Needlework Guild of America Minutes (Portsmouth, Virginia) page 84
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The Needlework Guild of America Minute Sheet March 1949 The annual meeting of the Portsmouth Branch of the Needlework Guild was held March 17th, 1949 at 3:30 o'clock at the home of the president, Mrs. Kenneth McAlpine. The president presided at this meeting, which opened with the Lord's Prayer. The minutes of the 1948 annual meeting were read by the secretary and approved. 2151 new articles of household linen and clothing were collected in May 1948 from 13 sections. The colored section still remains inactive. Mrs. McAlpine stated she had received many notes of thanks from organizations, which had received clothing and household linen from the Needlework Guild. In the absence of the treasurer, Miss Pauline Williams, her report was read by the secretary, showing a balance on hand of $51.15 on March 17, 1949. The secretary also read a letter from Mrs. Desborough, executive secretary thanking the Portsmouth Branch for their early annual report. The secretary also read a very interesting and appreciative letter from Mrs. Fannie R. Lee, thanking the Needlework Guild for their contribution of garments and the fifty dollars for the purchase of shoes for school children. Mrs. Lee was present at this meeting and briefly stated interesting and unusual facts about her work in the city. The need for help is great and there are many needy persons the Social Service Bureau is unable to help. A letter was read from the National Treasurer, Mrs. Lea stating the Needlework Guild badly needs more funds. Costs of rents and general maintenance have all gone up. From 450 branches in the United States less than $13,949.89 was received in 1949. The treasurer asked all branches to kindly increase the amount of money sent the National Treasury in Philadelphia. There followed a discussion of the amount of money to send to the National headquarters. Mrs. Blackman made a motion that each section of the Portsmouth Branch give two dollars (2.00) for the money member instead of the $1.25 we have been giving for years. This motion was carried. The secretary read the list of sectional presidents for 1949 and the number of articles each collected. There are 13 sections at present.