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Needlework Guild of America Minutes (Portsmouth, Virginia) page 61

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The annual meeting of the Portsmouth Branch of the Needlework Guild was held March 20, 1940, 4 o'clock at the house of the president, Mrs. Kenneth McAlpine on Hampton Place. The president presided at this meeting, which opened with the Lord's Prayer and which was very well attended. The minutes of the 1939 meeting were read by the secretary and approved. A total of 2321 articles of wearing apparel and household linen was collected and distributed by the Needlework Guild for 1939. From the 14 white sections there were 2126 garments, from the Colored Division under Mary Jennings 195 garments, making a total of 2321. The treasurer, Miss Williams read her report for the year (1939-40) showing a balance on hand of $59.16. She also gave the report of the fund for garments and shoes for 1940. Thirteen (13.00) dollars was collected for this fund, which is kept separately from the regular account. Seven dollars (7.00) was sent to the National Office in Philadelphia and $1.75 sent for the Colored Division, totaling $8.75. Miss Williams stressed the importance of money members, each section having five, paying $1.25. Mrs. J.D. Collins, Custodian read her report stating 497 articles were in the reserve and many garments had been used in private cases. The remaining reserve articles were divided between the King's Daughter's Hospital, Red Cross, Home for the Aged, Salvation Army, Miller Day Nursery, Social Service Bureau (Mrs. M. O. Williams) Portsmouth Day Nursery. Mrs. McAlpine, president read several letters One from Miss Marian Battle, concerning the affiliation of the Needlework Guild with the American Red Cross and asking all Guild members to co-operate with the Red Cross - another letter from Miss Bender, executive secretary informing Mrs. McAlpine that the Portsmouth Branch had been presented