Wednesday May 18 2011
Women’s Club celebrates big milestone
By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
100th anniversary festivities Saturday
The Lincoln Women’s Club spent its 100th year traveling “back to the future.” That’s according to president Dorothy Olevsky, who has spent the first year of her two-year term restoring the club to what it once was. “The club was service-minded years ago,” Olevsky said. “That’s what going back to the future meant because, years ago, the club had different groups.” Today, members meet throughout the week to scrapbook, do crafts and play Mahjongg, according to Olevsky. “My main thing this year was to preserve the building and bring new members in,” Olevsky said. “We’ve accomplished that and we’re going to keep going at it.” Although the club’s building was constructed in 1923, the club existed before then. “We started in 1911 and it was (formed during) the women’s suffrage to get the vote,” Olevsky said. “From then on in, it grew.” Olevsky is thankful for the “active, young-minded board” she has, who is helping her “repair and beautify the building, as well as encourage members” to be active in the community and club. “They all just jumped in there. We had to do it,” Olevsky said. “Most of the board members who have been in a women’s club before tried to bring it up to the standards of where it was when it started, when people took pride in the building.” The club has added 25 members, and are now up to 70. The building now has a new sewer line, roof and sink repairs and a fresh coat of paint, thanks to Lincoln Boy Scout Erik Spitzer, 18. Spitzer gave his reasons for painting the interior. “One, because the building is on the National Registry of Historical Places,” Spitzer said. “It needed it and I figured the Women’s Club could use it, and the Rotary Club and (some) churches meet here.” Another boy Scout, Kyle Sleeth, 18, landscaped the clubhouse’s exterior. Members now have more of an active role in the community, according to Olevsky. “In December, we brought presents for the holidays to Lincoln Manor (now known as Horizon West Lincoln), and in October, we sent to every solider we could holiday cards,” Olevsky said. “In January, we sent care packages to the military. For Earth Day, we planted a tree at McBean Park.” On June 21, the Women’s Club will have a “baby shower” for the Salt Mine, Olevsky said. “The public is invited,” Olevsky said. “They (Salt Mine) need baby things. What happens is, it’s no charge but everyone has to bring something, like diapers, formula and baby food.” That’s part of the club’s goal during the last year to be more involved in the community, according to Olevsky, along with forming activity groups for members. “The clubhouse has come alive and there are people there constantly, which is really nice,” Olevsky said. “Now there’s laughter.” Lynn Schulte, a member for three years, said she goes “because of all the lovely ladies.” “The ladies are full of joy, vim and vigor,” Schulte said. “Members are up in age and wanting so much to be involved in the community.” Eva Mae Rinkin, a member for more than 20 years, joined because her mother was a member. Rinkin is “happy” about the club’s change during the past year. “We have interesting things to do and nice people,” Rinkin said. “I think it’s fantastic that an organization can last that long.” Know and Go: What: 100th Anniversary of the Lincoln Women’s Club When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday Where: Women’s Club of Lincoln, 499 E St. Information: A cake-and-lemonade reception celebrating 100 years of the Lincoln Women’s Club.