Club news: Relief Society Dinner Club |

Club news: Relief Society Dinner Club

On March 23, women from three churches joined to celebrate the Relief Society’s 164th birthday. Relief Society is the auxiliary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that was created for women. The organization began March 17, 1842 in Nauvoo, Ill. It is now one of the oldest women’s organizations in existence.

Over 100 women celebrated with a dinner in the Cultural Hall. Thirty men volunteered to wait tables and do kitchen duties. The dinner was followed with a program that included a solo by Suzanne Mulvany, accompanied by Linda DeMartini on the piano, dances by women depicting different times since 1842 and dialogue of quotes from famous women.

The Relief Society is a worldwide organization with local groups run by a three-woman presidency and a board. The presidents of the local groups are: Helen Martini, Grass Valley, Kristen Clove, Nevada City and Leona Foster, Penn Valley.

It was decided in the beginning that the organization should have a charitable focus. The Relief Society’s charitable work expanded far beyond local organizations, helping to provide food and clothing during various wars and tragedies. Today, the organizations continue to focus on helping those in need. If someone is sick, meals are provided for the family, transportation to the doctor’s office is found, recruiting volunteers to do basic housework are found.

If you are interested in participating in any of the Relief Society events, drop by the church any Sunday at 615 Hollow Way, Nevada City.

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