The Cosmopolitan Club of Aurora held their 95th Anniversary Celebration, during the June 3rd, First Friday Events, in downtown Aurora.
The Aurora Historical Society, 20 E Downer Place, Downtown Aurora, hosted the club’s Anniversary Celebration, which began at 7:30pm.
The program began with opening remarks by Russ George, President of the Cosmopolitan Club of Aurora, who gave a few brief remarks regarding the club’s historical journey, which began on Monday, June 6, 1927, at Masonic Temple, where 65 civic-minded individuals held the club’s Inaugural Banquet, beginning 95 years of continued service to Aurora and it’s surrounding communities.
George went on to say how the Edna Smith Children’s Home, also known as the Juvenile Protective Association, was the club’s first major project that lasted through 1955.
He said beginning in 1954, their major project became the Aurora Historical Society’s, Tanner House Museum, which he stated the cosmo members restored the building and maintained the museum through the 1970’s.
He went on to state that in the late 1970’s, with the incorporation of the Cosmopolitan Diabetes Foundation, all Cosmos made a commitment to join together to fight diabetes, thus becoming “The Club That Fights Diabetes”, and today our club grants thousands of dollars locally for diabetes research, education, providing sponsorships for diabetic children to attend ADA summer camps, hold diabetes awareness events, and help diabetics in obtaining diabetic alert dogs.
Alderman Mike Saville then read and presented a Proclamation from the Office of Mayor Richard C. Irvin, proclaiming Aurora Cosmopolitan Club Day, June 3rd, 2022, in the City of Aurora, Illinois. Alderman Saville congratulated the club on having 95 years of continued service, and the fine work the Cosmos are doing to help diabetics, while supporting continued research to find a cure.
Aurora Cosmo Member, LaVonne Hawking, currently serving as Cosmopolitan International Mid-States Governor, read the Proclamation from Cosmopolitan International, and the letter of congratulations from Cosmopolitan International President Darin Hartman. She also commented on letters received from American Diabetes Association, Ascension Mercy Center for Diabetic Wellness, Rush Copley Diabetes Educational Center, and the UChicago Medicine-Kovler Diabetes Research Center.
Mary Clark Ormond’s remarks included the long time relationship the Cosmos have had with the Aurora Historical Society, along with the wonderful work they do in their fight against diabetes.
President George closed the program with thanking those in attendance, the Aurora Historical Society for use of their facility, John Jaros and staff for putting together our historical display, which will remain for viewing through June, and Caitlin Wilson from Edible Arrangements for serving the “Cosmo Pops”, fruit kabobs.
The Cosmopolitan Club of Aurora has also published a 95th Anniversary Newspaper, highlighting their historical journey, along with a Diabetes Resource Guide, both available free of charge, by email request to: firstname.lastname@example.org