Club Minutes: Mutual Improvement Association, 1927

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Rose Gilpin, who we are glad to have as a member of the Association, read and showed pictures of the wonderful flowers and plants at Mr. De Pont's. Question: When is the best time to move 8 or 9 year - old Hydrangeas? Answer - Good time any time.

Mary Tilton gave the report of the Social Service meeting in Rockville at which Dr. Bird, stated that Montgomery Co. is doing the best work of any of the counties who have Social Service.

Miss Mary Gilpin and Estelle Moore had no sentiments. We are happy to have Mrs. Moore with us again.

Marianna Miller not being present to read the old minutes the minutes of the first Association at Sherwood in 1857 were read and extraxts read from an address by the President of the General Federation proving that the Association is not the oldest women's club but the seventh.

The guest present were, Mrs. Alcock, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Hax, Mrs. Farquhar, and Mrs. Howard.

It not being clear in the minds of some of us, it was decided to serve lunch promptly at 12:30.

Adjourned.

E. B. Green, Sec'y, Pro tem.

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THE MAPLES December 1st, 1927 845th Meeting.

A beautiful day, much cooler than we have had for some time, gave an added zest to our pleasure in meeting at The Maples with Mrs. Nichols.

After our delicious luncheon most attractively served, we had a social time till called to order at 2 o'clock.

Both sets of minutes were read, and adopted. Treasurer's report read and approved, and announcement made of next place of meeting, Wendover with Estelle T. Moore at the regular time, January 5th, 1928.

Our hostess gave the following lines as her sentiment: "We cannot make bargains for blisses, Nor catch them like flies in nets, And sometimes the thing our life misses Helps more than the thing which it gets. For good lieth not in persuing Nor gaining of great nor of small But just in the doing and doing As we would be done by, is all."

Mary Reading Nichols - Amusing extraxts showing the difficulties of trying to engage a colored servant for one or more specific jobs. One never "done the cookin' Aunt Cloe, she don' that". "No ma'am I don't wait - we allus had Tom and Bill (or such) to do dat" - and all down the line even to the one whose task it was to "keep de flies off'n ol' Misus". There were the good days - little understood by the present generation of housewives who do all their own work, and perhaps have a position in an office besides.

Rebecca T. Miller told several jokes.

Mrs. Meserve, Rebecca's guest, expressed pleasure in being with us, and gave a child's verse:

"We chase our shadows here and there, And laugh to find them everywhere."

Mrs. Wm Iddings read from an old book interesting adventures of two old-time English Quakers gentlemen. The book was published in 1759.

Hallie Bentley, verses telling of old colored mammy, finding "Old Mis" in a poor-house, removing her to her own one room where she promised her a good clean bed, and "I kin sleep on the floo' by you."

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Mrs. Massey's selection was to the effect that "Happines is thinking interesting thoughts." Interesting thoughts are an antedote to pessimism and many forms of unhappiness. Mrs. Massey wants to know what to do with old Christmas Cards? Make scrap books.

Rose Gilpin read "And the Cock Crew" telling of old Christmas legends - some dating from King Arthur's time. The tree as German custom. Crandall of London responsible for first XMas Cards. Mrs. Gilpin also read a cute poem entitled, "Mother Knows".

Mrs. John Janney told interesting stories of the Mississippi flood. An old colored woman when told by the Dr. she must be vaccinated in her own precinct exclaimed, "Lord, Dr! - and all dese white foks is vaccinated on da arms! " One invalid needing milk had a cow brought up on the porch, next into the house, and finally to the 2nd floor.

Mary Robison told us no girl could be graduated from Miss Chandlee's school in Alexandria, Va. unless she could recite"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and she read extracts of same.

Helen Moore says William has 25 Hydrangea plants for sale. Will anyone offer to keep her big ferns for a while?

Stella Moore told of using a soap shaker to feed birds. Hang in a tree or on a ine, it is most attractive when filled with pea-nuts or suet. English sparrows will not patronize a swinging food tray. A half cocoanut is better than suet.

Mrs. Bancroft's selection told of present methods of election in Italy under Musellini.

Edith B. Thomas gave extracts from diary of Wm. John Thomas. "Cut wheat in morning, married Rebecca in afternoon." Quick work! She wanted to know if all English walnut trees will bear nuts?

Anna Nesbitt read of wonderful Museum in Toledo Ohio.

E. T. Stabler announced an exhibition of copies of famous pictures at Sherwood December 12th and 13th. Proceeds for pictures in the school.

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Helen Hallowell - Conserving Forests. Camp cities should be examined and improved.

Estelle T. Moore an interesting article by Bruce Barton, do not neglect the present help. Rembrant, the great artist, was so little appreciated during his life, he was sold out by his creditors.

Miss Mary Gipin's article told of effort being made to save the Franconia Notch.

Mrs. Coulter' article about Improving the Speaking-voice was full of good points. The only musical instuments God made should receive careful cultivation and care. Henry Ward Beacher spent hours each day practicing the use of his voice.

Marianna Miller continued her reading of the first minutes of the Association, giving us those of Cherry Grove, Bloomfield, and The Cedars of the year 1869.

Business. No chairman of Education to report.

Helen Hallowell American Home chairman had no information.

Mary Tilton, Social Service Chairman, reported 167 familes needing help and spoke of Christmas donations.

Marianna Miller, Resolutions, reported that all such should be in by March 1st.

Under new business we were told to look to the merits of the Kapper-Ketchum Bill.

Report from Fed. Clubs, by Marianna Miller, who spoke of the Red Cross Drive for 3,000 members. We were asked to speak a good word for Mrs. Sippel as Pres of the General Fed. of Clubs.

The Wednesday Club announces a Card Party on Dec. 14th, at Olney Inn, proceeds for Social Service Fund.

It was decided to Make Stella Moore and Mary Robison Associate members.

E. T. Stabler read extracts from a letter from Ethel Adams

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telling of spring being well advanced in California.

Adjourned.

Helen R. Shoemaker, Secretary, Pro. Tem.

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