Needlework Guild of America Minutes (Portsmouth, Virginia) page 52
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The Needlework Guild of America Minute Sheet
years of the Guild's existence over forty eight million garments have been distributed in the United States. There are 150 city branches (Portsmouth is a City Branch) and 600 town branches. The Needlework Guild is affiliated with the American Red Cross. In Queen Mary's branch of the Needlework Guild in England 65,000 garments were collected in that section alone. For the splendid work the Needlework Guild did in France during the World War a placard has been placed at St. Quentin, France. Garments by the hundreds were given the French and hundreds of war orphans adopted thru the Needlework Guild. This branch had one war orphan I know. Mrs. Reba Barrett Smith's report was read by the secretary. Mrs. Smith reports and [an] increase of work in Virginia and most branches doing well. There are only five City branches - Norfolk, Portsmouoth, Richmond, Roanoke, and Petersburg. Two of these are only a few years old. The wonderful report of the American-Labrador sections was read. The Grenfal Mission under Sir Wilfred Grenfal, does an amazing piece of work among the Eskimo people of Labrador, Greenland etc. 24,000 garments were issued to 3000 families, five hospitals, several boarding schools and mission schools. The election of officers than [then] took place and resulted as follows: - President, Mrs. Kenneth McAlpine, vice president - Mrs. L. McK. Jack Treasurer, Miss Pauline Williams