Document: awc001

Athens Woman's Club minutes, 1899-1911


author: Athens Woman's Club (Athens, Ga.)
extent: 1 v.
date: 1899-1911

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[handwritten text: Minutes of the Athen's Woman's Club. ] [View the meeting summary]

[handwritten text: [added text (appears to be different ink and hand): 1899-1900 ] The first general meeting of the Athen's Woman's Club was held on Monday February twenty-second, [added text (appears to be different ink and hand): (1899) ] in the Seney-Stovall Chapel, Miss Woodberry presiding, Miss Lipscomb being ill. ]

[handwritten text: The Committee on Constitution and By-Laws reported, and after the constitution had been read a motion was made that it be considered section by section. Each section was then read by the acting secretary, and after some discussion a motion to strike out Section B. of Article IV was unanimously carried. There was little discussion of the other Sections. ]

[handwritten text: The chair then stated that a motion introducing a By-Law relating to invitations to non-members would be in order and cited the will of the Atlanta Woman's Club. Mrs. Nash [unclear text: proposed ] and then moved that any member may bring to the club any non-member, whether a resident of Athens or a visitor. An animated discussion followed, and finally an amendment was offered, that residents of Athens be invited to attend a meeting of the Club only by the Executive Board but members may bring out-of-town friends to any excepting annual meetings. This motion unanimously carried. ]

[handwritten text: The question of extending a By-Law limiting membership was then brought forward. Mrs. Law moved that the club be limitless. Mrs Chas Griffith asked if [added text: in ] that case all were to be active members Mrs. Hutchins humorously suggested that as there are already more than one hundred names recorded

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to limit the membership to two hundred would necessitate blackballing some of the members ]

[handwritten text: After some further discussion Mrs. Young offered an emendment [amendment] to the motion that the membership of the club be limited only by the members willingness to take action fast in the work -- carried. ]

[handwritten text: A motion to initiate an honorary list, who should be excused from active participation, and should pay increased dues, was lost. ]

[handwritten text: Mrs. Arthur Griffith then moved that the Constitution and By-Laws be adopted as amended, which was unanimously carried. ]

[handwritten text: The election of several officers was then in order ]

[handwritten text: The nominating committee, composed of Mrs. Bates, Mrs Mure, Mrs. B. Griffith, Miss Lyndon, and Miss Morgan, appointed and [illegible text] by the five sections respectively, retired and its chair gave a kind of parliamentary duel until their return. Mrs. Mure then read their report: ballots were distributed, and the officers finally elected were: ]

[handwritten text: Pres. [President] Mrs. M. A. Lipscomb. [added text (appears to be different ink and hand): 1899-1900 ]
Vice. Pres. [President] Miss Woodberry
Rec. Sect. [Recording Secretary] Miss Nash [added text (appears to be different ink and hand): Recording Sec. [Secretary] Miss Fannie Nash ]
Cor. Sect. [Corresponding Secretary] Mrs. C. Griffith
Treasur. [Treasurer] Miss Mc.Pherson
]



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[View the meeting summary][handwritten text: The second general meeting of the Athen's Woman's Club was held on Monday, March [added text (appears to be different ink): twenty-seventh ], the President in the chair. ]

[handwritten text: The minutes were read and approved. The President then made a short address to the club setting forth the purpose of club work. She recommended a qualification section to be inserted in the Constitution. ]

[handwritten text: Reports of Committees were then called for. No committee reported. ]

[handwritten text: The following reports of sections was then made. ]

[handwritten text: The Secretary of the Historical section reported the following outline for the years work.

Revolutions -- Three Divisions.

French Revolution
American-English.
Spanish-American.
]

[handwritten text: The chairman of the Current Topics Section reported that the section had held its regular meetings promptly. the subjects reviewed were General Political News --
European Affairs
Cuba and the Phillipines.
General News
Books.
]

[handwritten text: The papers and talks showed a careful summary of the subjects. ]

[handwritten text: The chairman of the Letters & Art section reported on the work outlined for the year -- ]

[handwritten text: The History Literature & Art of Greece. ]



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[handwritten text: Mrs. Bates then moved that -- ]

[handwritten text: The membership of the Athen's Woman's Club shall be limited to one hundred. All applicants over this number shall be put on a waiting list and be acted upon in the order recorded. Members shall be [illegible text] to join any section they wish. ]

[handwritten text: Mrs. Cobb then offered the following motion as a substitute ]

[handwritten text: Any woman resident in Athens who will affirm that she is interested in the principles of the organization and who will agree to perform such duties as may be imposed upon her by the club, is eligible to membership in the club and shall be admitted as such when her application has been accepted by the club. ]

[handwritten text: When any member without sufficient excuse to be judged by the members of the section to which she belongs fail to attend three consecutive meetings of the club or of the section to which she belongs, and shall likewise fail to discharge any duty imposed upon her by the club or shall for sixty days after they become due fail to pay her dues her name shall be dropped from the roll of the club. ]

[handwritten text: Much discussion followed Mrs. Cobb's motion. ]

[handwritten text: The substitute was laid on the table. Then the original motion was finally laid on the table. ]

[handwritten text: The treasurer then collected the fees. ]

[handwritten text: The club adjourned to meet [added text (appears to be different ink and hand): April 24th -- ] ]

[handwritten text: Signed ]

[handwritten text: Fannie G. Nash
Sect. [Secretary] ]



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[View the meeting summary][handwritten text: The [added text (appears to be different ink and hand): third] ] second general meeting of the Athen's Woman's Club was held on Monday April 24 -- in the Seney-Stoval Chapel -- the President in the chair. ]

[handwritten text: The minutes were read and corrected. The Rec. Sect. [Recording Secretary] reported one letter stating our intention to join the Federation. ]

[handwritten text: This brought forth discussion of dues to the Federation. ]

[handwritten text: The Treasurer's Report was read and approved. Report of Committees was called for. As there was no report, the President gave the report of the Executive Board. ]

[handwritten text: Report of Sections -- ]

[handwritten text: The current Topics -- and Historical Section reported interesting profitable work in the past month. ]

[handwritten text: The Sec. [Secretary] of the Letters and Art section being absent there was no report. ]

[handwritten text: The Recommendations of the Executive Board were then discussed and voted upon. ]

[handwritten text: 1. Membership clause. ]

[handwritten text: 2. Enlargement of the Executive Board. ]

[handwritten text: The Executive Board shall include all the officers of each section -- together with the general officers of the club. ]

[handwritten text: 3. A second Vice President shall be elected ]

[handwritten text: 4. A Library Committee -- to ]

[handwritten text: 5. [deleted text (overstrike): Money ] Ten dollars to be granted [deleted text (overstrike): of the ] to each section for the purpose of Literature -- these [added text (appears to be different ink): Lib. [Library] ] books to form the

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nucleus of the library of the Athens Woman's Club. ]

[handwritten text: 6. Educational Committee -- ]

[handwritten text: This committee to consist of three members from each section. ]

[handwritten text: A place for keeping the books was then discussed. The decision was postponed till the next meeting. ]

[handwritten text: A motion was then made that the treasurers of each section should make a monthly report of the finances of that section -- : carried ].

[handwritten text: Miss Meniman read a beautifully written paper on the masterpieces of Grecian Art. Mrs. Meur read a very facetious paper on Territorial Expansion. ]

[handwritten text: The Club adjourned to meet May 23 -- ]

[handwritten text: Signed ]

[handwritten text: Fannie G. Nash
Sect. [Secretary] ]



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[View the meeting summary][handwritten text: The third [added text (appears to be different ink and hand): 4th ] general meeting of the Athen's Woman's Club was held on Mon. [Monday] May 23rd -- the President in the chair. ]

[handwritten text: After the roll call the secretary's report was read and corrected. ]

[handwritten text: The treasurer's report read and accepted. ]

[handwritten text: Miss Pratt the chairman of the Educational committee then made her report. ]

[handwritten text: The club tendered its thanks to Mrs. Lipscomb for offering a scholarship in Lucy Cobb Institute. ]

[handwritten text: The library committee reported on organization. ]

[handwritten text: The reports of the season's work in the sections was then called for. ]

[handwritten text: Mrs. Hoke gave a comprehensive resumé of the work done in the Letters and Art section. ]

[handwritten text: Mrs. Bates reported excellent work in the Historical section. ]

[handwritten text: A most satisfactory report of the Current Events section was given by Miss Woodberry. ]

[handwritten text: A place for the books of the club was again discussed but nothing was definitely decided. ]

[handwritten text: The consent of the club was given to change the membership clause of the constitution. ]

[handwritten text: Mrs. Brown then moved that the following membership clause be inserted in the constitution. ]

[handwritten text: All applicants for membership shall be indorsed [endorsed] by the members of the club and shall be forwarded to the chairman of the Executive Board. ]

[handwritten text: Failure to attend three [deleted text (overstrike): regular ] [added text: consecutive ] meetings of the club without excuse, or failure in the requirements of the club shall forfeit membership at the discretion of the Board. ]

[handwritten text: [deleted text (overstrike): The motion was carried. ] ]



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[handwritten text: Miss Woodberry moved the following amendment ]

[handwritten text: The secretary shall confer with delinquent members before their names are dropped from the roll. ]

[handwritten text: The amendment was carried. ]

[handwritten text: The President reported the receipt of a letter from the Georgia Federation of Woman's Clubs asking the Athen's Woman's Club to send delegates to the convention at Gainesville July 6th. ]

[handwritten text: Mrs. Lipscomb and Mrs. John Lucas volunteered to attend the convention. Mrs. Brown and Miss Woodberrys names were also suggested. ]

[handwritten text: The meeting of the Daughter's of the Confederacy to be held in Athens in October was then discussed. ]

[handwritten text: The matter of the Winnie Davis Memorial was presented to the club. ]

[handwritten text: Mention was made of Miss Rutherford's plan for the section of their memorial in Athens. It was suggested that the Athen's Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Athen's Woman's Club unite their efforts to secure the erection of said memorial in their city. ]

[handwritten text: For their purpose the following motion was made: -- ]

[handwritten text: The Presidents of the Athen's Woman's Club and the Athen's Daughter's of the Confederacy shall appoint a joint meeting for the discussion of plans concerning the Winnie Davis Memorial. ]

[handwritten text: The motion was carried. ]

[handwritten text: The club then adjourned to meet in September. ]

[handwritten text: Signed ]

[handwritten text: Fannie G. Nash -- Sec. [Secretary] ]



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[View the meeting summary][handwritten text: [deleted text (overstrike): After much anxiety and long waiting a quorum of the ] [added text (appears to be different ink): The ] Athen's Woman's Club met [added text (appears to be different ink): [deleted text (overstrike): on ] Sept. 25 ] in the parlors of the Institute and important business was transacted. ]

[handwritten text: The minutes were read and approved. ]

[handwritten text: No report from the Corresponding Secretary. ]

[handwritten text: The treasurer's report was read and accepted. ]

[handwritten text: The chairman of the library committee reported the return of the cheque [check] for $10 from the Letters and Art section, also the investment of like amount by the Historical Section. ]

[handwritten text: The report from the Educational committee was then called for. ]

[handwritten text: Miss Watt gave a report of the two scholar ships [scholarships] given by Mrs. Lipscomb. [deleted text (overstrike): The first ] [added text: One ] scholarship was given to the candidate from the city schools Miss Pattie Hilsman -- after passing a satisfactory examination. ]

[handwritten text: The candidate from the county Miss May [unclear text: Garrah ] having been the 1st honor girl at the Lucy Cobb Institute was excused from standing the examination. Miss Watt urged the interest and efforts of the club toward the securing of the Winnie Davis Memorial for Athens. ]

[handwritten text: Mrs. Lipscomb then read a letter from Mrs. Pastor concerning a Columbia scholarship. ]

[handwritten text: Her question was referred to the Educational Committee. ]

[handwritten text: Reports from the various sections were then called for. ]

[handwritten text: Mrs. Crawford reported that the Historical section would take up the Franco Prussian men for the water work. ]

[handwritten text: Miss Woodberry reported Georgia Civics and Current Topics for the work of her section. ]

[handwritten text: The Letters and Art section will study Roman Literature and Art. ]

[handwritten text: Mrs. Lipscomb and Miss Woodberry then gave an interesting report of their visit to the Gainesville convention. They paid a high tribute to Mrs. Brown's paper. ]



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[handwritten text: The Club then proceeded to the Election of a second vice president. Mrs. H. C. White was unanimously elected. ]

[handwritten text: The election of delegates to the State Federation was then discussed. Mrs. Muir moved that the club pay the expenses of the delegates. Miss Woodberry amended this motion by the addition of the words to the State [added text (appears to be different ink): Federation ] Convention. ]

[handwritten text: The motion as amended was carried. ]

[handwritten text: The club then elected Mrs. Nellie Phinizy as delegate to the state convention [added text (appears to be different ink): Mrs. Brown alternate. ] ]

[handwritten text: The Club adjourned to meet the last [added text (appears to be different ink): 4th ] Mon. [Monday] in October. ]

[handwritten text: [added text (appears to be different ink): Signed, ] ]

[handwritten text: Fannie G. Nash. ]

[handwritten text: The following [added text: calendar ] committee was appointed. ]

[handwritten text: Miss Woodberry chairman.
Mrs. Brown
Miss Crawford
Miss Mc. Pherson
Miss Nash.
]

[handwritten text: The Executive Board reported the election of the following members ]

[handwritten text: Miss Annie Camack.
Mrs. Hill
Miss Mary Hodgson
Miss Nannette Hodgson.
]



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[View the meeting summary][handwritten text: The Athens Woman's Club met [added text (appears to be different ink): Oct. 29th ] in Seney-Stovall Chapel. ]

[handwritten text: The President called the club to order -- and urged the ladies to make a special effort to be on time. She also urged systematic work upon the club, and asked the interest and cooperation in performing the work of the club. ]

[handwritten text: The roll was called. ]

[handwritten text: Minutes read and approved. ]

[handwritten text: Treasurers report read and accepted. ]

[handwritten text: The Executive Board reported no meeting. ]

[handwritten text: An appointment was then made for a regular meeting of the Executive Board the Sat. [Saturday] before each general meeting at 4. P.M in the chapel. ]

[handwritten text: The Chairman of the Educational Committee reported many meetings during the month, for the purpose of discussion of plans for the Winnie Davis Memorial. No action on Mrs. Parks letter. ]

[handwritten text: Library committee reported a meeting. ]

[handwritten text: Miss Woodberry suggested that each section outline the needs of her own section. ]

[handwritten text: Reports of Section were then called for. ]

[handwritten text: The Art & Letters section reported work on early Roman Literature and Shakespear [Shakespeare] readings -- also a talk by Miss Rutherford. ]

[handwritten text: Historical Section reported work on the unification of Germany -- Development of German feeling for unity as portrayed by patriotic songs of the Fatherland. ]

[handwritten text: Miss Woodberry read the outline of the work for the Current Topics section. ]

[handwritten text: The calendar com. [committee] reported no meeting. ]

[handwritten text: [added text: The ] Discussion of dates for the year resulted in the decision that the Year Book should soon work from Sept. [September] to June. ]

[handwritten text: The Club adjourned to meet Nov. [November] 27 ]

[handwritten text: [deleted text (overstrike): Mr. ] Signed ]

[handwritten text: F. G. Nash. ]



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[View the meeting summary][handwritten text: The Athen's Woman's Club met Nov. [November] 27 in the Seney Stovall chapel. ]

[handwritten text: The meeting opened without a quorum. The Sect [Secretary] & Treas. [Treasurer] 's reports were read but not accepted. [added text (appears to be different ink): Quorum being present following business ] ]

[handwritten text: The Executive Board reported no meeting on account of rain. ]

[handwritten text: Miss Woodberry suggested that the Executive Board meet after every regular meeting of the club.]

[handwritten text: Miss Nast reported that the educational committee had forwarded five dollars to Mrs. Pastor for the Columbian scholarship. Miss Nast read a very interesting letter from Mrs. Emma Stout of Warm Springs concerning her work among the poor white girls of that place. ]

[handwritten text: The Library committee reported on meeting and on chairman. ]

[handwritten text: The report of the calendar committee was then called for. The chairman reported on meeting. ]

[handwritten text: The matter of raising the roll call of the club was then discussed. The motion was made that the sectys. [secretaries] of each section should send a revised roll of her section to the club secty. [secretary] before the next meeting of the club. The motion was carried. ]

[handwritten text: Mrs. Bates, Mrs. Crawford, and Miss Woodberry each gave a report of the work done in her section during the month. ]

[handwritten text: A letter was read from Mrs. [unclear text: Battery ] urging the club to join the General Federation. Miss Woodberry then summated the points of advantage in belonging to the General Federation. ]

[handwritten text: After some discussion a motion that the Athens' Woman's club shall join the General Federation was moved. ]



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[handwritten text: In response to an urgent invitation from the educational committee Miss Lane gave the club a most interesting talk upon the splendid work of the project school. ]

[handwritten text: The club then adjourned to meet Jan. [January] 22nd 1900. ]

[handwritten text: Signed ]

[handwritten text: Fannie G. Nash. Secty. [Secretary] ]



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