From the History of the Thursday Study Club, 1914-1984, we can learn what this club did for Plano. “In 1914, a group of young women, realizing the need for intellectual growth and aesthetic development, met in the home of Miss Vivian Gulledge and organized the first literary club in Plano. They named it The Thursday Study Club. They were all educated young ladies, and they wanted to keep informed.” They also organized a Junior Thursday Study Club for their daughters and friends in high school. They continuously functioned except for a short time during WWII – October 1944 to April 1945. They disbanded for that time to help the Red Cross and serve as Aides in the hospital. During 1942 they helped to make 529 garments, 400-500 knitted sweaters and other articles of clothing, gathered 114 lbs of rayon and nylon hose, 40 tons of scrap medal, and make surgical dressings for the Red Cross.
Some of the Club’s major projects have been to help clean and replant at Old Plano Cemetery; Contribute $100 to the Haggard Park; Contribute $100 to TFWC Club House; Gave $100 to Plano Youth Center; Gave $100 to the Public Library; Gave books to the Plano High School and Public Libraries; and so much more. The Club had their final meeting on May 9, 2002. They contributed their minutes, yearbooks, and other materials to the Genealogy Center of the Plano Public Library System. The items are available to view at the Collin County Images online.
Many women’s groups have been established in Plano throughout its history. Many groups were centered around the churches. There were social groups such as the ’05 Club which met for a study hour and an hour of recreation; the Mothers’ Club which led to Parent Teacher Association; Book clubs; Priscilla Club for fancy needlework and social activities; a Girls Knitting Club; the Bethany Canning Club; the Bridge Club; Order of the Eastern Star; Rejebian Book Club; Plano Garden Club; and the list goes on.