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Sage Hens plan open house to celebrate 25th anniversary

Staff reports

The Sage Hens will hold an open house for the public to help celebrate the club’s 25th anniversary on March 17 at the Topaz Ranch Estates Park building, 1 to 3 p.m.

A group of ladies got together and called themselves the Firebells at the Topaz Ranch Estates about two years before the Sage Hens formed. The Firebells were the backbone of fund-raising events for equipment for the fire station. When the women broke up their club, many helped start the Topaz Sage Hens Homemakers Club.

The Sage Hens started March 17, 1976, and met at the fire station. Some of the original members were Janie Roach (Godin), Myrna Garcia (Souza), Jean Estrella and June Williams. The first meeting was held at Eloise Fancher’s home, and Marge Hoffecker made the first cake. The first officers were Marge Mullner, president; Darlene Warn, vice president; Roberta Hinton, secretary; Janie Roach (Godin), treasurer; and Jean Estrella, historian.

The first rummage sale was May 13 and 14, 1978, at the TRE firehouse. In October 1978, the firehouse was completely destroyed in an explosion. It was rebuilt in March 1979, and the club held its first luncheon and fashion show in the new firehouse.

The first cookbook came out in 1980-81. On Feb. 19, 1981, the park building opened and the group held the first Boutique and Children’s Christmas party there in 1982.

Over the past 25 years, the group has contributed to the community. All the money they made during this year went to approximately 20 different organizations.

Original Sage Hens: Pictured from left to right are Janie Roach (Godin), Jean Estrella, June Williams and Myrna Garcia (Sousa).