March 12, 2013
CONTACT: Terri McCoy, (406) 444-2807
McCulloch Commemorates 100th Anniversary of “Deer Lodge Women’s Club”; Celebration Part of Statewide Centennial Project
DEER LODGE, MT- Secretary of State Linda McCulloch has honored the Deer Lodge Women’s Club with the Secretary of State’s Centennial Award in celebration of the organization’s century of existence and public service in Montana.
“This award pays tribute to the Deer Lodge Women’s Club, and its importance to women’s history in Montana,” Secretary McCulloch said during the ceremony. “The club served as a center for women’s civic and cultural activities within the community even before women had the right to vote. Today we honor its members as they continue to benefit their community by helping local organizations in need.”
In 1910, the now defunct National Women’s League contracted for a clubhouse to be built in Deer Lodge so women had a place to locally meet and organize about women’s rights during the suffrage movement. The old prairie-style structure still stands as the meeting place for the local league, which eventually changed its name to the Deer Lodge Women’s Club before registering with the Secretary of State’s Office on March 3, 1913.
The Club currently runs a thrift store in Deer Lodge called “New to You.” It is operated by volunteer members who, each year, raise thousands of dollars in proceeds to donate back to organizations in the community. Past recipients include Deer Lodge Food Pantry, Powell County Literacy Program, and the Deer Lodge Volunteer Fire Department.
McCulloch launched the Centennial Project in 2010 to commemorate the momentous anniversary of businesses and organizations that first registered in Montana one hundred years ago, or more. A list of 2013 Centennial Award recipients can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov/Centennial.