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History of
Women's Federated Club of Union, MO

Jean Morgan

The Women's Federated Club of Union was begun by Julia Herman, our local florist.  Her sister, who lived in Owensville and was a member there, had taken Julia to some of their meetings and Julia decided wee must have a Women's Federated Club in Union. 

We were organized on October 6, 1966, federated on October 20th of the same year, and sponsored by the Owensville club.  A group of members from that club came down to help us get organized. 

There were 18 charter members, namely Meta Ball, Rosemary Bocklage, Virginia Cantrell, Dora Claggett, Inza Conley, Dorothy Doerr, Naomi Dress, Mildred Frick, Erlene Hall, Julia Herman, Norma Dean Hoemann, Alice Jenny, Virginia Karraker, Lillian Mintrup, Jean Morgan, Helen Pautler, Maude Reed, and Elsa Sperber.  Of these, Rosemary Bocklage and Norma Dean Hoeman are still living but are no longer members, Julia Herman is an associate member despite the fact she moved to Ohio, and Jean Morgan, who is still active in the club.

Our first officers were Julia Herman - President, Jean Morgan - Vice-President, Meta Ball - Secretary and Lillian Mintrup - Treasurer.  Meetings have always been held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 P.M.

Our motto was:  "All service ranks the same with God. "   Our colors were:   Green for Hope, White for Peace.  Our first there was "Interest and attention insure for all an education."  In the beginning we had quite a number of committees:  Membership, Hospitality, Program, Yearbook, Budget, Scrapbook, Conservation, Home, Education, Fine Arts, Public Affairs, Girls' Town Division, Club Service and Community Development.

Our first year's projects were:  Establish a garden on the Auditorium grounds for Retarded Children (who were holding classes in that building at the time), present Missouri Flag to the City of Union, participate in National Library Week Tea, special program on juvenile problems and behavior, Flower, Art and Hobby Show in conjunction with the Union Garden Club, sponsor a girl to the Sophomore Pilgrimage, Senior Girl's Tea, provide gifts for Operation Christmas at the State Hospital, provide gifts for guests of the Union Rest Home, group attendance at members' churches, a "Pink Tea" in October, Christmas dinner, and a Progressive Dinner in May.

In the 1968-69 year Jean Morgan was President, Erlene Hall had joined and was Vice- President, Elsa Sperber was Secretary and Alice Jenny was Treasurer.  Audrey Mittendorf had also joined.  Many of our service projects were repeats, except we co-sponsored Summer Youth Job Referral Service, gave an Art Show at the Franklin County Sequa-centennial Celebration, and had a children's art exhibit at one of of the meetings. 

By 1993, we added Merna Barnhart, Marie Burke, Joy Causey, Jane Click, Mabel Devos, Geraldine King, Irene McWay, Mary Peavler, Linda Peirick, LaVerne Porter, Dorothy Reed, Kathy Wade, Carmell Waters and Betty Wilson to our membership, with 17 active members, and one Associate - Julia Herman.

Over the years, we eliminated some departments, obtained trees for the City Park, sold tickets at the Jaycee 4-H Youth Fair, gave scholarships to East Central College, started sending Mother's Day cards to members' mothers, held Prayer Breakfasts, planted trees at Sr. Citizens' Home Apartments, gave learning aids to Rainbow Activity Center, made Christmas pillows for Girls' Town, Held Silent Auctions, took on Penny-a-Day project.  We also held many dinners at the Lutheran Church for which we sold tickets and each decorated a different holiday table.  We also held Reciprocity Teas and attended some from out-of-town, sponsored girls to Girls' State, held Reciprocity Tea to celebrate our 25th anniversary in 1991, just to name a few.



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