Needlework Guild of America Minutes (Portsmouth, Virginia) page 40
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The Needlework Guild of America Minute Sheet March, 1932 The annual meeting of the Portsmouth Branch of the Needlework Guild was held Tuesday, March 8, 1932 at the home of the president, Mrs. Kenneth McAlpine on Hampton Place. The president presided at this meeting which was opened by the Lord's Prayer repeated in unison. The minutes of the annual meeting 1931 were read and approved. 1557 garments of wearing apparel and household linen were distributed to the various charitable organizations of this city. The colored division distributed 201 garments. The treasurer, Miss Williams gave her report, which showed a balance on hand of $46.81. Over eight[y]-seven dollars had been spent thru out the year year for shoes and garments, sheets etc. Mrs. J. D. Collins, custodian of the Reserve gave a most interesting report of work done in private cases thru out the year. 223 articles were used in private cases during 1930-1931. Mrs. McAlpine then read several communications - a letter from Mrs. Preston, national president concerning the collection of partly worn and new garments to aid the unemployed. A post card was read concerning national membership week and a letter from Mrs. Smith of Alexandria concerning an address by Miss Maria Stryker on February 29, 1932. An interesting phamplet [pamphlet] on money members was also read by the president and an interesting discussion of this subject was held. Miss Pauline Williams read a letter from headquarters in Philadelphia concerning the amount that was sent in from the treasury here and also concerning money members. The fact was stressed especially that every section should have five money-members. The yearly report of the national president Mrs. Preston was read and it is very interesting to note that the Needlework Guild collected over a million and a half garments all over this country.