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Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
(1958)

Y.W.C.A. of Neenah-Menasha,   pp. 447-450 PDF (1.1 MB)


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A HISTORY OF NEENAH
Nursery offering the pre-kindergarten training four mornings a week
has a registration of i2o three and four year old children. It is regis-
tered with the State Department of Welfare-Children's Division.
  Among the forward-looking activities is the bringing together of the
foreign-born citizens of the community. At this writing an interna-
tional group is in process of forming.
  Employed women have always been a chief concern of the Y.W.C.A.
Clubs and classes have provided for their educational and recreational
needs. However, clubs have diminished in importance as the interest
span of young women has shortened. Short-term projects, such as craft
classes and music listening groups, were tried. A single girls' club,
meeting monthly, is affiliated with the National Employed Girls'
group. This club provides a place for the new girl to make friends.
  Plans and policies of the Y.W.C.A. are under the direction of a
Board of Directors of 21 representative women, elected for three-year
terms by the members. Each branch of the Y.W.C.A. is autonomous.
During the 27 years of its history, more than 2o0 have served on the
Board.
  The Y.W.C.A. was a charter member of the Neenah-Menasha
Community Chest.
Compiled by Miss Helen E. Babcock and Miss Grace McLay
As a postscript to the above, it should be recorded that Miss Helen Babcock's
vision and constancy is largely responsible for the Y.W.C.A.'s present healthy
condi-
tion, as it was for the Y.W.'s predecessor, "The Young Women's Club."
  While many citizens had a hand in purchase of the present building and
grounds,
three women, Mrs. D. W. Bergstrom, Sr., Mrs. Carlton Smith and Miss Helen
Babcock, carried the heavy end of the load.
           "FROM the story of the fortitude, courage and devotion of
           men and women, we create the inspirations of youth."
                                         HERBERT HOOVER
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