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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Citizenship Club Celebrates 90 Years

  • Nineteen former and current members of Citizenship Club met for brunch at Riverhouse Guest Rance to celebrate 90 years of the club.
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  • Nineteen former and current members of Citizenship Club met for brunch at Riverhouse Guest Rance to celebrate 90 years of the club. citizenship Club began in St. James in 1923 with Mrs. W. H. Haislet presiding. The main reason for founding the club was for upgrading citizenship and its responsibilities and rewards. Following World War I, a need was seen for greater patriotism, as well as a need to help heal the division created in the community by the war.
    In the early years, the monthly programs emphasized the fundamentals of American History and constitutional government. The club has continued to be a study group, only now members present programs on a wide variety of subjects, a monthly book review is given and poetry is presented at each meeting. As a part of the 90th Anniversary Year, members revised the constitution.
    Guests and members spent time reminiscing about programs and events that had taken place while they were members. Many commented on special events such as the Christmas dinners and May educational outings to various places in the state of Minnesota. Through the years, club members have found that they get many benefits from attending meetings: information gained, friendships formed, social interaction and loyalty to each other in the bond of membership in the Citizenship Club. Citizenship Club meets on the third Monday of each month with no summer meeting. There are no dues or requirements other than an interest in being an informed citizen.
    Membership is limited to sixteen.
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