Club Minutes: Mutual Improvement Association, 1928

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"Wendover" 1-3-1928 846th Meeting.

After a delicious luncheon, The Association took time for a social chat before being called to order by the Chairman Mrs. Nichols.

The Minutes of last meeting at this place were read, also last minutes approved after correction.

Treasurer, Mary Tilton, reported balance of $2.15 to Jan. 1st, '28. $10.50 is still due Social Service to Jan. 1st, 1928. Mary Tilton wanted to know if Associate Members pay dues? After some disussion a motion was made that all Associate members pay as full members. Carried.

Next place of meeting "The Highlands."

Our Hostess' sentiment "The Wayside Cross"

"A wayside cross at set of day Unto my spirit thus did say -

'O soul, my branching arms you see Point four ways to infinity.

'One points to infinite above, To show the height of heavenly love

"Two point to infinite width, which shows That heavenly love no limit knows.

'One points to infinite beneath, To show God's love is under death.

'The four arms join, an emblem sweet That in God's heart all loves will meet.'

I thanked the cross as I turned away For such sweet thoughts in the twilight grey."

By Frederick George Scott.

and a little poem by Milne "The Beetle" were both enjoyed.

Stella Moore "How Can We Keep Christmas"? from General Federation News. All customs, presents, family gatherings, etc, only a symbol of the Peace on Earth Spirit. Her article from N.Y. Times on unsightly bill-boards on the road-sides eas exceedingly worth while, and it is encouraging to hear that so many big organizations promise to give up unsightly bill-boards in the future.

Helen Hallowell, an article from"American Club Woman" on

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the unnecessary waste in the cutting of Christmas Tress. Hundreds are burned each year. The living Christmas tree is becoming quits a custon in many places.

Mary Reading Nichols a most amusing and true to life reading, telling of a colored cook of the old days who gives her experience during a visit "up North" where she found being called "Mrs." and being asked to "sit at table: with the "Gineral" and the "Madam" not all to her liking.

Margaret Bancroft feels very strongly on the subject of Immigration - its limitation - the necssity for great care and watchfulness etc.,

Mary Tilton spoke of the good effect on Mexico caused by Lindberg's and Will Roger's visits, and Ambassador Morrow's tact.

Elise Hutton's article gave as a definition of Winter Sports - Thawing out one's car - cleaning sidewalks after a blizzard etc. "Hunt the Arctic" is a winter sport in which the whole famly may take part.

Fannie B. Snowden read "My Religion" - What it means to me - by Ida Tarbell. Also amusing facts about bathtubs - the first of which to be installed in the United States was in 1842.

Margaret G. T. Moore's clipping declared if you take conceit out of some men nothing remains.

Hallie Bentey's "Old Time Negro" who was bitterly disappointed not to see his "old Master" in a collection of "Old Masters" on exhibition was pathetic, as well as amusing.

E.T. Stabler read a New Year article, also one giving good advice on keeping young.

Mrs. Allan Farquhar's description of the new wing to the Corcoran Art Gallery to house the Senator Clark collection was enjoyed. The collection is very valuable, and the widow and three daughters of Mr. Clark are giving the building as a memorial to him.

A guest, Miss McElroy, expressed her pleasure with meeting with The Association - but had no article.

Marianna S. Miller continued the reading of the old minutes - giving us those of 9/2/'69, "Fulford"' 9/30/'69 at "Lea's Mills," and 11/11/'69 at "Fair Hill".

Rose Gilpin asked for our idea of the Pioneer Woman, and said the heroic statue to be erected is to be from design by an Englishman.

Mrs. Massey had several numerous articles - Mark Twain, on Bathtubs, - "little sister is sitting on the fly-paper so flies cant get on" etc. She was told "Rozina" can get a small

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stove from the Social Service League.

Mary Hutton's little boy who saw things at night that were the kind "girls are skared of - but I ain't" but "Color ain't no difference when you'r seeing things at night." She also read "The Banjo".

Corrie Brooks read from John Martin that "Dark is good to Children everywhere" . She thinks we treated Japanese wrongly in excluding them from United States.

Marianna S. Miller wants to know if Alice Maynard has shop in Washington now? No answer.

E. T. Moore wants to know why the colored school children are not allowed to be taken to Rockville by bus? Told to ask Mr. Broome.

Reports of Comittees. Mary Nichols no report on Education Helen Hallowell no report on American Home. Mary Tilton reported on Social Service - had a letter from Miss Irma Mohr thanking for the help given at Chrismas.

Mrs. Jones sent word action should be taken for or against passing of Capper-Ketcham bill to appropriate more Federal Funds for Extension work of the Department of Agriculture. All such funds shall be subject to the same conditions and limitations of the Smith-Lever Act of May 1914, except that at least 80% shall be utilized for salaries of men and women extension agents in equitable proportion in the several counties of the different States. Maryland now received $46,287.11 of Federal Funds for this work. Action should be taken for or against this measure, M.E.S.Jones, Chairman. Moved we vote for bill. Carried.

State Federation Association ased to help raise funds to elect Mrs. Sippel Moved we donate $5.00. Passed. Marianna Miller will inform Mrs. Bride who write her on the subject.

Secretary was asked to read letter of resignation from Sarah J. Adams - Accepted with regrets.

Mrs. Weld being next on waiting list becomes a member. Secretary asked to inform Mrs. Weld.

At Mrs. Bancroft's request Margaret Jones was made an Associate Member.

Adjourned to "Highlands". (signed) Helen R. Shoemaker, Sec'y Pro Tem.

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The Wayside Cross

A wayside cross at set of day Unto my spirit thus did say -

'O soul, my branching arms you see Point four ways to infinity.

'One points to infinite above, To show the height of heavenly love.

'Two point to infinite width, which shows That heavenly love no limits knows.

'One points to infinite beneath, To show God's love is under death.

'The four arms join, an emblem sweet That in God's heart all loves will meet.'

I thanked the cross as I turned away for such sweet thoughts in the twilight grey.

Frederick George Scott.

Hostess sentiment

By Kind Permission of the Author

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"The Highlands". 2/2/1928 847th Meeting

The 847th Meeting of the Mutual Improvement Association was called to order by Estelle T. Moore at Highlands, 2/2/ 1928 at two oclock in the afternoon.

The minutes of the last meeting at this place were read. and the minutes of the last meeting were read and accepted.

The Treasurer's Report showed Balance on hand from last report $13.40 Dues paid (5 members) 7.50 Total receipts $20.90 Paid to Mrs. Sippel's Campaign Fund. 5.00 Balance on hand $15.90

Collected on Social League Pledge $15.50 Balances of 1927 Pledge 15.00 Cash on hand .50

The next place of meeting is Ercildoun with Alice Farquhar at the regular time in March.

Sentiment of our Hostess -- Marianna Miller - was a message on the Gospel of Cheerfulness. "Don't let the song go out of you life" - a beautiful poem.

Contributions of members and guests.

Anna Nesbitt read a very interesting article on the Borneo Jungle. The wild animals are not so bad as the ants, mosquitoes, snakes and other small things. "Man will never conquer the jungle as the jungle always conquers man".

Helen Moore - Life's Opportunity - At every stage of life we look forward to the next - soul or character, is what we get.

Alice Farquhar - Lady Astor on Peace - She feels that where men have failed women will succeed. Countries, like human beings, disagree - some way, other than war, must be devised to settle these disagreements.

Marianna Miller announced that Miss Ormsby - who is in Maryland for the month of February, will talk on prevention of war at the Lyceum on February 19th.

Anna Nesbitt asked should the Association take any steps protesting against additional armaments? She made a motion, seconded by Margaret Moore, that Secretary write to our Senators and Representatives protesting such increase. Motion carried.

Gladys Tumbleson's contribution bewailed the fact that we are so "full of care" we have time but to "stare and stare" and thus miss the beauties in life.

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