Needlework Guild of America Minutes (Portsmouth, Virginia) page 77
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The Needlework Guild of America Minute Sheet 1946 The annual meeting of the Portsmouth Branch of the Needlework Guild was held March 21st, 1946 at 3:00 p.m. at the home of its president, Mrs. Kenneth McAlpine on Hampton Place. The President, Mrs. McAlpine, presided at the meeting, which opened with the Lord's Prayer. The minutes of the 1946 annual meeting were read by the secretary and approved. 1820 articles of household linens and clothing were collected from 13 Sections and 156 articles from the Colored Division under Mrs. Ruth Choate. This makes a grand total of 1976 for 1945. The treasurer, Miss Pauline Williams gave her report, showing a balance of $66.47. $29.18 was collected from money members and $9.00 ($7 plus $2 from Colored Division) was sent to the national office at Philadelphia. $9.17 was spent for shoes for the needy. Mrs. Adamson, custodian of reserve gave her report and stated many articles were on hand. Miss Jane Boyd Neely reported two interesting cases in which the Needlework Guild furnished clothing and household linen. Mrs. McAlpine read excerpts from the meeting of the Needlework Guild held in Philadelphia in May 1946 [1945?]. An appeal was made to the Needlework Guild to give clothes for the people of Europe and also for the Filipinos, who seemed in dire circumstances. Interesting accounts were read from Verbal Snapshots, a unique little paper giving news of work accomplished by town and city branches all over the country. Fifty branches stopped work during the war but most of these have begun again. Mrs. McAlpine also read interesting facts from the message of the president, Mrs. Louise H. Connett. Mrs. Connett suggested helping the families of returning servicemen, which would be a very excellent thing to do, if they need help. Mrs. Connett also stated over 1,145,345 new garments were collected in 1945.