Past presidents gather together during the Lilburn Woman’s Club’s 40th anniversary celebration Monday night at 1910 Public House. (Staff Photo: Meghan Kotowski)
LILBURN — In 1972, 10 women came together to create the Lilburn Woman’s Club.
By 1973, the organization received its charter from the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs.
Today, the club has more than 70 members — and they all came out to celebrate the Club’s 40th anniversary at 1910 Public House on Monday night.
The honored guest of the evening was LWC’s first president, Faye Moore, who traveled from St. Simons for the evening of memories and familiar faces.
“I’m really proud of them,” she said of the group. “They’ve really done a great job. I miss them … I really do.”
During the evening, current and past members caught up on old times, looked through newspaper clippings and photos while nibbling on catfish tacos, sherry chicken and tortellini meatball skewers.
Current president Patty Gabilondo recognized Moore, and Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs President Shirene Daniell and First Vice President Elaine Chandler.
Others in attendance included state representative B.J. Pak, Lilburn mayor Johnny Crist and several Lilburn City Council members.
When Moore and the others founded the Woman’s Club in the ’70s, they wanted to address concerns of the community and improve the problems.
“My goal then — as is now — was to make a home for my children, my family,” she said.
And the women still work to make Lilburn a better place.
Each year, the group organizes the one-day arts and crafts festival Lilburn Daze, participate in the Lilburn Relay Rally in April and sponsors “Spring Into Art,” a juried art contest for elementary school students.
LWC also gives a college scholarship to women called the Patti-Jo Shapiro Scholarship. It is given to those who have made a difference in the greater Lilburn community.
Lilburn Daze is scheduled for Oct. 12 in Lilburn’s City Park.