Twentieth Century Club of Weatherford members and the community celebrated the club’s 120th anniversary on Thursday.
Members gathered for a ribbon-cutting in honor of the anniversary and dedicated a new tree outside the clubhouse in honor of Frances Skiles who has been a member for the longest amount of time.
The club was officially formed on Feb. 8, 1900 with 29 members, started by Mrs. H.L. Mosley. It was formed as a literary club but developed as an outlet for women’s civil engagement in service and social activities. Club members celebrated the anniversary in the group’s original clubhouse at 321 South Main St, which was built in the 1920s and renovated in the 1940s.
Club President Terry Conyers said the members support several organizations, such as Manna Storehouse, Freedom House, the senior center and the animal shelter.
“Every time we have a meeting here, we bring donations, and those donations go to something that we’ve chosen to give to the community,” Conyers said.
Club members also serve breakfast to veterans before the Veterans Day parade and host social activities.
Skiles has been part of the club for 74 years, and when she joined it was more of a social club for women.
“We dressed up and we had teas and we had recitals and we were fancy ladies,” Skiles said. “We’re still fancy ladies. It has changed, but it’s good. Change is good. We need it. We’re still the same people.”
Skiles said she enjoys the fellowship and friendship that she has been able to get out of the club and said that the club is a place for any woman.
“We do a lot of good things, good projects and good works,” Skiles said. “And it’s all types of women, not just social women. We work. We do things for the community.”
Weatherford Mayor Paul Paschall said the preservation of history is important, particularly for younger generations to understand how society has evolved.
“Part of the strength of this community is valuing the history and heritage of organizations like this,” Paschall said. “We hope that they continue for another century.”