Library shares history with GFWC Heeko Club


The GFWC Heeko club met at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the Pawhuska City Library, where Lu King, head librarian, related the Pawhuska Library’s history since its 1914 founding by the Heeko Club. At that time Heeko was a department of the Pawhuska Women’s Club. Books were donated and the club raised $1,700 at a fundraiser to buy shelves.

King said that book fines in 1914 totaled $4.35. Heeko Club sustained the library with funds, staff and helpers until 1920, when the city started helping. Harry G. Benson donated thousands of dollars and built the new library across from the Baptist Church. This year the library will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in its present location at 1801 Lynn Ave.

Debbie Reed, Heeko president, called the business session to order, and thanked the hostesses, Lu King, Susan Faatz and Jenna Hague. The flag salute and the Club Pledge were recited. Sherry Williams called the roll and gave the secretary’s report.

Barbara Strahm reported that 65 clients and 10 Heeko members attended the Christmas party given by GFWC Heeko Club for the H.E.L.P. Workshop, and the clients thanked the club for their refreshments and gifts provided by the club.

Officers were elected by the club and will be installed in May, including Debbie Reed, re-elected president; Marilyn Maher, vice-president; Sherry Williams, secretary, Berniece Irby, treasurer, and Geraldine Enyart, corresponding secretary.

Committee chairmen reported on their month’s work. The Club Collect was recited and the meeting was adjourned.