New Century Club donates Georgetown building to IRSD

GEORGETOWN – Indian River School District now owns property in the heart of Georgetown.

The Georgetown New Century Club has donated this building on West Pine Street to the Indian River School District.

The New Century Club has donated its building at 10 West Pine Street in Georgetown to the Indian River School District.

The district officially took ownership of the property following settlement proceedings on July 19.

The building is the former home of the Georgetown Public Library.

More recently it has been utilized as office space for the Sussex County Democratic Party.

The Indian River Board of Education will explore future uses for the property.

Founded in the late 1800s, the New Century Club is one of the first women’s clubs in the United States and is dedicated to social improvement and charity.

From left, Indian River School District Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds Joe Booth; Doris Donahue and Ida Faucett of the Georgetown New Century Club; Karl Haller of Haller & Haller; and Florence Shepherd of the New Century Club.

In a letter to IRSD Director of Business Jan Steele last December, Karl Haller indicated membership in the New Century Club was diminishing in number and the club no longer desires to own the real estate.

The club wished to advance the interests of education in the Indian River School District by giving this piece of real estate to the district, according to the letter from Mr. Haller dated Dec. 5, 2016.

In the press release from IRSD spokesman David Maull, the Indian River School District thanked the New Century Club for its generous donation and the Haller & Hudson law firm for managing the transfer of the property.

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