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SHELBY – On a summer day in 1968, 30 people gathered in Shelby’s Seltzer Park. After a covered dish dinner, they “enjoyed a discussion on the possibility of forming a Democratic club in the Shelby area.”

Now in 2019, the Shelby Area Democratic Club is celebrating the 51st anniversary of its founding.

Club officers, members, and guests will gather on Thursday, Aug. 15 for a gala potluck-dinner celebration. The event will take place at the Girl Scout Little House on Parkwood Drive at 5:30 p.m.

During the program, someone will be inducted into the “Most Faithful Order of the Brass Donkey.” The event will conclude with a silent auction of political memorabilia and other items.

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As is true for all club events, the celebration is open to all area Democrats and persons of good will. Especially invited are those feel challenged by the current political climate throughout the nation.

Those interested in attending should bring their favorite potluck dishes. The club will provide plates, cutlery, and beverages. Silent auction items are welcome, too.