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Friends and fellowship lasting 100 years

Some days, there’s nothing better than sitting down to a good meal with a group of friends and just visiting.

That, in essence, is the idea behind the Community Club, a group that is celebrating 100 years of bringing people from LaGrange and Noble counties together once a month.

The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at noon, gathering at the United Methodist Church in Rome City. Meals are catered by Twin Six of Wolcottville.

“They’re wonderful dinners with everyone. I try to get here when I can,” noted the oldest member of the club, Josephine “Jo” Leatherman. At 92, she is still enjoying the monthly gatherings and the activities, which last year included a visit from some motorcycle owners who gave the ladies an opportunity to sit on or even take a trip around town on a motorcycle.

 “We also go to a lot of places,” said Penny McClish of Wolcottville. Among their favorites are trips to Maple Wood Nature Center.

“I’ve enjoyed the garden programs,” Barbara Hose added. She also noted that the club donates to the Helping Hands Food Pantry, which is adjacent to the church. “We gather for the fellowship with others,” she added.

And it is that gathering with others that all agreed that they enjoy the most. “These are my friends,” commented member Joan Winegartner, who has been a member since 1991. “When you get our age, you start losing them.”

The programs, such as a cake decorating demonstration one time by a former member, or visits from a master gardener, and even their motorcycle rides around the town, are fun things to do together, but it is really just being together that they all seem to enjoy the most. “The fellowship is wonderful,” agreed Ruth Ann Christman, who has been coming to the club for seven years. “It is a bunch of lovely ladies,” she added. She was first invited by a neighbor to attend a meeting, “and I’ve loved it ever since.”

Betty MacKenzie was also invited by a friend five years ago and continues to attend the monthly meetings. “It is a good way to meet others,” she said.

Betty invited the group’s newest member, Sharon Oliver, who attended her first meeting this past Tuesday and was warmly welcomed in by the others. Based on the experiences of the other members of the club, she can look forward to many more meetings with a good group of friends in the community.

And the group is eager to have more new friends show up. All are invited to join the meetings, the third Tuesday of the month at the Rome City United Methodist Church at noon.