Men's Club to reflect on 60 years

October 10, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - For the Shepherdstown Men's Club, Wednesday will be a day of reflection.

After the club's 60 years of working to provide parkland and space for community functions, members of the club want to hear from those who led the organization through the years.

On Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the club's War Memorial building on German Street, founding members and past presidents of the group will be invited to recount the history of organization.

The founding members and past presidents will speak during a panel discussion moderated by NBC 25 News Director Mark Kraham.

"It's really in tribute and in honor of their work. These were visionaries and leaders of the community," said George Alwin, president of the board of directors for the club.


The panel discussion will follow the club's regular bimonthly dinner.

The public is invited to the discussion and dinner; admission to the dinner costs $10.

Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a cocktail period at 6:30 p.m.

The Shepherdstown Men's Club was organized in 1945 to own and operate the War Memorial building and the 28-acre Morgan's Grove Park south of town along W.Va. 480.

Morgan's Grove Park, which the club has owned since 1961, is a popular park that has soccer fields, a kitchen facility, a baseball backstop and other attractions.

Albert Kave, one of the original charter members of the club, recalled earlier in the year at a community event how the Shepherdstown Men's Club began.

Kave remembered how the Men's Club didn't become the Shepherdstown Lions Club "because we wanted to keep the money in Shepherdstown."

The club started with 11 founding members and today has nearly 200 members, Alwin said.

The club raises money for its operations through membership dues and an annual book sale, Alwin said.

Operating Morgan's Grove Park has not always been a simple process.

Last year, some club members supported turning the park over to Jefferson County government because of concerns about the club being able to afford the maintenance of the park.

Other expressed concern about the proposal, especially after county parks officials complained about not having enough money to run the parks they currently oversee.

Last October, 48 members of the club voted against turning the park over to the county and 47 voted for it.

At the War Memorial building, the Shepherstown Men's Club has two ballrooms available for the public to rent for functions.

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