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Mayor, City Manager Address Womens Club
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The Riverbank Federated Womens Club celebrated 50 years at its monthly meeting this past week. Club President Marilyn McRitchie, right, and the remaining charter member, 94-year-old Ruth Ethier, left, prepare to cut a cake to celebrate the milestone at the close of the meeting at the Scout Hall. Ric McGinnis/The News

The Riverbank Federated Women’s Club recently heard a presentation from Mayor Richard O’Brien and City Manager Sean Scully at their February meeting.

Usually, the club receives a sort of ‘preview’ prior to his State of the City event. This year, scheduling difficulties forced the meetings to come in the reverse order.

And where, at the State of the City, the mayor makes a presentation that lets the public know what he thinks is the direction the city is headed, last week, both O’Brien and Scully fielded questions from topics ranging from the business climate in town, to possible future annexations to the city, to the route the remainder of the north county corridor might take.

Among other subjects discussed, the mayor and Scully spoke about how the city might implement use of funds that come to the city from the passage of county Measure ‘L.’ The additional tax money it raises is to be divided among local governments to be used for improvement of streets and roadways.

For 50 years, the Women’s Club has provided support for a variety of community services, from scholarships for students interested in advancing their education, to funding improvements in programs and facilities around town.

At the end of last week’s meeting, the club celebrated its 50-year anniversary with cake, cut up by charter member Ruth Ethier, who, along with the rest of the club, was recognized at a recent City Council meeting.

Those interested in more information about the Federated Women’s Club are invited to call President Marilyn McRitchie at 869-1760.

The club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Scout Hall on High Street, next to the City Corporation Yard. Meetings are held from fall through spring, then they take the summer off.