"It was a social opportunity, it was an educational opportunity," Sweeney Smith said.

According to Becky McNamara, a past president of the club who joined in 1957, the club was primarily focused on helping neighbors and solving problems in the area.

"They were interested in things in the community," McNamara, a Catonsville resident.

One of the biggest projects was leading a revitalization movement on Frederick Road during the 1960s and 1970s. At that time, Frederick Road was somewhat run down and dilapidated.

"It wasn't a place you would bring a business," Sweeney Smith said.

Members traveled up and down Frederick Road picking up trash, building parks and putting up planters filled with eye-catching flowers to beautify the area.

"We contacted the owners of the buildings and tried to get them to improve," McNamara said.

The club led a second round of beautification in the late 1990s, this time working with other members of the community in taking out telephone poles and taxing business owners who wouldn't improve their storefronts.

However, the most recent revitalization looked a bit different than the first.

"They did it in Chanel suits," said Sweeney Smith, who joined the effort as a volunteer. "We did it in T-shirts and jeans."

The club owned and maintained a consignment shop on Frederick Road for many years. Sales helped finance many of the group's community efforts.

"We worked hard, believe me," McNamara said.

Even after the clubhouse burned down in 1979, the club was able to recover and construct the building that stands today on St. Timothy's Lane, off Frederick Road.

"We enjoyed doing what we did," McNamara said.

Rachel Fink, a two-time club president, said the joy came from more than just accomplishing a goal.

"A lot of the enjoyment came from working with the people," Fink said.

The ladies of the club will be honored by the community this summer's during Catonsville's annual patriotic celebration.

Some women will walk carrying banners while others will ride in a float with signs displaying some of the group's achievements.

Now, the club is "back to square one," said McNamara.

Though the have officially disbanded, some of the members still meet as a small book club, exactly the way the club was starts 80 years ago.