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New Rochelle Woman’s Club Holds Final Celebration

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – In a bittersweet event, the New Rochelle Woman's Club combined the celebration of its 100-year anniversary with its last-ever meeting at a commemorative luncheon Wednesday.

The organization is dissolving because of a decline in membership and financial struggles, but 26-year president Mary Jane Reddington said she was not sad.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened,” Reddington said, quoting Dr. Seuss during her speech to the crowd of more than 200 people in attendance at the city’s Davenport Club.

Officials from the New Rochelle School District , City Hall and the New Rochelle Public Library as well as other community members and members of other women’s clubs throughout Westchester County were on hand to mark the organization’s milestone.

“We’ve come to help celebrate," said Margaret Shultz of the Woman’s Club of Larchmont. “This is a special occasion. We want to help them celebrate."

The New Rochelle Woman's Club promoted education and gave scholarships to city women, among other functions.

Reddington and the club’s other 39 members did not want to go their separate ways until the 100-year milestone had been reached.

“I think it’s wonderful that we have reached our centennial,” she said. “We have accomplished many things in these 100 years. It’s along cultural, educational and philanthropic lines. Tho women who started it were long ahead of their time.”

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