Fortuna Tierra Club History

by Jack and Barbara Rairden

 

The Fortuna Tierra Ladies Club of Log Hill Mesa held the first organizational meeting at the home of Zona Humphrey on Sept. 26, 1970.  The Charter Members were: Gladys Adamson, Agnes Dodenhof, Nellie Flowers, Bea Frenze, Beula Griffith, Zona Humphrey, Alma Knifer, Hilda Maertz, Marian McClaren, Hettie McLaughlin, Mildred Moon, Irene Nuckolls, Ruth Stanford, Vera Thayer, and Mina Voss.

At this meeting, officers were elected; monthly meetings were to be held on the first Tuesday of each month at the home of a member with a co-hostess.  Dues were optional, but not more than 10 cents/month.  Members were to contribute one cent for each year of their birthday and wedding anniversary on that month.

The name of the club was selected by the members based upon the name of the La Tierra ditch that flows from Horsefly Creek to water the fields in northern Log Hill Mesa.  The club members shared ideas, crafts, and recipes and gave help where it was needed in the community.

That tradition of community service continues to this day.  Their current Mission Statement reads:  "Fortuna Tierra Club is a women's club organized to promote neighbors coming together to give aid and support when needed and raise funds for local philanthropic endeavors."

In 1976, a group of residents from the growing community on Log Hill Mesa (LHM) met to discuss the establishment of a volunteer fire department.  Many Fortuna Tierra Club (FTC) members and their spouses were present at that meeting. It seems to have been more than mere coincidence that this action followed only a few years after the founding of the FTC.

A non-profit corporation was formed after that meeting which was named: The Log Hill Volunteer Fire Department.  The men of the community were to be responsible for building a fire station and equipping it with firefighting equipment.  The women of the community, including many FTC members, formed a Ladies Auxiliary to raise funds for the endeavor - there was no taxpayer support until after the Log Hill Mesa Fire Protection District was established in 1979.

The fund-raisers were almost never-ending; they included dinners, ice cream socials, dances, raffles, donation drives, bingo parties, etc.  Along with financial contributions from the FTC, these efforts were ultimately successful.  To this day, the FTC makes monetary donations to support the fire department and many members contribute their time to assist in the fund-raising efforts of the LHVFD.

Other major efforts of the FTC include: sponsorship of the annual Log Hill picnic that is open to all residents; fund-raisers such as the annual bazaar for many years and more recently garden parties and home open-houses; scholarship awards are given to worthy Ridgway High School seniors; school supplies drives for Ridgway students.  The FTC also supports the Second Chance Humane Society and the San Juan Therapeutic Riding Program.

Each year at their March meeting, the FTC honors their Golden Age Members (70 years and older).  They each are given a special invitation and are contacted to be sure they have transportation to the meeting and that any other special needs are provided.

Eligibility for membership in the FTC shall include all existing and past members: former, current, and future residents of Log Hill and the immediate vicinity or an immediate member of an active member’s family. Click here to see a list of past Fortuna Club Presidents.

  • Log Hill picnic at the cabin field on the Thomas Ranch. 2004
    Log Hill picnic at the cabin field on the Thomas Ranch. 2004
  • Log Hill Picnic, 2007
    Log Hill Picnic, 2007
  • The 2007 garden party fund-raiser was held at the beautiful Weaver home on Log Hill Mesa
    The 2007 garden party fund-raiser was held at the beautiful Weaver home on Log Hill Mesa
  • The Weaver home on Log Hill Mesa at the 2007 garden party fund-raiser
    The Weaver home on Log Hill Mesa at the 2007 garden party fund-raiser
  • Mina and Bob Voss with Mina's grandson, Mike Hayward, at the picnic. 2004
    Mina and Bob Voss with Mina's grandson, Mike Hayward, at the picnic. 2004
  • Hank Frenze with family and friends at the Log Hill picnic in Fire Station #1. 2007
    Hank Frenze with family and friends at the Log Hill picnic in Fire Station #1. 2007
  • Golden Age members are honored at the March 2005 meeting hosted by Susan Watson at her Fairway Pines home.
    Golden Age members are honored at the March 2005 meeting hosted by Susan Watson at her Fairway Pines home.
  • The honorees in the foreground of the photo to the left above are, left to right: Mildred Mood, Jeanne Logan (partially hidden), Mina Voss, Nellie Flowers.  Betty DeVeny was unable to attend due to illness.
    The honorees in the foreground of the photo to the left above are, left to right: Mildred Mood, Jeanne Logan (partially hidden), Mina Voss, Nellie Flowers. Betty DeVeny was unable to attend due to illness.
  • Sign board built by the FTC in the early years when it was difficult to find people's homes.  Located at the CR #1 /CR #22 "wye".
    Sign board built by the FTC in the early years when it was difficult to find people's homes. Located at the CR #1 /CR #22 "wye".
  • Mina Voss, Club President, 1974
    Mina Voss, Club President, 1974
  • Back standing - Bea Frenze, Mildred Silers, Aunt Hilda, Gladys West, Cordie Tobin, Zona Humphrey, Nell Proper, Hettie McLaughlin, Nellie Flowers. Seated back L to R: Gayle Voss Rettman, Beulah Griffith, Vera Thayer.  Seated front L to R: Mildred Moon, Gladys Adamson, Billie Calloway, Ruth Stanford.
    FTC members in the early 1970's. Back standing - Bea Frenze, Mildred Silers, Aunt Hilda, Gladys West, Cordie Tobin, Zona Humphrey, Nell Proper, Hettie McLaughlin, Nellie Flowers. Seated back L to R: Gayle Voss Rettman, Beulah Griffith, Vera Thayer. Seated front L to R: Mildred Moon, Gladys Adamson, Billie Calloway, Ruth Stanford.
  • First Log Hill picnic in the Flowers' pasture, Mina Voss at the far left and Bob Voss in the foreground center, 1976
    First Log Hill picnic in the Flowers' pasture, Mina Voss at the far left and Bob Voss in the foreground center, 1976
  • FTC members at McBride Cabin at Blue Mesa Lakes. Back: Grandma McBride, Iona Sims, Hettie McLaughlin, Cordie Tobin, Jeanne Logan. Front: Nancy Brown, Billie Calloway, Mina Voss, Bea Frenze
    FTC members at McBride Cabin at Blue Mesa Lakes. Back: Grandma McBride, Iona Sims, Hettie McLaughlin, Cordie Tobin, Jeanne Logan. Front: Nancy Brown, Billie Calloway, Mina Voss, Bea Frenze

 

Read more about the Fortuna Tierra Club at: www.fortunatierra.com.

 

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