When you grow up in a town like Redwood Falls you get to know a lot of people and a lot about the things going on around the community.
While I can say I feel pretty confident about knowing a lot of people, at least I know their name, I am also willing to admit there are aspects of this community I know very little about.
Take, as an example, the club scene. No, I’m not talking about those who venture down to the American Legion on a Saturday night, I’m refering to the wide list of social clubs which are a huge part of this town.
Honestly, I had no idea just how many there were.
I recall my mom being part of the Extension group in the neighborhood for a while, and I am pretty sure she was part of some church group.
Yet, I am learning there is so much more, and I am also learning just what these clubs do.
I remember a call I received a couple of years ago from Robin Stegner taking about the Women’s Club in Redwood Falls.
Of course, I asked if this was a new club being formed only to be informed it was one that had been part of the community for a very long time.
I also learned over the weekend about a group known locally as the McPhail’s Mill Questers.
To tell you the truth, I had no idea what this club was and believed all Questers Clubs were named after McPhail, believing perhaps the group was much more locally organized.
Boy, was I wrong.
The Questers, if you haven’t already read the story on Page 3, are a club dedicated to learning more about and preserving the history of the community and to preserving antiques.
I had the privilege of taking a tour of Roxann Rossow’s home earlier this week to see her commitment to the Questers, and I can say with confidence she is taking the role very seriously.
She has a great house, and I kept thinking about how much my better half would have loved being there, too.
I think I have decided if I was able to join a social club of any kind in this community it would be the Questers (no offense to Veritas, Audacia, 20th Century, etc. but it just seems this is my kind of group). Of course, the “social” aspect of the whole thing really is not my forte. So, I guess I am going to just continue to appreciate the kinds of things people like Roxann and all of the other Questers do to help preserve our past.
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I am beginning to work on the special section in advance of the general election and am looking for some questions to ask those politicians hoping to represent our area into the future..
If you have a question you would like to ask the candidates at the local (school, county or city), state or federal level, send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org within the next week or so. If I think they are pertinent I will use them.