A gala birthday party celebration, featuring potluck soup and a ceremonial cake, was held in January. Butternut squash soup was provided by Carolyn Sherfy, minestrone soup from the kitchen of Cecelia Tomayo-Canzani and homemade chicken and rice soup by Alberta Liddington. Other members provided additional homemade dishes such as a variety of breads, vegetables, salads and rice pudding.
Present at the party were members, family and friends. The eldest member present was Gladys Mercer, who joined in 1956. The second longest attending member present was her daughter, Pat Bello, who joined in 1964.
In 2008, the volunteer Knightsen Firefighter’s Association merged with the Knightsen Garden Club. Since that time they have restored the historic clubhouse in downtown Knightsen. The building has also been the meeting place of the Knightsen Town Advisory Council and the Knightsen Community Service District.
In addition to being the only social club in the neighborhood, the Knighsten Garden Club’s serves the needs of the Knightsen Community and provide support to the Knightsen Elementary School District.
The club, under the direction of President Barr Everhart, is currently soliciting new members. Annual dues are $15. All adults with an interest in Knightsen are invited to come to a meeting or two and submit a membership application. Meetings are held at the clubhouse on the first Monday of the month, usually at 7 p.m. For more information, call Carolyn at 925-516-7798.