Smith, Toni; Wedemeyer, Martha (ed.) / Tea and service : 100 year history of the Port Washington Woman's Club
History of Woman's Club
History of Woman's Club On January 19, 1898, during the height of the Victorian era, a group of Port Washington women met informally at the home of Mrs. Wm. F. Scott to discuss the organization of a club for women. They were addressed by Mrs. Graves of Milwaukee and Mrs. W. H. Wright of Wauwatosa, who explained the purpose of benefits of a woman's club. Following these talks, the group voted to organize the Port Washington Woman's Club. Mrs. Wright, acting as chairman of the afternoon, appointed Mrs. C. F. Eckel, Mrs. Win. F. Scott, and Mrs. H. L. Coe to a committee to draw up a constitution and by-laws. Mrs. Graves then read a paper to the group on the usage and benefits of parliamentary laws. The Port Washington Star reported the establishment of this new chapter of the Women's Club in this article: The Port Washington Star A WOMEN'S CLUB An Organization with Twenty-Five Charter Members is Effected Port Washington is now in line with a Women's Club, which was organization last Tuesday. About twenty-five ladies assembled at Dr. Scott's residence that afternoon and listened to Mrs. W, H. Wright of Wauwatosa, president of the Women's Club of that place, and Mrs. S. L. Graves, of Milwaukee, who explained the objects and purposed of the organization. After considerable discussion the ladies concluded to effect temporary officers: President, Mrs. E. S. Turner; vice presidents, Mrs. T. J. Jones and Mrs. J.R. Dennett; secretary, Mrs. H. L. Coe; assistant secretary, Mrs. Will Ramsey; treasurer, Mrs. George H. Crowns. Annual dues were fixed at $1.00. A constitution and by-laws were read and discussed, and may be adopted at another meeting. The selection of a program committee also awaits the next gathering, when Eugene Field and his writings will be taken up after business shall have been finished.
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