80-year-old club helps beautify county grounds

EVANSTON — Five members of the local Country Club met with county groundskeeper Josh Davis at the courthouse on June 6, to donate flowers for the courthouse flower beds. The members who brought flowers to Josh were Mindy Deters, Holly Moyer, Bonnie Wright, Gayle Cornelison and Sue Deiber.

The Country Club is a Uinta County Agricultural Extension Club and one of the oldest in the county still meeting. The extension clubs were started in 1931 by the University of Wyoming. The local club was started in 1939. Bridger Valley also has a club.

Rachel Anderson, Ruth Anderson, Carolyn Burton, Thelma Clements and Leann Morey are the 10-member club’s other five members. The purpose of the club is to keep their families healthy, serve good food, provide support to each other and do local service projects, such as the flower project earlier this month.

Other projects they have done in the past have included making baby quilts for hospitals and for Make A Child Smile; they have given quilts to highway patrolmen for children involved in accidents, provided a pie day at a local nursing home, given birthday cards to patients at the Wyoming State Hospital and sent chocolates to servicemen and women.

They are also involved in helping with the Uinta County Fair. Counting all the years these 10 members have belonged to the club, they have given 199 years of community service.

There is an annual state meeting of all extension clubs. At this event four counties will receive special recognition for their service and the Quealy Award will be given. The Quealy Award is in honor of Susan Quealy, who was a local philanthropist and owner of the Kemmerer mine. She donated the money to get the County Club started.      

The local group meets once a month and the hostess provides a topic of discussion as well as refreshments. They have discussed books, had special speakers from the Extension Office, had a hat night and sometimes host a family night.

Each of the members said she leaves the meeting happy and inspired.

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