Marking 110 Years Of Community Service

LA MESA -- More than a century ago -- before La Mesa was La Mesa -- the La Mesa Women's Club was here.

On Monday afternoon, surrounded by vintage clothing and the sort of deviled eggs and cucumber sandwiches that evoked the era of the club's founding, today's club members gathered to celebrate 110 years.

"When they decided to incorporate La Mesa, it was members of this club who went out and got the signatures,'' La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid said. "So thank you for making our Centennial this year possible.''

More than 100 members of the club filled the Women's Club building Monday and many of these members have been part of the club for more than half a century themselves.

Madrid and other local politicians, including fellow City Council members Ruth Sterling, Mark Arapostathis and Ernie Ewin read proclamations thanking the club members for more than a century of public service.

The club itself was festooned in decor put together by Glynnis Andrews with vintage hats and clothing the La Mesa Historial Society could have instantly enshrined in its archives.

The club's ceremony Monday included a recitation of its formal history and a reconfirmation of its major goals:

  • Assist in scholarship fundraising for local students.
  • Support local charities
  • Contribute to state and national woman's club projects.
  • Enjoy the friendship and companionship of interesting and dynamic women.
  • Volunteer service in the community.


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