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"Correspondence, January 1915", Item 008

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EQUAL SUFFRAGE LEAGUE OF VIRGINIA. PRESIDENT, MRS. B. B. VALENTINE, 2338 MONUMENT AVE., RICHMOND, VA. HON. VICE-PRESIDENTS. MRS. LOUISE COLLIER WILLCOX, NORFOLK, VA. MISS ELLEN GLASGOW, RICHMOND, VA. MRS. KATE LANGLEY BOSHER, RICHMOND, VA. MRS. KATE WALLER BARRET, ALEXANDRIA, V A. VICE-PRESIDENTS. MISS MARY JOHNSTON, RICHMOND, VA. MRS. J. H. LEWIS, LYNCHBURG, VA. MRS. W. J. ADAMS, NORFOLK, VA. MRS. C. V. MEREDITH, RICHMOND, VA. MRS. STEPHEN PUTNEY, WYTHEVILLE, VA. MRS. G. M. SMITHDEAL, RECORDING SECRETARY, MRS. ALICE O. TAYLOR HEADQUARTERS SECRETARY MRS. E. G. KIDD, TREASURER. MRS. JOHN S. MUNCE, AUDITOR OF RICHMOND VA. STATE HEADQUARTERS, RICHMOND, VA. COMMERCIAL BUILDING, SECOND STREET BETWEEN BROAD AND GRACE. January 15th - 1915. Dear Mrs. Townsend:- The National Treasurer writes to remind us that we must pay our dues to the N.A.W.S. Asso. by February 20th, 1915, which is in accordance with a by-law requiring payment of dues not later than three months after the National Convention. Enclosed herewith find extract from the constitution of the National Association. Art. 6 of this extract shows that $150.00 is the minimum we may pay for affiliated membership in the National, which entitles us to 15 delegates and the president. As we reported 7000 members to the last Convention, we are at liberty to pay up to $500 if we desire a larger delegation, and as the next National Convention will possibly meet in Washington a number of our members will want to go. Our State Treasury is empty, and we hope the local leagues will send in 25cts. per capita, or as much as they can secure, to the State Treasurer (Mrs.E.G.Kidd) as soon as possible, that we may at least meet the minimum of $150.00 by February 20th. Of course each league has it own difficulties, and we know that they will send us as much as they can collect for State and National expenses, and in addition [to their?] own. In Nashville, Virginia pledged to the National Budget [illegible] besides the national dues. This pledge, however, can be paid later in the year. In the meantime we must not forget that this is a critical year in State work; that we must go in every county and reach the voters before the Legislature of January 1916. We shall need thousands of pieces of literature, many speakers, and all sorts of expenditures for carrying out our plans of campaign. Everything depends on what the local leagues can do to hold up the hands of the State officers. Therefore, we need funds for the State as badly as we do for the National. We think it none to soon to send out the petition blanks to all local leagues as this year we should roll up a really big list of names. With 7000 names on our rolls, we should certainly count upon 20,000 on the petition, if each one will set to work, and keep at it until next January. The blanks will be sent you at an early date