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Abilene book club ends over lack of members

Published On: Apr 08 2013 08:04:43 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 08 2013 08:05:43 AM CDT

ABILENE, Texas (AP) -

A 121-year-old West Texas book club that broadened its scope from literature to social and women's issues is disbanding because of a lack of members.
    
The XXI Club's bylaws require 21 members. That's because most homes that hosted meetings were only big enough for 21 people when the club was founded in 1892.
    
The Abilene club's president, Betsy Clark, said the aging members have died or become too ill to participate. Some of the four active members said young people aren't joining because they don't want to give a 30-minute book report or do other formal activities.
    
The XXI Club and two other women's groups formed the City Federation of Women's Clubs. In 1899 the federation established Abilene's first public library.