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Continuing the legacy

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From left, incoming recording secretary Lynn Karnes, incoming treasurer Debbie Fedric, incoming vice president Dianne Marley and incoming corresponding secretary Alice Eppers. Not in the photo is incoming president Sonia Phillips. (Christina Stock Photo)

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The members of the oldest club in town, the Roswell Woman’s Club, had on April 4 the installation of the new officers for 2018/19. The installation took place during their monthly meeting at Los Cerritos Mexican Kitchen. The members promised the new officers to serve faithfully and not be too critical.

The first president of the Roswell Woman’s Club was Mrs. H. B. Kells who served from 1895-97 — at that time, women were identified by the name of their husbands, their maiden names often lost to history.

The Roswell Woman’s Club has been involved in supporting education, literacy and charitable events in Roswell. They brought in the Carnegie Library, filled it with books and supported the new public library. Twice a year scholarships are given to students at the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell.

For Easter the club sent cards to veterans in local retirement homes thanking them for their service.

During Wednesday’s meeting the members agreed on sponsoring the golf charity “Wee Warriors” in June and to purchase a brick for the Heritage Walk of the Historical Society of Southeast New Mexico.

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After the installation guest speaker Cindy Torrez, Director of the Roswell Museum and Art Center Foundation, gave an overlook in the history and future of the foundation. For more information about the historic club, visit its Facebook page or email Rhonda Johnson at rjohnson@wesst.org.