Local Agenda Club disbands after 71 years

    After more than 71 years as a local organization, members of Agenda Club met Oct. 9 to discuss the reasons for disbanding the club.
    “It was a bittersweet decision,” said current president Mary Belle Rafert, adding that the members felt the time had come to dissolve the organization.
    Down to only nine members, the group addressed the decline in numbers, as well as the aging and health issues of those still involved.
    In addition to Rafert, officers as of the last meeting included Glendoris Ross as vice president and Laura Bittner as secretary/treasurer.
    Organized in March of 1947 as a federated club, the Agenda Club withdrew from belonging to the federation in the early 1970s but still continued as an active group.
    Following the disbandment of the former Delphian Club, the Agenda members undertook the project of serving the annual graduation breakfast for the Holyoke High School senior class on its last day of school each spring.
    “We’ve had so much fun over the years,” said Rafert of not only serving the senior breakfast, but also providing other service to the community.
    The main fundraiser that kept the club operating was the Kitchenette broom sales, which will not be continued. The group also donated to numerous other local organizations and activities through its 71-year history, showing support for various aspects of community life.
    The absence of Agenda Club and its service will certainly be felt by the community.

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