History of The Women’s Club of Farmingdale Embroidered Lace Tablecloth
Back in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, club member, and past president, Dorothy Losio, had the idea for a very meaningful and memorable keepsake that would be seen and used often and last through many generations. Her vision was a very large, rectangular, linen tablecloth with the embroidered names of members and past presidents. She measured, cut and sewed linen fabric pieces together, measuring approximately 60 x 120” and then added a border of delicate lace. Her vision continued as members, past presidents and succeeding club presidents autographed their names and, in many cases, the dates of their presidency. The names and dates would then be embroidered in beautiful pastel colors for posterity. Over the years, several members worked on the embroidery, which include, but are not limited to, Dorothy Losio, Dolores Meglio, Madeline Bondietti, Drusilla Brem and Lynn Connolly. Marian Nostrand, who served as president from 1928-30, appears to be the oldest past president signature on the tablecloth. Her daughter-in-law, Vida Nostrand, who was a member since 1963 (56 years), just recently passed. Today, this special keepsake is used at all of our club’s general meetings, promotions, and special events. To protect it, it is always covered with a clear plastic tablecloth. At our general meetings, it has a place of honor at the Board table.