The Oregon Woman’s Clubc celebrated the 125thanniversary of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Illinois at its monthly meeting on Oct. 21.
Chapters all across Illinois have been involved in community service projects ranging from supporting the 19th amendment to the constitution, which gave women the right to the vote to encouraging education for women, selling war bonds, establishing libraries, campaigning for the passage of seat belt laws, and supporting community shelters for the homeless and for abused women.
Along with the balloons and birthday cake, the members explored how to dig into their personal histories with the help of Laurie Carlin Perry, field genealogist for the Rochelle Chapter of the DAR.
Backi n the present, members wrapped up their collection of supplies for Care Packages for Soldiers, an initiative of the Illinois GFWC. The women filled a station wagon full of snacks, toiletries, books, games and personal items, which will be distributed to women in the military who are deployed overseas.
The items were all donated by club members, the community at large and OregonVFW Post 8739.