For more than 90 years the Little Falls Civic Club — an organization of mostly Little Falls people who live and work in city — has been an ongoing force in the community.
Since its inception, the club has sought to take an active interest in humanitarian and civic affairs by lending aid to movements tending to make Little Falls a better place in which to live and do business, and to provide a medium for the exchange of ideas on matters of interest to the community.
Its history includes addressing such matters as educational and traffic issues, industrial development and urban renewal, as well as the presentation of more than $72,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors in memory of Arnold R. Blumberg, a charter member of the club.
Once boasting a membership of more than 100 representatives of manufacturing, merchandising, the professions, religion, education and city and hospital administrations, times have changed.
“Ideas of participating in clubs and organizations when there are so many other demands on an individual’s time have become almost passé. We’re not the only organization having trouble. If reports are true almost all community groups are experiencing problems in one way or another,” said civic club Secretary Gary Van Veghten in an email. “We’ve lost two corporate members and may lose a third. Several potential new members never materialized. We’re now down to under 20 members, of those we only average about 12 at any one meeting.”
With diminishing members and diminishing resources, the club’s membership will meet Thursday afternoon to discuss the future of the organization, which could include continuing on as is, putting the club in a state of limbo, meeting once or twice a year to conduct business, or disbanding.
Were the members to decide to put in the club in limbo, Van Veghten said the membership would be kept current of any business via email and financial matters, including the presentation of the club’s annual scholarships and any donations, would be considered via email or at a meeting. “As always, any member could make proposals, suggestions or introduce new ideas via email,” he said.
Operating without a president or vice president, Van Veghten said he and Kathy Doxtader would continue to serve in their current positions to administer club business, if chosen to do so.
Thursday’s meeting, said Van Veghten, will be a business meeting with no speaker.
“We will have plenty of time for any and all discussion,” he said, adding he hopes someone has a “better idea, a better direction” to save “this meaningful, wonderful, historic” organization from perishing. “All input is welcomed and necessary to make a properly considered decision.”
The Nov. 15 meeting will begin at noon at the Knights Inn of Little Falls.