OROVILLE — Oroville's two Rotary Clubs will clean up the grounds and exterior of the Monday Club on Saturday, which is Make a Difference Day.

Volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others on Make a Difference Day, according to http://makeadifferenceday.com/.

Sunrise Rotary and Oroville Noon Rotary have taken on ownership of the historic building.

The clubs formed a nonprofit called the Monday Club Foundation to hold and oversee the historic building at 2385 Montgomery St.

Three Rotarians from each club, one Monday club representative and one community representative comprise the nonprofit's board of directors, said Jack Taylor, representing Sunrise Rotary.

"Our main focus is to revitalize the Monday Club and have programs, not only for the three clubs, but for the whole community," Taylor said.

The groups would like to see large events and celebrations such as weddings at the club, as happened in the past.

David Pittman, president of Noon Rotary, said the two clubs and the Women's Club have worked on the project for about a year.

A group of local women formed the Monday Club in 1910 to provide themselves with an opportunity for friendship, learning, entertainment, community service and fellowship, according to the club's Facebook page.

A board in the front of the building lists the some of original members with names from many founding families.

The building has a kitchen in the back and a stage in the main room.

In the past, Hock's Unlimited performed Vaudeville plays on the stage serving beer and popcorn.

The audience threw popcorn at the actors performing villainous deeds.

Pittman said when he looks at old photo albums of people's weddings, many were at the club.

Through research, Pittman found that the Oroville Power and Light Co. originally owned the building somewhere around 1920.

The company filed bankruptcy after a year and turned the building over to PG&E. Later, PG&E transferred the title to the Monday Club.

"The ladies have taken excellent care of the building for the last 80 years," Pittman said.

Many of the women in the club are getting older, and the building was becoming too much from them to maintain.

The clubs came up with a solution of forming a nonprofit to hold and maintain the building with representatives from all three clubs sitting on the board.

The building is now the home base for both Rotary Clubs.

Saturday, a work group led by Harold Wilson will clean the exterior of the building, trim the shrubs and clean up vegetation on the grounds, Pittman said.

This will be the first project to repair and maintain the building,

"Our goal is to make it a great place for people to use for events and celebrations," Pittman said.

Another idea is to preserve a historic building.

"It's a landmark building in town," Pittman said. "If you know where the Monday Club is, you know where everything else is."

Pittman said there's a lot of history behind the walls of the building.

The women who formed the Monday Club did it to "prove to their husbands that they could have the wash on the line and meet for lunch at noon," according to the club's Facebook page.

"They wanted to provide themselves with an opportunity for friendship, learning, entertainment, community service and fellowship. One hundred and three years later we are still meeting two times a month."

The club meets on the first Monday at noon and the third Monday at 1 p.m.

The women cooked and delivered special Valentine's Day dinners to people's homes, and they sponsored events such as the sock hop, as well as sponsoring charitable projects.

The building sits at the top of a hill behind shrubbery across from the Veteran's Memorial Hall and the site under construction for the Veteran's Memorial Park/Park and Ride.


Reach Mary Weston at 533-4415 or mweston@orovillemr.com.