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ince March is Women’s

History month Alpha

Literary and Improve-

ment Club in Lompoc will be

celebrating “their story,” at

their monthly luncheon meet-

ing on March 18.

For those of you who aren’t

familiar Alpha Club has been

around for 122 years here in

Lompoc. The Club started in

1898 as the “Harmony Club,”

Our club house is located at

704 East Ocean Avenue. It was

built by the club and opened

for business in 1933; it’s 87

years old! We had a mural that

tells our story, painted on the

west side of the house in 2007.

2020 is very special. Women

will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment that gave us the right to vote. Al-

pha Club had a special connection to the Women’s Suffrage movement. As a member of the General Federation of

Women’s Clubs, Alpha like most women’s clubs started after the civil war and was interested in getting the vote in

order to have more influence in a changing world. Before women got the vote we were denied some of the basic

rights enjoyed by male citizens. For example, married women couldn’t own property and had no legal claim to any

money they might earn, and no female had the right to vote. Women were expected to focus on housework and

motherhood, not politics.

General Federation Women’s Club’s women were interested in improving themselves so that they would better

understand how our country worked as compared to other countries, and how our politics worked as they wanted to

vote as informed citizens. Members decided to join the California State Federation, after its organization in 1900,

and are Charter members. They changed their name to Alpha Literary Club. In 1904 the Club joined the General

Federation and changed their club name yet again to Alpha Literary and Improvement Club.

At first the founding club members met in each other’s homes and later the Odd Fellows hall. One job the club

took on in 1900, was to establish a library for the club in a small rented building which was for members only.

The Lompoc Vision

“Good News You Can Use.”


Women’s History Month

by Mary Lou Parks

16th Annual Lompoc Empty Bowls Fundraiser Supports Food and Nutrition Education

for Those Facing Hunger


oodbank provided nearly 1.5 million pounds of food and served 50% of Lompoc resi-

dents in 2019. The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County will host the 16th Annual Lom-

poc Empty Bowls fundraiser on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 11:30am and 12:30pm

at the Dick DeWees Senior & Community Center at 1120 W. Ocean Ave, Lompoc, 93436.

For a donation of $25, attendees select a unique ceramic bowl, enjoy a simple meal of gour-

met soup and bread, and take the

bowl home as a reminder of the

meal’s purpose: to provide food to

hungry people in the Lompoc community.

Lompoc Empty Bowls raises funds to help the Food-

bank address hunger in Lompoc with healthy groceries

and fresh produce along with nutrition education and


Lompoc is identified as a high-need community for

food insecurity and hunger. Last year, 50% of Lompoc

residents participated in Foodbank programs and dis-

tributions; 28,436 unduplicated individuals received

1,431,410 pounds of food, of which half was fresh pro-


A wide variety of soups, including vegetarian and

16th Annual Lompoc Empty Bowls

They built up a large supply of books over the years. By

1907 Alpha opened their small library to the public and

in 1911 after acquiring a piece of property on the corner

of “H” & Cypress and a Carnegie Grant they were re-

sponsible for building the first public library in Lompoc

and supplying all those books. Four years later when it

was ready, Alpha held their meetings in the basement of

the Library until 1933.

Alpha Club has always worked hard to raise money by

holding many different fund raisers for our city’s non-

profit programs. Alpha put on the flower Show for 91

years as part of the Flower Festival. Currently, we have

a Fashion Show fundraiser in November and a lovely

Garden Tour & Tea every May.

If you are interested in joining Alpha Club and keep-

ing this historical, enjoyable group going into the future

please call our Membership Chair: Evelyn Baxter: 805-


If you are interested in reading more about Lompoc

women’s history read: HerStory available at the Library

or on Amazon, written by Mary Lou Parks a member of

Alpha Club.

vegan options, are being donated this year courtesy of

Alfie’s Fish & Chips, Mi Amore, Sissy’s Uptown Café,

Tom’s Burgers, Wild West Pizza, Lompoc Valley Medi-

cal Center, Allan Hancock College Culinary Program,

Cajun Kitchen, and so many more!

Bowls and soups will be replenished throughout the

entirety of the event.

In addition to gourmet soups, artistic bowls and com-

munity togetherness, attendees can purchase raffle tick-

ets for a chance to win a variety of prizes donated by

local businesses. Raffle tickets cost $5 for six tickets or

$20 for 25 tickets.

Lompoc Empty Bowls is the only Foodbank fundrais-

ing event held annually in Lompoc, offering a unique

opportunity for North County residents to help end hun-

ger and improve the health of the community. The suc-

cess of Empty Bowls depends on the support of local

ceramic artists, restaurants that provide soup donations,

and contributors to the raffle extravaganza.

Tickets are now available online at

or by calling (805) 967-5741,

ext. 306. Tickets will also be available at the door, while

supplies last.