Lakata Cllub Celebrates 70 Years

DAYTON April 17, 2018 ⎯ The Lakata Club of Dayton celebrated their 70th birthday with a luncheon and day at the beach.  Mrs. Karen Arnold hosted the luncheon with the assistance of Mrs. Betty Tankersley.  Mrs. Barbara Harris, a charter member, and twelve other ladies enjoyed the day.

Lakata Club of Dayton was organized in 1947 by the Woman’s Club of Dayton.  In 1948 the organization became federated with the Texas and General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Mrs. Katie Griffitts served as chairman of the committee that established the Lakata Club and acted as an advisor for several years.  In appreciation of her outstanding devotion the club was named for her.

Over the last 70 years the organization has been active in aiding the Jones Library, donating and helping the Dayton Volunteer Fire Department at Thanksgiving and Christmas, Brown Bag School Program, Dayton Public School libraries, city parks, and many other community programs.  In 1954, the club reached out to other ladies of the community and established Lambda Alpha Sigma Woman’s Club.

A long-time endeavor has been the Lakata Club Scholarship.  This process began back in the early 1950s, when the club held a “Smorgasbord” to raise money for a scholarship.  In 1970 the club gave their first scholarship and as of today, 57 scholarships have been awarded to Dayton High School graduates. 

Lakata Club meets the first Tuesday of the month and continues to serve the community.


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