A 23 page booklet on the History of the Retired Couples Club covering the period from January 1980 through August 1993 was compiled by Peggy Held, a founding member of the group. The booklet has been copied on a Pdf file in two parts below. If you wish to read the booklet click on the 1st icon below for pages 1 through 13 and for rest click on the 2nd icon.
Summary History of Retired Couples Club
We have been requested by several members of the club to provide a bit of history about the group.After researching the archives we have found some comments that were complied by Peggy Held who was one of the Founding Members.Peggy passed away a few years ago but the comments she left behind will be of interest to you. _________________________________ In mid-1979, about a year after the invasion of Charlotte by IBM from the Binghamton, New York area, a number of "DamnYankees" began to swarm into the area - you know, those from the North and Midwest who come South and never go back.Among those foresighted folk who came to enjoy the "good life" as retirees were Eielene and Marv Hansen from Ohio.
Their daughter Heidi already lived in Charlotte and was a member of the Board of the New Neighbors League (a national organization with the purpose of introducing newcomers to strange areas and making them feel welcome and at home).Eielene and Heidi suddenly realized that these groups are aimed specifically at women, with luncheons, bridge clubs, craft groups, concerns connected with bringing up children, etc.; and nothing had been set up to keep the men folk busy and interested - - and of course that's who were arriving - the retired men.
Through the records of the New Neighbors League, Eielene and Heidi came up with eleven retired couples in the area who agreed that they would definitely be interested in activities designed for men/couples.The first meeting of these couples was a morning "coffee" held on January 9, 1980, at the clubhouse of the Hansens' apartment complex in the Cotswold area, and they became the "charter members" of the "New Neighbors Retired Couples Club":
Peggy and Jerry Brown from New Jersey Eielene and Marv Hansen from Ohio Peggy and Charley Held from New York City Helen and Dick Klavohn from Illinois Elisabeth and Henry Klein from New Jersey7 Ilda and Kelly Kellner from New Jersey Connie and Ed Molesky from Pennsylvania Ginette and Bob Schroth from Massachusetts Irene and Harold Sutton from Pennsylvania Olive and Roger Parkes from Michigan Leo and Virginia Perrin from Michigan It was immediately decided that the format would be to hold a morning coffee at a different home each month for the purpose of getting better acquainted and discussing future plans for the group.Although we came from different backgrounds and careers, we had the common denominator of being "retired" and wondering what to do the all the days ahead - - little did we realize how busy they would become!Virtually every couple in the group has made the same statement: "I don't know how I every had time to work"! Peggy who wrote a 23 page document that goes on to talk about all the activities that the group arranged among them, Dinning-In and Dining-Out, Movie Luncheons, morning coffees, birthday celebrations, overnight trips and events much like we continue to have currently.The group grew to a total of 92 persons by 1990.It was not until that time that ... "a Constitution and By-Law Committee was formed consisting of Joanna and Ted Allen, Phyllis and John Baer, Dottie and Bob Frese, Elsie and Marc Stohl, and chaired by Dolores and John O'Malley.The committee was organized from volunteers at the July 1990 Cedarwood luncheon meeting: and the constitution and by-laws that were drawn up and by them approved at the October 3, 1990 meeting". It is worth noting that Elsie Stohl, Phyllis Baer and John and Dolores O'Malley continue to be active members and among those having been the longest members of the group.