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Mothers' Club celebrates 75th anniversary

Posted: June 4, 2014 - 3:33pm
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Katie Johnson speaks from behind a lectern as she welcomes the women gathered during the 75th anniversary dinner for the North Augusta Mothers' Club. The club gives new mothers advice and guidance on raising their children.  SARA CALDWELL
SARA CALDWELL
Katie Johnson speaks from behind a lectern as she welcomes the women gathered during the 75th anniversary dinner for the North Augusta Mothers' Club. The club gives new mothers advice and guidance on raising their children.

While looking through photos at a North Augusta Mothers’ Club meeting in the fall, Candace Furness noticed a familiar face.

“I never knew she was in it. We were looking at slides, and I thought ‘that looks like my mother.’ I had no idea,” said Furness, who joined her mother, Jane Cauthen, on May 23 for the 75th anniversary celebration of the organization at the Jesse C. Lynch Memorial American Legion Post 71.

The North Augusta Mothers’ Club is strictly for mothers of preschool-age children. Only 24 members are part of the group at any time, and membership is by invitation. When the youngest child reaches kindergarten, the mother retires; however, she can rejoin if she later has another child.

The celebration event was a time for current and former members to reconnect and reminisce. There was one table filled with scrapbooks, and the center table featured a special tablecloth. Upon entering the group, mothers sign the tablecloth and add the year. When they retire, they add their finish date. Their signature and dates are embroidered on the tablecloth.

The women shared dinner and their experiences.

Wilma Thiede was a member in the 1960s and president in 1965.

“My mother was an original member. I was so excited when I got an invitation to join. She told me ‘you have to wear a hat and gloves to the meeting.’ I was the only one wearing a hat and gloves,” she said.

Thiede’s late mother, Dorothy Ouzts, attended the 50th anniversary of the club with her daughter, and it was a special time for the two of them, she said.

Thiede caught up with other members, such as Cherry Cook. “I’ve made lifelong friends in this group,” she said.

While the dress code and meeting times have changed, some things have remained the same. Each month, the women gather at a member’s home and hear a guest speaker. Recent speakers have included a first-grade teacher who told them how to prepare their children for first grade and what was expected; other speakers have shared creative disciplining techniques, said Amy Claus, incoming president.

“They teach us what we need to know for this specific stage of our lives,” she said.

About 100 women attended the May 23 event.

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