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Unique club in Morgan has given women the opportunity to serve for six decades

Feb 09, 2023 10:29AM ● By Verlene Johnson

Over 60 years ago, when Shirley Tucker, LuJean Francis, Pat Peterson, Enid Wilde and Rae Dell Giles wanted to serve the community and enjoy friendships, they formed a club. While the name has changed over the years, the original bylaws have remained the same for the Tykonis Women’s Club. “The object of this group shall be to coordinate and maintain an organization of women in the county of Morgan for the purpose of educational, social and civic advancement and achievement and to cooperate in the activities of the community.” The word Tykonis is a Greek word that is used as a friendly greeting.

Through the years, many women in the community have been part of this club and Sally Little, a current member of the group, said anyone is welcome to join by calling Jill Judd, the president of Tykonis Club, at 801-791-0689.

Through fundraising, the Tykonis Club donates not only locally to parks and schools, lap quilts for the senior center, fleece hats and scarfs for children and books to the library, but they also donate to hospitals and women’s shelters along with many more causes over the years.

Some of the bigger events these women participate in here in Morgan are hosting a Senior Tea for the graduating senior girls and their mothers, decorating a beautiful Christmas Tree that was donated to the Home Town Christmas Event in December and serving refreshments at the Morgan Community Choir Christmas Concert.

Although the pandemic kept them from meeting in person for a while, Little said the members kept in contact through group text messages and secret gifts delivered to each other at Christmas time. “A desire to gather together and resume the Tykonis tradition has brought the group together once again.”

The Tykonis Club will be hosting an upcoming dinner for the senior citizens of Morgan held on Feb.15 at 5 p.m. at the Morgan Senior Center. Those senior citizens who wish to attend are asked to RSVP by calling the center at 801-845-4040 by Monday, Feb 13.

“The Tykonis Women’s Group is committed to helping our community with service and providing an opportunity to meet new people and have fun as they continue the purpose of this club,” says Little.

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