The Community Clubhouse

Photo of the clubhouse The West Fairlee Community Club was founded in 1918 and was initially called the Mother’s Club. The Club’s mission as stated in the founding charter was “to support our local community by organizing social activities to bring neighbors together, by providing educational opportunities to our members to strengthen our effectiveness, and by giving of our time and resources to community members in need.”

Photo of the 
school house

In the 1930s, the Club bought from the town of West Fairlee the abandoned little brick one-room schoolhouse for $1 plus a promise to insure and maintain the building.

Over the years, the Women’s Club members and their families did much volunteer work to maintain the building and keep its commitment to the town. They hosted many events during the summer months which included whist parties, a rummage sale (which transitioned into West Fairlee Center Home Day), and coffee socials after the Sunday Evening Church Service.

Photo of the 
West Fairlee Center Clubhouse In the 1957 photo on the right, Wally Jareckie (Doris Honig’s father) is repairing the porch light and Henry Graves is up on the ladder painting the porch trim. Others such as Earl Pape worked on a pump to provide running water for the kitchen sink.

The building was once again recently renovated. The old heater has been removed as well as the benches that were attached to the walls allowing for much more usable space. The wall between the kitchen area and the main room was taken down and now includes a fully equipped kitchen. The walls have been freshly painted. These improvements have made the interior brighter and provides a lot more room for functions.

Today the “club” – a somewhat dated term which used to mean something a tad less pretentious than it does today, but which the members after much debate to retain for reasons of historical continuity – is open to all genders and especially welcomes families. The Club sponsors a variety of activities both for fun and for community service.

Ice Cream Social - July 9, 2017

The following photos were taken by Violetta Faulkner. These wonderful pictures are her gift to the community. For more photos of the Ice Cream Social and Blessing of the Animals, click here. For print quality photos, email Violetta at v.faulkner.studio@gmail.com .

Ice Cream Social - July 31, 2016