Stevensville Community Club plans anniversary dinner
STEVENSVILLE - You should have seen the bride with butterflies on her veil. Or the father of the bride holding - a rolling pin!
The mock wedding was just one of the fun things the Stevensville Community Club has done over the decades. For many years, the club's been providing good times and help to people in the community. And now it's going to celebrate.
The club will hold a dinner this Saturday to mark its 35th anniversary. All area residents, whether they are club members or not, are invited to the party at the community hall. It includes a social hour at 5 p.m. and a dinner at 6 p.m., featuring ham, rolls, cake and beverages. Guests are asked to bring a dish to pass and table service. The event is free.
Stevensville is a small community. But the club's a busy one.
"I just enjoy some of the projects," Treasurer Gene Suszko said. He and the other SCC officers had gathered one afternoon in the hall, where old town pictures hang on the wall and sun shines through striped and flowered curtains. This is a place of history, of fun, of friendship.
"I guess it's the neighbors," unofficial historian Jean Vande Mark said, about why she likes the club. "You get to know who the new neighbors are."
Original officers were Betty Harris, president; Betty Bates, vice president; Jean Vande Mark, secretary/treasurer; and Walter Bates, who soon took over as treasurer. Jean's husband, Luke, and Frank Morris served on committees.
Current officers besides Suszko and Jean Vande Mark are Luke Vande Mark, president; Joe Jones, vice president ("He makes things happen!" Luke declared of Joe.); and Eileen Fedak, secretary.
According to a brochure, the SCC mission is to restore and preserve local historic sites, preserve and share local history, promote a sense of community and sponsor activities, expand membership and improve local fellowship, and support and participate in nearby community projects.
So how does it do that? The brochure has a list for that too: It hosts seminars and speakers, like the 55 Alive driving course; offers activities of interest to men and women, such as those focusing on baking, crocheting and firearms; holds fund-raisers like rummage sales and basket raffles; does highway cleanup and food collections; hosts kids' holiday parties; has dinners and get-togethers; and does restoration work, "like our ongoing restoration of the historic Stevensville Community Hall."
Suszko pointed out it donates money to people with needs, such as medical problems. The SCC has also donated to Towanda Area Christian Outreach and the United Way and for the upkeep of the nearby historic St. Matthew's Church and held chicken barbecues.
Many activities are held in the hall. The Stevensville Presbyterian Church, next door, owns the hall, which dates back at least to 1869, and the SCC is its "business representative." The building's deed states it shall be used not only for church activities, but also community functions. Jean Vande Mark noted the church and SCC work well together.
The hall is also used for things like Bible school, baby showers, voting and jewelry sales.
Fedak opened an album with thank-you notes from community members. Then Jean Vande Mark showed photos of hall repairs and activities: Scouts painting the outside, men using a power drill on a cabinet, a kitchen worker with a bowl of pancake batter, a wedding cake, new cement that would become the front steps.
"Oh, here we go!" she exclaimed. And there - was the mock wedding. "It was really quite silly!"
Dinners and parties, sales and classes. The SCC keeps busy. Fedak surely wouldn't have it any other way.
"It's all fun!"