On October 19, the Friday Club (General Federation of Women’s Clubs) held its meeting at the Presbyterian Church. President Radha Rao opened the meeting by leading in the pledges to the flags of the United States and the state of Missouri. Secretary Margaret Miller took roll and read the previous meetings minutes. The members in attendance were: Nancy Basden, Frances Branum, Shirley Gaines, Ilerea Hamilton, Linda Hogan, Carolyn Kegley, Margaret Miller, Radha Rao, Jean Roy, Betty Schmale, Nenita Talaban, Mary Walts, and Janet Ward.
Nancy Basden gave a devotional entitled “Using Our Gifts to Serve and Encourage Others.” Nancy also presented an interesting slant on the phrase “silly goose,” explaining how it is in conflict to the intelligent actions of real geese. Following the devotional, Margaret Miller shared correspondence received from Pat Poe of the Madison County Senior Center thanking the club for their recent donation. The Club congratulated Jean Roy, Radha Rao, and Margaret Miller for attaining perfect attendance for the previous year. Betty Schmale reported that a donation had been sent to Missouri Girls Town to honor the members with perfect attendance.
To celebrate Missouri Day our member Mary Walts gave the program based on the book, “From French Community to Missouri Town,” by Bonnie Stephenoff. Mary’s program gave a very informative history of Sainte Genevieve, including many connections to the 1740 lead mining in Madison County. Since Mary moved to Fredericktown from Sainte Genevieve, she gave the members a very insightful look into the first permanent civilized settlement in Missouri.
The members enjoyed the delicious caramel apple cake and fresh fruit along with tea and coffee provided by Carolyn Kegley, Janet Ward, and Linda Hogan, who served as hostesses. The meeting ended with the reciting of the club collect. The next meeting will take place on November 16th at the Presbyterian Church with Kyle Wright giving the program on the Chamber of Commerce.