The Nineteenth Century Club & The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association - Learning and Giving: Our Focus


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Veronica Lewis (Joined 2011)
Shortly after I retired, my friend, Susan Roberts, told me about the NIneteenth Century Club and it's many offerings.  Although I live in Oak Brook, the programs seemed interesting and charitable activities worthwhile, so I went ahead and joined.  I was not disappointed!  I enjoy the Monday programs, the field trip to the Aqua building, and the Chinese New Year party.  Susan even got me involved on a committee!  The members are interesting and friendly.  I encourage all to join; even if you're not from Oak Park!

Jerry Hills
(Joined 2008)
When I announced to my friends in 2008 that I was retiring from my marketing career, Debb Hammond said "Now you can join the 19th Century!" So I did, and was promptly 'volunteered' to be on Debb's committee. (New members - I encourage you to get involved! It's the best way to expand your circle of acquaintances.)  I have made so many new friends whom I'd never have met otherwise. I rarely miss a Monday lunch and program, and continue to be impressed with the quality of these outstanding offerings.

Herb Zobel (Joined 1998)
Why I joined the 19th Century? Short answer is Lee Brooke twisted my arm. He thought that the 19th Century needed more male members and I had retired from Peoples Gas. I had become acquainted with the building through a former bookkeeper, who was also the Scoutmaster of Troop 16 at First United Church. My youngest son, Doug, became an Eagle Scout in that troop, so I saw a lot of him on T-16's monthly campouts. He also had an engineering background and showed me the 19CC building from the boiler room to the roof. That is my long answer.

Evelyn Krueger (Joined 2004)
A short while after retirement and knowing no one at the 19th Century, I had been seeing the local notices in the Oak Leaves about programs at the 19th Century which sounded intriguing. The one that actually got me interested was a one-act Shaw Chicago presentation. It was so interesting then, and has been ever since.

Pat Leavy (Joined 1988)
Why I joined? I think I have told my story many times. Just in case you haven't heard it-here goes. I was invited to join by Faye Devine in 1988 when I was President of the Garden Club of Oak Park-River Forest. Faye said they met every Monday and she would call me to set up a date.  I decided to take a walk over one Monday in January of 1988 not knowing that it was the midwinter business meeting, which is for members only. I didn't see anyone on the first floor so I went up to the auditorium. Lo and behold the room was filled with ladies. I snuck in and sat down in the back of the room. I listened as one after another read their reports on the Benevolence. I was so impressed with the amount of support this organization was (and still is) to the community that I really couldn't wait to become a member. I also found that many of the members were also members of the garden club, of which I was the president. It didn't take long before I was a regular at serving lunch along with the others who served each week. I was welcomed by some of the older members and soon took the position of Personal Chair.

I could go on forever about the friendships I have made in the organization. There are many reasons one joins a group and mine was simply the opportunity to be involved with a group that has and continues to make a difference in so many lives through its philanthropic works.  I am proud to be a member of such a fine organization.

Vicki Bartlett (Joined 2006)
A couple of reasons for joining the 19th Century . . .

Meeting interesting people. 
Attending informative and entertaining programs.

Debb Hammond, Literature Chair (Joined 2002)
It's fun lunching out with friends and new acquaintances. Our programs are a great way to expand one's horizons by hearing interesting speakers in person and having the opportunity to not only meet them "up close and personal," but to question them. As a program chair, I enjoy bringing people I want to hear to the 19th Cenury.