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SLO's Monday Club honors nine life members

Gerry Johnson was one of nine members of the Monday Club of San Luis Obispo who were honored at a luncheon Monday for being with the club for 35 years or more.
Gerry Johnson was one of nine members of the Monday Club of San Luis Obispo who were honored at a luncheon Monday for being with the club for 35 years or more. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Nine women were honored Monday morning as life members of the Monday Club at its luncheon.

One life member, Idabelle Shields, was born before penicillin, credit cards, split atoms and ballpoint pens.

“We got married before we lived together, and we thought fast food was what we ate during Lent,” Shields, 102, said. “Software wasn’t even a word, and you could buy a Chevrolet Coupe for $600, but who could afford that?”

She jokes that being 102 years old has its perks: the investment in health insurance finally pays off and it is safe to share your secrets with friends because they quickly forget them.

Also honored Monday were Sandi Funk, Gail Garris, Gerry Johnson, Sally Koch, Barbara Ormsby, Joan Peterson and Alice Jo Meinhold. Another honoree, Rose Artindale, passed away last year.

All of those honored spent 35 years or more as a member of the club, a longstanding women’s group dedicated to enhancing the civic, social and cultural quality of the San Luis Obispo community.

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