A group of ladies began the Femmes Unir (Women United) Woman’s Club in the home of
Mardell Rapp. There were 42 charter members. The club was organized in 1962 with
the first officers for the club year 1962-1963 being installed by the 16th District
President Mrs. Charles Reese in the presence of the Bradford Woman’s Club. Edith
(Edie) Farrow was our first president.
The Budget for the first year was $330.00. Meetings were held in the Limestone Community
High School Library on the second Wednesday of the month, which we continue to do
The main fundraiser was a boutique and lunch served in Eleanor Fauber’s basement.
Later this was moved to the Alpha Park Hut and presently hosted at the LCHS cafetorium
with set up on Friday night and salad luncheon and program on Saturday.
Our largest membership was 92 ladies in 1992. At present, we have 79 members (9
charter members are still active after 47 years).
Salad Luncheon hosted in the LCHS Cafetorium. Boutique and bakery items are available.
Last year, 2008, we donated nearly $5000.00 to various projects. We are very proud
of our Flag Project. For the past 4 years we have been donating flags with the hardware
for hanging them to the Village of Bartonville. They greet us, our neighbors and
visitors to our community from Memorial Day to Labor Day. In addition to the flags,
we contribute to local fire departments, Alpha Park Library, Limestone Township Pool,
Woman’s Strength Crisis Center, scholarship funds and many other worthy causes.
Our members are currently involved in two service projects; volunteering at Bellwood
Nursing Home by providing an afternoon of bingo and refreshments to residents and
sewing whimsical surgical caps for children facing surgery at OSF Children’s Hospital
of Illinois in Peoria.