115 Years and Going Strong

Standard Club Annual Event April 3rd from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm

The Standard Club will hold its annual fundraiser on April 3rd at the Gilbreath Memorial Library. This year’s party theme will be “A Texas Roundup” and will take place at the Library, located at 916 North Main Street, from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM. The beautiful mural pictured above is by Ivan Roque. It is located on the south side of the library.

Come out to the library and enjoy savory and sweet refreshments and participate in our silent-auction with local artists works, Winnsboro business gift certificates and merchandise items, and a special 2-night/2-person stay, and a round of golf at The Lodge Resort, Spa, and Golf Course in Cloudcroft, New Mexico.

Come place your bid on some of our auction items and enjoy seeing what is inside YOUR local library. It will be a good lunch break on a Wednesday and has been an important benefit for our hometown for 115 years.

Standard Club 115 Years of History

Many individuals have participated throughout the years and have supported the library. Recognize any faces?

Not many things in Winnsboro have been going on for 115 years; however, the Standard Club of Winnsboro, our town’s oldest, continuous service organization, will be celebrating their 115th year of giving a benefit party annually to support, update, and maintain the Gilbreath library.

Originally organized in 1901, the Standard Club met each week with men and women in order to increase their knowledge and understanding of literature, art, history, and world geography. In 1904, it evolved into a study club for women only. Since 1910, the Club’s continuing project has been the support of the public library. Andrew Carnegie had donated $10,000 for a library in Winnsboro with the stipulation that the money be spent for a building only, and that the city would be wholly responsible for its support. However, when the library was ready to open in 1910, the city was able to provide only a desk, chairs, and a few bookshelves.

The Standard Club assumed the responsibility of appointing a librarian and paying her salary, as well as providing books and campaigning for donations of cash and books. A small amount of cash and some worn-out books were collected, and the library opened with fewer than 200 volumes. Each year since that time, the Club has sponsored a money-raising project with all proceeds donated to benefit the library. Today, the city has the Gilbreath Memorial Library, built in 1987, with more than 25,000 books, videos, audio books on tape, large print books, and public internet access.

The Standard Club as been very instrumental in supporting updates and general maintenance of the library. The Club also participates in community improvement programs, including the addition of Kate Park, an outdoor area just south of the library, support for our local chapter of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and volunteering in serving our Winnsboro Center for the Arts Annual Festival of Books. Additionally, we assist in furnishing Christmas gifts for the Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center.

Standard Club Annual Event Auction Items

Cloudcroft Hotel, New Mexico A Night for Two and a Round of Golf

Established in 1899, this mountain retreat is 9.000 feet above sea level. The likes of Gilbert Roland, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, and Poncho Villa have all stayed under its roof. Rebecca’s Restaurant is a local favorite, and the bar was once owned by Al Capone. The item includes a night for 2 with a round of golf.

Sleeping Beauty Turquiose and Silver Pistol Earrings by Mary Geisler

Texas Icon Painting by Tracy Hopkins

Tracy Hopkins retired to Winnsboro, Texas, following a 40-year career in advertising and marketing. In 2017, she was encouraged to pick up a paint brush and explore oil painting. She has been happily painting portraits, animals, and landscaping since then.

Paint & Sip Party of 2 by Brenda Roberts

Above is a sample from a previous class

Brenda is an icon in the Winnsboro art scene.  She is a prolific pottery artist and painter and has contributed to the growth of art in Winnsboro with a steady passion. 

Enjoy a Paint & Sip Party at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts with instructor Brenda Roberts. This is for a party of 2 on either April 19th or May 10th.   The parties are for beginners or experienced artists alike.

Western Artwork by Margit Iguchi

The Western Artwork by Margit Iguchi is a painting in progress and will be shown prior to the Annual event at the Gilbreath Memorial Library. 

Margit’s painting career began in California.  She continued her painting in New Orleans, Houston, and Winnsboro.  Margit specializes in acrylics, and her beautiful, realistic paintings with their vibrancy and detail, reside in many private collections.  The Standard Club and the Library have both benefited from her talents.  Check out the animal mural in the Children’s Room.

Lighthouses by Pauline Phillips

Pauline Phillips spent four years in the Philippines and Guam.  While she was there, she became interested in art.  After taking various art classes, she found her niche in ceramics.  Her two light house pieces were painted with acrylics after being kiln fired.  Pauline has continued her art interests in Winnsboro at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts through painting classes.

White Buffalo Painting by Efton Edwards

After graduating from Texas Wesleyan University, Efton spent six years working for M. Grumbacher Art Supplies.  His lifelong interest in art was cultivated by his father, uncle and grandmother who were all artists.  Efton took art lessons at the University of Texas and TCJC as well as private lessons at the Fort Worth Museum. 

He works in various mediums – oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastels.  After retiring from postal service, he began teaching art at Franklin County Art Association and the Winnsboro Center for the Arts.

Additional Auction items.

Tickets for two for On Golden Pond play at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts.  Saturday, May 18th evening Performance

Planter and Garden Gloves from Tractor Supply

$100 Gift Certficate from Hornbuckles

Guys ‘N Gals haircut and style by Cindy

Gift Certificate from Vanora Studio

Sponsors for the Annual Event

First National Bank of Winnsboro

Alexander’s Meat Market

Z’s Main Street

Winnsboro Hardware

First United Methodist Church

Edward Jones Will Harrison


Winnsboro Boot Company

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