One hundred years after the Coover Memorial Club House was purchased by the London Federation of Women’s Clubs, the clubs remain active in the community.
The London Federation of Women’s Clubs was organized April 13, 1913, when three clubs decided to join to serve more worthwhile projects. The clubs were the East High Street Club, organized in 1887, The Woman’s Club, organized in 1892, and the Twentieth Century Club, formed in 1898.
“Today in 2015, after 100 years existence, the London Federation of Women’s Clubs continue to urge greater awareness of the importance of women in the community by its many projects,” a spokesperson said.
The Federation members are: Coover Society (combined East High Street Club and Women’s Club), Daughters of the American Revolution, London Delphian Society, Career Women’s Community Club, Happy Hour, London Bridge, Tuesday Afternoon Club, Twentieth Century Club and Phi Beta Psi Sorority.
In 1915, Bertha Coover and Esta Coover Harvey bequeathed $7,000 to the federation for the purchase of a club house. From these funds a permanent meeting place was purchased from the Dixon Estate.
The club was named Coover Memorial Club House in honor of its benefactors.
“Early club women leave a rich legacy of activities and concerns to challenge today’s club members to continue their struggle to gain recognition in the fields of benevolences, civic and government affairs, and the field of education,” a spokesperson said.
Today, the London Federation of Women’s Clubs and Coover Memorial Club House are supported by members dues and the annual Christmas candy sales in November and December.
Members are planning for an open house tea party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9 to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Coover Memorial Club House, 134 N. Main St., London.
Everyone is invited.