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THE SOROSIS CLUB OF LAKELAND, RG5500, 1908-1986

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Sorosis Club headquarters on Lake Morton

The Sorosis Club was organized in March 1922 when several local women met at the home of Mrs. George Wright. The group decided to call itself the Sorosis Club and elected a temporary slate of officers. The club then elected the following officers at it first annual meeting on May 1, 1922: President, Mrs. William Steitz; 1st Vice President, Mrs. Sneed; 2nd Vice President, Miss Helen Cochran; Recording Secretary, Mrs. D. A. Rogers; Treasurer, Mrs. George Wright; Corresponding Secretary and Historian, Mrs. N. A. Riggins. Twelve members signed the application for a charter from the State of Florida. The group built a clubhouse on Lake Morton in 1928. The building, pictured above, still stands and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The records in this collection document to some extent the activities of the Sorosis Club of Lakeland from its founding in 1922 to its merger with the Women's Club of Lakeland in 1986. There are several gaps in the records, but the materials contained herein provide a comprehensive overview of the club's activities over 60+ year period.

The records are organized into five series as follows: Series I, Subject Files; Series II, Agenda/Minutes; Series III, Financial Records; Series IV, Yearbooks; Series V, Scrapbooks.

Series I, Subject Files, 1908-1986, documents the administrative history of the Sorosis Club and includes annual reports, the Charter and By-laws, certificates, correspondence, photographs, newsletters, a minute book of the Lotus Club (a possible predecessor to the Sorosis Club), and documents relating to the consolidation with the Women's Club to form the United Women's Club of Lakeland, Inc.

Series II, Agenda/Minutes, 1932-1986, consists of the minutes of annual, board and business meeting of the Sorosis Club.

Series III, Financial Records, 1922-1986, contains bankbooks, financial reports, and ledgers documenting the fiscal activities of the Sorosis Club.

Series IV, Yearbooks, 1927-1986, contains the organization's annual publication listing officers, members, committees, and a calendar of events for the year.

Series V, Scrapbooks, 1922-1986, consists of 7 scrapbooks compiled by club members which document the history of the club from its founding in 1922 to its merger with the Women's Club of Lakeland in 1986.