This appeared in the 2018 Garden Party program.
The name “Cordelian” has a meaning of social, educational, charitable and creative; looking deeper into its language roots, the “cor” has a meaning of “heart” in Latin. That’s where we get words like “cordial” and “encourage,” and the word “Cordelian” is completely appropriate to describe our local ladies’ organization that has supported our hospital and nursing home with such warmth and generosity since our very beginnings.
The Cordelian Club formed in 1937 by a group of local women in business, who had to be under 30 years old. That early requirement has changed, and today the club is proud to have members ranging from their 30s into their 70s.
This group meets monthly to gather and learn, and also to plan their major, annual event, the Dance.
This fundraising event has a long history as a popular tradition in Springville. With contributions to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home that range in the tens of thousands of dollars, this group has been a part of the facility’s major renovations and significant equipment purchases over the years.
Once a year, current Cordelian members have the opportunity to present names to be considered for membership, and are accepted with the expectation that they will continue the strong foundation of friendship, fun and community on which the group is built.
The Cordelian Club also gives a $100 savings bond each year to an outstanding SGI high school student, and an annual gift to the Girl Scouts of America in Springville. Their actions represent a true community spirit and love for their neighbors.
2017-2018 season officers:
President: Kelly Baker
VP and Dance Chair: Kathy Goodrow
Treasurer: Kelly Sanders
Corresponding Secretary: Joell Runge
Parliamentarian: Amy Wnuk