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Fortnightly honors long-time members at luncheon

by Nancy Hamlett

Minden Fortnightly celebrated their end of the season with a spring luncheon for club members and guests on May 1 at the United Methodist Church’s social hall.

At the luncheon, the club honored some of the long-standing members of the organization with special recognition going to 20-year members Joan Thran, Linda Stratton, Norie Jenkins and Charlotte McKinnon. Carol Aldax was recognized for 30 years of service and Faye Gansberg has been an active member for 31 years. A plaque was presented to Marlene Hellwinkel. Hellwinkel has been a member of Minden Fortnightly for 45 years.

Dating back to 1921, improvements and renovations to the CVIC Hall has been the cornerstone of Minden Fortnightly’s objectives. According to Carol Coleman, president of the club, a large portion of this year’s fundraising efforts was allocated toward a new ventilation system, window repair and coverings and a barbecue grill that will be installed after the addition to the historic hall is complete.

Coleman also said that during the 1998-1999 season, Minden Fortnightly supported Douglas High School by sponsoring four girls to Girl’s State and funding two scholarships for DHS seniors. The club also contributed to the purchase of a golf cart to transport patients between Carson Valley Medical Center and the adjacent retirement community, and donated money to Carson Valley Historical Society, Project School Days and Family Support Council.

“The spring luncheon culminates a year of community and family involvement, with friendships developed along the way,” said Coleman. “We have a tremendous amount of fun, and we top it off with our luncheon every May.”

Every year Fortnightly suspends operations at the beginning of May to allow club members rest and relaxation during the summer months. The club will resume regular meetings on the first Tuesday of October.