Cayce honors Woman’s Club for 80 years, museum director lauded

Cayce Mayor Elis Partin with the Cayce Woman’s Club and Cayce Council members Skip Jenkins, Eva Corley and Tara Almond.

By Karamie Sullivan

There were a few special people who were recognized at the Cayce City Council meeting Tuesday night.

Mayor Elise Partin and city council wanted to address this group for their service to the community.

We are excited to consider a resolution recognizing the Woman’s Club on their 80th anniversary,” said Partin.

After the motion was approved, the Woman’s Club members were asked to come up to the front of council chambers.

Partin spoke on the history of the club, and their involvement in the City of Cayce. The club was founded in 1937, and in 1939 land was donated to their group, according to Partin. Then in 1940, 34 members of the club authorized a bank note of $1,000 to build a club house.

Since then, the club house has been in continuous use serving as a focal point of the community,” Partin said. The Woman’s Club also established the Cayce-West Columbia Library in 1949. “My children have grown up loving the library. My son has volunteered there many years now,” she said. Partin then congratulated the women of the club, and expressed council’s heartfelt appreciation to them.

A salute the the Woman’s Club was not all for council.

The former director of the Cayce Historical Museum was acknowledged for his recent retirement. Leo Redmond worked at the museum for 23 years. Although he was not present at the meeting, he was still recognized for his vast historical knowledge of Cayce.

Leo was born in Cayce and is a lifelong resident,” Partin said. “He was one of the founders who built the museum and donated it in 1991. Then he began working there in 1994.”

Partin also mentioned that his diligent work to maintain the museum for educational purposes is something the city’s residents can be proud of. Current Director Jerry Kirkland was present on behalf of the museum.