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eneral Federation


Published Monthly

Volume Eighteen September, 1919 Number Nine



Every State should have its Municipal Opera Company.

Every Community a Choral Society.

Every large City an Oratorio Society.
Every Club a Music Study Class.

Ida Gray Scott




37 East Twenty-eighth Street, New York, N. Y.


Published by the General Federation Magazine, Inc. Price fifteen cents a copy, one dollar a year. Postage to foreign countries fifty
cents extra; Canada twenty-five cents. Entered as second-class matter May 6, 1918, at the Post Office, New York, N. Y., under the
Act Of March 3, 1879. Accepted for mailing at special rate of postage provided for in Section 1103, Act of October 3. 1917, author-
ized on June 23, 1918. Copyright 1919 by General Federation Magazine, Inc.







OMEN have awak-

ened to the fact

that there is keen
interest in the selection,
and pleasure in the own-
ership of bonds, as well
as of smart gowns and
hats and artistic furnish-
ings for the home. They
find their ability to sat-
isfy the desire for the
good things of life is
often determined by
their ability to manage
their own financial af-
fairs and that money is
attractive solely for What
it will do for its posses-
sor. The same amount
of money can be made to
do a great deal, or only
a very little.

Bond Service for Women

Bond houses are making special
efforts to make their service con-
venient for women clients. One of
the largest American bond distrib-
uting organizations, The National
City Company, seeing the growing
interest ofwomen in bonds, has de-
veloped a number of interesting
features for the benefit of women

Many of its correspondent of-
fices, which are located in more
than 50 of the leading cities, are on
the ground floor in the heart of the
shopping districts, which makes it
as convenient for women investors
to buy a bond as to buy a pair of

Women investors who go to
Atlantic City will find a corre-
spondent oflice of The National
City Company on the boardwalk,
in the Chalfonte block. Here they
can discuss bonds and have the
advantage of National City service


Women investors are frequent visitors at 514 Fifth Avenue

even While taking a rest at the

Women Admitted to
Bond Classes

The same company has also ad—
mitted women into its bond classes.
giving them the same intensive
training that its bond men receive
in these classes. As a result of this
modern educational departure. a
number of women, carefully
trained in the technic of invest-
ment, have been assigned to the
staff of the company’s up-town
Fifth Avenue office in New York
City, where they are now selling
bonds to the women investors of
the city.

Every effort is made to make
women investors feel at home
wherever the national bond service
of The National City Company is
rendered. This organization sug-
gests to women how to invest their
idle funds so as to bring in a fair rate
of return on their money. It sug-

gests how to re-invest
income from Liberty
Bonds. It helps women
fill out their income tax
returns. The'company
is also glad to hold its
clients' securities in its
Customers' Securities
Department in New
York. to clip coupons
when due, and to for—
ward interest when col-

The company offers
women the same invest-
ment facilities and ser-
vice that it places at the
disposal of the leading
banks and financial in-
stitutions of the country,
many of which are num-
bered among its clients.

A New Kind of Investor

Some well known women who
purchased bonds at the offices of
The National City Company had
their investing done for them by
others before they decided to know
something about it themselves.
They now consult members of this
nation-wide organization concern-
ing all their investments. It is
a source of great satisfaction to
them to know that the securities
offered have been selected with
care. purchased after thorough in-
vestigation. and are recommended
as desirable investments.

At this important time of re-
construction. more and more
thoughtful clubwomen are taking
pains to see to it that their money
goes into the financing of the more
substantial enterprises. And se-
curities of this character only are
recommended by The National
City Company.

The National City Company

National City Bank Building
UPTOWN OFFICE: 514 Fifth Ave, at 43rd St.

Correspondent Ofliccs in more than 5/) Citrus

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1101 West Adams Street, Los Angeles, Cal.

First V ice-President
' 39 Dean Street, Worcester, Mass.

Recording S ecretary

Del Norte, Colo.

Corresponding S ccretory
Portsmouth, NH.

Treasurer Auditor

Red Oak, Iowa

Second lv/"ice-President
2617 Dean Blvd., Minneapolis, Minn.

651 Kinnear Place, Seattle, Wash.



Mrs. Littlebury J. Haley, Chestnut Hill, Birmingham, Alabama.
Mrs. H. A. Guild, Phoenix, Arizona.

Mrs. Joseph Frauenthal, Conway, Arkansas.

Mrs. E. G. Denniston, 3454 let St., San Francisco, California.
Mrs. Joel F. Vaile, 1401 Lafayette St., Denver, Colorado.

Mrs. George H. Stoughton, 206 Beacon St.,Hartford, Connecticut.

Mrs. John P. Saulsbury, Dover, Delaware.

Mrs. Augustus Knight, 36 The Kenesaw, Washington, DC.
Mrs. W. S. Jennings, 1845 Main St., Jacksonville, Florida.
Mrs. Z. I. Fitzpatrick, Madison, Georgia.

Mrs. John McGlinchey, Payette, Idaho.

Mrs. George W. Plummer, Chicago Woman’s Club, Chicago, Ill.

Mrs. Felix T. McWhirter, 2238 Ashland Ave., Indianapolis, Ind.

Mrs. Homer A. Miller 3513 Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa.

Mrs. May Belleville Brown, 309 So. Santa Fe Ave., Salina, Kans.

Mrs. R. H. Lacy, Franklin, Kentucky.

Mrs. John Shuttleworth, 621 Cotton Ave., Shreveport, Louisiana.

Mrs. Frank L. White, Presque Isle, Mame.
Miss Alice T. Tiffany, The Albion, Baltimore, Maryland.
Mrs. George WlnSIOW Perkins, 31 Crawford St., Boston, Mass.

Mrs. Delphine Dodge Ashbaugh, 43 E. Boston Blvd., Detroit, Mich.

Mrs. William T. Coe, Wa zata, Minnesota.
Mrs. Edward McGehee, omo, Mississippi.

Mrs. W. R. Chivvis, 4318 W. Florrisant Ave., St. Louis, Missouri.

Mrs. E. L. HoustOn, Bozeman, Montana.

Mrs. M. D. Cameron, 216 N. 32d Ave., Omaha, Nebraska.

Mrs. George F. West, Yerington, Nevada.

Mrs. A. H. Ilarriman, 778 Main St., Laconia, New Hampshire.
Mrs. J. R. Schermerhorn, 11 I‘Ialsted Pl., East Orange, NJ.
Mrs. George W. Frenger, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Mrs. S. W. Sherwood, 79 Railroad St., Cortland, New York.
Mrs. R. R. Cotten, Bruce, North Carolina.

Miss Minnie Jean Nielson, Valley City, North Dakota.

Mrs. Prentice E. Rood, 738 Grove Place, Toledo, Ohio.

Mrs. Eugene B. Lawson, 518 East Osage St., Nowata, Oklahoma
Mrs. Sarah A. Evans, 15 Keeler Apts., Portland, Oregon.
Mrs. Ronald P. Gleason, 947 Clay Ave., Scranton, Pa.

Mrs. Horace G. Bissell, East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

Mrs. J. L. Coker, I‘Iartsville, South Carolina.

Mrs. Carl Gunderson, Vermilion, South Dakota.

Mrs. George W. Denney, 504 Randolph St., Knoxville, Tennessee
Mrs. Walter R. Sharp, 4301 Main St., Houston, 'l‘exas.

Mrs. R. B. Porter, 800 \tVashington Ave., Ogden, Utah.

Mrs. Oliver C. Ashton, 93 Maple St., Rutlaud, Vermont.

Miss Helen Norris Cummings, 606 Cameron St., Alexandria, Va.
Mrs. R. C. McCredie, Sunnysidc, Washington.

Mrs. R. L. Hutchinson, 1509 6th Ave., Huntington, W. Virginia
Mrs. Francis Theodore Blesch, Green Hay, Wisconsin.

Mrs. R. A. Morton, 319 W. 2001 St., Cheyenne, Wyoming.



Alabama—Mrs. James R. Hagan, 200 St. Louis St., Mobile.
Alaska—Mrs. T. J. Donohoe, Valdez.

Arizona-Mrs. H. A. Guild, Phoenix.

Arkansas—Mrs. H. C. Gibson, College and Conserv., Little Rock

California—Mrs. Aaron Schloss, 3207 Claremont Ave., Berkeley.

Colorado—Mrs. C. H. Jacobson, 1309 Elizabeth Street, Denver.
Connecticut—Mrs. James R. Mason, Derby.

Delaware—Mrs. Alfred D. Warner, 2104 Grant Ave., Wilmington.
D. of C.—Mrs. H. L. Hodgkins, 1830 T St., N.W., Washington.

Florida—Mrs. Edgar Lewis, Fort Pierce, P. O. Eldred.
Georgia—Mrs. J. E. Hayes, Montezuma.

Idaho—Mrs. M. J. Sweeley. 325 8th Ave., North, Twin Falls.
Illinois—Mrs. William H. Hart, Benton.

Indiana—Mrs. John E. Moore, 902 West Mulberry St., Kokomo.

Iowa—Mrs. H. . Spaulding, Grinnell.

Kansas—Mrs. ebeeca Wells Taylor, Lyons.

K entucley—Mrs. Lafon Riker, Harrodsburg.

Louisiana—Mrs. Albert F. Storm, Morgan City.

Maine—Mrs. Frank L. White, Presque Isle.

Maryland—Mrs. Francis Sanderson, Piedmont Ave., Walbrook.
Massachusetts—Mrs. George Minot Baker, Concord.
Michigan—Mrs. Burritt Hamilton, Battle Creek.
Minnesota—Mrs. Geo. J. Allen, 720 W. College St., Rochester.
Missiuippi—Mrs. Benjamin F. Saunders, Swan Lake.
Missouri—Mrs. George A. Still. 502 Osteopathy Ave., Kirksville
Montana—Mrs. J. F. Kilduff, Malta. i

Nebraska—Mrs Addison 17.. Sheldon, 1319 S. 23rd St., Lincoln

'Nevada—Mrs. Pearis Buckner lillis. 711 Spear St., ("arson (My

New I—Imn/ishire—b’lrs. James \V. Rmniek, 21 l\'lerrituaek Street,

New Jersey—Mrs. J. R. Schermerhorn, 11 Halsted PL, E. Orange

New Mexico—Mrs. C. E. Mason, Roswell.

New York—Mrs. George D. Hewitt, Carthage.

North Carolina—Mrs. Charles C. llook, Charlotte.

North Dakota—Mrs. H. G. Vick, Cavalier.

Ohio—Mrs. Prentice E. Rood, 738 Grove Place, Toledo.

Oklah01m1—Mrs. Eugene B. Lawson, 518 East: Osage St., Newata

Oregon—Mrs. Charles II. Castner, 704 Twelfth St., Hood River

Pennsylvania—Mrs. Ronald P. Gleason, 947 Clay Ave., Scranton

Rhoda Island—Mrs. Howard W. Farnum, Chepachet.

South Carolina—Mrs. Rufus Fant, Anderson.

South Dakota—Mrs. W. R. Porter, Ft. Pierre.

Tennessee—Mrs. Alex. S. Caldwell, Caldwell Lane, Nashville.

Texas—Mrs. C. W. Connery. 1530 Cooper St., Fort Worth.

Vermont—Mrs. Walter W. Slack, Springfield.

Virginia—Mrs. Henry 17.. Parker, 112 27th St., Newport News.

Washington—Mrs. C. P. BalahanofT, South K. St., Tacomo.

West Virgininrs. George De Bolt, 314 First St., Fairmont.

Wisconsin—Mrs. H. S. Richards, 14 Prospect Ave., Madison.

Wyoming—Mrs. S. Conant Parks, Lander.



415-416 Maryland Building, Washington, D. C.

Mrs. Henry Lockwood. director

37 East 28thEStreet, New York:City


 Departments of Work


Mrs. Cyrus E. Perkins, Chairman
327 Washington Street, S E
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Mrs. Rose V. S. Berry, Vice—Chairman
2975 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, California

Pottery Exhibit and Slides of American

Mrs. Anna Riordan Morey, Chairman

728 N. Hastings Ave., Hastings, Neb.

Civic Art
Miss Anna Maxwell Jones, Chairman
230 W. 105th St., New York City

Industrial Art
Mrs. George Starr, Chairman
Lexington, Kentucky

Mrs. H. B. Burnet, Chairman . _
1864 N. Pennsylvania St., Ind1anapol1s,

Mrs. E. G. Spalding, Chairman _
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, 01110

Art in the Home
Mrs. Walter S. Little, Chairman
15 Plymouth St., Bridgewater, Mass.


Mrs. Bessie Leach Priddy, Chairman
502 Forest Ave.
Ypsilanti, Mich.
Mrs. O. I. Woodley, Vice- Chairman
Marshall College,
Huntington, West Virginia

Motion Pictures .
Mrs. Guy Blanchard, Chairman
7416 PrincetOn Ave., Chicago, Ill.

Political Science
Mrs. Edward Franklin White, Chairman
5222 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis,
Ind. .


Mrs. O. Shepard Barnum, Chairman
312 S. Fifth St.
Alhambra, Cal.
Mrs. Edward F. Buchner, Vice—Chairman
2120 Callow Ave. .
Baltimore, Md.

Mrs. Frank A. Gibson, Chairman
2301 Scarfi St., Los Angeles, Cal.

Mrs. MaryC C,Bradford Chairman
1735 Be laire St., Denver, Col.

Mrs. A. B. Griffith, Chairman
3629 Beverly Drive, Dallas, Texas

Vocational Training and Guidance
Mrs. Addison W. Moore. Chairman
5744 Blackstone Ave, Chicago, Ill.

Rural Schools .

Mrs. Claude D. Sullivan, Chairman
R.¥.D. 9, Linden Ave., Nashville,

Miss Mary Wood, Chairman
400 Riverside Drive, New York City

Mrs. Minnie U. Rutherford Fuller, Vice-
Magazine, Arkansas


Mrs. Thomas W. Lingle, Chairman
University of North Carolina, Chapel
Hill, NC

Mrs. Oliver W. Stewart, Vice—Chairman
5464 Harper Ave, Chicago, Ill.


Mrs. True Worthy White, Chairman
120 Boylston St.,
Boston, Mass.
Mrs. Minnie C. Budlong, Vice-Chairman
and Chairman of Library Extension
Public Library Commission
Bismarck, N. Dak.

Adviser for Drama

Mrs. Edward E. Eslick
Pulaski, Tenn.

Adviser for Folklore and Pageantry

Mrs. Cyrus E. Dallin
69 Oakland Ave., Arlington Heights,

Adviser for Poetry

Mrs. Martha Foote Crow
16 Morningside Ave, New York City

Frances Squire Potter Memorial for Study
of Biblical Literature "'
Mrs. John E. Buchanan, Chairman
22% Fourth Ave. ., S., Minneapolis


Mrs. William Dulaney Steele, Chairman
604 West Broadway
Sedalia, Mo.

Mrs. Frederick W. Abbott, Vice-Chairman

Hampton Court, 205 N. 35th St.
Phialdelphia, Pa.

Club Development in M u

Mrs. Ida Gray Scott, C airman
29 E. Colorado St.
Pasadena, Cal.

Educational Music

Mrs. Francis E. Clark, Chairman
Camden, NJ.

Community Music
Mrs. Henrietta Baker Low, Chairman
Prince George Hotel, New York City

War Service

Mrs. Marx Oberndorfer, Chairman
520 Fine Arts Building, Chicago, Ill.

Folk Music
Mrs. George T. Tunnell, Chairman
1225 Steele St., Denver, Colo.

Miss M. Therese Armita e, Advisory
Lyon & Healy Bldg, hicago, I11.


Mrs. John Dickinson Sherman, Chairman
October to May—Chicago Women's
fillub, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago,

May to October—Longs Peak, Estes
Park, Co 10.
Miss Mira L. Dock, Vice- Chairman
F ayettev1lle, Pa.


Mrs. Charles W. Greene, Chairman
814 Virginia Ave. .,
Columbia, Mo.
Miss Anna Barrows, Vice- Chairman
Teachers’ College, Columbia University
New York City


Miss Mary L. Matthews
Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind.


Miss Agnes Ellen Harris
Tallahassee, Fla.

Mrs. Court F. Wood, Chairman

311 E. Capitol St., Washington, DC.
Mrs. C. P. Balabanoff, Vice-Chairman

724 South K St. Tacoma, Wash.
Mrs. Frederick H. Cole, Adviser

1810 Spencer St. Omaha, Neb.

State Civil Service Laws

Mrs. Clarence L. Atwood, Chairman
St. Cloud, Minn.

State Institutions

Mrs. William Hayes Fuller
McAlester, Okla.

Municipal Civil Service Laws
Mrs. Charles H. McMahon, Chairman
22UC2iithness Apt., Salt Lake City,

Federal Laws

Mrs. William Daly Phelan, Chairman
1311 Denniston Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa.


Mrs. Elmer Blair, Chairman
25 W. 45th St.
New York City
Mrs. Charles 0. Tyler, Vice-Chairman
50 Thaxter Ave.
Abington, Mass.

Child Hygiene
Lenna L. Meanes, M.D., Chairman
1005 Equitable Bldg., Des Moines, Ia.

Social Hygiene
Mrs. Woodallen Chapman, Chairman
Room 1614, 220 W. 42nd St., New
York City

'Public Health Nursing
Ella Phillips Crandall, RN. Chairman
156 Fifth Ave., New York City

Mrs. K. R. J. Edholm, Chairman
484 Brandeis Theatre, Omaha, Neb.

Adult Hygiene
Ellen B. Smith, M.D., Chairman
Salem, NJ;
















General Federation Magazine

Owned by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs

49,000 Clubs

50 State Federations

2 Million Members

Mm D. T. S. Dismson As the Official Organ of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Muswnum MRI”, 1R.

Pun-den, the General Federation Magazine tries to maintain
intimate contact between the Federation
and its two million members


Secretary and Tuarurtr


How to Use the Magazine

devoted to programs, program making, references

and bibliographies. Eight pages were added in
order to present the resources of the different Depart-
ments before the clubs began to meet and plan their fall
and winter activities. Because of the richness of the
material not half of this has been done and the assist-
ance and inspiration several of the Departments are pre-
pared to give the clubs must appear in later numbers.

Not long ago an editor of one of the women’s maga—
zines reported that they receive some ten thousand re—
quests yearly for club programs and assistance. We are
friends with that editor. We like her. She likes us.
And it is neither professional jealousy nor pride that
induces the objection we have to the club women seeking
help wherever they can find it. Our protest is for these
reasons. There is no active club woman connected with
that magazine. There is no club editor connected with any
one of the large popular women’s journals who is an
active, working member of THE GENERAL FEDERATION,
thoroughly informed and in touch with the activities of
its Departments of Work andrseveral committees, know—
ing its policies and conversant with its general purpose
and plan of work. No matter how efficient the individual
assistance may be, the fact remains that it does not build
the work nor aid the progress of the organization to
which these clubs belong. The motto of the Federation,
“Unity in Diversity” does not indicate that power comes
from 49,000 plans of action, nor from two million minds
working in as many directions.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is an or-
ganization. It is not a mere aggregation of clubs each
carrying out a bit of special work unrelated to the whole.
Where weakness exists it is because the members do not
realize they are parts of an association that has covenant—
ed to do certain things. That is what federation means.

There are three things necessary to any project. One

I ‘OR the past three months the Magazine has been

is a vision or a conception of an object; the second a
plan whereby one may attain or reach it, and the third
a leader. Lacking any one “of these factors projects
fail. The Chairmen of the deb/en Departments of Work,
or of committees designated to a special task in the Fed-
eration, are the leaders of its activities. If the clubs
and club women who make up the Federation’s body for-
mulate their plans and programs without reference to
the projects mapped out by the Chairmen, the work of
the organization cannot be done. It is unsuccessful as
a federation.

Attendance upon State conventions discloses many in-
teresting things. In some there will be shown a clear
realization that the State is a part of an association which
functions and achieves only through its component parts.
In others no recognition of the parent stem is apparent.
Where the responsibility for this lies it is difficult to say.
But we venture to assert that the failure to avail them—
selves of the assistance and guidance of the Departments
comes to a degree from ignorance as to what they have
to offer and how to co-ordinate the individual plan.

It is mortifying to learn that the members of an or—
ganization that owns and publishes a magazine turn to
other sources for the aid they should receive through
its channels, not necessarily through its pages. These
10,000 letters should have gone to the Chairmen 0f the
Federation Departments or to Headquarters.

The magazine is the news agent of the Federation: 3
press agent is a different thing. It is its business to carry
the news of what is going on in the organization, and
its working plans, to the thousands of clubs and club
women who can be reached in no other way as definitely
or as well. If Departments and clubs will use it in
the right way the system of the Federation will soon
show how co—ordinate is its parts and how effectively
they function. There will be union both in action and

thought. Just so long as each Department of Work'




goes on its own way rejoicing, merely building up an
idea or promoting one line of endeavor without seeking
to build the whole, there will be ironic question as to
what the Federation is doing. When they work together
through their common mediums the influence of the Fed-
eration will be like the faith that moves mountains.

The Magazine is for use, not for reading merely. If
it were intended for the latter it would have to change
its character and reading matter. Its functions are two:
one to give information, the other to save time and money
for the Federation and the clubs. State and club presi—
dents, and State chairmen have said again and again
that if the messages and requests from the different De-
partment Chairmen could reach them at one time they
could present them to their clubs and get action. But
when eleven different messages and various requests come
at as many different times each necessitating or calling for
a special letter to the clubs, the State finances will not
admit of the wide dissemination.

If every club in the country; if every club as well as
State chairman, if every woman the chairman desires to
reach, has and reads the General Federation Magazine
time and money and effort may be saved, and the work
promoted effectively. It is actually to the advantage of 21



September, I 9 l 9

State president to see that every club in her state sub-
scribes and to ask that all general messages be tran-
scribed through the Magazine’s pages. That is the kind
of thing that makes a live, active, growing, functioning

One of the arguments for advertising in the pages of
this journal is that we may thus help build the Depart-
ment work, for it often happens that the readers do not
know where to find some of the books, or music, or ma—
terial, or kind of clothes, or utensils, or household aids or
furnishing that is mentioned in its editorial pages. Adver—
tising aids both the women and the producers. We investi—
gate and guarantee the advertisements.

To get the most from the magazine, clubs and the
women who compose them should use it as a text book;
that is a guide, first as to programs, second as to refer-
ences, third as to material, and fourth as to where to
find all these things. If the kind of program your club
desires is not in the Magazine write and ask for it. If
you have had a particularly good program at some time,
or your club discovered an especially good way of using
one, send it to the Magazine for publication that other
clubs may reap the benefit. Use the Magazine as a Rec—
iprocity Bureau, a Club Exchange.

[aiming the General Federation

NSTRUCTION for joining the Federation has been
requested in the pages of its official organ. We
first quote from the By-Laws of the organization:


Section 2. Organizations desiring to join or become affiliated
with the General Federation of W'omen’s Clubs shall proceed
as follows: Organizations in a State or Territory shall make
application through the General Federation State or Territorial
Secretary, to the Chairman of the Membership Committee.
Such application shall show the organization to have been in
existence at least one year at the time of the next Biennial Con-
vention. Foreign clubs applying for membership shall make such
application through the foreign correspondent of the General
Federation. All other organizations shall make applications di-
rectly to the chairman of the Membership Committee and date
of organization shall have no bearing on eligibility. All appli-
cations must show that the organization requires no sectarian
or political test for membership; that it is not a secret society;
that no one of its members is affiliated with any organization
which tolerates either by practice or teaching violation of
National or State laws, and that it agrees to the Constitution
and By-Laws of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Section 3. The organization applying for membership must
send with its application its Constitution and By—Laws and the
dues for the current fiscal year, and must also state whether the
organization has at any time been a member of the General
Federation. _


Section I. The annual dues of clubs of fewer: than twenty-
five members shall be two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50). Dues
of clubs numbering twenty-five members or more shall be at

the rate of ten cents per capita. A

The annual dues for State, County and City Feder'ations of
VVomen’s Clubs with a membership of twenty clubs or fewer
shall be five dollars; with a membership of more than twenty
clubs at the rate of twenty-five cents a club.

In order to make the process quite plain we will take it
step by step. The first one is to. obtain the formal applica-
tion blanks. The business of joining the Federation
is carried on through the General Federation State Secre—
tary. If her name and address are unknown to the Club
desiring to join, the State President must of course
supply them.

There are certain things to note in filling out the
blanks. First that your organization or club must have
been in existence at least one year at the time of the next
Biennial Convention. These conventions occur on the
even years, the last being in 1918, the next in 1920. They
come in the late spring, usually in May or june. Your
club must have been formed in May, 1919, in order to be
accepted into the membership of the General Federation
in May, 1920. [Hence the date the club was organized
must be upon the application blank.

The direction requiring the applying club to send a
copy of its Constitution and By-Laws with its applica-
tion is important since each member of the Membership
Committee must study the article concerning the object
for which said club was organized and the restrictions
concerning its own membership in order that she may
decide whether or not “the organization requires no sec—
tarian or political test for membership.”





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\Vhen the club has sent its application, with copy of its
Constitution and By— —Laws and dues for the current fiscal
year, the General Federation State Secretary forwards
these to the Chairman of the Membership Committee
111th a letter stating why she app1oves or disapproves
of the club. The Chairman of Membership then adds
the voting card and forwards all data to each member of
the Committee in turn. Fach records her vote return—
ing all data to the Chairman.

It will readily be [seen that all of this takes time since
the members of the Membership Committee are chosen
from different parts of the country. For this reason the
provision is made that all applications must be in the
hands of the Membership Chairman at least: 30 days
preceding the first day of the Biennial Convention.

Miss Cummings, Chairman of1 Membership feels that
thirty days do not give sufficient time and that sixt1
should be all owed for the circulation of the application
blanks among the 111embers of the Committee. fler re—
cent report made to the Council at Asheville says.

“I emphasize this fact, so that no disappointment will
follow at the next Biennial. \Vhen a club 1‘efeis to
Article 8, last paragraph of Section 5, ‘the Committee
shall admit no organization whose application has not
been presented to the Chairman of the Membership Com-
mittee at least thirty days preceding the Biennial C011—
vention,’ the Committee will do its best, but clubs may be
disappointed unless the State Secretary makes it plain
that thirty days is not sufficient time.”

“Several religious organizations have applied for mem-
bership, but according to the Constitution, all applications
must show that the organization requires no sectarian or
political test for membership, and is not a secret society.
An urgent plea was made that a religious organization
should be admitted on the ground that such good work
had been accomplished by the women. The Membership
Committee is not privileged to use its discretion regard—
ing the admission or non-admission of such clubs.”

“At the Arkansas Convention, an attempt was made to
do away with the secret, sectarian and political clauses,
and it was voted down by the Convention. The admis—
sion or non-admission of clubs, if left to a Committee
unsupported by the Constitution, would be a dangerous
precedent; moreover, no Committee has the right to force
on the General Federation an action that organization
has voted against.”

“The ruling of the General Federation is extremely
just. It prohibits no group of women from joining the
Federation when they are in harmony with its work, but
it does clearly object to political or religious organiza-
tions from entering as such, though the women belonging
to religious or political parties are always welcome.”

Helps for Federation Secretaries

Margaret Lovell Gibson
THE office of general federation state secretaries was
for years the only official link between the state
federations and the General Federation. Since the cre—
ation at the New York Biennial of a board of directors


which includes a representative from each State in the
Union, the idea has gone forth that the federation secre-
ta1v is of little use; in fact, that the office would piob 1—
1111 soon be abolished.

For the action of the future on this subject we cannot ’

speak, but for the present the General Federation State
secretary is a very important person and still has very
definite work to perform for her State. While_a director
is the representative of a State federation in the General
Federation, :1 State secretary is the representative of the
individual clubs. ller duties as secretary are limited to
the ad111ission of new clubs; but by request she is ex-
pected to do what she can toward securing subscriptions
to the Federation Magazine.

.\t the recent Council meeting held in Asheville, N.C..
a very valuable conference was held‘between the 111en1l1er—
ship committee of the General Federation and the gen—
cral federation state secretaries. The meeting was pre—
sided over by Miss Georgie A. Bacon of Massachusetts.
with Miss llelen Norris Cunnnings of Virginia. Chair—
man of the hr’l'embersbip Committee, in charge of the dis—

Miss (.311111111ings explained clearly the use of the mem-
bership blanks which are sent to the secretaries and from
them to the clubs. There are two of these blanks, each of
which should be signed as directed on the blank itself by
the club making application and both should bear the sig—
nature of the General Federation State secretary.

The reason for two blanks is evident: Blank No. l
is to be retained by the 111embership chairman, while Blank
No. 2 proceeds on its journey for the signature of the

other members of the committee. A card of acknowledg—

ment is sent to the State secretary which is retained by her
until the club is admitted. The card is then sent to the
General Federation corresponding secretary, Mrs. Mary
I. VVoorl, l’ortsmouth, New Hampshire, for permanent
record. ‘

liach application should be accompanied by a check from
the club equivalent to ten cents per capita, except that no
amount less than $2.50 will be received from any club.
This check for 111embe1‘ship fee should be made payable
to the chairman of membership and not to the treasurer
of the General li‘ederation. This means that all mem—
bership fees accompanying blanks for adnfission~not the
club dues, remember—arc to be made payable to Miss
Helen Norris Cummings.

The month of January is the regular time for payment
of club dues to the General Federation treasurer. Be~
cause of this fact many clubs think they must wait until
that date for admission. Sometimes, too, a club has a
greatly reduced treasury in the fall and for that reason
will delay applying for membership. In order to meet this
situation and also to avoid the rush of clubs for member—
ship during the few months between January and :1 Bi-