Sacred Heart Club honors Stanley Stack for 82 years of membership

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Representatives of Sacred Heart Club gathered around Stanley Stack this afternoon, after recognizing him for 82 years of membership. From left are Kathy Hartway and her husband Mike Hartway, past president of Sacred Heart; JT Thomas, vice president; Jim Pinckney, president; and Stack’s great-niece and great-nephew, Nancy and David Bracey.

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 3 September 2022 at 8:59 pm

JT Thomas of the Sacred Heart Club in Medina presents a plaque for 82 years of membership to Stanley Stack, 100, who lives at The Willows.

MEDINA – An organization that started in 1909 honored its longest standing member this afternoon.

Stanley Stack, 100, a lifelong Medina resident who now lives at The Willows, joined Sacred Heart Club when he was 18. He is the only person ever to be a member for 82 years.

Sacred Heart’s past president Mike Hartway presented Stack with a plaque which read, “For 82 years of service and membership.”

Also attending the presentation were Hartway’s wife Kathy, vice president John Thomas, president Jim Pinckney and Stack’s great-niece and great-nephew Nancy and David Bracey.

“We appreciate everything you’ve done for the Club,” Mike Hartway said.

“It’s so nice of you to do this,” Stack replied.

Stack said he and his late wife Mary enjoyed attending the dances at Sacred Heart, although he didn’t know how to dance. He soon learned, however, when Mary was dancing with other men.

Stack was on Sacred Heart’s board at one time. He recalls the bingo games, turkey raffles, Dyngus Day celebrations and Polish picnics.

What he enjoyed most, however, was the weekly euchre games, which went on for more than 50 years until the Covid pandemic hit in March 2020.

“They were started in 1947 to give the guys coming home from the war something to do,” Mike said.

Sacred Heart was formed in 1909 and incorporated in 1927.