It makes no difference where a person lives if they know how to live well. And for those who know how to live well it is a gift to share.
Members of the Cedaredge Women's Literary Club shared the gift of gracious living for the 65th consecutive year with graduating seniors of Cedaredge High School on May 4 at the Stolte Shed during the annual Senior Tea.
The gathering was a relaxed and fun luncheon celebrating achievement and looking to the future.
The club members' good china was brought out and tea was served in elegantly decorated cups from hand painted tea pots.
The 25 young women guests enjoyed dainty sandwiches, fresh fruit in champagne glasses and small portions of various sweets by members of the club who prepared the buffet offerings themselves.
Guest speaker was former Cedaredge mayor Pat Means. She encouraged the graduating ladies to be unafraid to follow their paths in life, and to tap into "the power of one."
Each of the club's guests spoke about their future plans. Next steps in life and ultimate goals included going into the Navy, attending college, and the pursuit of various career paths. Career intentions included engineering, nursing, teaching, business, emergency medicine, neuroscience, environmental science, elementary education, graphic design and marketing.
The Cedaredge Women's Literary Club was founded 106 years ago, noted emcee Lynette Reed. The club began by sponsoring the town's first library and hiring high school girls for various clerical jobs.
In keeping with that tradition, there was a table of books "by women and about women" for the graduates to choose from as graduation gifts from the club. There were also book marks for the graduates made by local photographer D.Ann Schweitert that had photographs of Cedaredge for them to keep as a remembrance of high school days and friendships wherever their future travels may take them.