NEW ULM - Turner Ladies recognized long-time members at the group's meeting on Wednesday.
Carol Minnick achieved the 50-year membership mark. Mary McClellan, who could not be at the meeting, was also honored for 50 years as a Turner Lady.
"It's not just the cooking we do. We try to help in any way we can to keep Turner Hall going," said former president Carol Steinhaus about the Turner Ladies.
Steinhaus, who was honored for over 40 years of membership, described the activities of the volunteer group.
"We host banquets, do fund-raisers, work the brat stand and basically help in any department at Turner Hall," Steinhaus said.
Currently, the group consists of about 125 members, including President Carol Cooper and 11 committees, but the ladies are constantly looking for new members.
"We used to recognize our honorees at a certain age only, but we changed that because it was not fair concerning the other ones who had helped for many years but not reached this particular age," Steinhaus said.
Living up to that decision, 17 women received a certificate of achievement for 25, 30, 40 and even 50 years of membership.
The honorees received a gift card, flowers and a certificate of achievement
Minnick, who is 80 years old, had not expected to be recognized at the meeting. She joined the group at the age of 30.
"My children were in a complimentary gym program at Turner Hall, and so I joined the Turner Ladies to pay them back," said Minnick.
For her, getting together with all the other women has been the best part of being a Turner Lady. She still volunteers once in a while.
Cooper thanked the loyal members of Turner Ladies. "Without your dedication, it would be hard to keep things running," she said.