South Milwaukee — In 1916, when the Woman's Club of South Milwaukee was organized, Woodrow Wilson was President of the United States and World War I was being fought. Club members began folding bandages for wounded soldiers and lifted the spirits of residents by donating a Community Christmas tree.
The club will formally celebrate a century of community service at a dinner set for Saturday,
Sept. 17, at the South Milwaukee Knights of Columbus Hall.
According to organization officials, the club has created an "impressive" history of donations, volunteering and support of the community throughout the years. Members have involved themselves in numerous city- and area-wide projects and programs.
The legacy of the club is the Mary C. Nelson Arboretum, which was developed over 40 years through donations by the club,
individuals and businesses. Club members have followed their mission, "to be depended upon to promote all movement looking toward the betterment of life."