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The GFWC Owl Club planted a pinwheel garden outside the Duncan Public Library for awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month. From left to right are Flora Diffie, Beth Liles, Ellen Forehand and Virginia LaQuey. Not shown is Karen Davidson.

Keeping it 100 — might be slang for being honest and real, but with a few linguistic tricks it could also mean going strong at 100 percent. Which is what the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Owl Club locally is celebrating, turning 100 in September. Along with the other clubs in the nation.

Virginia LaQuey, president of the Owls, said the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) was active in the late 1890s but didn’t become a full fledged organization until an important date.

“They were chartered in September 1919. They were organized almost immediately after the U.S. Congress voted for the 19th Amendment for Women to Vote, and this is a big year for that too,” she said.

As the times have chafed so have some of the GFWC missions.

“General Federation of Women’s Clubs their signature projects now is domestic violence awareness,” she said. “We support our local organization (Safe Center) and those kind of things to hopefully diminish that in our society however we can. We read everyday in the newspaper about stuff like that going on and I don’t know how to (stop) it except for our support.”

For the big celebration they are hoping members past and present might help out.

“I am hoping to get the items that show what the Owl Club has accomplished in the last 100 years — what they participated in, projects and things like that,” LaQuey said. “What I would like for the public if anyone, past member, has any memorabilia or pictures of past members, we’d like to show those as well.”

The party is set for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at New Hope Baptist West in the church parlor LaQuey said.

“We hope to have dignitaries as well and out of state past members. We also hope to have the GFWC president in attendance,” she said. “There’s a lot of past members in Duncan but we would sure like to see them.”

For those with memorabilia contact LaQuey at 580-255-7928.

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