Resolution J3139-2013

Commemorating the Centennial observance of the Onesiphorai Reading Club of Franklin, New York



  • Jun 4, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 30, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the Centennial observance of the
Onesiphorai Reading Club of Franklin, New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize  and  pay
tribute to those organizations of high purpose and worthy accomplishment
whose  endeavors  have  faithfully served the welfare of the citizens of
the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is  justly  proud  to  commemorate  the
100th Anniversary of the Onesiphorai Reading Club of Franklin, New York,
to be celebrated on Thursday, June 20, 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  Formed on February 20, 1913, by a group of 14 women who came
together for the purpose of organizing a literary and social  club,  the
object  being  first  to  read and encourage reading of good literature,
history, travel, science, current events and fiction; the group  was  to
also promote sociability among its members; and
  WHEREAS,  The  club's  name, Onesiphorai, meaning profitable, helpful,
all working together from a Greek basis, was adopted at the third  meet-
ing on March 13, 1913; the club has had meetings held continuously since
its  inception  every other Thursday afternoon at members' homes; during
the meeting, members read  aloud  from  fiction  and  nonfiction  books,
discuss current events, and enjoy homemade desserts; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Onesiphorai  Club  currently  has 16 active members and
besides reading also carries out many small projects for the benefit  of
the  community;  an  annual  scholarship  prize is awarded to a Franklin
student in social studies; contributions for special books are given  to
the  Franklin  Free  Library as well as donating books in memory of club
members; during the holidays, gifts are given to families  and  children
in need; and
  WHEREAS,  An  asset  to humanity, Onesiphorai members have helped with
many projects to benefit the Franklin community and beyond;  during  the
"World  Wars"  they  sewed  and knitted for the Red Cross and helped the
Daughters of the American Revolution  erect  monuments  commemorating  a
local  treaty  between  Sluman  Wattles  and the Native Americans and in
memory of Revolutionary soldiers buried in Franklin; and
  WHEREAS, The Onesiphorai Reading Club of Franklin, New York's  distin-
guished  record  merits  the  recognition and respectful tribute of this
Legislative Body; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the Centennial of the Onesiphorai Reading Club of Franklin,
New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Onesiphorai Reading Club of Franklin, New York.


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