PROSPERITY —The oldest women’s organization in Newberry County — Prosperity’s Literary Sorosis — recently celebrated the 110th anniversary of its founding at The Blend of Coffee and Art in Prosperity.
A brief history of the club, their programs, civic projects and anniversary celebrations were given. Yearbooks from 1905 to present were displayed as well as photographs and newspaper articles from previous celebrations.
On March 17, 1903, a group of women gathered to form this literary focused club. Throughout its long and proud history, the Prosperity Literary Sorosis sought to promote literacy and culture in the community and improve the quality of life. During the early years of the 20th century, club members pushed for paved roads and sidewalks, helped beautify school grounds, donated books and stressed the need for a fire department.
In the following years, the club continued to be actively involved in civic affairs and cultural events.
In 2003, the Prosperity Literary Sorosis celebrated its 100th anniversary with a dinner for spouses and friends at the Mid-Carolina Country Club. Proclamations were received from government officials and a time capsule containing articles on the club’s history were buried in Myrtle Park — the town square — and is to be opened in 2028.
The current officers are Andrea Lewis, president; Meredith Fulmer, vice president; Myrna Killian, treasurer; and Carol Smith, secretary.