2012-08-14 / Front Page

Extension Club Celebrates 50 Years With Parade Float

Submitted by Judy Parker


Pictured above, left to right: Peggy Saucerman, Su Nell Morrison, Renee’ White (in back on wagon, started the club in 1962, Judy Parker and Barbara Sutherlin), LaVonne Whitkanack, Carolyn Scott. Not pictured are Donna Henson, Charmaine Tessmer, Julie Burns, Beverly Padgett. Deceased in 2012, Jane Weist. (Courtesy Photo) Pictured above, left to right: Peggy Saucerman, Su Nell Morrison, Renee’ White (in back on wagon, started the club in 1962, Judy Parker and Barbara Sutherlin), LaVonne Whitkanack, Carolyn Scott. Not pictured are Donna Henson, Charmaine Tessmer, Julie Burns, Beverly Padgett. Deceased in 2012, Jane Weist. (Courtesy Photo) You might not think a group of longtime friends in Cloverdale and the first American to orbit the earth would have anything in common, but you would be wrong. In fact, it was on February 20, 1962, that John H. Glenn, Jr., became the first American to orbit the earth and at the same time, fifty years ago, a group of young women in Putnam County came together to launch a new Extension Homemakers Club. As a group of six or seven members discussed ideas of a name for their new club, they talked about the milestone mission of “Friendship 7”, the spacecraft that was taking a very young John Glenn on his history making journey and decided they liked the idea of Friendship and that if each member invited another member to join them, they would double their Friendship. So they settled on the name of Double Friendship for the new club. Although neither John Glenn nor the members of the Double Friendship Club are quite as young as they used to be, according to charter member, Judy Parker, the motto of the club is still “I’ll be your friend and you be mine and we’ll have Double Friendship.

Fifty years later the Double Friendship Club is still an active club. The group began thinking of things they might do to commemorate the milestone of their Golden Anniversary. They talked about an open house, or going out to eat. LaVonne Whitkanack suggested they have a float in the Fair Parade, and everyone agreed. She said her husband, John, had an old wagon that he’s been wanting to redo and she thought she could get him to fix it up for them to use. When she got home from “Club”, she mentioned to him that they wanted to have a float in the Fair Parade, if he’d fix the wagon. Before the week was out, he had the wagon ready. John, Tobe Sutherlin, and Rex Parker helped the ladies decorate. Due to extreme heat at fair time, John asked Rex to pull it.

In 1952, Rex had been in the Fair Parade at Robe Ann Park, driving a 1952 John Deere A tractor. Now, 60 years later, he pulled the float with, guess what? A 1952 John Deere A tractor. They received 2nd place in the adult division.

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