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Tradition lives on at Haley Social Club

Friday, June 22, 2012

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Club president Susie Lowe chats with Maurine Dement at the most recent meeting of the Haley Social Club.
(T-G Photo by Shelby Bearden)
This week, an 83-year-old tradition continued as the Haley Social Club met at the Normandy Presbyterian Church.

The club began in 1929, when women from Haley wanted to get together to catch up on the "town gossip." Then, they relied on their husbands to bring them to the meetings, a tradition that continued until about 10 years ago, when the men began to join the group.

Monthly meeting

The group meets each third Wednesday of the month, in locations that have varied from members' house to group luncheons at Legends in Shelbyville.

According to club president Susie Lowe, at a given time, there are about 25 active members.

Some members have been with the group a long time.

"I've been here forever but nobody's been as long as Martha," said one member regarding Martha Dement, who has been attending these gatherings for more than 50 years. She began like most members, with an invitation from a friend in the club.

Fun varies

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Pianist Nate Strasser was a featured performer at the June meeting.
(T-G Photo by Shelby Bearden)
Activities vary from potlucks and devotionals to playing bingo. This month, Nate Strasser, director of music ministries at Shelbyville First Presbyterian Church, treated the group to a performance including standards, "Amazing Grace;" and "When the Saints Go Marching In."

Club members were quick to point out that the baby grand piano had been donated to the church by the late June Holtzapel's husband.

The club is open to anyone who would like to be more involved in the community, or just meet new people and form new connections.

Club president Susie Lowe chats with Maurine Dement at the most recent meeting of the Haley Social Club.

Pianist Nate Strasser was a featured performer at the June meeting.