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"Correspondence, April 1916", Item 009

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April 15, 1916. Mrs. John H. Lewis, Lynchburg, Va. My dear Mrs. Lewis:- I am not sure that Mrs. Valentine has told you that there is a new Executive Secretary, but there is, and I am it! You will not remember me, except perhaps, as the woman who made the survey of feeble-mindedness in the State. And now I am delighted to turn from those who are lacking in intelligence to the most broadminded and intelligent women I have met in Virginia. As I am but two weeks in the office and things are very new to me, I shall probably ask you for much information and advice during Mrs. Valentine's absence. (I presume that you know that she has gone away to take a much needed rest.) Before she left we were trying to find ways and means of carrying on the summer campaign. It occurred to me that we might get some volunteer workers and speakers for the summer months among the Randolph-Macon College girls. There are no doubt some among the oldest girls who are sufficiently interested in "the cause", and sufficiently good speakers to be of use this summer. If they would volunteer their services for a month, we could probably manage to get some good "Suffering sister" to entertain them. It seems to me, this, if it could be done, would be an invaluable experience to the more earnest-minded girls, and would at the same time further the cause so dear to us all. Mrs. Valentine and I throught that you might look over any aspirants who present themselves and decide as to their ability. If this plan seems at all practicable to you, will you not write me any further ramifications of it that may occur to you? We are so anxious to make this a telling summer that I am trying to think of as many things as possible that may be done for little money. We are of course not sure of a very large amount. I am anxious to resume the bulletin work as soon as possible. Will you not ask your League to assist by sending us anything at all of interest. Very sincerely Mrs. Blakey Exec. Secty.