The Medley Club recently held their bridge tournament fundraiser on the ASU-Heber Springs campus. The Club uses the funds raised from their tournaments to benefit a local charity and this year they donated their proceeds to the library fund for the new library.
The Medley Club, along with the Rotary Club, purchases 300 dictionaries for area schools every year as well. They also buy and wrap Christmas gifts for kids in foster care.
The Medley Club is one of the oldest clubs in Cleburne County. It was formed on October 15, 1946, by a group of women while the men were off to war during World War II. This gave the women a chance to socialize and help each other. After the war was over and the men came back, the women decided to carry on with the club.
“In 2004, the club still had four charter members,” Activity Committee Member Maggie Smith said. “The club has done a lot in the park. They planted flowers around the band shell and made it beautiful. Every year since 2004 we gave pre-k children books at Christmas and dictionaries to all third graders. This year is the first year we aren’t giving the pre-k books. We are using the money to go toward the library. We always adopt at least two children in DHS foster care at Christmas and we hold a fundraiser every other year, a luncheon and bridge tournament. This was the third year we held it at ASU.”
Due to an increase in interest, the next luncheon and tournament will also see an increase in cribbage players as well. “We had a lot of interest in cribbage,” Smith said. “We may even have a poker table and Mahjong table.”
“The money always goes to something in Cleburne County,” Activity Committee Chairman Kathy Shell said. “We’ve donated to Margie’s Haven House, Cleburne County Cares, Christian Health Center, and others.”
There are around 25 members at the moment. In the last two years the club has gained about seven or eight new members. The club meets the first Thursday of each month except for July and August. They have a party at Christmas and an outing in the spring. They always have a guest speaker or demonstration at each meeting.
During this year’s luncheon and tournament, people from as far away as Memphis attended. “We had people from Memphis, Little Rock, and Hot Springs here as well as members of the Newcomers Club here in Heber Springs,” Smith said.
“We had a lot of help putting the event together,” Shell said. “Sharon Vanhorn with ASU dealt with the room, Jo Massey with the café provided the food, Jeff Baggett helped move tables. We had a great committee helping as well, Maggie, Judy Harris, Gail Packmore, and Becky Thompson pulled together and made this event a success. We couldn’t have done it without all their help or without the help of the wonderful merchants and individuals who donated items for the door prizes, winner prizes, and silent auction items.”