., which later was known as the rectory of Annunciation Parish.

Application for the charter of the club also dates to 1924, although April 24, 1876 was when 28 women began the club for educational and civic purposes.

Though the carriage house, which existed in 1924 has been modernized through renovations and additions, the nature of the original design, as well as the purpose of the club, survived.

Over the years the building has hosted a variety of activities including meetings, lectures, receptions, dining, teas, musical performances, holiday feasts, bridge parties, fashion shows, book reviews and children’s programs. The club continues to offer its facilities for rental to the public.

Current members meet on most Thursdays for games, lunch and periodic programs and special events.

Socially, the club continues to be mindful of its place in the neighborhood and community, as was expressed in the invocation given by Lady at the birthday celebration. Neighbors present for the event were Ted Lyon, president of Preservation Williamsport and owner of the Rowley House Museum; Dean Heinbach, fire chief; Todd Heckman, assistant fire chief; Joel Weaver, Hope Enterprises, the parent company of the Children’s Development Center; and John Grimes, deacon of Shiloh Baptist Church.

Joyce Hershberger provided a toast for the occasion, followed by the president’s introduction of guests and recognition of the following past presidents and long-time members:

Presidents – Barbara Ertel (1992-94), Frances Crossley (1994-96 and 2006-08). Rota Albarano (1996-98), Eva Archer (1998-00), Ruthanne Crotty (2000-02), Joyce Hershberger (2002-04), Carol Kratzer (2008-10) and Ann Plankenhorn. Not present at the meeting was Barbara Lytle (1988-90).

Longtime members – Carolyn Bullock, 49 years; Grace Page, 44 years; and Eva Archer, 42 years. Not present at the celebration were: Barbara Lytle, 43 years; Lore Tignor, Susan Maiolo and Mary Fish, all 40 years.

Hostesses for the celebration were Frances Crossley and Joyce Davis.

For more information about the Woman’s Club and its facilities, call 570-322-3610.